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Be part of Canada Day 2020 Virtual Parade

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Be part of Canada Day 2020...

Just in from David Burrows... As Canada prepares to celebrate 153 years, many people are looking for different ways to celebrate because of the current pandameic situation. I am very proud to have collaborated with the city of Sarnia for a Virtual Canada Day celebration. As part of the celebration I am putting together a 'Virtual Canada Day Parade' I am asking my community friends and partners to consider participating in this historical event. Participating includes your video of your float. Decorate your car, Decorate your house, Sing a song, dance or whatever you like. Just make it Canadian! There is a small fee of $50 to participate. $25 from every fee will go directly to the Youth Transitional Housing facility in Sarnia known as 'Ohana Landing' The goal is to have 40 participants in the 'Virtual Parade' To participate you can go to link by CLICKING HERE and sign up. Let's all make this a Great Canada Day to remember and ...

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BLACKMORE & BLACKMORE (aka Mike Blackmore) –...

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BLACKMORE & BLACKMORE ...

There are right and wrong ways to do everything. What Mike Blackmore did with his two instruments, a set of looping devices and a healthy influx of creative imagination was definitely an illustration of one of the right ways. Technological aids are frequently used to create shortcuts. That’s one of the knocks against them. Another is the reputation they’ve acquired for stripping the music of its warmth. With Mike Blackmore there’s no shortcuts. That, along with the imagination involved, and the fact that everything is put together live, insures the music carries the spontaneity and warmth of something that’s been created on the spot. That’s true of his live shows and of his new release, the CD ‘Coyote’ Songs begin with whichever instrument fits his needs. Mostly, it’s the guitar but the djembe drum takes the fore once in a while. From that point he builds the arrangements in layers. His ...

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Missy Burgess with The Blue Train – Live

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Missy Burgess with The Blue...

BAND MEMBERS: Missy Burgess Dwayne Cloes Wulf Von Waldow The recording on the disc captures their live performances to a tee. Their musical choices and their arrangements of them serves up a series of juicy nuggets that sound rich without being uncluttered. Edits within the songs themselves were kept to a minimum to preserve the energy in the performances. The sound, thanks to the mix Dwayne had set up, is pristine and captures the whole rather than just the best bits. This got more than just the show. It got the whole room and it’s there for anyone who wants to appreciate the experience. Track selections of material include ’Basket Of Blues’, ‘Don’t Go To Cincinnati’, ‘Blue Dog Man’ and ‘If I Fell In Love Again’, all original songs by Missy. Covers including ‘Pilgrim’ by Steve Earle, which was sung by Missy and Otis Blackwell’s ‘Fever’, which were performed by Dwayne featured arrangements that allowed ...

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Pay It Forward/Back to Local Talent

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Pay It Forward/Back to Local...

Due to the Covid -19 situation, the makers of music & movies are suffering financial hardships despite our government's efforts to provide benefits which are temporary. Many of them earn their living from touring and playing their music in various venues, which they can not do for the foreseeable future. A little known factor also impacting their income is that downloads or streaming music pays pennies compared to the money they earn when a REAL CD or vinyl record is purchased.  Some may indeed have jobs besides the arts, but they are perhaps not able to work at  them currently either. Knowing in our hearts & souls, how much joy is derived from listening to music or watching movies we felt we had to do something to help out our amazing and diverse local talent. Therefore, we have decided that we at Cheeky Monkey will Pay It Forward/Back by paying the tax on sales of local talent CD's. So ...

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OPEN JAM VENUES 2020

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OPEN JAM VENUES  2020

POSTED MARCH 3rd - Every Saturday, Paul Knapp will be hosting an open jam from 2-6 at Dempsey Bar. Meat raffle begins at 3pm. Buy a bev and receive a ticket for the meat!! All jammers are welcome. Drink specials as well as the kitchen will be open. Come out have some fun. POSTED JANUARY 9th - The Sarnia Legion has a Jam Session every third Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come by and listen or bring your instrument and or voice and join in . Posted Feb. 20 - temporarily not hosting Open Stage while renovations are going in the Turret Room. POSTED MONDAY, JANUARY 13TH - Open Stage resumes for the New Year at The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts - in the Turret Room upstairs. Happens on the 2nd Monday of the month and again next Monday, the 3rd Monday, with host Gregger Botting: Admission is free. Musicians, poets, storytellers, ...

