Month: August 2017

Illuminate Barrie

The Illuminate Barrie Festival will be an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss. Ignite your passion for our country at this one-of-a-kind celebration along Barrie’s Ignite your passion for our country at this one-of-a-kind celebration along Barrie’s waterfront on Labour Day weekend. This family-friendly event will include live entertainment, distinctly Canadian foods and activities, local producers and vendor market, a heritage village, and breathtaking Canada 150 themed fireworks choreographed to music. Enjoy inflatables and family activities. You can even scale to new heights on a 25-foot rock climbing wall. Take a journey back in time to explore life in the 19th century. You will...

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Yes, there’s lots of soup for you!

Get your spoons ready! Taste buds will be primed and mouths salivating on Saturday, September 30 in preparation for the Holland Marsh Soupfest. This popular annual event showcases the best produce the Holland Marsh and the surrounding agriculture industry has to offer. The event, first held in 2008, is organized by the Holland Marsh Growers Association, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, and the Township of King. This year there will be multiple-skilled soup makers on hand. Included amongst the participants are local restaurants, chefs, caterers, and culinary schools. Tasha Veer, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator with the township,...

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Canada. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, 1 in 7 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. September has been designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as the need for awareness and education continues to climb. The goal of this month is to engage and connect the public, media, academia, and government because on some level prostate cancer affects us all. Despite the fact that deaths from prostate cancer have dropped by approximately 40 per cent over the past 20 years, an estimated 4,100 Canadian...

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Alexander Totten opened first general store

Simcoe County: Now and Then … and Again By Rochelle Burns, PhD, social historian  “Ah, what’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.   Ah, sorry to the Bard, but names are important to those identified with them. So important are they, that the source of a place’s name can be a hotly contested topic with researching historians and various other sleuths.   Take Penetanguishene. It’s believed the place got its name from one or another of several First Nations’ languages. Its exact meaning is, therefore, often...

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Barbecue heats things up in Barrie

The circus is coming to Barrie. Vague de Cirque, the Quebec high-flying, club-juggling, rope-climbing acrobatic troupe, will perform their latest show, Barbecue, August 30-September 2 at Heritage Park. Presented by the City of Barrie and La Cle d’la Baie, Vague de Cirque, which translates to Wave of Circus, has been performing for eight years and travels throughout Canada from May to October. This is the first time the company will perform in Barrie. “We’re very excited about it,” said Noemie Gervais, Director of Vague de Cirque. The shows are designed to appeal to all ages inside the tent, which...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Cinderella: The Panto

    June 6 - June 30
  2. Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival

    June 7 - June 18
  3. Barrie Farmers’ Market

    June 23
  4. Five Points Theatre

    June 23
  5. Georgian Theatre

    June 23