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1st Annual Rock & Roll Christmas Concert Review

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The First Annual Rock and Roll Christmas Concert: Sold Out, Rocking and Fun! How Cool is That! Sunday December 21, 2014 by Brian Hay With power drummer Andy Hardman and bassist Frank Seager at its core the Jingle Band combined the force of a charging Rhino with an ability to step back and let subtleties in the softer arrangements be dominant. Pianist Dan Sonier, violinist Caitlin Mason, saxophone and clarinet player Chris Molyneaux rounded out the core while David Chaulk played (mostly) rhythm guitar and Chris Joyce took the bulk of the lead work. Most of the players picked up their instruments at various times. The show opened with Doug Stewart soaring through "Rudolph" with minimal accompaniment before shifting gears with a driving full band performance of "White Christmas" sung by Denise Chaulk. Stewart's and Erika Sit's rendition of "Run, Run Rudolph" settled things back down. MC's David Burrows of "The Show" and Fox ...

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december Live Music Cafe review by Brian Hay

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december Live Music Cafe...

Live Music Cafe December 2014: Christmas Favourites With The Sisters of Soul "Hi Santa" — The Magic of the Season in Full Bloom with The Sisters of Soul by Brian Hay Being greeted by Fran Schweitzer wearing her pyjamas and a Santa cap sent the message this was informal fun. They even passed out candy canes. It was enough to make a person wonder if they missed a few weeks and it was already Christmas morning. It wasn't, but they had their audience laughing, and in the mood before the music started. When it did, with a rocking take on 'Good King Wenceslas', a lot of emotional glasses that began the evening half full or less, were suddenly brimming over. This might have been the Christmas morning all hope for but won't be had by some. More on that in a bit. Fran said before the music started that there might be a few ...

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Mike Blackmore @ Zzas Pizza Bistro December First Friday

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Mike Blackmore @ Zzas Pizza...

Mike Blackmore at Zzas Pizza Bistro Impeccable Rhythm Playing Combined With Strong Lead Reveals The Charlie Watts of Guitarists Review written by Brian Hay Mike's basic style stays in place and the interpretation of the songs remains uniquely his but the amount of lead playing changes dramatically. What sets it apart is how he does it. With other musicians around his playing cues patterns for their work the way a good drummer would. The signals are loose enough to give free reign to soloists but timely chording signals changes of patterns, suggests their musical directions, and when to close. Impeccable timing makes it seem as if those beat chords are placed right under key notes from other players and his singing. In an ensemble it makes him seem like the Charlie Watts of guitarists. On his own he does this to himself and it's even more pronounced than when he's in the middle of ...

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December 2014 First Friday Fun @ Cheeky Monkey

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December 2014 First Friday Fun...

Beautiful Harmonies Finished Off With Solo Acoustic Work and Fine Pizza by Brian Hay First Friday's around Sarnia are always interesting because there's no shortage of events going on that are worth looking at. At the Cheeky Monkey, Roland and MaryAnne Peloza, two of the most reliable people to point to solid talent showed their eclectic tastes are by bringing an a cappella group of singers in. Seaway Sounds, an ensemble of ladies from several age groups provided two sets of ravishing harmony singing that mixed mostly Christmas favourites with some fun and a few surprises. Abba's hit 'Dancing Queen' really wasn't what was expected to be heard there. They did a good job on it though. Their rendition differed greatly from the original but maintained respect for it. Some fun happened when they pulled 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' out of the hat. With their exquisite harmony work and a solo "Grinch" in ...

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Theatre Sarnia “A Christmas Carol” review by...

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Saturday November 22, 2014 Moving and Often Funny Production Hits All The Right Marks by Brian Hay Theatre Sarnia's production of the Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol' features impressive concept work some fine choreography that's capped by a moving and, at times, fine comic performance by Joe Agocs. The long time veteran established his versatility ages ago but continues to impress with layers he brings to characterizations. The nuggets in this production don't end there though. The set, designed by Director Anthony Fracalanza, Kristen Lannan and Emily MacDonald, was comprised of numerous small to mid sized pieces geared toward functionality and ease of movement. It allowed the varied scenarios involved in the narrative to shift into place with the fluidity needed to suggest either dream sequences or the presence of a supernatural element. Using the ensemble to perform choral numbers in the production while the most complex backdrops were being changed kept attention ...

