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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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RECORD STORE DAY 2013 – What A Par TEE!

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RECORD STORE DAY 2013 –...

Holy music lovers Batman!!  What a huge, wonderful party RECORD STORE DAY 2013 turned out to be. The day started with the expected line up at the door before opening at 9:30 am.  I wouldn't say it was a frenzied stampede, but it was orderly mayhem of the best kind.  Smiling faces abounded as they found the treasured exclusive RSD releases they were hoping for. As the doors opened and the crowd came in, local band BORDERLITE TRIO started playing at the back area of the store.  This band was perfect for kicking of the day of live music.   Their playlist of covers ranged from Jason Mraz to Zac Brown Band.  For a three piece,  they back a lot of bunch.  For those who missed hearing them, watch for their upcoming gigs on our EVENTS calender.  They are due to play again here at Cheeky Monkey for the October 4th First ...

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CALL FOR ARTISTS for MAY 11 @ Grace United

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Date: May 11, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Location: Grace United Church, 990 Cathcart at Indian Road, Sarnia Booth size: 10 ft or how ever much you need. Lots of room. Cost: $35 total The annual Grace United Church Art Show and Plant Sale is rapidly approaching. We decided to move the Flea Market to another date and focus on Art and Plants. The Spring Sale has generally been well attended (barring a blizzard or other severe weather) and can be very profitable. For more information, please contact me at (519) 331-6408 or LBruceRitchie@gmail.com to confirm you are showing.

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Collected Works of Larry Towell with Mike Stevens

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Collected Works of Larry...

The Imperial Theatre was the chosen venue for what has become the annual event of the Collected Works of Larry Towell featuring musical accompaniment of Mike Stevens. For those not familiar with Larry Towell, he is a world renowned photo-journalist. Larry's "subjects" are not pretty flowers or the typical landscapes of many photographers. He specializes in showing the aftermath of tragic situations both natural and man made. His years spent in places as far reaching as Iraq, El Salvador, Rwanda, Haiti and New Orleans have resulted in creating a disturbing yet enlightening body of work. The faces of survivors, the destruction of property are all evident, leaving you wondering how do people endure. Larry excels in showing us a side of life we never see in our safe homes here in Canada, not even on the news. The Rwanda genocide, soldiers in Iraq patrolling what look like empty streets, flooded cemeteries of ...

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April 2013 First Friday with The Persuaders

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April 2013 First Friday with...

People were dancing and singing along with the local group The Persuaders during the April 5th First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. With Ray, Randy and Doug playing from an extensive list of well loved familiar hits from mostly the 60's and 70's, customers could not help but to sing along.  A few were enjoying the music so much, they just had to dance too.  It was like having a personal hits parade on the Red Carpet stage for the evening. They played so many great songs, I can't being to list them all, but the stand outs were the ones from  Creedence Clearwater Revival.  The Persuaders, voices and playing style are perfectly suited to cover the CCR hits. For the early part of the evening, Sydney Kennedy and her cousin were on hand to apply henna tattoos to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.  For a minimum donation of $2 they would ...

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