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April 2015 First Friday live music review by Brian Hay

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April 2015 First Friday live...

Sarnia's First Friday, April 10, 2015: El Camino Live at the Cheeky Monkey and Mike Blackmore Live at Zzas Pizza Bistro Saturday April 11, 2015 by Brian Hay It wasn't hard to see the members of El Camino were an experienced group. Something was little loud on their opening cut. It threw them off the way running into a post a guy doesn't see does but they recovered quickly. A fast adjustment between songs had the group consisting of singer and rhythm guitarist Scott Whyte, lead and rhythm player Marvin Eskritt and percussionist Steve Bird firing like a tight three piece group starting to like the tread on their new walking shoes. They marched through pieces by Elvis Presley, Dire Straits and even a take on the Beatles' classic from the film 'Help', 'You Got To Hide Your Love Away'. For me, that was a huge treat because they did a good job ...

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Playfair Music Complex & tenants need your support&...

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Playfair Music Complex &...

Source: BlackburnNews.com The local music community is rallying behind well known musician and businessman Stephen Dumont following yesterday’s early morning fire that destroyed the Playfair Music Complex on Mitton St. South. The building, that offered a fully equipped recording studio and rehearsal rooms, music equipment repair, a retail store as well as music lessons, band camps and recital concerts was destroyed in the $500,000 blaze. This is the second setback for “Stevie D.”, whose original business at 146 Christina St. was also destroyed in a 2006 fire. A fundraising effort entitled “Playfair Music Complex Relief Fund” has been launched via www.gofundme.com - CLICK HERE Sarnia Fire Service Platoon Chief Brad Allen says the blaze broke out around 1:30am. Allen says heavy smoke was pouring from the roof of the cinder block building when they arrived on scene. Sarnia Fire Chief John Kingyens says with the old building showing signs of deterioration so crews were told to focus on ...

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Cheeky Monkeys tried out some Saucy Pig

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Cheeky Monkeys tried out  some...

There’s a new 'barbeque joint' in town – the kind that serves up delicious in-house smoked chicken and ribs.  It’s called Saucy Pig and is located at 169 Mitton Street South just off of Wellington near the 5 corners. Roland and I shared an order of 1/2 chicken and ribs along with sides of coleslaw and baked beans.  I got all the corn bread since Roland is not keen on it.  His loss, it was awesome.  The whole meal was great. As soon as we opened the bag, the distinct smokey fragrance came wafting up.  The first thing we noticed, after the delectable aroma,  was the size of the 1/2 chicken.  No sparrow size pieces here like some of the other chicken places use.  It was cooked to perfection, tender and juicy, with a nice seasoning on the skin.  The ribs were equally meaty with a delicate sauce on them that enhanced ...

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Business After 5 @ Bayside Centre

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Business After 5 @ Bayside...

On Wednesday, January 21, the fountain area of the Bayside Centre was alive with people talking, laughing and making new friends thanks to the Chamber of Commerce monthly Business After 5. Each month this event is held in a different location. Bayside Centre was a perfect spot with the beautiful fountain as the back drop, live music provided by Steve Dumont Trio and merchants like ourselves, Painted Cat/Costumes Canada, Canadian Blood Services and many more at booths providing information about themselves. At the Cheeky Monkey booth Roland and I had the chance to catch up with old friends and meet a few new ones. We were handing out ballots for a chance to win one of my hand crafted record bowls. Three names were drawn. AND THE WINNERS ARE... Mary Oblak of Electric Marketing Jim Vergunst of Grafiks Joan Pinkett For more photos CLICK HERE and enjoy

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Zombie Fest 2014

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Zombie Fest 2014

Each year in October Jeff Beeler who works at the Sarnia Public Library just down the street from Cheeky Monkey, organizes events for all the walking dead residents of Sarnia. The days activities include the Zombie Walk - a stroll though the downtown stopping into various businesses, like ours. This year was like a Zombie Apocalypse!   We have never seen so many out awesome zombies at one time - ever! We have come to realize, they are all mostly harmless.  They walk one after the other, with the occassional grunt or growl, but mostly they just keep moving.  Maybe looking for someone with more brains then us to eat. For more photos please CLICK HERE -

