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Trivia Q & A # 22 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 22 –...

Q. What 2014 movie revived an interest in 1970's music? A. From website songfacts.com... The movie Guardians of the Galaxy opens in America, reviving '70s favorites like "Hooked On A Feeling" and "Come And Get Your Love." In the film, Chris Pratt plays a human who totes a Walkman with a tape his mother gave him: the Awesome Mix Vol. 1. As he goes on galactic adventures, he plays songs from the tape, jamming out to "Go All The Way" on his ship and playing "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" for a romantic interlude. The tracks are not what you'd expect to hear in a superhero film, as the film's target audience was born decades later. But director James Gunn sees them as key to the development of Pratt's character, who loves these songs even if they aren't cool anymore. They also jibe with the quirky nature of the film, ...

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ARTS & CRAFTS RECORD LABEL VINYL SALE 2020

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ARTS & CRAFTS RECORD...

Selected titles & artists from Canadian record label Arts & Crafts at special low prices up to 25% off regular pricing. All titles are on vinyl record. Get yours while supplies last. Still in stock as of Friday July 10th... - JASON COLLETT ... Song and Dance Man ... Rat A Tat Tat - BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE ... Feel Good Lost ... Forgiveness Rock Record ... Hug of Thunder ... Let's Try The After Vol. 1 & 2 - GORD DOWNIE  ... Secret Path ... Coke Machine Glow ... Battle of The Nudes TIMBER TIMBRE ... Creep On Creepin On ... Sincerely Future Pollution FUCKED UP ... Dose Your Dreams COLD SPECK ... Fools Paradise ... I Predict A Graceful Expulsion THE STILLS ... Dreams Will Rise YOUNG GALAXY - Young Galaxy BRENDAN CANNING ... Home Wrecking Years BELLE GAME ...Fear/Nothing STARS ... La Guardia: Best of Stars SARAH HARMER... All Of OUr Names .... Oh Little ...

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City of Sarnia Virtual Canada Day 2020 Celebration

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City of Sarnia Virtual Canada...

The Sarnia Canada Day Committee has created plans to celebrate Canada Day 2020 on a smaller scale and virtual, given this year’s in-person July 1st Canada Day Celebrations have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s Canada Day webpage for celebration details: https://www.sarnia.ca/sarnia-canada-day-celebrations-2/

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BLACKMORE & BLACKMORE (aka Mike Blackmore) –...

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BLACKMORE & BLACKMORE ...

There are right and wrong ways to do everything. What Mike Blackmore did with his two instruments, a set of looping devices and a healthy influx of creative imagination was definitely an illustration of one of the right ways. Technological aids are frequently used to create shortcuts. That’s one of the knocks against them. Another is the reputation they’ve acquired for stripping the music of its warmth. With Mike Blackmore there’s no shortcuts. That, along with the imagination involved, and the fact that everything is put together live, insures the music carries the spontaneity and warmth of something that’s been created on the spot. That’s true of his live shows and of his new release, the CD ‘Coyote’ Songs begin with whichever instrument fits his needs. Mostly, it’s the guitar but the djembe drum takes the fore once in a while. From that point he builds the arrangements in layers. His ...

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Missy Burgess with The Blue Train – Live

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Missy Burgess with The Blue...

BAND MEMBERS: Missy Burgess Dwayne Cloes Wulf Von Waldow The recording on the disc captures their live performances to a tee. Their musical choices and their arrangements of them serves up a series of juicy nuggets that sound rich without being uncluttered. Edits within the songs themselves were kept to a minimum to preserve the energy in the performances. The sound, thanks to the mix Dwayne had set up, is pristine and captures the whole rather than just the best bits. This got more than just the show. It got the whole room and it’s there for anyone who wants to appreciate the experience. Track selections of material include ’Basket Of Blues’, ‘Don’t Go To Cincinnati’, ‘Blue Dog Man’ and ‘If I Fell In Love Again’, all original songs by Missy. Covers including ‘Pilgrim’ by Steve Earle, which was sung by Missy and Otis Blackwell’s ‘Fever’, which were performed by Dwayne featured arrangements that allowed ...

