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The Great Storm: The Play Review

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The Great Storm: The Play...

On the evening of Friday, October 26, we had the pleasure of being in the audience for the second local performance of THE GREAT STORM: THE PLAY presented by Goderich Little Theatre. This over 2 hour play written and directed by Goderich native, Warren L. Robinson follows the lives of two families from very different backgrounds and social circles before, during and after the Great Storm of 1913. If you are like me, you may have been unaware of what is still known to be the world's greatest freshwater disaster.  Apparently three major storms 'collided' with each other in a matter of hours over our Great Lakes area.  Keep in mind, 100 years ago there was not the weather forecasting technology we currently have.  There would be little to no warning for the ships out on the water or the communities near the shores.  The devastation and loss of life was incredible. With ...

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Multi-talent artist LARRY TOWELL Newest CD on sale NOW

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Multi-talent artist LARRY...

LARRY TOWELL NEWEST CD/DVD 'BLOOD IN THE SOIL' NOW ON SALE AT CHEEKY MONKEY (in-store & on website MUSIC BAZAAR - click on tab above) Music runs deep in the life of photojournalist Larry Towell. Along with his gallery exhibitions, 13 books and more than 35 photography awards, Towell is a musician and songwriter set to release his fifth album, Blood in the Soil, with a concert at Wallaceburg's Jeanne Gorden Theatre Sept. 10, featuring long-time collaborator and harmonica player Mike Stevens. "I've been a songwriter all my life," said Towell, who grew up near Sombra, one of eight children of Earl and Helen Towell, playing drums in a family band that performed at weddings and dances. Towell returned home after university and taught folk music at Lambton College before he began to concentrate on photography in the 1980s, eventually joining the New York-based Magnum Photo Agency. But, Towell said, "I've always done music as ...

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Brock Street Ends @ Cheeky Monkey

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Brock Street Ends @ Cheeky...

You may not recognize the name of the band that played in Cheeky Monkey for the September First Friday, but you will start hearing it much more often. Brock Street Ends is a recent combination of musicians from former bands Portrait of You and Natural Disasters. Both are bands that have played at Cheeky Monkey previously to the delight of us and the audience. All four members, Barry White (bass/vocals), Dale Mellon (keyboards/vocals), Don LeBlanc (guitar) and Paul Eastman (drums) have a true love of music that is evident when you see them perform so it is no surprise they did not waste any time forming a new group. The large crowd that was here to enjoy their playing appreciated their extensive set list. Some of the covers they performed were Beatles 'Back in the USSR', Eagles 'Life In the Fast Lane', Cars 'Just What I Needed', White Stripes 'Seven Nation ...

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Erika & Sara’s August Matinee Show

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Erika & Sara’s...

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, the very talented singing duo of Erika & Sara, made a return to the Cheeky Monkey Red Carpet Stage.  We are always thrilled to have them play in the store and grace us with their music. Each time they perform, we hear and see another leap forward in their singing, playing and stage presence.  They always seem to be adding new components to their shows.  Their cover song interpretations are filled with genuine emotion whether it be joy or sadness.  Their own songs are  gems that reflect who they are - sincerely dedicated musicians who are still young and growing in their skills. The shopping audience that were in during the time they played tend to make the same comments - "these girls are really good!"  We agree.  And obviously so does Emm Gryner who is herself multi-talented musician and business woman.  Emm has chosen Erika & ...

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Performance Art @ Cheeky Monkey

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Performance Art @ Cheeky...

It is not unusual for us to get requests to use our store inside and out for video shoots or as backdrops for weddings etc.   We are also accustomed to having musicians perform live in our store on First Fridays and the occasional Saturday afternoon.   Once in a while though, we do get a request out of left field even by our standards. What I am referring to come in the form of a Facebook message asking  for permission to use our store to photograph  a performance art project by Keith Hunt.  Apparently, he has been going to various locations and "performing" in many different ways.  He did karate in front of Clearwater Arena where he used to attend classes, read passages aloud from Hamlet in front of his former high school as well as walked the streets wearing bright pink headphones. What he wants to do here, at Cheeky ...

