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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 10, 2012

STILT GUYS ON DRAGONS DEN OCTOBER 24th

EVERY STEP IS AN ADVENTURE!

The Stilt Guys (Mark Lefebvre and Kyle Sipkens) can say that they walked tall onto the popular CBC television series “Dragons Den”. What they can’t talk about is whether or not they cut a deal with any of the show’s five successful entrepreneurs. “We signed a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting us from revealing the outcome of our pitch. Not even my mom knows what went down!” Explains Lefebvre who then goes on to leak tidbits about the experience of appearing on Canada’s most watched non-scripted series. “We had a blast! They fired incredibly good questions at us and we gave it our best shot. Their camera phones were out from the moment we entered and the studio was electric.”
“The producers told us we were very relaxed and well prepared.” Adds Sipkens “We spent close to an hour in the studio with the dragons so for us it was the best business consultation ever!” When asked about Kevin O’Leary the supposed ‘tough guy’ on the panel Kyle’s response is typical of the Stilt Guys’ brand of cheeky humour. “He’s REALLY short!” Additionally “We brought a few surprises and something for Kevin in particular, but we wanted to have fun with him and not be insulting. You’ll just have to tune in to see what the big man gets ‘up’ to.”
 Speaking of tuning in – a viewing party has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 24 starting at 7pm at the Walkerville Brewery, 525 Argyle Road courtesy of WEtech Alliance. Vice-president Yvonne Pilon welcomes media, friends and the entrepreneurial community to “Come out and enjoy the show, meet the new Stilt Guys, and hear about future plans as they get set to celebrate their 10th season in 2013.”

For more information, visit www.stiltguys.com. Also follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

For interviews/bookings, contact Mark Lefebvre in Windsor at [email protected] or by phone at (519) 903-4751. In Toronto, please contact Kyle Sipkens at [email protected] or by phone at (647) 407-7479.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 11, 2012

STILT GUYS NEED MORE STILT GUYS
Auditions to Fill Busy Schedule

The Stilt Guys (Mark Lefebvre and Kyle Sipkens) announce they’re holding auditions to expand their roster of performers to keep up witha demanding festival season. “Last year we had to turn down a few bookings on the same weekends because they were just too far apart to drive to without exhausting ourselves.” says Lefebvre “We are at the point now where we can hire and train a few more talented people, accept the offers coming in and develop even more work.”

They are still awaiting word on when their segment on the popular CBC television series “Dragons Den” will air in the fall. The product they pitched to the five investors? “More Stilt Guys!” is the long and tall answer from Sipkens, “In our ninth season together we are entertaining crowds at major festivals and animating experiential marketing campaigns, national conferences and product launches. Working with clients like Molson Coors and Southwest Ontario Tourism has given us a tremendous opportunity to think big and grow our business. the timing is right to expand.”

“What we said to the dragons” explains Lefebvre “is that we’d rather teach stiltwalking to performers with similar backgrounds to ours than hire busker-types who although talented may not be able to talk to people let alone sing and dance, improvise or deliver a corporate message.” Both are graduates of the University of Windsor’s acclaimed School of Dramatic Art and bring all of their classical acting training to bear doing street theatre and on the trade show floor. “Audience interaction is key and our clients can see all ages and demographics responding to our larger than life charm” he also says “And the media loves us! We make a big and lasting impression, that’s for sure.”

Says Sipkens “Whether performing for thousands at Bluesfest or a few dozen at a private party, we are the product – the Stilt guys ‘brand’, and we need a few special artists to help us make more magic happen. We have bookings in August and September all lined up so whoever we hire will expect to be busy right away. And at least one of the new Stilt Guys should be a Stilt Girl!”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 3, 2012

STILT GUYS ON DRAGONS DEN
Talented Duo Invited to Make a Pitch!

Ontario’s Stilt Guys (Mark Lefebvre and Kyle Sipkens) announce they’re about to walk tall onto the popular CBC television series “Dragons Den”. After clearing the national auditions hurdle, held in Windsor at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters, a taping date is set for Tuesday, May 8 in Toronto.

So what is the innovative product they will try to sell to the five dragons? “More Stilt Guys!” isthe long and tall answer from veteran performer Mark Lefebvre, “Entering our ninth season together we are not only entertaining crowds at major festivals and events but also delivering unique corporate brand support which is the key to our continued success.”  Kyle Sipkens whose home base is now Toronto after graduating from the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art concurs “Lately we’ve diversified our business model by animating experiential marketing campaigns, national conferences and product launches. Our clients can see all ages and demographics responding to our larger than life charm.“ He also says “And the media loves
us! We make a big and lasting impression, that’s for sure.” While there are no guarantees that any of the uber-successful dragons will green light a deal, Sipkens remains confident. “We think Arlene Dickinson will react positively because she’s all
about marketing.” Additionally “Jim Treliving who owns Boston Pizza should climb aboard due to the fact that we have a promotional deal in the works with Molson Coors. This recent development is our ace in the hole – beer and pizza is a natural!”

Even if the Stilt Guys’ segment makes it to air next season and the dragons all say “I’m out” Lefebvre knows it will have been more than worth taking a shot. “It’ll be a national infomercial for us. They’ve estimated the value at somewhere close to $250,000 and who knows where the exposure will lead us?” Says Sipkens “We’ve never been ones to shy away from a challenge having performed for thousands at Canada Day in London England, the World BBQ Championship last year in
Memphis, and Superbowl XL to name just a few career highlights. We are the product we’re pitching – the Stilt Guys ‘brand’, and if we have fun and let them see our personalities then good things will happen.”

