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JNAAG & THE LAWRENCE HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN RE-OPENING

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According to report on Blackburn News... After being closed to the public for half the year, Sarnia’s Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery and The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts are welcoming back visitors. “Group of Seven: Their Visions revisited 100 Years Later” runs until August 22, 2021 and “Z’otz* Collective” runs until March 7, 2021. Curator Blazek said visitors will be expected to wear a mask or face covering, unless they’re exempt from the city bylaw, and stay home if they’re feeling unwell. The gallery will be operating under new hours, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. It’ll be closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The gallery has reduced its room capacities and timed-ticket entry is being implemented to ensure physical distancing. Visitors are asked to book their tickets in advance at jnaag.ca The Lawrence House will be open three days a week on Fridays, Saturdays and ...

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MAKE US #1 SELLER OF DONOVAN WOODS

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MAKE US #1 SELLER OF DONOVAN...

SUPPORTING HOME GROWN TALENT THAT IS SUPPORTING US Local talented musician Donovan Woods newest album release called 'Without People' is due out in stores like Cheeky Monkey on November 6th. Sarnia raised folk and country singer-songwriter Donovan Woods has released several albums of folk and roots music over the years, including the Juno Award-winning Both Ways. Not only does Donovan write and record his own songs, but many other high profile musicians have recorded his songs including Matt Andersen, Alan Doyle, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Logan Mize & The Reklaws to name a few. The announcement of a new release from Donovan is exciting to his many fans, but this release does have another purpose. Donovan has put together special indie-retailer exclusives for the vinyl release of his forthcoming album, 'Without People'. The message to fans from Donovan is to consistently remind fans that the spirit of this campaign is to support indie retailers. ...

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VINYL RECORD FANS – IMPORTANT INFO

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VINYL RECORD FANS –...

With the popularity of vinyl records on the increase it's important to educate new converts to the format of the proper care and handling of their records. Records require a lot of special handling to insure that they last and stay in good condition.  Hopefully as a record collector you want to keep your records in the best possible condition. In order to do so, there are a few essential things to keep in mind. Cleaning the Vinyl It is very important to keep the vinyl record itself clean. Due to the vinyl record's tendency to easily build up static electrical charges, it becomes a virtual magnet for dust. It is recommended that you buy a brush for your records and use it on them every time before you play them and before you put them back in their covers to ensure they're not being put away with dust on them. Dust left ...

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Brazilian Bossa Nova singer Fernanda Cunha CD’s

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NOW AVAILABLE AT CHEEKY MONKEY BRASIL CANADA CANTA FILO MACHADO Fernanda Cunha is a brazilian singer. She comes from a musical family. Her mother was a singer and her aunt, Sueli Costa, is a well-known composer in Brazil. She began performing in 1997 at various clubs around Rio de Janeiro. Fernanda made her first Canadian appearance at the Yardbird Suite in 2005 and has been a regular performer in Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast ever since: Vancouver Island and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Alianait Arts Festival in Nunavut and Jazz Yukon series;  Edmonton International Jazz Festival , University of Toronto and other venues. She also has presented clinics/workshops at Mohawk College in Hamilton(Ontario) with Pat Collins trio and at Camthra Secondary School in Mississauga(Ontario), and a 1 week residency performing concerts at long-term care facilities as well as in local schools(kindergarten through secondary) in Qualicum Beach(BC) as part of the Harvest of Music Festival. In 2009, ...

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Blackmore & Blackmore CD Release for Sept. First Friday

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September First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey: Blackmore and Blackmore Show The Creative Way To Move Ahead And Release A CD by Brian Hay There are right and wrong ways to do everything. What Mike Blackmore did with his two instruments, a set of looping devices and a healthy influx of creative imagination was definitely an illustration of one of the right ways. Technological aids are frequently used to create shortcuts. That’s one of the knocks against them. Another is the reputation they’ve acquired for stripping the music of its warmth. With Mike Blackmore there’s no shortcuts. That, along with the imagination involved, and the fact that everything is put together live, insures the music carries the spontaneity and warmth of something that’s been created on the spot. That’s true of his live shows and of his new release, the CD ‘Coyote’. Mike doesn’t use prerecorded tracks. Songs begin with whichever instrument fits ...

