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November 2015 First Friday review – Quiet Mind &...

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November 2015 First Friday...

Quiet Mind: Contemporary Acoustic with Style Live at the Cheeky Monkey for Sarnia's November First Friday Celebration by Brian Hay They also had something to say, which is the most important thing. That the members of Quiet Mind, singer and guitarist James Hill and lead guitarist Pat Rice, were concerned with performing more than just filler was clear even from the covers they chose. One group whose material they obviously liked exploring was the work done by Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. "An Elderly Lady Behind the Counter in a Small Town" was an absolute nugget for Pearl Jam with its richly unfolding portrayal of the two people who meet in the scenario conjured within the music. The interpretation Hill and Rice gave it wasn't Pearl Jam's and it wasn't anyone else's. Hill's singing captured the yearning that inevitably surfaces when one hearkens toward distant but fond memories. Rice threaded wonderfully melodic ...

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October 2015 Nugget of a First Friday

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October 2015 Nugget of a First...

Sarnia's First Friday Celebration October 2015: El Camino at The Cheeky Monkey Review and  Photos By Brian Hay One of life's lessons: Things don't always go as planned. That was the situation for the owners of the Cheeky Monkey and the members of El Camino on Friday night. Singer and rhythm guitarist Scott Whyte had been fighting laryngitis all week and was just beginning to get his voice back. Cancelling would have been understandable but it wasn't what anyone wanted to do. Playing could be done, but sparingly. The trio opted to go for it. Another lesson: If the band isn't giving up the audience shouldn't either. [Scott] Whyte may have felt like he was having to bribe his vocal chords to keep him company but his musical skills and understanding of the songs wasn't diminished in the least. He has good control over his pitch so his singing was still even and wanting to ...

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Erika & Sara & Guys @ Lawrence House – Sept....

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Erika & Sara & Guys ...

Erika and Sara and The Guys at The Lawrence House: Sarnia First Friday September 5, 2015 as reported & photographed by BRIAN HAY This band is tighter and more self-assured each time out. Seeing it in their playing is easy because it's showing in their individual skills and and in what they do collectively. Bass guitarist Scott Vegh has melody and timekeeping firmly in place and does so with a discreet tone that allows the rest of the band to sit evenly over top of the foundation he provides. Drummer Gerry Hawley has a looseness in his style that plays out with sharp, but unforced timekeeping, and generous, but unobtrusive acrobatics, that fit nicely in the pocket. Sara Campbell has the drive in her rhythm playing back to the fore and is providing a thrust between the work of Gerry and Scott. She's doing more harmony singing as well and it creates ...

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Sizzling Hot September First Friday with Mike Blackmore...

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Sizzling Hot September First...

"ZENBOMB" - Mike Blackmore Group at Cheeky Monkey - September 4, 2015 First Friday - as reported by Brian Hay... Mike Blackmore with Dan Martin and Chris Molyneaux: First Friday for Labour Day Weekend at the Cheeky Monkey The finale here was more than worth waiting for. Singer/guitarist Mike Blackmore plunged into his music with the fervour of an individual afraid that he might never have a chance to play the songs that way again. Bass player Dan Martin was perfectly in step with everything he did. Mike's playing, always percussive in nature, was emphatic, with his expression raw in its directness and the changes he signalled marked with an extra level of force. Dan's bass was set louder than usual and he used the volume to emphasize the melody in the songs while keeping the timekeeping end of his work crisp. Chris Molyneaux played as if he was on fire. Watching him ...

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EL CAMINO @ Cheeky Monkey Oct. First Friday

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EL CAMINO @ Cheeky Monkey Oct....

