DECEMBER 7, 2017

After my call out, the Examiner having been killed, I received several new names for my list, and a couple of requested insertions. Please keep this coming. Again, if you are involved in an organization that presents art and culture events, even fundraisers with a music or arts piece as part of the entertainment, please send me the details - date, time, description of the event, entry fee and where the proceeds go. Send the info to

At the request of Barrie's Town Crier, Steve Travers, I send out the list a day earlier this week so that everyone can enjoy this jam-packed holiday event weekend. Here is the weekly list:


The Simcoe County Museum presents the All I Wanted for Christmas exhibit.
Earlier this year, staff at the Museum asked media personalities, residents and Museum friends to share their most memorable Christmas gift story - creating a collection of thoughtful, humorous, and heartwarming tales of past Christmas memories. The Museum has paired these stories with handpicked artifacts from the Museum's collection to illustrate the stories and create a festive new exhibit. At the centre of this exhibition, there is a Giving Tree. Visitors are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Giving Tree. Donations will support the County Paramedic's Toy Drive. Admission is by donation and includes access to the Museum'spermanent indoor displays as well as outdoor heritage and display buildings. The Exhibit runs to January 7.

New Exhibits are now in place at the Barrie Art Club Studios. Doug McDonald and Lisa Harpell are the featured artists, with an open house scheduled this Sunday December 3rd. 304 Dunlop St. W unit 17. These shows run to January 29th. Full details at

Four new shows open December 7th at the MacLaren Art Centre. Included will be a display and remembrance of the works of one of Barrie's favourite "art elders" - Conyers Barker. Check out details of all of the shows at

The MacLaren has also been the recipient of a major coup in becoming the first Ontario gallery to host Governor General award-winning artist Landon Mackenzie. Ms Mackenzie will host artists tours of the MacLaren and the Georgian College Campus Gallery, host artists talks and more. Details at

For a not-too-far road trip, the Orillila Museum of Art and History now has on display a exhibit that looks to disprove an old adage. The exhibit is entitled "Those who do…teach". The works include those of some very talented and popular current and past art teachers from Georgian College. The list of great talent includes many who are well known to the Barrie arts community including John Hartman, Sue Oxley, Marlene Hilton Moore, Ted Fullerton, Tim Laurin, Frances Thomas, Stu Oxley, Gary Evans, Joanna McEwan…the list goes on and please forgive me if I have missed one of your favourites. The show runs to Feb 2.


Thursday Dec 7
Providing this gets to you in time, you may want to enjoy a fun night out with the choral group "the Treblemakers" as they celebrate a "Broadway Christmas". At the Salvation Army Citadel on Lillian Cr. If you miss the Barrie event, they will also be playing at Collingwood (Dec 8), Creemore (Dec 9) and Wasaga Beach (Dec 10). Information available from Penelope Dale at 705-352-4595

Thursday Dec 7 and 8th
The Simcoe County Museum presents "Christmas Past and Present". Guests can view what were Christmas gifts of the past, and taste unique Christmas treats from past eras. Admission is by donations that will support the Paramedic Toy Drive and the Barrie and District Christmas Cheer campaign. Bring the children and grandchildren. At the museum 6-9 pm each evening.

Saturday December 9th
The Barrie Concert Band's Christmas Concert "Christmas Goes Pop!" plays at Collier St. United Church with their new Director, Peter Voisey. Doors open at 6:30, concert begins at 7:30 pm. Adult tickets are $20.00 and Senior/Student Tickets are $15.00. Children under 5 are free. Tickets are available from Band Members, Fox's Bakery and Deli, MacLaren's Art Centre, Music Pro and Tourism Barrie.
This is the season for beautiful choral music, and that always includes Lyrica. The Lyrica Christmas Concert this year will feature the beautiful spiritual composition "Magnifica" by Kim Andre Arnesan. Saturday December 9th. Shows at 2:00 and 7:30. More details at
And yet another wonderful Christmas event. The Simcoe Singers and Simcoe Youth Singers present "The Work of Christmas", their concert of the season. Voices will be raised at Grace United Church starting at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students, also asking for a donation to the Food Bank. For tickets call Janice at 705-487-0508
And, if there wasn't already enough choice for this Saturday, lovers of Celtic Music have a chance for a treat. I met Celina Di Cecca when she played a Rotary event at the Barrie Club. On the 9th, she brings her Great Canadian Fiddle Show to the Mady Centre. Fiddling, dancing - fun. Celina is joined by four other award-winning musicians. It will be a blast. Show starts at 7 pm. For tickets and info, here is the link:

Saturday December 9 and Sunday the 17th
And, it would not be the Christmas season if there were not concerts by our great local Huronia Symphony Orchestra. On the 9th, their show "Christmas List" will be presented at the Innisfil Community Church. On the 17th, they move that show to Collier Street United Church in Barrie. Check out for details of these and other upcoming concerts
Tuesday December 12th
Second Tuesday of the month = Songwriters Series. This month host Brett Caswell welcomes Simone Schmidt, Joey Wright and former Rheostatics member Don Kerr. Last week's show was jammed, so I suggest you order tickets and get there early. This will be 2017's last show. A good break from Christmas shopping. At Donaleigh's. Doors open 6:30, show starts at 8. Full details at
Thursday December 14
Drop in to the City Hall Rotunda where the Ukuladies will hold their 7th Annual Christmas Concert to support the Barrie Food Bank. Bring a contribution, and enjoy some good fun. Concert runs from 5 to 6 pm. Truly a family event - bring the kids!
Friday December 15th
"A Skydiggers Christmas" presents that very cool group on stage at Mavricks Music Hall.

Saturday December 17th:
Check above under December 10th for the concert in Barrie by the Huronia Symphony Orchestra.

Wednesday December 20th
Organist Sarah Svendson performs as part of the "Music at St. Andrews" series. At the church, starting at noon.

Thursday December 21
Third Thursday = Another great BFF film. This month the comedy "Don't Talk to Irene". From the Toronto Star: ""There's a warm-hearted tale here suffused with wit and a positive and life-affirming message about having the confidence to achieve your goals in the face of adversity."
Shows at 4 and 7 pm. Details:
Same night (and the third Thursday of each month) - the Barrie Legion presents the Skyliners Big Band. 8 pm More band information at

And Mark Your Calendars:

Keep tuned for the rest of this year's Illuminating Conversations series which includes my friend Michael Sweeney - award winning CBC filmographer, favourite camera handler of a dozen documentary producers, including Dr. David Suzuki (February 12, 2018). Full details of these outstanding speakers, as well as Kate Lines, distinguished retired OPP superintendent and Barrie native Andrea Curtis, historian and community activist are at

Thursday January 18th:
Tartan Terrors: Drums, guitars, pipes and fiddles. A mash-up of great Celtic styles. At the Georgian Theatre. Check out
Wednesday, February 28th:
Watch for Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish, the Barrie based Juno Award winning indigenous music group known as Digging Roots when they will be joined in a great show together with jazz favourites Dione Taylor and the Backsliderz. Informaation about this event, and tickets available now at


For all lovers of arts and culture, this is your chance to be heard. The arts community is invited to join in the conversation during a "Talk Back" with the Barrie Art Committee about their successes and challenges while engaging and/or working in the local arts sector. Open to individual artists of all genres, those who would like to be more involved, and arts supporters.
Thursday December 7 from 6-8 PM. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments served.
For further information: