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October 2012 First Friday – Perfect Autumn Night

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October 2012 First Friday &...

Some may not consider a windy, rainy October night perfect but add in Erika and Sara performing at Cheeky Monkey and it's like the sunshine is all around you.  With their smiling faces, sweet voices accompanied by skillful acoustic guitar and occasional harmonica, they can turn the gloomiest day around for even the casual listener. This was not their first time playing at Cheeky Monkey, but it was the first time to playing here during a First Friday.  With each playing here, they add another aspect to the performance.  This time they added more harmonies, more harmonica and rather then just Sara playing guitar, they both played.  Proving these duo is evolving in the best kind of way. The October First Friday was  also the big opening night for the new Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery.  Knowing this, we were very uncertain as to how many people would make it to our end of the ...

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Wall to Wall Weekend Music

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Wall to Wall Weekend Music

The weekend started out on the right note during the September First Friday.  Young singer and songwriter Elena Feick played all original songs she composed as the First Friday crowds moved around the room looking at the artwork of Jale Fancey. Elena's songs, though sung softly, carry much emotion and meaning in them.  Somewhat like the art of Jale.  All pieces are photographs she took that have been enlarged and printed onto stretched canvas.  Her favourite subject matter of nature are similtaniously calming and exciting to look at.  Also as part of her exhibit that is on display until the end of September, there are smaller matted versions and greeting cards for sale.  My personal picks are a group displayed together with fall colours.  Very timely indeed.  My other favourite is a close up of an intensly red Chrysanthemum.  It literally pops from the canvas. Following the First Friday comes Saturday of ...

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Hot Hot August 2012 First Friday

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Hot Hot August 2012 First...

Could it get any hotter of an evening?  Yes it could thanks to the live music inside out outside of Cheeky Monkey. Facing the corner of Christina and Cromwell were the acoustic group Lambton MainStreet Players for the 2nd First Friday in a row.  They certainly do add a festive air to the monthly event by singing familiar songs old and new along with a few show tunes.  These young ladies talent for harmony is amazing not to mention how well they sing individually. If you missed them here, watch for them at other Lambton country area events during August.  They are well worth hearing. Inside Cheeky Monkey were two songstresses sharing the Red Carpet Stage.  16 year old Erin Innes was making her First Friday debut.  We feel very honoured and proud to be able to say you heard her here first.   We have lived across the street from Erin since ...

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The Show w/ David Burrows Eps. 36 feat. Ronnie Fray

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The Show w/ David Burrows Eps....

The Show with David Burrows Episode 36 -Footage from First Friday with "Lambton Street Players" John Laverre & Cast from the upcoming play "Avenue Q" -Chin-Wag/Tony Dowswell & Ric Brown -Saturday night at Bridge Bash 2012! -Interview with Chairman of Bridge Bash & Vice President of The Point Edward Optimist Glenn MacKinnon -Also a very special & EXCLUSIVE interview with Legend Ronnie Fray! Special Mentions to Sisters of Soul, "The Room", Danica Sommer, Whiskey Rain, 3rdwave, Mark Blayney & Wulf VanWaldow! To view past episodes click on THE SHOW with DAVID BURROWS under CATEGORIES on the right side of this page or go to www.davidburrows.ws

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July First Friday Fun @ Cheeky Monkey

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July First Friday Fun @ Cheeky...

Yes it was hot enough to fry an egg on the hood of a car during the July 2012 First Friday.  That fact that didn't stop the Lambton MainStreet Players from performing for over an hour outside in front of Cheeky Monkey.  These young ladies are true musical troopers.  With acoustic instruments of guitars, beatbox and assorted percussion instrments, they entertained the audience with their wonderful harmonies on songs  both current as well as old favorites.  Three of the four were in the line up for last years Lambton MainStreet Players but all have singing and performing experience.  The group consists of Orley Culverhouse, Riley Martin, Sarah Caraher and Amy Mayea.  Helping with set up and running the sound systems in the mostly unseen Jon Rowed.  Watch for them at other upcoming Lambton County events throughout the summer, including perhaps a return performance at Cheeky Monkey. About the same time the ...

