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EverGlo visit pre-IndieFest 2013

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EverGlo visit pre-IndieFest...

A very last minute surprise was planned for us at Cheeky Monkey by David Burrows, one of the organizers of IndieFest.  EverGlo, the headlining band for the all day event was in town early, so they, along with David, stopped by to meet, greet and shop. Not only are EverGlo a very talented Toronto based rock band, but they are also smart business people that are very down to earth with a wicked sense of humour.  Our store mascot, Cheeky Charlie, in particular enjoyed the hi-jinx of Junior, Kat and Leo during their "photo session" together. Here is a well worded description of the band and their music from their website... "There is no line of delineation between the audience and EverGlo. Masterful and explosive performances, littered with charisma. You can witness or participate, either way EverGlo will have their way with you." If by chance you missed them at IndieFest held August 25th ...

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RECORD STORE DAY 2013 – What A Par TEE!

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RECORD STORE DAY 2013 –...

Holy music lovers Batman!!  What a huge, wonderful party RECORD STORE DAY 2013 turned out to be. The day started with the expected line up at the door before opening at 9:30 am.  I wouldn't say it was a frenzied stampede, but it was orderly mayhem of the best kind.  Smiling faces abounded as they found the treasured exclusive RSD releases they were hoping for. As the doors opened and the crowd came in, local band BORDERLITE TRIO started playing at the back area of the store.  This band was perfect for kicking of the day of live music.   Their playlist of covers ranged from Jason Mraz to Zac Brown Band.  For a three piece,  they back a lot of bunch.  For those who missed hearing them, watch for their upcoming gigs on our EVENTS calender.  They are due to play again here at Cheeky Monkey for the October 4th First ...

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Six String Nation Guitar’s Feb. First Friday Visit

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Six String Nation Guitar’...

Who cared that it was a bone chilling cold February 1st evening? Certainly not the large crowd inside Cheeky Monkey that were here to enjoy seeing and hearing the legendary Six String Nation Guitar know as 'Voyageur'. Local musicians Jim Chevalier, Brenden E. Fraser, Adam Miner, Dave Miner and Mark Potvin took turns playing 'Voyageur' throughout the evening making it a wonderful mix of songs being performed using Canada's guitar. 'Voyageur's' curator, historian and man responsible for it's creation, Jowi Taylor gave a wonderful moving talk and visual presentation explaining the story behind what makes this guitar so important.  As Jowi tells it, the guitar was made as a symbol of national unity, to explore Canadian identity, and to connect people from all regions in Canada.  It is made from 64 pieces of bone, metal, wood, stone and fabric, representing every province and territory. The guitar's neck has wood from the deck of the Bluenose ...

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Yukon Blonde Played @ Cheeky Monkey

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Yukon Blonde Played @ Cheeky...

A huge 'thank you' to Dine Alone Records for contacting us and arranging for the fabulous B.C. band YUKON BLONDE doing an acoustic in-store appearance at Cheeky Monkey on Wednesday, December 5th. They were in town as the opening act for The Sheepdogs at The Industry later the same night. This was not the first time they have played in Sarnia, but it was the first time playing in our store and hopefully not the last. You may have seen them before at Paddy Flaherty's. The core band is 3 members with the occasional 'friend' added in for fun as was the case here. All four played guitar with the 3 main members doing the singing. Harmonies - oh my gosh what fantastic harmonic voices they have. All their songs have catchy melodies and beats that get your toes tapping. Their music is best described as 'rootsy' in the vain of Mumford ...

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Cheeky Charlie’s REAR VIEW MIRROR Encounter

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Cheeky Charlie’s REAR...

Lucky for Cheeky Charlie and us, we were open for business on Sunday, November 25 so Paul & Andrew of REAR VIEW MIRROR could stop in to shop.  Rear View Mirror is a Pearl Jam Tribute band that played the night before at The Stubborn Mule. It was really great to meet the guys and chat about their Sarnia show.  They both commented on it being a fun show with an enthusastic audience.  Also discussed how stores like Cheeky Monkey are few and far between anymore and they seemed to throughly enjoy browsing the bins of CD's and records both new and used.  Each of them took home many treasures along with our flyer so they can check us out on line and know what our regular hours are so they can make a point of stopping by again in the future. We look forward to seeing them again next time they play ...

