The Windsor Symphony Orchestra celebrated 70 years of making music in the community on June 9,  2017 at The Beat Goes On birthday bash. Did you know that in its incorporated history, the WSO has only had six conductors or music directors? Two, Matti Holli and Laszlo Gati, have sadly passed away. Conductor emeritus John Morris Russell could not come to the event, but we managed to capture four past music directors: Dwight Bennett () and Susan Haig () with Associate Conductor WSO and Conductor, WSYO Peter Wiebe, WSO Chorus Conductor Bruce Kotovich, and our Music Director Robert Franz catching up and comparing notes.

L-R Dwight Bennett, Peter Wiebe, Susan Haig, Robert Franz

Dwight Bennett and Peter Wiebe exchanging tech info

L-R: Dwight Bennett, Peter Wiebe, Susan Haig, Robert Franz, Bruce Kotovich

The Beat Goes On! is the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s birthday bash theme and promise. For over 70 years, dedicated musicians and volunteers have brought extraordinary music to the Windsor, Essex, Chatham, Kent, Michigan regions.

What better venue than the historic Capitol Theatre Windsor, scene of so many concerts, and now the home stage of the WSO?

Join us – and past musicians, conductors, and friends for a once-in-a-decade celebration, June 9 at 6:30 pm.

Click here for tickets.


Caitlin and Jonathan, who both live in downtown Windsor, decided, like many couples, that the Capitol Theatre would be a romantic setting for their wedding. Not only are they supporting this historic building by bringing friends and family here to enjoy the space, but they are supporting many downtown businesses for most of their wedding needs. As described in this article by Joe McParland in BizX magazine (June, 2017, p. 40), the Downtown Windsor BIA are also thrilled by this initiative, many other businesses are chipping in wedding gifts for the couple!

Check out our Wedding Rentals page for more ideas for your celebration. Each event can be custom tailored for your unique vision of your special day.

This past week, Starvox Entertainment, a Toronto theatre company, brought its rehearsals of Cannibal! The Musical! to the stage of The Capitol Theatre. During the week long rehearsal, The Windsor Star was able to catch up with the show’s General Manager/Associate Producer, Jessica Johnston, and get her take on being at The Capitol.

“This is a pretty big venue, stage-wise, and it’s available. It’s really hard to find spaces this big that are available in Toronto. And taking a show and making sure everything works before we hit the road can be very expensive in Toronto.”

Cannibal! was gracious enough to open up its final weekend of rehearsals for free previews to the general public, which was well-received by Windsorites.

Photo: Dax Melmer/The Windsor Star
Source: The Windsor Star

The Capitol Theatre Windsor and manager Windsor Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to be nominated again for the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) Best of … awards 2017.

Enter for a draw, and vote for all your favourite places in the county here.

Last year, Capitol Theatre Windsor was thrilled to win the Best Theatre category. This nomination proves how versatile is this heritage building for the whole community.

For more information about the nominations, contact TWEPI at


Submissions close March 6, 2017.

Thirty-six finalists will present essays in front of a live audience in one of six Ontario locations in 2017. Six prizes will be awarded—one winner will be announced at the end of each event. The events will be free and open to the public, and the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell will be in attendance.

We know you’re already acquainted with a few of Ontario’s best and brightest young visionaries. Make sure to take a few brilliant young adults aside and insist that they apply!

The competition offers an opportunity for innovative and creative thinkers across Ontario to present their solutions to the great challenges that Ontarians and Canadians will face over the next 50 years—everything from evolving environmental pressures to reconciliation.

In partnership with The Walrus Foundation, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, announced that CBC’s Piya Chattopadhyay will be the head judge for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.

*Panel Judges *
TBD, Reconciliation
Steve Paikin, Governance
Annette Verschuren, Inclusive Prosperity
Edward Burtynsky, Environmental Stewardship
Sanjay Khanna, Social Cohesion
Ilse Treurnicht, Scientific and Technological Innovation


We will be closed from December 20 to January 2, 2017.

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Wishing you peace and joy this week from all of us at the Capitol.

In partnership with the City of Windsor and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Capitol Theatre Windsor is renovating its fixed seating.


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