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Do You Know Eric Ethridge’s Music Yet?

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Do You Know Eric Ethridge&...

Well you should! Eric is a local boy to be proud of who is making waves in the country music scene. From his website... Eric Ethridge’s brand started to gain serious momentum in 2015 after the release of a series of orchestra country-pop covers, one of which garnered him a mention in Rolling Stone Magazine. Subsequently his social media presence enjoyed a drastic increase with over 275,000 YouTube hits and an increase to over 1500 YouTube subscribers. In August of 2015 Eric was the runner-up in the Boots and Hearts emerging artist showcase, and has since had continued interest from both American and Canadian record labels. In early 2016 Eric was selected by a panel of industry professionals from across Canada to be one of the top 6 finalist for the CCMA Discovery Program. After a final showcase of the top 6 emerging artists, Eric then went on to win the ...

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WE ARE STILL HERE – Documentary by Dwayne Cloes

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WE ARE STILL HERE –...

Three elders from Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia, and the Bjekwanong First Nation on Walpole Island, share their memories of surviving residential schools. Produced by the Right Relations Group of Lambton Presbytery, United Church of Canada.  Filmed by Sarnia's Dwayne Cloes.

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HOW RECORDS ARE MADE & How to Care For Them

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HOW RECORDS ARE MADE &...

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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Fast Romantics POV On Music Listening Habits

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Fast Romantics POV On Music...

This is an excerpt from an article on FYI Music, dated May 03, 2017 by Jason Schneider.  The interview is with Matthew Angus of FAST ROMANTICS of which local musician Nick McKinlay is the drummer.   He's the one in the red shirt front & centre in band photo.  This is a fast rising all Canadian band you will want to take a listen to and watch as they skyrocket upward. Below is an awesome video for song "Julia". Q.  If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be? The way music is released and consumed now doesn’t inspire long attention spans. All of us, me included, suffer from shorter-than-natural attention spans. Sometimes I fear there’s so much going on and so much noise in the world now that far fewer people sit down and really dig into a record. We spent two years on this album and I know ...

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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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Musicians Band Together for Longest Performance EVER to...

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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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Top Sellers of 2016 @ Cheeky...

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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2016 Bruce Cockburn &...

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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Limited edition METALLICA give...

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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