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HEY LOCAL MUSICIANS…CBC Windsor Afternoon Drive wants...

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HEY LOCAL MUSICIANS…CBC...

Tuesday September 2 - The email  below just arrived in my IN box.  Of course we replied we'd be happy to help in any way we can and CBC can lift event info from our website anytime.  So be sure to let us know where and when you are playing locally! Hi Folks, I host the CBC program, "The Afternoon Drive". that's at 90.3 in Sarnia Lambton. We have just gone regional, broadcasting to all of Southwestern Ontario from just West of Woodstock south to Windsor including Chatham Kent and Sarnia Lambton. We'd like to build up a catalogue of regional musicians and would ask that you spread the word. We'd also like to hear more about events in Sarnia so please include us on any event mailings you send out. Send them to afternoondrive@cbc.ca So please ask the musicians you know to send us their CD's and their playing dates. (We're pretty light on Sarnia ...

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Keeping it “Under Wraps” in downtown Sarnia

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Keeping it “Under Wraps&...

Last year, a Toronto couple was at Cheeky Monkey asking about commercial rental space in the area because they had relocated from Toronto with their young family after running a pizza restaurant and were planning on opening a new eatery here.  They asked my thoughts on what kind of foods were lacking in Sarnia.   As we chatted, I let them know my personal feeling that we do NOT need another pizza place, rather we could use a mid-priced Mexican restaurant.  Zola's fills the bill for the high-end gourmet fare while Taco Bell - well it's Taco Bell.  There is nothing in between that we have found.  Seems Nadia & Constantine Arvanitis listened to what I had to say - somewhat.  They have opened an urban chic burrito eatery called "UNDER WRAPS CAFE" at 108 Christina Street North near the public library. They opened just before ArtWalk in early June.  Originally, ...

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White Cowbell Oklahoma’s visit

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White Cowbell Oklahoma’s...

The phrase, "just when you think you've seen it all" came to my mind on Saturday June 21st.  In this business, we see & meet a very diverse continuous flow of interest people from all corners of the country and even the world.  Have to say though, the over 6 foot tall, very slender man with the big cowboy hat and infectious smile along with his friend sporting pork chop sideburns caught my attention.  They were with three other fellas shopping in the vinyl area mostly.  Obviously, they were not from Sarnia and obviously they looked like they should be in a band. When they come up to the front counter to make their purchases, the man with the sideburns extended his hand to shake mine and he introduced himself as a close friend of my nephew Jim.   Took me a moment to register who he was.  Oh yeah, my ...

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VOTE FOR MIKE BLACKMORE GROUP ON CBC RADIO

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VOTE FOR MIKE BLACKMORE GROUP...

Want to help find Canada’s best new musical act? Vote now to decide the regional finalists! CBC Music and CBC Radio One are looking for Canada's best new artist, and we want your help. Searchlight is a competition that connects artists with fans in their community and across the country. Vote for your favourite bands in your region and across the country. You can vote for 10 acts per region per day, to decide which acts make it to the regional finals. It's all leading to a grand prize, including $20,000 worth of music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, a professional recording with CBC Music, and a spot on the bill with Tegan and Sara, and Spoon at the CBCMusic.ca Festival in Vancouver. CLICK HERE to vote for Sarnia's own MIKE BLACKMORE GROUP - You can vote EVERYDAY until Sunday April 13  

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In-store photo shoot with…

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In-store photo shoot with&...

... LIT'L CHICAGO!!  Really is always something interesting going on at Cheeky Monkey all the time. Today it was a photo shoot with the local blues band LIT'L CHICAGO.  Fresh off their trip to Memphis to compete in one of the largest blues competitions in North America, they stopped in with man-of-many-talents Marty Oblak as their photographer.  Inside and out many pictures were snapped.  Didn't get a chance to ask the band, but sure hope this is in preparation for a CD coming out.  Or it may be for promotional posters to advertise upcoming gigs.  Either way, do yourself a favour and give these guys a listen.  They really are the cream of the crop of blues bands - local or otherwise.  Perhaps some day we will be lucky enough to have them play here at Cheeky Monkey.  We can only hope.

