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 to the release on CD of Jim’s words and music. Keep an eye on the MUSIC BAZAAR on the Cheeky Monkey website for it’s release.
Jim not only is good at musicianship, he is also skilled at connecting with the audience. His song that required help in the chorus by singing along to “aroof” is proof of that. Everyone had fun joining in.
After his 2 hour performance, Jim was introduced to our store mascot, Cheeky Charlie or as Jim called him Cheeky Chuck. The two of them hit it off immediately. Cheeky Charlie asked Jim how he got so good at what he does. Jim of course told him it takes PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE and a good teacher. Jim is one of those teachers. Just ask one of the many people in the audience who have taken lessons over the years from Jim. He still gives lessons to both beginners and those who already know their way around the fret board. If you or someone you know is interested in talking to him about lessons, you can reach Jim at 226-932-9242
The art exhibit for the January First Friday is something very different for the Cheeky Monkey Gallery Walls. The Sarnia Heritage Committee has put up a portion of the photos they have amassed over the years of Sarnia as it used to be. Cheeky Charlie found it all very fascinating to see the beautiful architecture of days gone by. Some of the business buildings and homes are still in the downtown, but sadly many have been demolished in the name of progress. Some have part of the original look, but have been modified a bit. It is a lot of fun to look at the photos and see what buildings like the new home for the Gallery used to be. Did you know that before it was Saks of Sarnia, it was the Dominion Bank? Or that the Taylor’s Furniture building (now Trenz Furniture) had a glass block 2nd storey store front? Or there used to be trolley cars, a big dance hall and that Front Street used to be the main street not Christina?
Cheeky Charlie loves learning all this history about his adopted city. Even if you are not a history buff, you will learn lots about the area from this fabulous exhibit that will be on display at Cheeky Monkey until January 28th.
To view more photos of this event, scroll up to the top of this page and click on PHOTO GALLERY.