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‘A Walk In My Dreams’ -Mike Stevens documentary...

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‘A Walk In My Dreams&...

If you have access to the Documentary Channel, then mark Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. on your calender.  That is the air date for the documentary 'A Walk In My Dreams' that chronicles the musical career and humanitarian organization, ArtsCan Circle, founded by local world renowned musician, Mike Stevens. The film features musician Mike Stevens, who is the only harmonica player in the world to appear on the Grand Ole Opry stage more than 300 times, give himself eight hernias because of the way he plays and be named Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky for his outstanding contribution to bluegrass music. Ten years ago, at the top of his game, Mike's career took a sudden and drastic detour when he found himself face-to-face with a group of Labrador youth living in unimaginable conditions. His life would never be the same -- and neither would theirs. We had seen this film ...

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Kesenia Parent played for August 2013 First Friday

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Kesenia Parent played for...

I have lost count on how many times Kesenia Parent has played at Cheeky Monkey.  She has been here for Saturday afternoon gigs, outside and inside as well as several First Fridays, including the August 2012 exactly a year ago. What has always struck me about Kesenia is her ease in front of an audience.  She is very good at developing a connection by telling a few jokes, stories and explaining where the inspiration for her original songs come from.  Add this to the fact she has a very good voice and can play her acoustic guitar well and you have an all round entertaining performance. She is able to play and make her own a long list of cover songs such as The Beatles 'Let It Be' , OneRepublic 'Apologize' and Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.  Her self penned songs of the past have been cute little diddies filled with humour, but her ...

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Boko The Great’s Visit

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Boko The Great’s Visit

Laughing and being mystified is how our day started at Cheeky Monkey on this beautiful Tuesday, July 30 morning.  The reason was we had an unexpected visit from BOKO THE GREAT, the fabulous local magician who is a twin cousin to Jayden The Jester. Along with Boko the Great was local videographer Ian Alexander of Rocketship Productions.  The two of them are going to various Sarnia businesses where Boko does a few of his "tricks" while Ian films.  From what I understand, they have made 33 short videos so far of with the hope of putting it all together into on movie at some point. Boko The Great did a disappearing trick with Roland's wedding band.  This of course made us a tad worried we would never see it again - but our fears were unfounded!  He also did a rope trick moving a knot that caused me to have a "how'd ...

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Congrats to Erika & Sara!!!!

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Congrats to Erika & Sara!...

THURSDAY JULY 25 - For those of you who have heard and seen Erika (Sit) and Sara (Campbell) play in our store or other local venues over the last couple of years, you will understand how proud we are of them. The first time they played in Cheeky Monkey, they were very inexperienced and nervous.  With each return performance, we noticed they were getting not only more confident, but their playlist was growing.  Along with some really interesting covers of songs, they have been writing and performing self penned songs. Of late, they have been getting more and more gigs outside of Sarnia-Lambton.  On July 20th, they competed in a Battle of the Bands in West Lorne with the prize being the opportunity to be the opening act at Boot Hill  'Country' Jamboree in Bothwell.  Guess who won?!  You guessed it - ERIKA AND SARA!  They will be opening for Aaron Pritchett ...

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Who Is Kyp Harness?

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Who Is Kyp Harness?

MONDAY, JULY 15 - by Mary Anne - Do you remember Kyp Harness?  If you do - let us know.  We know Kyp Harness - not well, but we like his music - a lot. How do we know Kyp?  Well he was originally from Sarnia, but moved to Toronto in the 80's before we lived here, but we had heard his name mentioned occasionally as being a really good songwriter as well as a published author of several books.  We had his CD's for sale, so we decided to buy Welcome to the Revolution for ourselves.  We were not disappointed.  His socially conscience lyrics are mixed with a good dose of wry humour such as in the song 'Chemical Valley' that was inspired by his hometown. Recently we were contacted by another former Sarnia resident, Dustin Kuypers, who also ended up in Toronto to be part of an interesting team with bright business ...

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