Bob Jackson Remembers the Odeon, Invitational Preview.

The Odeon cinema that stood for 30 + years at the edge of Canada is remembered today as a highlight of a by-gone era in Windsor’s social and entertainment history. In the 1960’s, Windsor had an establishment of successful cinema’s operating including several theatres and a few popular drive-ins. Each of these venues featured something that set itself apart from the others. Attached to the already swingin’ Holiday Inn on Riverside Drive, the Odeon cinema was no exception. 

Photo courtesy of Yelda Aslan. I love the message on the sign. It really dates the photo and shows what an impact that particular cliffhanger had on everybody. Thank you, Yelda Aslan

The Windsor Star stated in 1967 that the new Odeon was “equipped with the latest in sound, screen viewing and comfort facilities”. It was a technical advancement from what was currently available maybe in say like the Park, or even the Palace, and probably the drive-ins. The Odeon lobby offered ‘unobstructed’ panoramic views of the Detroit skyline, “also available to those patronizing the main dining room, restaurant and cocktail lounge of the Holiday Inn and many of its 265 rooms.” Indeed, the new Odeon had everything including, “approximately 640 yards of rich Axminster broadloom carpeting [providing] a luxurious atmosphere”. The theatre then set itself apart by hosting an invitational preview one day ahead of its public grand opening. 

Bob Jackson, a local resident of Windsor and avid film-buff was invited to the invitational preview held Tuesday Oct 3 1967. Jackson remembers, “I was 19 years old and I got the invitation in the mail. I dressed up in my three-piece suit. Everyone was dressed to the nines. We all waited as a group, and then went up the stairs to the promenade.  It was a gorgeous theatre, it really was”. 

The Odeon, thank you to Tim Nolan for supplying the photo.

Remember, this is 1960’s, the economy is booming and people were generally more social than today; especially where watching movies are concerned, there was still only one way to see a movie in 1967. It was a time in our culture where people were going out. Opening a new luxury theatre to service that industry seems cause enough to host a gala event like the invitational preview. For Windsor, it was just a small glimpse of what was coming a year later. 

Imagine, having a gala like this, and the following year the world premiere of The Devil’s Brigade is held at the Vanity. What a time to be living in Windsor! Bob Jackson remembers the event, “they had searchlights, and the stars of the movie were there. The red carpet. I was across the street, because you couldn’t get near it, it was blocked off, but everyone was screaming. I saw the limos pull up. It was pretty cool, man”. 

“I saw a lot of movies at the Odeon, but I remember Wait Until Dark  the most. If you ever get the chance to see that, it’s worth it”

“The theatre business was big, big, big. I used to go to the movies constantly. I am still a movie buff, but I just don’t go. It’s too costly, the food-court is ridiculous! So, I stay at home.”  Jackson laments over a social culture in decline and blames cell phones and rising costs for everyone staying home. “Windsor was great back then, it’s not the same, we had the Elmwood where we saw big name stars play, I saw Sammy Davis Jr. and Tom Jones.” 

As Windsor evolves into a new millennium, we see less citizens are going out, and increases in Netflix memberships as they slowly hook everyone in. Why do we not go out anymore? Because we can watch Wait until Dark on our phone, computer, tablet, or i-device. What about the social aspect of making connections or supporting local business? We can follow you on this and like you on that. 

As we digitize our experiences and business’ it makes sense that the need for a physical setting will diminish. Does that have implications we may want to consider? Possibly, if you’d like to attend a gala event like this again one day, better have some place to host it. 

Bob Jackson, at his home in Windsor.

The Odeon never would see the millennium as it burned up in flames that caught the attention of all Windsorites in April 1999. The last thing to go before the riverfront was made over to the glorious public space it has become today, now featuring a truly ‘unobstructed’ view of the Detroit skyline. 

Twenty years later, the Odeon cinema is still remembered for its impact on those of us that remember living life socially and physically as a part of our history. (lucky enough to have been born before the millennials.) Even though none of us are probably willing to trade what we have now for it back, the Odeon was a great place to go when we did go to those places. 

The Windsor Film Society

The Windsor Film Society is something that every film buff in Windsor will want to know about. Outside of Silvercity and Devonshire’s small Classic Films Series, Windsorite’s do not really have a lot of options for seeing older movies. WIFF, and the newly devised WIFF365 which seeks to show movies at least once a month at the Capitol, tend to screen foreign and independent content, not necessarily old and classic. What about the movie buffs that want to see old classic movies on the big screen? 