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Sarnia Concert Association Christmas gift giving idea…

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Give someone special the gift of 4 outstanding concerts at Imperial Theatre

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Diversion Entertainment’s ALTAR BOYZ review by Brian...

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Diversion Entertainment: ALTAR Boyz November 5, 2015 Sensational ALTAR Boyz Will Make Your Day ROCK by Brian Hay This production starts out as a great time and then keeps getting better. The first few minutes have it a combination of dance, choreography, musical delivery, dazzling set and lighting and humour guaranteed to leave people breathless with amazement and laughter. The only question is whether it can be sustained. The people involved with Diversion Entertainment's production of 'ALTAR Boyz'  spent the next hour and a half not only answering that, but also showing it could be elevated to higher levels. The first thing to say is it's FUN-NEEE! Really, really funny. Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker's musical treatment of Kevin Del Aguila's book drives every point of his scathing overview home with a resounding thrust. Boy Bands along with the technology and the material underbelly that permeates peddling of gospel through mass media takes hits ...

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Catch Me If You Can – Reviewed by Brian Hay

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Theatre Sarnia: Catch Me If You Can Saturday October 25, 2014 Ensemble Production Scores Big On Music, Humour And Visual Beauty by Brian Hay (Catch Me If You Can runs until November 1) The thing that sinks in as this show progresses is that it's a lot funnier than what the subject matter suggests. But … why not? The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. is so preposterous it defies the imagination. Cian Poore plays the main character with a convincing amount of swagger and a degree of charm that insures his like-ability. It doesn't matter that he's a crook because he's an everyman, and also, a nice guy. His portrayal of Abagnale is of a person who wants those close, including his adversary, to be happy and well. In his natural range Poore was excellent, hitting the highest notes and navigating extended passages with authority. He struggled with a few of the tenor sections but ...

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Reaper’s Realm ticket give away @ Cheeky Monkey

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Reaper’s Realm ticket...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF OUR REAPERS REALM DRAWS... First Draw - Monday Sept. 29 - 2 pairs Congratulations - Winners are:  SKYE GILLINGS SAM COKES Second Draw - Saturday October 11  for  2 pairs - Winners are: AL OUELLETTE DAN OLENIUK The Reaper is waiting to take you for a ride into the 12 acre forest of monster mayhem. Open 7:00 - 11:45 pm Admission: - The Ride: $13.00 - Bickford Oaks House of Fright: $11.00 - Carnival Chaos $11.00 - BEST DEAL ALL 3 ATTRACTIONS Combo for only $25.00/person and receive a coupon for a free game of Reaper’s Putt Putt.. Come and see what Lord Reaper and his Reaper Clan has in store for you this year!  Don’t come alone! *Free Parking Open weekends until Nov. 1

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October 2014 First Friday review by Brian Hay

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October 2014 First Friday...

Along with the live in-store music of THE INDECISIVE (reviewed below), October First Friday was the opening night for our newest art exhibit. Local abstract artist LUCIEN PILON is a man who views what some may consider a "disablity", to be more of an abiltly. His positive attitude and insight into Schizophrenia is refreshing. His art is a window into the heart and soul of a man who is coping, growing and learning constantly. Lucien's exhibit will continue until at least the end of October. Sarnia's First Friday, October 2014: Talent Everywhere You Look Saturday October 4, 2014 by Brian Hay Remember an old radio show called "Chicken Man"? No? It was satire and the introduction led with awed cries of "He's everywhere! He's everywhere"! The same could be said of the musical talent that was out and about to help celebrate Sarnia's First Friday this month. Sue Webber's group, The Sisters of Soul, ...

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