CULTURE & THE ARTS
LOOKING FOR HELP!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Simcoe County Museum presents the All I Wanted for Christmas exhibit.
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
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 https://barrieartclub.wildapricot.org/public-exhibits
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 https://maclarenart.com/exhibitions/upcoming
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 http://mailchi.mp/e9025196d254/maclaren-art-centre-to-host-governor-general-award-winning-artist?e=19398826f0
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
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
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.
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.
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 www.lyricachoir.ca
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:
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 http://huroniasymphony.ca/ for details of these and other upcoming concerts
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 http://www.songwriterseries.ca/
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
Christmas" presents that very cool group on stage at Mavricks Music Hall.
Check above under December 10th for the concert in Barrie by
the Huronia Symphony Orchestra.
Organist Sarah Svendson performs as part of the "Music at
St. Andrews" series. At the church, starting at noon.
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."
at 4 and 7 pm. Details: https://barriefilmfestival.ca/programs/dinner-movie/
night (and the third Thursday of each month) - the Barrie Legion presents the
Skyliners Big Band. 8 pm More band information at http://www.skylinersbigband.com/shows.html
Mark Your Calendars:
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 http://www.tift.ca/our-season/illuminating-conversations/
Tartan Terrors: Drums, guitars, pipes and fiddles. A mash-up
of great Celtic styles. At the Georgian Theatre. Check out https://www.evensi.ca/tartan-terrors-north-america-celtic-event-georgian-theatre/232106694
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
A SPECIAL NOTE:
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.
7 from 6-8 PM. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments served.
further information: https://www.facebook.com/BarrieArtsCommittee