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2012 Academy Award Canadian Connections

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2012 Academy Award Canadian...

Christopher Plummer became only the third octogenarian ever to win an Academy Award for acting. At 82 years and 75 days, he replaces George Burns (The Sunshine Boys, 80 years and 69 days) as the oldest male acting winner at the Oscars, and Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy, 80 years and 292 days) as the oldest ever acting winner outright. In his acceptance speech, Plummer joked about his age. Looking at his Oscar statuette, he said: "You’re only two years older than me darling, where have you been all of my life?” He was almost right – the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in May 1929, six months before Plummer was born. Plummer also thanked his fellow nominees, Beginners co-stars, and his wife, who he said "deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life". During a career spanning over five decades, the Canadian actor has appeared in many film, ...

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Erika & Sara Singing on a Saturday

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For three hours on the afternoon of Saturday, February 25, young singer-songwriters Erika and Sara performed on the Red Carpet Stage at Cheeky Monkey. Before the audience got too big, they spent a few minutes with Cheeky Charlie letting him sing along on a song with them. Their song selections range greatly with something to please every age group.  From Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison' to several covers from Adele's most recent album and the hit from Foster The People.  Erika's sweet emotion filled voice accompanied by Sara's skill on the acoustic guitar were especially pleasing on their version of The Beatles 'Let It Be'. At the start of their second set, Erika took a little longer break from singing while Sara played several songs solo on her guitar really showcasing her skills. Along with the many covers versions they made there own, were mixed a selection of some of their original songs. These ladies, are ...

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Having Hope at Home – Review

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Having Hope at Home –...

Cheeky Charlie, Roland and I were all set to go to the Imperial Theatre to see the current play HAVING HOPE AT HOME presented by Theatre Sarnia.  Unfortunately, I was not feeling well, so we decided not to go.  BUT thanks to  good friend, Barb Toye who did go, we have a review for you.  From the sounds of it, we missed an excellent play and performance.   The play runs until Feb. 25th. Having Hope at Home - Reviewed by Barb Toye The excellent interior set was evocative of a semi-shabby rural farmhouse under refurbishment, with a cozy bedroom to the left, kitchen at the back, dining table mid-stage right and loveseat in foreground. A jazzy classical guitar piece was played during the opening speeches which unfortunately overrode some of the dialogue a bit. Periodically through the play snippets of McGarrigle Sisters songs were heard, in reference to the leading man's ...

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TONY DOWSWELL LAUNCHES FRIUTS OF YOUR LABOUR

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TONY DOWSWELL LAUNCHES FRIUTS...

February 17 was the night and DNA studios was the place that Tony Dowswell launched his latest album, The Fruits Of Your Labour and Cheeky Charlie was right there in the thick of it. With tracks from the recording  playing in the background (Tony would have played but was still nursing an injury), well wishers, industry types and participants were all on hand. The Fruits Of Your Labour is available now at Cheeky Monkey or or on-line HERE where you can here some samples.  

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day

May each of you have someone to dedicate this song to... Tom Waits - Little Trip To Heaven on CD Closing Time Little trip to heaven on the wings of your love Banana moon is shining in the sky I feel like I'm in heaven when your with me I know that I'm in heaven when you smile Though were stuck here on the ground I got something that I've found, and it's you I don't need to take no trip to outer space All I have to do is look in your face And before I know it I'm in orbit around you Thanking my lucky stars that I found you When I see your constellation, your my inspiration And it's you Your my North Star when I'm lost and feeling blue Your my sun that's breaking through, it's true And all the other stars seem dim around you I thank my lucky stars that I found you When I see your smilin face I know nothing' gonna ...

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Canadians at the 2012 Grammy Awards

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Canadians at the 2012 Grammy...

Best Moment of Can-Con While there were some charming shots of Ottawa singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards during boyfriend Bon Iver's acceptance speech -- and Vancouver's Diana Krall joined Paul McCartney for his Grammy performance -- the most jaw-dropping appearance by a Canadian came courtesy deadmau5, the Ontario DJ and Grammy nominee who joined (then upstaged) Foo Fighters late in the broadcast. Deadmau5 scored a Grammy nod for his remix of the Foos' "Rope," and a visceral performance of that track closed the show's first ever tribute to EDM. By the end of the performance, Dave Grohl was in the crowd. Now, if only someone had thought to pass him a pair of ears. - Courtesy of  Dose.ca Some of the Canadians up for prizes at Sunday’s 54th  Grammy Awards: Drake (3): The Toronto was up for best rap performance for his Nicki Minaj collaboration “Moment 4 Life,” and has two more noms in the best rap/sung ...

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February 2012 First Friday

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February 2012 First Friday

The February First Friday lived up to the hype when Natural Disasters came to shake the rafters at Cheeky Monkey. The 5 piece band kept the capacity crowd entertained with classic rock that included a heavy dose of CAN-CON. The repertoire ranged from The Guess Who, 54-40 and Tragically Hip to name just a few. The band and audience were there for a good time and no-one left disappointed. Adorning the walls of Cheeky Monkey, is the photographic art work of Pierre Houle. It is easy to see why he was the 2011 Grand Prize winner of the Sarnia Photographic Club's annual Photo Contest. His keen eye and interesting editing techniques make his work truly intriguing. Pierre's exhibit continues until February 25. All items included framed, enlarged photos, matted photos and cards with envelopes in various sizes are available to purchase. Thanks to Pierre for the photographs taken during the evening.  To see more, ...

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MATT ANDERSEN UPDATE

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MATT ANDERSEN UPDATE

MATT ANDERSEN’S INTERNATIONAL PUSH KEEPS MOVING FORWARD Canadian artist set to tour UK, Ireland and Holland in February and March. John Lee Hooker said it years ago: “It’s too late to quit now!” For guitarist singer and songwriter Matt Andersen, it’s not too late — but he’s pushing hard to build an international career, and it’s falling into place. Now — while he’s currently touring the interior of British Columbia on a seven-date sold-out tour — he’s preparing for a two-month trip to Europe, where he has nine concerts in Holland, and no less than 17 in England, Ireland and Scotland. The tour starts in Holland on February 24, and ends March 29 in the UK. After touring Australia — including seven days at the massive Woodford Folk Festival north of Brisbane over the Christmas-New Year’s period — he was one of the handfull of acoustic performers on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in ...

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Iggy Pop the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2012

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Iggy Pop has been named ambassador for Record Store Day 2012. The annual event, this year falling on April 21, is used to publicize and drive business to independent record stores who continue the fight against internet sales. Pop said of his new "position:" A person should have a personality. You won't get one dicking around on a computer. It helps to go somewhere where there are other persons. Persons who are interested in something you are. That's how a record store or any shop that's got some life to it should work. It's not about selling shit. I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years. In the 50s and 60s the teen kids used to gather after school at these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the beat. You could buy the ...

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Cheeky Monkey Exclusive Giveaway of Mark Lanegan vinyl

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Cheeky Monkey Exclusive...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST 5 MARK LANEGAN FANS WHO PRE-ORDERED THEIR COPY OF HIS NEW CD 'BLUES FUNERAL'.   Your exclusive coloured 7" single is waiting for you along with your CD or LP!! For those fans who were not in the first 5 to pre-order - don't despair.  We also have a coloured test pressing on LP that will be one of the many items in our annual Record Store Day draws!! An offer that has Cheeky Charlie very excited!!! Effective immediatly, Cheeky Monkey is taking pre-orders for the upcoming Feb. 7th new release by MARK LANEGAN called 'Blues Funeral' on CD or LP.  The first 5 customers to pre-order this release will receive a Limited Edition autographed 7" coloured vinyl.  This offer is exclusive in Sarnia to Cheeky Monkey only!!!   A bit about Mark Lanegan... Blues Funeral is the new Mark Lanegan Band record, the first since 2004’s Bubblegum. It was recorded ...

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