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‘ROUND HOUSE’ BIG HIT AT MARCH FIRST FRIDAY

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‘ROUND HOUSE’ BIG...

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Susie Q Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl Stevie Wonder - Superstition These are a few of the classic songs played by the local band Round House during the March 3rd First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. Most of the songs on Round House's playlist were hits before they were a twinkle in their Daddy's eye. The oldest member of this talented group is a mere 17 years old. Despite their young ages, they displayed a professionalism not seen in many bands twice their age. Each is extremely dedicated to playing their instruments to the best of their ability - which is saying a lot. Learning from some of the best music teachers in the city, they have taken what they were taught and moved up to the next level. Jared Parke the lead singer and rhythm guitarist shows great versatility with his voice. Bryce Abrams on bass guitar instinctively knows to ...

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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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2016 GIFT IDEAS from Cheeky Charlie

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2016 GIFT IDEAS from Cheeky...

Here are a few unique gift ideas from Cheeky Charlie for you to consider...  Cheeky Charlie says, besides giving the gift of music or movies for Christmas - you can give the gift of refreshing Coke in glass bottles.  Cheeky Monkey is an official Coca-Cola retailer of glass bottled products that include Classic Coke, Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Sprite.  Pick up a few 6 packs for yourself or to give away. ($2.00 per bottle or $8.00 a six pack - tax included)  Roland's Mom is one of THE best knitters Cheeky Charlies knows - and he knows a few.  We are very proud to sell her lovely hand made baby blankets, hats and slippers.   And they are reasonable priced too. BOXSETS GALORE!!!! CD, DVD, Blu-ray and vinyl boxsets.  Lots in stock - dare we say tonnes - maybe so. Also have band hats, t-shirts and stickers.  Not to mention our hand ...

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Lit’l Chicago @ Imperial Theatre Show Review by Brian...

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Lit’l Chicago @ Imperial...

Beale Street Blues: Robb Sharp & Lit'l Chicago at the Imperial Theatre with John Pilat and Paul Langille Saturday, March 12, 2016 by Brian Hay A comment that Robb Sharp posted said it all: "Thank you. Sarnia Needs more nights like this. It needs more of this kind of music". That thought, from an unnamed gent who approached him after the show said it all. Every place needs more of this. Getting it started in Sarnia, which has the very sexy Imperial Theatre and is home to the calibre of talent shown last night should be looking inward before importing talent. That's not because players from other areas aren't "worth it". It's simply because what comes from our back yard really is, "that good". As well, most of these individuals know other performers who are capable of standing audiences on their ears. All of that happened at this show. The people who went had ...

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London’s Home County Music & Art Festival

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London’s Home County...

Sunday, July 19 we spent the best part of the day at Victoria Park downtown London enjoying several stages of live music.  This year's line up, thanks to Artistic Director, Darin Addison, was amazing.  Actually, congratulations to all the organizers and cheerful volunteers are in order. From Col. Chris Hadfield as Guest MC during Friday's Opening Ceremonies to Sarah Slean, The Leahys, Sylvia Tyson, Good Lovelies, Grapes of Wrath, Garnet Rogers, Martha Wainwright - well the list goes on and on. (See poster below) We are limited to only attending on our Sunday off, but were very pleased by the line up for the day.  Acts we looking forward to seeing were Catherine MacLellan, who we've hosted here in Sarnia several times and greatly admire, Danny Michel and Sarnia's own Donovan Woods. Since we arrived close to noon and hadn't had lunch yet, first order of business was to grab a bite to eat for ...

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The ROLLING STONES – Comerica Park July 8, 2015

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Not having missed a Rolling Stones farewell tour since 1981, I had an appointment at Comerica Park in Detroit on July 8th to see the GREATEST ROCK N ROLL band for yet another possible final show. At this point no-one has done it longer than the Stones and they show no signs of slowing down. After a competent opening set by Ohio's Walk The Moon, the Stones took the stage at 9:30 p.m. and it was nearly midnight when they were done. This Detroit show was all about the hard stuff, there was barely a ballad in the lengthy set that mostly featured songs from their albums that were recorded between 1968 and 1978, arguably their best years. Since they had no new album to promote they could, and the did stick to crowd favourites, and  even managed to include in a few songs that I've rarely, if ever, seen them ...

