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Trivia Q & A # 18 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 18 –...

Q. Toronto in 1991 saw the formation of this band. They recorded their first album, "Five Hundred Pounds" in 1993, but when Jamaican-born Garry Lowe joined them in 1994, the band really took off.  They disbanded amicably in 2004 as a protest to Canadian radio stations who said that their music was "too Canadian". What sweet-sounding rock-blues group am I speaking about? A.  Big Sugar officially formed in 1988 in Toronto, Ontario, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Gordie Johnson, bassist Terry Wilkins, and drummer Al Cross, though the three musicians had already played together for several years as a supporting band for Molly Johnson's jazz performances and as an informal jam band with members of the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir. After Molly Johnson returned to rock music with Infidels, she helped her former band mates to secure a record deal. After Wilkins left the band in 1993, Big Sugar recorded the album Five Hundred ...

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Lawrence House Call for Art Submissions – July &...

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Hi Members of The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, July and August will be opportunities for member artists to exhibit their work on the overall theme of celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. July's exhibition has two themes: "The Best Part of Canada Is" and "Portraits of Canadians".  Artists may submit one work in each theme. August's category is "The Sky's the Limit".  Artists may submit two works in this show. The work must be original art and be ready to hang with a wire.  The Portraits of Canadians may use source material from others, but the source should be given credit in the title of the work, for example "after a portrait by Yousuf Karsh".  Three dimensional work may also be submitted.  Artists may submit up to five three dimensional pieces. The intake for the July exhibition is on Sunday, June 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Take-down and pick-up will be on Saturday, ...

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Evan & John May First Friday review by Brian Hay

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Evan & John: May 5th First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey by Brian Hay The harmony singing by the duo of John Pilat and Evan Dawe was great right from the start. Their vocal work on ’New York’  by the Milk Carton Kids was easily up to the standard of the recording released by the original group. The parts for their guitars and the ease with which they wove them together were exemplary and their interpretation carried some individual touches while remaining faithful to the original piece. That it rolled off them so effortlessly shows they put a lot of work into getting things right. The reading given to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ was an attention grabber of the best kind. Subtle weaving of guitar parts and brilliant harmony singing was again the dominant force in their delivery. Moving to ’Snake Eyes’ by the Milk Carton Kids before playing ‘Wednesday Morning 3:00 ...

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The Show with David Burrows # 287

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Published on May 4, 2017 The Show with David Burrows #287 Opening Segment: City of Sarnia council highlights. Students from St Pat's Highschool looking to make history with 360 The Entertainment Scene: The warm weather approaches and it's time to get closer to the water. Alternate Grounds Cafe & Dockside is celebrating cinqo de mayo with Borderlite Trio. John Tiernay from the local groups shares the fun. In The Community: Steps for Life - Sarnia is a 5km walk to support and create awareness for families who have been affected by workplace tragedy. Spokesperson Carol Carlton, explains the importance of the event and how workplace tragedy has affected her personally. Closing Segment: First Friday highlights.

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Fast Romantics POV On Music Listening Habits

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Fast Romantics POV On Music...

This is an excerpt from an article on FYI Music, dated May 03, 2017 by Jason Schneider.  The interview is with Matthew Angus of FAST ROMANTICS of which local musician Nick McKinlay is the drummer.   He's the one in the red shirt front & centre in band photo.  This is a fast rising all Canadian band you will want to take a listen to and watch as they skyrocket upward. Below is an awesome video for song "Julia". Q.  If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be? The way music is released and consumed now doesn’t inspire long attention spans. All of us, me included, suffer from shorter-than-natural attention spans. Sometimes I fear there’s so much going on and so much noise in the world now that far fewer people sit down and really dig into a record. We spent two years on this album and I know ...

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Trivia Q & A # 17 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 17 –...

