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Top Sellers of 2016 @ Cheeky Monkey

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Top Sellers of 2016 @ Cheeky...

It was a good year at Cheeky Monkey for music sales on both CD and vinyl formats.  Below is the Top 25 Countdown of Best Sellers for 2016.  Most are on CD, a few are on vinyl record.  And yes, record sales continue to climb steadily. Notice how many Top Sellers on this list are Canadian.  Awesome isn't it?!  In the Top 50, there were a few other Canadians... SARAH McLACHLAN - Wonderland (Christmas CD), TRAGICALLY HIP - Fully Completely, Road Apples, Tired as F**K (7" RSD Black Friday vinyl), Day For Night, In Between Evolution & Phantom Power as well as GORD DOWNIE'S - Secret Path on vinyl with the book.  Sarnia's own singer/songwriter DONOVAN WOODS - Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled was #34 on the list. #25 - GREEN DAY - Revolution Radio #24 - BLUE RODEO - 1000 Arms #23 - BLINK 182 - California #22 - THE TREWS - Time Capsule #21 - ...

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2016 Bruce Cockburn & Rolling Stones News

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November 10, 2016... For the first time since 2010’s Small Source of Comfort, Bruce Cockburn is back in the studio recording album number 33 with an expected release in 2017. The sessions are being produced by Colin Linden. Small Source of Comfort won the 2011 Juno for Best Roots Album as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards. The singer-songwriter turned 71 this year, and headlined the Vancouver Folk Festival earlier this summer. He now lives in San Francisco. The Rolling Stones have released a new music video for the track "Hate To See You Go," from their upcoming Dec. 2 album featuring a dozen blues covers, entitled Blue & Lonesome. It is one of two songs written by Chicago blues-harpist Little Walter featured on the band’s first studio album in over a decade.

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Limited edition METALLICA give away…

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Limited edition METALLICA give...

To help you get into the Halloween spirit, starting this Friday, October 28th, fans around the world can visit select independent record stores (like Cheeky Monkey) for the chance to obtain a free limited edition Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Halloween mask. Inside of each mask, you’ll find a special access code that will allow you to hear “Atlas, Rise!” 30 minutes prior to its official release on Halloween. Just like Tyson, Duane & Adam who were at Cheeky Monkey for opening at 9:30 am.

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Local Humanitarian & Musician Honoured at CCMA

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Photo of Sarnia's own Mike Stevens with Michelle Wright & Murray McLauchlan The 2016 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award (a CCMA Award of Distinction) was presented to Mike Stevens during Country Music Week in London, Ontario, this past weekend. Stevens is founder of the charity ArtsCan Circle. Established in 2002, ArtsCan Circle has been leading the crusade of connecting creative artists with at-risk Indigenous youth in Canada. Teams of hand-picked professional artists volunteer their time and talent to travel to desolate communities to share the healing power of the arts – whether through music, fine arts or performance arts – and to encourage self-esteem, promote self-expression and strengthen relationships within the community amongst the Indigenous youth. The Slaight Music Humanitarian Award distinguishes those who have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in support of humanitarian causes. “We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of Mike Stevens and his charity, ArtsCan Circle,” said Gary Slaight, President and ...

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COGECO TV Playlist is back

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COGECO TV Playlist is back

Local Cogeco TV in their continuing support of local talent, will begin airing the newest season of PLAYLIST starting on Tuesday September 13 at 9:00 pm. Some of the bands and musicians you will get to hear and see are:  Mike Blackmoore, The Fat Catz, Silver Stone Satellite and Nic Swales, Weird Neighbors and the Down River Band.  More possibly to come since the program will air until at least December. A repeat of the show will be aired on Fridays at 9:30 pm unless there is a Sting game to preempt it.

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MO POP FESTVIAL TICKET GIVEAWAY @ Cheeky Monkey

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MO POP FESTVIAL TICKET...

