Windsor Star Article, Dec 25, 2020:

Windsor Star Article – Capitol Theatre Earns Provincial Recognition!

2020 Best of Windsor Essex Award Winners names
The Capitol Theatre Windsor BEST THEATRE SPACE!


The Best of Windsor Essex Awards are awards voted on by Windsor-Essex locals – your favourite places to go & things to do in Windsor Essex and you voted for the Capitol Theatre!

A special thank you to our Capitol volunteers who help make the theatre a terrific success and historical highlight in the community.

We look forward to when we can welcome you into our space again for great entertainment, culture, and community!

You can watch the video announcement, or view all the winners here.




Updated April 3, 2020

With the health and safety of our patrons and the greater public, our musicians, volunteers, and our staff as our foremost priority, the Capitol Theatre has cancelled all events through April 30th, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes programming presented by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and third party events.


“During this time, Administrative Staff will be available by email during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.”


For WSO Tickets Holders Please Visit
For Other Events, please contact the event organizer.


A decision will be made regarding all other events scheduled after April 15th in the coming days. For the most up-to-date information, please visit continue to visit the Capitol Theatre website.

We thank you for your patience as we navigate this evolving situation together.

Author of the article:

Even Walt Disney didn’t need a mirror on the wall to tell him Windsor’s Capitol Theatre was the fairest of them all.In 1938, the man himself sent the Windsor Daily Star a letter thanking it for helping promote a screening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Capitol.

That letter will be among the artifacts and archives spotlighted this year during celebrations for the theatre’s 100th anniversary.

WIFF-The Irishman

November 21- 28

In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs the ranks to become a top hit man, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa — a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.

The WSO invites Windsor Essex (W-E) County Residents to Take Centre Stage!


Windsor, Ontario – February 20, 2019


If you are a Windsor-Essex resident and think you have an Awesome Talent,

the Windsor Symphony Orchestra invites you to audition.  The competition is open to all kinds of talent… aspiring musicians…dancers…actors…acrobats, magicians…or something else we may never have seen!


WHY ARE WE HOLDING A TALENT CONTEST?  We know there are many, many talented people here in Windsor and Essex County.  We want to give them a chance to shine.  On September 27 and 29, 2019, ten of the most talented amateur performers across Windsor Essex will compete on the Pentastar Stage in the heritage Capitol Theatre before a live audience. The Grand Prize winner will receive a free booking at the Capitol.

WHO CAN AUDITION?   Residents of Windsor and Essex County. Individuals and groups are welcome to try out, non-professionals only please – if 51% or more of your income is earned from your talent, you are not eligible to participate.   Auditionees under the age of eighteen (18) must show proof of permission from parent or guardian to enter the contest.

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?  All applicants will be invited to a preliminary audition on Monday, April 8th.  Based on the application and the performance, the Music Director, together with the Assistant Conductor, will make the selections for the shortlist.  In addition to conducting classical music, our conductors Robert and Daniel have extensive experience in theatre, pop music, musical theatre, and dance.

The ten finalists will perform in the final competition on one of the two opening concerts of the WSO Pops Series next season, Friday, September 27th (evening concert) and Sunday, September 29th (afternoon concert). For each performance, a panel of judges will select a first, second and third place winner.  The Grand Prize winner will be selected from the two first place winners.


WHO ARE THE JUDGES?  We have invited five people with a blend of skills and knowledge to form the team of judges.

The Panel will include

Craig Pearson, Managing Editor, The Windsor Star

Tim Trombley, Director of Entertainment, Caesars Windsor

Lisa Williams, Co-host, The Morning Drive AM 800

Daniel Wiley, Assistant Conductor, Windsor Symphony Orchestra



The prizes for each concert with be as follows:



W.E. Got Talent Winner Debut Event Package! One FREE Eight hour Booking in the Theatre of your Choice (Maximum Value $1950). Scheduling based on theatre availability.




  • First Prize: $500 cash
  • Second Prize: A pair of tickets to the WSO’s WIFF Celebration and a pair of tickets to a WIFF movie of your choice during the 2019 annual film festival
  • Third Prize: A pair of tickets to WSO Holiday Pops



HOW DO I SIGN UP?  Go to the WSO Website,
$25.00 registration fee applies.

Deadline for Registration:  March 31, 2019.



For more information, please contact:

Sheila Wisdom

Executive Director, Windsor Symphony Orchestra
T. 519-973-1238 ex. 19


The Windsor Symphony Orchestra:  Connecting people of Windsor and Essex County through the power and passion of music

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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 Windsor Essex awards 2019!

