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Jim Chevalier & Friends Heat up May First Friday

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Jim Chevalier & Friends...

The air may have had a slight chill to it outside during the May 4th, 2012 First Friday, but the atmosphere was hot inside Cheeky Monkey thanks to Jim Chevalier, special guest Dave Miner along with the art of Adam Miner and Wendy Starr. Jim is always a true pleasure to hear perform but adding in Dave's guitar work and harmonies made the night's music even sweeter.  Going one step further, Adam Miner joined in with his guitar and vocals on a fab version of The Stones 'Wild Horses.' Adam's paintings also added to the heat of the night.  We at Cheeky Monkey were thrilled to host THE first public showing  of Adam's vibrant Neo expressionist styled art.  Not many of us knew that Adam even painted.  We thought his talent was in the music field as a writer, performer and producer.  His approach to painting is polar opposite to the way he ...

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Stopping In While Going From Point A to B

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Stopping In While Going From...

Kevin Morningstar of Edmonton, Alberta and Josh Hughes of Ottawa, Ontario wandered into Cheeky Monkey while on a stop over for lunch.  They are 2 of the members of the Pacific Life Bible College on a 6 week tour performing song and dance in both the U.S. and Canada.  Sarnia was their stop between coming from Fort Wayne Indiana and going to Toronto for the Four Square Churches of Canada Conference.  From there they head to New York, Boston and the Maritime provinces. As the young men were looking around, we overheard one of them say "I've found heaven".   Which made us smile since we know he meant music store heaven - a very special and rare place. Just as this blog was being typed up and photo editing done, Kevin and Josh came back in with the whole gang of performers!  They wanted them to see what a real record store looks ...

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Cheeky Charlie Meets Long Lost Relative

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Cheeky Charlie Meets Long Lost...

Cheeky Charlie has many friends and relatives residing with him at Cheeky Monkey but none as big as Otto.  The Race to Erase mascot is a BIG gorilla that dwarfs little Cheeky Charlie.  Despite the size difference they are kin and enjoyed a nice visit together.  CC took time to show Otto around the store and encouraged him to do some shopping while here. The reason Otto dropped by, besides meeting Cheeky Charlie, was to see where the Race had been before.  Several years ago, Cheeky Monkey was on of the check in spots for the annual event.  Who knows, maybe it will be again this year. For those of you not familar with Race to Erase it is an annual fundraiser involving teams of four adults traveling through Lambton County by car and competing in fun-filled events along the way.  These events are designed to be not only be entertaining, but ...

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Red Solo WINE Cup as Fundraiser

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Red Solo WINE Cup as...

Good friend, Carol Goodwin, was just in to introduce us to Cathie Blake. Cathie is VERY involved with the Celebration of Lights and has come up with an interesting, unique fundraising idea. Many of you may not know, but Celebration of Lights relies heavily on donations and volunteers to create the magical setting down on the river front each winter. To raise funds to use towards not just more decorations, but to maintain what is already there, some of the hard working volunteers from the Celebration of Lights group will be here, at Cheeky Monkey for the May 4th First Friday selling RED SOLO WINE CUPS. For just $5.00 you can own one of the most interesting wine glasses I have ever seen and help to beautify the waterfront for Sarnia residents and help create a tourist attraction.

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Enjoying Art at An Event Apart

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Enjoying Art at An Event Apart

Paintings large and small, pottery, photography, wood turnings, basketry, fabric sculpting can all be found on display and for sale at An Event Apart at the Holiday Inn this weekend. Roland and I had the pleasure of attending the Opening Gala last night (Friday April 27) where we strolled among the beautiful displays of art and chatted with several of the artists on hand. No matter what your taste or budget, there is something for everyone. I personally was very drawn to the glass work, jewelry and bird carving, especially of chickadees. We had an enjoyable visit with photographer Leonard Segall who explained not just techniques used, but told us the fascinating stories behind the photos he chose for this show and sale. An Event Apaprt runs until Sunday afternoon and is a fundraising project for St. Joseph's Hospice. This is a chance to find unique, local and international talent artwork for ...

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5th Annual Record Store Day a HUGE Success

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5th Annual Record Store Day a...