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Pay It Forward/Back to Local Talent

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Pay It Forward/Back to Local...

Due to the Covid -19 situation, the makers of music & movies are suffering financial hardships despite our government's efforts to provide benefits which are temporary. Many of them earn their living from touring and playing their music in various venues, which they can not do for the foreseeable future. A little known factor also impacting their income is that downloads or streaming music pays pennies compared to the money they earn when a REAL CD or vinyl record is purchased.  Some may indeed have jobs besides the arts, but they are perhaps not able to work at  them currently either. Knowing in our hearts & souls, how much joy is derived from listening to music or watching movies we felt we had to do something to help out our amazing and diverse local talent. Therefore, we have decided that we at Cheeky Monkey will Pay It Forward/Back by paying the tax on sales of local talent CD's. So ...

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CONTACT FREE FRONT DOOR PICK UP

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CONTACT FREE FRONT DOOR PICK...

CONTACT FREE PICK-UP @ Cheeky Monkey Hours Tuesday TO Saturday (Tues, Wed., Thrus., Fri., & Sat.) Noon TO 4:00 p.m. Call landline 519-332-0978, text cell phone 519-328-6585 or email info@cheekymonkeysarnia.ca We request prepaid by credit card by calling the landline. We can not accept debit cards and prefer not to handle cash if at all possible. Doors will be locked so please ring door bell on the table outside our front doors for service once you have paid. We will place your item(s) in a bag on the table for you. If more than one person is here to pick up their item(s) as you are, please keep at least 2 meters (6 feet) apart. STILL TAKING ORDERS for items not in stock We will be happy to take your orders & let you know when they arrive as we always have in the past. Our hope is that our service will help you get through these days a bit easier. We ...

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IMPORTANT NOTICE from Cheeky Monkey

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IMPORTANT NOTICE from Cheeky...

IMPORTANT NOTICE  - For the foreseeable future, we will be on site Monday to Friday between the hours of noon to 4:00 p.m. Our doors will be locked, but we will be available for deliveries, mail & customers to pick up orders. PLEASE KNOCK HARD TO BE ADMITTED Feel free to call (landline 519-332-0978) or text (519-328-6585) or email (info@cheekymonkeysarnia.ca) during the times above to place orders or inquire about stock in store. Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times. We wish you well, Roland & Mary Anne

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March First Friday has Strong Band: Big Highway @ Cheeky...

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March First Friday has Strong...

Powerful Set From a Strong Band: Big Highway at the Cheeky Monkey for Sarnia First Friday March 2020 by Brian Hay The energy that Big Highway projected throughout their set last night was the work of a band that’s strong in all areas. Frontman James McNaule has excellent control of his voice and also contributes strong rhythm playing that reinforces their musical foundation. Drummer Ric Brown provides timekeeping that’s solid and provides dramatic markings for their musical shifts. Up front, lead guitarist Andrew Germain combines strong rhythm playing with lead playing that’s delivered with impeccable restraint. Bassist Dave Johnston is their Rock of Gibraltar and the importance of his role in their scheme of things can’t be overstated. James, Ric and Andrew all have points where the main focus falls on them. Brown steps out of the pocket with flourishes that are thrilling. Andrew keeps his solos short but his imaginative concepts and ...

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OPEN JAM VENUES 2020

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OPEN JAM VENUES  2020

POSTED MARCH 3rd - Every Saturday, Paul Knapp will be hosting an open jam from 2-6 at Dempsey Bar. Meat raffle begins at 3pm. Buy a bev and receive a ticket for the meat!! All jammers are welcome. Drink specials as well as the kitchen will be open. Come out have some fun. POSTED JANUARY 9th - The Sarnia Legion has a Jam Session every third Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come by and listen or bring your instrument and or voice and join in . Posted Feb. 20 - temporarily not hosting Open Stage while renovations are going in the Turret Room. POSTED MONDAY, JANUARY 13TH - Open Stage resumes for the New Year at The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts - in the Turret Room upstairs. Happens on the 2nd Monday of the month and again next Monday, the 3rd Monday, with host Gregger Botting: Admission is free. Musicians, poets, storytellers, ...

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