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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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Love Toasters Pop Up for In-store Concert

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Love Toasters Pop Up for In...

Sarnia's own up and coming high school band The Love Toasters gave the shoppers of Cheeky Monkey a sample of their talent on Friday afternoon.  After a somewhat rocky start - they were minus their singer for the performance, they settled into a mostly instrumental mix of original jams and covers that included Hendrix, Rush, and Nirvana among others. The lads and the crowd very much enjoyed themselves.  Cheeky Charlie had fun hanging out with them and getting to help on bass. Remember their name - THE LOVE TOASTERS - you will hear of them again, at Cheeky Monkey and other Sarnia locations.

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Winning Photo by Pierre Houle

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Winning Photo by Pierre Houle

On Saturday, Nov. 19, we were witness to a very considerate act of kindness. Pierre Houle's photograph "Young Horsewoman" was the Grand Prize Winner in the 7th Annual Sarnia Photographic Club Photo Contest. The picture is of a young girl standing by her Belgian horse, Sara, after winning a 3rd Place ribbon for Youth Showmanship at the Wyoming Fair. At the very moment the picture was taken, the young woman was being praised for her performance by one of the judges. The look of pride and happiness on her face is so genuine. Between her beaming face and the fall lighting, the photo has the quality of a painting on canvas rather then a digital photo. Many people have stop into Cheeky Monkey to view all the fabulous entries, including the young ladies grandparents, uncle and other relatives. Through them, it was arranged for Pierre to meet his winning subject in person ...

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Mike Blackmore – Renaissance Man

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Mike Blackmore –...

We at Cheeky Monkey have great admiration and affection for Mike Blackmore. We have named him our favourite Renaissance Man because he has so many talents. Besides being a talented woodworker by day, he is also a gifted musician and artist. New he can add inventor to his list of abilities. In this video he is sharing his newest creation. A camera/recorder that gives a unique perspective to a musician as he plays his guitar. It is a prototype, but who knows were this idea will take Mike and his music! Way to go Mike - keep dreaming and creating!

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CHEEKY CHARLIE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

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CHEEKY CHARLIE’S...

Nobody is really sure when or where Cheeky Charlie was born but like all monkeys, Charlie loves a party so on Sunday September 18th from noon to 5:00 p.m., we're throwing a birthday bash for our favorite primate. There will be cake and refreshments for everyone, party favors for the first 100 guests and Charlie's friend's Soul Patch will be here too,  keeping the place rockin'.  To make it even more special there will be deals and special pricing on almost everything in the store including all CD's, DVD's, Blu-rays and vinyl records - new and recycled. You will need your invitation, if you subscribe to the Cheeky Monkey newsletter, watch your inbox or just click on the image and print one off. You can also drop in at the store and pick one up.

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Recap of Emm Gryner and Dayna Manning’s Special...

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Recap of Emm Gryner and Dayna...

Friday May 27 was an extremely special night here at Cheeky Monkey. Our Red Carpet Stage was graced by not one amazing singer/songwriter, but TWO. Three if you count the guest singer!! First up was Dayna Manning who is originally from Stratford, but she now lives in B.C. Dayna has recorded three albums of beautifully crafted songs the most recent being “Folkyo” which you can purchase here at Cheeky Monkey. Her talent as a guitar player is matched by her singing voice creating heartfelt warm songs to be enjoyed over and over again. Her expertise at the finger picking style of playing guitar is as difficult as it sounds, however she does it with ease. It was a true pleasure to have the chance to meet her and hear her play. We hope she will stop in again and perform next time she ...

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