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Cheeky Charlie meets a Doe

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Cheeky Charlie meets a Doe

Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. is the opening performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  On her way to dress rehersal, Emily Wright, a cast member that is playing the part of a 'young doe', stopped in and chatted with Cheeky Charlie. The play is being presented by Lambton Young Theatre Players with 2 shows today, Wednesday, 1 afternoon matinee of Thursday and 2 shows on Friday - 2:00 pm matinee and 700 pm evening.  Tickets are still available at Cheeky Monkey.  Adults tickets are only $12.00 and students are $7.00.  For more info CLICK HERE.

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March First Friday with Soul Patch & Pierre Houle

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March First Friday with Soul...

It was a blustery, rain night for the March 2nd First Friday in Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District.  Despite the inclement weather, the fans of First Friday were out 'n' about and making Cheeky Monkey a priority spot to stop at.  The reason for that was the local band Soul Patch and the photographic artwork of Pierre Houle. This was not the first time Soul Patch has performed at Cheeky Monkey and we're pretty sure it will not be the last - at least we hope not.  There was one difference in the band from previous performances.  A new member in accomplished multi-instrumentalist Craig Seaward joined lead singer/guitarist/keyboard player Dwayne Cloes, electric and upright bass player Dave Doyle and drummer Lyle Graham.  Craig's electric guitar added an extra dimension and energy to what are already excellent original songs. It was certainly an appreciative audience that braved the elements to be here.  There tenacity was rewarded by ...

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Lambton Young Theatre Players Summer Camp…

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Lambton Young Theatre Players...

Summer Theatre Camp 2012 The Lambton Young Theatre Players are excited to announce that registrations for the 2012 Junior Players’ Summer Theatre Camp are now being accepted. One week sessions for children between the ages of 8 and 11 years of age will take place at Petrolia’s Christ Church for four sessions in July 2012, Mondays through Fridays, with a performance for family and friends on the Friday. Each session will accommodate a maximum of fifteen children under the guidance of the Young Players’ Program Director, Bethany Lawrence (nee Redick), Program Instructor, Anna MacAlpine, and Assistant Instructors, Sara Cecile and Kyle Phibbs. “We’re delighted to welcome Anna MacAlpine to the Lambton Young Theatre Players,” exclaimed Artistic Director, Nancy Keys. “She is a very talented young woman, in both theatre and music, and has an excellent background working with younger children. We’re anxious to expand the scope of our Summer Theatre Camp, and Anna brings ...

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Erika & Sara Singing on a Saturday

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Erika & Sara Singing on a...

For three hours on the afternoon of Saturday, February 25, young singer-songwriters Erika and Sara performed on the Red Carpet Stage at Cheeky Monkey. Before the audience got too big, they spent a few minutes with Cheeky Charlie letting him sing along on a song with them. Their song selections range greatly with something to please every age group.  From Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison' to several covers from Adele's most recent album and the hit from Foster The People.  Erika's sweet emotion filled voice accompanied by Sara's skill on the acoustic guitar were especially pleasing on their version of The Beatles 'Let It Be'. At the start of their second set, Erika took a little longer break from singing while Sara played several songs solo on her guitar really showcasing her skills. Along with the many covers versions they made there own, were mixed a selection of some of their original songs. These ladies, are ...

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Having Hope at Home – Review

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Having Hope at Home –...

Cheeky Charlie, Roland and I were all set to go to the Imperial Theatre to see the current play HAVING HOPE AT HOME presented by Theatre Sarnia.  Unfortunately, I was not feeling well, so we decided not to go.  BUT thanks to  good friend, Barb Toye who did go, we have a review for you.  From the sounds of it, we missed an excellent play and performance.   The play runs until Feb. 25th. Having Hope at Home - Reviewed by Barb Toye The excellent interior set was evocative of a semi-shabby rural farmhouse under refurbishment, with a cozy bedroom to the left, kitchen at the back, dining table mid-stage right and loveseat in foreground. A jazzy classical guitar piece was played during the opening speeches which unfortunately overrode some of the dialogue a bit. Periodically through the play snippets of McGarrigle Sisters songs were heard, in reference to the leading man's ...

