Author: Perry Lefko

Jim Cuddy mixes solo career with Blue Rodeo duties

By Perry Lefko For all he’s done as one of the two frontmen for Blue Rodeo, Jimmy Cuddy still likes to go solo. The Jim Cuddy Band has produced four albums, the latest of which, Constellation (WarnerMusic), he is out promoting on tour. He comes to Barrie’s Georgian Theatre on March 29. For some of the tour events he is joined by his two sons Devon and Sam, both of whom have their own bands. Blue Rodeo will be touring in the summer and then Cuddy will be back promoting his band. For some dates on his tour’s schedule,...

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Travis Dermott scores first NHL goal

By Perry Lefko Travis Dermott is making quite an impression for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 21-year-old defenceman, from Newmarket, scored his first National Hockey League goal on Jan, 31 in a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders at the Air Canada Centre. He also added an assist on a goal by fellow rookie defenceman Justin Holl, who was playing in his first NHL game. Dermott tipped in a pass from forward William Nylander to score on a play in which he had possession of the puck in the offensive zone, lost control of it and then stripped...

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Don Cherry excited about Canada’s hockey teams in the 2018 Winter Olympics

By Perry Lefko Don Cherry is pumped about the men’s and women’s hockey teams that will represent Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Even though the men’s team will be comprised of a bunch of relatively unknown European-based players, some of whom have experience in the National Hockey League (NHL), Cherry believes they will put on a good show. The popular figure of Coach’s Corner says in the absence of NHL players, who won’t be participating in the Games for the first time since 1998, this is a feel-good story for the lineup of players chosen to represent Canada....

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Former Innisfil resident Amber Bowman wins Dr. Oz trainer competition

By Perry Lefko Dreams do come true. Just ask high-performance athlete/firefighter Amber Bowman. As a young girl, Amber had a dream to perform on a world stage in sports and go on to inspire and motivate others to live a healthy, fit life. She also dreamed of one day being on Oprah Winfrey’s show. Now that is all happening. Amber, who was born and raised in Innisfil, currently lives in Caledon. She’s employed as a firefighter for Central York Fire Department of Newmarket and Aurora and has been selected as Dr. Memhet Oz’s Next Great Trainer. Last August, at...

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Hockey Hall of Famer and longtime Mississauga resident Johnny Bower passes away

By Perry Lefko Toronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower died on Dec. 26 at Credit Valley Hospital following a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 93. Bower was a prominent Mississauga resident for about 30 years and had a park in the city named in his honour. Nicknamed the China Wall, Bower played goalie for the Leafs from 1959-79 and was part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 60s. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. Bower recorded a song called Honky (The Christmas Goose) in 1965. Based on a children’s book written by...

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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