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Celebrate Earth Day & support Lambton Young Theatre...

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The Lambton Young Theatre Players are asking the folks of Lambton County to help celebrate Earth Day on April 21st, and support theatre for young people, by purchasing a rain barrel, or two! Rain barrels capture and store rain water collected from roofs through downspouts. They provide chlorine-free and fluoride-free water which is ideal for flowers, vegetables, lawns, shrubs and trees. Rain barrels divert clean water from sewer systems and can provide cost savings for homeowners who currently pay to have water trucked in or who have a water meter installed. Each rain barrel available through the Lambton Young Theatre Players is equipped with a mosquito and leaf debris filter basket, an overflow hose, an outlet to join rain barrels together in series and a spigot at the bottom which can be connected to a standard garden hose. These environmentally friendly products were once used to import fruits and vegetables and have ...

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March First Friday with Soul Patch & Pierre Houle

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March First Friday with Soul...

It was a blustery, rain night for the March 2nd First Friday in Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District.  Despite the inclement weather, the fans of First Friday were out 'n' about and making Cheeky Monkey a priority spot to stop at.  The reason for that was the local band Soul Patch and the photographic artwork of Pierre Houle. This was not the first time Soul Patch has performed at Cheeky Monkey and we're pretty sure it will not be the last - at least we hope not.  There was one difference in the band from previous performances.  A new member in accomplished multi-instrumentalist Craig Seaward joined lead singer/guitarist/keyboard player Dwayne Cloes, electric and upright bass player Dave Doyle and drummer Lyle Graham.  Craig's electric guitar added an extra dimension and energy to what are already excellent original songs. It was certainly an appreciative audience that braved the elements to be here.  There tenacity was rewarded by ...

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Lambton Young Theatre Players Summer Camp…

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Lambton Young Theatre Players...

Summer Theatre Camp 2012 The Lambton Young Theatre Players are excited to announce that registrations for the 2012 Junior Players’ Summer Theatre Camp are now being accepted. One week sessions for children between the ages of 8 and 11 years of age will take place at Petrolia’s Christ Church for four sessions in July 2012, Mondays through Fridays, with a performance for family and friends on the Friday. Each session will accommodate a maximum of fifteen children under the guidance of the Young Players’ Program Director, Bethany Lawrence (nee Redick), Program Instructor, Anna MacAlpine, and Assistant Instructors, Sara Cecile and Kyle Phibbs. “We’re delighted to welcome Anna MacAlpine to the Lambton Young Theatre Players,” exclaimed Artistic Director, Nancy Keys. “She is a very talented young woman, in both theatre and music, and has an excellent background working with younger children. We’re anxious to expand the scope of our Summer Theatre Camp, and Anna brings ...

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Erika & Sara Singing on a Saturday

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Erika & Sara Singing on a...

For three hours on the afternoon of Saturday, February 25, young singer-songwriters Erika and Sara performed on the Red Carpet Stage at Cheeky Monkey. Before the audience got too big, they spent a few minutes with Cheeky Charlie letting him sing along on a song with them. Their song selections range greatly with something to please every age group.  From Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison' to several covers from Adele's most recent album and the hit from Foster The People.  Erika's sweet emotion filled voice accompanied by Sara's skill on the acoustic guitar were especially pleasing on their version of The Beatles 'Let It Be'. At the start of their second set, Erika took a little longer break from singing while Sara played several songs solo on her guitar really showcasing her skills. Along with the many covers versions they made there own, were mixed a selection of some of their original songs. These ladies, are ...

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Having Hope at Home – Review

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Having Hope at Home –...

Cheeky Charlie, Roland and I were all set to go to the Imperial Theatre to see the current play HAVING HOPE AT HOME presented by Theatre Sarnia.  Unfortunately, I was not feeling well, so we decided not to go.  BUT thanks to  good friend, Barb Toye who did go, we have a review for you.  From the sounds of it, we missed an excellent play and performance.   The play runs until Feb. 25th. Having Hope at Home - Reviewed by Barb Toye The excellent interior set was evocative of a semi-shabby rural farmhouse under refurbishment, with a cozy bedroom to the left, kitchen at the back, dining table mid-stage right and loveseat in foreground. A jazzy classical guitar piece was played during the opening speeches which unfortunately overrode some of the dialogue a bit. Periodically through the play snippets of McGarrigle Sisters songs were heard, in reference to the leading man's ...

