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Hey, You Got Any Hit’s Goin’ On Danny Michel?

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Hey, You Got Any Hit’s...

The answer may be no in the Top 20 radio context.  To those that are fans of Canadian singer/songwriter Danny Michel - he has a multitude of hits and catchy tunes.  Most making commentary on the world at large in a delightfully cheerful and poignant way. A small, but appreciative audience had the pleasure of hearing and seeing Danny in person at the fabulous Sarnia Library Theatre on Wednesday, May 11th.  Many in attendance were first timers at seeing him perform live.  For us personally, it was our second time, but first time seeing him do a solo act.  Last year we saw him with a band during London's Home County Music Festival.  Have to say the two performances were totally unique.  During his solo show here in Sarnia, the audience had the benefit of comfortable seating, in climate controlled conditions and the great acoustics of the room.  These factors gave everyone ...

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LOCAL MYSTERY TOUR – Fun Fundraiser for Local...

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The Local Mystery Tour is an exciting new event that sees teams of four collecting and deciphering clues as they weave their way through the community in search of the final destination, the Prize Room! The event will take place over the course of several weeks, and the first clue will be released on June 6th. One clue will lead you to the next. All clues will be released via email & on Facebook. Teams can work at their own pace and even split up tasks. The purpose is to have fun and discover new places in their community. The Tour ends when each team finds the prize room. The first team to locate the prize room has their choice of prize. The last team to find the prize room gets what’s left J. Teams register and collect donations through the Local Mystery Tour website, and we are asking each team to ...

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Record Store Day 2016 Afterglow

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Record Store Day 2016...

WHAT A DAY it was on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  Our most successful Record Store Day to date.  Starting at 8:30 a.m. when we arrived to find not only part of the band that would be playing live in store already here to set up, but customers were already waiting too.  Some had been here a while and were prepared to wait the next hour in their comfy folding chairs. A few moments after we got inside to do the last minute prep for the day, ever faithful volunteers and good friends, Ross and Laurissa Ellsworth arrived followed closely by our other dependable friend Maureen Murphy.  Have to say this right now - in all honesty, we would not be able to do Record Store Day without their assistance.  All 3 of them were just amazing.  THANK YOU. While saying 'thank you', have to say how much we appreciate Borderlite Trio playing ...

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RECORD STORE DAY 2016 is coming

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RECORD STORE DAY 2016 is...

Friday April 15, 2016 update...  All most all the deliveries have arrived of the RSD exclusives - few more to trickle in today.  We've brought up the extra racks from the storeroom to hold the 100's of releases.  Confirmed Borderlite Trio to start playing live in-store right at opening time of 9:30 am.  Extra staff is confirmed to help you find what you are looking for.  Food is all bought for snack table.  Lots of ballots printed for free draws (thanks again Mint Records) and boxes of free gifts organized and ready.  Yup - looks like we are all set for the big day tomorrow - 2016 Record Store Day. Tuesday April 12, 2016 update... huge stack of boxes just delivered for RSD - and that is only from one company - lots more yet to come! AND our good friends and next door neighbours at TOTALLY GAME MEATS have offered ...

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Nic Swales WOW’s Everyone on April 2016 First Friday

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Nic Swales WOW’s...

Nic Swales: Subtle Depth that Instills the Desire to Listen First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey, April 1, 2016 by Brian Hay There was a lot of noise in the area immediately outside the Cheeky Monkey. Whether that contributed to the calm and quiet feeling inside the store or not is impossible to say. The contrast was very striking though because the scene inside was so quiet as to appear almost silent by comparison. There was no lack of people but even the usual hum that surrounds a crowd was largely absent. Slowly though, and with a sensibility that bordered on surreal, an essence of music began threading a subtle path to the front of the shop. That was the first sign of what Nic Swales had to offer. If there was one possible complaint it's that he could have been louder. It's a flimsy one however because his audience was listening. And they ...

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Buck Brothers Reunite for March 2016 First Friday

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Buck Brothers Reunite for...

