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Mike Blackmore, Sue Webber and Dan Martin Live at Two Amigos...

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Mike Blackmore, Sue Webber and...

Mike Blackmore, Sue Webber and Dan Martin Live at Two Amigos: What a Trio Can Be Saturday September 13, 2014 by Brian Hay Bassist Dan Martin was a shining star tonight. Singer and guitarist Mike Blackmore and drummer Sue Webber were great as well and sparks don't fly in an ensemble unless all the players are strong, but this was a moment where Dan stepped up beautifully. The natural chemistry that was in place when Mike and Sue played at the Gen Y event was in place again and had seasoned nicely from their having worked together before. Mike hits the right spots emphatically with his beats and injects his playing with a presence that carries to players around him. The other players expand on musical cues he sends and the circle between them evolves continually through each song. Sue Webber keeps things simple but slips inside the music in a way that few ...

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Live Music Cafe: The Sisters of Soul review by Brian Hay

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Live Music Cafe: The Sisters of Soul Saturday September 13, 2014 by Brian Hay There's a reason for the name of this event that honestly never dawned until I walked in the door. The ladies provide snacks to go with the music. They're good ones too. Sandwiches, cubes of cheese, chips, a desert or two and coffee, all of which they make themselves make up the fare. The coffee, according to Fran Schweitzer, is even freshly ground. Before show time one or more of the musicians invariably greets people as they enter to make them feel at home. On stage, the core (for now anyway) seems to be Fran, percussionist Sue Webber, her husband keyboardist and harmonica player George, and singer/guitarist George Ayers. Hedda Doyle and Jaime Keelan augment the lineup frequently to lead numbers and add harmony vocals. Hedda especially, is an exceptional backing singer. Her lovely voice and perfect pitch penetrate and ...

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Drumming for Sick Kids – Fundraiser…

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Drumming for Sick Kids –...

  Friday September 12, 2014... Final words from Chris Gormley via email to us and our generous customers ... That's a wrap folks!!! 'Drum4SickKids' 2014 is OFFICIALLY finished!! We marched 150km this summer and raised $13,740 for SickKids Hospital. Thank you for being part of this adventure. It would not have been successful without your donations!! Chris <3 Saturday August 30, 2014... Fundraising goal beat!!  Chris Gormley of Daylight for Deadeyes Drumming For Sick Kids goal of raising $10,000 has been met and beaten thanks to help from our generous customers buying during our poster sale.  In total, $308.00 was the donation from Cheeky Monkey customers.  Thank you one and all on our and Chris' behalf! SATURDAY AUGUST 16... REMINDER - Cheeky Monkey POSTER SALE to raise funds for Chris Gormley`s DRUMMING FOR SICK KIDS campaign, is continuing until AUGUST 30th.   Great way to decorate a room!! Especially dorm rooms!!! 100's of promotional music posters from our many kind suppliers ...

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September First Friday Review by Brian Hay

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September First Friday Review...

The Element of Surprise Project: September's First Friday Event at the Cheeky Monkey Saturday September 6, 2014 by Brian Hay Usually the first thing that grabs attention is the musical dynamic a group has. This time it was the placement of the sound system and the musicians being spread across the entire back end of the store. Mostly players there seem to confine their activity to about half that space. The reasons are obvious. The business couldn't function that way and the band would sound terrible if the volume overpowered the room. That wouldn't be good for anyone but they had it controlled well. That was probably the doing of bassist Graham Dalley who's also a sound man. The next surprise was realizing 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' was their opener and it was followed by hearing how well guitarist Darren Diamond's voice was suited to the piece. Warming an audience to what's going ...

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Sisters of Soul Review by Brian Hay

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The Sisters of Soul: Wind and Music at Kenwick Park Wednesday August 27, 2014 Maybe it was nature's way of saying summer's winding down and the great open air musical events should be taken advantage of. Who knows? Chilly temperatures didn't stop the Sisters of Soul from putting on warming show for the good sized crowd that turned out. Drummer Sue Webber and singer guitarist Fran Schweitzer along with keyboardist George Webber and singer/ guitarist George Ayers combined for an eclectic set that flowed easily from material by Norah Jones to work by Lennon and McCartney. Hedda Doyle, a regular member, came up for the last two songs and filled in a canvas showing the musical landscape their different voices cover effectively. Hedda's voice is robust and sonorous with suggestions of power to spare. She'd be perfect for impassioned and heartfelt ballads. Fran's is well suited to upbeat and playful material. Her performance ...

