In one place the strips were installed for the first time on Alma St. leading up to Howard Ave. on both the east and west sides.
This followed a traffic fatality there last September.
Yet, only one month later, on December 11, a delegation of people living near the strips complained to town council that the new or reinstalled strips were annoying because of the sound vehicles make when they roll over them.
Michelle Poberezny, who live near County Rd. 10 (Middle Side Road) and Concession 8 North, told council the strips “significantly impacted our quality of life” – including the rattling of dishes - and the sound “literally gets on your last nerve.”
Town councillor Diane Pouget said filling in (eliminating) the rumble strips made sense, especially since the cost, according to a town report, would be only $13,565.
She called the remediation a “win-win” because the town will install alternative measures instead to enhance safety.
At the Alma-Howard intersection, there are four sets of six strips on either side of the intersection.
In the report to the town’s April 9 council meeting, council was informed that the strips were installed without paying proper heed to nearby residents.
“Most policies and guidelines suggest that rumble strips should be avoided in residential areas due to the noise created by the rumble strips,” it said.
“Some guidelines provided setback distances between 200-500 metres from a residential area or property. If the minimum distance of 200 metres were applied to the recently installed rumble strips, the majority of the rumble strips would require removal.”
Meanwhile the report said the Howard-Alma intersection – the site of last fall’s fatality - was the “only one without an oversize stop sign.”
Council’s decision to eliminate the strips came a few days after a horrific traffic crash in rural Saskatchewan, where a transport truck t-boned a bus carrying members of a junior hockey team, killing 15.
There was national discussion in the aftermath of the accident that rumble strips may have been a way to alert motorists of the upcoming stop signs on the intersecting rural route that crossed the main highway on which the bus was travelling.
There was also speculation that accidents are more likely to occur on long, flat monotonous highways, like the county roads in flat Essex County.
Meanwhile, the town’s report noted that the transverse strips provide a “tactile and audible warning” in areas where motorists travel a “monotonous roadway environment at high running speeds.”
Instead of the Amherstburg rural route strips, the new alternative road warnings at the seven intersections will be oversized stop signs, flashing beacons, along with Stop Ahead pavement markings and Stop Ahead roadside signs.
But, warned the council report, “It should be noted that flashing beacons and larger signage may not provide warning of an upcoming stop when it comes to distracted driving as the driver is not looking at the road in those cases.”
Windsor’s main downtown art gallery resumes its annual fireworks night party, the first since 2019. Art Windsor Essex (formerly Art Gallery of Windsor) will host the event June 26. As per the glow of the 65th edition of the Ford Fireworks guests are encouraged to “to dress in their most extravagant attire, reflecting the theme of color, glitter, and light.” There will be live art and musical entertainment with appetizers from Thyme Kitchen and drinks from Maiden Lane Wine & Spirits Bar. Money raised goes support future exhibitions and education programs. Tickets $100 in advance for members, $125 for non-members; $150 at the door. – 1/6/23
U of Windsor graduate and Stratford artistic director Antoni Cimolino will helm a series of conversations based on this year’s Stratford Festival lineup. The theme? Duty vs. Desire. Audiences at the live events will also meet the directors “and learn what goes into envisioning and staging performances.” It’s all part of Stratford’s Meighen Forum, a series of talks throughout the season on various themes. The discussions take place July 3 – 9. Cimolino will host July 7 at the Tom Patterson Theatre. Tickets on sale now. – 18/5/23
Photo: Stratford Festival
Art Windsor-Essex (former Art Gallery of Windsor) has announced new board members in keeping with the federal government’s “50-30 Challenge” (50 per cent women or non-binary and 30 per cent of “other equity deserving groups” such as racialized or people with disabilities). They are Anthony Youssef, “a Lebanese Canadian art-based researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of politics and material culture.” Anastasia Adams works as a program coordinator at Welcome Centre Shelter for Women and Families providing access “to harm reduction supports,” education, and daily emergency housing for over 100 women and families. Zoja Holman is “a visionary leader” plugged into business strategies who can “create innovative, long term strategies to achieve optimal results.” There are 15 board members altogether.
