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Cheeky Charlie meets Lickpenny Loafer

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Cheeky Charlie meets Lickpenny...

On Friday Sept. 16, Cheeky Charlie spent a pleasant evening enjoying a cold pint and listening to the Toronto band Lickpenny Loafer at Paddy Flaherty's. He had read about this band from the event calendar on the Cheeky Monkey website and thought they sounded interesting.  A phone call from lead singer Arunachal with a personal invitation to come to Paddy's in the hope of meeting was hard to resist.  After the band's first set, Cheeky Charlie decided to be bold and introduced himself in person. Not only is the band extremely talented musically, but Cheeky Charlie wondered if Arunachal was a scholor or doctor of psychology. He had great insight into the current music fan and musicians which made for a very interesting conversation that was cut short when the next set had to start up.  Time does slip away when you are enjoying yourself. To his surprise (and slight embarrassment), ...

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Cheeky Charlie @ Orange Fury CD Release

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Cheeky Charlie @ Orange Fury...

Friends and family of Travis Sitter, who passed away recently in a tragic car accident, gathered together at Cheeky Monkey to celebrate his life in music on Tuesday Sept. 13.  The 3 piece band was a revolving door of friends jamming together.  While Kurtis Nelson, Ian Alexander and Mark Tetreault played, Cheeky Charlie sat in on drums - literally!  Also on this day is the release of ORANGE FURY.  A CD of Travis' music.  The sale of it includes a 2nd CD of Princess, Travis's work he recorded at Sprowt Studios when it was located in lower level of Cheeky Monkey.  All the money rasied from the sale is being donated to Travis' family.  

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CHEEKY CHARLIE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

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Nobody is really sure when or where Cheeky Charlie was born but like all monkeys, Charlie loves a party so on Sunday September 18th from noon to 5:00 p.m., we're throwing a birthday bash for our favorite primate. There will be cake and refreshments for everyone, party favors for the first 100 guests and Charlie's friend's Soul Patch will be here too,  keeping the place rockin'.  To make it even more special there will be deals and special pricing on almost everything in the store including all CD's, DVD's, Blu-rays and vinyl records - new and recycled. You will need your invitation, if you subscribe to the Cheeky Monkey newsletter, watch your inbox or just click on the image and print one off. You can also drop in at the store and pick one up.

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Cheeky Charlie’s Sept 2011 First Friday

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September 2nd First Friday turned out to be a hot steamy night filled with surprises.  The entertainment for the evening was Sarnia's own singer-songwriter Mark Blayney.  Mark is remembered by many as the key performer at Robbie B's.  Since those days, Mark has put out a CD entitiled 'Me and My Guitar' with a second volume due out soon.  All his songs come straight from the heart making them feel like he is speaking for you. Duirng Septemeber's First Friday, Mark was joined on the Cheeky Monkey Red Carpet Stage by Wulf Von Waldow on saxaphone and Mike Blackmore on d'jembe.  This was a pleasant surprise to those of us listening.  The added musicians brought a whole new texture to Mark's songs.  We all thought Mike was here to just show his artwork.  Each year he organizes a fun event called Mud People in Brights Grove.  Everyone is welcome for a day of sun, ...

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Hunting for Cheeky Charlie

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Hunting for Cheeky Charlie

Cheeky Charlie had a blast recently with the Sarnia Photographic Club.  He was hunted, literally, as part of their 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt entitled "Hawaiian Hunt and Hi-Jinx"   We lost count, but about 9 teams of eager and almost frantic scavenger hunters came in looking for things like guitar picks (several souvenier ones are hanging on the wall including one from Matt Andersen), maple leafs (one team found it on a touque we have for sale that has a Canada Flag on it), Pink Floyd CD (no shortage of those at Cheeky Monkey) and a vinyl record with a date of 2010 on it (no problem there either since we sell NEW and used LP's).  The most unique item they had to quest for was Cheeky Charlie himself.  The hunters instruction told them they had to have me (Mary Anne), take a picture with one of their cameras of their whole team DANCING with ...

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Cheeky Charlie plays with hue

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Cheeky Charlie plays with hue

Cheeky Charlie sitting in with hue Friday August 19 was a big day for Cheeky Charlie.  He got his first crush on a girl.  The object of his affection is the lovely singer with the band 'hue'.  Cheeky Charlie met Jessica while the band was at Cheeky Monkey for a special in-store (actually outside) acoustic performance in the sunshine of the afternoon.  He was honoured to be allowed to sit in with the band and even better dance with his sweetie.  Later that night, hue played at Paddy Flaherty's.  Roland and I went to Paddy's to hear hue play with full amplification.  Their brand of catchy pop is certainly infectious. Dancing with Jessica of hue - being a Cheeky Charlie is GOOD! You can't help but bounce along to such great tunes as 'Bump' off their new CD 'Starting Fires' - which is available to buy in-store at Cheeky Monkey or ...

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Cheeky Charlie Goes to the Theatre

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On Saturday August 13, Cheeky Charlie had the pleasure of attending the one woman play 'The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead' starring Linda Kash atSarnia's Imperial Theatre. Waiting for the show to start - Cheeky Charlie is so excited For those who don't recognize the name of the star, she has been in many wonderful movies such as Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show and Man of the Year to name a few. She has also been on several top TV shows like Seinfeld, Third Rock From The Sun and Everyone Loves Raymond.   She is best known and recognized as the angel on the Philadelphia cream cheese commercials. 'The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead' is a remarkable journey of discovery that covers so many emotions. Love, loss, lust, deception, misplaced revenge and forgiveness. The story unfolds revealing many layers and connections causing ...

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Cheeky Charlie visits The Mule

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Cheeky Charlie visits The Mule

Thursday August 11, Cheeky CharlieCheeky Charlie rockin at The Mule with Nazareth rocked out with the legendary band Nazareth. Not only did they play some of the songs from their new CD "Big Dogz" but they also played many of their hits. Dan McCafferty still sounds as great now as he did during the bands heyday when they could have be considered one of the top rock bands on the planet. They started strong and got stronger as the night when on ending with a three song encore that included "Razamanaz", "Love Hurts" and "This Flight Tonight". Cheeky Charlie has never seen real bagpipes before and was thrilled to see McCafferty play them during "Hair Of The Dog".

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PEACEMAN by MIKE BLACKMORE

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PEACEMAN by MIKE BLACKMORE

Local artist, Mike Blackmore, spent the 2 days of ArtWalk 2011 taking photographs of passer-bys posed with his wooden statue PeaceMan knowing he would be doing an exhibit inside Cheeky Monkey during the months of August and September. With this in mind, he began work on the photographs - enhancing here and tweeking there, creating interesing small changes in the photos. These photos now hang on the walls of Cheeky Monkey for all to see and purchase for only $1.00. Also on display, are 4 large manipulated photographs by MIke. Two are from the Annual Mud People event in Brights Grove and the other 2 are from Mike's travels in Mexico. Each is distinctly framed by Mike himself and all are also for sale.

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Adventures of CHEEKY CHARLIE

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Adventures of CHEEKY CHARLIE

Among the many monkeys residing at Cheeky Monkey is CHEEKY CHARLIE. He is by far the cheekiest of them all. Follow this blog to see what he is up to and who he meets in his adventures. with John Primer Recently Cheeky Charlie spent a day at the Kitchener Blues Festival. While there, he heard and saw Chicago 'real deal' bluesman John Primer, follwed by Saginaw Michigan three Kings (B.B., Freddie and Albert) influenced Larry McCray and finally the whole reason for being there, Bettye LaVette. Being a huge fan of Ms. LaVette's it was a real treat to be front and centre for her dynamic performance. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music. Bettye recorded her first album at the tender age of 16 and is proud to say she is now ...

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