The Windsor Film Society has just the ticket for such a Windsorite. Theodore Bezaire and Mike Stasko, two popular local filmmakers themselves, formed the Society out of their own passion for movies. Theodore remembers fondly the independent theatres of Toronto – The Bloor Cinema, or The Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Ave, and would like to create a similar experience here. “I just love watching movies, outside of my house, on a big screen.” Says Bezaire. “Right now, it’s a hobby between just Mike and I, we’re the two guys running it in the hopes that we can build it up, and bring in those audiences every month.”

It is not just about nostalgia for a by-gone era in cinema though, it’s about trying to create a community discussion about film in hopes that it will grow over time. “We do a lot of stuff with the University, because they do have a film program, so we market a bit towards them, these students are interested in films and seeing films in that environment.” The WFS is presenting linked films as a series. The current theme is “Women in the Director’s Chair”. Their last screening featured Sarah Polley’s, Stories We Tell and hosted a discussion with local filmmaker Kim Nelson afterward. They hope to have something similar for the next one. 

“I’d like to get that conversation going more in Windsor,” says Bezaire. If you would like to be part of that discussion, the next screening by the Windsor Film Society is The Babadook, on Feb 26 at the Green Bean Cafe. Be sure to check it out. 

The other part of that love of movies and desire for conversation about them is that Bezaire is also a filmmaker. In 2013, he directed the feature length film, The Birder. In 2006, Bezaire directed Things to Do, which he co-wrote with Stasko. He recollects, “my first feature we did shortly out of film school. It did really well for us, it played at Slamdance, the independent little brother of Sundance. It got a positive review in Variety. It opened a lot of doors for us here in Canada. It got a deal with Mongrel Media, a Canadian distributer for films, and we were in every Blockbuster across Canada.” 

The success of Things to Do, led to The Birder. “With that one, we wanted to step it up with our cast, do something a bit bigger. We brought in Tom Cavanagh, Fred Willard, and Academy Award nominee Graham Greene.” -again, shot in Windsor; and again – more projects in various stages of development ensued. For instance, The Control, “we’re working on distribution on that one now, and most recently, Boys vs. Girls, written and directed by Mike.”– and yet again, these were also shot in Windsor, “we’re trying to shoot more features down here…one of Mike Stasko’s goals as a professor is to give his students opportunities so they can gain some professional experience on a set.”

If you’re like me, you’ve already heard rumblings such as these about the movies in Windsor; but don’t get so excited and start thinking that Hollywood productions are on their way into town – they are not. According to Nick Shields in a recent CBC article, we don’t really have the infrastructure here yet to support them. Bezaire is optimistic that it can be done though: “We’ve had amazing experiences shootings our films here in Windsor. It works for us as local filmmakers, but it may be difficult to bring bigger films to the area…There’s definitely challenges, but maybe we can overcome those challenges.”

As for the infrastructure, Bezaire says, “We definitely need work in that area, but it is getting better. That’s part of what Mike’s trying to do with the University students, so it’s not the first time they’re walking onto a feature set, they understand the process, they understand the workflow, and are not as green as they would be otherwise.”

Giving students experience at making movies is a positive thing for their artistic growth. From that experience they will be better equipped to direct their own first features after leaving school. If there’s two things Essex County is doing really well, it’s growing things and making movies. With the cultivating of youth through these experiences, as well as others that are available, it’s imaginative to wonder what the future film industry may look like one day in Windsor.  

If you have thoughts that you’d like to share, you can always feel free to leave a comment below and start some conversation about movies here in Windsor.

Presenting the Talented Local Make-Up Artist: Monika Preteroti

Monika Preteroti

Monika Preteroti has been doing make-up professionally for almost 6 years. From being the friend in high school that everyone asked, “can you do my make-up?”, to working in beauty shops, with theatre groups, and now running her own successful business, Monika says, “it’s kind of been something I’ve always done.” Like most artists with a passion, her interest actually stems from a much younger age. “When I was little, I used to dig around in my grandma’s make-up closet and lock myself in the bathroom a lot of the time and play with her make-up, so that’s where it really first started.”

Monika was able to eventually find work that allowed her to really learn about the trade. “I was working in New York…and I was able to get a holiday gig at Sephora, and that’s where I finally started to learn for real what make-up was all about and how to apply it properly and what I was doing wrong”. After laying the foundation, Monika says it wasn’t until she moved to Windsor and began working at the Sephora in Devonshire Mall that she fully realized how much she wanted to be a make-up artist. 

