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Local musicians nominated for 2019 CMA Ontario awards

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As reported by Blackburn News... BY MELANIE IRWINAPRIL 4, 2019 7:15AM @MIrwinCHOKNews Three Sarnia musicians have been nominated for Country Music Association of Ontario awards. Singer-songwriter Eric Ethridge, who signed an international recording and publishing deal last November, has been nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Travis Wood received two nominations for Songwriters of the Year. He has been recognized for his contribution to the songs “Loud” performed by Tim Hicks and “Feels Like That” by The Reklaws. Award-winning singer-songwriter Donovan Woods is also nominated for his work on “Feels Like That” by The Reklaws. The awards will be handed out June 16 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

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Last Record Store Documentary by Dwayne Cloes

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Last Record Store Documentary...

Over the months of August and September 2014 good friend,  talented musician, and now documentarian, Dwayne Cloes has been filming and editing a documentary about Cheeky Monkey - and us, Roland & I who are in essence - Cheeky Monkey. It was a very odd feeling to know someone felt we were worthy of a documentary.  Have to admit it was a lot of fun. So glad we agreed to it, especially once we saw the finished project. We realize that many customers do value what we do, but family and friends with business sense think we are nuts. Yup we are, we admit it. We think Dwayne has captured on film, why we do what we do.  We could not be happier or prouder of the end result.  Hope you enjoy it too. Thank you Dwayne MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 UPDATE... Have been contacted from the UK by Graham Jones creator ...

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Theatre Sarnia Encore Presentation of Award Winning “...

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Theatre Sarnia Encore...

Theatre Sarnia's production of Girls Like that has been selected as the best play in Western Ontario and will be competing in the Theatre Ontario Festival in Richmond Hill in May. As well as being selected to compete at the provincial competition  the company was also won a number of awards at the Western Ontario Drama League Festival held in Guelph over March break. The awards included: - Best Co-ordinated Production - Best Visual Production - Outstanding Technical Achievement - Outstanding Ensemble Work - Best Set Design - Best Sound Design - Henri Canino - Best Complex Choreography - Jacqueline Mckenzie - Best Projections - Ian Alexander - Outstanding Direction- Henri Canino - Best Production in Festival An Encore Performance of Girls Like That will be presented at The Imperial Theatre. The plan is to have a school matinee on Tuesday April 9th at 10:00am and a public performance Tuesday April 9th at 7:30pm Tickets to the award winning production are $10.00 and are available at the box office at 168 N Christina ...

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2019 Juno Winner from Sarnia – Donovan Woods

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2019 Juno Winner from Sarnia &...

In case you missed the 2019 Juno Awards, congratulations go to local talented musician Donovan Woods who won CONTEMPORARY ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR for his album Both Ways. He performed his song touching song "Next Year" during the In Memoriam section of the Juno's.

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Making some NOISE POLLUTION during March First Friday

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Making some NOISE POLLUTION...

Noise Pollution at the Cheeky Monkey for March First Friday: Young Band Gives Crowd a Great Time by Brian Hay Musically this band is on solid footing. Ammon Chaikram provides the grounding needed from the bass but adds some jump as well. He’s also a decent drummer, a point that probably strengthens his skills as a timekeeper. Maxx Cabajar does more than just play a guitar. He strives to make the instrument do things that are out of the ordinary and often succeeds beautifully. Chloe Kendel is a superb young drummer, literally one of the best this writer’s seen in some time. Her technical skills are excellent and she’s an imaginative player but that’s only part of what she offers. Her work has a graceful fluidity that can’t be taught. Transitions from beat to fills and back again are so smooth and so natural it’s almost as if she’s a conduit for ...

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AUDITIONS: Lambton Young Theatre Players – Emperor&...

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AUDITIONS: Lambton Young...

AUDITIONS! The Emperor’s New Clothes Lambton Young Theatre Players will be holding auditions January 21st, 22nd, and 23rd for their Spring Production, THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES. Based on the traditional story by Hans Christian Anderson, this new adaptation is full of fun, silly situations, larger-than-life characters, and is certainly fit for the times we live in. “I’ve always loved this tale,” says writer/director, Nancy Keys. “On top of the obvious moral of the story, the comic foolishness and posturing by the so-called “important” people is hilarious, and the elaborate craftiness of the two thieves who seek to swindle the Emperor by pretending to weave a magical cloth is brilliant. I can’t promise that the Emperor in this production won’t have a comb-over, but I can promise a very colourful, funny, and entertaining show for big kids and little kids of all ages.” Young people between the ages of nine and eighteen years are welcome to ...

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January 2019 First Friday Tastiness with Me & Mr. Smith

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January 2019 First Friday...

Sarnia First Friday: Notes by Me and Mr. Smith Settle in an Exquisite Zone at the Cheeky Monkey by Brian Hay From the start this gig conveyed the sense that all was right with the world. Or at least it was in the Cheeky Monkey. Transparently clear notes from the guitar of Nick Swan and silky tones from the voice of Lise Michaud were as much a caress as they were a delivery of sounds that transported listeners to a place where harmonious tranquility was dominant. It was a lovely space, the perfect answer to the bustle of the holidays, a trying day at work or just a day of the blahs that typifies the winter season. (For this writer it was the last one but that’s not important). From any perspective it’s clear this duo is on to something. Nick Swan is a deeply sensitive guitarist who combines impeccable rhythmic timing with ...

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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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