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Friday September 30th, 2011

Posted at 11:15am

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This weekend in Windsor is the start of the two-week takeover of downtown known as Harvesting the F.A.M. Fest.

This event is Windsor’s largest inter-arts festival promoting local film, art, and music in a way that makes it accessible for everyone. Admission to all events is free, and there are even a few that are all-ages.

In it’s sixth year of the festival, even organizer Murad Erzinclioglu informs me that F.A.M. is now a self-sufficient entity. This has been made possible by last year’s generous donation by The Burke Group of Real Mortgage Associates. AS well as being enough to help the fest stand on it’s own, organizers were excited about this contribution because it came from a donor without any direct ties to the arts community. They were just  some people who decided that Windsor’s arts community is deserving of the help, and this festival is a great way to do that.

This year’s entire two-week span is being dedicated to the memory of fallen legend Bradford Helner (1971 – 2011). As well as being a performer in the city’s music scene, he was a great supporter of groups he wasn’t involved with. Murad even credits Bradford with keeping his own musical endeavour (wh)y.m.e.(??) alive.

Throughout the entire two-weeks art will be on display at Phog, with works by [email protected], Laura Gentilli, Christy Lister, and Tracy Paterson, and at Milk by Derek Cerovski, Crystal Feetham, Vincent Franzoi, Frikinzero Art, and Dave Kant.

Kicking off this Friday, September 30th the musical lineup is quite impressive, and the problem will be deciding which bands to catch. The night is including a return-to-Windsor performance by Salt of the Chief Cornerstone, who have relocated to L.A., and a reunion of The Sean Connery Supergroup.

 

The Loop – 156 Chatham Street West (Upstairs)

11:15pm – Vaudevillianaires

12:15am – Surdaster

1:15am – Sean Connery Super Group (Reunion)

 

FM Lounge – 156 Chatham Street West (Main Level)

10:45pm – Dead Letters (Winnipeg)

11:45pm – What Seas What Shores

12:45am – Salt Of The Chief Cornerstone (Return Performance)

 

Coach & Horses – 156 Chatham Street West (Basement)

10:00pm – The Hypnotics

11:00pm – Orphan Choir

12:00am – Sagan Youth

1:00am – Attention

 

On Saturday, the overkill on fantastic acts continues, and spreads out a bit from The Loop Building.

Coach & Horses – 156 Chatham Street West (Basement)

10:15pm – Valerie Page

11:15pm – We Remain

12:15am – Repetitions

1:15am – Blackheart

 

Phog Lounge – 157 University Avenue West

10:45pm – Silent Movie Type

11:45pm – Frontiers

12:45am – Rowley Estate

 

Villains Beastro – 256 Pelissier Street

11:00pm – Vultures?

12:30am – Explode When They Bloom

 

The Dugout – 300 Ouellette Avenue (Lower Level)

11:00pm – The Standstills (London)

12:30am – The Blue Stones

 

All shows on Friday and Saturday night are 19+.

On Monday, October 3rd. Phog’s weekly open mic becomes Open FAM Jam, hosted by James OL. A great time for anyone not officially on the list of events to take part in this years Harvesting the F.A.M.

Tuesday the 4th is a night of film screenings at Milk Coffee Bar (67 University Avenue West) beginning at 8pm, and featuring work from:

  • Eric Boucher (Rose City Sessions & More!)
  • Brent Kore (Shorts)
  • Michael Evans (Shorts)
  • Jarrod Ferris (Shorts)
  • Kyle McCreight (Gang Green)
  • Chris Paco (Stanley Bowl & More!)
  • Michael Poirier (Comic Syndicate)
  • Jared Raab & Matt Johnson (Nirvana The Band The Show & More)
  • Ben Young (Hot Tw*t & More)

This event is all ages.

At 7:30 pm on Wednesday October 5th is a seminar for musicians looking to further their bands. Taking place at Phog Lounge, lectures will be given on getting your music played on Canadian mainstream radio as well as utilizing social media to properly promote your band.

Harvesting the F.A.M. will continue on until Saturday, October the 8th, with the next installments of activities to be posted here next week. If you’re curious before then, check it out on Facebook or their website.

 

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