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Hot Hot August 2012 First Friday

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Could it get any hotter of an evening?  Yes it could thanks to the live music inside out outside of Cheeky Monkey.

Facing the corner of Christina and Cromwell were the acoustic group Lambton MainStreet Players for the 2nd First Friday in a row.  They certainly do add a festive air to the monthly event by singing familiar songs old and new along with a few show tunes.  These young ladies talent for harmony is amazing not to mention how well they sing individually.

If you missed them here, watch for them at other Lambton country area events during August.  They are well worth hearing.

Inside Cheeky Monkey were two songstresses sharing the Red Carpet Stage.  16 year old Erin Innes was making her First Friday debut.  We feel very honoured and proud to be able to say you heard her here first.   We have lived across the street from Erin since we moved our home to Sarnia 9 years ago and had no idea how well she could sing.  She performed several songs solo while playing her acoustic guitar including her version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.  Part of the 2 hour show was as a duo with Kesenia Parent.  This was a bitter sweet evening with Kesenia.  She has played many times here and at other First Friday venues and have watched her mature into a wonderful performer with a strong, sweet voice and excellent stage presence.  This night marked her last First Friday since she will be leaving the city to head off to Laurier University to study music composition and theory.  If we are all lucky, we may get to hear her again when she comes home for holiday.

We wish you all the best Kesenia – we know you will be successful at whatever path you take.

The art exhibit and sale on the Gallery Walls is by Billy Benson.  He is a young man with an incrediable life story and a spirit to be admired.  Billy is confined to a wheel chair due to Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.  The last remaining muscles he has are in his hands.

Billy gained a love for art after attending a summer art program at Gallery Lambton. Today, he enjoys making arts and crafts and finds painting to be a great form of relaxation. His art is eclectic. Mediums include paints, cyanotype printing, plaster masks, melted crayons and more.

You can view Billy’s work at Cheeky Monkey until the end of August.

For more photos from this evening, go to and click on  PHOTO GALLERY



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