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Jim Chevalier Premiere’s New Songs

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Over the 5 plus years we have been hosting First Friday at Cheeky Monkey, we have had the pleasure of listening to many of the amazing musical acts the area has to offer, but the January 2012 was really special to us. Jim Chevalier is of the first musicians we met when we came to Sarnia and has become a man and talent we very much admire, so you can understand why we were so thrilled to have him playing on the Red Carpet Stage. To make the evening even more monumental, he debuted a long play list of brand new songs that will be on his upcoming CD. Some were written as recently as the last few days and weeks. Annette Dillon who was in the audience commented on Facebook about Jim's music: "Your Heart felt new songs are masterfully crafted and meaningful." Well said Annette! Everyone present very much looks forward ...

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Love Toasters Pop Up for In-store Concert

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Love Toasters Pop Up for In...

Sarnia's own up and coming high school band The Love Toasters gave the shoppers of Cheeky Monkey a sample of their talent on Friday afternoon.  After a somewhat rocky start - they were minus their singer for the performance, they settled into a mostly instrumental mix of original jams and covers that included Hendrix, Rush, and Nirvana among others. The lads and the crowd very much enjoyed themselves.  Cheeky Charlie had fun hanging out with them and getting to help on bass. Remember their name - THE LOVE TOASTERS - you will hear of them again, at Cheeky Monkey and other Sarnia locations.

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Beth Moore’s Visit to Sarnia

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The lovely and talented Ms. Beth Moore stopped to play for a few hours at Cheeky Monkey on Sat. Dec. 17 .   She does tour with a band, but for this occassion she performed solo and totally unplugged.  Her sweet, smokey voice was a beautiful enhancement to a busy day at Cheeky Monkey.  The customers in the audience agreed. Not only is she a gifted song writer and singer, but she has an interesting side business of designing and making hats and scarves.  Cheeky Charlie could not resist and bought one for Mary Anne. If you missed out on seeing and hearing Beth, don't fret.  Her CD is available to buy at Cheeky Monkey or through the website (CLICK HERE).  If you want to see her in person, keep an eye on the website too Event Calendar for a January show at Paddy Flaherty's Shout out of thanks to Sean for taking the ...

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Cheeky Charlie’s Exciting December Weekend

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What a fantastic weekend of music and art Cheeky Charlie had to start December off. Rockin the joint - Southern Fryde Inc. with Mike Blackmore's art as backdrop The fun began during Dec 2nd First Friday evening with the local southern country rock band SOUTHERN FRYDE INC. playing.  They certainly do have a loyal following of fans who enjoyed the good-ol-boy songs they played including of course 'Free Bird'.  What respectable southern rock band would leave it out.   If you missed their show, don't worry, you can buy their CD at Cheeky Monkey for only $12.87. Along with the ruckus music, was art to feast your eyes on or buy.  The photographic art of Mike Blackmore is hanging on the gallery walls.  He has reduced the price in the hopes someone will adopt them or give them as unique gifts.  They will be on exhibit and sale at Cheeky Monkey until Dec. ...

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Cheeky Charlie Goes to The Theatre

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Anne of Green Gables is one book that Cheeky Charlie has not gotten around to reading, yet he knows it is a great Canadian novel that depicts the life of a young orphan girl in the late 1800's in Prince Edward Island. To see the book be told as a  play at our local Imperial Theatre  by our city's very own Theatre Sarnia was a very exciting experience for Cheeky Charlie. The set design was very clever changing from the orphanage to the home of the Cuthbert family home, Green Gables, complete with garden outside the screen door.   The actor's were all superb, especially the actress who played Anne (with an E).   Cheeky Charlie is sorry he can't remember her name.  He did a nice deed of giving his program to someone who didn't have one.  Anyway, she was very impressive and believable in her role as were all the others ...

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ZOMBIE ATTACKS CHEEKY CHARLIE

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ZOMBIE ATTACKS CHEEKY CHARLIE

Cheeky Charlie had THE most frightening day of his life on Sat. Oct. 29.  Zombies were in every corner of Cheeky Monkey as they went on their Annual Zombie Walk through Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District. They had just finished watching the movie NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at the Sarnia Library Theatre.  There were zombies of every age and size and discription, all eager to take a bite out of our poor helpless monkey. After the initial shock, he realized it was all make-up done mostly by Cat Cabajar of The Painted Cat and costumes. They look very realilistic.

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Cheeky Charlie’s busy week…

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It's a good thing it is a long weekend.  Cheeky Charlie is tuckered out from having too much fun and needs a rest. Last weekend, he went on his first sleepover to good friend Kevin McHarg's house. The next day they went together  to the Southwest Regional Credit Union grand re-opening of their Wyoming branch.  This event was also a Red Friday event in support of our troops.  If you don't know about Red Fridays or Hero To Hero, you should check it out.  Click here to learn more.  Charlie says he had lots of fun making new friends. Cheeky Charlie wishes EVERYDAY was like a First Friday.  They are evenings filled with fun, laughter and music.  Especially the October First Friday when many of the students studying out of town come back to Sarnia for the Thanksgiving weekend. The band playing was a very new group.  Edward and The Right Brothers have only ...

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EMM GRYNER & DAYNA MANNING – SEPTEMBER 23 2011

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EMM GRYNER & DAYNA...

Charlie has a great view of Dayna Manning On Friday September 23rd, Cheeky Charlie went to the library, not for books but because Emm Gryner's CD release concert was going on in the auditorium. He managed to get the best seat in the house - on top of one of the house speakers on the right side of the stage. The show started with a solo set from Stratford's Dayna Manning. Dayna, who currently resides in northern British Columbia, was a late addition to the bill. She happened to be in the neighborhood and has opened for Emm in the past so inviting her to perform was what they call a no brainer. Dayna not only performed songs from her three albums, but also some new ones yet to be recorded, including one that was being performed for the first time ever. The new song, called Charlie, is definitely a keeper. Danya Manning's most ...

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Mike Stevens stopped by…

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Mike Stevens stopped by…

Harmonica hero, Mike Stevens, one of THE busiest musicians we know, took time to stop in and say hi to us while on his last visit home.  Between his gigs around the world and his work in the far north with at-risk youth for ArtsCan Circle, it is surprising he has time for a social life at all.  We very much enjoy hearing of his lastest journeys and catching up on local news with him. While here and snuggling with Cheeky Charlie,  he asked if we knew he has a new CD  due out Sept 27 called 'Push Record: Banff Sessions'.  It is another collaboration with amazing East Coast blues guiarist/singer Matt Andersen.  OF COURSE WE KNEW! and will have it in stock on release day. Their previous CD together 'Piggyback' was  such a success and they had so much fun doing it - they decided to do it again!  Mike gave ...

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Cheeky Charlie’s Birthday Bash

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The phase "a good time was had by all" applies to the Birthday Bash for Cheeky Charlie on Sunday Sept. 18 at Cheeky Monkey.  Many old and new friends stopped in to enjoy cake, banana chips, potato chips, banana gummies and chocolate chip cookies. One of his favourite local bands, Soul Patch provided the live music for the day.  Along with their special guest drummer, they kept everyone's toes tappin and even a few people dancing to their original songs from their self titled CD (available at Cheeky Monkey of course). Oh the deals - did we mention the deal - EVERYTHING in the store was a special low prices!  The gift bags given out to the guests were a big hit too.  They were full of surprises. Cheeky Charlie is particularly grateful to Tara for helping serve the cake, Mike & Patty for the gift of the pouch to keep his treasures ...

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