Fundraiser celebrates rich local musical history (con't)

Sure enough, local rock icons Jody Raddoul and Dusty A’Annunzio will perform.

As well, three of the areas storied bands will play - Lowdown, Problem to the Solution and 50 Watt Head.

But the headliners will only perform at an early WMA member event – see below for how to join. 

That show starts at 7 pm (doors at 6). 

The next show – for the public – begins at 10 (doors at 9).

If you’re a member you get appetizers provided by On a Roll Sushi and Sliders.

When completed, the archive will be a compilation of physical and digital material. 

“Our first event was on January 6th, 2017, board member Adam Castle says.

“We had donations from over 50 individuals that included everything from posters to photos going back to the 1920's.” 

The idea is to launch a “virtual museum” later this year, then have mobile displays “ready to go and popping up all over Windsor-Essex sometime in 2018,” Castle says.

The goal ultimately is a permanent home.

Some memorabilia will be on display next month.

Local Musician A.J. Vanden Berghe, who runs a local music and entertainment podcast and sits on the Windsor-Essex Music Advisory Council, is brains behind the project. 

“Our region has one of the richest and most storied musical histories in all of Canada,” Castle says.

The music tradition dates back decades but in the post war era is associated with CKLW and The Big 8, “which revolutionized the ‘top 40’ radio format” and became a North American trend setter for pop music, he says.

In recent years, Windsor has also played a role in the rise of Detroit’s techno sound – witness LaSalle’s Richie Hawtin.

Tickets for the 10 pm show are $10 or free with a WMA membership, or a donation of memorabilia.

Donations should be material associated with local music and can be pictures, posters, merchandise.

WMA memberships are $25 and can be purchased online at (search Windsor Music Archive) and more information can be found at

WMA photo shows, left to right, Jody Raffoul, A.J. Vanden Berghe, Dusty D'Annunzio

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