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June 2012 with DJ2

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June 2012 with DJ2

That's DJ Squared - stands for the names of this dynamic trio of ladies. - Danielle, Janet and Joanne.  Janet is the lead singer and joke teller of the group.  Her sparkling personality shone through not only in the songs but in her banter between songs.  Danielle on keyboards and backup singing along with Joanne on guitar, round out their sound.  They play a large cross section of faniliar favourites, current hits and a few jazz numbers.  They had the audience singing and dancing along, which we don't see happen all that often during a First Friday.  Due to the damp, chilly weather, the crowds for First Friday were smaller then normal, but the ones that were here had a really good time.  Thanks DJ2 for making it a fun evening. The artwork on the walls of Cheeky Monkey are by Sarnia's RE-Generation Gap Collective. The group consists of Janette Hewitt, ...

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Jim Chevalier & Friends Heat up May First Friday

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Jim Chevalier & Friends...

The air may have had a slight chill to it outside during the May 4th, 2012 First Friday, but the atmosphere was hot inside Cheeky Monkey thanks to Jim Chevalier, special guest Dave Miner along with the art of Adam Miner and Wendy Starr. Jim is always a true pleasure to hear perform but adding in Dave's guitar work and harmonies made the night's music even sweeter.  Going one step further, Adam Miner joined in with his guitar and vocals on a fab version of The Stones 'Wild Horses.' Adam's paintings also added to the heat of the night.  We at Cheeky Monkey were thrilled to host THE first public showing  of Adam's vibrant Neo expressionist styled art.  Not many of us knew that Adam even painted.  We thought his talent was in the music field as a writer, performer and producer.  His approach to painting is polar opposite to the way he ...

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Red Solo WINE Cup as Fundraiser

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Red Solo WINE Cup as...

Good friend, Carol Goodwin, was just in to introduce us to Cathie Blake. Cathie is VERY involved with the Celebration of Lights and has come up with an interesting, unique fundraising idea. Many of you may not know, but Celebration of Lights relies heavily on donations and volunteers to create the magical setting down on the river front each winter. To raise funds to use towards not just more decorations, but to maintain what is already there, some of the hard working volunteers from the Celebration of Lights group will be here, at Cheeky Monkey for the May 4th First Friday selling RED SOLO WINE CUPS. For just $5.00 you can own one of the most interesting wine glasses I have ever seen and help to beautify the waterfront for Sarnia residents and help create a tourist attraction.

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April 2012 First Friday Good Time Had By All

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April 2012 First Friday Good...

It was a full house at Cheeky Monkey for the April 13th First Friday.  I know, the 13th was the SECOND Friday.  Good Friday fell on the FIRST Friday, and since stores etc can not be open that day, it was pushed back a week.  This happens everytime a stat holiday happens on a First Friday evening.  Sometimes it causes some confusion and the crowds are light.  Not for this month's event.  The weather was perfect and the streets, stores and galleries were filled with people! The band playing at Cheeky Monkey was Portrait of You.  This was the third time we've hosted them.  Exactly a year ago they played for the 2011 April First Friday (new tradition guys - let's book it now) and they played on the sidewalk outside the store in the summer when Bayfest organized an artist fair in the downtown to coincide with their rock weekend ...

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March First Friday with Soul Patch & Pierre Houle

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March First Friday with Soul...

It was a blustery, rain night for the March 2nd First Friday in Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District.  Despite the inclement weather, the fans of First Friday were out 'n' about and making Cheeky Monkey a priority spot to stop at.  The reason for that was the local band Soul Patch and the photographic artwork of Pierre Houle. This was not the first time Soul Patch has performed at Cheeky Monkey and we're pretty sure it will not be the last - at least we hope not.  There was one difference in the band from previous performances.  A new member in accomplished multi-instrumentalist Craig Seaward joined lead singer/guitarist/keyboard player Dwayne Cloes, electric and upright bass player Dave Doyle and drummer Lyle Graham.  Craig's electric guitar added an extra dimension and energy to what are already excellent original songs. It was certainly an appreciative audience that braved the elements to be here.  There tenacity was rewarded by ...

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