Author: Jeff Jones

It’s Game On this September

Lovers of video games new and old, those who proudly count themselves among the gaming community and anyone who is interested in technology should mark their calendars for the second annual Game On. On Sept. 22, the City of Barrie is partnering with BPL Comic Con to present a day filled with video games and gaming fun at Five Points Theatre. The theatre will be set up with displays, booths and hands on exhibits where you can re-live the retro video games from your childhood and also try out some exciting new virtual reality experiences. Vendors will be on...

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Elton Rohn follows the Yellow Brick Road back to Barrie

Some things are born out of planning, preparation and execution, while other things are born out of happy accident. Perhaps the greatest things are born when a happy accident occurs while executing another plan.      When Ron Camilleri put down his guitar one night to spontaneously try a shouted request from the crowd at his well-rehearsed, new band’s show, a brand new career emerged. The request was for an Elton John song and, after playing it, the crowd went wild. So they played another from John’s catalogue and then another. It wasn’t long before the foremost Elton John...

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Boots and Hearts returns to Burl’s Creek

Be sure to get your finest cowboy hat and your toughest boots ready: it’s time again for the annual Boots and Hearts Festival. Though, considering the event is four days long and features 40 performances, one might want to trade in those boots for something more comfortable. The Boots and Hearts Festival is at the Burl’s Creek event grounds in Oro-Medonte for its seventh straight year from Aug. 9-12.  “We’ve worked hard to put together a world-class line-up,” says festival co-founder Eva Dunford. “We are also extremely proud that over half of our talent is comprised of Canadian artists...

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Mindi Abair comes to play for Barrie

Most who dream of a career in music have fantasies of stardom and celebrity. Mindi Abair simply wanted to keep playing. Chasing music and not fame has led her to one of the most diverse and impressive music careers that one might imagine. “As a kid growing up playing music, I just knew that I loved to play,” says saxophonist, singer and bandleader Mindi Abair. “I didn’t think about what it would look like or where I would be. I just took every chance to do what I loved.” Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers play the Five Points Theatre in...

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Rick Mercer is bringing Canada to Barrie.

TV host and comedian Rick Mercer is a Canadian treasure, with emphasis on the Canadian part. That’s made perfectly clear when you ask him about his importance to Canadians.  “If any one out there is doing that kind of thinking,” Mercer says flatly, “They should probably give their head a shake.” His characteristic modesty notwithstanding, Mercer is the rarest of Canadian performers; one that both celebrates Canada and remains here. He brings Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast, his latest one-man performance, to the Georgian Theatre on May 8. “The live show is very much related to my TV...

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  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