What a fun night taking us all down memory lane with the Fabulous Buck Brothers Reunion Band leading us down the musical path. Not being originally from Sarnia, we were not familiar with the Buck Brothers, but apparently many locals are.  They were a popular band not just in Sarnia, but throughout Ontario in the late 1960's, 70's and into the 80's.  Two of the remaining 'brothers', Orval Cavin on bass guitar and Jack Dunn on rhythm guitar have added three members of another well known local band, Copperstill, to their line up making them the newest "Buck Brothers".  Gerry Ostrihon on drums, Guy Houle on guitar and mulit-instrumentalist Phil Beauchamp rounded out the group. Each of their 2 sets started off with an original song that fit right in with the cover songs they performed, but were so good it left you wanting to hear more of their own music. They don't have ...

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MISSY BURGESS PERFORMS THE SONGS OF TOM WAITS

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It was a dark and windy night, thankfully it wasn't stormy too, the perfect setting for a Lawrence House Concert. February 19th Missy Burgess along with guitarist Gianni Cinnelli presented a performance of The Songs Of Tom Waits.  Tom has been around for nearly 50 years and over that time he has delivered a challenging and varied body of work ranging from beatnik jazz to folk, to theatre to all out assault experimental  noise. Missy's performance focused mostly but not entirely on the earlier period of Waits' work, with some standard well known compositions like Ol' 55 and I Hope I Don't Fall in Love With You but also included a few obscure selections such as Mockin' Bird (from The Early Years - a collection of demos from the early 70's) and The Fall of Troy (first released on the Dead Man Walking Soundtrack). Her voice, while not at all similar to Waits' ...

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Ta-WANG! and So Delicious! March 2016 First Friday review

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Scott Manery and the Barn Burners: Live at the Cheeky Monkey for Sarnia's First Friday, February 6, 2016 by Brian Hay This article can't have a serious title because the guy the band is named after doesn't take himself seriously. The musical end of things is a serious business for him though. Nobody holds down their part in a band or plays with the level of finesse and sense of effortlessness Scott Manery projected without having spent a lifetime honing skills past the point where most would start wondering why or whether it even mattered. But the fun was there because, in Scott's words, those sounds were "just about the coolest thing he'd ever heard". When they started coming off his fingertips his smiles would have made the one on cats that got the canaries look like the expressions of depressed felines. He really does have that much fun making music. But the ...

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FIRST FIRST FRIDAY OF 2016 WITH BIG HIGHWAY

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FIRST FIRST FRIDAY OF 2016...

The first First Friday of January was anything but typical.  The fact it was technically held on the second Friday of the month due to the statutory holiday of New Years Day being the first unusual circumstance.  The second was the weather.  Higher than normal temperatures with rain made for a soggy evening.  Despite those factors,  those that did come to Sarnia's downtown and into Cheeky Monkey found it very much worth the effort thanks to local band Big Highway. The four piece band featuring James McNaule on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Andrew Germain on lead guitar, Dave Johnston on bass and Ric Brown on drums have a knack for picking the perfect playlist for their vast abilities. Big Highway's love for Can Con (Canadian content) is self evident.  James has the perfect timber and edginess to pull off songs by Tragically Hip with ease.  They did several Wide Mouth Mason ...

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Mike Blackmore beside himself for Dec. First Friday

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Mike Blackmore beside himself...

Review of December 4, 2015 First Friday at Cheeky Monkey written by Brian Hay.  Thank you Brian for attending our events over the year and being kind enough to share you insights into the local live music scene.  For other reviews by Brian CLICK HERE There's still only one Mike Blackmore. The extra "Blackmore" is for the musical persona brought to life by way of the technology used in crafting  backing tracks to free up other facets of his playing. The balance needed to use those devices effectively is a fine one. Overuse can turn a set mechanical, (or as one good friend quipped, "into the special olympics of music"), really fast. Tempering its use with restraint however (and playing off what it conjures astutely) allows good players to open new doors. For Mike (whose idea of variety might actually be climbing back into the box) it opens ways to rethink ...

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