Month: August 2017

GTA ENTERTAINMENT: John Mayer brought it home in Toronto last night

John Mayer made a second stop in Toronto while on The Search for Everything Tour, playing to a jam packed house at the Budweiser stage Aug. 29. Known for playing lots of new music at his shows, Mayer also spoiled the adoring crowd with all-time faves like Vultures, Gravity, No Such Thing and his stylistic rendition of Tom Petty classic, Free Falling. There was not an empty seat in the house, except when crowds were brought to their feet and gathered in large groups dancing in the aisles. The energy was shared at the inspiring and highly entertaining show...

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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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Emergency services centre to be built

A new state-of-the-art facility will bring local emergency services under one roof. Officially called the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus, the project will bring together police, paramedic and fire service functions in one location, at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie. The innovative partnership arrangement maximizes cost-effectiveness and service efficiency. “The entire campus will provide efficiencies for all three services and better serve the community by being centrally located,” said city facility planning and development manager Lindsay Worton. With shared spaces and one mechanical, electrical, waste disposal system for the entire complex, officials say there are savings to be had. When compared...

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New Tecumseth museum gets a makeover

On August 17, the Town of New Tecumseth celebrated the official unveiling of recent renovations at the Museum on the Boyne. The Alliston site features a 1914 agricultural fair building, an 1851 log cabin and an 1858 English barn filled with a mixed collection of household, agricultural, industrial and archival artifacts that depict life in South Simcoe from the first settlement to present day. The agricultural fair building was transformed into a community museum in 1960 and currently houses the Museum on the Boyne. Thanks to local groups and individuals who supported a grant application, the museum received a...

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Increases in overdoses in Barrie

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has alerted health professionals and emergency responders of a recent spike in the number of overdoses seen at Royal Victoria Hospital. Between August 9 and 13, there were 22 people with overdoses seen in the local emergency department, roughly 50 per cent higher than any previous five-day period over the last two years. The incidents have involved heroin, OxyContin and other drugs not specified. “It’s very difficult to know what types of drugs are being illegally sold on the street so people who are using any substances recreationally need to take extra care,...

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Calendar of Events

  1. MacLaren Art Centre

    August 1 - August 31
  2. King’s Wharf Theatre

    August 9 - September 1
  3. Outdoor Film Series

    August 15
  4. Orillia Opera House

    August 15 - August 31
  5. Barrie Farmers’ Market

    August 18