The Windsor Scene: September 15th to October 15th

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The Walkerville Mix Tape series continues with a companion series launching in October called Walkerville Dark. This compilation will focus exclusively on Windsor-Essex county’s heavy metal, hardcore and heavy punk scene – something that has been a foundation in Windsor’s music scene for decades. Submissions are accepted until September 30th and can be sent to walkervillemixtape@gmail.com for possible inclusion. Like the regular Walkerville Mix Tape series (whose second volume was launched on August 30th), it will be available for FREE download at betruewindsor.com

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Last month’s article that looked at Open Mic’s forgot one worth mentioning. Milk Coffee Bar (68 University Ave. West) has hosted an Open Mic on Tuesday nights for 10 years, one of the longest running ones downtown. It’s hosted by rotating troubadours Chris Osborne and Cameron de Alexandros.

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For years, Ryan Barron was a fixture on the local music scene, either in his hardcore band Days Fade or as a local promoter with his company, Rose City Promotions. Ryan stepped back out of the spotlight, seemingly on hiatus, but that’s all about to change. Days Fade are back in the studio and Barron’s Rose City Promotions are back in action, beginning with a showcase at The Dominion House on Monday September 16th. Featuring Bridge 9 Records’ Expire (Milwaukee), Good Fight Music/Eone’s No Bragging Rights (California) and Toronto’s Uplift, as well as locals Seven Out and Minors, this all-ages bill kicks off at 6pm. The music scene is a better place when Barron is a part of it.

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Milk Coffee Bar is home to FestEVIL on Wednesday September 18th, which combines comedy with live music. Three local comedians – Cameron Adamson, Andrew Reaume and Dave Squeaky Wheelz – team up with local musicians Mike LeClair, Tony Coates, Bleach (performing an acoustic set) and EVL for a special showcase.

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Creepshow in Windsor
Toronto’s psychobilly upstarts, The Creepshow return to Windsor on their 2013 tour with a stop at The Dominion House on Thursday September 19th. Tourmates Hellbound Hepcats from Montreal are on the Windsor bill, as well as locals The Nefidovs for what promises to be a sweaty punk rawk riot.

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Toronto’s Graydon James & The Young Novelists have warmed Windsor a few times on past visits and they slide back in for another round on Friday September 20th with an intimate showcase at Milk Coffee Bar. The Fisher Kings bring their balls to the wall rock and roll to Villains Beastro (256 Pellisier Ave.) the same night, along with Ottawa’s Silvergun and Spleen and fellow Windsor rockers Diesel Junkies. Out at the Oasis Lounge at Place Concorde (7515 Forest Glade Dr.), those lovely folks at ChurcHouse continue their roots and rock series with Hamilton’s rockabilly burlesque queen Ginger St. James, along with Toronto’s Greasemarks. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, kicking off at 8pm.

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The Local Dive (13169 Tecumseh Road East) and Dive Radio team up for a special showcase to raise funds for The Autism Society on Saturday September 21st, featuring London’s The Alcohollys (featuring members of KITTIE), Gypsy Chief Goliath, We Can Be Heroes, Weapon of Choice, Aeron’s Wake, Sophist, Dusty D’Annunzio, A-Lo, plus a solo set from Mike O’Phee of MicLordz & Sauce Funky. It’s an all day event that kicks off at 2pm.

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CJAM is celebrating 30 years on the air with a fundraiser at FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West) on Saturday September 21st, featuring the reunion of Contra Dance, the legendary Windsor ska band from the 80’s. They’re joined by Guitar Army, featuring many of Windsor’s legendary punk rockers from bands like The Spy’s and The Nelsons. Advance tickets are only $10 ($12 at the door) and all proceeds go to help CJAM during their pledge drive.

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Crash Karma, the 90’s alt. rock supergroup featuring Edwin (I Mother Earth), Mike Turner (Our Lady Peace), Amir Epstein (Zygote) and Windsor’s own Jeff Burrows (Tea Party) play a rare Windsor show at The Dominion House on Wednesday September 25th, with tour mates One Bad Son from Vancouver and Windsor’s Salt of the Chief Cornerstone opening up.

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Wax Mannequin
Wax Mannequin

Two singer/songwriters who individually crush Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) are teaming up for what is sure to be a packed house on Friday September 27thLindy (Toronto) and Hamilton’s Wax Mannequin are sure to bring their A-games for this one and they’ve yet to disappoint. Opening the show will be a rare unquiet dead acoustic duo performance from Daren Dobsky and Jamie Greer.

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FAM Festival 2013 kicks off September 27th with a couple of monsters – The Blue Stones headlines at FM Lounge with Halifax’s Construction & Destruction and sensational newcomers Heavy Suns, while the Coach & Horses unleashes some intensity with Worry, Wasted Potential (London), The Line Drawn and Minors.

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Paul Jacobs makes his FAM Festival debut at Milk Coffee Bar on Saturday September 28th with Montreal’s avant garde sounds of V For Escargot, while Phog gets experimental with Owen Sound’s Red Audio Faction leading the charge with Lucifer’s Voyage and Toronto’s Devah. Silent Movie Type and Bad Mines bring some volume to the Coach and Horses.

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The second weekend of FAM music kicks off Friday October 4th with a night of electronic at FM Lounge, featuring Montreal’s Atsuko Chiba, Learning, Toronto’s King Weather and Hellenica from Montreal. Phog Lounge hosts a night of new wave garage rock featuring London’s So Young (who just played in support of By Divine Right), Danny Laj & The Looks (from Montreal) and The Hypnotics. Milk Coffee Bar showcases some great punk rock spearheaded by The Rowley Estate, Johnny Red Eyes (Toronto) and Wierdonia.

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Villains Beastro‘s annual Oktoberfest celebrations unite with the FAM Festival for a barnburner on Saturday October 5th, headlined by The Locusts Have No King as well as Leighton Bain, Andrew MacLeod (Years of Ernest) and Toronto singer/songwriter Courtney Lynn. Sonic local juggernauts CELLOS head a great bill at The Coach and Horses with Hamilton’s TV Freaks, Toronto’s Greys and Eraserhead, while FM Lounge is home to an indie rock smorgasbord featuring Tea Leaves, London’s Wild Domestic, Of The Pack and noise chefs Toque. Phog Lounge is host to a night of instrumental and electronic led by Red Red Run and featuring Toronto’s Eightcubed, Tom Gaspar and Mod Social (all the way from Pittsburgh).

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The Other Guys’ Record Shows are always great events, held around the city, and featuring a tasty smattering of local vinyl collectors displaying their wares for purchase. On Sunday October 6th they’re back at Villains Beastro throughout the day, with music by roots legends Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe (Big Sugar) and Greg Cox.

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James OL
James OL


James Oltean-Lepp (James OL & The Villains, Star Trek: The Band, Sean Connery Supergroup)
 unveils his solo CD, For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky, at The Capitol Theatre on Thursday October 10th. Doors are at 7pm and the evening kicks off with a screening of film maker Eric Boucher’s new documentary “Windsor Shift Change”.

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Bloomington, Indiana’s notorious noise pariahs WAXEATER play FAM Festival at Villains Beastro on Friday October 11th, along with Poughboy and RAID. This one will be loud, sweaty and offensive in just the right way. Maybe leave your mom at home for this one.

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Gypsy Chief Goliath have their official Windsor CD release party for New Machines of the Night at The Dominion House on Saturday October 12th with special guests Salt of the Chief Cornerstone and Southern Discomfort. FAM Festival wraps up with a live music finale at Walkerville Brewery (525 Argyle Rd.) the same night, headlined by the first show from the unquiet dead in several months (and first to feature new member Eric Welton). They’re joined by Middle Sister, London’s Blackwood Honeybees and a rare Windsor return performance by Lee Gaul (The Golden Hands Before God, itzjunk, Notes to Self).

By: Jamie Greer