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Tim Fairhurst

Cowboys in Cardigans Release Second Album Dec. 19, 2014 With Charity Concert

Posted December 14, 2014 @ 6:55PM

 Local rock band Cowboys in Cardigans are poised to release their 2nd album of 2014 on December 19, 2014 at Venue Music Hall in Windsor (255 Ouellette Ave), in a co-headlining show with local rock veterans ClassX. The band has also partnered with local musician Kenneth MacLeod, who runs a music program for youth through the Sandwich Teen Action Group. Proceeds from the show will go directly to this program, as the band plans to purchase instruments for Kenneth's music program.

 The new EP, Platypus, follows Cowboys in Cardigans' debut full length album Cockatoo, released earlier in 2014. The album was made possible due to grant funding that the band received from the city in July. Cowboys in Cardigans were one of the recipients of the City of Windsor's Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant, and immediately went to work writing and producing the album. 

“The goal of ACHF is to foster the growth of the local arts, culture, and heritage scene in Windsor,” said Devon Pastorius, Guitarist for Cowboys in Cardigans. “We figured the best way that we could do that is by helping to give some kids the opportunity to be the next generation of musicians in this city.”

Platypus is a brand new collection of seven tracks from Cowboys in Cardigans. It will be the second album the band has released in 2014. The band returned to the studio that Cockatoo was produced at, and recorded and produced Platypusin Windsor, at SLR Studios with local sound engineer Marty Bak.

“The album is called Platypus for a number of reasons, but the main one is that it's an eclectic mix of bits and pieces, that aren't quite related but somehow come together, sort of like a Platypus,” explains Jamie Reaume, singer/songwriter for Cowboys in Cardigans. “We have some of the heaviest music we've ever written, right next to fully acoustic tracks with Jordo (the drummer) on the ukelele. It's very diverse for a seven song album, and we're very excited to get it out to people.”

 Platypus will be released on Friday, December 19th at Venue Music Hall. The proceeds from the show and CD/Merchandise sales will go towards purchasing new instruments for local youth through Kenneth MacLeod's music program through the Sandwich Teen Action Group. Tickets (starting at $10) can be bought in advance, or at the door. The CD and special limited run T-Shirts will also be for sale. 

Check Cowboys in Cardigans Facebook page for the latest info.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Candlelight Service To Remember Children Who Have Passed Away Takes Place December 14, 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 @ 9:51AM

Local family members bereaved by the death of a child will come together for the 6th annual Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in remembrance of children who have died.

The Candlelight Service is part of the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting which unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles to honour and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.  It is also an extension of the agency’s support group for bereaved parents who have lost a child.

“For many families this is an opportunity to come together to openly mourn their child who died,” says bereavement specialist with CMHA-WECB, Colleen Campo.  “For those whose pain is new it is a safe place to come together with others who feel the same loss.” 

“It also allows those whose loved one died years ago an opportunity to remember their child in a public way.  Families are able to tell the world not to forget their child… to honour their child so that their light may always shine”.

This free event includes a service that includes the reading of the name of each deceased child, lighting of candles in honour of those who have died and a memory table that will be filled with photographs left by family and friends.

The vigil will take place on Sunday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the WFCU Centre on Mickey Renaud Way, Windsor. This year the event is being supported by Heavenly Rest Family of Catholic Cemeteries,  Remember Our Children, Tim Hortons Rose Wood and family, the Douglas family, the Osborne family, the Marentette family and the Gaudet family.

The CMHA-WECB has a vision of “mentally healthy people in a healthy society”. The bereaved parents group is part of the agency’s adult bereavement program. This program receives minimal funding and relies on community donations to operate.


by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Santa Visits The Village Dec. 11, 2014

Posted December 7, 2014 @ 5:53PM

Don't miss the annual Santa Visits The Safety Village Open House!

On Thursday December 11from 5 pm- 8pm, children can get their picture taken with Santa, take one of our jeeps for a spin in the Village, and then warm up with a mug of hot chocolate thanks to Tim Hortons. Kids can get crafty in Santa’s workshop, pick up a few seasonal safety tips from Elmer the Safety Elephant and Sparky the Fire Dog, and take a tour of a police car and fire truck--and much, much more.

