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Jubilations 2004 - June 13, 2004

Jubilations is a musical variety show showcasing the talents of the 50+ generation.

While some performers are "retired" professionals, others are amateurs who have "show business" in their blood and welcome the chance to entertain others. The Show performers come from Windsor – Essex as well as south-eastern Michigan and south-western Ontario, and as far away as Toronto.

The show director, Wayne Burnett, of Richburn Entertainment, also produces and directs the nationally known Seniors’ Jubilee held at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto for a week in August every year. We are proud that many of our Jubilations performers have been invited to perform in the Jubilee production over the years.

The Jubilations show has been in production since 1990 and plays to an audience of over 1000 at the Chrylser Theatre in the Cleary International Centre. This lively show not only is entertaining, it is an event that clearly dispels the myths of aging. One look at the bios of the performers listed here will tell you that these folks are active, vibrant and talented.

Save the date! Sunday, June 13, 2004! Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2004. Don’t miss out – get your ticket early. It is with great pride that we present this entertaining display of talent starring the 50+ generation!

It is with great pride that we present this entertaining display of talent starring the 50+ generation!

Centres for Seniors Windsor greatly acknowledges our 2003 sponsors:

The Windsor Star580 Memories CKWW
Allegra Print & ImagingRBC Financial Group
Hilton WindsorSunrise Assisted LivingCasino WindsorCentral Park Lodges

Up Close and Personal with Our 2003 Performers

Our Master of Ceremonies - Don Gray
Don Gray began his career on Barrie TV in the 1960's during the birth of the folk singing craze. Some of his fondest memories are of the fall fairs and hootenannies, performing with friends such as Orillia's Gordon Lightfoot. Don enjoyed a 20 year career as broadcaster and filmmaker. After a successful 23 years as coordinator of the Radio, TV and Film program at Centennial College in Toronto, Don is now enjoying a third year of retirement. And he is working again! Not able to stay away from teaching, he travels regularly to a First Nations school near Belleville where he instructs college-level Aboriginals from across Canada in their own ancient art of story-telling for television. A very special Windsor welcome to one of our favourite friends, Don Gray. This is Don's sixth year as Jubilations M.C.

Ed Agnew
Ed’s unique talent is sure to impress you. His mother taught him how to whistle and he has been doing so for twenty years. Ed also played the trumpet but stopped after never finding the time to practice. So he began to Whistle. He has performed all over the city and has whistled with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

As the name implies, this is a club with members who love to dance!! Comprised of dancers from both the city and the county and under the direction of Tracy Ransome, this group spans almost 2 decades of dance experience. From country to hip-hop – as long as there is a beat, they’ll be moving their feet. All for your enjoyment! Dancing today are Gail Beuglet, Gail Burns, Shirley Crapper, Len Edwards, Mike Giofu, Patty Hynds, Tracy Ransome, Jeannine Samson and Linda Youdelis.

Nil-A-Nova Dance Band
Under the direction of Kevin Masterson, this band is a hit in local dance clubs. Nil-A-Nova means “Nothing New” in Latin, reflecting their musical repertoire, which includes favourites from the Big Band Era. Playing Saxophone are Ken Brown, John Baytaluk, Bryan Boddy, Jim Collins, Ric Blais, on trumpet: Kevin Masterson, Ilkka Oksanen, Brett Peifer, Clyde Jacob, on trombone: Tony Malkowski, Pat Sheffiel, Jack Dropko, on drums: Renzo Ghiloni, on bass: Ryan Fontaine, and on piano: Larry Bensette.

Charlottte Schneider
Welcome Charlotte to your first Jubilations! Charlotte was recently chosen 1st runner up in the Ms. Senior Michigan pageant. She has appeared on stage in theatres throughout the country, and has been honoured with Best Actress awards on several occasions. Charlotte is also an accomplished writer and illustrator of children’s books.

Jim Bibby
“It’s true”, welcome back Jim Bibby! Jim is originally from England, where he entertained troops during WWII and at Prisoner of War camps. He has been entertaining seniors in Oakville and Florida during his retirement. Jim enjoyed being the Master of Ceremonies at senior variety shows in Florida. Jim, you are always a Jubilations favourite!

Edyth Harris
Edyth was born in Vienna, Austria. Interested in Performing Arts, she toured Italy, moved to England and married in 1944 and later moved to Canada. In 1986, she began her career as a writer. Edyth has published poetry books, written plays, and has received the President’s Award for Literary Excellence for her poem “Free Fall.” She is past-president of the Women Writers of Windsor, a member of the National Authors Registry, The International Society of Poets, and Ontario Literacy Society.

Classy Steppers
A warm welcome to this Centres’ Dance Troupe! This group started in 1993 and some of the original members are still dancing. The ladies perform at a variety of functions around Windsor. Starring today are Daisy Robert, Donna Miles, Joyce Turner, Jean McNeill, Laura Nyholm, Shirley Mailloux, Doreen Mineau, Cecile Dubuc and Vera Langlois.

Ron Ashworth
During the 90’s Ron played guitar and sang with “The Mauds,” a local oldies group. He will entertain us today with Brown Eyed Girl and My Girl! Welcome Ron, a retired Elementary School Teacher and recent medalist in the Ontario Senior Games in Volleyball and Golf.

George Wayne
Welcome George to your second Jubilations show! George will dazzle you with the harmonica. He has played the harmonica for over 50 years, and has played at WXYZ radio in the 1950’s with the famous Happy Hour Gang. George has also played at the Lawrence Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri, and has performed in Las Vegas. He is retired from Blue Cross.

Del Grebe
Welcome back Del! We are glad you are here! Back by popular demand, Del comes to us from Michigan, where she loves to entertain others. She keeps a very busy schedule and has been singing her whole life! Del has toured France, Israel, and Switzerland with the War Chancel Choir. She began taking vocal coaching at 20 years of age, and is very active in her church. She has formed a group called “Del and Friends” which consists of vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers.

Stardust Cloggers
This clogging group comes to us from Dorchester, Ontario and is under the dynamic direction of Deborah O'Hara. They love to have fun! They enjoy performing in the community. Performing today: Deborah O' Hara, Annette Laidlaw, Jeanette Irwin, Joanne Bugo, Audrey Pinnegar, Barb Baily, Sylvia Nichols, Robert Pinell, Marg Fountain, Marion Tomchuk and Marie Munro.

Dorothy Goodbrand
Dorothy is turning 95 this summer! She was born on an Indian Reserve known as "Muncey" which is located between London and St. Thomas. Dorothy grew up in a very musical family. Her mom played piano, and her dad sang. When Dorothy was engaged to her husband, he proposed to her and gave her a piano instead of a diamond ring! She has two sons and has spent much of her interesting life entertaining others. Currently, she plays the piano for the Kiwanis World-A-Rama, the organ for a local funeral home and church, and with the Young at Heart band.

Gerry Potvin
Welcome to Gerry from our own Centre! Gerry started his career singing at age 8 as a choir boy. Gerry has sung in the Male international choir for over 40 years, performing at the first Sunday concert under the tent at the Stratford Festival. Gerry was a performer with "Stage Crazy," a traveling air force show. Gerry continues to sing with choirs and performed with the Windsor Light Opera in the 50's and 60's. Recently Gerry sang with the German choir and the Italian choir.

Eric Mannering
Originally from Northern Ireland, Eric worked in variety clubs in the Manchester area with acts such as Engleburt Humperdinck and Matt Monroe. In Canada, he was a guest more than once on "The Pig 'N Whistle" show (CFTO) in Toronto, and on the "Bozo Show" on CKLW TV in Windsor. He has played numerous clubs in the U.S.A., including performing the opening comedy act for Paul Anka, Dionne Warwicke, and Donnie and Marie. Eric has led his own Imperial Dixieland Jazz Band for over 25 years, and has been the Master of Ceremonies at many local concerts.

Doreen Mineau
We are delighted to welcome our Centres' own Doreen Mineau to our show today. Doreen is an ex-Hamilton Tiger Cat majorette. Her energy is admired by all. She is also the instructor of the Centres' drill team, the Classy Steppers. Doreen and her baton - what more can we say!

Voci Ciociare
The Group "Voci Ciociare" was founded on October 16, 1995 by a handful of people at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor. The group is composed of 34 members that are from varied towns of Ciociaria. They perform Italian and folklore type somgs in hopes to pass on Italian traditions and heritage to their children. Voci Ciociare performed last year in the Italian Music Festival in ITALY!

Edna Brown
The renowned Edna Brown comes to us from Michigan. Believe it or not, she was a shy young girl who attended Catholic School. Edna went on to appear at USO shows and was the opening act for the famous fan dancer, Sally Rand. She has toured the bill with entertainers such as Bobby Vinton and the Four Tops. Edna was crowned Ms. Senior Michigan in 1991. Edna is this year's recipient of the Performing Arts Achievement Award.

Eddie Reed
Eddie is a veteran entertainer born in Nova Scotia and has traveled all over the U.S. and Canada. Appearing on many of Canada's top TV and radio shows, Eddie moved to California in the mid-60's and continued his career as a songwriter and lead singer for several groups. While living in Hawaii signing and recording, he also used his acting abilities on several episodes of Hawaii Five-0 and commercials. He has recorded with Columbia, Twirl, Artist, Fontaine, and Lehua Records, with current releases on MRO Records.

Windsor Single Squares
This groups was founded in 1982 by Single People who wished to dance Modern Western Square Dance. They entertain at various Retirement Homes and Charity events throughout the city and county. They dance every Tuesday evening from September to May at the Legion, Wyandotte Street East. They are always looking for new dancers!

Jay Douglas
A dynamic singer with a captivating stage presence, Jay Douglas has performed his diverse repertoire of music for audiences around the world! He has been the featured performer at numerous resorts and nightclubs and on Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises. He has shared the stage with many major stars, including Fats Domino, Joe Tex, Cissy Houston, Roscoe Gordon, The Manhattans, Toot and Maytals, Peaches and Herb and comedian Jim Carrey.

Eric Mannering's Happy Music (Lobby Entertainment)
A standing ovation for the wonderful lobby entertainers that greeted you today! Their lively music was greatly appreciated by all of us as they set the tone for the afternoon. Included in this group are Wilbur Rigg – brass bass, Art Squire – trombone, Richard Beneteau – Banjo, Bill Jackson – Banjo, and last but not least – Eric Mannering – Banjo!!

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