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Reaper’s Realm ticket give away @ Cheeky Monkey

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Reaper’s Realm ticket...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF OUR REAPERS REALM DRAWS... First Draw - Monday Sept. 29 - 2 pairs Congratulations - Winners are:  SKYE GILLINGS SAM COKES Second Draw - Saturday October 11  for  2 pairs - Winners are: AL OUELLETTE DAN OLENIUK The Reaper is waiting to take you for a ride into the 12 acre forest of monster mayhem. Open 7:00 - 11:45 pm Admission: - The Ride: $13.00 - Bickford Oaks House of Fright: $11.00 - Carnival Chaos $11.00 - BEST DEAL ALL 3 ATTRACTIONS Combo for only $25.00/person and receive a coupon for a free game of Reaper’s Putt Putt.. Come and see what Lord Reaper and his Reaper Clan has in store for you this year!  Don’t come alone! *Free Parking Open weekends until Nov. 1

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New friends for Cheeky Charlie

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New friends for Cheeky Charlie

Our resident stuffed mascot, Cheeky Charlie, is thrilled to be joined at Cheeky Monkey by a couple of new friends.  Banana Head  and Mumbles are the two additions to our large collection of monkeys given to us by our generous customers.  These two come to us from Erin Behro.  (Pictured here with her dad, our occasional sound tech, Ron). Thank you Erin. We promise to take good care of them and make sure they are always is a happy place.

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Our Mural Wall & You

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Our Mural Wall & You

During the summer of 2009, Danny Alexander design and painted a mural on the north facing  Cromwell Street side wall of  Cheeky Monkey. The mural is a depiction of a rock musician in his glory along with song lyrics that have meaning to us.  They include Tom Waits, Blue Rodeo, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen along with local musicians like Jim Chevalier, Mike Stevens, and Romney Getty to name a few.  The slow process of stenciling the lyrics on the wall fell to Danny's mom, Fran who painted them as high as she could reach on the ladder.  Both Fran and Danny did an amazing job that still looks as fresh and interesting as the day if was finished. Over the years,  our wall has taken on an identity of it's own.  We have noticed many a photographer using our mural as the backdrop to all sorts of pictures including weddings, family ...

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Drumming for Sick Kids – Fundraiser…

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Drumming for Sick Kids –...

  Friday September 12, 2014... Final words from Chris Gormley via email to us and our generous customers ... That's a wrap folks!!! 'Drum4SickKids' 2014 is OFFICIALLY finished!! We marched 150km this summer and raised $13,740 for SickKids Hospital. Thank you for being part of this adventure. It would not have been successful without your donations!! Chris <3 Saturday August 30, 2014... Fundraising goal beat!!  Chris Gormley of Daylight for Deadeyes Drumming For Sick Kids goal of raising $10,000 has been met and beaten thanks to help from our generous customers buying during our poster sale.  In total, $308.00 was the donation from Cheeky Monkey customers.  Thank you one and all on our and Chris' behalf! SATURDAY AUGUST 16... REMINDER - Cheeky Monkey POSTER SALE to raise funds for Chris Gormley`s DRUMMING FOR SICK KIDS campaign, is continuing until AUGUST 30th.   Great way to decorate a room!! Especially dorm rooms!!! 100's of promotional music posters from our many kind suppliers ...

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UPPED OUR CANCON Thanks to MUSIC of Sebringville…

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UPPED OUR CANCON Thanks to...

There really is such a thing as "good news/bad news" happening at the same time in  a persons life.  In our case, the "bad news" came in the form of hearing from friends and long time fellow business owners Neil and Judy Matheson that they were closing up shop.  The shop in question was called MUSIC and was located in Sebringville, just west of Stratford.   After 41 years of business in high end audio/video equipment and recorded music of Canadian artists only, Neil and Judy decided it was time to retire.  The fact that yet another source for recorded music was closing sadden us.  YET, it comes with much on the "good news' side.  Their retirement is on their terms, not because they were forced out like many other stores have been by the digital world. We have long admired Neil and Judy's technical expertise, business ethics and their dedication ...

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