Rants, reviews, event information and more. You'll find it all right here.

Latest Blog

First Impressions of Alix Art Gallery

Posted in: Art, Friends & Neighbours, News | 1 Comment

First Impressions of Alix Art...

Wednesday October 3, 2012 Roland and I had the pleasure of being two of the many downtown merchants and First Friday participants invited to a "sneak peek" at the new Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. I should state for the record, the opinions given here are mine and mine alone. From talking to customers in the store and reading on-line blogs, I realize not everyone is excited by the new gallery. My view on that is that we (citizens of Sarnia) own some amazing pieces of art that deserve to be seen by everyone. For those not familiar with how we got this art collection, let me give you the thumbnail version of the Gallery's history. During WWI, yes World War I, a group of women raised money to help the war effort. When the war was over, they had money left and formed the Sarnia Women's Conservation Art Association (SWCAA). ...

More

The Show with David Burrows Eps. 48 feat. Local Talent Event...

Posted in: Local Talent, THE SHOW with David Burrows | No Comments

The Show with David Burrows...

Footage from The Imperial Theatre with Jim Chevalier, Soul Patch & Scott Manery & The Barnburners, A special interview with local fans! Do you believe in GHOSTS. Find out more as we talk about "The Ghost's of Sarnia" The latest music video from "The Jim Chevalier Recording Project" Start All Over Again! RING GIRLS wanted for The Score Fighting Series coming to Sarnia at the RBC Centre! The Cheeky Monkey weekend update & more! Special Mentions to: Ian Alexander, Adam Miner & more! Subscribe to THE SHOW's  NEW email newsletter by going to... http://www.davidburrows.ws/ STAY TUBED! www.davidburrows.ws www.cheekymonkeysarnia.ca www.ghostsofsarnia.com www.rbccentresarnia.com www.scorefighting.com www.thelazyduck.com

More

AWESOME LOCAL TALENT SHOW @ IMPERIAL

Posted in: Concerts & Events, Friends & Neighbours, Local Talent, News | 1 Comment

AWESOME LOCAL TALENT SHOW @...

The phase "a good time was had by all" has never been so appropriate as when talking about the Local Talent Showcase we sponsored at the Imperial Theatre Friday September 28th. The last minute Master of Ceremonies for the evening was David Burrows of THE SHOW and karaoke fame. He manged to catch Roland & I off guard by asking us to come up on the stage. Having NEVER been in front of a microphone before in my life, I nervously let everyone know they were in for a great night. David was much more comfortable on stage and did a fabulous job of introducing the acts. The night of music started with a too short set of acoustic songs from Jim Chevalier. Between the songs we heard the stories that inspired the lyrics. Jim's songs come straight from the heart and are very personal, yet everyone can relate to them. His ...

More

THE SHOW w David Burrows Eps. 47 feat WHEN SYSTEMS COLLIDE

Posted in: News, THE SHOW with David Burrows | No Comments

THE SHOW w David Burrows Eps....

A fun 2 part interview with local group "When Systems Collide" Also an interview with "Floyd Factor" Canada's premiere tribute to "Pink Floyd" A chance to win a pair of tix to see Jim Chevalier, Soul Patch & Scott Manery & The Barburners LIVE at The Imperial Theatre Sarnia on Sept 28th More about The Score Fighting Series coming to The RBC Centre Sarnia October 19th. And of course the Cheeky Monkey weekend update! Stay TUBED! www.davidburrows.ws

More

World Art Games Sarnia Connection

Posted in: Art, Friends & Neighbours, Local Talent, News | No Comments

World Art Games Sarnia...

World Art Games - the Olympics of artists!  Who knew such a thing existed.  We sure didn't until recently when Valerie MacGregor-Rempel stopped into the store looking for a non-traditional version of 'Oh Canada' anthem.  She needed it to bring with her to Turkey for the international conference leading up to WAG.  Valerie has been chosen to head the National Committee representing Canada for this exciting  world event. Sadly, we did not have a suitable version in stock BUT we had her listen on line to our favourite version of Oh Canada by the band Daylight for Deadeyes (who have played in-store and are regulars at Paddy Flaherty's).  Valerie loved it and felt it was PERFECT.  It does not appear on any of their CD's (which we do have in stock), so I fired off an email to Chris Gormley of the band, who replied almost immediately that he was happy ...

More

DANNY MICHEL – BLACK BIRDS ARE DANCING OVER ME

Posted in: Music Guide, What's New | No Comments

DANNY MICHEL – BLACK...

Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me is Danny Michel’s 10th album, and first on a label in almost five years. The lyrically poignant, Juno nominated singer-songwriter‟s new album is a gem, and brings Michel and his committed audience to Six Shooter Records. Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me dives into the waves of Belize‟s musical deep, featuring Mayan guitar, turtle shells, donkey jaw-bone and traditional Garifuna segunda and primero drums. Michel cultivates lush rhythms and sounds as the perfect backdrop for his buoyantly eloquent songwriting style. To make the record, Danny relocated from Ontario to the foot of the Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Benque Viejo del Carmen to work with pioneering producer Ivan Duran at Stonetree Records, a label/studio that has been instrumental in bringing the Belizean sound to the world. There he teamed up with members of the Garifuna Collective to form The Benque Players. The album came together unlike any ...

More

THE SHOW w. David Burrows Eps. 46 feat. SOUL PATCH

Posted in: Local Talent, News, THE SHOW with David Burrows | No Comments

THE SHOW w. David Burrows Eps....

An EXCLUSIVE 2 part interview with local musicians "SOUL PATCH" talk to us about their music and upcoming perfromance at The Imperial Theatre with Jim Chevalier, along with Scott Manery & The Barnburners Sept 28th Special Mentions to Tim McGraw Tribute by Allen Scott Floyd Factor at The Stubborn Mule PowerHouse at Lizards Bar Before The Damned Kevin Thorne AMAZING CD Compilation & more Of course as always the Cheeky Monkey weekend update! Stay TUBED! www.davidburrows.ws

More

THE SHOW w. David Burrows Eps. 45 – Mat Gauthier &...

Posted in: Concerts & Events, Local Talent, News, THE SHOW with David Burrows | No Comments

THE SHOW w. David Burrows Eps....

An exclusive 2 part interview with Mathew Gauthier, Jeff Benson, & Bill Rankin from "RETROSPECT" These guys are INCREDIBLE, PHENOMENAL. See the interview and Exclusive footage from their performance at The Stubborn Mule from August 25th. Also special STUBBORN MULE announcements. More on The Score Fighting Series returning to Sarnia. The Imperial Theatre Sarnia welcomes Tim McGraw Tribute act. Special mentions also to Bobnoxious, Floyd Factor, David Wilcox, See Spot Run & more! Of course the Cheeky Monkey weekend update! Special mentions to www.lambtonshield.com Joe Burd & Kerry M Belliveau Barnburners and lots more.Also Special Mention to John Fraser & Woodrow James & Chris Horodecki Special mention to Jim Chevalier, Soul Patch & Scott Manery & The Barnburners Stay TUBED! www.davidburrows.ws www.cheekymonkeysarnia.ca

More

Wall to Wall Weekend Music

Posted in: ADVENTURES OF CHEEKY CHARLIE, Art, Concerts & Events, First Friday, Local Talent, News | No Comments

Wall to Wall Weekend Music

The weekend started out on the right note during the September First Friday.  Young singer and songwriter Elena Feick played all original songs she composed as the First Friday crowds moved around the room looking at the artwork of Jale Fancey. Elena's songs, though sung softly, carry much emotion and meaning in them.  Somewhat like the art of Jale.  All pieces are photographs she took that have been enlarged and printed onto stretched canvas.  Her favourite subject matter of nature are similtaniously calming and exciting to look at.  Also as part of her exhibit that is on display until the end of September, there are smaller matted versions and greeting cards for sale.  My personal picks are a group displayed together with fall colours.  Very timely indeed.  My other favourite is a close up of an intensly red Chrysanthemum.  It literally pops from the canvas. Following the First Friday comes Saturday of ...

More

THE SHOW w. David Burrows Eps. 44 feat. MMA

Posted in: Concerts & Events, Local Talent, THE SHOW with David Burrows | No Comments

THE SHOW w. David Burrows Eps....

Footage from the Labour Day Parade in Sarnia. An EXCLUSIVE interview with Woodrow James from Avant Guard Productions talks to us about the MMA and Score Fighting series returning to the RBC Centre on October 19th. Tix go on sale Saturday Sept. 8th. Sarnia Greekfest Chairman Bill Athanasopoulos talks to us about the Sarnia Greekfest to take place Saturday Sept 8th & 9th The new video from "HELIX" "All I Want For Christmas Is The Leafs To Win The Cup!" More about Karaoke at The Hard Oilers Sports Bar in Petrolia. Special Mention to singing impressionist Mat Gauthier. Of course the Cheeky Monkey weekend update & more. Watch it all later today! Stay Tubed! www.davidburrows.ws www.cheekymonkeysarnia.ca

More