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JUNE FIRST FRIDAY with MARINOL NATION, BILL WALTERS &...

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JUNE FIRST FRIDAY with MARINOL...

June First Friday with Marniol Nation, Bill Walters & Pat McGill We sure had a room full of talent for the June First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. Local musicians under the name of Marinol Nation provided the entertainment for the night. Below is an in-depth review by blogger, Brian Hay. It was also the opening night of a new art exhibit and sale called "From Here and There" by Bill Walters. With Plein air paintings (painted outside in the moment) ranging from nearby locales such as Canatara Park  to farther points on the compass such as Lake Berkley Florida, our three back walls are a colourful travelogue. Bill's works are not your normal 'landscape' art. To me, they have a dreamy, warm feeling even if they are of a snow field or summer storm building in the clouds.   In the pictures posted here and on our website Photo Gallery (CLICK HERE), ...

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Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding?

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Have a crazy brilliant idea...

Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? Awesome Foundation Sarnia awards one $1,000 microgrant every month. It couldn’t be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don’t want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen! The deadline to submit is May 24th for ‎the June Awesome Foundation grant. Please complete the application form on the website: CLICK HERE to APPLY NOW!!!

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May First Friday with Quiet Mind

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May First Friday with Quiet...

It was a perfect First Friday on May 6, 2016.  All the stars (and weather) aligned to create a festive evening of music at Cheeky Monkey.  The band Quiet Mind returned for the second time.  The first time playing at Cheeky Monkey was in November 2015 as a duo consisting of James Hill and Pat Rice.  This time they  mixed it up a bit by added drummer Nate Ryan (his stage name) in their second set of the evening. Their first set as the duo, they playing mellow acoustic versions such as Tracy Chapman's 'Give Me One Reason' and Blue Rodeo's 'Hasn't Hit Me Yet'.  Both James and Pat are very talented guitarist.  Add in James' slightly husky voice and you have a winning sound. For their second set, drummer Nate  joined them giving them that extra umph to play heavier rock songs such as Oasis 'What's the Story Morning Glory'.  They ...

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Beauty & the Beast Auditions – June 2016 @...

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Beauty & the Beast...

Theatre Sarnia is presenting Beauty and the Beast from Nov. 18-26 this fall. Jan Walker-Holt is directing and Henri Canino is musical director. Auditions are Friday, June 24, 6:30-9:30 and Sunday, June 26 2:00-5:00. Callbacks are Monday, June 27, 6:30-9:30. There is a fun read-through Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00. Audition material can be found at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9ltuucpKCWob0RYa1llMlVuOXM Read the Info and Character Description files first.

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Interview with Aaron Hugget director/producer of upcomin Red...

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Interview with Aaron Hugget...

David Burrows (The Video Show Network) speaks with local Director/Producer Aaron Huggett after a private screening of his upcoming movie Red Ryan. The film tells the true story of a Canadian bank robber who ended up in Sarnia. Huggett talks about the importance of Canadian history in the film. A public screening is scheduled at the Imperial Theatre, www.imperialtheatre.net for Friday, October 7th (First Friday). 3 Shows: 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10 per ticket available through the Imperial Theatre Box Office Watch more Sarnia-Lambton events and videos at www.TVSN.ca

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ATTENTION: LOOKING FOR YOUTH BANDS

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ATTENTION: LOOKING FOR YOUTH...

City of Sarnia in collaboration with Sarnia-Lambton Rebound are looking for youth bands to play this summer during July, 2016. Contact: Rachel Veilleux Recreation Co-ordinator II City of Sarnia 255 Christina Street North Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2 Phone: 519-332-0527 Ext. 3210 www.sarnia.ca

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Record Store Day 2016 Afterglow

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Record Store Day 2016...

WHAT A DAY it was on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  Our most successful Record Store Day to date.  Starting at 8:30 a.m. when we arrived to find not only part of the band that would be playing live in store already here to set up, but customers were already waiting too.  Some had been here a while and were prepared to wait the next hour in their comfy folding chairs. A few moments after we got inside to do the last minute prep for the day, ever faithful volunteers and good friends, Ross and Laurissa Ellsworth arrived followed closely by our other dependable friend Maureen Murphy.  Have to say this right now - in all honesty, we would not be able to do Record Store Day without their assistance.  All 3 of them were just amazing.  THANK YOU. While saying 'thank you', have to say how much we appreciate Borderlite Trio playing ...

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Nic Swales WOW’s Everyone on April 2016 First Friday

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Nic Swales WOW’s...

Nic Swales: Subtle Depth that Instills the Desire to Listen First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey, April 1, 2016 by Brian Hay There was a lot of noise in the area immediately outside the Cheeky Monkey. Whether that contributed to the calm and quiet feeling inside the store or not is impossible to say. The contrast was very striking though because the scene inside was so quiet as to appear almost silent by comparison. There was no lack of people but even the usual hum that surrounds a crowd was largely absent. Slowly though, and with a sensibility that bordered on surreal, an essence of music began threading a subtle path to the front of the shop. That was the first sign of what Nic Swales had to offer. If there was one possible complaint it's that he could have been louder. It's a flimsy one however because his audience was listening. And they ...

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AUDITIONS for Rock of Ages presented by Theatre Sarnia

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AUDITIONS for Rock of Ages...

Rock of Ages is coming to Sarnia!!! Written by Chris D'Arienzo Director: Karoline Lobsinger Music Director: Denise Chaulk and David Chaulk Choreographer: Bethany Tiegs Auditions for Theatre Sarnia's Upcoming Production are Saturday, May 28 at 1:00-3:30 or Sunday, May 29 at 1:00-3:30 at Studio A at The Imperial Theatre OPEN TO ALL ROCKERS 16+ Audition Requirements: Prepare a song from "Rock of Ages" that best showcases your 80s rocker voice. Be prepared to learn a short dance and come dressed appropriately. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings (not all cast members are on call for each rehearsal). Production Dates: October 21-29, 2016 If you have any questions, please email klobsinger55@gmail.com "Rock of Ages" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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Theatre Sarnia taking 33 Variations to next level of...

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Theatre Sarnia taking 33...

Our community should be very proud of Theatre Sarnia.  They have moved to the next round of competitions for their production of '33 Variations'.  They need the community's help though to help with the cost .  CLICK HERE for their Go Fund Me page.  Below is a message from the group. Hello! You might remember that a year ago at this time we announced Theatre Sarnia's success at the WODL Festival. Our production of The Clean House was on the way to Theatre Ontario in Oshawa. Well , we are  thrilled to announce to you that  Theatre Sarnia once again has won the Western Ontario Drama League Festival! The production of 33 Variations will be on the road to North Bay on the Victoria Day weekend and we need your help to make this a reality. We would like to point out to you that of the 8 awards we received at the Festival in Woodstock ...

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