“I actually failed my first test and I was absolutely devastated when that happened. So, I worked extra hard afterwards to really learn as much as I could because I finally had that lightbulb moment where I was like, “this is what I have been wanting to do it – allows me my own freedom, it allows creativity, it allows me to play with colour. I booked another exam and I passed the second time.” 

Monika has a wide range of influences that reach beyond the make-up industry alone: “my two favorite visual artists actually are Jackson Pollock and Salvador Dali and they don’t do anything inside the box, right, so it brings out my creativity because there are really no boundaries when it comes to make-up. You literally can do anything with any product.” Within the make-up industry, Monika cites Kevyn Aucoin as a meaningful influence. “He was one of the first big make-up artists to actually make a name for himself before social media was even a thing.” Monika recommends his books as containing basic information every make-up artist should know, and count them as life-changing for her. 

Monika has worked extensively with theatre companies here in Essex County: Windsor Light, Bravo Ballet, Leamington Little Tomatoes, among them. “I’ve had a lot of fun doing make-up for the theatre community. It’s a completely different approach, you over-exaggerate everything because you have to be able to see it from the audience.” Among the shows that Monika has to her credit are: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical The Musical, The Little Mermaid, Jesus Christ Superstar and several others. “It allows me to play and have fun and learn more because honestly when it comes to make-up you just never stop learning, there is always something new to grasp when it comes to knowledge or technique or application.” Monika is currently working with ACT, they are putting on The Wiz in March at the Capitol Theatre. 

Monika is just one example of the ambitious artists that are available to the burgeoning movie industry in Windsor. “I’m always looking for a new challenge and a new experience. I’ve always been curious about movies, and would love to be involved with them.”

There is a stigma in our culture that the beauty industry is vain or materialistic. Monika will hear none of that: “make-up is enhancing someone’s already present beauty. It’s something to make someone feel a little more confident to step out of their comfort zone and feel like they have that superhero cape on. I’ve seen people go from a shy little girl to a confident queen, just from having their make-up done. It’s one of the most rewarding feelings knowing that I made someone feel beautiful and confident. It is so many things, but it’s not the vain industry that people perceive it to be.”

Monika has lived all over including Toronto and New York. She has lived in Windsor for a total of 12-13 years, and for the last 7 and a half years straight. What draws artists to Windsor? “The local arts scene in this city is just blooming. There is always something new to see and always something new to experience. It always helps to see someone else’s creativity for you to want to build on your own. We have so many talented musicians, artists, and make-up artists, hair stylists, and so many people in the Art community. The talent is absolutely endless here, and it’s such a close-knit community and everyone vibes so well off one another.” 

Now that Monika is settled in Windsor, and with so much experience, and success starting to flood in, what’s next? She has several short terms goals including to have her name become very well-known within the bridal community. As for long-term goals, she’d love to own her own make-up line. “It would be a dream come true to be able to create my own make-up and to be able to put my name on something that I love and believe in, and have put all of my favorite touches on it.” 

Monika is a mobile artist who looks forward to having a home studio in the near future. “Having a home studio in general is so important for what I do because that way you get to create that personal space for your clients that makes them feel extra pampered. I want to give them a place where they want to go.”

The process of opening this business has been a lengthy one. “It has taken a lot of patience. Building the clientele has really been the challenge: Getting your name out there, making sure you’re putting things out there that people actually want to see, making sure that you are up to date on all of your social media, making sure that you are putting out enough content that people will stay interested. That’s a big challenge for someone who’s not a huge online person; I do think that I’m slowly getting the hang of it. I am getting better at my content and posting things that people want to see, I’m also getting better at my craft the more that I work at it. I’ve set a high standard for myself, I want people to ask you, ‘who did your make-up?’

At MMBeauty, you can receive bridal service packages for brides and bridesmaids, full facial make-up application services including eye lash strips. “I use a lot of Sephora products, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced, Make Up Forever, Urban Decay, I especially love learning about new brands and supporting indie and smaller brands.”

Visit Monika Preteroti for professional make-up application, an inviting atmosphere and a bubbly personality for that one of a kind and personal experience. Her busy time is the summer wedding season, with Halloween being extremely busy and Christmas as well. Trust that when you leave her studio, you will feel like the best version of yourself. To Windsor, Monika would like to say, “the best make-up you can wear is a smile.” 

