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Boko The Great’s Visit

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Boko The Great’s Visit

Laughing and being mystified is how our day started at Cheeky Monkey on this beautiful Tuesday, July 30 morning.  The reason was we had an unexpected visit from BOKO THE GREAT, the fabulous local magician who is a twin cousin to Jayden The Jester. Along with Boko the Great was local videographer Ian Alexander of Rocketship Productions.  The two of them are going to various Sarnia businesses where Boko does a few of his "tricks" while Ian films.  From what I understand, they have made 33 short videos so far of with the hope of putting it all together into on movie at some point. Boko The Great did a disappearing trick with Roland's wedding band.  This of course made us a tad worried we would never see it again - but our fears were unfounded!  He also did a rope trick moving a knot that caused me to have a "how'd ...

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Congrats to Erika & Sara!!!!

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Congrats to Erika & Sara!...

THURSDAY JULY 25 - For those of you who have heard and seen Erika (Sit) and Sara (Campbell) play in our store or other local venues over the last couple of years, you will understand how proud we are of them. The first time they played in Cheeky Monkey, they were very inexperienced and nervous.  With each return performance, we noticed they were getting not only more confident, but their playlist was growing.  Along with some really interesting covers of songs, they have been writing and performing self penned songs. Of late, they have been getting more and more gigs outside of Sarnia-Lambton.  On July 20th, they competed in a Battle of the Bands in West Lorne with the prize being the opportunity to be the opening act at Boot Hill  'Country' Jamboree in Bothwell.  Guess who won?!  You guessed it - ERIKA AND SARA!  They will be opening for Aaron Pritchett ...

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Who Is Kyp Harness?

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Who Is Kyp Harness?

MONDAY, JULY 15 - by Mary Anne - Do you remember Kyp Harness?  If you do - let us know.  We know Kyp Harness - not well, but we like his music - a lot. How do we know Kyp?  Well he was originally from Sarnia, but moved to Toronto in the 80's before we lived here, but we had heard his name mentioned occasionally as being a really good songwriter as well as a published author of several books.  We had his CD's for sale, so we decided to buy Welcome to the Revolution for ourselves.  We were not disappointed.  His socially conscience lyrics are mixed with a good dose of wry humour such as in the song 'Chemical Valley' that was inspired by his hometown. Recently we were contacted by another former Sarnia resident, Dustin Kuypers, who also ended up in Toronto to be part of an interesting team with bright business ...

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Save the Cull Drain Bridge!

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Save the Cull Drain Bridge!

WEDNESDAY JULY 10 UPDATE...   From Steve Loxton... Hi everyone, I have an update to share with you... I had applied to speak to city council (as a private citizen) about the bridge at the upcoming July 15th regular council session. Also, Nathan Holth, had also agreed to return to Sarnia and had also applied to speak. This morning we both got calls from the city clerk's office, letting us know that the city engineering dept. had not yet completed its report for submission to council and that they are planning a second public information and input meeting before finalizing their position on the bridge. Because of this, we were informed that an appearance by us before council would be premature at this time... There was no way for us to know this ahead of time, because the council meeting agenda is not released to the public until this Friday. The focus now falls on ...

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Your opinion counts – Sarnia-Lambton Survey

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Your opinion counts –...

THURSDAY JUNE 27 UPDATE... Community branding survey drawing great response from Lambton residents Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario, Canada – June 27, 2013 – The response to an on-line community branding survey to gather residents’ opinions on Sarnia-Lambton is garnering an excellent response. Since the survey launch on June 16, over 930 people have gone online to help bring our image into focus by providing their honest opinions on Lambton County. “Our consultants have been amazed at the response the survey is receiving,” notes Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership general manager George Mallay. “Communities much larger than ours have not had the response that Sarnia-Lambton residents are providing to our local survey. Our community branding partners are doing an outstanding job in working together to get the message about the survey out to our residents.” “We’re thrilled at the response,” says Mallay. “Lambton residents are proving once again how deeply we care about our community. A huge thank ...

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Have An AWESOME IDEA? Then read on…

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Have An AWESOME IDEA? Then...

Awesome Foundation What happens when a group of trustees pool together $1,000 every month and give it away? Something Awesome! The Awesome Foundation is a worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe and Sarnia has become the latest chapter. The Foundation distributes a $1,000 micro-grant to awesome projects and their creators. The money is pooled together by a group of awesome trustees. We provide these grants with no strings attached and claim no ownership over the projects we support. We just want to see them happen. For more information about the Awesome Foundation and details on the upcoming launch party, please visit www.awesomesarnia.org.

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Video from FRANK DERESTI…

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Video from FRANK DERESTI…...

Frank & The Lake Effects are regulars at Paddy Flaherty's and we have had the honour of hosting them here at Cheeky Monkey. Be sure to see them next time they tour this way from their home base in the Soo. The CD this is from "This Time" is available here - of course.

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A Different kind of local talent…

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A Different kind of local...

As reported in Sarnia Observer December 11, 2012 Chris Hadfield, on his third trip to outer space, says he'll have plenty of time to get a winning shot of Sarnia. The Sarnia-born astronaut is heading to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Dec. 19, one of three astronauts in the Expedition 34/35 crew. The first Canadian to walk in space and the only Canadian aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, Hadfield will be the first Canadian commander at the International Space Station for part of his five-month stay in zero-gravity. He will oversee more than 100 experiments — from gauging balance and blood pressure regulation in space, to studying dark matter. “It's surreal,” said Hadfield, 53, during a conference call from quarantine in Kazakhstan Tuesday. He recalls pretending to fly spaceships with his brother while growing up on a farm in southern Ontario. “When we were supposed to be sleeping we would ...

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Mike Stevens Awarded With ‘Innovator of the Year”...

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Mike Stevens Awarded With &...

Sarnia’s Mike Stevens says he came home from last weekend’s Canadian Folk Music Awards feeling honoured and humbled. The celebrated harmonica player received Folk Music Canada’s first-ever Innovator of the Year Award for founding ArtsCan Circle - an organization that sends musicians and artists to work with young people in isolated First Nations communities. “It was kind of awesome,” Stevens said about receiving the honour during the Canadian Folk Music Awards gala in Saint John, NB. He was able to travel there with his wife Jane and they attended a screening of A Walk in My Dreams, a documentary about Stevens, along with its director, Jonathan Torrens, the afternoon before the gala. At the awards ceremony that evening, Stevens performed several times on stage. “It felt a little me, me, me,” Stevens said. “I guess that’s what they wanted, but it was pretty exciting.” He performed with a group from Quebec, as well as New ...

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The Painted Cat & Habitat for Humanity…

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The Painted Cat & Habitat...

No wonder Cat Cabajar owner of The Painted Cat caught the attention of Lions Den. She is a classy, kind-hearted and smart business women. Read on to see what she is up to these days in her own words... Special Promotion from The Painted Cat! Anyone who makes a donation to The Habitat for Humanity on Cat Cabajar's page will be entered into a draw to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate good towards any TPC Service (Makeup, facepainting, bodypainting, henna tattoos, tattoo testers, parties, etc.). Deadline is Nov. 7th for all donations to be made by credit card or PayPal and donations over $20 will get a tax receipt. Thanks for all your support :) Here is the link where you can make your donation: CLICK HERE

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