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RSD 2019 Exclusive from Kevin Hearn & Friends up for...

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RSD 2019 Exclusive from Kevin...

If you were one of the many fans who donated to MusiCounts to get the KEVIN HEARN & FRIENDS - Superhero Suite exclusive Record Store Day 2019 release, we have exciting news about your collectible from our friends at RSD Canada. Not only did you help raise funds for MusiCounts, with your donation for this record, but now it is being honoured. Kevin Hearn & Friends – Superhero Suite – has been nominated in 3 categories for this year’s Making Vinyl awards in LA !! To be nominated for all 3 categories is a real testament to how special this record is. Congratulations, Kevin Hearn , & Warner Music Canada / MusiCounts / Microforum for there distribution and partnership, and all the stores that got behind this incredible release your stores raised: $6,800 The awards will be held in LA on Oct 14, as part of the 2 day conference. You can ...

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Roland Getting Saucy with Evan

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Roland Getting Saucy with Evan

Are you a fan of hot/spicy foods? Or just enjoy watching other people's reactions to eating it? Well then you need to watch local hot sauce fan Evan Dawe's show Getting Saucy With Evan. If you stop in to Cheeky Monkey on Tuesday, August 13th at 5:00 p.m you can watch as Evan and Roland test their tolerance and give their opinion on the sauce of the day in the hope of expanding your knowledge of what is out there in the great big spicy world. You can watch past & current episodes on Facebook (click HERE), YouTube (click HERE) and Instagram (click HERE) Tuesday, August 13 -  Roland got Saucy With Evan (Dawe) when they tried out and critiqued Hurt Berry Farms hot sauced called Charred Threads. For more photos in order of reaction to the hot sauce, CLICK HERE

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Cool July First Friday with BobCatz

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First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey: BobCatz Use Colour To Give Classic Songs A Shot In The Arm by Brian Hay “Life is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get”. That famous line from a well-known film (the name of which escapes me) is one that truly applies to the acts that the Cheeky Monkey brings to Sarnia’s First Friday Celebrations. They’ve featured performers playing from an array of genres with the only common denominator being that they’re good. With the BobCatz several of the musicians involved were familiar. Vocalist and keyboard player Robert Martin performed with the Casuals not long ago. Wulf Von Waldow brings his excellence on the saxophone to a number of local bands. Clarinettist and sax man Michael Murphy is prominent and anyone from the area who doesn’t know Mike Blackmore probably lives in a cave. Harmony singer Sue Furlotte and Sue Auty, who ...

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THE CASUALS MAY FIRST FRIDAY A HIT

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THE CASUALS MAY FIRST FRIDAY A...

First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey, May 2019: The Casuals Become Everyones’ Riders On The Storm by Brian Hay Many of their roles weren’t set in stone. Bob Martin handled the majority of the vocals but the lead singing was also taken up by David Wright and Bill Hines. Hines also delivered some excellent playing on the harmonica and took the lead guitar part a few times. The variety in their three voice types created interesting harmonies and made them a solid fit for classic rock that included material from the Beatles’ early period, chart toppers from the late 1950’s and even Country influenced songs like ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young. The intuitive partnership between bass player Will McCuaig and drummer Al Wallace insured their rhythm section provided a strong foundation for whatever genre they touched upon. That’s just the technical aspect of what they offered though. First and foremost, they were fun ...

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2019 Record Store Day Another Huge Success

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2019 Record Store Day Another...

Roland & I wish to thank all the customers who stopped in to shop on Record Store Day.  It was quite the event.   We had 100's of exclusive releases to offer plus free gifts for everyone and a snack table.   Also had several items for free draws. See list below. Have to give a huge heartfelt thank you to our friends and family who volunteered their valuable time. Without you there is no way we could have Record Store Day. In no particular order THANK YOU TO... Ross (Roland's right hand) and Laurissa Ellsworth (on cash checkout) John (door greeter & cookie pusher) & Hanna Hettinga (my right hand) Kevin McHarg (roving customer service & photographer) Our daughter Juanita (on cash checkout & giveaways) Our oldest grandson Dylan (ballot draw & giveaways counter) both of whom made the trip from London to help us out. Mike Blackmore for providing the live music Brian Hay (photographer & reporter) Lastly, thank ...

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