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Call for Entry: Floyd Gibson Colours Show, Lawrence House...

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Call for Entry: Floyd Gibson...

The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts will be accepting art for the annual Floyd Gibson Colours Show on Saturday, December 21st and Sunday, December 22nd, 2013. Lambton County artists are invited to submit a work of art in any medium for this exhibition. The work must be for sale (Lawrence House commission is 30%). There is an entry fee of $15. The Mayor's Awards will be presented at the opening on First Friday, January 3rd, 2014: $250 First Prize, $150 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize. The Jurors are well known local artists and educators Ariel Lyons, Ian McLean and Lorrie Williams Contact the Lawrence House by calling 519-337-0507 or stop in at 127 Christina St. S

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Last First Friday of 2013

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Last First Friday of 2013

Ohhh the weather outside was frightful - but the music inside was delightful - it didn't show signs of stopped  - so let it snow let it snow let it snow.  Sing along! The temperature outside didn't matter.  Inside Cheeky Monkey it was warm and cozy thanks in part to the music of Mike Blackmore and his drummer Chris Hutton.  To carry the warm theme further, the underwater photographs by Christine Roenspiess provided a very tropical feel. Mike is always entertaining, despite his regular group of fellow muscians not being along with him.  Instead he had a 'guest drummer' in his long time friend Chris Hutton who has recently moved back to Sarnia.  This being Chris' first experience in the revitalized downtown, he express his joy at being part of the evenings fun. Mike playing acoustic guitar and sometime d'jembe, gave his original songs new twisted we hadn't heard before.  I particularly enjoyed a ...

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Nic Swales & Adam Miner CD SALE

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Nic Swales & Adam Miner...

Take advantage of the new lower prices on local musicians NIC SWALES & ADAM MINERS self released CD's. ONLY $5.97*  each. *New pricing applies to in-store purchases only   NIC SWALES - Variant CLICK HERE for song samples & video                 ADAM MINER ~ Playing House                     ADAM MINER ~ Gun Suit             ADAM MINER ~ Dangerous Eyes ~

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Our Newest Permanent Art Work

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Our Newest Permanent Art Work

Roland has been working on a new permanent art piece for display in the store and thanks to Mike Blackmore, it is now hanging on the wall of Cheeky Monkey for all to see and admire. Over the years, when we buy record collections from customers, we come across LP's made by local musicians.  We have been  setting them aside and trying to come up with a way to display them for all to see.  We finally did come find a good way and it is now hung up as one of our permanent works of art. Stop in to see it for yourself.  It is a true conversation piece - and just the first one - there will be more to come. P.S. - if you own a LP of a local band or musician you don't see here and would like to add it to our collection, we will gladly accept ...

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DORKBOT @ JNAAG

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DORKBOT @ JNAAG

Dorkbot is an informal group of affiliated organizations worldwide that sponsor grassroots meetings of artists, engineers, designers, scientists, inventors, and anyone else working under the very broad umbrella of electronic art. The goal of our Dorkbot program at the JNAAG is to provide an open discussion and peer exchange of ideas and projects from those involved in the electronic arts, to see how we can build on and develop these common interests. The program will be a two-month cycle. On the first month, a featured guest will give a presentation on their use of electricity. Sometimes guests will be local enthusiasts, while other times it will be visiting artists and inventors from across the country. The presentation will set a theme. The second month will be an open studio with a variety of tools and supplies provided to explore the ideas that were introduced in the presentation. With such diverse and multi-disciplinary ...

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Album Mania Exhibit & Cornhuskers for Nov. 2013 First...

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Album Mania Exhibit &...

The walls of Cheeky Monkey are currently adorned with the Sarnia Photographic Club's interpretations of song or album titles.  It is interesting to see how some took titles very literally such as "Sand in the Vaseline" by the Talking Heads, while others are much more abstract such as the photo depicting The Rolling Stones song "Paint it Black".  From comical to serious they are all worth a good look.  The exhibit will continue until November 29th.  When you stop in be sure to cast your vote for The People's Choice Award. During the evening of the November 1st First Friday, the local band Paula & The Cornhuskers entertained the crowd with a few cover songs, but mostly originals done in a rocking country blues style.  Paula Loxton is the main lead singer and song writer getting inspiration from as diverse of topics as her Grandma as a young woman in the ...

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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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