Admission donation of only $5 per child requested, no charge for adults or children 2 and under.

All proceeds will go towards The Safety Village in support of their ongoing safety programs. Special thanks to presenting sponsor AM800 as well as program partners Windsor and Lasalle Police departments, and Windsor Fire and Rescue. For more information visit www.thesafetyvillage.com.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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"Once Upon A Winter Wonderland" At St. Clair College, Dec 7, 2014

Posted November 30, 2014 @ 12:28PM

Princes and Princesses of all ages! Come One! Come All to St. Clair College for “Once Upon a Winter Wonderland” on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Main Campus Cafeteria, 2000 Talbot West, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Fools for Health Clown-Doctor program.

Young royals will be presented to the Snow Sisters of Weekend Royalty and have a professional photograph taken with them. Also available will be royal hair designs by Christina Does My Hair, royal manicures, royal face painting and royal balloon twisting. Young Lords and Ladies will enjoy a craft and activity zone too!  Take a promenade around this wonderland exquisitely designed by primary sponsor, Designs by Diane.

Fools for Health Clown-Doctors Dr. Merry Kay and Dr. Ange Jolie will be on hand for mirth and mayhem and their special brand of silly Clown-Doctor Check-Ups! ALL OF THIS FOR ONLY $5!

To top it all off, the Snow Sisters will perform selections from Disney’s Frozen every two hours!

Royal Parents and Grandparents will enjoy shopping the various local vendors’ tables; trying your luck with raffle prizes; and treating yourself and the young royals to pizza, pop, and chips for an extra fee.

Join the Fools for Health Clown-Doctors for Windsor and Essex County’s first “Once Upon a Winter Wonderland” on December 7 from 10-4 at St. Clair College. It will be so “cool!”

For more information contact:

 Sandy Radvanyi, Artistic Director, Fools for Health

Ph:  519-726-5562

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Handmade Christmas Extravaganza at the WFCU Centre November 29 & 30, 2014

Posted November 26, 2014 @ 8:53AM

Over 100 craft artisans take over the WFCU Centre this weekend for the C.C.’s Events 3rd Annual Handmade Christmas Extravaganza inside Collavino Hall and the Sports Gym. On Saturday November 29 from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday November 30 from 10 am to 4 pm this free event has something for everyone and that’s why we’re listing the top 15 reasons you need to check out this year’s Christmas edition of C.C.’s Events Craft Shows.

  1. Over 20,000 people have attended C.C.’s Events Craft Shows! If you’re not one of those 20,000 you’re missing out.
  2. The event is free so you can save your money to buy great local, handmade crafts!
  3. C.C.’s Events supports local charities, and has raised over $12,000 as well as food, necessities and other donations for six local charities. For this event you can contribute to the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women.
  4. Saturday November 29th is Small Business Saturday, and what better way to participate than supporting hundreds of local artisans!
  5. Turn the heads of your holiday company with delicious scents! With three candle vendors, two specializing in soy wax and another in bees wax, there are hundreds of different scents and types of candles to choose from.
  6. Over 100 local artisans and others from across the province will be present. This means that not only will you see spectacular showcases of local talent but you’ll have a wide range of choices to find something for everyone on your Christmas gift list.
  7. Vendors will travel from as far as Manitoulin Island (887 km away). Your commute isn’t so bad now is it?
  8. Santa Claus will be on site for pictures with the young – and the young at heart!
  9. Got a sweet tooth for Holiday treats? C.C.’s Events has you covered with a plethora of gourmet baked goods, chocolates, fudges and other sweets. Also, find something unique to add to your Holiday recipe with custom spices, sauces, jams, jellies and other food items.
  10.  You can win prizes! You can enter into draws for great handmade prizes with all proceeds going to charity.
  11. Need something for your kids to do this weekend? No problem! There are plenty of kid’s activities planned including an activity centre from High Jinks, face-painting, balloon making and performances by Elsa, Anna & Olaf from Frozen (and don’t forget Santa)!
  12.  Get something customized for you or that special someone! Numerous items at C.C.’s Events are customizable so you can order something that put’s a smile on just about any one’s face!
  13. Tired of old Holiday decor? You can spruce up your holiday decorations with custom items and beautiful paintings made by local artists for your home!
  14. Whether it’s for you or a loved one nothing looks as beautiful as a handmade piece of jewellery that one of our skilled artisans has put their hard work into making. Using several different techniques and materials you’ll find a large array of jewellery waiting for you!
  15. Everything is a one of a kind treasure! All items at C.C.’s Events are handmade so you can be happy knowing your items are one of a kind. 

