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MISSY BURGESS PERFORMS THE SONGS OF TOM WAITS

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MISSY BURGESS PERFORMS THE...

It was a dark and windy night, thankfully it wasn't stormy too, the perfect setting for a Lawrence House Concert. February 19th Missy Burgess along with guitarist Gianni Cinnelli presented a performance of The Songs Of Tom Waits.  Tom has been around for nearly 50 years and over that time he has delivered a challenging and varied body of work ranging from beatnik jazz to folk, to theatre to all out assault experimental  noise. Missy's performance focused mostly but not entirely on the earlier period of Waits' work, with some standard well known compositions like Ol' 55 and I Hope I Don't Fall in Love With You but also included a few obscure selections such as Mockin' Bird (from The Early Years - a collection of demos from the early 70's) and The Fall of Troy (first released on the Dead Man Walking Soundtrack). Her voice, while not at all similar to Waits' ...

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Annual Sarnia Spelling Bee

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Annual Sarnia Spelling Bee

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ATTENTION: organizers of cultural, heritage, and arts...

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ATTENTION: organizers of...

Lambton's Creative County Fund Opens 2016 Funding Intake Thursday, January 14, 2016 Wyoming, ON - Lambton's Creative County Fund is inviting the organizers of new or expanding cultural, heritage, and arts initiatives locally to apply for funding to cover up to 50 per cent of their project cost. The Creative County Fund's ­only intake of 2016 is now open, with a total of $75,000 available for partner projects, events, activities or workshops that will enhance cultural vitality in Lambton County.  Program Guidelines and the related application form can be found by clicking on the "Creative County Fund" tab under the "Residents" heading at www.lambtononline.ca. "The Creative County Fund continues to demonstrate a growing, lasting impact on the cultural fabric of Lambton County," said Warden and Creative County Fund Chair Bev MacDougall.  "The Creative County Committee is eager to see what type of ideas our community has in store this year." Applications must be submitted by ...

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Learn How to be a Director Workshop

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Learn How to be a Director...

Learn how to be a Director with our Directing Workshop Sat., Jan, 16th 9 am to 4 pm at PCT Rehearsal Hall, 305 Centre St. Petrolia. Cost $10 per person. Max. of 20 participants. To attend please visit our Facebook event page and ask to be added to the list. About the Workshop: We will be covering 4 aspects of Script Analysis (Character development, Beats and Script divisions, Pace and Choices in Timing), 5 aspects of Blocking (Givens, Dynamics of Voice & Range, Rank & File, Approach & Contact, and Tension), Several approaches to directing at rehearsals (Notes, Repetition & Revitalization, and Side Coaching), and Practical Exercises to help your actors reach their best. A full list of topics covered is on the Facebook event. About the Trainer: For over 25 years, Joe has taught courses on acting, technical production, television and film production. He was the Drama Coordinator of Mount Allison University and has his BA ...

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FIRST FIRST FRIDAY OF 2016 WITH BIG HIGHWAY

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FIRST FIRST FRIDAY OF 2016...

The first First Friday of January was anything but typical.  The fact it was technically held on the second Friday of the month due to the statutory holiday of New Years Day being the first unusual circumstance.  The second was the weather.  Higher than normal temperatures with rain made for a soggy evening.  Despite those factors,  those that did come to Sarnia's downtown and into Cheeky Monkey found it very much worth the effort thanks to local band Big Highway. The four piece band featuring James McNaule on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Andrew Germain on lead guitar, Dave Johnston on bass and Ric Brown on drums have a knack for picking the perfect playlist for their vast abilities. Big Highway's love for Can Con (Canadian content) is self evident.  James has the perfect timber and edginess to pull off songs by Tragically Hip with ease.  They did several Wide Mouth Mason ...

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HIDDEN TALENTS – HT GLEE Auditons

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HIDDEN TALENTS – HT GLEE...

Hidden Talents | info@hiddentalents.ca Have you ever wanted to learn show-stopping numbers from Broadway musicals or mash-ups of pop songs like on the hit show "Glee"? This June, Hidden Talents will be presenting it's first HT Glee Show with the talented youth of Sarnia. If you're 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

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Mike Blackmore beside himself for Dec. First Friday

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Mike Blackmore beside himself...

Review of December 4, 2015 First Friday at Cheeky Monkey written by Brian Hay.  Thank you Brian for attending our events over the year and being kind enough to share you insights into the local live music scene.  For other reviews by Brian CLICK HERE There's still only one Mike Blackmore. The extra "Blackmore" is for the musical persona brought to life by way of the technology used in crafting  backing tracks to free up other facets of his playing. The balance needed to use those devices effectively is a fine one. Overuse can turn a set mechanical, (or as one good friend quipped, "into the special olympics of music"), really fast. Tempering its use with restraint however (and playing off what it conjures astutely) allows good players to open new doors. For Mike (whose idea of variety might actually be climbing back into the box) it opens ways to rethink ...

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November 2015 First Friday review – Quiet Mind &...

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November 2015 First Friday...

Quiet Mind: Contemporary Acoustic with Style Live at the Cheeky Monkey for Sarnia's November First Friday Celebration by Brian Hay They also had something to say, which is the most important thing. That the members of Quiet Mind, singer and guitarist James Hill and lead guitarist Pat Rice, were concerned with performing more than just filler was clear even from the covers they chose. One group whose material they obviously liked exploring was the work done by Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. "An Elderly Lady Behind the Counter in a Small Town" was an absolute nugget for Pearl Jam with its richly unfolding portrayal of the two people who meet in the scenario conjured within the music. The interpretation Hill and Rice gave it wasn't Pearl Jam's and it wasn't anyone else's. Hill's singing captured the yearning that inevitably surfaces when one hearkens toward distant but fond memories. Rice threaded wonderfully melodic ...

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~ KITCHEN WITCHES Audition Notice @ Imperial Theatre

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ARTISTS – Call for Entries – Gallery in the...

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ARTISTS – Call for...

Call for Entry! Share with Artists and Friends. For more details find a brochure at the Gallery or art shops and libraries in the area. December 31, 2015 is last date to register For regulations and entry form CLICK HERE

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