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February 2012 First Friday

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February 2012 First Friday

The February First Friday lived up to the hype when Natural Disasters came to shake the rafters at Cheeky Monkey. The 5 piece band kept the capacity crowd entertained with classic rock that included a heavy dose of CAN-CON. The repertoire ranged from The Guess Who, 54-40 and Tragically Hip to name just a few. The band and audience were there for a good time and no-one left disappointed. Adorning the walls of Cheeky Monkey, is the photographic art work of Pierre Houle. It is easy to see why he was the 2011 Grand Prize winner of the Sarnia Photographic Club's annual Photo Contest. His keen eye and interesting editing techniques make his work truly intriguing. Pierre's exhibit continues until February 25. All items included framed, enlarged photos, matted photos and cards with envelopes in various sizes are available to purchase. Thanks to Pierre for the photographs taken during the evening.  To see more, ...

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MATT ANDERSEN UPDATE

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MATT ANDERSEN UPDATE

MATT ANDERSEN’S INTERNATIONAL PUSH KEEPS MOVING FORWARD Canadian artist set to tour UK, Ireland and Holland in February and March. John Lee Hooker said it years ago: “It’s too late to quit now!” For guitarist singer and songwriter Matt Andersen, it’s not too late — but he’s pushing hard to build an international career, and it’s falling into place. Now — while he’s currently touring the interior of British Columbia on a seven-date sold-out tour — he’s preparing for a two-month trip to Europe, where he has nine concerts in Holland, and no less than 17 in England, Ireland and Scotland. The tour starts in Holland on February 24, and ends March 29 in the UK. After touring Australia — including seven days at the massive Woodford Folk Festival north of Brisbane over the Christmas-New Year’s period — he was one of the handfull of acoustic performers on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in ...

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We are so proud of Matt Andersen…

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We are so proud of Matt...

Several years ago  Sarnia's own harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens along with east coasters Matt Andersen and Dave Gunning played at the Imperial Theatre.  From the first moment we heard  them playing together, we knew we were privileged to be seeing some extraordinary talent on our local stage.  From this concert and subsequent tour a close friendship developed between Mike and Matt resulting in an album writing collaboration.  In fact two CD's have resulted.  'Piggyback ' and last year, 'Push Record: The Banff Sessions. While working on the first album, we  had the pleasure of organizing a concert for them at the Library Auditorium and getting to know Matt.  Not only is he a big talent, but he is one of the most down to earth people you would want to meet.  Between touring and writing with Mike, Matt also released his own CD called 'Coal Mining Blues'. As a result of this last ...

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Eddie Sayers Returns to Cheeky Monkey

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Eddie Sayers Returns to Cheeky...

The cold wind was blowing snow flakes all through downtown Sarnia but those warm inside Cheeky Monkey didn't care.  They were here to listen to Eddie Sayers.  Some browsed the racks of CD's, DVD's and LP's both new and used as he played a combination of his own songs or did cover versions of his favourite bands like Bright Eyes.  Others were here especially to sit, relax and enjoy his unique style of singing.  The small but appreciative audience were joined by one of Eddie's biggest, we maybe it littlest fans, Cheeky Charlie.  He was lucky enough to get a front row seat sitting up on a fellow fans shoulders.   Gave him the best view in the house. Cheeky Charlie hopes Eddie will have a chance to come play at Cheeky Monkey again sometime in the future - either as a solo act or with his band.

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Jim Chevalier Premiere’s New Songs

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Jim Chevalier Premiere’s...

Over the 5 plus years we have been hosting First Friday at Cheeky Monkey, we have had the pleasure of listening to many of the amazing musical acts the area has to offer, but the January 2012 was really special to us. Jim Chevalier is of the first musicians we met when we came to Sarnia and has become a man and talent we very much admire, so you can understand why we were so thrilled to have him playing on the Red Carpet Stage. To make the evening even more monumental, he debuted a long play list of brand new songs that will be on his upcoming CD. Some were written as recently as the last few days and weeks. Annette Dillon who was in the audience commented on Facebook about Jim's music: "Your Heart felt new songs are masterfully crafted and meaningful." Well said Annette! Everyone present very much looks forward ...

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