For booking, please refer to the following contact information:

www.MMBeautyWindsor.com

(519) 817-5536

And be sure to like and follow on 

Facebook: @MMBeauty_Windsor

Instagram: MM Beauty Windsor

A Brief History of Windsor Cinema Review

Over the 20thcentury, Windsor was home to almost 20 movie theatres of various size and success. A few of them, for the better part of that century, had a glorious run in this city and were staples of the local entertainment culture; two of them – The Olde Walkerville Theatre, and the Capitol Theatre, still have movie screenings in some form to this date. Their resiliency is incredible in the current online streaming culture of the day. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular ones from last century. 

Roughly the former site of the Odeon. At least this space has been converted to a scenic walking trail along the glorious riverfront.

The Empire, The Palace, The Vanity, The Kent, and The Odeon (to name just 5, there are more) were at one point operating at the same time, these five cinemas were all mere minutes apart and operating within the city core. The Empire, Palace, Vanity and Odeon were all downtown, and The Kent was on Ottawa St; operating just down the street from it was the Park Theatre. Such success is emblematic of a time when movies were viewed one way, on the big screen. Their commercial success allowed not just for larger theatres to operate downtown, but also smaller theatres in individual neighbourhoods, such as the two on Ottawa St. and the Royal Theatre on Sandwich St. to operate as well. It seems like a vibrant time in this city to be so full of movie-going options. 

Operating just a few blocks south of the Palace on Ouellette Ave. was the Vanity Theatre, opening in 1937, and closing in the late 1980’s. This building would later be several failed nightclubs, including its final incarnation as the Blind Dog, and demolished in 2016. Notably, Vanity Theatre once hosted a world premiere of The Devil’s Brigade in 1968. With such cinematic glory in its past, it’s tempting to believe such glory will return this century. 

The Vanity Theatre once occupied that empty space. A world premiere once happened right on Ouellette Ave.

In the other direction, take a left on Pitt Street West, and on top of the current parking lot for the Federal Building, once stood the Empire Theatre. The Empire opened on December 5 1918 and proudly advertised to be ‘Windsor’s lowest price theatre’ – wouldn’t it be great if we saw more proclamations like this today? Wouldn’t it be great if we saw more theatres today? 

Current parking behind the Federal Building.

The Palace will likely be the theatre and building most readers remember. It ran for nearly a century, eventually closing the doors permanently on Jan 7 2012 to make way for the new Windsor Star building. It originally opened in 1918 as the Allen Theatre, a national chain. Simon Meretsky bought it in 1923 and for nearly 30 years it was home to great vaudeville acts and Hollywood movies. From there, it carried on under several franchises – Famous Players, Odeon, I remember it most clearly as the Cineplex Odeon when I was growing up here in the 1990’s. Though it changed hands many times and opened under so many different names, it was always the Palace, a beautiful charming relic of the past, and for most of us, our favorite place by far in Windsor to see a movie. For more information on the Palace’s storied past, please see here: https://windsorstar.com/life/a-history-of-the-palace-theatre

In addition to these larger theatres, there have been several other smaller theatres over the years: Regent Theatre, Super Cinemas, Temple Theatre, Imperial Theatre to name a few. Older perhaps than even those are The Windsor, and the Wyandotte theatres.

There is not a lot of information known about these cinemas, so I reach out you, the cinematic Windsor community. Do you remember these theatres? Please use the Contact form to get in touch if you would like to share your stories with us. The rest of the cinematic Windsor community will greatly appreciate such a unique treasure. We look forward to hearing about the past from you in the future. 

Casting Call for Cinematic Windsor!!!

We’re looking for committed, creative and energetic people that want to star in indie short videos set right here in the city of roses. 

Now is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor with our web-site as we break ground on a new feature: videos. 

The auditions are for people ages 18-25, but all are welcome to reply.  Please reply below and include age, availability, and experience in the comments section, thank you – please include any questions you have there as well.

Currently, we have 4-5 roles to cast for an upcoming short video, “Bus Stop”.


Big City Lights 2

Windsor’s Jackson Park is again lit up with festive Christmas lights and designs for the holiday season. This year’s festive opening featured a speech from the mayor making this feel already like a much loved civic event. Train rides, hot chocolate, face painting, and other attractions – like guys on stilts and guys in Santa suits – all added cheer and excitement to the celebration of the evening.

Along the trail you’ll see cinematic trees. This one reminds me of the Cat in the Hat.

These remind me of planets in our solar system, orbiting our Christmas season with cinematic grace.

well, no comment.

Happy New Year!