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It’s Festival Season in Sarnia…

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It’s Festival Season in...

Summer is indeed drawing to a close BUT there are still several great festivals to look forward to.  Then we move on to fall and winter fun.  Great thing about Sarnia... there is ALWAYS something fun going on!   - Aug 29 - ROCK IT UP 'SARNIA STYLE' @ Trinity Lounge - CLICK HERE for info - TICKETS ON SALE @ CHEEKY MONKEY ~ August 30 - FESTIVAL OF GOOD THINGS with Gord Downie & The Sadies headlining - CLICK HERE for info - Advance tickets on sale NOW @ Cheeky Monkey

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Diversion Entertainment: NEXT TO NORMAL – Review by...

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Diversion Entertainment: NEXT...

Diversion Entertainment at the Imperial Theatre: Next To Normal 0 runs August 7 - 9 & 14 - 16 Nightly at 7:30 pm Friday August 8, 2014 performance review by Brian Hay Henri Canino practically ran away with this show. More on that later. From the ground up Diversion Entertainment's production of 'Next To Normal' is a piece of music theatre that excels on all levels. The set, mostly conceived by Cian Poore, combined functionality and abstraction beautifully. Centring the staircase between two tiers provided four areas for activity. Having it run from a wide lower part to a narrow top is an idea that's so simple it can only be described as genius. The configuration formed an arrow leading the eye up and out while the exaggerated perspective that resulted enhanced the illusions of separation and distance. The device also "widened" the spaces between the four corners on both levels. Angling the outer ...

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August 1 2014 First Friday HUGE FUN

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August 1 2014 First Friday...

To say the August First Friday at Cheeky Monkey was eventful and memorable is an understatement! To kick the evening off, Chris Gormley of Toronto band Daylight For Deadeyes timed his arrival from Paddy Flaherty's perfectly.  Chris has been drumming as he walks in all the various cities they play, including his home town, to raise awareness and funds for Sick Kids Hospital.  Sarnia was no exception.  Wearing his trademark kilt and harnessed drum, Chris got here just before 7:00 pm when the  band  consisting of Mike Blackmore, Chris Molyneaux and Dan Martin was due to start inside.  Gathering a crowd of spectators who kindly donated in his can, Chris then came inside with his entourage to have some photos taken.  Instead of the normal "posed" pictures, Mike Blackmore invited Chris to play a song with the band.  What resulted was a killer jazzed up version of 'House of the Rising ...

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ArtWalk 2014 from the corner of Christina & Cromwell

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ArtWalk 2014 from the corner...

Sitting outside while selling deals at our sidewalk table during ArtWalk weekends makes me think of being at an outdoor cafe table on Paris street.  As you look around, you will see all kinds of interesting people. One of the most interesting parts of the weekend was the live music we had playing outside.  We were not intending on doing a stage of music outside the store since ArtWalk usually handles it, but thanks to the kind offer of sound man Ron Behro, he got our wheels turning.  We contacted the ArtWalk office and received permission to do an afternoon acoustic stage with Ron handling the sound with gear generously donated by John Tierney of Borderline. Not only are we happy we went ahead with the live music, but the bands, the surrounding vendors and of course crowds downtown for the 2 days were very pleased with what they heard. On Saturday, the ...

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June First Friday was Acoustic Buzz(ing)

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June First Friday was Acoustic...

The 3 piece band  called Acoustic Buzz made their debut on the night of the June 9, 2014 First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. The lead guitarist and singer, Kesenia Parent has performed here many times.  As a matter of fact, playing at Cheeky Monkey was one of her very first public performances.  From the start, we saw the talent she has and have enjoyed watching her develop and grow as a musician.  In fact, she is so good, she was accepted at Laurier University in their music program. Her band mate, Heather Brown is actually her cousin.  It was only recently they discovered each other musically.  Being related it is little wonder that they are able to harmonize so well.  Heather has performed at various venues like the Lawrence House "House Concerts'. Third member of the trio was Troy Draper.  His work on guitar rounded out their sound nicely giving it the fullness ...

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