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September 2011 Archives

He began his musical career as the front man for the rock and roll band White Heat. Joe Coughlin returns to sing with the WSO.

Those of us who have lived here long enough remember a time when local bands were playing every night at clubs right across the city.One of the more popular bands back then was called "White Heat". It's lead singer was Joe Coughlin.Well, it's obvious that White Heat never made it to the big time and Joe never became the next Robert Plant.But he did stick with music...shifting gears and making a very successful career singing the classics...songs like Come Fly With Me, The Way You Look Tonight and My Baby Just Cares.
Tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon Joe Coughlin performs with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in it's opening concert of the 2011-2012 season.
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Short stories are being celebrated at the Phog.

Three authors publishShort stories are being celebrated at the Phog Lounge Sunday night by Emeryville's Biblioasis will be in Windsor to kick off a six city book tour. The tour is called "Women of the Short Story".Rebecca Rosenblum is one of those women who'll
be at the Phog Sunday night.She's written two books of short stories. Her first book "Once" won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was listed as one of Fifteen Books that Matter by Quill
and Quire in 2008. And her latest book "The Big Dream" is also getting rave reviews. "The Big Dream" was released last week.
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Imagine making a living drawing comics? Well that's what locals David Finch and Jason Fabok are doing.

There's a big event happening in the world of comics this Wednesday. DC Comics is relaunching it's entire line of super hero comics with all new stories. It's called the "New 52". And my next two guests will be part of that launch. David Finch and Jason Fabok are both comic book artists.They're doing a book signing this Wednesday at Border City Comics in Windsor.
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Windsor now has a manager of Cultural Affairs. We'll meet Cathy Masterson.

The culture a city has to offer can be just as important to those looking to invest or relocate to Windsor as economic opportunity. And we've often heard that the creative class can be the catalyst for economic developement.The city of Windsor has a cultural Master Plan but until now it has not had a permanent Manager of Cultural Affairs.As of today Cathy Masterson will be filling that role.She comes to us from Hamilton where she was a member of that city's Cultural Management Team.
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A cycling tour from Windsor to Niagara....that trail was piloted by a group of people last week.

A plan is underway to create a cycling trail from Windsor to Niagara. And last week,
a number of people along the route took part in a 6 day pilot tour. John Scott was one of the folks who cycled a 100 kilometres a day for 6 days. He's a city councillor for the town of Essex.
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Phog Fest 3 is on this weekend...a festival of music and art hosted by the best live entertainment lounge in Canada.

It's an event for all ages....the third annual Phog Fest runs this Saturday in the parking lot adjacent to the Phog Lounge in Windsor. It'll be a day long festival of music and art.
Todd Lucier is the owner of Phog Lounge and the organizer of Phog Fest.
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The Rick Mercer Report is back with its new season.... I'll chat with Rick Mercer .

The Rick Mercer Report returns with a new season tonight on CBC Television.
And if you were at the air show over the weekend, you may have seen Rick. He was up to his usual antics.
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Two Windsor brothers were in Toronto over the weekend performing at a party for the Toronto International Film Festival party for Breakaway starring Russell Peters and Rob Lowe.

One of the more talked about movies debuting at The Toronto International Film Festival is the Russel Peters - Rob Lowe comedy Breakaway, about a team of East Indian hockey players. And there is a Windsor connection to that film...at least to the movie theme music.Nav and Serb Sehmbi are brothers who have quite a careeer as international recording artists...more well know in Indian perhaps than here at home but they were asked to contribute a song to the movie Breakaway.Not only that, they were invited to perform the song at two parties for Breakaway, one last Friday night and one yesterday in Brampton where Russell Peters, Rob Lowe and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, among others celebrated the movies release at a huge party where the mayor of Brampton handed out the keys to the city to the stars.Nav and Sarb Sehmbi join me in the studio this afternoon to tell us what their weekend was like
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A Canadian version of the reality television show "Intervention" debuts tonight. Tonights episode features two Windsorites.

Two Windsor women are being featured on the Canadian version of the reality television show "Intervention" tonight.The show debuts tonight at 9 on the Slice Network. Karen Wookey is the producer of Intervention Canada.
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When you were in school, did you like math? We'll get you some advice for your student at home.

When you were in school, did you like math? If you're like a lot of people, chances
are you didn't.And with school starting back up today, that's something Dave Petro is trying to change. Dave Petro is the numeracy Support Teacher for Secondary Schools for the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board. He helps teachers find ways
to engage kids who struggle with math. This afternoon, he's here to talk about what parents can do to help their children succeed in math. Dave Petro joins me in the studio.
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Helpfull Learning Websites:

http://www.thefutureschannel.com/
http://www.khanacademy.org/
https://homeworkhelp.ilc.org

The Detroit Jazz Festival runs this weekend - today right thru labour day monday.

For thirty two years the Detroit Jazz Festival has featured some of the best players around.
And it continues this weekend with a line up of more of than 50 acts performing.
Ah..but who to see...who's a "not to miss" act? For that kind of advice you have to turn to someone who knows the music and the players. And Windsor's Ray Manzerolle fits that bill.
As a saxophonst he's performed around the world with such names as Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams and Keith Washington.
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We meet Windsor's Mike Cerveni, a singer songwriter who's music takes him from the aisleways of Shoppers Drug Mart to Eastern Europe.

Windsor's Miker Cerveni picked up a guitar at the age of eleven...started writing songs at 16 and now promotes his debut album The World You Know. And his playing schedule is about as varied as you can get....from playing gigs at university's and colleges to the aisleways of Shoppers Drug Mart.Tomorrow night Mike has a show at St. Clair College.
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