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Friday, February 17, 2017 News... Announcing two new House Concerts in the Turret Room: David J. Nichols "The Power of Melody" Piano Recital Friday, February 24th, 7 - 9 p.m. This will be primarily a classical music program featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin.  David will also perform two of his own compositions for piano and a new work entitled "In Pi."  David has a Masters Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Toronto and also received his A.R.C.T. in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.  David taught music at Northern Collegiate in Sarnia and Lambton Central Collegiate in Petrolia for thirty years, during which time he continued his compositional interests.  David’s music has been played in Toronto, Darmstadt, Vancouver, Waterloo, Viet Nam, Sarnia, and on the CBC.  Currently he is the president of the Sarnia Concert Association and the Lambton County Music Festival and an associate ...

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The Show with David Burrows # 276

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The Show with David Burrows #...

Published on Feb 14, 2017 The Show with David Burrows #276 Opening Segment: Valentines Day event successful. The Entertainment Scene: A passion for singing and performer. Local resident Rob Rooke is following his dreams of being a crooner. In fact he is 'The Bass Crooner'. Rob talks about his passion for singing and his influence from his father growing up. In The Community: 'Catch The Ace' - A fun card game played every Thursday at Boston Pizza. The event is supporting The Inn of the Good Shepherd- Sarnia. Executive Director Myles Vanni explains how someone could potentially win up to $50,000. Closing Segment: Sarnia Sting Family Day Event. www.sarniasting.com What's new at www.tvsn.ca

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Trivia Q & A # 7 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 7 –...

Q.  This band had a hit in 1986 with "Love is Fire". It featured vocals by John Oates of Hall & Oates. What was the name of the band? A.  The Parachute Club was a Canadian band formed in Toronto in 1982. They released three top 40 hits in Canada between 1983 and 1987, including "Rise Up",""At the Feet of the Moon" and "Love Is Fire" (which featured guest duet vocals from John Oates). The band was well known for being one of the first mainstream pop acts in Canada to integrate world music influences, particularly Caribbean styles such as reggae and soca, into their sound. In 1998, the Parachute Club song "Rise Up" was licensed by EMI Music Canada to McCain Foods Limited for a television commercial for self-rising pizza dough. Members of Parachute Club publicly opposed this commercial use of the song. In a news release issued at the commencement ...

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Call for submissions -8th Annual Writing Contest -Alzheimer...

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‘CELEBRATING MEMORY’ 8th Annual Writing Contest All writers are invited to submit a letter, poem, or short story that the photograph (on the ASL website) inspires them to write about celebrating memory, to the ‘CELEBRATING MEMORY’ Writing Contest. Draw on your imagination or facts to sharing your most-treasured memories. The letter, poem or short story is intended to be a celebration of the gift of memory and does not have to be specific to dementia; fiction or nonfiction – just what the photograph inspires you to write (see the Alzheimer Society website for the photograph and contest rules). The objective of the contest is to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, during January Alzheimer awareness month. Submissions from 18 years and older must be accompanied by a $20.00 entry fee, and be considered a donation to the local chapter. Donations of greater value are welcome but will not affect the outcome of the competition. Submissions from 17 years and younger are free. This year’s ...

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RECORD STORE DAY 2017

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RECORD STORE DAY 2017

Mark the date...  RECORD STORE DAY 2017 - Saturday April 22nd From RSD organizers... OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY 2017 AMBASSADOR ANNOUNCED ST. VINCENT ICONOCLASTIC GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST LEADS RSD’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR! FOR A SPECIAL KICK OFF STARRING THE ARTIST HERSELF VISIT: WWW.FUNNYORDIE.COM RECORD STORE DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND 2017 In 2009, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal created it. Since then, the title of Record Store Day Ambassador has been held by Homme, Ozzy, Iggy, Grohl, Jack, Chuck and Metallica. For 2017, RSD’s 10th Anniversary year, the honor goes to St. Vincent. Says the artist, "It is with deep honor and humility that I accept this ambassadorship. Rest assured I do not take my duties lightly." St. Vincent has spent the better part of the past decade forging a customized path to legendary status herself including a steady incline of hyper-critically acclaimed solo efforts, one of which, her eponymously titled LP St. Vincent, commanded a 2014 Grammy win for ...

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Musicians Band Together for Longest Performance EVER to...