Q. There's no arguing that this band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada's most successful. Formed in 1969, the group can brag about releasing forty albums, as well as thirty-four singles. With lead singer Myles Goodwyn singing popular hits such as "Ooowatanite" and "The Whole World's Goin' Crazy", which famous "springtime band" would this be? A. The hint "springtime band" was referring to 'April' Wine.  They began in late 1969 in Waverley, Nova Scotia (a suburb of Halifax).   The band's name was chosen simply because members thought the two words sounded good together. The original members were brothers David Henman on guitar and Ritchie Henman on drums. Their cousin Jim Henman joined in on bass and Myles Goodwyn completed the sound on lead vocals and guitar. In early 1970 the band relocated to Montreal.  Shortly after arriving in their new home the band was signed by Aquarius Records.   They recorded and released their ...

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The Show with David Burrows # 286

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The Show with David Burrows #...

Published on Apr 25, 2017 Opening Segment: Sarnia Sting draft pick reception. The Entertainment Scene: A positive rapper with a passion for his music. That is how local rapper Ian Linton aka IL feels about his music. IL and his friends are also putting on a concert at their school to raise funds for school activities. IL also talks about his new album that he is currently working on. In The Community: With the warm weather upon us, more bicycles are on the road. Proper safety and operation of a bicycle is important for everyone. Murray Finch of the Kiwanis Club of Forest Ontario, talks about the annual bike safety rodeo. Finch invites parents to bring their children out for a fun, interactive and informative event. Closing Segment: Sarnia Sings announces Eric Ethridge Evan & John return to Cheeky Monkey for First Friday. More local events and videos at www.tvsn.ca

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Trivia Q & A # 16 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 16 –...

Q. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is one of the most popular songs produced by "The Band", comprised by both Canadian and American artists. But, who did write the song's lyrics? A. Canadian Robbie Robertson. The song talks about the suffering of the Confederate soldiers and civilian=s at the last days of the American Civil War. It recounts several dramatic, at least from the Confederate point of view, events, such as the Siege of Petersburg, the evacuation of the capital of Richmond and the capture of President Jefferson Davis. Robertson wrote that, when he visited the ex-Confederate States, he often heard people saying "The South will rise again" and he was touched by it. Robertson stated that he had the music to the song in his head but at first had no idea what it was to be about. Then the concept came to him and he did research on ...

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HOW WAS RECORD STORE DAY 2017?

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HOW WAS RECORD STORE DAY 2017?

Well, there are not enough descriptive words to express how great it was. Thanks to all the wonderful suppliers & customers, we beat last years records every which way.  The suppliers provided us, as best they could, with more interesting titles than ever and the crowds where here to buy them in bigger numbers than previous years.  Along with taking advantage of our 'We pay the tax' sale' we exceeded expectations by a long shot. The shopper that came the farthest distance we are aware of was from Cincinnati Ohio.  Drove through the night to get here and be at the front of the line outside after he was forwarded our e-newsletter on Friday after closing with the list of exclusives we got by a local friend.  Had a few people in from Michigan, Toronto and London as well. Part of the fun day was the  3 mystery packages with cryptic names ...

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RECORD STORE DAY 2017

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RECORD STORE DAY 2017

Mark the date...  RECORD STORE DAY 2017 - Saturday April 22nd - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm come celebrate at Cheeky Monkey Thursday, April 20 UPDATE... Box of goodies for giveaways just arrived from Outside Music.  Collector stickers, postcards & posters. Wednesday, April 19 UPDATE... - 8:25 pm (yes well after closing time).  Record Store Day brings many first for everyone - including me.  For first time I can recall in our 35 + years of business, Roland asked me to help sticker product.  That is a sign of how much inventory is coming in for RSD.  Takes 2 of us to inventory and price everything.  Well not everything - much more still to come before Saturday. Monday, April 10 UPDATE... CLICK HERE for a listing of what exclusive releases there are for North America.  Several things to keep in mind... not all of these may be available in Canada ...we order virtually ...

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