Windsor Star

Musicians band together to aid beating victim

- DALSON CHEN

Friends of Peter Stewart — better known among Windsor’s music undergroun­d as Scott Funnel — say you’d never guess he underwent emergency brain surgery twice this week.

“ He’s a stubborn, strongwill­ed person,” said local musician Jamie Greer. “He’s determined not to let this be the way he goes out.”

By all accounts, 39-year-old Stewart’s recovery from a vicious assault last weekend has been remarkable. On Thursday, he was moved out of the intensive care unit at HotelDieu Grace Hospital and transferre­d to the neurology department.

Andrew Dixon, a close friend and bandmate of Stewart, said he is in very good spirits: talking, eating, accepting and recognizin­g visitors, and even spending a little time out of bed.

On the morning of Nov. 13, Stewart suffered critical head injuries when he was punched, kicked and stomped in an unprovoked attack by three male suspects.

After a tense initial period, Dixon said doctors are now telling the family that Stewart could be ready for release next week. “Considerin­g what’s going on, he looks to make a full recovery,” Dixon said.

“Our goal is to get him to show up for his own fundraiser.”

That fundraiser is FunnelFest: a two-night, 35-band extravagan­za of live music at Stewart’s longtime workplace, the Coach and Horses tavern.

For more than a decade, Stewart has been setting up bands to play at the Coach. Many local acts got their first taste of live performanc­e there.

Now the community is returning his support.

Event organizer Greer said it’s “mind-blowing” how quickly the benefit show came together: Dozens of acts were eager to join, including previously broken up bands willing to have one-time reunions as a tribute to Stewart.

Meanwhile, the three alleged assailants remain in custody.

According to Sgt. Brett Corey of Windsor police, 19-year-old Kyle Heywood will have a court appearance on Friday.

Keith St. Pierre, 18, last appeared in court on Wednesday. He’s due for another appearance on Monday.

The third suspect — a 17-yearold male whose name can’t be published due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act — is being held in London. “That’s the closest secure facility for young offenders,” Corey said.

Dixon said he’s glad the public response to the situation has been overwhelmi­ngly positive rather than vengeful.

“Instead of people going out and wanting blood and all that stuff, they’re coming together and trying to do something good as a community,” he said.

FunnelFest takes place Dec. 3 and 4 at the Coach and Horses, 156 Chatham St. W. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night. Suggested admission is $10, but any donation is appreciate­d. Visit FunnelFest 2.0 on Facebook for a full lineup of acts.

All door proceeds go to Stewart. A bake sale will be held throughout the event to raise additional funds.

 ?? SCOTT WEBSTER/The Windsor Star ?? Jamie Greer is organizing a benefit show for Peter Stewart
at the Coach and Horses.
SCOTT WEBSTER/The Windsor Star Jamie Greer is organizing a benefit show for Peter Stewart at the Coach and Horses.

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