Detroit sure has a lot of talent. We always knew that but the flow of musical artists just keeps continuing unabated. We counted more than 100 nominees in six categories alone – about one-third of all nominees – for this year’s Detroit Music Awards, happening Sunday. Categories include Rock, Blues, Electronic-Dance, Country, Classical, Gospel/Christian and R & B. The awards recognize Detroit musicians working locally, regionally and nationally. The first awards show was held in 1992. Besides the award ceremony itself the night is full of performances. These have included acts by such iconic names as Kid Rock, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger, Glenn Frey, The Miracles, Grand Funk Railroad, George Clinton and Parliament, and Ted Nugent. – 20/4/23
Christina Ricci and Tony Danza will be popping into the Motor City Comic Con next month in Novi, Michigan, the state’s longest running comic book and pop culture convention which began in 1989. Ricci most recently starred in and produced the Amazon series, Z: The Beginning of the Everything and is known for roles in The Addams Family and Casper. Danza, is best known for co-starring in the TV series Taxi and Who's The Boss? Comic Con takes place May 19-21 at Suburban Collection Showplace located at 46100 Grand River Ave. - 5/4/23
Former Windsor resident and acclaimed Shakespearean and film actor Colm Feore is Richard III in the Stratford filmed production of the acclaimed play, on screen at Cineplex theatres April 16 & 17. The play is directed by another Windsorite, Antoni Cimolini, a University of Windsor graduate. Cimolini says the play “translates brilliantly to the big screen” with a “ruthless, cunning and charismatic protagonist.” The film will also give audiences nationwide a chance to experience the new and intimate Tom Patterson Theatre, described by The New York Times as “the best new theatre in years.” – 22/3/23
Photo: Stratford Festival
Movie theatres are taking a page from what airlines have long been doing - charging different prices for how advantageous the seat is. The US-based AMC theatre chain, which has theatres in Canada, has begun testing “sightline” seats. These are the better seats in the house, but for an increased price. The pricing also works the other way - you'll get a discount for an inferior seat like in the neck-craning first row. AMC is also charging more on opening weekends for blockbuster films. - 8/3/23
Come late June and the annual Detroit River fireworks, Transit Windsor will once again provide free shuttle service. The shuttle ferried thousands – 12,567 in 2019 to be exact – from Devonshire Mall to downtown and back, saving them a car ride and parking on congested streets. Fireworks night is June 27th. Zehrs, just as it was pre-pandemic, will once again be the shuttle's sponsor. – 22/2/23
While 'Women Talking' (now playing locally) by Canadian director Sarah Polley won the People’s Choice Award at the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) it didn’t garner a great review from The Detroit News movie critic. Adam Graham lauded the “powerful actresses” including Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand but called the film a “stagey drama.” Graham said the characters “are made to feel like talking heads asked to represent various viewpoints and perspectives more than they feel like living, breathing characters.” And they “come across as overly articulate for a group that has never been formally educated.” Meanwhile London’s Daily Mail also called the acting “superb” but the film is “undermined by its own theatricality. For maximum impact, this story needs a stage, and a live audience,” a conclusion Graham also came to. - 10/2/23
Detroit native and noted golfer Alice Cooper will be live in person at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor Feb. 3 at 7 pm. The shock rocker, whose albums go back to 1969 and whose best-known hits are School’s Out, Eighteen, Only Women Bleed and No More Mr. Nice Guy, will be on stage to discuss his new film, also being shown, Super Duper Alice Cooper. There’ll also be a book signing with the discussion hosted by Gary Graff, former Detroit Free Press writer and author of Alice Cooper at 75, and WDET DJ Rob Reinhart. Cooper, by the way, is also known for his golf prowess. - 27/1/23
Stratford is, well, bringing Stratford into the classroom. The Ontario seasonal festival has lunched Classroom Connect that will allow students access to the festival’s vast library of digital content including new and classic plays. There’s filmed theatre productions, dance, podcasts, interviews and documentaries, accompanied by lesson plans and study guides. It also includes Illuminated Text which combines animation, calligraphy and street art to “reveal the intricacies of Shakespeare,” the festival says. The interactive experience, for example, allows students to explore text from Hamlet (photo) using the learning style of their choice – rhetoric, imagery or sound and rhythm. Cost for up to 150 users is $180 for five months. – 12/13/22
The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is coming back to downtown, less than two months after the yearly 11-day event ended. It will be re-screening "festival favourites" such as French-thriller Black Box, A Year in the Forest, about a local Windsor old growth forest (it actually exists!), Walkerville's Willistead Manor: The Home That Shaped a Community, and Peace by Chocolate, about Syrian refugees in Nova Scotia. Screenings are at the Capitol Theatre Dec. 14, 15 & 16. Check out the WIFF website for more info. - 11/29/22
The Tea Party will perform for the first time in 20 years with a symphony orchestra when it returns to Windsor for a performance Feb. 3 at Caesars Windsor. The band, which has played the world and calls Windsor home, is known for its progressive rock with Middle Eastern influences dubbed “Morrocan roll.” The band, originally formed 30 years ago, has released eight albums and sold more than three million units. It has received 14 JUNO and 22 MuchMusic award nominations. Its return here will be a benefit for Transition to Betterness and “essential and frontline workers.” It will perform with the International Symphony Orchestra, a 55-member band bridging Sarnia and Port Huron. – 11/15/22
Public art, being out in public, is subject to the vagaries of the elements. Not just due to the weather but vandalism and theft. Such was the case with several art installations in the city in 2021, the last report available. The Jackson Park Ukrainian Monument granite base suffered cracking and is being replaced. Last spring the Black Historical Murals in Patterson Park in Sandwich Town were vandalized and have now been fully restored by the original artist Jermain Baylis. The Man on the Horse sculpture in the riverfront Windsor Sculpture garden was stolen but now has been restored “and reinforced,” says the Community Public Art Committee. Meanwhile Love for All Hatred for None, (photo) a globe raised by sculpted extended arms, on the riverfront and installed five years ago, had its rusting base recast in stainless steel. Finally, the Mary and Henry Bibb plaque located next to Mackenzie Hall was stolen. The plaque was federally owned and Parks Canada was looking at reinstalling it by the end the year. -10/19/22
Photo: City of Windsor
Now that we're - almost - free - to cross the border (the Americans still require two shots) you might want to take in the Motor City Comic Con Oct. 14 - 16 at Suburban Collection Showplace located in Novi, Mi. Scores of celebrities from TV, movies and streaming, and Comic and Crafter guests will be on hand for Michigan's longest and largest comic and pop-culture extravaganza since 1989. A vast collection of pop-culture merchandise, like comics, art, t-shirts, movie memorabilia and posters will be available. Over 250 comic book creators, writers and artists attend. Guests can attend panel discussions, attractions and explore various exhibitor vendors. Schedules and additional fees vary per guest and event. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.MotorCityComicCon.com. - 5/10/22
Art Windsor-Essex, the still relatively new name for what was the Art Gallery of Windsor, has unveiled an updated website. Officials (photo) revealed it last week. The bright easy to navigate site breaks down into sections like current exhibitions, what's in the permanent collection and educational opportunities. It was created from a $201,500 grant by the province and Ontario Trillium Foundation. AWE executive director Jennifer Matotek said the website will help get the word to more people. “To meet this demand and maintain our artistic vision, AWE must increase its marketing and communications footprint,” she said. – 9/20/22
One of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous themed paintings, Starry Night, will have a place of honour at the upcoming Van Gogh exbibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It’s the first time in more than a decade this particular Starry Night from Paris's Musée d'Orsay will be on display in the US. It's not the more well known version, on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit, featuring more than 70 works by the tormented Dutch artist, runs from Oct. 2 to Jan 22. The DIA was the first museum in America to buy a Van Gogh painting, Self Portrait in 1922. Appropriately, the exhibit, Van Gogh in America will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of that acquisition. Tickets are on sale now. – 9/6/22 (Updated with correction 9/8/22)
Rosalie Trombley - “The Girl with Golden Ear” - the famed Big 8 CKLW’s music director in the late 1960s and 70s, is renowned in pop music circles for breaking some of the biggest hits, and careers of all times. A statue is being made in her honor by Windsor artist Donna Jean Mayne. Here are some of the songs that Trombley, of Leamington and who died last year, made famous.