October 2, 2015 - October 2, 2015 Cheeky Monkey Map and Directions | Register Description: Over the years of being a premiere venue for  Sarnia's downtown First Friday Cultural Walkabouts, Roland and Mary Anne have had  the honour of hosting many wonderful  musicians and visual artists.  The evening of local entertainment has proven to be mutually beneficial for all involved, including for the audiences in attendance.  Acts and artists of all ages have been part of the eventst exposing Sarnia's local talent to a wider audience than they previously had. For the October 2 First Friday, Cheeky Monkey, located at 130 Christina Street North is pleased to welcome back EL CAMINO playing live from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Consisting of singer and rhythm guitarist Scott Whyte, lead and rhythm player Marvin Eskritt and percussionist Steve Bird they are a tight three piece group. Local music reviewer Brian Hay had this to say about their previous performance ...

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First Friday with MIKE BLACKMORE GROUP & Nicholas...

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First Friday with MIKE...

September 4, 2015 - September 4, 2015 Cheeky Monkey Map and Directions | Register Description: September First Friday at Cheeky Monkey, Sarnia's downtown music and more store, is a great place to celebrate the last weekend before school goes back. The musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Mike Blackmore Group from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. As well, visual artist Nichols Theorat will be on hand to discuss his Exhibit and Sale of eclectic and varied work. It is hard to say just who may be joining Mike for the evening of music. Mike has been playing in the area for quite a while and has amassed many talented fellow musicians in his circle who love playing, like Mike, simply for the joy of it. Having said that, they don't horse around (much). Each and every one is a well accomplished musician. Over the summer, at the many gigs Mike has performed at, a constant ...

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Traveling the BIG HIGHWAY

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Traveling the BIG HIGHWAY

It may have been just a coincidence, but I doubt it.  Last night during the August 7, 2015 First Friday, we noticed a marked increase in the sale of Tragically Hip on both CD and DVD.  I believe it had everything to do with the fact that lead singer, James McNaule, of BIG HIGHWAY, sounded very similar to Gord Downie of The Hip.  He wasn't exactly like him, but enough so that even when they did a cover of Pearl Jam or Wide Mouth Mason song, images of Downie filled you thoughts.  Hence the increase in Hip sales. Downie is known for an edginess where James' style was calmer yet still filled with the passion of a solid vocalist.  That can be said of the rest of the band as well.  They all have great day jobs, but the passion and level of professionalism they bring to their music is admirable.  James ...

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August 7 First Friday guide

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August 7 First Friday guide

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LAWRENCE HOUSE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS by end of August

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LAWRENCE HOUSE CALL FOR...

FROM THE LAWRENCE HOUSE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS... Hi Members and Friends of the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, The September exhibition at the Lawrence House will have the theme and title: The Art of Language. This exhibition is open to all members of the Lawrence House (memberships are always available and cost $20 including HST). The work must integrate language into some other artistic medium: pottery, photography, painting, textile... I have attached a photo of two pieces of pottery by Beth Turnbull Morrish (www.turningbullpottery.com) to seed your imagination. If you would like to participate in this exhibition, please reply saying how many pieces you propose to exhibit and in what media. This will be a big help for our planning.   Intake will be on Sunday, August 30th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanks to member Pauline Anderson for proposing this theme! Lawrence House Centre for the Arts 127 South Christina Street Sarnia, Ontario N7T 2M8 519-337-0507

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First Friday @ Cheeky Monkey with BIG HIGHWAY & STEWART...

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August 7, 2015 - August 7, 2015 | Register Description: It's hot outside and so is the live music at Cheeky Monkey, Sarnia's downtown 'records and more store'.  Every month during the First Friday Cultural Walkabout, a band plays from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. and a visual artist exhibit and show is hanging on the walls for all to enjoy.  For the August 7 First Friday, the local band "Big Highway" will be playing with the artwork of Stewart Wayne Fanning as their backdrop. “Big Highway” was formed less than two years ago in the rec room of one of the member’s in Corunna. Coming from diverse musical backgrounds and previous bands, it soon became apparent that there was a great chemistry and enjoyment playing together. It was agreed that playing for local charity fundraisers and community events would be the bands main focus. Featuring James McNaule on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Andrew ...

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