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The Drift & Martha Finch’s Art Big April First...

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The Drift & Martha Finch&...

Tragically Hip, The Band, The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel were just a few of the groups whose hit songs local band The Drift covered during the April 4, 2014 First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. The Drift is a 3 piece band consisting of Wes Beveridge (Guitar Vocals), Ron Webber (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) and Paul Eastman (percussion).  All the members are seasoned musicians with a long musical lineage in the area that are not only good performers, but also have a knack for knowing what songs please a crowd.  That was evident by the number of people bobbing their heads in time or dancing along. We are proud to say, this was the debut of The Drift and we know we will be hearing about them often playing other venues in the near future. On the walls of Cheeky Monkey, the eclectic artwork of Martha Finch is on exhibit and for sale.  For a well ...

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April 2014 First Friday with DJ2

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April 2014 First Friday with...

A fun evening of favourite songs to sing along to was provided by Danielle on keyboard, Joanne on guitar and Janet on lead vocals.  The trio are known as DJ2 (that's pronounced 'DJ squared).  Ranging from Anne Murray to Perry Como, they covered all the bases of hits from a by-gone era.  The audience enjoyed their enthusiasum and talent as did we.  These are not only three musically talented ladies, but they are also great humanitarians volunteering much of their time and energy to put smiles on the faces of those unable to get out to events like First Friday.  We are pleased they found time to spend with us and we look forward to them coming back again in the future. To view more photos for this evening, CLICK HERE

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Virginia Plain’s First Friday Debut

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Virginia Plain’s First...

WOW!  I'll say it again - WOW! We along with a roomful of fans were all blown away by the talent in the band VIRGINIA PLAIN.  This 5 piece band really has their act together with a tight and comfortable sound that usually comes from years of playing together.  Hard to believe they have only been Virginia Plain for a bit over a year with very few live shows under their belt. Their playlist of  originals mixed with cover tunes had a fresh, contemporary  groove.  Lead singing duties were shared by Matt Naylor, Zach McLaughlin, and Al Symeonakis with each picking the perfect songs for their vocal abilities.  Rounding out the band contributing to what Roland calls "a full band sound" are Dennis Graham on keyboard and Adam Bettridge on drums. Virginia Plain's take on a LCD Soundsystem's 'You Want A Hit' and Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' where huge crowd pleasers.  I thought their ...

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1st 2014 First Friday Fun…

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1st 2014 First Friday Fun&...

We would like to thank all the customers and music fans that braved the cold weather to join us at the first First Friday of 2014. Those that were here, felt if was well worth coming into Cheeky Monkey to hear the local band of ELEMENT OF SURPRISE PROJECT play and view the photographic artwork of CHRISTINE ROENSPIESS. The band played two hours of crowd pleasing classic hit songs.  Starting off with Neil Young's 'Cinnamon Girl', we all knew we were in for a good night.  ESP's versions of Steppenwolf's 'Born To Be Wild" and Jeff Beck's 'Freeway Jam' really caught my ears too. Darren Diamond on lead guitar and vocals (he's our mechanic from Best Automotive - talented in many ways apparently), Neil Whittle on guitar and vocals (formerly played here for the Streets reunion), Graham Dalley on bass and keyboards and Gerry Ostrihon on drums (played here last July with Cross ...

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Last First Friday of 2013

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Last First Friday of 2013

Ohhh the weather outside was frightful - but the music inside was delightful - it didn't show signs of stopped  - so let it snow let it snow let it snow.  Sing along! The temperature outside didn't matter.  Inside Cheeky Monkey it was warm and cozy thanks in part to the music of Mike Blackmore and his drummer Chris Hutton.  To carry the warm theme further, the underwater photographs by Christine Roenspiess provided a very tropical feel. Mike is always entertaining, despite his regular group of fellow muscians not being along with him.  Instead he had a 'guest drummer' in his long time friend Chris Hutton who has recently moved back to Sarnia.  This being Chris' first experience in the revitalized downtown, he express his joy at being part of the evenings fun. Mike playing acoustic guitar and sometime d'jembe, gave his original songs new twisted we hadn't heard before.  I particularly enjoyed a ...