Five Great Things About Windsor

Intimate Neighbourhoods

Windsor is comprised of many smaller neighbourhoods all woven together to form one tightly knit little city. In any one of them you’ll find lovely walking routes, neighbourhood parks and green spaces, the beautiful architecture of schools built in the early 1900’s, and a community of citizens that know and support each other. Sound like something out of Mayberry? Windsor is that perfect size city, small enough to be intimate, large enough to escape into; it is a big city with a small town vibe. The first question you ask when you meet someone in Windsor is, “Where did you go to school?” – We know all the schools, we know people that went to those schools, and we love connecting the dots about how we all know each other. Welcome to Windsor, baby!

The River

The riverfront features a 5 km walkway that’s lined with sculpture art, parks, memorials, lush gardens and premium seating views of the Detroit skyline. Visit the flocks of geese that stalk the area with their goslings, and be amazed by their majestic flight as they float or soar along the banks. The festival season literally ignites with one of the finest fireworks displays cracking, bringing on average over a million people to both riverfronts. The river has a romantic energy all year round befitting a Woody Allen movie; don’t be surprised to see steamy windows on cars parked at the river on warm nights.

Restaurants

In Windsor, the restaurants are as good as it gets and feature a bit of everything. A little Italy hosts fine Italian dining and lights up Erie St. with a buzz. Award winning pizza is available from local Armando’s and Johnny Piez. Rino’s, Bubi’s, and Motor Burger have all been featured on the hit television show “You Gotta Eat Here”. Windsor also boasts undiscovered neighbourhood gems all over the place like Marco’s. Downtown highlights include several pub dining options like The Loose Goose and locations like The City Grill and The Bistro At The River. Windsor’s restaurants are as diverse as its neighbourhoods are with worldly options like Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine, Hikari, Sushi California Japanese Restaurant, Marathon Ethiopian Restaurant, and Shawarma Palace to name but a few to satisfy your tastes. Yes, there is something for everyone here.

Entertainment

One of the reasons there are so many places to eat in Windsor is because there is so much to do in Windsor for entertainment. Who doesn’t love dinner and a show? Perhaps the largest venue is Casino Windsor, but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. Windsor is home to sports teams like the Express and the beloved Spitfires. It has several options to see quality theatre including the WSO, Windsor Light Music Theatre, Korda Artistic Productions, the Purple Theatre Company, University Players, and Windsor Dance Experience. Venues like the Colosseum and WFCU Centre feature topnotch concerts and shows as well. Film festivals, parades, museums, aquatic adventure, and so much more one could write a book on Entertaining Windsor.

The County

Just a quick drive south, the county of Essex has so much to offer visitors and locals alike. Award winning wineries lace the area from Amherstburg through Kingsville in a stunning drive along the shore of Lake Erie. Wine not your thing? Stop at several farm fresh vegetable stands throughout the county and buy local quality food.  You can experience a bit of the nineteenth century historic settlements like John R. Park Homestead and Fort Malden, or watch the sun set over the lake in a beautiful blaze of color.

Windsor Cinema Review

In my lifetime, I can recall several cinemas that are no longer with us. I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with my family at the old Forest Glade Cinemas. I remember the Lauzon Parkway Cinemas, the Palace downtown of course and the old Devonshire Mall, too. There was also one on Riverside Dr. at the old hotel across from the old art gallery. All of them operating at the same time. It all seems crushingly long ago.
Clearly, Windsor has a long standing movie going enthusiasm for it to support so many theatres all at once.
The modern era of movie going is crowded as more people herd to fewer locations. It is an overwhelming sensory experience that is distracting. Perhaps that’s why we didn’t notice or seem to care that the current concession pricing is deplorable. Even more sickening is the way larger sizes are pushed on you at a “value”, a trend that encourages modern excessive consumption. What a Capitalist thing to do, eh – open a big cineplex with a lot of screens, drawing all of the business to you shutting down local independent cinemas in the process, and then raise prices sky high once they’ve cornered the market.

What happened to the simple charm of lights around colourful movie posters. Or the chatter of excited movie goers squawking about their experience – now we’re too busy tweeting about it to engage in the conversation. Call me old fashioned or 20th century, but I prefer those settings that are intimate and more conducive to friends hanging out or couples on dates.
Although Windsor does not have a full-time independent movie cinema, there are still plenty of alternatives to Silvercity and Devonshire.
The Olde Walkerville Theatre sometimes shows movies. For instance, on Sat May 19 2018, they are showing Ashes of K – this should be of interest because it was filmed in the Windsor Detroit area. They also have a film fest coming in June.

