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Trivia # 17 – 2017

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Trivia # 17 – 2017

Q. There's no arguing that this band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada's most successful. Formed in 1969, the group can brag about releasing forty albums, as well as thirty-four singles. With lead singer Myles Goodwyn singing popular hits such as "Ooowatanite" and "The Whole World's Goin' Crazy", which famous "springtime band" would this be? A. The hint "springtime band" was referring to 'April' Wine.  They began in late 1969 in Waverley, Nova Scotia (a suburb of Halifax).   The band's name was chosen simply because members thought the two words sounded good together. The original members were brothers David Henman on guitar and Ritchie Henman on drums. Their cousin Jim Henman joined in on bass and Myles Goodwyn completed the sound on lead vocals and guitar. In early 1970 the band relocated to Montreal.  Shortly after arriving in their new home the band was signed by Aquarius Records.   They recorded and released their ...

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The Show with David Burrows # 286

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The Show with David Burrows #...

Published on Apr 25, 2017 Opening Segment: Sarnia Sting draft pick reception. The Entertainment Scene: A positive rapper with a passion for his music. That is how local rapper Ian Linton aka IL feels about his music. IL and his friends are also putting on a concert at their school to raise funds for school activities. IL also talks about his new album that he is currently working on. In The Community: With the warm weather upon us, more bicycles are on the road. Proper safety and operation of a bicycle is important for everyone. Murray Finch of the Kiwanis Club of Forest Ontario, talks about the annual bike safety rodeo. Finch invites parents to bring their children out for a fun, interactive and informative event. Closing Segment: Sarnia Sings announces Eric Ethridge Evan & John return to Cheeky Monkey for First Friday. More local events and videos at www.tvsn.ca

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Trivia Q & A # 16 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 16 –...

Q. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is one of the most popular songs produced by "The Band", comprised by both Canadian and American artists. But, who did write the song's lyrics? A. Canadian Robbie Robertson. The song talks about the suffering of the Confederate soldiers and civilian=s at the last days of the American Civil War. It recounts several dramatic, at least from the Confederate point of view, events, such as the Siege of Petersburg, the evacuation of the capital of Richmond and the capture of President Jefferson Davis. Robertson wrote that, when he visited the ex-Confederate States, he often heard people saying "The South will rise again" and he was touched by it. Robertson stated that he had the music to the song in his head but at first had no idea what it was to be about. Then the concept came to him and he did research on ...

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

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  PD Day: Surprise! Friday, April 28 | 8:30am - 5:00pm Ages 7-10 Your child will spend their day in a creative environment with planned artistic activities, stories, and films. Themes for each PD Day are related to our current exhibitions, allowing children to explore the larger connections between their work and the art on display at the gallery. Join us at the gallery for a full day of creativity, influenced by our current exhibitions. You'll have an opportunity to make unique crafts to share with your friends and family. Drop off: between 8:30am – 9:00am Pick up: between 4:30pm – 5:00pm Cost per child: Members $65 | Non-Members $70 Please send your child with a nut-free lunch. To register, call 519-336-8127 ext. 3226 or email ann.helps@county-lambton.on.ca. Signposts & Traces: Ash Tree Memorial Trail Performance Performance at Canatara Park April  29 10:00am Join local artist, Mary Abma, and a community of poets, musicians, and storytellers as they come together to eulogize the Ash trees ...

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HOW WAS RECORD STORE DAY 2017?

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HOW WAS RECORD STORE DAY 2017?

Well, there are not enough descriptive words to express how great it was. Thanks to all the wonderful suppliers & customers, we beat last years records every which way.  The suppliers provided us, as best they could, with more interesting titles than ever and the crowds where here to buy them in bigger numbers than previous years.  Along with taking advantage of our 'We pay the tax' sale' we exceeded expectations by a long shot. The shopper that came the farthest distance we are aware of was from Cincinnati Ohio.  Drove through the night to get here and be at the front of the line outside after he was forwarded our e-newsletter on Friday after closing with the list of exclusives we got by a local friend.  Had a few people in from Michigan, Toronto and London as well. Part of the fun day was the  3 mystery packages with cryptic names ...

