On Friday, May 25, members of the Windsor RWG celebrated the “unveiling” of their new “Reflections on 1812” CD of original material with a debut concert featuring the majority of the artists on the recording. The event is being staged by the 1812 Committee for the Town of Tecumseh, Ontario ( on Windsor’s eastern border ) and will be held in conjunction with that town’s annual Arts Festival. In addition, copies of the CD will be available for free distribution to attendees.
They’re “free” because the writing and recording project was funded by means of a grant obtained by former Windsor RWG Coordinator Peter Boyer from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage. One of the stipulations for their securing that funding was that the completed CD’s be made available to the public at no cost.
As a result of his involvement with Tecumseh’s Arts Committee, Windsor RWG member and founding coordinator Glen MacNeil spearheaded the move to facilitate the involvement of Tecumseh Town Council and its 1812 Committee in hosting the CD “unveiling” (not actually a “release”, as it’s not for sale).
Featured on the CD are compositions and performances by Windsor RWG members Phil Poli, Paulette Ingram, Mark Crampsie, Linda Girard, Glen MacNeil, Gone Wrong, Peter Boyer, Adam Gilchrist, Dale Butler, Sharon Light, and Roger John, as well as by present coordinator Dave Light. The initial recordings were produced, recorded and mixed by Mark Plancke at Sharktank Productions in Windsor, mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel Mastering, and replicated at Silverbirch Productions in Toronto. Sharon Light (assisted by Linda Girard) provided the cover concept design and jacket photography.
“We’re all extremely proud of the quality of the finished project”, says Windsor RWG Coordinator Dave Light. “In all aspects, from initial writing of the songs to the final replication, it’s a first-rate, professional product !”
Members plan to be doing a number of performances of the material on the CD at various 1812-related events throughout south-western Ontario over the coming months.