Outside of WIFF, you can also see WIFF365, every second Thursday  of each month at the Capitol Theatre. The Chrysler Theatre as well sometimes shows movies. I recall seeing The Only Living Boy In New York there as part of last years WIFF. Occasionally, you will see slightly older family favourites such as The Nut Job or movies with newly minted classic status such as Ghostbusters or Raiders of the Lost Ark at Devonshire – and kudos to Devonshire for screening them.

Apart from these, however, Windsor really does not have an old fashion movie cinema dedicated to showing older movies. Larger cities such as Toronto still have several to offer. Do you think Windsor needs a movie cinema? Post to comments to share your thoughts and experience.

The Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit

The Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit is a key reason Hollywood shoots movies in Toronto as often as they do; and something that Windsor can capitalize on to draw new industry.
The OFTTC is a refundable tax credit for Ontario labour expenses from a qualifying production company with respect to an eligible Ontario based production.
The credit refunds 35% of eligible Ontario labour expenses.
The OFTTC has drawn several leading Hollywood productions to the GTA already: Pacific Rim and Suicide Squad to name but a small few.
The cities local economy gets a boost in several ways.  Prop and wardrobe rental companies as well as other specialized equipment distributers pop up to meet the technical needs of a production -employing local workers. Restaurants, bars, boutique retailers, hotels, and every other up and coming retail all sustain a boost via outsider spending while productions’ cast and crew are in town. Film crews go out on location and local attractions can reap rental fees and high profile exposure. For a city coming into its own in the tourism industry drawing the film industry here could have cosmic possibilities.
Take a leap of faith and try your next production here in Windsor – first time producers are eligible for an even higher 40% of their first $240 000 qualifying labour expense. A nice incentive for the beginner risk taking filmmaker in any young entrepreneur.
Why come to Windsor instead of an established location like Toronto? An additional 10% is available to qualifying productions with at least 85% of the location days outside of Toronto. A first time producer can be eligible for 50% tax credit under this framework.
Windsor, the movies are calling us.
For more please see: http://www.omdc.on.ca/film_and_tv/tax_credits/ofttc.htm

Big City Lights!

Windsor’s Jackson Park is lit up for the holidays with a dazzling array of colorful lights, displays, and of course, a big Christmas tree.

The display is so fantastic  that you literally walk through a magical winter wonderland to see the main attractions of the display.

Adding to the magic are buskers playing acoustic versions of our favorite Christmas carols, a food truck, and a sleigh to take pictures in; making the whole experience a real one of a kind holiday event for Windsorites. Jackson Park was full of people taking the scene in with lively chatter and exciting energy throughout.

Walking through the display is quite spectacular, and there is so much to take in, it will require multiple visits to truly see it all; meaning this event will be a popular spot over the next couple of weeks. It is the perfect place to bring family, friends, and dates of all types – or just bring yourself and a camera – because this holiday event is loaded with the potential for artistic inspiration.

reaching to the heavens in dance!

The relationship between pretty lighting and creative inspiration was clear.  Part of the experience became navigating yourself through a crowd of people that were frequently pausing to snap selfies, and take pictures of their favorite displays. Windsor has some spectacular events – fireworks night comes to mind, the Santa Claus parade, and those events bring artists out by the heaps. There is a connection between the type of society you are living in and the art that it produces. The vibrancy of our society and culture is visible in the passion of artists and their output, and it was thriving Friday night at the opening of the new lighting fest.

Windsor is like a playground to artists right now and raw materials are the plaything – from the rock-art being arranged at the river, to the painted rocks dropped at Ojibway, our artistic culture is thriving.

Windsor has once again shown itself to be every bit of a spectacle as New York City has. Our meandering riverfront that winds along its own display of beautiful artwork is just one example. The new holiday tree lit up at Jackson Park is just another example!

If you think Windsor is as cinematic as I do, check out the Instagram link to cinematic_windsor (available in the social links menu above) for more pictures of our filmic city!

These trees are my favorite! The lights moving up the trunks make the trees look like they are dancing in the night.
There is a lot of potential for this event over the years. Imagine Willistead Manor lit up like the Griswold house, and the park’s trees and pathways lit up to the heavens for people to wander through. Walking in a winter wonderland? Imagine walking along the river and seeing such a display and what it would look like from Detroit! Do you have any other ideas of holiday lighting for Windsor? Post a comment and share ideas.