Author: Jeff Jones

Buddy Wasisname brings the funny and the folk on their last tour.

You could be forgiven for not knowing who Buddy Wasisname and The Other Fellers are. Despite being an enduring and uniquely Canadian touring musical comedy troupe, their career has never been flashy or front page news. Instead, they have steadfastly brought joy, traditional music and belly laughs to thousands and thousands of Canadians for 35 years. “In the beginning we were an oddity, a curiosity and it took a while for people to clue into our style,” says Wayne Chaulk, one of the Other Fellers. “After all those years, thousands of shows, 20 recordings, television appearances and five concert...

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Talk is Free brings Amadeus back to life at the Mady

It is all too easy to underestimate what is possible. It’s an idea that sparks passion, revenge and betrayal in Talk is Free Theatre’s upcoming production of “Amadeus,” but it also rings true for the company itself. When one thinks of excellence in theatrical artistry, you would be forgiven if The City of Barrie wasn’t the first community that came to mind. Since 2003, however, Talk is Free Theatre has been confounding expectations and generating nationally-recognized productions. “We were responding to the need of Barrie to become an important and unique cultural centre,” says founder and artistic producer, Arkady...

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Kissel kicks the Georgian Theatre into high gear

Fifteen years into his recording career, Brett Kissel should be settling in to his role as one of Canada’s leading music creators. The country music artist already has a career most musicians would dream of. Settling, however, might be one of the few things Kissel doesn’t do well.  “It’s important to constantly grow and evolve in this business,” he says. “To always look to the future and do things bigger and better than what you did in the past.” This ever-growing desire to develop is plainly evident on his new album too. “We Were That Song,” released in December,...

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The Tartan Terrors come to Barrie

Billed as North America’s premier Celtic event, The Tartan Terrors promise a show that is both performance and party. The group was founded in Burlington, Ontario by siblings, Ellen and Ian Wilkes Irmisch,  in 1996, but the group’s heritage begins long before that. “My mom was our dance teacher,” says Ellen, “But it was actually when my grandmother came to Canada as a war bride in 1946.” When their grandmother started a Canadian family it was important to keep up their Scottish heritage. The kids all took dance lessons and learned multiple musical instruments each. “My mother just passed...

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A Canadian Christmas Fairy Tale…Panto Style!

The holiday season can bring more than just joy from time to time. A month full of family, social events, shopping, kids home from school, charity, carolling and a healthy heap of extra obligations doesn’t just happen by itself. The stress does add up. Often the Christmas miracle is that Christmas finds a way to happen at all. Sometimes it’s best to just find a way to laugh. The South Simcoe Theatre has a show planned to help you do just that. That December Show: CINDER ELLA, EH runs from November 30 tie December 10th and is a retelling...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Barrie Farmers’ Market (Collier and Mulcaster streets)

    November 4, 2017 - April 28, 2018
  2. Barrie Winterfest

    February 3 - March 4
  3. Centre for the Performing Arts

    February 15 - February 24
  4. Dufflebag Theatre

    March 3