• Heavy Music and Ramblin Gamblin Man by Bob Seger
• Show Time by the Detroit Emeralds
• Both Sides Now by Judy Collins
• I’m Eighteen by Alice Cooper
• Sweet Sweet Baby (Since You Been Gone) by Aretha Franklin
• These Eyes by the Guess Who
• I Want You Back by the Jackson 5
• Love Child by Diana Ross and the Supremes
• Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross
• Do I Love You by Paul Anka
• If You Could Read My Mind and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
• Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
• Cloud Nine by The Temptations
• What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
• Superstition by Stevie Wonder
• Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones
• Me and Mr. Jones by Billy Paul
• If You Don’t Know Me By Now by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
• Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
• Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Hot Lips and Toledo’s very own Klinger will be paying a visit to this fall’s Motor City Comic Con. Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger aka Jamie Farr and Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan aka Loretta Swit, both of TV M*A*S*H fame, will be attending Michigan’s largest and longest running comic book and pop culture get together. They’ll be signing autographs and posing for photos (for a fee). It takes place Oct. 14-16 at Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace. The TV stars will be there all three days. Both actors trace their careers in film and TV to the mid-1950s. No word on whether Farr will bring wardrobe changes. – 8/10/22
You may have heard of the Vagina Monologues. Now there’s the Pride Monologues. These are a collection of real stories set for the stage. They feature stories written by LGBTQ+ people and friends. The monologues are “funny, uplifting and true” and premiered in Chicago during Pride month, according to the producer. Now Windsor will be the second site for the production. Shadowbox Theatre (photo) will host the show Aug. 7. The producers have put out a casting call for volunteer performers, as proceeds will go to charity. Contact email@example.com.
Photo: Shadowbox Theatre
Convenience just got a little more expensive. Those hoping to avoid lineups at the cinema will have to pay extra for the privilege. Cineplex has introduced an additional $1.50 to buy a ticket online or through its mobile app. Canada’s largest theatre chain says the reason is to “further invest and evolve our digital infrastructure.” There will be no such charge if you show up at the box office or theatre ticket kiosk in person, however. Those who are members of Cineplex’s Scene Plus rewards program will only have to fork over $1. And those who are members of Cineclub, a monthly subscription service, won’t have to pay extra at all. – 7/8/22
Two new plaques were unveiled at two of southwestern Ontario’s most significant Black settlements. Ontario Heritage Trust says the plaques “were rewritten to remove inappropriate language and recentre the experience of Black communities and individuals.” The plaques are for the Buxton Settlement (photo), west of Chatham, in recognition of the legacy of the “thriving free Black community” in the area. As a testament to the settlement’s legacy, thousands return to the village every Labour Day weekend for a homecoming celebration. The other is for the Wilberforce Settlement north of London. In 1829, a group of free Blacks from Ohio set out to establish an organized colony “where they could enjoy freedom, self-determination and equality,” The Trust says. - 6/7/22
Joe Messina, one of the legendary Funk Brothers who backed Motown acts in the 60s and 70s and who has recently died, at one time led the Joe Messina Orchestra at Windsor’s Metropole night club. The guiarist died of kidney failure at 93 in suburban Detroit. “That insistent guitar figure that percolates throughout Diana Ross and the Supremes’ ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ — was Joe Messina,” said a recent Detroit News article. The Metropole, or Metropole Tavern (photo), was locate at 917 Walker Rd. at the corner of Niagara St., now occupied by the Walkerville Eatery. – 6/3/22
Photo: SW Ont. Digital Archive
Detroit’s Emagine theatres have introduced a host of inventive audience amenities. These include sensory friendly screenings. “What does Sensory Friendly mean?” asks the home-grown chain. “First, it means sensory friendly experience (lights up a bit, sound down a bit). Second, if your child needs to get up, move, dance, sing.... No problem. Third, guests are welcome to bring a safe snack for any food allergies or food avoidance/restrictions.” This was for a special screening of the movie Sing. The chain also introduced open captions at select screenings of The Batman in March. “Guests who experience hearing impairments will be able to enjoy the movie-going experience with audio subtitles displayed on the big screen for all to see.” And who says theatres can’t be open in the morning? Emagine will host a breakfast buffet at its Royal Oak location May 1, a 10 am screening of The Bad Guys. - 4/27/22
It’s a familiar sight to Windsorites attending a ball game at Comerica Park, the giant “whale” mural on a skyscraper back of right field. That mural has been there since 1997 and was done to show how water, such as the Great Lakes, connects to the ocean. The artist was former Detroiter Robert Wyland. The mural helped spark a renaissance to revitalize old abandoned office towers in Detroit’s downtown core. Now that painting is being covered by another, sponsored by Rocket mortgage companies. It says “Detroit is Home” and features a group of funky smiley faces, also by another Detroit artist Phillip Simpson. The vinyl ad is not permanent. – 4/11/22
Windsor’s Biblioasis, the publisher and bookstore, will be co-hosting a live event with Baltimore's The Ivy Bookshop featuring Canadian author Elise Levine’s latest book, Say This. Levine will be in conversation with Baltimore-based writer Jung Yun, author of O Beautiful. The book, published by Biblioasis and set in Baltimore, is described as “Two crystalline novellas linked by one devastating crime: Say This is an immersive meditation on the interplay between memory, trauma and narrative.” The event will take place online Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm on Facebook and Twitter. - 28/2/22
Ontario may be removing theatre capacity and vaccine passport rules March 1 but the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) will keep the current 50 per cent limit when it hosts three films March 3, 4 and 5. “To ensure the comfort and safety of our audience, WIFF will be adhering to the Covid-19 public health measures as set out by the province when tickets first went on sale February 8th,” the festival says in an announcement. “WIFF understands that the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions are continuously evolving and we will re-assess these protocols for any future screenings.” To gain admission, filmgoers will have to show a QR code, wear masks, there will be 50 per cent capacity “and physical distancing measures in place.” Screening at the Capitol Theatre will be the Japanese film Drive My Car, Danish film Flee, the Spanish film Parallel Mothers and Norway's The Worst Person in the World. - 24/2/22
Windsor’s other home-grown film festival, Media City, will offer all its films free online during the festival’s 25th edition, taking place through March 1. More than 70 films will be available at www.mediacityfilmfestival.com. The festival features unconventional, edgy and experimental work from around the world and is recognized internationally for its critically curated content. Indeed, filmmakers from a multitude of countries have long exhibited their work at the festival. “Audiences will gain unfettered access to incredible new works, world premieres, restorations, amateur films, and historical masterpieces from legendary artists and filmmakers,” says artistic director Oona Mosna. The festival remains online until such time as “public safety allows” resumption of in-theatre audiences, Mosna says. - 16/2/22
Pine Knob is back. Or at least the name is back. But, of course, you always called it that anyway. DTE Energy Music Theatre, the name of the venerable outdoor concert site north of Detroit, was always too much of a mouthful anyway. Pine Knob opened in 1972 but the name changed under new sponsorship from DTE Energy in 2001. That 20-year sponsorship ended and two new sponsors have agreed to return the 15,000-seat venue to its original much-loved name and are keeping a lower profile. The venue has seen thousands of acts over the years and often set attendance records for the top grossing outdoor venue in the US. That includes in 2019, its last regularly scheduled year prior to Covid, when almost 600,000 concertgoers passed through its gates. The facility is run by 313 Presents which also produces events at Little Caesars Arena, the Fox Theatre, Meadowbrook Amphitheatre and Comerica Park. “The renaming couldn’t come at a better time as the 2022 summer concert season will mark the renowned venue’s 50th anniversary,” 313 says in a release. The first scheduled show is AJR on May 27. – 1/25/22