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Winning Photo by Pierre Houle

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Winning Photo by Pierre Houle

On Saturday, Nov. 19, we were witness to a very considerate act of kindness. Pierre Houle's photograph "Young Horsewoman" was the Grand Prize Winner in the 7th Annual Sarnia Photographic Club Photo Contest. The picture is of a young girl standing by her Belgian horse, Sara, after winning a 3rd Place ribbon for Youth Showmanship at the Wyoming Fair. At the very moment the picture was taken, the young woman was being praised for her performance by one of the judges. The look of pride and happiness on her face is so genuine. Between her beaming face and the fall lighting, the photo has the quality of a painting on canvas rather then a digital photo. Many people have stop into Cheeky Monkey to view all the fabulous entries, including the young ladies grandparents, uncle and other relatives. Through them, it was arranged for Pierre to meet his winning subject in person ...

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Mike Blackmore – Renaissance Man

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Mike Blackmore –...

We at Cheeky Monkey have great admiration and affection for Mike Blackmore. We have named him our favourite Renaissance Man because he has so many talents. Besides being a talented woodworker by day, he is also a gifted musician and artist. New he can add inventor to his list of abilities. In this video he is sharing his newest creation. A camera/recorder that gives a unique perspective to a musician as he plays his guitar. It is a prototype, but who knows were this idea will take Mike and his music! Way to go Mike - keep dreaming and creating!

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Stairway to Heaven is 40 years old

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Stairway to Heaven is 40 years...

“There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold,” sang the band Led Zeppelin that sure knew this line -- that opens the iconic song “Stairway To Heaven” -- would bring them gold; while both this song and the album “Led Zeppelin IV” celebrates its release 40 years ago on Nov. 8, 1971. Stairway To Heaven viewed as the top rock song of all time According to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit – that documents the history of rock and roll and iconic bands such as Led Zeppelin (located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie) “Stairway To Heaven” is viewed by many rock music experts as “the greatest rock song of all time.” "Stairway To Heaven" There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold And she's buying the stairway to heaven. When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed With a ...

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Colin Graf and Sarnia Photographic Club First Friday evening

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Colin Graf and Sarnia...

The November 4th First Friday was a huge success in so many ways.  To begin with, the weather was perfect for early fall.  The display of art on the Cheeky Monkey Gallery Walls is amazing.  Over 130 entries for the Sarnia Photographic Club's Annual Photo Contest.  This is the 4th year (I think) they have used our walls to showcase all the entries, but they did something different from previous years.  All the winners in the various age groups and subjects have a ribbon hanging beside them to indicated what place they came in. And the winners are... GRAND PRIZE – Pierre Houle ADULT - WEATHER 1. Wes Terryberry 2. Ron Walters 3. Christine Croucher Honourable Mention - Evelyn Buchner ADULT – PEOPLE 1. Barb Barcroft 2. Ron Walters 3. Lynn Tait Honourable Mention - Wes Terryberry AGES 12 – 17 YEARS - HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT 1. Tamara Prouty 2. Lexie Hext 3. Cassidy Smith AGES 11 YEARS AND UNDER - PETS AND ANIMALS 1. Seven ...

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ZOMBIE ATTACKS CHEEKY CHARLIE

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ZOMBIE ATTACKS CHEEKY CHARLIE

Cheeky Charlie had THE most frightening day of his life on Sat. Oct. 29.  Zombies were in every corner of Cheeky Monkey as they went on their Annual Zombie Walk through Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District. They had just finished watching the movie NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at the Sarnia Library Theatre.  There were zombies of every age and size and discription, all eager to take a bite out of our poor helpless monkey. After the initial shock, he realized it was all make-up done mostly by Cat Cabajar of The Painted Cat and costumes. They look very realilistic.

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Cheeky Charlie’s busy week…

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Cheeky Charlie’s busy...