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Donate a Sleeping Bag until November 24, 2014

Posted November 19, 2014 @ 4:44PM

Sharing the WarmthSleeping Bag Drive

Chief Bruce Montone and Windsor Fire & Rescue Services are partnering with the Sharing the Warmth sleeping bag donation campaign in memory of Matt Rawlings. 

After Matt’s death in 2012, his parents discovered his “bucket list,” which included the item, “Help a homeless person.”  Inspired by Matt’s wish, the local family’s goal is to provide a little warmth this winter to Windsor’s most vulnerable, our homeless. 

Sharing the Warmth is a sleeping bag drive with a goal to collect as many new or gently used sleeping bags as possible to be donated to Street Help, a local organization dedicated to providing services to our local homeless.  The family is seeking community involvement and asking individuals, companies, organizations, schools and sports teams to join them by collecting and donating new or gently used sleeping bags.

Matt’s family is also encouraging participants to take a photo of their groups posing with the bags and post it on their Sharing the Warmth Facebook page.

Interested participants are asked to drop sleeping bags off at any Windsor Fire & Rescue Services station until November 24.  The sleeping bags are to be donated to Street Help on November 25, which would have been Matt Rawlings’ 21st birthday.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Love Food? Then Get To The All You Can Eat Charity Event For The Kidney Foundation November 12, 2014

Posted October 19, 2014 @ 9:44PM

On Nov. 12 The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Windsor & District Chapter and Caesars Windsor present Artiliciousat the Giovanni Caboto Club from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat experience from over 20 of the area’s finest eateries, shop local artisan booths and much more! 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Kidney.ca/Windsor or at your local RBC Branch. Call 519-977-9211 if you have additional questions.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Kingsville Restaurant Week Oct. 14 to 19, 2014

Posted October 14, 2014 @ 9:57AM



  • What? Eat, Drink, Dine Kingsville (EDDK) is planning their second restaurant week of the year, a “Migration Fall Harvest” celebration.  It will celebrate the local harvest, local artists and the Annual Migration Festival, as presented by member restaurateurs. EDDK restaurants will create a three course price fixed menu in addition to their regular offerings, paired with local Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) wines, and feature local artists and artisans in their spaces.  Their first culinary celebration earlier this year, “The King’s EPIC Feast”, was a huge success pairing local dishes with EPIC Wines.
  • Price fixe will include choice of 2 starters, 2-3 main dishes and 2 finishing courses falling within the price range of $15-$30. Local EPIC Wines can be paired with one or all courses of your menu for an additional fee.
  • Visit eatdrinkdinekingsville.ca for a full listing of menu offerings and wine lists.  

  • When?  From October 14 to 19, 2014

  • Where?  Participating Kingsville Restaurants:

-       Annabelle’s Restaurant
-       Jack's GastroPub
-       The Main Grill and Ale House
-       Merli’s Coffee House & Eatery
-       Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant
-       O'Saraccino Trattoria & Wine Bar
-       Vernon’s Tap & Grill

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, 2014

Posted October 5, 2014 @ 11:44AM

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services Reminds Windsor Residents:
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Windsor Fire & Rescue Services is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Fire Chief Bruce Montone. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.  Activities will include:

  • Fire truck appearances and educational material to be distributed at a selection of local grocery stores on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Fire truck appearances and public safety talks at recreation facilities throughout the week.
  • Truck tours and gear demonstration at Tecumseh Mall on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Educational booths, truck rides and activities for kids and the whole family at Devonshire Mall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Windsor, please contact the Windsor Fire & Rescue Services at 519-253-6573. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives,” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.  Follow Windsor Fire and Rescue Services on Twitter @WindsorFire1 or visit www.windsorfire.com to learn more about Fire Prevention Week 2014 activities. Kids can also learn more from Sparky’s “The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarm” app at http://sparkyschoolhouse.org/.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Preregister Sept 25, 6 pm at Brews & Cues For Oct. 5 Windsor Jeep Jamboree Poker Run

Posted September 23, 2014 @ 6:53PM

A large group of Jeep enthusiasts are following in their 2-wheeled friends footsteps and organizing Windsor's first Jeep Jamboree Poker Run.  Motorcycle enthusiasts have camaraderiebeen raising charitable funds with poker runs for years.  Sisters, Debbie and Laura Kay, started The Windsor Jeep Club a little over a year ago in hopes to bring area Jeep enthusiasts together this way too.  They wanted their Jeep club to have some fun, share ideas and to work together to raise much needed funds for brain injury programs in Windsor and Essex County.

 The Windsor Jeep Club now has over 300 members. 

 “This club is more of a social and fundraising club” says Debbie Kay.  “Some of the other Jeep clubs in the area are more for the off roaders.”  “We all have a commonality in our love of all things Jeep though.”  All Jeep clubs have been very supportive of the upcoming poker run. “I have heard from Jeep clubs as far as Niagara Falls and even from Ohio & Michigan” added Laura Kay.  Talon Walsh, President of the Essex County Jeep Club and one of the organizers, has been a great help to us from the very beginning.  “Talon's group also supports us by answering most of our member's technical and off roading questions.”   “Whether your Jeep will never see mud or your Jeep will never be clean this event is for you.  Working with many different Jeep clubs will ensure that our very first Poker run will be a day to celebrate the freedom and adventure that our Jeeps represent.” 

Jeff Arcand bought a 1986 CJ-7 in 1991 and has had a passion about Jeeps and their history ever since.  “The first civilian Jeep was produced in 1945.  Prior to that time they were strictly military vehicles.  The civilian Jeep has continued to be popular ever since and has a very strong presence in Windsor,  Canada's automotive capitol.”

Another local enthusiast, Adam Sokoloski, drives his father's, Ohio built, 1944 Willys Jeep proudly.  Adam and his father found and restored this Jeep together about 15 yrs ago.  They painted the Jeep a traditional military green and added his father's military # down the side of the hood.  The Willy was parked for the past few years but when his Dad passed away earlier this year Adam knew he had to get it back on the road.  This Willy honours both his dad and his dad's military service for Canada. 

 Poker Run participants will gather at the Riverside Sportsmen Club, located at 10835 Riverside Drive, before setting off on a scenic 160 km ride throughout Essex County.  Stops will be made at Brews & Cues in LaSalle, the Verdi Club in Amherstburg, and Rochester Place in Lakeshore.

The run will end back at the Riverside Sportsmen's Club, where participants will be able to enjoy a BBQ and special live performances by Windsor's own Jeff Lorenzon, The Sellouts, Drop Dead Famous, and The Formula.

 The Windsor Jeep Jamboree Poker Run will take place On Sunday, October 5th, 2014,

The funds raised will stay locally in our community and will be directed to Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario's (A.L.S.O) Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) programs and services.

Registration is currently open, and interested Jeep owners can find more details online at www.facebook.com/windsorjeepjamboree.   Entry into the Poker Run is $20 per driver and $5 per passenger; however registration fees will be waived with $100+ in pledges. To join the run and obtain pledge sheets for this event, call Laura Kay at (519) 259-2258 or email laurakay@alsogroup.orgor visit our promotional partner Wheel Covers Unlimited. at 2594 Howard Ave. Windsor. 

 The event is sponsored by: CKLW Am800, Biz X Magazine, Festival Tent and Party Rentals, & Action Signs.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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