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Album Mania Exhibit & Cornhuskers for Nov. 2013 First...

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Album Mania Exhibit &...

The walls of Cheeky Monkey are currently adorned with the Sarnia Photographic Club's interpretations of song or album titles.  It is interesting to see how some took titles very literally such as "Sand in the Vaseline" by the Talking Heads, while others are much more abstract such as the photo depicting The Rolling Stones song "Paint it Black".  From comical to serious they are all worth a good look.  The exhibit will continue until November 29th.  When you stop in be sure to cast your vote for The People's Choice Award. During the evening of the November 1st First Friday, the local band Paula & The Cornhuskers entertained the crowd with a few cover songs, but mostly originals done in a rocking country blues style.  Paula Loxton is the main lead singer and song writer getting inspiration from as diverse of topics as her Grandma as a young woman in the ...

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OCT. FIRST FRIDAY WITH BORDERLITE TRIO

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OCT. FIRST FRIDAY WITH...

The October 4th First Friday was a flurry of activity at Cheeky Monkey. Outside the store a volunteer from the Canadian Cancer Society was selling pink ribbons for their PINK RIBBON DAYS which raises money for breast cancer research.  Not sure how they did with the sale, but judging by the number of people sport the ribbons on their clothes, I'd guess they did alright.  There were 2 different volunteers I had the honour of meeting.  I made a point of thanking them for their time and efforts.  Without these tireless volunteers, funds would be much harder to come by.  For anyone who has been touched in their lives by cancer of any kind, you know how important it is for us all to do our part towards finding a cure. Also outside were 2 actors in 1913 costumes from the upcoming play 'The Great Storm" to be performed at the Sarnia ...

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Brock Street Ends @ Cheeky Monkey

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Brock Street Ends @ Cheeky...

You may not recognize the name of the band that played in Cheeky Monkey for the September First Friday, but you will start hearing it much more often. Brock Street Ends is a recent combination of musicians from former bands Portrait of You and Natural Disasters. Both are bands that have played at Cheeky Monkey previously to the delight of us and the audience. All four members, Barry White (bass/vocals), Dale Mellon (keyboards/vocals), Don LeBlanc (guitar) and Paul Eastman (drums) have a true love of music that is evident when you see them perform so it is no surprise they did not waste any time forming a new group. The large crowd that was here to enjoy their playing appreciated their extensive set list. Some of the covers they performed were Beatles 'Back in the USSR', Eagles 'Life In the Fast Lane', Cars 'Just What I Needed', White Stripes 'Seven Nation ...

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Kesenia Parent played for August 2013 First Friday

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Kesenia Parent played for...

I have lost count on how many times Kesenia Parent has played at Cheeky Monkey.  She has been here for Saturday afternoon gigs, outside and inside as well as several First Fridays, including the August 2012 exactly a year ago. What has always struck me about Kesenia is her ease in front of an audience.  She is very good at developing a connection by telling a few jokes, stories and explaining where the inspiration for her original songs come from.  Add this to the fact she has a very good voice and can play her acoustic guitar well and you have an all round entertaining performance. She is able to play and make her own a long list of cover songs such as The Beatles 'Let It Be' , OneRepublic 'Apologize' and Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.  Her self penned songs of the past have been cute little diddies filled with humour, but her ...

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July 2013 First Friday

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July 2013 First Friday

First Friday participants who stopped into Cheeky Monkey quickly realized that Cross Tie Walker were just as hot and steamy as the weather outside on this July 5th evening.  One customer said he was drawn into our store by the vibrating sidewalk.  Yup they were rattling the windows & walls right out onto the sidewalk under people's feet! The four piece dynamic band playing covers of familiar rock 'n' roll classics from the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix held nothing back.  a personal stand out for me was a rendition of a Stevie Ray Vaughan song.  To be honest, I don't remember the songs name.  I just know it was so awesome I did NOT want it to stop.  These guys really put everything they've got into their singing playing. Recently formed as Cross Tie Walker, they are all seasoned musicians coming from several well known and ...

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