WHAT WAS MOPOP FESTIVAL LIKE YOU WONDER... ...It was awesome.  Roland and I attended the 2nd day (Sunday July 23) of the two day festival located just a bit west of Joe Louis Arena on Detroit's riverfront. The line up was impressive.  We got there in time to see Banners, Liverpool musician with a Sarnia connection - his bass player is originally from here and used to play in a band with our good friend (and occasionally helper) Ross Ellsworth.  Banners has a Coldplay vibe and we  predict great things to come for him. Our next favourite act, a new discovery to us was a band called Nothing But Thieves - also from England.  Don't think they expected it to be as roasting hot as it was - they had on long sleeves and leather jackets - but sounded fantastic.  They have new fans in us. Some of the other acts we caught were Shakey Graves and Father John Misty. Over all ...

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Interview with Aaron Hugget director/producer of upcomin Red...

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Interview with Aaron Hugget...

David Burrows (The Video Show Network) speaks with local Director/Producer Aaron Huggett after a private screening of his upcoming movie Red Ryan. The film tells the true story of a Canadian bank robber who ended up in Sarnia. Huggett talks about the importance of Canadian history in the film. A public screening is scheduled at the Imperial Theatre, www.imperialtheatre.net for Friday, October 7th (First Friday). 3 Shows: 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10 per ticket available through the Imperial Theatre Box Office Watch more Sarnia-Lambton events and videos at www.TVSN.ca

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Theatre Sarnia taking 33 Variations to next level of...

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Theatre Sarnia taking 33...

Our community should be very proud of Theatre Sarnia.  They have moved to the next round of competitions for their production of '33 Variations'.  They need the community's help though to help with the cost .  CLICK HERE for their Go Fund Me page.  Below is a message from the group. Hello! You might remember that a year ago at this time we announced Theatre Sarnia's success at the WODL Festival. Our production of The Clean House was on the way to Theatre Ontario in Oshawa. Well , we are  thrilled to announce to you that  Theatre Sarnia once again has won the Western Ontario Drama League Festival! The production of 33 Variations will be on the road to North Bay on the Victoria Day weekend and we need your help to make this a reality. We would like to point out to you that of the 8 awards we received at the Festival in Woodstock ...

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CBC Music Cross Canada SEARCHLIGHT 2016 For Muisicians

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CBC Music Cross Canada...

CBC Music's cross-Canada search for the best up and coming musicians is back, and this time it's bigger and better than ever.  -- As posted on music.CBC.ca Musicians from coast to coast to coast will compete for the $50,000 grand prize, which includes $20,000 worth of equipment fromYamaha Canada, a performance slot at the 2016 CBCMusic.ca Festival in Toronto, and a Career Booster package from Canadian Musician magazine, including a studio session, mentorship, album production/distribution and more (valued at $25,000). Winners will also be featured on CBC Radio's q. There's also $5,000 in audience prizes up for grabs from Yamaha Canada, just for watching and voting. We’re doing things differently this year, the biggest twist being that the top 4 finalists will vie for the grand prize on a prime-time televised broadcast on CBC TV, competing in front of a live audience and our celebrity judging panel. Musicians will also get the chance ...

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Canada Leading the Way in New Vinyl Press

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FRONT PAGE STORY FROM THE GLOBE & MAIL... The hype around the 21st-century vinyl revival is starting to sound like a broken record. Music sales revenues have plummeted for more than a decade, but every year since 2011, stories have cropped up about the 30, 50 or sometimes 80 per cent year-over-year growth in vinyl sales. The spectacular rebirth of the LP, however, has come with unexpected growing pains. New record-pressing machines haven’t been manufactured for decades, forcing new manufacturers to dredge up and refurbish used, creaky presses. And demand far outweighs the industry’s capacity: only a finite number of old presses remain, forcing delays that can stretch six months or longer as labels wait their turn to press records. A new Canadian firm is coming to the record’s rescue. Backed by $1-million in funding commitments from a Greater Toronto Area investor, Viryl Technologies has designed a modernized, fully automated record press that ...

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