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HOW WAS RECORD STORE DAY 2017?

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HOW WAS RECORD STORE DAY 2017?

Well, there are not enough descriptive words to express how great it was. Thanks to all the wonderful suppliers & customers, we beat last years records every which way.  The suppliers provided us, as best they could, with more interesting titles than ever and the crowds where here to buy them in bigger numbers than previous years.  Along with taking advantage of our 'We pay the tax' sale' we exceeded expectations by a long shot. The shopper that came the farthest distance we are aware of was from Cincinnati Ohio.  Drove through the night to get here and be at the front of the line outside after he was forwarded our e-newsletter on Friday after closing with the list of exclusives we got by a local friend.  Had a few people in from Michigan, Toronto and London as well. Part of the fun day was the  3 mystery packages with cryptic names ...

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HANDLING & CARE OF YOUR RECORDS + How records are made

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With the popularity of vinyl records on the increase, it's important to educate new converts to the format of the proper care and handling of their records. Records require a lot of special handling to insure that they last and stay in good condition. The following is a place to start. Hopefully as a record collector you want to keep your records in the best possible condition as possible. In order to do so, there are a few essential things to keep in mind. Cleaning the Vinyl It is very important to keep the vinyl record itself clean. Due to the vinyl record's tendency to easily build up static electrical charges, it becomes a virtual magnet for dust. It is recommended that you buy a brush for your records and use it on them every time before you play them and before you put them back in their covers to ensure they're not being ...

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Musicians Band Together for Longest Performance EVER to...

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Musicians Band Together for...

M.A. NOTE - Local connection to this story is ArtsCan Circle that is mentioned beLOW was founded by Sarnia's own virtuoso of the harmonica, Mike Stevens. ArtsCan Circle is a registered charity dedicated to linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada with the hope to encourage self-esteem amongst Indigenous youth in isolated communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts. CLICK HERE for ArtsCan Circle website Published on February 2nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross Musicians Band Together for Longest Performance EVER to Benefit Gord Downie Cancer Fund Ever since news broke of Gord Downie’s incurable brain cancer broke last May, individuals and organizations across the country have spent thousands of hours on charitable good works to raise money for brain cancer research. This is another one of those stories. Kevin Kerr, who runs a company called Epidemic Music Group, came up with a fundraiser. What if he and his people ...

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Brighton Rock Singer Presses On At Precision Pressing

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Brighton Rock Singer Presses...

As reported in FYI Music News January 12, 2017 The Toronto Star catches up with Gerry McGhee, vocalist in Brighton Rock and now a partner in the spanking new, Burlington, ON Precision Pressing vinyl plant that comes on stream next week. Waxing on about the vinyl resurgence may be old news to some, but for Gerry McGhee, capitalizing on the trend has meant a troublesome, years-long quest to open a new vinyl pressing plant in Ontario. From searching the world for record-making machines to construction delays and cutting through bureaucratic red tape, it has been three long years, but McGhee can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Or will be able to after this weekend. “We actually had to approach our neighbours and ask them to shut down for 12 hours just to get the power lines in,” said McGhee, vice-president, Precision Record Pressing. “That’s happening this weekend, and we’ll finally be ...

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Top Sellers of 2016 @ Cheeky Monkey

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It was a good year at Cheeky Monkey for music sales on both CD and vinyl formats.  Below is the Top 25 Countdown of Best Sellers for 2016.  Most are on CD, a few are on vinyl record.  And yes, record sales continue to climb steadily. Notice how many Top Sellers on this list are Canadian.  Awesome isn't it?!  In the Top 50, there were a few other Canadians... SARAH McLACHLAN - Wonderland (Christmas CD), TRAGICALLY HIP - Fully Completely, Road Apples, Tired as F**K (7" RSD Black Friday vinyl), Day For Night, In Between Evolution & Phantom Power as well as GORD DOWNIE'S - Secret Path on vinyl with the book.  Sarnia's own singer/songwriter DONOVAN WOODS - Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled was #34 on the list. #25 - GREEN DAY - Revolution Radio #24 - BLUE RODEO - 1000 Arms #23 - BLINK 182 - California #22 - THE TREWS - Time Capsule #21 - ...

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2016 Bruce Cockburn & Rolling Stones News

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November 10, 2016... For the first time since 2010’s Small Source of Comfort, Bruce Cockburn is back in the studio recording album number 33 with an expected release in 2017. The sessions are being produced by Colin Linden. Small Source of Comfort won the 2011 Juno for Best Roots Album as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards. The singer-songwriter turned 71 this year, and headlined the Vancouver Folk Festival earlier this summer. He now lives in San Francisco. The Rolling Stones have released a new music video for the track "Hate To See You Go," from their upcoming Dec. 2 album featuring a dozen blues covers, entitled Blue & Lonesome. It is one of two songs written by Chicago blues-harpist Little Walter featured on the band’s first studio album in over a decade.

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Limited edition METALLICA give away…

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To help you get into the Halloween spirit, starting this Friday, October 28th, fans around the world can visit select independent record stores (like Cheeky Monkey) for the chance to obtain a free limited edition Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Halloween mask. Inside of each mask, you’ll find a special access code that will allow you to hear “Atlas, Rise!” 30 minutes prior to its official release on Halloween. Just like Tyson, Duane & Adam who were at Cheeky Monkey for opening at 9:30 am.

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Local Humanitarian & Musician Honoured at CCMA

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Photo of Sarnia's own Mike Stevens with Michelle Wright & Murray McLauchlan The 2016 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award (a CCMA Award of Distinction) was presented to Mike Stevens during Country Music Week in London, Ontario, this past weekend. Stevens is founder of the charity ArtsCan Circle. Established in 2002, ArtsCan Circle has been leading the crusade of connecting creative artists with at-risk Indigenous youth in Canada. Teams of hand-picked professional artists volunteer their time and talent to travel to desolate communities to share the healing power of the arts – whether through music, fine arts or performance arts – and to encourage self-esteem, promote self-expression and strengthen relationships within the community amongst the Indigenous youth. The Slaight Music Humanitarian Award distinguishes those who have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in support of humanitarian causes. “We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of Mike Stevens and his charity, ArtsCan Circle,” said Gary Slaight, President and ...

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COGECO TV Playlist is back

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COGECO TV Playlist is back

Local Cogeco TV in their continuing support of local talent, will begin airing the newest season of PLAYLIST starting on Tuesday September 13 at 9:00 pm. Some of the bands and musicians you will get to hear and see are:  Mike Blackmoore, The Fat Catz, Silver Stone Satellite and Nic Swales, Weird Neighbors and the Down River Band.  More possibly to come since the program will air until at least December. A repeat of the show will be aired on Fridays at 9:30 pm unless there is a Sting game to preempt it.

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MO POP FESTVIAL TICKET GIVEAWAY @ Cheeky Monkey

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WHAT WAS MOPOP FESTIVAL LIKE YOU WONDER... ...It was awesome.  Roland and I attended the 2nd day (Sunday July 23) of the two day festival located just a bit west of Joe Louis Arena on Detroit's riverfront. The line up was impressive.  We got there in time to see Banners, Liverpool musician with a Sarnia connection - his bass player is originally from here and used to play in a band with our good friend (and occasionally helper) Ross Ellsworth.  Banners has a Coldplay vibe and we  predict great things to come for him. Our next favourite act, a new discovery to us was a band called Nothing But Thieves - also from England.  Don't think they expected it to be as roasting hot as it was - they had on long sleeves and leather jackets - but sounded fantastic.  They have new fans in us. Some of the other acts we caught were Shakey Graves and Father John Misty. Over all ...

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