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Business After 5 @ Bayside Centre

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Business After 5 @ Bayside...

On Wednesday, January 21, the fountain area of the Bayside Centre was alive with people talking, laughing and making new friends thanks to the Chamber of Commerce monthly Business After 5. Each month this event is held in a different location. Bayside Centre was a perfect spot with the beautiful fountain as the back drop, live music provided by Steve Dumont Trio and merchants like ourselves, Painted Cat/Costumes Canada, Canadian Blood Services and many more at booths providing information about themselves. At the Cheeky Monkey booth Roland and I had the chance to catch up with old friends and meet a few new ones. We were handing out ballots for a chance to win one of my hand crafted record bowls. Three names were drawn. AND THE WINNERS ARE... Mary Oblak of Electric Marketing Jim Vergunst of Grafiks Joan Pinkett For more photos CLICK HERE and enjoy

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ISO Kilts, Clans and Ceilidhs review by Brian Hay

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The International Symphony Orchestra: Kilts, Clans and Ceilidhs Grace an Incredibly Warm Performance Saturday January 17, 2015   by Brian Hay   The show began with resounding performances of The American and Canadian National anthems. Spirited orchestral readings of Stanford's "Irish Rhapsody" and others laid the groundwork for the first soloist, tenor David Troiano. The beauty of his voice, which is like dew on spring leaves, is matched only by his warmth as a performer. His renditions of a few traditional numbers capped with a wonderful performance of "Danny Boy" opened the path for an evening that was radiantly joyous. If there was a complaint at all it's that it would have been nice to see him in the second half. That's nit picking though because there's little in this program that any would dream of changing.    Each of the other three guests were astonishing individually and breathtaking when they worked together. Fiddler Shane Cook is ...

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Evening of Comedic Shorts Review by Brian Hay

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Evening of Comedic Shorts...

Saturday January 10, 2015 by Brian Hay After watching Diversion Entertainments Adult Evening of Comedic Shorts it's safe to say a few things look different now, and will forevermore. The laughs alone guarantee that. The points they made did their part as well. The first was that the Reaper's unpredictable. Another is that "J" and "Lu" have a really unusual working relationship. The science of dating got one hell of an inside look while meetings, and new beginnings happen in all kinds of different ways. Classics, especially "The Three Little Pigs" and "Romeo and Juliette" are never going to be the same. Don't ask. Just go and watch. Old Will probably rolled over in his grave laughing. Our home town, Sarnia, even got a new face, three of them in fact, and all in one evening, and without expensive renovations. What's most impressive is the economy with which this project was realized. There's one ...

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1st First Friday of 2015 with Erika & Sara & The...

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1st First Friday of 2015 with...

Erika and Sara and The Guys Live at the Cheeky Monkey for Sarnia's January 2015 First Friday Celebration Saturday January 3, 2015 by Brian Hay There was a number of things noticeable right off the bat. The most striking was the effortlessness with which singer Erika Sit projected her voice. It was obvious through all areas of her range and served her well, especially for the material they've added to their set. More on that after a few other notes. Their sound system, which they set up themselves this time had, by far, the best balance they've achieved since they began working with bassist Scott Vegh and drummer Gerry Hawley last summer. With Hawley's kit not miked and him being able to play energetically while holding back everything came through with pristine clarity. The internal dynamic between the players has arrived in an area of delicious harmony as well. Sara Campbell, always a strong ...

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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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Theatre Sarnia “A...

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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Sarnia Concert Association...

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

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