The Capitol Theatre has been nominated for Best Entertainment Venue and the WSO for Best Performing Arts Group.

Vote for us and all of your other favourite spots in the Windsor-Essex area at Voting closes Sunday, February 24 at 11:59pm

Capitol Theatre Windsor will be closed from Saturday December 22 – Sunday January 6.

Offices will reopen Monday Jan 7th, 2019.

Tickets may still be purchased online (subject to availability)

December 13, 2018

JOB POSTING – Technical Coordinator


JOB TITLE: Technical Coordinator

REPORTS TO: WSO Director of Operations and Capitol Theatre Technical Director

JOB SUMMARY: The Capitol Theatre seeks a Technical Coordinator to assist Capitol Theatre User Groups and Windsor Symphony Orchestra Staff in program service delivery, including audio and lighting. This individual works independently and as part of a team, is competent using Microsoft Office, and working with artists and community groups to produce successful events. Flexible hours are required. This position may be shared by two qualified individuals.

In additional to technical skills and knowledge as described above, the successful candidate will possess exceptional organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple event cycles simultaneously, a personable attitude, and the ability to create an environment that is conducive to open and direct communication.

Leading candidates will have experience working in a professional theatre and experience with standard theatre lighting, audio, and projector setups, as well as fly operating.



Technical Coordinator, Capitol Theatre


  • Execute and Oversee technical production of services as assigned; ensure crew are

informed and organized, coordinate stage setup;


  • Assist, and occasionally manage events for, the Capitol Theatre Technical Director and WSO Director of Operations, including setting up, running, and tearing down audio and lighting equipment, as assigned;


  • Stage Manage in the absence of appropriate WSO or Capitol crew (Stage Manager must be approved by Technical Director or WSO Director of Operations prior to the event, in coordination with the Capitol Theatre Manager);


  • Attend weekly staff as well as operations meetings and communicate all technical and production needs to other staff;


  • Create Technical Plans and Stage Plots for the WSO season, including crew call times, stage access times, equipment required, and other technical needs;


  • Coordinate all User Group rehearsal and performance logistics with the Capitol Theatre Manager, WSO Director of Operations and Capitol Theatre Technical Director;


  • Organize and inventory all Capitol Theatre and WSO equipment;


  • Assist Capitol Technical and Front of House Staff in building maintenance and event setup as required


  • Additional duties as assigned


LOCATION OF WORK: Primarily the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave W., Windsor ON; other venues across Essex and Kent Counties


TERM OF AGREEMENT: Seasonal contract position January 15, 2019. Full contract will run from August 1 through May 31 annually.  Summer work may be available.



  • Competent using Microsoft Office
  • Competent with the following equipment:

Insight 2x Lighting Board by Electronic Theatre Controls

Titan One by Avolites Lighting Board

Soundcraft Si Expression 3/32 channel Digital consul

Presonus Studio Live 32 Ai soundboard

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Working at heights
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Valid Ontario Drivers’ License
  • Experience driving small cube truck
  • Permitted to work in Canada



  • Lift Operation Certificate an asset (Genie personnel lift)


Deadline for application: January 18, 2019

Expected start date: February 1, 2019

Application Procedure

  • Please submit the following, via email, to
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of at least 3 professional references (with e-mail and telephone contact information)


Compensation:  $18 per hour based on an average of 40 hours per week.

Note: exact weekly schedule will vary pending Theatre bookings.  Evening and weekends required. Monthly schedule jointly determined.


Thank you for your interest in working with the WSO/Capitol Theatre Team.


Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls please.



The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) connects people through music.  With its roots in the boom years of the 1940’s to its present incarnation as a dynamic regional professional orchestra, the WSO has spanned three generations. The orchestra’s commitment to excellence and its consistent emphasis on education and community outreach have galvanized a new generation of music lovers in Windsor-Essex and will continue to bring inspired music-making in the future. Throughout its history, the WSO has proudly engaged, entertained, educated, and inspired audiences through the performance of live orchestral music. The foundational underpinnings of the WSO depend on bringing music into a living connection with the greater Windsor community, and finding new and different ways of integrating live performance with other art forms, including film, literature, theatre, and dance.

In the heart of Downtown Windsor, the Capitol Theatre (built in 1920) offers the unique convenience of three theatres in one venue. Today, the building is owned by the City of Windsor, managed by its anchor tenant, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and available to local artists and community groups as a multi-purpose venue for dance, literature, music, drama, film, and more.