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Erika & Sara Singing on a Saturday

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Erika & Sara Singing on a...

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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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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Iggy Pop the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2012

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Iggy Pop the official...

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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We are so proud of Matt Andersen…

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We are so proud of Matt...

Several years ago  Sarnia's own harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens along with east coasters Matt Andersen and Dave Gunning played at the Imperial Theatre.  From the first moment we heard  them playing together, we knew we were privileged to be seeing some extraordinary talent on our local stage.  From this concert and subsequent tour a close friendship developed between Mike and Matt resulting in an album writing collaboration.  In fact two CD's have resulted.  'Piggyback ' and last year, 'Push Record: The Banff Sessions. While working on the first album, we  had the pleasure of organizing a concert for them at the Library Auditorium and getting to know Matt.  Not only is he a big talent, but he is one of the most down to earth people you would want to meet.  Between touring and writing with Mike, Matt also released his own CD called 'Coal Mining Blues'. As a result of this last ...

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Eddie Sayers Returns to Cheeky Monkey

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Eddie Sayers Returns to Cheeky...

The cold wind was blowing snow flakes all through downtown Sarnia but those warm inside Cheeky Monkey didn't care.  They were here to listen to Eddie Sayers.  Some browsed the racks of CD's, DVD's and LP's both new and used as he played a combination of his own songs or did cover versions of his favourite bands like Bright Eyes.  Others were here especially to sit, relax and enjoy his unique style of singing.  The small but appreciative audience were joined by one of Eddie's biggest, we maybe it littlest fans, Cheeky Charlie.  He was lucky enough to get a front row seat sitting up on a fellow fans shoulders.   Gave him the best view in the house. Cheeky Charlie hopes Eddie will have a chance to come play at Cheeky Monkey again sometime in the future - either as a solo act or with his band.

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Jim Chevalier Premiere’s New Songs

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Jim Chevalier Premiere’s...

Over the 5 plus years we have been hosting First Friday at Cheeky Monkey, we have had the pleasure of listening to many of the amazing musical acts the area has to offer, but the January 2012 was really special to us. Jim Chevalier is of the first musicians we met when we came to Sarnia and has become a man and talent we very much admire, so you can understand why we were so thrilled to have him playing on the Red Carpet Stage. To make the evening even more monumental, he debuted a long play list of brand new songs that will be on his upcoming CD. Some were written as recently as the last few days and weeks. Annette Dillon who was in the audience commented on Facebook about Jim's music: "Your Heart felt new songs are masterfully crafted and meaningful." Well said Annette! Everyone present very much looks forward ...

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Love Toasters Pop Up for In-store Concert

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Love Toasters Pop Up for In...

Sarnia's own up and coming high school band The Love Toasters gave the shoppers of Cheeky Monkey a sample of their talent on Friday afternoon.  After a somewhat rocky start - they were minus their singer for the performance, they settled into a mostly instrumental mix of original jams and covers that included Hendrix, Rush, and Nirvana among others. The lads and the crowd very much enjoyed themselves.  Cheeky Charlie had fun hanging out with them and getting to help on bass. Remember their name - THE LOVE TOASTERS - you will hear of them again, at Cheeky Monkey and other Sarnia locations.

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