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CAT STEVENS ON 2020 ‘GREAT DEALS’ WALL

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New to the GREAT DEALS WALL - selected CD's by Cat Stevens starting as low as $4.87 - while supplies last. Cat Stevens was born as Stephen Demetre Georgiou to a Swedish mother and Greek father. He became a Muslim in 1977. After 2 years, he took the name of Yusuf İslam. He has sold over 60 million albums around the world since the late 1960s as Cat Stevens or Yusuf İslam. Mona Bone Jakon (1970) marked the beginning of the Cat Stevens we know and love, forming alongside Teaser & the Firecat and Tea for the Tillerman the creative heart of Stevens's oeuvre. Though previous releases showcased his sticky burr of a voice and flashes of his songwriting brilliance, it was on Mona Bone that Stevens became disillusioned enough with the music industry to write more deeply introspective and personal songs. It's interesting to note that his disavowal of the biz ...

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AUDITIONS – Sarnia Sings 2020

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AUDITIONS – Sarnia Sings...

Can You Sing??? Live Auditions for Sarnia Sings Vol IV February 2, 10am-2pm February 5, 5-8pm If you can sing? All Ages Welcome. Want a chance to sing in front of a sold out crowd (600 people)? Want to sing with a Real Rock Band??. Come ready to sing Location is 546 N Christina St (Royal LePage Building) If you Would like to Audition for Sarnia Sings Please CLICK HERE and fill out the form. Limited space available. 50 slots for Feb 2, 2020 and 25 slots for Feb 5. Deadline to register is Jan 31 at 7pm

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Trivia Q & A # 4 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 4 –...

Q. What song became a big hit AGAIN thanks to a bunch of raisins? A. I Heard It Through The Grape Vine In 1987, this song got new life when it was used in commercials for California Raisins, with claymation raisins performing the song. In addition to boosting raisin sales, the California Raisins became an '80s fad and were the most popular Halloween costume that year. Buddy Miles – known as the founding member of The Electric Flag and as a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys – was the group's lead singer. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were the first to record the song, but their version wasn't released until years later on an album called Special Occasion. The Isley Brothers then took a crack at it, but their version wasn't released. Whitfield and Strong then had Marvin Gaye record the song but still no luck. ...

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4HATEU8 – Prophets of Grime

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4HATEU8 – Prophets of...

New 4 song demo CD called "Prophets Of Grime" for London, ON band 4hateu8 They are an old school hardcore crossover band they like to say is grimecore. They feel they have a very unique sound that is reflected on this CD. It is very energetic and powerful. 4HATEU8 are Corey Harvey Vocals, Keith Ruck Drums, Sandy Hoelzl Bass, Brian Doiron (B Rye) Guitar

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Trivia Q & A # 3 – 2020

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Q. What British band is named after the man who invented the seed drill? A.. The answer is Jethro Tull (1674-1741), whose invention revolutionized farming. But why is he the name of a flute-heavy prog-rock band known for their hits "Aqualung" and "Cross-Eyed Mary"? When the first iteration of the group formed in 1963, they were The Blades. They cycled through a series of names over the next few years because they weren't very good, and it was easier to get re-booked at clubs if they pretended to be a different band (this according to their frontman, Ian Anderson). But in 1968 when they got a regular gig at the Marquee Club in London, they had to settle on a name. Their agent, a history buff, suggested Jethro Tull, so they went with it. When they released their first single, "Sunshine Day," later that year, the label was misprinted "Jethro Toe." Video ...

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Attention Musicians: CBC Music’s Searchlight contest...

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Attention Musicians: CBC Music...

CBC Music's Searchlight contest is now accepting submissions of original songs. The winner of Searchlight 2020 is decided through a combination of public votes, a Canadian music industry panel and celeb judges. As part of the grand prize, the winner will take part in Canada’s premiere artist development program: the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class. The winner will be announced on March 5. Enter HERE You have until Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. ET to upload your original song to YouTube and register. Voting and judging will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 4. winner will be declared on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

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Trivia Q & A # 2 – 2020

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Q. Who's book is the Duran Duran song "Wild Boys" based on? A. This song is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by William Burroughs. In the book, packs of adolescent humanoids ravage the civilized nations of the Earth. When wholesale slaughter erupts, the battle continues underground where the survivors evolve into The Wild Boys. Duran Duran recorded the song because Russell Mulcahy, who directed their videos, bought the movie rights to the book and planned to make it into a film. The band wrote the song for the movie, which was never made. At the time, this was the most expensive video ever made. Nile Rodgers produced this song. He was a leader of the '70s disco group Chic.

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Trivia Q & A 2020 – # 1

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Q. What innovative guitar player was banned from BBC TV in 1969? A. Jimi Hendrix was banned from the BBC after going off-script when he and his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, appear on the show Happening for Lulu, hosted by the "To Sir With Love" singer Lulu. The band play "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" as scheduled, but then veer from the plan during their second number, which is supposed to be a performance of "Hey Joe," with Lulu joining them near the end of the song and then signing off. After getting about halfway though "Hey Joe," Hendrix stops the music and declares, "We'd like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to the Cream, regardless of what kind of group they may be in. We dedicate this to Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce." The group then launches into "Sunshine Of Your Love" to the dismay of ...

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1st First Friday of 2020 with Blackmore & Blackmore

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1st First Friday of 2020 with...

Mike Blackmore at the Cheeky Monkey: Inspired Playing on a Slow First Friday by Brian Hay If a First Friday has to be slow Mike Blackmore is one of the musicians who will bring some life to it. Whether he’s playing for one or a hundred, Mike gives inspired performances and genuinely enjoys putting music out there. It shows in everything he plays and he isn’t the only one. Mark Blaney will deliver the same way. The same holds true for Missy Burgess, Sue and George Webber, the Celtic Hillbillies and many artists who are both good and dedicated. Mike was the one on the spot this time however and he showed why he, along with many local performers are deserving of our respect. Always the relentless innovator he continually seeks new ways of exploring or presenting music. The use of looping pedals and the possibilities they offer play a role in ...

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VINYL RECORD FANS – IMPORTANT INFO

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VINYL RECORD FANS –...

With the popularity of vinyl records on the increase it's important to educate new converts to the format of the proper care and handling of their records. Records require a lot of special handling to insure that they last and stay in good condition.  Hopefully as a record collector you want to keep your records in the best possible condition. In order to do so, there are a few essential things to keep in mind. Cleaning the Vinyl It is very important to keep the vinyl record itself clean. Due to the vinyl record's tendency to easily build up static electrical charges, it becomes a virtual magnet for dust. It is recommended that you buy a brush for your records and use it on them every time before you play them and before you put them back in their covers to ensure they're not being put away with dust on them. Dust left ...

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