“I like our chances.” Lefebvre sums up “Most of our busker friends are trying to get on Canada’s Got Talent and here we are landing a spot on a show for entrepreneurs and inventors. At the very least we’ll be something different and entertaining. Stay tuned!”

For more information, visit www.stiltguys.com. You can also follow their ‘Tall Tales’ on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. For interviews/bookings, contact Mark Lefebvre in Windsor at [email protected] or by phone at (519) 903-4751. In Toronto, please contact Kyle Sipkens at [email protected] or by phone at (647) 407-7479.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2011

Windsor’s 9’ Mounties heading to the U.K. for Canada Day Celebrations
Stilt Guys selected to showcase Canadian Culture at London’s Trafalgar Square Canada Day
Festival.

Windsor’s own Stilt Guys (Mark Lefebvre and Kyle Sipkens) announce they will be heading ‘across the pond’ to visit London’s Historic Trafalgar square to take part in their Canada Day Celebrations. The unique festival is a showcase of Canadian artists and culture and, this July 1st, Windsor will be represented along with artists such as: Blue Rodeo, Karkwa, Alex Cuba, The Mahones, Lennie Gallant, Devon Sproule, Jill Barber, Oh My Darling, Justin Hines and Tammy Weis with James Bryan. Having recently returned from Memphis, TN., this will be another huge step for Lefebvre and Sipkens.  Chris Ryan, former CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island explains, “Over the last seven years, the Stilt Guys have delighted audiences of all ages at festivals and events with a captivating blend of high energy and creative style.”  This year has been a ground breaking for the Windsor based act with new International credits to their long resume of events.

In early February, the Stilt Duo had the opportunity to take part in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where they accompanied the Canada South Blues Museum accept a Historical Preservation Award. While there, they donned their Blues Guys, 9’ Elvis and Hockey Hooligan characters to bring a piece of Canada to the South.  Now they’re at it again, bringing their interpretation of the iconic Mounties to the Heart of London.  According to Bluesfest International’s Sheryl Davies “They have become fan favourites throughout Southern Ontario. They are a backdrop for great picture taking by festival goers as they laugh, carry on and become an integral part of each event. This is an act that at over 9 feet in the air can’t be
missed!” Ryan continues “The Stilt Guys are worthy cultural ambassadors, representing the best that our Windsor Essex region has to offer.”

For more information on their 2011 Walkabout Tour, visit www.stiltguys.com. You can also follow their ‘Tall Tales’ on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. You can also see more on the event in London at www.canadadaylondon.com.  The Stilt Guys are accepting donations through Pay Pal and anyone wishing to can show their support as they pass the E-Hat busker style. For interviews/bookings, contact Mark Lefebvre in Windsor at [email protected] or by phone at (519) 903-4751. In Toronto, please contact Kyle Sipkens at [email protected] or by phone at (647) 407-7479.

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                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 18, 2011
9’ BLUES GUYS ‘WALKING TALL’ ALL THE WAY TO
MEMPHIS
Stilt Guys Will be Bending Heads at Awards in Memphis, Tenn. with Blues Museum Honourees

Windsor’s own Stilt Guys (Mark Lefebvre and Kyle Sipkens) announce they will be heading to Memphis Feb. 3rd to 6th with the Canada South Blues Society who will receive a major Historical Preservation Award for the founding of Canada’s only Blues Museum. Chris Ryan, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island explains, “Over the last seven years, the Stilt Guys have
delighted audiences of all ages at festivals and events with a captivating blend of high energy and creative style. Tourism Windsor Essex is pleased that the Stilt Guys are partnering with the Canada South Blues Society in accepting the Keeping the Blues Alive Award…” notes Ryan, “They will help shine a spotlight on this new cultural landmark as well as attracting attention to the well established Bluesfest International…”, named 10th best summer festival to attend in 2010 by About.com blues writer Reverend Keith A. Gordon.

The Stilt Guys are ecstatic at the opportunity to ‘stretch their legs’ from Beale Street to Graceland with their signature Blues Guys, Long Tall Elvises and even provide Canadian content with iconic hockey and Mountie characters. According to Bluesfest’s Sheryl Davies “They have become fan favourites throughout Southern Ontario. They are a backdrop for great
picture taking by festival goers as they laugh, carry on and become an integral part of each event. This is an act that at over 9 feet in the air can’t be missed!” Ryan continues “Travelling to Memphis, TN in February 2011 for the International Blues Foundation conference will serve as a major breakthrough in showcasing the Stilt Guys to festival producers across North America, Europe and the world. The Stilt Guys are worthy cultural ambassadors, representing the best that our Windsor Essex region has to offer.”

For more information on their 2011 Walkabout Tour, visit www.stiltguys.com. You can also follow their ‘Tall Tales’ on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. They are accepting donations through Pay Pal and anyone wishing to can show their support as they pass the E-Hat busker style.

For interviews/bookings, contact Mark Lefebvre in Windsor at [email protected] or by phone at (519) 903-4751. In Toronto, please contact Kyle Sipkens at [email protected] or by phone at (647) 407-7479.
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