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Cheeky Monkey SARNIA CASH MOB SPECIAL

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Cheeky Monkey SARNIA CASH MOB...

SARNIA CASH MOB SPECIAL at Cheeky Monkey - our gift to you -Say you are a Sarnia Cash Mob member & spend minimum $20 (before tax) to receive a Coca Cola Limited Edition glass. Collect a set by coming in every Saturday while supplies last! Show your local, independent stores like us you appreciate them and support them. Join the Sarnia Cash Mob group by going to https://www.facebook.com/SarniaCashMob

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Wall to Wall Weekend Music

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Wall to Wall Weekend Music

The weekend started out on the right note during the September First Friday.  Young singer and songwriter Elena Feick played all original songs she composed as the First Friday crowds moved around the room looking at the artwork of Jale Fancey. Elena's songs, though sung softly, carry much emotion and meaning in them.  Somewhat like the art of Jale.  All pieces are photographs she took that have been enlarged and printed onto stretched canvas.  Her favourite subject matter of nature are similtaniously calming and exciting to look at.  Also as part of her exhibit that is on display until the end of September, there are smaller matted versions and greeting cards for sale.  My personal picks are a group displayed together with fall colours.  Very timely indeed.  My other favourite is a close up of an intensly red Chrysanthemum.  It literally pops from the canvas. Following the First Friday comes Saturday of ...

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July First Friday Fun @ Cheeky Monkey

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July First Friday Fun @ Cheeky...

Yes it was hot enough to fry an egg on the hood of a car during the July 2012 First Friday.  That fact that didn't stop the Lambton MainStreet Players from performing for over an hour outside in front of Cheeky Monkey.  These young ladies are true musical troopers.  With acoustic instruments of guitars, beatbox and assorted percussion instrments, they entertained the audience with their wonderful harmonies on songs  both current as well as old favorites.  Three of the four were in the line up for last years Lambton MainStreet Players but all have singing and performing experience.  The group consists of Orley Culverhouse, Riley Martin, Sarah Caraher and Amy Mayea.  Helping with set up and running the sound systems in the mostly unseen Jon Rowed.  Watch for them at other upcoming Lambton County events throughout the summer, including perhaps a return performance at Cheeky Monkey. About the same time the ...

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Cheeky Charlie’s Fun in the Sun

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Cheeky Charlie’s Fun in...

Saturday, June 23rd was a beautiful sunny summer day.  The kind that is perfect for grooving to some cool music and Cheeky Charlie knew just the band to fill the need - STEADFAST. Scott, the bass player arrived first and helped set up the Red Carpet Stage outside in front of Cheeky Monkey.  Early afternoon is the perfect time for live music outside the store.  The tree gives just the right amount of shade to those stopping to enjoy the band.  Sometimes the band gets to work on their tan though. Once drummer Gerry and singer/guitairist Leigh arrived, they were set up and entertaining passers-by in no time at all.  Since it was such a beautiful day, many of the people who lingered to listen were riding bikes of one kind or another. STEADFAST played mostly original songs with a few cover tunes thrown in for variety.  Leigh's distinctive vocals are always standout ...

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School Comes To Cheeky Charlie

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School Comes To Cheeky Charlie

Cheeky Charlie has been on pins and needles for a week anticipating the annual tour of Sarnia's downtown by the Grade 1 class from P.E. McGibbon Elementary School.  He got extremely excited when Mrs. Poore, their teacher, lead the group into the front door of Cheeky Monkey for a tour of the store. He got even more excited when the kids all sat on the floor to have their picture taken with him and instead of saying "cheese" like most people do when they have a photo taken, they all hollered out  "CHEEKY MONKEY"!  It was awesome.  Cheeky Charlie had never heard the name of his home said so loudly - and with so many giggles after it too. As the kids left the store on their way to discover another downtown business, Cheeky Charlie helped Mary Anne and Roland hand out Cheeky Monkey stickers to each and every student and volunteer in ...

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