The Windsor Tavern is hosting a fundraising jamboree for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) this Saturday, September 11, featuring five local musicians donating their time.

The CHEO Foundation Jamboree will run from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Windsor’s outdoor patio and event tent on Saturday. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by phoning the Windsor at 613-678-2122 or by sending a message through the tavern’s Facebook page.

Vankleek Hill classic rock band 50 PROOF is headlining the September 11 event, and will hit the stage for 90-minute performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gord Nixon will be performing at the event, as well as undertaking his regular hosting duties, and will kick off the jamboree with an intimate acoustic show from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Multi-faceted entertainer Gary Carpenter will take the stage from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., performing standards by classic artists such as Elvis Presley and Dean Martin. Acoustic singer/guitarist Jeff Holtby, from the Windsor’s Strings ‘n Wings Facebook page, will play from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Lemieux Brothers will play pop music, rock and country classics from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., followed by 50 PROOF hitting the stage at 7:30 p.m.

The Windsor holds an annual jamboree each July to raise money for the Vankleek Hill Food Bank, however the event was canceled in both 2020 and this summer. The tavern has been hosting fundraising events for various organizations over the summer and decided to hold a downsized fundraiser for CHEO, to both raise money for the hospital and give local families and music lovers a chance to once again enjoy a full day of live music.

“We really wanted to have a family jamboree again,” said Windsor Tavern co-owner Mike St-Denis, who decided to recruit local musicians who have been entertaining locals throughout the pandemic. “This is going to be an opportunity for people to get outside on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and evening and just have a beautiful day, while supporting a worthwhile cause.”

Jeff Holtby

The Lemieux Brothers