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HANDLING & CARE OF YOUR RECORDS + How records are made

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With the popularity of vinyl records on the increase, it's important to educate new converts to the format of the proper care and handling of their records. Records require a lot of special handling to insure that they last and stay in good condition. The following is a place to start. Hopefully as a record collector you want to keep your records in the best possible condition as possible. In order to do so, there are a few essential things to keep in mind. Cleaning the Vinyl It is very important to keep the vinyl record itself clean. Due to the vinyl record's tendency to easily build up static electrical charges, it becomes a virtual magnet for dust. It is recommended that you buy a brush for your records and use it on them every time before you play them and before you put them back in their covers to ensure they're not being ...

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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 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm come celebrate at Cheeky Monkey Thursday, April 20 UPDATE... Box of goodies for giveaways just arrived from Outside Music.  Collector stickers, postcards & posters. Wednesday, April 19 UPDATE... - 8:25 pm (yes well after closing time).  Record Store Day brings many first for everyone - including me.  For first time I can recall in our 35 + years of business, Roland asked me to help sticker product.  That is a sign of how much inventory is coming in for RSD.  Takes 2 of us to inventory and price everything.  Well not everything - much more still to come before Saturday. Monday, April 10 UPDATE... CLICK HERE for a listing of what exclusive releases there are for North America.  Several things to keep in mind... not all of these may be available in Canada ...we order virtually ...

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Last Record Store Documentary by Dwayne Cloes

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Last Record Store Documentary...

Over the months of August and September 2014 good friend,  talented musician, and now documentarian, Dwayne Cloes has been filming and editing a documentary about Cheeky Monkey - and us, Roland & I who are in essence - Cheeky Monkey. It was a very odd feeling to know someone felt we were worthy of a documentary.  Have to admit it was a lot of fun. So glad we agreed to it, especially once we saw the finished project. We realize that many customers do value what we do, but family and friends with business sense think we are nuts. Yup we are, we admit it. We think Dwayne has captured on film, why we do what we do.  We could not be happier or prouder of the end result.  Hope you enjoy it too. Thank you Dwayne MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 UPDATE... Have been contacted from the UK by Graham Jones creator ...

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The Show with David Burrows # 285

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Published on Apr 19, 2017 The Show with David Burrows #285 Opening Segment: Special Announcements The Entertainment Scene: The Harmonious Sounds of The Bluewater Chordsmen​. Chordsmen members David Crosbie​ and Robert Ian Crosbie​ talk about the upcoming performance with the chordsmen at Imperial Theatre, Sarnia ON.​ on April 30th. www.bluewaterchordsmen.com In The Community: It's time to ride a bike.Ride a BIG BIKE for the Heart & Stroke Foundation​. Cindy Winder​, representative for the local non-profit talks about the groups yearly signature event and how you can get involved. www.bigbike.ca Closing Segment: A special livestream of the draft reception and awards with the Sarnia Sting​ #gostinggo A new 'LIVE' show to launch on April 25th - #livewithdavid thx to our friends at #belivetv A very special shout out to Alfonso Leon Peterman​ More local events and shows at www.tvsn.ca

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Trivia Q & A # 15 – 2017

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Trivia Q & A # 15 –...

Q. What was Rush's first chart single? A. "Closer to the Heart" is a single by Rush, released in 1977, from the album A Farewell to Kings. It was the first Rush song to feature a non-member as a songwriter in Peter Talbot, a friend of drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. It was issued as a single for Christmas 1977 and was Rush's first hit single in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 36 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1978. "Closer to the Heart" was one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010. The song's title was used for an episode of Trailer Park Boys, in which Alex Lifeson appears as himself. At the end of the episode, Lifeson and Bubbles (Mike Smith) play the song together. In 2005, Rush performed the song with Smith (in character as Bubbles) and Ed Robertson ...

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