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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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Call to ARTISTS for Petrolia Art In The Park

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Hello everyone this is Karen Benusik  I'm a SAW member.. I am asking if there are local artists who  might like to help me with a 1 hour slot for art in the park demo, Friday, July 12, 2013 11 am - 8 pm Saturday, July 13, 2013 9 am - 5 pm Victoria Park, Petrolia Please call 519-882-4816 as soon as possible Thank you

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Mike Blackmore & The Animations raise the June First...

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Mike Blackmore & The...

We feel very fortunate to have so many good friends in this city including the many talented musicians and artists that live here.  One of them is Mike Blackmore.   Along with an array of his fellow musicians he has played many times for our in-store events like First Fridays. For June 7th First Friday, the musician we had booked well in advance unfortunately had to cancel at the last moment.  A few quick phone calls and the short notice vacancy was filled by Mike and the band he chose to call, for this time, 'The Animations'.  With Dave Thomas on keyboard, Wulf Von Waldow on saxophone and Mike playing guitar, d'jembe and siren (yes siren), we along with his fans old and new, had a great evening of live music. The band played some their own compositions as well as covers they truly make sound like they wrote due to the ...

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ArtWalk Weekend 2013

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ArtWalk Weekend 2013

The weather held out and the crowds were here for yet another successfull ArtWalk weekend in Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District.  At least from our point of view it was successful. On Saturday the crowd was almost shoulder to shoulder as they strolled by our table of ArtWalk Weekend Specials.  I saw everything from men in red high heels to mini size Spideman to a bag piper who stopped by to play for a bit.  Also playing outside the store was Annette Dillion who was joined for a few songs by Eric Woolston.  Erika and Sara, one of our favorite singing duos also played a few songs during the windy Sunday afternoon. Saturday, I could hear a the drum circle at the intersection of Christina and Cromwell, but the crowd obscured my view a little.  Doesn't matter, it  was the beats that mattered. Inside Cheeky Monkey, artist Jessie J. Rabbitt was in residence.  She ...

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May 2013 First Friday…

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May 2013 First Friday…

Jenn Kee is no stranger to Sarnia.  She is not from here, but told us she loves playing in the city.  Beside performing at this First Friday, she was at Coffee Culture last month as well as she was a cast member of 'Classic Albums'   and StarBright Theatre groups that have played at The Imperial Theatre.  After her stellar show last night,  it is evident that Sarnia loves her too. There was a real sort of electricity in the air all day leading up to the May First Friday evening.  Maybe it was the perfect spring weather.  I think it was the anticipation of all the events happening in the downtown combined with the warm sunshine. The number of people here to listen to Jenn was impressive.   Little wonder.  With her pure voice, expert guitar playing and strong delivery of not only cover songs, but her own songs as well, she wowed everyone.  She ...

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