Renowned Musicians & Artist Made Music & Art Collide In Windsor

Internationally award-winning fine artist and Windsor / St. Clair Beach native Paul Murray brought his Music ‘N Arts Collide live art show featuring a Christmas concert to Windsor’s Olde Walkerville Theatre this past Saturday (Dec. 8). The performance in support of Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish Foundation and local non-profit, Film Camp For Kids and Youth, featured Murray painting while renowned award winning musicians Sarah Smith, Brian Good, Wendell Ferguson, and surprise special guest, Windsor native Stacy Heydon performed.

Artist Paul Murray speed painting

Artist Paul Murray speed painting during Music ‘N Arts Collide in Windsor, Ontario, on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The Music and Arts Collide series, the brainchild of artist Paul Murray, were conceived when his wife Kati-Jane showed him YouTube video of artists “speed painting”. This style of art features artists painting, often on upside down canvases, usually in the time it takes to play a single song. Paul, always innovating and pushing boundaries, came up with the idea of going a step further by creating his works to the songs of a live band or musician. The artworks he creates during the show are auctioned live with proceeds going to local school programs and charities.

Sarah Smith Band with Artist Paul Murray

Sarah Smith and her band performing while artist Paul Murray speed paints a giant canvas during Music ‘N Arts Collide at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The first shows back in 2015 raised money that was used for sending artists and musicians to talk to kids in schools, with the objective of encouraging them to “think out of the box”. After a two year hiatus, Paul decided to revive the series for a tour of Southern Ontario. He recruited London, Ontario, based musician Sarah Smith after Kati-Jane had seen her mesmerizing performance in a Victoria Playhouse show. Kati-Jane brought some of Sarah’s CD’s home for Paul to listen to. Kati-Jane liked Sarah’s energy and natural ability to connect with her audience. The pair agreed that Sarah would be a rockin addition to their show. Not long afterward eight time Juno award winning Country Music Hall of Famer Brian Good of The Good Brothers and multiple CCMA and Juno award winning guitarist and humorist Wendell Ferguson heard about the planned Music and Arts Collide Southwestern Ontario tour and asked to be part of it.

Wendell Ferguson (right)

Multi CCMA and JUNO award winning guitarist Wendell Ferguson (right) performing at the Olde Walkerville Theatre during Music ‘N Arts Collide on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Saturday’s show began with a performance by Wendell Ferguson and a blindfolded Paul Murray creating a glue and glitter portrait of Ray Charles. Other speed paintings created during the show depicted Albert Einstein, Jesus Christ and even a pastel drawing of Santa. It was all put to canvas while it was rotating or upside down as music was performed live. The completed paintings were then offered up in a live auction. Attendees made offers via text message for each artwork with bidding closing at the end of the show.

Country Music Hall of Famer, Brian Good performing while award winning artist Paul Murray speed paints

Country Music Hall of Famer, Brian Good (right) performing while award winning artist Paul Murray speed paints during Music ‘N Arts Collide at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Brian Good, along with wife Susie singing backup, performed music from his upcoming solo album and later in the set, special guest, Windsor native Stacy Heydon, a former touring guitarist with iconic rocker David Bowie in the mid 70’s, joined Good and Ferguson onstage. Heydon and Murray are long time friends (Heydon taught Murray guitar when he was a teen) and Heydon is producing Good’s solo album. While both Heydon and Murray are natives of Windsor Essex County they are now based in the United States. Murray in Tennessee where his Paul Murray Gallery is located. Heydon is based in California where he has been producing records. Stacy is the brother of award winning bluesman Stu Heydon who also now resides in California.

Stacy Heydon, Brian Good and Wendell Ferguson

In the front row, special guest performers Stacy Heydon (left), Brian Good and Wendell Ferguson during the Music ‘N Arts Collide tour stop in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The second half of the show featured London musician Sarah Smith and her band performing a mix of Christmas classics and original music while Murray painted a giant 16 piece puzzle board of canvases. The finale of the show involved bringing the young people of Film Camp For Kids and Youth, the main benefactors of the show, on stage to perform with the entire ensemble, while Murray rearranged the 16 canvasses to form a giant painting. Families benefiting from the sponsored charities, Make A Wish and Ronald McDonald House, were invited to the show and given Paul Murray prints as gifts.

Music 'N Arts Collide Windsor Show

Sarah Smith (left), Paul Murray, and a pair of youth from Film Camp For Kids and Youth at the Olde Walkerville Theatre during Music ‘N Arts Collide on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Paul and Kati-Jane are already excited about next years shows, planning new and creative ways to collide music and art while supporting area youth by encouraging creativity and unique thinking as well as giving to local charity.

The Music ‘N Arts Collide series continues with another performance December 15 at Wallaceburg Museum in Wallaceburg, Ontario. A possible encore may hit Windsor on December 21, depending on the amount of interest and requests from fans.

Update: By popular demand a second show has been added in Essex County, an encore Music N Arts Collide Concert will take place in Kingsville on Dec. 21.

For more information about Paul Murray, the Music ‘N Arts Collide series or to let them know you’re interested in another show in Windsor please visit http://paulmurray.com

Stacy Heydon

Windsor native and former rock icon David Bowie guitarist, Stacy Heydon, performing during Music N Arts Collide at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Sarah Smith performing with Santa Claus

Pop/rock singer-songwriter Sarah Smith rocks with Santa at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Artist Paul Murray

Artist Paul Murray speed painting a giant canvas during Music ‘N Arts Collide at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Music N Arts Collide Windsor Show

Artist Paul Murray (left) paints while Brian Good (centre) and Wendell Ferguson perform during Music ‘N Arts Collide at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Film Camp For Kids and Youth students join performers during Music N Arts Collide

Children from Film Camp For Kids and Youth on stage with the performers during Music N Arts Collide at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Dec. 8, 2018. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.


Photos by Dan Boshart

Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter.