CULTURE & THE ARTS
support these hard working arts and culture organizations.
AND CONTINUING EVENTS:
June 27 to August 27th, the Barrie Art Club will feature a new show from members
on the theme of "Summer Pursuits". At the Gallery, 11 King St.
are some great displays now at the MacLaren, including a great new show of the
works of Ted Fullerton. And: Longevity or a Lack Thereof featuring Anthea Black,
Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison and Meghan Price.
Now to June 24th. And MORE: Montreal artist Sophie Jodoin presents Room to Move:
je, tu, elle. To June 24th. Details of these and other shows at
at the MacLaren, eight woodcut prints in this exhibition by Governor General Award
winning artist Tom Dean are made with construction-grade plywood pressed onto
paper. Tom Dean has work in the Permanent Collections of the National Gallery
of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Musée d'art contemporain de
Montréal and the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal. Now to
Was There Then" is a very interesting art exhibition focussing on the changes
in downtown Barrie. In fact, this is part of a new venture by a new arts group
- "Focus on Simcoe" which has matched award winning local photographers
with local businesses to create exhibitions across the County. I got to see the
opening of this new venture, which is being brought to our County by new resident
Allen Rothwell. Allen was the inspiration behind a similar venture in Peterborough.
The "This Was There Then" exhibit now in the lower level of the Five
Points Theatre contains amazing historic pictures of Downtown and around Barrie
- a couple with some interesting "updates". That exhibit is open 9 am
to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday. But the show expands with the contest winners exhibiting
at 6 different Barrie locations. Details about the organization and other exhibits
can be found at www.focusonsimcoe.com
Maclaren Art Centre has a wonderful series of summer camps for kids this summer.
To see the entire list, go to https://mailchi.mp/0f75a000e64c/summer-fun-is-coming-your-way-barrie-festivals-art-camps?e=19398826f0
this exhibit was supposed to end at the MacLaren on the 30th of May, but it was
still up when I visited on the 1st. If it is still there, drop into the lower
level and see the Design Project of "rotating art" designed by some
Simcoe County high school students. Several of these are now on cement trucks
courtesy of the Sarjeant Company and Scott and Brandon Elliott. Look for these
on the trucks.
people who would like an opportunity to take part in theatre production now have
a "way in". Talk is Free Theatre is offering a Youth Outreach programme
in which young persons interested in working "backstage" in theatre
will be paired with experienced theatre technicians. You must apply by June 15th.
More information at http://www.tift.ca/youth-education-outreach/
to June 10th:
LAST WEEKEND TO SEE THIS AMAZING SHOW: Theatre by the Bay continues
its series of locally-centred, locally written and locally produced plays. This
year, "Mary of Shanty Bay" presents a story taken from the diaries of
Mary Sophia Gapper, who, after marriage to Edward, became Mary O'Brien, coming
to Canada in 1828 and settling at the "edge of the world" in Oro Township.
This special play is being presented in Oro-Medonte at St. Thomas Anglican Church
- the church that the O'Brien family founded and built. Evening and matinee performances
available. Full details and tickets available by checking http://theatrebythebay.com/mary-of-shanty-bay/
The young writers, producers and directors have earned tremendous credit for their
past productions of the "Nine Mile Portage" and "We Must Have More
Men". For this presentation, they have searched historical records, and even
personal journals. It is a heartwarming examination of a part of our local history.
We are still hopeful that additional shows can be added. Check the website.
