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KYP HARNESS on CD & book

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KYP HARNESS on CD & book

Wigford Rememberies, published in the spring of 2016, won the 2017 ReLit Award for Best Novel. Kyp Harness is back with a sophomore effort—The Abandoned. Among the strip malls, industrial parks and overpasses of Southwestern Ontario, the protagonist of The Abandoned is a young misfit with an overactive imagination and a heavy-drinking father, surrounded by bullies at school and wondering if he’ll ever be normal. He experiences first love with another high school student, Sherrie, and at the same time he meets his first friend, Russ. In pursuing Sherrie, Tim is drawn into a cult-like religious retreat, and his friendship with Russ takes a strange turn as the three teenagers confront their vanishing childhood New CD from Sarnia native, Kyp Harness - Review from Great Dark Wonder blog... With this, his 14th full-length album, Kyp Harness shares a collection of nine timely observations of our fraying society, rendered with all the wit, wisdom and ...

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December First Friday Rolling with BIG HIGHWAY

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December First Friday Rolling...

Big Highway at the Cheeky Monkey: Hip In Their Back Pockets Sarnia First Friday, December 7, 2018 by Brian Hay The first thing that was noticeable about the playing of Big Highway was the charge it contained. That was clear right from the opposite end of the store to the point where it jumped out at the listener. It was electrifying and invigorating, also a sign that it was going to be a good night. The second point was in how much they sounded like the Tragically Hip. What they were doing wasn’t an imitation — they were clearly their own band but the essence they channeled was, literally, pure Hip. It would almost have been eerie had the proceedings been somber but the band members were having too much fun for that to happen. The energy in their playing started in their basement. Or to put it another way, with their rhythm section. ...

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Lawrence House Concerts & other fun activities…

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Lawrence House Concerts &...

Saturday, December 1, the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts will remain open until 8 pm for late night holiday shopping after the Santa Claus Parade.  Join us for some warm cider and cookies and browse our great selection of hand knitted hats, scarves and mittens, beautiful jewelry, Christmas ornaments, holiday cards and one of a kind art all created by local artisans. For more events happening at The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts or details on events listed here, CLICK HERE  or call 519-337-0507

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About Donovan Woods…

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About Donovan Woods…

Many of you know who Donavan Woods is from his years growing up in Sarnia and that he has recorded several CD's over the years including the most recent called "Both Ways".   What you may not know is how many other musicians have recorded his songs.   Below is a list of what albums you can find songs by Donovan.  We are sure, over the years, this list will continue to grow. Thanks to Doug Woods for the list. Donovan's CD's available at Cheeky Monkey. Catch Donovan live at the Imperial Theatre Saturday, March 2, 2019.  CLICK HERE for info. Other info about Donovan... The song "Brand New Gun" was featured in the movie Numb starring Matthew Perry. His song "Wait and See" was featured on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and his song "My Cousin Has a Grey Cup Ring" was used in commercials for the Grey Cup. "Grey Cup Ring" was inspired by Woods' father, ...

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The Forest Pioneers Brighten Nov. First Friday

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The Forest Pioneers Brighten...

The Forest Pioneers Live at the Cheeky Monkey: Diamonds in the Rough Brighten a Slow First Friday by Brian Hay The first thing that hit the ear was the doubling from a pair of acoustic guitars. There was nothing lightweight — this stuff was being played with a chop. The next thing coming in was some crystal clear singing. Then a sweet bit of harmony vocals filled the air. Things might have been slow outside and the crowd in the store smaller than usual, but the music seemed like it was going to be fine. It was too. The guitars were played by Andy Genovy and Frank Kirkey with Kirkey delivering the lead vocal. The harmony work was done by the full group, which was rounded out by vocalist Shannon Kelly keyboard player Lauren Ihrig. Their timing was solid and the voices of both ladies were distinct enough to stand out individually. That ...

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Magical Music for October First Friday Evening

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Magical Music for October...

Sarnia’s First Friday, October 2018: Missy Burgess, Dwayne Cloes and Wulf Von Waldow at the Cheeky Monkey by Brian Hay The great thing about live music is the opportunity for spontaneous combustion is always there. When it happens, it’s felt as much as heard and it produces a moment in time that can never be duplicated. It’s a one-time thing and it’s glorious. When Missy Burgess and Dwayne Cloes came together with Wulf Von Waldow there hadn’t been a lot of time for them to “prep” themselves. Missy and Dwayne had played together a few times but the rest fell to each being able to follow what they heard and invent things on the fly without drifting away from each other or the songs. It’s risky. Playing “wrong bits” or showboating creates a train wreck. Paying attention and supporting each other to serve the music produces something that’s magical and often, magnificent. That ...

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HIDDEN TALENTS – HT GLEE 2018 AUDITIONS for ages 5 &...

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HIDDEN TALENTS – HT GLEE...

Have you ever wanted to learn show-stopping numbers from Broadway musicals or mash-ups of pop songs like on the hit show "Glee"? May 27th - June 1st, Hidden Talents will be presenting it's fourth HT Glee Show. If you are between the ages of 5 and 20 and are a strong performer, this group is for you. The show will consist of a variety of musical and dance numbers both for large ensembles and smaller groups. High caliber singing, dancing and performance skills will be the focus of every rehearsal so your skills on stage are sure to improve. Unleash your inner star on the stage this spring and join us for HT Glee. Auditions will be Oct. 12th & 13th at Central United Church 6:00pm. Rehearsals will start Jan. 30th and will be Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Show will be the last week of May. For more information about cost ...

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>Nightingale Chorus Auditions 2018

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>Nightingale Chorus Auditions...

Looking for 2 children to play the leads...    

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El Camino Super Charging September First Friday

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El Camino Super Charging...

El Camino Rocks the Cheeky Monkey: Sarnia’s First Friday Celebration, September 2018 by Brian Hay The addition of bassist Glen Perry and keyboard player Lise Jordan changes the face of this band immensely. That Glen provides an excellent rhythm partner for drummer Steve Bird is a factor of huge importance. They listen to each other closely, slide lock-step into whatever the other does with (seemingly) no effort and it spins off to the rest of the band. Guitarist Marvin Eskritt slides in with lead or rhythm parts according to the needs of the songs. Lise Jordan reinforces Glen’s bass lines and injects ornamentation in the same manner while lead singer and guitarist Scott Whyte doubles rhythm lines or weaves with lead passages delivered by Eskritt. All of it is very tasteful. More on that later … The area that shows the most obvious difference stems from Lise and Glen both being solid vocalists. Having ...

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International Symphony Singers AUDITIONS 2018

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International Symphony Singers...

International Symphony Singers Welcome New Voices The International Symphony Singers under the direction of Dr. David Troiano, will begin preparation for another outstanding season of song, starting Monday, October 1st, 7:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sarnia. New voices are encouraged to come out and take part in this fine chorus, which performs several times each season with the International Symphony Orchestra. Sopranos and tenors are most needed, but all voicings are welcome. Rehearsals alternate between St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sarnia, and St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI. During the ISO’s 2018/2019 Season – A “Sound” Investment, the ensemble will be featured in varied repertoire, ...

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