JUNE 7, 2018

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From 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.

There 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

Also 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 July 8

"This 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

The Maclaren Art Centre has a wonderful series of summer camps for kids this summer. To see the entire list, go to

And, 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.

Young 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


Now 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 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.
Barrie 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

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 Theatre.

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

Friday 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

Saturday 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
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. 9-11:30
Tonight, at the Downtown Public Library, the Barrie Folk Society presents their Young Songwriters Showcase. Starts at 7:30. Check out 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:
Seniors Serenade - 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

Thursday June 14th:
The second Thursday of the month is "Word Up" - Poetry night at the Unity Café on Toronto Street, south of Dunlop. 7-9 pm. Details at

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.
Inside the 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.

Saturday June 16th:
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.

Sunday June 17th
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

Wednesday, June 20th:
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.

Thursday June 21st:
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
Or, 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, or by telephone, at (705) 352-4595.

Sunday June 24th:
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.

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 free

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
At 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

Thursday 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

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.