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Electric Waves wow July First Friday crowds

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Electric Waves wow July First...

Review co-written by Owen Roberts (age 10 and now biggest fan of Electric Waves) Electric Waves is a band full of surprises. Made up of four young men, you might expect them to be playing hard rock or heavy metal, but they were a very calm band. There wasn't any heavy metal or rock as you think of it. They're a band that plays classic mostly original music that is quiet, but doesn't put you to sleep. Both their lyrics and melodies are complex.  Hearing them play is inspiring. The few cover songs they did became truly their own. "My Girl" and 'Wicked Games" were recognizable but definitely had their own stamp on them. The plan was to have their second CD ready for sale during First Friday. Unfortunately that didn't come to be, so we still have it's release to look forward to. In the meantime Electric Waves first CD is available ...

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FRED EAGLESMITH SHOW JUNE 12, 2015

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FRED EAGLESMITH SHOW JUNE 12,...

On Friday June 12 the constantly traveling Fred Eagesmith Show made a stop at the Sarnia Library Auditorium and Cheeky Monkey played a (small) part in making it happen. The night kicked off at 8PM sharp with a too brief set by Eaglesmith band member Tif Ginn. The singer/multi instrumentalist with a huge voice and commanding stage presence could easily headline her own shows. Hailing from South Texas, her set featured a modern/retro sound and her charming southern accent was perfect for songs like the standout of the set Little White Pills. Following a short intermission - giving everyone a chance to peruse the extensive merchandise stand,  the star of the evening, Fred Eaglesmith sauntered out onto the stage. He kicked off the set with I Like Trains, a song from his 1996 album Drive In Movie and followed with I Pray Now a song from Tinderbox. Tinderbox is one of his ...

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Live music at & around Cheeky Monkey on ArtWalk weekend

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Live music at & around...

ArtWalk has become THE EVENT of the year in the downtown Sarnia. Before it officially begins, you can feel the excitement in the air. Along with the stores bringing some of their wares outside and all the booths filled with colurful, unique crafts and arts, there are delectable smells all around. Add to that the music and you have one heck of a wonderful festival. At Cheeky Monkey, outside we had our annual sidewalk sale of used CD's & DVD's in addition to our 'craftier side' showing with bowls we make from too scratched to sell vinyl records and hand knitted baby blankets by Roland's Mom Angela. All these items are available year round - but having them outside during ArtWalk attracts a whole new audience. Music, either recorded or live is an important element to Cheeky Monkey - for obvious reasons. Without much time to plan, we were thrown the ...

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Theatre Sarnia ‘Spamalot’ – Review by...

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Theatre Sarnia ‘Spamalot...

Monty Python's Spamalot as presented by Theatre Sarnia @ Imperial Theatre runs until May 24. Contact the theatre for details. Theatre Sarnia: Spamalot May 2015 by Brian Hay Where to start on this one? The "Knights" of the Round Table were cast and played to perfection. Phil Bedard and Craig Gander's performances as 'Sir Belvedere' and 'Sir Bors' were the most straight-laced character portrayals of the lot and they balanced the absurdities displayed by the rest nicely. Shawn Chapman imbued 'Sir Galahad' with a balanced mix of debonair charm and self-effacing piety. Adam Hobbs injected the most purely comic role of 'Sir Robin' with flair worthy of the source material. Cian Poore blended 'Lancelot's' machismo with the character's "sensitive side" beautifully and Shane Davis gave a brilliantly deadpanned performance as the regal (but moronic) 'Arthur'. The supporting players were superb as well. Ian Alexander combined shrewd intelligence with a doltish perona to make the ...

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