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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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Mike Blackmore & The Animations raise the June First...

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Mike Blackmore & The...

We feel very fortunate to have so many good friends in this city including the many talented musicians and artists that live here.  One of them is Mike Blackmore.   Along with an array of his fellow musicians he has played many times for our in-store events like First Fridays. For June 7th First Friday, the musician we had booked well in advance unfortunately had to cancel at the last moment.  A few quick phone calls and the short notice vacancy was filled by Mike and the band he chose to call, for this time, 'The Animations'.  With Dave Thomas on keyboard, Wulf Von Waldow on saxophone and Mike playing guitar, d'jembe and siren (yes siren), we along with his fans old and new, had a great evening of live music. The band played some their own compositions as well as covers they truly make sound like they wrote due to the ...

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May 2013 First Friday…

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May 2013 First Friday…

Jenn Kee is no stranger to Sarnia.  She is not from here, but told us she loves playing in the city.  Beside performing at this First Friday, she was at Coffee Culture last month as well as she was a cast member of 'Classic Albums'   and StarBright Theatre groups that have played at The Imperial Theatre.  After her stellar show last night,  it is evident that Sarnia loves her too. There was a real sort of electricity in the air all day leading up to the May First Friday evening.  Maybe it was the perfect spring weather.  I think it was the anticipation of all the events happening in the downtown combined with the warm sunshine. The number of people here to listen to Jenn was impressive.   Little wonder.  With her pure voice, expert guitar playing and strong delivery of not only cover songs, but her own songs as well, she wowed everyone.  She ...

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April 2013 First Friday with The Persuaders

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April 2013 First Friday with...

People were dancing and singing along with the local group The Persuaders during the April 5th First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. With Ray, Randy and Doug playing from an extensive list of well loved familiar hits from mostly the 60's and 70's, customers could not help but to sing along.  A few were enjoying the music so much, they just had to dance too.  It was like having a personal hits parade on the Red Carpet stage for the evening. They played so many great songs, I can't being to list them all, but the stand outs were the ones from  Creedence Clearwater Revival.  The Persuaders, voices and playing style are perfectly suited to cover the CCR hits. For the early part of the evening, Sydney Kennedy and her cousin were on hand to apply henna tattoos to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.  For a minimum donation of $2 they would ...

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Jessie J. Rabbitt – ART CLEARANCE SALE & AUCTIONS

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Jessie J. Rabbitt – ART...

What is 87 years old and still going strong? Sarnia's own version of the Energizer bunnie, artist and humanitarian, JESSIE J. RABBITT. Starting May 3rd First Friday, Jessie will be celebrating 52 years of creating her artwork with an exhibit running 52 days at Cheeky Monkey, Sarnia's downtown music store. You could call this exhibit a "Works of Art Clearance Sale," with the intent to find new homes for as many of her creations as possible. This time-frame of downtown events includes the May 3rd First Friday, ArtWalk on June 1 & 2 and the June 7th First Friday. Jessie has planned a couple of her own special events during the 52 days: the first is a live auction on Saturday, May 18 starting at 1:00 pm, and the second is a silent auction of entirely different works, starting on May 25 and running until June 15. All other pieces not in ...

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March First Friday with Erika & Sara

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March First Friday with Erika ...

First Friday of March 2013 marked the return of Erika (Sit) and Sara (Campbell) to the Cheeky Monkey Red Carpet Stage. Erika and Sara's first performance here was almost 2 years ago I believe.  They were and are two very talented young ladies we have had the pleasure of watching develop and grow as musicians over that time.  Along with that, their fan base is growing quickly - and for good reason. Our original impression of them was that they had some talent - Erika as a singer and Sara on guitar. BUT they were so shy to the point of looking a tad awkward in front of a microphone.  With a few gentle suggestions from us, encouragement from their biggest fans and advice from seasoned bands like CD/DC they now command the audiences attention and respect as musicians. Along with the confidence in performing, has come their writing skills.  Their list of ...

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Six String Nation Guitar’s Feb. First Friday Visit

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Six String Nation Guitar’...

Who cared that it was a bone chilling cold February 1st evening? Certainly not the large crowd inside Cheeky Monkey that were here to enjoy seeing and hearing the legendary Six String Nation Guitar know as 'Voyageur'. Local musicians Jim Chevalier, Brenden E. Fraser, Adam Miner, Dave Miner and Mark Potvin took turns playing 'Voyageur' throughout the evening making it a wonderful mix of songs being performed using Canada's guitar. 'Voyageur's' curator, historian and man responsible for it's creation, Jowi Taylor gave a wonderful moving talk and visual presentation explaining the story behind what makes this guitar so important.  As Jowi tells it, the guitar was made as a symbol of national unity, to explore Canadian identity, and to connect people from all regions in Canada.  It is made from 64 pieces of bone, metal, wood, stone and fabric, representing every province and territory. The guitar's neck has wood from the deck of the Bluenose ...

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