Pride Week continues with various events culminating in the Pride Festival and
Parade on Sunday June 10th. There are various events each day. Details can be
found at www.BarriePride.com
Thursday June 7th:
The Barrie Film Festival's
Screen One Series presents its June feature, Lean on Pete. "From acclaimed
filmmaker Andrew Haigh comes a deeply moving story told through the unique prism
of one boy's connection to a very special racehorse. Shows at 4 and 7 at the Uptown
Thursday June 7th to the 18th
There is very little in Simcoe
County that beats the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival for great music, and great
variety. Robin Munro, the Festival's Maestro again promises the best talent, multiple
venues, all sorts of side events (children's playgrounds, BBQ and more) and great
fun. In multiple towns in and around Barrie. Details are being worked out and
will be available at http://www.barriejazzbluesfest.com/Web-Page%20Links.html
June 8th :
More from Inside the Music. Tommy Youngsteen and the Queen Street
Band. Believe it or not, they do a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
Band! At Mavricks Music Hall on Dunlop St. Doors open 8 pm, show at 9
June 9th and 10th:
The Simcoe County Museum presents its annual "Wheels
in Motion" exhibition. The Museum again has partnered with the Historical
Construction Association to show us, and our kids, what construction used to be
like. The exhibition is interactive and a BBQ lunch is also available. A great
family event. 10 am to 4 pm each day. For more information go to museum.simcoe.ca
Saturday June 9th:
While visiting the Barrie Farmers Market, slip indoors
to the City Hall Rotunda and watch the open rehearsal of the Skyliners Big Band.
Tonight, at the Downtown Public Library, the Barrie Folk Society presents
their Young Songwriters Showcase. Starts at 7:30. Check out http://www.barriefolk.com/youth/
for full info.
Sunday June 10th:
Another Sunday, another jazz afternoon
with the Joe Huron Trio. This week's guest, Lance Anderson on organ. 2-5 pm at
Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill.
Wednesday, June 13th:
- CHROI Celtic Band: Celtic Now - Music and Life for Livin'. Founded in 2010 by
Christopher Dawes, piano; the group's other current members are Jenna Gallagher,
fiddle; Doug MacNaughton, guitar and Gord Simmons, bodhran. - Grace United Church,
350 Grove St. E., Barrie - 705-726-1181, 2:30 pm. Free to all -tea & goodies
at 3:30 p.m. $5
Wednesday June 13th to the 17th:
Onstage Performance Group,
best known for its fall pantomimes, presents "The Ghosts of Halfway House",
a unique look into relationships and real estate. Two househunters find more than
they expected about the house and history of a piece of reals estate they are
interested in. The show runs from June 13-17th, at 8:00pm (Wed - Sat), and 2:00pm
(Sat - Sun). Opening night (Wed 13th) is a special fundraiser for Seniors Wish,
where a portion of the proceeds will go to this fantastic organization. Tickets
are $20 each ($18 for seniors or groups of 10+) and can be purchased through the
Five Points Theatre box office. You can find out more information about Onstage
and the show at www.onstagetheatre.ca
Thursday June 14th:
Thursday of the month is "Word Up" - Poetry night at the Unity Café
on Toronto Street, south of Dunlop. 7-9 pm. Details at http://www.unitymarket.ca/
Friday June 15th:
The MacLaren again offers their "Art for Lunch"
series. This month, Robert Zeidler of Hamilton's Dabbert Group will speak on his
team's repurposing of a series of buildings known as the Cotton Factory. Bring
your lunch or buy at the Radio Café. Talk starts at 11:45.
Music again - This time My Son the Hurricane - A "14 piece brass fuelled
funk and dance beast". At Mavrick's Music Hall on Dunlop St.
As part of the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival,, the Skyliners Youth
Orchestra under the direction of Daryl Yaeger, presents a performance "Under
the Tent" at Heritage Park. 11:30 am.
And in the evening, the Skyliners
themselves will entertain in the City Hall Rotunda. 8-11:30 pm.
It's the 3rd Sunday of the month and that means afternoon jazz at
Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill, courtesy of the Simcoe County Jazz Society. This
month, the Swing City Jazz Band led by reedman and singer Chris Robinson. The
Band follows the traditional front line of trumpet, trombone, clarinet and saxophone
with a back line of drums, acoustic bass and guitar or banjo. 2-5 pm
Last month I went on my first "Jane's Walk". Named for
urbanist Jane Jacobs, these walks are designed for people who love their city
and want to learn more about them. This walk, entitled "Park to Park - Using
Public Space will be led by urban planner Kristen Pechkovsky. It is an evening
walk and will be a beautiful evening stroll along Barrie's waterfront. Meet at
the Southshore Centre at 6:30.
