Song, Dance & Poetry

A night to celebrate the new work being created in Windsor! Listen to Original music, poetry and monologues written and performed by local artists.

When: Thursday, May 18 at 7:30pm
Where: Sho Art Spirit & Performance (628 Monmouth Rd, Windsor)
Tickets: $20

Photos from the Show

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Thank you to Mike Elford The Windsor Wedding Photographer for these excellent shots! 

Meet the Artists

Albert Sharp

Albert Sharp is a 16-year-old aspiring artist. Drawn towards the theatre due to the powerful emotions that fuel performance, he now aims to use that same passion to improve upon his own art. His piece "Love is for Idiots" attempts to shine a light upon romance from the eyes of someone who has lost the person they love as they try to make light of the pain and struggles entailed in moving forward. 

Mary Mukhtarian

Mary is 21 years old and currently studying Drama in Education and Community.  She has been writing music since she was 13 years old. She has always been strongly influenced by singer/songwriter and bluegrass sounds. She is so excited to be able to share with you all of the words that she could never say to all the boys she has ever loved.

Derwin Taylor

Derwin Taylor is a successful actor, poet and creative artist, starring in productions such as A Chorus Line, and Fringe Festivals Best Cast Performance Anywhere But Here. He is an active member of the social justice community with a philosophical view of the world that is clearly present in his works. He is uncertain of his specific writing style but knows he just writes what he feels. 

Derwin Taylor is studying psychology, literature, radio/Broadcasting and philosophy in post-secondary education.

Linda Lord

Linda is an Expressive Arts Facilitator who incorporates drama, narrative, and movement in ways that support mental wellness and personal development. She works with youth, youth in recovery, at risk youth, and young adults. As an Expressive Artist, Linda has written and performed several embodied stories, acted in 26 episodes of Miss Charity’s Diner, and hosted her own Blog Talk Radio show “Stories that Walk.” She is also the author of two self-help books and is currently studying for her PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy.  The story that she will be sharing is titled Once Upon a Childhood.

Sydney Matlock 

Is a country-pop singer songwriter from Amherstburg Ontario. Currently based in Boston, MA, she is a Songwriting Major at the prestigious Berklee College of Music entering her junior year this fall. Sydney has been a finalist in The South Canada Songwriting Competition and regional finalist in 2017 CBC Searchlight for her debut single and video ‘Follow You’. She was also featured in a Canada Day Video sponsored by the Windsor Star and Remark Realty, which went Canada wide. She will be spending her summer completing her debut EP and interning at Little Extra Music, a music publishing company in Nashville Tennessee. 

Allesandro Rotondi

Is a 19 year-old singer/songwriter from Tecumseh. He has been playing a variety instruments since the age of three, including guitar, bass, piano, drums, ukulele and harmonica. He is best known as the winner of AM800’s The Morning Drive with Mike & Lisa theme song contest. The song, which he wrote and performed when he was sixteen, still plays on the station frequently. Additionally, he has been writing music since the age of seven, and is also the guitarist and vocalist for local indie band Midnight Metro. He is currently attending the University of Windsor for a Bachelor of Music degree, and performs at local restaurants, retirement homes, fundraisers, and other social events.

Stacey Harford

Stacey Harford has dreamed of being a successful writer her whole life thus far.  As a child, she found that when she wrote, she was able to escape the troubling moments she found herself in.  Writing was more than just an escape, it was Stacey’s passion and therefore she is the happiest version of herself when she writes.  Stacey writes poetry and children’s’ stories written in prose (think Dr. Seuss meets Shel Silverstein).

On the night of Originals, she will be reading The Grub Hub, a story, written in prose, about the Peanut General.  The Peanut General is a character Stacey created nearly 20 years ago; he is a lovable, quirky character who always finds friends in unexpected ways. 

Gillian Marshall

Gillian is thrilled to perform at Act Originals. Gillian is 16 years old and her passion is music theatre. She has performed in such shows as A Chorus Line, Wizard of Oz, and is in the cast of the brand new musical A Girl Like Me, an ACT Original. She will be performing 2 original songs from the show (original lyrics and music by Chris Rabideau & Kathy Costa). She has had the privilege to work with Broadway writers Pasek and Paul, Carner and Gregor and Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. She is an aspiring song writer and hopes to pursue her own works in the near future!


Wesley Harrison

Wes Harrison is 18 years old and currently attends Wilfrid Laurier University.  He plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Voice performance. While developing his voice at school, Wes enjoys finding the time to nurture his passion for song writing and performing by composing alternative/pop music and finding every opportunity he can to share it with other people. 

Madelyn Stein

Is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter and musician from Tecumseh, Ontario. She started learning to play piano at the age of 4 and is currently working toward her Grade 8 Royal Canadian Conservatory exam. She began playing drums at the age of 5 and flute when she was 10, continuing to enjoy both today. She has been singing as long as she can remember! She began writing songs when she was 7 years old, and started recording them at the Canadian Conservatory of Music when she was 11. She recently released her first album “Roaming The World” in April of 2017. She has been part of many local talent shows, theatre productions and was the lead role in her school play “Annie” at Tecumseh Vista Academy, where she is currently in Grade 9. She also had the opportunity to go on AM800 and perform her song “Miss You”. This summer, she will be performing at the Tecumseh Corn Festival and other local events to continue gaining experience and exposure as a singer/songwriter in the community. She looks forward to growing as a musician, singer and songwriter as well as continuing to write and record her songs.


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