It's a good thing it is a long weekend.  Cheeky Charlie is tuckered out from having too much fun and needs a rest. Last weekend, he went on his first sleepover to good friend Kevin McHarg's house. The next day they went together  to the Southwest Regional Credit Union grand re-opening of their Wyoming branch.  This event was also a Red Friday event in support of our troops.  If you don't know about Red Fridays or Hero To Hero, you should check it out.  Click here to learn more.  Charlie says he had lots of fun making new friends. Cheeky Charlie wishes EVERYDAY was like a First Friday.  They are evenings filled with fun, laughter and music.  Especially the October First Friday when many of the students studying out of town come back to Sarnia for the Thanksgiving weekend. The band playing was a very new group.  Edward and The Right Brothers have only ...

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EMM GRYNER & DAYNA MANNING – SEPTEMBER 23 2011

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EMM GRYNER & DAYNA...

Charlie has a great view of Dayna Manning On Friday September 23rd, Cheeky Charlie went to the library, not for books but because Emm Gryner's CD release concert was going on in the auditorium. He managed to get the best seat in the house - on top of one of the house speakers on the right side of the stage. The show started with a solo set from Stratford's Dayna Manning. Dayna, who currently resides in northern British Columbia, was a late addition to the bill. She happened to be in the neighborhood and has opened for Emm in the past so inviting her to perform was what they call a no brainer. Dayna not only performed songs from her three albums, but also some new ones yet to be recorded, including one that was being performed for the first time ever. The new song, called Charlie, is definitely a keeper. Danya Manning's most ...

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Mike Stevens stopped by…

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Mike Stevens stopped by…

Harmonica hero, Mike Stevens, one of THE busiest musicians we know, took time to stop in and say hi to us while on his last visit home.  Between his gigs around the world and his work in the far north with at-risk youth for ArtsCan Circle, it is surprising he has time for a social life at all.  We very much enjoy hearing of his lastest journeys and catching up on local news with him. While here and snuggling with Cheeky Charlie,  he asked if we knew he has a new CD  due out Sept 27 called 'Push Record: Banff Sessions'.  It is another collaboration with amazing East Coast blues guiarist/singer Matt Andersen.  OF COURSE WE KNEW! and will have it in stock on release day. Their previous CD together 'Piggyback' was  such a success and they had so much fun doing it - they decided to do it again!  Mike gave ...

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Cheeky Charlie’s Birthday Bash

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Cheeky Charlie’s...

The phase "a good time was had by all" applies to the Birthday Bash for Cheeky Charlie on Sunday Sept. 18 at Cheeky Monkey.  Many old and new friends stopped in to enjoy cake, banana chips, potato chips, banana gummies and chocolate chip cookies. One of his favourite local bands, Soul Patch provided the live music for the day.  Along with their special guest drummer, they kept everyone's toes tappin and even a few people dancing to their original songs from their self titled CD (available at Cheeky Monkey of course). Oh the deals - did we mention the deal - EVERYTHING in the store was a special low prices!  The gift bags given out to the guests were a big hit too.  They were full of surprises. Cheeky Charlie is particularly grateful to Tara for helping serve the cake, Mike & Patty for the gift of the pouch to keep his treasures ...

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Cheeky Charlie meets Lickpenny Loafer

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Cheeky Charlie meets Lickpenny...

On Friday Sept. 16, Cheeky Charlie spent a pleasant evening enjoying a cold pint and listening to the Toronto band Lickpenny Loafer at Paddy Flaherty's. He had read about this band from the event calendar on the Cheeky Monkey website and thought they sounded interesting.  A phone call from lead singer Arunachal with a personal invitation to come to Paddy's in the hope of meeting was hard to resist.  After the band's first set, Cheeky Charlie decided to be bold and introduced himself in person. Not only is the band extremely talented musically, but Cheeky Charlie wondered if Arunachal was a scholor or doctor of psychology. He had great insight into the current music fan and musicians which made for a very interesting conversation that was cut short when the next set had to start up.  Time does slip away when you are enjoying yourself. To his surprise (and slight embarrassment), ...

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