Windsor’s 519 Band Celebrates A Whisky Town Christmas in new Video

(An old fashioned microphone was brought in as a prop for the 519 Band’s lead singer Jamie Thompson. during the band’s Christmas music video shoot on Nov. 28, 2018. Saxophonist Dave Belch is seen on the left. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)

According to Jamie Thompson, lead singer for The 519 Band, a well-known local blues and classic rock group, there are “so many sights to see all over Whisky Town.”

519 Band members harmonica player Giles Provost and guitarist Ryan Thompson

519 Band members harmonica player Giles Provost (left) and guitarist Ryan Thompson listen as cinematographer Walter Riggi describes the next scene of their Christmas video shoot on Nov. 28, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

These are actually the lyrics from the bands promised new Christmas song which, it turns out, focuses on Walkerville. To set the stage the seven piece group donned their best seasonal attire and gathered at Walkerville’s O’Maggio’s Kildare House Wednesday night to record a music video of their new tune. Scenes had the band playing, actually pretending to be playing, to a recording of the new song while being filmed as well as interacting with customers.

519 Band harmonica player Giles Provost

The 519 Band harmonica player Giles Provost wore a fancy red hat during the video shoot of the band’s freshly written Christmas song on Nov. 28, 2018.

Other scenes will have the musicians arriving at the Kildare and walking under the marquis of Wyandotte Street East landmark the Old Walkerville Theatre.

For Thompson, the words of the song came easy. He told Eyes on Windsor, they just seemed to flow in what became perfect harmony. With the lyrics in place the group headed into the recording studio to work on putting together the music track which has a decided blues beat.

The 519 Band’s drummer John Zuliani and lead guitarist Ryan Thompson

The 519 Band’s drummer John Zuliani and lead guitarist Ryan Thompson are seen through the front window of O’Maggio’s Kildare House during their Christmas music video shoot on Nov. 28, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Band members are lead singer Jamie Thompson, bassist Rob Balint, keyboardist Brian Jones, saxophonist Dave Belch, drummer John Zuliani, harmonicist Giles Provost and lead guitarist Ryan Thompson.

A few well-known Windsor musicians brought their moral support to the video shoot including Dave Whitehead, guitar player with the former local punk group the Dead End and post-punk band the Lost Patrol. Michael Pindus, of the Smokin’ Purple Monkeys, was also in attendance and helped out on some technical issues.

Walter Riggi video taping the 519 Band Christmas video.

Videographer Walter Riggi at work recording The 519 Band’s new Christmas video on Nov. 28, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Rob Balint of the 519 Band and Walter Riggi during video shoot

Bassist Rob Balint (left) works on a bass riff while videographer Walter Riggi sets up a scene for The 519 Band’s Christmas video on Nov 28, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Walter Riggi, a musician in his own right, of Tecumseh’s Riggi Media International was videographer for the shoot. His firm has a fully outfitted recording studio and has produced videos for many local artists including Jen Knight, Bob Gabrielle and Joel Liberty.

A release date for the final video has not yet been set.

For the latest updates visit https://www.the519band.ca

519 Band's saxophonist Dave Belch and keyboardist Brian Jones

Saxophonist Dave Belch (left) and keyboardist Brian Jones await instructions for the next shoot in The 519 Band’s Christmas video on Nov. 28, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

O’Maggio’s Kildare House decorated for Christmas

O’Maggio’s Kildare House in Walkerville was decorated for Christmas while inside The 519 Band was recording a video for their new Christmas song Whisky Town on Nov. 28, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Robert Tuomi

Article and photos by Robert Tuomi

For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.