Month: September 2017

Get toe tapping with jazz festival

Music will fill the downtown air during the annual Orillia Jazz Festival, Oct. 11 to 15, as local and world-class jazz performers take various stages big and small. “We’re different from other festivals,” notes Susan Willsey, who has been associated with the festival since joining the organizing committee four years ago. “We gather up venues and cultural institutions in the community that are already kind of happy to do this kind of thing, and do it naturally, organically.” She says that the 27th annual festival is “a little different,” because “it’s spread out in the community in smaller venues,...

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Lakehead U program launches for overseas students

The Orillia campus of Lakehead University is busy welcoming their newest crop of students. Their sister campus in Thunder Bay already welcomes students in the hundreds, who travel to Canada to learn English and gain a western university education. James Aldridge, Vice-Provost International, explains that it has always been their intention to have international students on that campus. It was a struggle at first, “but it’s finally got legs, and we’re really excited about an expansion of the international offering in Orillia, and the number of students that are taking us up on the Orillia opportunity.” Aldridge is responsible...

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Georgian College opens Design and Digital Arts Centre

Hundreds of students attended the September opening of the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre. The new building provides a central spot for students to study in Barrie’s downtown core. Equipped with high ceiling, a well-lit multipurpose area and classrooms, work areas, offices and storage, students are set to enjoy an elevated study experience. “The centre brings Georgian students and faculty into downtown Barrie for the first time, providing opportunities for work-integrated learning, and exciting collaboration with experts in Barrie’s creative community,” said Georgian College president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes. “It’s named for Arch and Helen...

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GTA Entertainment: TIFF kicks off in Canadian style

The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off today in the downtown core, with lots of opportunities to spot your favourite celebs and check out some amazing films. Some big names expected to make their appearance on the red carpet this year, include Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Drake, Emma Stone and Gael Garcia Bernal. There are lots of other things to do downtown during the 10 day festival, like attend hosted and themed club nights, dine at TIFF hot spots and for some…go to a private party or V.I.P. gift lounge. One of the more established gift...

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GTA ENTERTAINMENT: Fans were Depeched at ACC this long weekend

Depeche Mode stopped at the Air Canada Centre (ACC) in Toronto last night, their first time since 2013, on the their Global Spirit Tour and to a full house of die hard fans.  The spirit was evident throughout the evening with band members in top form with an on-stage camaraderie that was heartwarming after 30 years together. They kicked things off with an instrumental video intro preceded by the Beatles’ song, Revolution, and followed by new and more recent music like Going Backwards and So Much Love from the Spirit album. The band also incorporated the classic rap styling of...

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Calendar of Events

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

    November 4, 2017 - April 28, 2018
  2. Photos with the Easter Bunny

    March 23 - March 25
  3. The Jim Cuddy Band

    March 29
  4. MacLaren Art Centre

    April 1
  5. Barrie Film Festival

    April 4 - April 5