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RECORD STORE DAY 2019 INFO…

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RECORD STORE DAY 2019 INFO&...

 FRIDAY, APRIL 12th UPDATE... One more sleep!!!   A few reminders to everyone... We are open regular hours on RSD - open at 9:30 am until 5:30 pm.   We know everyone is excited to find the exclusives, but keep in mind this is a perfect day to make new friends that are as passionate as you are about music and movies, so remember your manners. In the spirit of fair play, there is a limit of ONE of each RSD title with a total of 8 RSD items per person. The numbered, limited editions of Kevin Hearn's : The Superhero Suite EP that are a fundraiser for MusiCounts are in.  Minimum donations is $15.  Wait until you see it - it is soooo cool you will definitely want to own one. Also, remember to watch your email in box after we close tonight for the Special Edition of our e-newsletter with the list of exclusives ...

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Rockin April First Friday with Brother Leeds

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Rockin April First Friday with...

London based, well technically Mount Bridges based, rock band Brother Leeds proved to be even better than anticipated. The 4 piece normally hard rock group brought it down a notch for the Cheeky Monkey audience doing an array of mostly original songs acoustically. They had hoped to have CD's to sell, but they are not quite ready yet, but will be soon. If you are a new fan after seeing them at Cheeky Monkey or missed them and want to check them out, we will be selling their CD's once released. Watch for details to come. CLICK HERE for photos taken during the April First Friday. Note the painting by Bill Walters in the background. His current exhibit is available for viewed & buying for a few more weeks. An entirely new work will displayed in time for the May 3rd First Friday. Photo ...

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Trivia 2019 # 13

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Trivia 2019 # 13

Q. What famous ‘two-fingered’ jazz guitarist died in 1953? A. Django Reinhardt - born Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe and remains the most significant. On the night of 2 November 1928, Reinhardt was going to bed in the wagon that he and his wife shared in the gypsy caravan. Apparently, he knocked over a candle, which ignited the extremely flammable celluloid that his wife used to make artificial flowers. The wagon was quickly engulfed in flames. The couple escaped, but Reinhardt suffered extensive burns over half his body. During his 18 month hospitalization, doctors apparently recommended amputation for his badly damaged right leg. Reinhardt refused the surgery and was eventually able to walk with the aid of a cane. More ...

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Local musicians nominated for 2019 CMA Ontario awards

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As reported by Blackburn News... BY MELANIE IRWINAPRIL 4, 2019 7:15AM @MIrwinCHOKNews Three Sarnia musicians have been nominated for Country Music Association of Ontario awards. Singer-songwriter Eric Ethridge, who signed an international recording and publishing deal last November, has been nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Travis Wood received two nominations for Songwriters of the Year. He has been recognized for his contribution to the songs “Loud” performed by Tim Hicks and “Feels Like That” by The Reklaws. Award-winning singer-songwriter Donovan Woods is also nominated for his work on “Feels Like That” by The Reklaws. The awards will be handed out June 16 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

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Last Record Store Documentary by Dwayne Cloes

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Last Record Store Documentary...

Over the months of August and September 2014 good friend,  talented musician, and now documentarian, Dwayne Cloes has been filming and editing a documentary about Cheeky Monkey - and us, Roland & I who are in essence - Cheeky Monkey. It was a very odd feeling to know someone felt we were worthy of a documentary.  Have to admit it was a lot of fun. So glad we agreed to it, especially once we saw the finished project. We realize that many customers do value what we do, but family and friends with business sense think we are nuts. Yup we are, we admit it. We think Dwayne has captured on film, why we do what we do.  We could not be happier or prouder of the end result.  Hope you enjoy it too. Thank you Dwayne MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 UPDATE... Have been contacted from the UK by Graham Jones creator ...

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Trivia 2019 # 12

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Trivia 2019 # 12

Q.  What is the origin of the Beastie Boys name? A.  In an interview on The Tonight Show in October 2018, Mike D stated that the Beastie name is an acronym. It stands for "Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Inner Excellence". The Beastie Boys were formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band, the Young Aborigines, in 1979 by Mike D (vocals), MCA (bass), John Berry (guitar) and Kate Schellenbach (drums). They appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash, contributing two songs from their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. Berry left shortly thereafter and was replaced by Horovitz. After achieving local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop single "Cooky Puss", the Beastie Boys made a full transition to hip hop, and Schellenbach left the group soon after. They toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill. It was followed by Paul's Boutique, Check Your ...

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Theatre Sarnia Encore Presentation of Award Winning “...

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Theatre Sarnia's production of Girls Like that has been selected as the best play in Western Ontario and will be competing in the Theatre Ontario Festival in Richmond Hill in May. As well as being selected to compete at the provincial competition  the company was also won a number of awards at the Western Ontario Drama League Festival held in Guelph over March break. The awards included: - Best Co-ordinated Production - Best Visual Production - Outstanding Technical Achievement - Outstanding Ensemble Work - Best Set Design - Best Sound Design - Henri Canino - Best Complex Choreography - Jacqueline Mckenzie - Best Projections - Ian Alexander - Outstanding Direction- Henri Canino - Best Production in Festival An Encore Performance of Girls Like That will be presented at The Imperial Theatre. The plan is to have a school matinee on Tuesday April 9th at 10:00am and a public performance Tuesday April 9th at 7:30pm Tickets to the award winning production are $10.00 and are available at the box office at 168 N Christina ...

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Trivia 2019 # 11

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Trivia 2019 # 11

Q. Colin Blunstone fronted which 1960s group? A. The Zombies are an English rock band formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by keyboardist and vocalist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone. The group scored British and American hits in 1964 with "She's Not There". In the US, two further singles — "Tell Her No" in 1965 and "Time of the Season" in 1968 — were also successful. Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Zombies will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. Their original name was the Mustangs, but they quickly realized that there were other groups with that name. It was Arnold who came up with the Zombies, according to Blunstone. When Argent was asked about the origins of the band's name in a 2015 interview ...

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2019 Juno Winner from Sarnia – Donovan Woods

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2019 Juno Winner from Sarnia &...

In case you missed the 2019 Juno Awards, congratulations go to local talented musician Donovan Woods who won CONTEMPORARY ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR for his album Both Ways. He performed his song touching song "Next Year" during the In Memoriam section of the Juno's.

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Trivia 2019 # 10

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Trivia 2019 # 10

Q. Whose childhood hit was Fingertips? A. Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips" is a 1963 hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's then Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single, "Fingertips" was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley's 1952 comic monologue "It's in the Book". Written and composed by Wonder's mentors, Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby, "Fingertips" was originally a jazz instrumental recorded for Wonder's first studio album, The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie. The live version of the song was recorded in June 1962 during a Motown Revue performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Containing only a few stanzas of improvised lyrics, "Fingertips" is essentially an instrumental piece, meant to showcase Wonder's talents on the bongos and the harmonica.

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