Music at St. Andrew's presents organist Andrew
Adair - Director of Music and Organist at Toronto's historic Church of St. Mary
Magdalene - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 47 Owen St., Barrie , at noon. For
information, call 705-726-1181 - Adults $10, Students free.
The Third Thursday feature from the Barrie Film Festival this month is
"The Insult". "In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out
of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel
El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. The media circus surrounding
the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon"
And if you would
rather listen to music, the Skyliners Big Band returns to the Barrie Legion on
St. Vincent Street for one of their popular concerts. 8-10pm. $5 cover for non-members
how about this: The Treblemakers adult community choir proudly presents "Sixties
With A Twist!" a series of concerts featuring popular rock, folk and jazz
hits from the 1960s. The Barrie performane is at 7:30 p.m. at the Westside Evangelical
Lutheran Church. Admission is free, but a free will offering is suggested. A portion
of the proceeds will support local community groups. Information and tickets at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone, at (705) 352-4595.
The Joe Huron Trio entertains with guest Dennis McAndrew on sax. At Sticky
Fingers Bar and Grill, 2-5 pm.
Friday June 29th:
The MacLaren Art Centre
partners with the Barrie Public Library for this special workshop exploring art
and technology! Inspired by the current MacLaren exhibition Miss November by Robert
Hengeveld, participants will spend their morning at the library designing a unique
3-D object. Led by regional artist Midori Fullerton, a mixed-media workshop will
follow where participants create a diorama inspired by their printed object, Before
and aftercare is available from 8:30 to 9:00 am and from 5:00 to 5:15 pm for an
additional $10. Register at least one week in advance. Click here for full details.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
At Noon - Midday Music with
Shigeru - Pianist Tabitha Johnson - Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Rachmaninoff - Hiway
Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N., Barrie - 705-726-1181 - Adults $10, Students
Friday July 6 to the 8th:
Certainly the longest-lasting festival
for this part of the country, the Mariposa Folk Festival returns once again to
Tudhope Park in Orillia. Buffy St. Marie, Bahamas, and Walk off the Earth are
among the MANY acts. And of course, all sorts of other events occur over that
weekend. Tickets are available now, and can be ordered, and information gained,
by going to http://www.mariposafolk.com/
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
2:30 pm - Seniors Serenade - Noel Banavage, saxophones, Chris Ness, piano - George
Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael - Bethel Community Church, 128 St. Vincent St., Barrie
- 705-726-1181 - Free to all
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
At Noon - Music
at St. Andrew's - Organist Marty Smyth - Director of Music at Forest Grove United
Church in Toronto - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 47 Owen St., Barrie - 705-726-1181
- Adults $10, Students free
July 18th - 28
Yet another Theatre by the Bay original production. Remember
the sale of the Molson plant? Remember the marijuana grow-op that it became? All
of this is captured in TBTB's "Northern Lights" - possibly a not so
honourable, but certainly humourous Barrie story. " A comedy of mistaken
identities, keystone cops and cannabis-fuelled fantasy sequences." Tickets
and information at http://theatrebythebay.com/northern-lights/
Talk is Free Theatre has announced its new season. Five new shows and
four new "Illuminating Conversations" will be featured in the 2018-19
season. All of this starts in November. Keep tuned for more details.
CHECK OUT THE JUNE EDITION OF SNAPD BARRIE WHERE MOST OF THESE EVENTS WILL BE
IN THE MONTHLY CALENDAR, AND EVEN A FEW WILL FORM MY SPECIAL PICKS FOR THE MONTH.
I AM NOW STARTING TO COLLECT EVENTS FOR THE JULY EDITION OF SNAPD. IF YOU HAVE
AN ARTS AND CULTURE EVENT SET FOR JULY, OR A FUNDRAISER THAT HAS A MUSIC, ART
OR CULTURE ASPECT, SEND ME THE DETAILS TO THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS.