Author: Perry Lefko


As it celebrates its 46th edition, Kempenfest continues to be a major summer staple for the City of Barrie. The annual festival for arts and crafts, food, children’s activities and musical entertainment, runs from August 4-7 and generates an economic impact of $8 million to $10 million annually for the City, according to Tom Aikins, who is in his 17th year as Kempenfest’s head of marketing and sponsorships. It also raises about $250,000 annually for capital projects in the community. “It just makes for a great mid-summer festival celebration,” Aikins says. “It’s worked well, so we’ve stuck with it.”...

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Barrie Film Festival has plans to celebrate 20th anniversary

By Perry Lefko BFF doesn’t just stand for Best Friend Forever. It is the three letters that stand for the Barrie Film Festival, which turns 20 years old this year. This year’s festival runs October 13-27 at venues throughout the city, and as always it is the work of a dedicated group of cinema lovers that come together to showcase feature films, short films, guest Q & As and receptions. More than 20 films are shown, some of them with extra screenings, totaling more than 40. The original festival started out with nine films over the course of a...

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The Big Feastival has food and entertainment for all ages

The Big Feastival is coming from the United Kingdom to Canada, specifically Burl’s Creek at Oro-Medonte, August 18-20. The Big Feastival, which is billed as a feel-good festival of music and food for all ages, has been a staple for six years in the U.K. The musical acts lined up include: Weezer, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Strumbellas, OK Go, De La Soul, Magic, Wintersleep, Basia Bulat, Dragonette, Choir! Choir! Choir!, The Elwins, Dwayne Gretzky, Repartee, The Beaches, Famous Players, Abigail Lapell, Amberweed, Andi, Aria Ohlsson, Ayaz V, Bayla, Carnival Spice, Command Sisters, En Riet, Good Enough, Live Karaoke,...

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WayHome showcases a kaleidoscope of sound and colour

The WayHome Music & Arts Festival is advertised as a kaleidoscope of sound, smell and colour, and the 2017 edition promises once again to be all of that, albeit with a different mix of talent. Taking place July 28-30 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, this year’s WayHome features acts that include Grammy Award-winning electronic dance music producer Flume headlining on the first day, multiple hit-makers Imagine Dragons on the second day, and rap star Frank Ocean on the final day. “The experience of what WayHome tries to be is a premier camping festival for Southern Ontario,” says...

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    May 1 - May 31
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    May 26
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