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Musicians Band Together for...

M.A. NOTE - Local connection to this story is ArtsCan Circle that is mentioned beLOW was founded by Sarnia's own virtuoso of the harmonica, Mike Stevens. ArtsCan Circle is a registered charity dedicated to linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada with the hope to encourage self-esteem amongst Indigenous youth in isolated communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts. CLICK HERE for ArtsCan Circle website Published on February 2nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross Musicians Band Together for Longest Performance EVER to Benefit Gord Downie Cancer Fund Ever since news broke of Gord Downie’s incurable brain cancer broke last May, individuals and organizations across the country have spent thousands of hours on charitable good works to raise money for brain cancer research. This is another one of those stories. Kevin Kerr, who runs a company called Epidemic Music Group, came up with a fundraiser. What if he and his people ...

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The Show with David Burrows #275

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Published on Feb 7, 2017 The Show with David Burrows #275 Opening Segment: Sarnia Sting recap & The Home Depot event. The Entertainment Scene: A local rock group Round House has been playing there passion for Classic Rock! These 4 young adults have been rockin' hard from the start and are ready to rock you socks off. Members of the band talk about why they love the music they play. The band also shares details of a special 'all ages' event at Shakers Lounge in Petrolia. In The Community: For sure you have heard of 411 and 911, but do you know what 211 is? Norm Lamoureux a recipient of the Mayor's Honour list talks about the information hotline. Norm also discusses the importance of the service and the upcoming 211 day. www.211ontario.ca Closing Segment: A special benefit at The Station Music Hall for Wilma Timmers. Watch more at www.tvsn.ca

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES @ Judith & Norman ALIX Art...

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TNT Fusion - Coil Me Crazy (Clay) February 22, 23 | 4:00pm-6:00pm Come roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with clay. Create your own unique coil creation while learning the secrets of clay. Instructor: Stef Smalls Ages: 9-13 Cost: FREE but give what you can Register today! Contact Ann Helps at ann.helps@county-lambton.on.ca or 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or Aruba Mahmud (IYEP) at aruba.mahmud@county-lambton.on.ca or 519-344-2062 ext. 2166 to book your spot. D.I. Wine - Furniture Glow Up Thursday, March 23 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm Take an old chair or end table (provided by the Gallery) and breathe new life into it. Our instructor will give you the tools and knowledge needed to transform your piece of drab furniture into the focal point of your home. Instructor - Carol Drope After 15 years owning and operating Creekside Picture Framing Company in Petrolia, Carol Drope retired but continues to do several art projects. Currently, she has started a natural soy candle ...

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February 2017 First Friday reviews by Brian Hay

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February 2017 First Friday...

Editor's note-- Thank you to Brian Hay for writing the review below regarding Cheeky Monkey's February First Friday event.  To see more photos of Evan Dawe & John Pilat CLICK HERE. That same night, the band Roundhouse was playing at the Trinity Lounge and he has reviewed them as well.  They are the band playing during March 3rd First Friday at Cheeky Monkey.  CLICK HERE for details. Sarnia’s First Friday, February 3, 2017: evan.john at the Cheeky Monkey and The The Rapids with Round House at the Trinity Lounge — Young Musicians Bringing the Excitement Back to Music by Brian Hay This is no small thing. I didn’t see it but have read that the Superbowl halftime show was polished but lacking in excitement and surprises. Recently a high profile event featured a big surprise but having the singer stop while the music continued with the vocals wasn’t one anybody involved wanted. The ...

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Trivia Q & A # 6 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 6 –...

Q. What Canadian singer had a 1977 hit that got him on the "Mike Douglas" and "Merv Griffin" shows to sing the number. It's a song that Tina Turner recorded for her 1978 album, "Rough". A. Daniel Grafton "Dan" Hill IV (born 3 June 1954) is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter. He had two major international hits with his songs "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Can't We Try", a duet with Vonda Shepard, as well as a number of other charting singles in Canada and the United States. Hill was born in Toronto, the son of social scientist and public servant Daniel G. Hill, and brother of the author Lawrence Hill and the late novelist Karen Hill. He studied guitar in his teens, leaving high school at 17 to work as songwriter for RCA. At one point he was working for the Ontario provincial government, delivering office supplies, while performing at the ...

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