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Marinol Nation – Planning My Exit Strategy

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Marinol Nation –...

Released on CD February 14, 2020 As posted on Eli Martin's Facebook page... Thank you to Gary Webb, aka Gary 17, and Toronto Moon Magazine for reviewing our latest album, "Planning My Exit Strategy." Another dose of Marinol unlikely to pacify you | TorontoMoon.ca 200204Tu | Shows for Tuesday, February 04, 2020 February 4, 2020 Tonight’s performance by Marinol Nation songwriter Eli Martin at Linsmore Tavern will probably be his last. Because the Sarnia-based Hard Rock and Power Pop tunesmith is “Plannnig My Exit Strategy” he tells us on the title track of his fifth new album, officially being released March 7 but now available at the gig tonight. Fortunately despite a personal history of struggles with serious medical conditions, as we told you four years ago in reviewing his third Field Of Dreams album, it appears that the “exit strategy” being referred to isn’t the one people employ for final planning. Instead, happily, it turns out ...

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Beer Store Money Heated Up Cold Feb. First Friday

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Beer Store Money Heated Up...

Beer Store Money Warms A Cold February First Friday At The Cheeky Monkey by Brian Hay Cold or not Sarnia’s downtown was still the place to be — the events hosted by local merchants guaranteed that. At the Cheeky Monkey the musical offering was good (as always) because Roland and MaryAnne know their stuff. More on that subject in a bit. Beer Store Money, the band featured for the evening, is an ensemble that has a lot to recommend them. Singer/guitarist Khrystopher Luther-Heath is strong on both guitar and lead vocal. His playing combines subtle lead ornamentation with a solid rhythmic foundation and his singing is never less than fiery. Melissa Miller is a phenomenal vocalist. In addition to having a great mezzo/alto timbre she makes good use of expressive shadings and has exceptional control over her pitch. The pair also harmonize well, which is always a plus. Marcus Moyneur is an acrobatic drummer ...

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Sean Hogan – 7COME11

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Sean Hogan – 7COME11

Former Sarnia resident Sean Hogan has just released his 7th album on his label Barnstorm Productions. Being a CCMA award winning roots/rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist he never stops creating great music. Now living the dream out in B.C. Sean continues to write, record and tour always giving his legion of fans more to look forward to. This newest release is no exception and boasts an array of musical talent from far and wide to add that extra little something making this album a truly enjoyable listen over and over again.

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AUDITIONS – Sarnia Sings 2020

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AUDITIONS – Sarnia Sings...

Can You Sing??? Live Auditions for Sarnia Sings Vol IV February 2, 10am-2pm February 5, 5-8pm If you can sing? All Ages Welcome. Want a chance to sing in front of a sold out crowd (600 people)? Want to sing with a Real Rock Band??. Come ready to sing Location is 546 N Christina St (Royal LePage Building) If you Would like to Audition for Sarnia Sings Please CLICK HERE and fill out the form. Limited space available. 50 slots for Feb 2, 2020 and 25 slots for Feb 5. Deadline to register is Jan 31 at 7pm

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4HATEU8 – Prophets of Grime

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4HATEU8 – Prophets of...

New 4 song demo CD called "Prophets Of Grime" for London, ON band 4hateu8 They are an old school hardcore crossover band they like to say is grimecore. They feel they have a very unique sound that is reflected on this CD. It is very energetic and powerful. 4HATEU8 are Corey Harvey Vocals, Keith Ruck Drums, Sandy Hoelzl Bass, Brian Doiron (B Rye) Guitar

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