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March First Friday Blues To Make You Happy

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March First Friday Blues To...

First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey: Four Barrels of Blues Combines For One Sweet Sound Review by Brian Hay Describing the Four Barrel Blues Band as a class act is the best way to sum what this band has to offer. They’re all classy players, stylish but without excesses and what they form as an ensemble meshes together in much the same way. Drummer Stephen Bird is an articulate player who lays out a solid backbeat without becoming heavy. Glen Perry employs a fretless bass to reinforce the time signature and provide a melodic foundation with sustained notes that type of bass delivers. They’re harder to play than conventional models because of their demand for such an exact knowledge of where “the right” spots are on the neck but the way their notes tend to hang slightly as the next ones are being introduced gives their sound a musical sonority that’s both ...


The Show with David Burrows # 328

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The Show with David Burrows #...

Opening Segment: Sarnia Sting win back to back at home! Justin Fazio sets franchise record. The Entertainment Scene: Robb Sharp & Lit'l Chicago Beale Street Blues Night at Imperial Theatre, Sarnia ON. for the 3rd year in a row. Speaking with the group at rehearsal they promise a fun night with R&B, Soul and Blues. In The Community: Bluewater Health Foundation is getting ready for the draw coming up February 23rd. Kathy Pasztor Alexander encourages everyone to get their ticket before the deadline passes. Thousands of dollars and fantastics prizes will be given away and of course, the DREAM HOME! Closing Segement: Shout out to Cheeky Monkey


WATERCOLOUR Painting Classes with CATHY EARLE Feb/Mar 2018

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WATERCOLOUR Painting Classes...

Cathy Earle, a graduate of OCAD and professional artist, will be teaching introductory watercolour classes in the Studio Classroom Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. beginning February 18th through March 25th.  The cost is $225 for the six weeks of classes.  Students must purchase their own supplies. For more information, or to register, please contact Cathy Earle at: 519-331-6197   You can see Cathy's work on her web site:


Theatre Sarnia Stage Manager Workshops 2018

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Theatre Sarnia Stage Manager...

Stage Manager Workshop! Ever wondered how a live theatre show is run? Want to fine tune your already existing skills? Join the Imperial Theatre’s Production Manager Catherine Soulliere as she leads a stage management workshop. Learn how to create a prompt book; call cues; create and maintain paperwork; generate running notes, rehearsal notes and show reports. This workshop is mandatory for anyone hoping to stage manage for Theatre Sarnia shows. Anyone interested in the process or wanting to see if stage management might be right for them – please join! To be held in the theatre auditorium January 22nd from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Another opportunity to attend the workshop will be March 21st 7:00pm – 9:00pm. More to be held throughout the year. It’s going to be a good time!


Lambton Young Theatre Players AUDITIONS Jan. 2018

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Lambton Young Theatre Players...

Auditions! Drama Club! The Lambton Young Theatre Players are pleased to announce auditions for their winter production, MERLIN'S MIRROR, January 22nd through 24th, in Petrolia. Inspired by the legend of King Arthur, MERLIN'S M IRROR tells the story of Piper and Thomas, and a chance encounter with a mysterious old man that takes them on an unbelievable adventure to the magical kingdom of Camelot. Merlin's life is in peril, and the evil witch Morgause is becoming more powerful and dangerous. Merlin must be saved, or the world will forever be cloaked in darkness and despair. Piper and Thomas are the kindly wizard's only hope, and the only hope for their own future. Twenty- four roles will be cast for MERLIN'S MIRROR, and young actors and actresses between the ages of nine and eighteen years are invited to audition. Auditions are by appointment only, Jan. 22, 23 and 24 in Petrolia. Times and dates ...


Funking Up the Jan. 2018 First Friday

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Funking Up the Jan. 2018 First...

Enduring one of the coldest First Friday's in a long time, fans of the local band REMINISCENCE filled Cheeky Monkey on January 5th. And they were not disappointed by them. Playing many familiar songs, the all instrumental band helped us keep warm with toe tapping tunes such as Stevie Wonder's 'Isn't She Lovely' and especially 'Superstition'. Another favourite was the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit 'Uptown Funk'. Their playlist was perfectly suited for Reminiscence who rely on bass guitar, drums, keyboard, saxophone and trombone to jazz up their song selections. I had many listeners comment on how enjoyable it was to hear them, including music teacher and musician Al Weiss. He gave them high praise and encouraged them to reach even further to lift their performances to the next level he is sure they can attain. Hopefully, in the future, you will get chances to see and hear them again. With four of the ...


Theatre Sarnia Jan. 2018 Auditions – Exit Laughing

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Theatre Sarnia Jan. 2018...

Auditions coming up this weekend for Theatre Sarnia's next play!


Look & See Call for Artist Entry @ JNAAG

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Look & See Call for...

Look & See Call For Entry Submission Deadline: February 18, 2018 Lambton County artists interested in displaying their work are invited to make their submission to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery on or before February 18, 2018. The Gallery's Look & See 2018 Call for Entry is open to all Lambton County artists including those who have never before shown in a formal exhibition. Artists will receive a curatorial studio visit and have their art considered for this 'Pop Up' exhibition at the JNAAG. Exhibition Dates: June 1-17, 2018 July 6-15, 2018


ATTENTION LOCAL ARTISTS – message from Lawrence House

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Attention all members and friends of the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts (LHCA) The Floyd Gibson Juried Exhibition of art  will open First Friday, January 5, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm with the Mayors Awards being announced at 7 pm.  Jurors are Jane Hunter, Mary Groombridge and Mary Kilbreath. There shall be three cash awards ($250, $150 and $100) and two honourable mentions. Intake is 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 30 or Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. NOTE: Only one piece of original art, (2D or 3D) which is ready to be installed, per artist.   Individual 2018 memberships available and will still be $20 including HST.  This year we offer a new category:family for $30.00. Please bring a one page bio to be put in our three hole punched book so that customers may read about you.  Exhibition runs through to Saturday, January 28, 2018. Looking forward to seeing your work. Lynne Brogden, on behalf of ...


Wild Cards Rocked Cheeky Monkey for Nov. First Friday

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Wild Cards Rocked Cheeky...

First Friday at the Cheeky Monkey: Fun With a Group of Wild Cards by Brian Hay The difference a change in personnel creates within a band can be amazing, especially if the musician who comes in is a strong one. That was definitely the case with Wild Cards, the group that played at the Cheeky Monkey for this month’s First Friday celebration. The playing of guitarist Sara Campbell, bass player Scott Vegh and drummer Gerry Hawley and how they meshed together was known well enough to think there might be an idea of what to expect. The first few seconds of their work proved how wrong that notion was emphatically. The entry of singer Renee Card altered things in ways that couldn’t be predicted. Part of the reason is that she’s an exceptional singer but citing that as the only factor would be an oversimplification. She brings a touch to the delivery ...