WOW!!!  What a wonderful day Record Store Day was at Cheeky Monkey! The day started very early for us.  We along with friends Ross & Laurissa, made sure the table of snacks was ready along with the table of draw items and the wall of exclusive releases. When it came time to open the store at 9:30 a.m., we found there was a line up patiently waiting to be the firsts to scoop up some of the exlusive releases we got in and take advantage of the NO TAX sale.  Cheeky Charlie was at the door to greet one and all. We were thrilled that we we able to get so many of the exclusive releases this year.  Since they are VERY limited, we do not know until they are delivered exactly what we will get in from the 100's of titles we order.  Makes it feel sort of like Christmas morning. Marty Oblak ...

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2012 RECORD STORE DAY Updates

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2012 RECORD STORE DAY Updates

    April 20th UPDATE... Look at that counter!!  Can you beleive RSD is one more sleep away!  Bought a whole whack of snacks for the 'refreshment table'.  All Cheeky Charlie's favourite foods - and none of them health.  Isn't that what a party is about - fun, music and junk food?! Tell you friends to sign up thru this website for our newsletter if they want to get the SPECIAL EDITION delivered tonight announcing our DEALS and EXCLUSIVE items we will have for sale. April 18th UPDATE... Lots to report today!!! The excitement is mounting!!!! First off, got a box of sampler CD's from Mint Records to use as part of our giveaways. Thank you Mint Records! Second - added another item to the draws thanks to Michele at Select  and she sent a bundle of posters to use as giveaways too. Here is the complete list of draw items... ...MARK LANEGAN test press LP … ALBUMS: Stories Behind 50 ...

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ArtWalk 2012 Performers

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ArtWalk 2012 Performers

PERFORMERS Saturday Night Ticketed Show at Main Stage Hawksley Workman Tickets available beginning April 1. Concert to be held at Artwalk Mainstage in Scotiabank Parking Lot at 8pm on June 2nd. Rah Rah Tickets available beginning April 1. Concert to be held at Artwalk Mainstage in Scotiabank Parking Lot at 8pm on June 2nd. Friday Night Free Show at Main Stage Great Owls 8pm Running Red Lights 9pm Saturday Main Stage Slakadeliqs 1pm Sarah Smith 2pm Lake Effect 3pm Friendlyness & the Human Rights 4pm DJ Carl Emery Saturday George St. Stage  When Systems Collide 12pm  Ezio / Phil 1pm  Mike Blackmore and the Ladiesmen 2pm  Jim Chevalier 3pm  Steadfast 4pm Marinol Nation 5pm Sunday Main Stage What Odds (Celidh)12pm Evening Hymns 1pm Sunparlour Players 2pm Dave Russell & the Precious Souls 3pm Soul Patch 4pm DJ Franck Nowak  Sunday George St. Stage Songwriter's Circle 12pmHosted by: Nic SwalesFeaturing: Frank Deresti from Lake Effect Kevin Howley & Scarlett Flynn from Running Red Lights Dave Russell from Dave Russell and the Precious Stones Lunchbox Standard 1pm Kevin Barr / Zac Aitken 2pm Erica and Sarah / Kurt Oblak 3pm Kicking Souls 4pm

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Cheeky Charlie Learns About Love & Relationships…

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Cheeky Charlie Learns About...

On Saturday April 14th, Cheeky Charlie attended the play I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE! at The Imperial Theatre presented by Theatre Sarnia, directed by Mike Czechowicz. The official synopsis is... This musical explores the trials and tribulations of being single, dating, marriage, loss and heartbreak. In doing so, it takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship." It explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while revealing the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car, and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. The musical pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, and to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance.  Everyone can relate to this funny, mature look at relationships…you’ll leave the show thinking, “Were they talking about me?” When it says "everyone can relate" it is very true. ...

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April 2012 First Friday Good Time Had By All

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April 2012 First Friday Good...

It was a full house at Cheeky Monkey for the April 13th First Friday.  I know, the 13th was the SECOND Friday.  Good Friday fell on the FIRST Friday, and since stores etc can not be open that day, it was pushed back a week.  This happens everytime a stat holiday happens on a First Friday evening.  Sometimes it causes some confusion and the crowds are light.  Not for this month's event.  The weather was perfect and the streets, stores and galleries were filled with people! The band playing at Cheeky Monkey was Portrait of You.  This was the third time we've hosted them.  Exactly a year ago they played for the 2011 April First Friday (new tradition guys - let's book it now) and they played on the sidewalk outside the store in the summer when Bayfest organized an artist fair in the downtown to coincide with their rock weekend ...

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