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TONY DOWSWELL LAUNCHES FRIUTS OF YOUR LABOUR

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TONY DOWSWELL LAUNCHES FRIUTS...

February 17 was the night and DNA studios was the place that Tony Dowswell launched his latest album, The Fruits Of Your Labour and Cheeky Charlie was right there in the thick of it. With tracks from the recording  playing in the background (Tony would have played but was still nursing an injury), well wishers, industry types and participants were all on hand. The Fruits Of Your Labour is available now at Cheeky Monkey or or on-line HERE where you can here some samples.  

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day

May each of you have someone to dedicate this song to... Tom Waits - Little Trip To Heaven on CD Closing Time Little trip to heaven on the wings of your love Banana moon is shining in the sky I feel like I'm in heaven when your with me I know that I'm in heaven when you smile Though were stuck here on the ground I got something that I've found, and it's you I don't need to take no trip to outer space All I have to do is look in your face And before I know it I'm in orbit around you Thanking my lucky stars that I found you When I see your constellation, your my inspiration And it's you Your my North Star when I'm lost and feeling blue Your my sun that's breaking through, it's true And all the other stars seem dim around you I thank my lucky stars that I found you When I see your smilin face I know nothing' gonna ...

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February 2012 First Friday

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February 2012 First Friday

The February First Friday lived up to the hype when Natural Disasters came to shake the rafters at Cheeky Monkey. The 5 piece band kept the capacity crowd entertained with classic rock that included a heavy dose of CAN-CON. The repertoire ranged from The Guess Who, 54-40 and Tragically Hip to name just a few. The band and audience were there for a good time and no-one left disappointed. Adorning the walls of Cheeky Monkey, is the photographic art work of Pierre Houle. It is easy to see why he was the 2011 Grand Prize winner of the Sarnia Photographic Club's annual Photo Contest. His keen eye and interesting editing techniques make his work truly intriguing. Pierre's exhibit continues until February 25. All items included framed, enlarged photos, matted photos and cards with envelopes in various sizes are available to purchase. Thanks to Pierre for the photographs taken during the evening.  To see more, ...

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Iggy Pop the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2012

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Iggy Pop the official...

Iggy Pop has been named ambassador for Record Store Day 2012. The annual event, this year falling on April 21, is used to publicize and drive business to independent record stores who continue the fight against internet sales. Pop said of his new "position:" A person should have a personality. You won't get one dicking around on a computer. It helps to go somewhere where there are other persons. Persons who are interested in something you are. That's how a record store or any shop that's got some life to it should work. It's not about selling shit. I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years. In the 50s and 60s the teen kids used to gather after school at these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the beat. You could buy the ...

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Cheeky Monkey Exclusive Giveaway of Mark Lanegan vinyl

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Cheeky Monkey Exclusive...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST 5 MARK LANEGAN FANS WHO PRE-ORDERED THEIR COPY OF HIS NEW CD 'BLUES FUNERAL'.   Your exclusive coloured 7" single is waiting for you along with your CD or LP!! For those fans who were not in the first 5 to pre-order - don't despair.  We also have a coloured test pressing on LP that will be one of the many items in our annual Record Store Day draws!! An offer that has Cheeky Charlie very excited!!! Effective immediatly, Cheeky Monkey is taking pre-orders for the upcoming Feb. 7th new release by MARK LANEGAN called 'Blues Funeral' on CD or LP.  The first 5 customers to pre-order this release will receive a Limited Edition autographed 7" coloured vinyl.  This offer is exclusive in Sarnia to Cheeky Monkey only!!!   A bit about Mark Lanegan... Blues Funeral is the new Mark Lanegan Band record, the first since 2004’s Bubblegum. It was recorded ...

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