Author: Perry Lefko

Concerts support mental health program

By Perry Lefko Ron Beer has been entertaining international audiences with his songs and singing for 40 years and now the multi-talented businessman is using his talents to pay it forward with a unique initiative to help individuals with mental health issues. Beer, whose multi-talented skills include music, martial arts and animation, has been volunteering at the Canadian Mental Health Association for 10 years. The first five years he performed in the mental health unit at the Markham Stouffville Hospital and the last five years at the outpatient program called “The Living Room”. Last May he raffled off compacts...

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Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour coming to Orillia

By Perry Lefko Former National Hockey League players Ethan Moreau and Shayne Corson, along with Juno-nominated band Bleeker, will be part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour that will come to Orillia for a  two-day event at the Orillia Waterfront Centre on November 4-5. Orillia was chosen as one of 24 Canadian communities comprising the 2017-2018 Rogers Tour. It will be televised on Sportsnet during the Nov. 5 game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. Included in the broadcast will be a pre-taped interview with hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone in conversation with Orillia...

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Proposed marijuana plan irks clinics

The Ontario’s government’s plan to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana use has raised concerns in the province’s medical marijuana community about how the program will work. The recently-announced plan will see commercial marijuana sold through 40 Liquor Control Board of Ontario outlets beginning July 1, 2018, and also through a website, but it’s otherwise vague in details. That worries clinics legally set up to work with doctors or nurses who help prescribe medicinal cannabis for people in need of it. “The announcement didn’t have any mention of servicing or standards or anything for medicinal users, so obviously there’s...

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City of Barrie program helps artists of all genres learn business skills

Artrepreneur, a program for independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs looking to develop vital business skills, is back for a third season. The City of Barrie, in partnership with Georgian College’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, the York Region Arts Council, the Small Business Centre and Entrepreneur Artists Resource Network, is running the 14-week program from Nov. 14 to Feb. 27 at Georgian College. The deadline to apply is Sep. 27 and the course, which costs $115, is limited to 30 students. The program is comprised of weekly classes, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo. It primarily...

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MacLaren Art Centre continues to attract audiences of all ages

  Perhaps the reason MacLaren Art Centre continues to increase its attendees on an annual basis is because there’s so much offered at the Centre. Last year, attendance reached 53,504 people, including 20,000 children and youth, with programs at the gallery, schools and the community. It was an increase of 7,000 from the previous year. “What’s really growing are our website visits and social media, and we’re putting more and more virtual shows on our website,” says MacLaren Art Centre’s Executive Director Carolyn Bell Farrell. “I think MacLaren continues to be a cultural hub for residents and for tourists...

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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. Georgian Theatre

    February 22
  5. Dufflebag Theatre

    March 3