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Lawrence House Concerts & other fun activities…

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Lawrence House Concerts &...

Friday, February 17, 2017 News... Announcing two new House Concerts in the Turret Room: David J. Nichols "The Power of Melody" Piano Recital Friday, February 24th, 7 - 9 p.m. This will be primarily a classical music program featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin.  David will also perform two of his own compositions for piano and a new work entitled "In Pi."  David has a Masters Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Toronto and also received his A.R.C.T. in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.  David taught music at Northern Collegiate in Sarnia and Lambton Central Collegiate in Petrolia for thirty years, during which time he continued his compositional interests.  David’s music has been played in Toronto, Darmstadt, Vancouver, Waterloo, Viet Nam, Sarnia, and on the CBC.  Currently he is the president of the Sarnia Concert Association and the Lambton County Music Festival and an associate ...

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Call for submissions -8th Annual Writing Contest -Alzheimer...

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‘CELEBRATING MEMORY’ 8th Annual Writing Contest All writers are invited to submit a letter, poem, or short story that the photograph (on the ASL website) inspires them to write about celebrating memory, to the ‘CELEBRATING MEMORY’ Writing Contest. Draw on your imagination or facts to sharing your most-treasured memories. The letter, poem or short story is intended to be a celebration of the gift of memory and does not have to be specific to dementia; fiction or nonfiction – just what the photograph inspires you to write (see the Alzheimer Society website for the photograph and contest rules). The objective of the contest is to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, during January Alzheimer awareness month. Submissions from 18 years and older must be accompanied by a $20.00 entry fee, and be considered a donation to the local chapter. Donations of greater value are welcome but will not affect the outcome of the competition. Submissions from 17 years and younger are free. This year’s ...

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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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February 2017 First Friday reviews by Brian Hay

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February 2017 First Friday...

Editor's note-- Thank you to Brian Hay for writing the review below regarding Cheeky Monkey's February First Friday event.  To see more photos of Evan Dawe & John Pilat CLICK HERE. That same night, the band Roundhouse was playing at the Trinity Lounge and he has reviewed them as well.  They are the band playing during March 3rd First Friday at Cheeky Monkey.  CLICK HERE for details. Sarnia’s First Friday, February 3, 2017: evan.john at the Cheeky Monkey and The The Rapids with Round House at the Trinity Lounge — Young Musicians Bringing the Excitement Back to Music by Brian Hay This is no small thing. I didn’t see it but have read that the Superbowl halftime show was polished but lacking in excitement and surprises. Recently a high profile event featured a big surprise but having the singer stop while the music continued with the vocals wasn’t one anybody involved wanted. The ...

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THEATRE SARNIA CALL FOR DIRECTORS INFO NIGHT

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THEATRE SARNIA CALL FOR...

FROM THEATRE SARNIA:  The 2017 Theatre Sarnia One Act Festival call for directorial submissions has arrived. Every year, Theatre Sarnia offers an opportunity for new and aspiring theatre directors to get their foot in the door, directing a one act play to be performed on the Imperial Theatre stage. The direction of a one-act play is the prerequisite for directing one of Theatre Sarnia's big seasonal shows, and we are looking for 6 new artists to join our community. The One Act Festival has evolved into a successful 2 night, 6 part showcase of comedies, dramas, experimental works and original productions. This year we are offering new Director and Stage Manager workshops open to everyone. We welcome you all to an info night on February 9th, 7pm in the Imperial Theatre auditorium to cover everything. Show dates will be June 23 & 24, with auditions to be held in April. Please send all ...

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Last Record Store Documentary by Dwayne Cloes

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Last Record Store Documentary...