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Blurred Vision @ Beatles 50 Anniversary in U.S. Celebration

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Blurred Vision  @ Beatles 50...

In April 2013, Blurred Vision were among the many bands to play at the new music festival in Sarnia called 'Indiefest'.  While they were in Sarnia, they also played at Cheeky Monkey as part of our  Record Store Day Celebration.  Last week, as we were enjoying our morning coffee & tea before coming into work, we saw them perform live on the CTV Canada AM Soundstage!  Blurred Vision has the distinct honour of being the ONLY Canadian musicians to be part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Beatles U.S. invasion!  We are so very happy for them.  Read on to learn more about this event, their connection and watch the video of their song "Dear John". Canada’s Blurred Vision Plays Live at the Historic Hudson Theatre for Beatles 50th TORONTO, February 3, 2014 – Toronto/New York based Canadian band Blurred Vision will be among a distinct group of artists in New ...

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Daylight For Deadeyes at Superbowl

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  Exciting news from one of our favourite bands... Daylight For Deadeyes. As reported in the Toronto Star Tuesday January 28, 2014... When the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks hit the field for the Super Bowl Sunday, football won’t be the first thing on Chris Gormley’s mind. Instead, Gormley will be thinking about the music filling the stadium, including a song by his band Daylight for Deadeyes. The Mississauga band’s song “New York” has become a popular number for Big Apple sports teams over the last two years, playing at Yankees and Jets games. The song is even featured on several of the New York Rangers’ “Sounds of the game” playlists. But having the song blare at the biggest NFL game of the year Sunday raises the stakes even higher. “You can’t pay for that kind of exposure or publicity,” Gormley said. Daylight for Deadeyes wrote “New York” after Gormley and his brother Matt, the band’s lead guitarist, visited ...

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Gourmet Passions in Downtown Sarnia

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Gourmet Passions in Downtown...

Happy to announce another new business has opened in our Downtown Cultural District.  Gourmet Passions.  Located at 172 Front St. (just north of Scotia Bank parking lot), they offer a large selection of  pure, fresh, extra virgin fused & infused olive & specialty oils, balsamic vinegars,  loose leaf teas, fresh spices from around the world, gourmet sauces & chutneys, dry rubs, award winning mustards, jams & preserves, hot sauces & pastes.  Gift Baskets are of course also available. Roland stopped in today while out on errands reported back that they had some unique twists such as the vinegar and oils are in crocks and vats with a tap to fill a bottle from.  The old walk-in safe is the area for the hot sauces - seems fitting doesn't it? I look forward to checking out their selection of loose leaf teas.  Ironically, just recently I mentioned to Roland that I wished someplace ...

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Look who moved into our block…

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Look who moved into our block&...

Right behind us, we have a new neighbour we are quite excited about.  Z and S Design and Tailoring Group has relocated from Mitton Street location to 163 Cromwell.  Not only are they a full service tailoring shop, but according to  Jill (pictured below) and Nicole, they will be selling their personally designed and made clothing including handbags. We feel this new shop where you can find quality clothing and accessories no one else will have, is a wonderful addition to Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District.  Stop in to welcome them to the area and take a look at what they have to offer.  They are open Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and on Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.    

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YOUR PLACE Open for Business

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YOUR PLACE Open for Business

We have a new neighbour on our block located 3 doors to the south of Cheeky Monkey,  YOUR PLACE EATERY AND BAR. Last night (August 29,2013) was their first night being open, so we thought we'd try it out.   First off, have to say it is not a large establishment.  It's what I would call intimate with very tasteful decor in an unpretentious way with warm looking oak paneling on the walls.  The seating is the  urban chic high chair & table style.  I know it is popular, but when you are only 5 foot 2 inches, it can be a bit daunting to get up on them.  That is my one and ONLY complaint about Your Place. The menu itself is is a fair size with interesting, exciting choices.  It is a very well thought out menu with something for everyone and many items that we have not seen in ...

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