Over the months of August and September 2014 good friend,  talented musician, and now documentarian, Dwayne Cloes has been filming and editing a documentary about Cheeky Monkey - and us, Roland & I who are in essence - Cheeky Monkey. It was a very odd feeling to know someone felt we were worthy of a documentary.  Have to admit it was a lot of fun. So glad we agreed to it, especially once we saw the finished project. We realize that many customers do value what we do, but family and friends with business sense think we are nuts. Yup we are, we admit it. We think Dwayne has captured on film, why we do what we do.  We could not be happier or prouder of the end result.  Hope you enjoy it too. Thank you Dwayne MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 UPDATE... Have been contacted from the UK by Graham Jones creator ...

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Barnburners Heat Up January 2017 First Friday

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Barnburners Heat Up January...

Oh my gosh, what a frigid night for the first First Friday of 2017.  To those who braved the cold to come see Scott Manery and The Barnburners at Cheeky Monkey, it didn't matter.  "Why" you ask?  Simple answer.  They are a smokin hot band who know how to ramp up the heat so everyone has a good time and feels warm to the core.  Playing a mix of fan favourites off their four CD's, I don't think their was a cold person in the building - especially the dancers. This was The Barnburners third time playing at Cheeky Monkey for a First Friday.  Sure hope to see them back many more times.  Maybe on a night that is not so flippin cold. For more photos of the night taken mostly by Grumpy (Roland) CLICK HERE

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High Canadian Content for Dec. First Friday

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High Canadian Content for Dec....

Once again, local band BIG HIGHWAY delivered an evening of well played music with a healthy dose of Canadian content during the December 2. 2016 First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. Kicking the night off with Tragically Hip's 'Three Pistols' we all just knew it would be a good night of live music.  This was followed by several other Hip songs during the 2 sets along with some Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, 54-40, Junkhouse and Matt Mays.  Not every song was Canadian.  They also had Current Swell, REM, Wallflowers, Black Keys and Counting Crows in the mix.  A real standout in my opinion was their version of 'Down By The Water' by the Decemberists.  The harmony between James McNaule, Andrew Germain and Dave Johnston was outstanding.  Behind them on drums keeping the steadiest of beats was Ric Brown.  All four members gel so well together, despite wide age differences, that you can't ...

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Wild First Friday with Wild Cards

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Wild First Friday with Wild...

For the November 2016 First Friday, a somewhat 'new' group played at Cheeky Monkey.  Wild Cards consists of 3/4 of Erika & Sara And The Guys.  Over the years, they had played here a multitude of times including for Record Store Days.  We have and do think very highly of their musicianship.  With a new singer, their sound has morphed into something different again. Sara Campbell on guitar, Scott Vegh on bass guitar and Gerry Hawley on drums have a  gutsier, upbeat sound with the addition of  Renee Card as the front vocalist.  Renee brings a seasoned, strong and somewhat sultry sound to the overall feel presented. Their play list varied from the likes of 'Long Train Running' by the Doobie Brothers to current hits like 'Stay With Me' by Sam Smith.  The first come off like a slow, sizzling groove with the second was litterly dripping with emotion.  All four look to ...

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Rock of Ages – a show & more at Imperial Theatre

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Rock of Ages – a show &...

October 31, 2016 update - Out in the lobby of the magnificent Imperial Theatre during the entire run of Rock of Ages, was a nicely done display area with a ballot box on the counter.  It was for a draw  for 7 - yes seven - Cheeky Monkey gift certificates each valued at $20.  These were courtesy of Theatre Sarnia. The seven lucky winners are... KIM BOND PATTY CLEMENT GAIL BELANGER LAURIE BRIGHT ANN PEARCE TINA MOORE ALEXA MAJOR Congratultions to each of you. And thank you for attending Theatre Sarnia's sold out performance of Rock of Ages. With your ticket to Theatre Sarnia's 'ROCK OF AGES' you can get some pretty sweet deals downtown. Flash those babies and get: A 20 oz. Rock Of Ages BEER for only 6$ at Refined Fool Brewing Company A Rock Of Ages PIZZA at ZZAS PIZZA Bistro for only 12$ A Rock Of Ages COFFEE for only 2$ at Blackwater Coffee Company And NO TAX on MERCH ...

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