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arts and entertainment

New Year’s Eve show features Hip tribute

December 7, 2017 arts and entertainment

Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell is set to rattle and roll downtown Barrie to ring in the new year as part of the 20th annual Downtown Countdown, New Year’s Eve. “In partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM, the City of Barrie is excited to welcome Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell to headline the […]

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Arts program back for third session

September 12, 2017 arts and entertainment

The Artrepreneur program is coming back to Barrie for a third session. Designed to to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries, the program is presented by the City of Barrie in partnership with Georgian College’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, the York Region Arts […]

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Dad’s day under the tent at Blues Fest

June 18, 2017 arts and entertainment

The 22nd edition of the venerable Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival celebrates Father’s Day with a gift of music in downtown Barrie under the tent at Heritage Park. The day includes a tribute to Muddy Waters featuring the Jack de Keyser Band playing ‘Muddy Waters Live at Newport 1960.’ Fans of the blues are sure […]

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Sloan rings in the Barrie new year

December 21, 2016 arts and entertainment

Sloan will headline the City’s 19th annual Downtown Countdown event on New Year’s Eve. “In partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM, the City of Barrie is excited to welcome Canadian rock band Sloan to headline the Downtown Countdown,” Arin Donnelly, Community Event Coordinator, is quoted saying. “Sloan has been nominated for nine Juno […]

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TIFT brings the music to streets of Barrie

September 13, 2016 arts and entertainment

If you happen to be in downtown Barrie the next couple of weeks, going about your business, don’t be surprised if song and dance breaks out near you. Not to be concerned, though, as it’s all perfectly natural and planned, a case of street theatre brought to you by Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT). From […]

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TIFT’s Music Man takes to the streets

August 3, 2016 arts and entertainment

The streets of downtown Barrie are about to become boulevards of song and dance when Talk is Free Theatre brings The Music Man to town. The city by the bay will be transformed into River City, Iowa, from Sept. 14 to Oct. 2 for the production of Meredith Willson’s musical. It will feature more than […]

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TIFT takes Tales on the road, to Iqaluit

July 17, 2016 arts and entertainment

To celebrate its 15th Anniversary season, Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) is taking the show on the road – all the way to Iqaluit, Nunavut, where it will showcase its production of Tales of an Urban Indian. When it first ran in 2009, Tales turned heads with it production, but also because it was performed […]

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The Music Man kicks off comedy fest

June 27, 2016 arts and entertainment

Mirth and merriment will be on order in Barrie from Thursday, Sept. 12 to Saturday, Oct. 1 as Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) presents the fourth annual Barrie International Comedy festival. The festival kicks off on Sept. 12 with the presentation of The Music Man, in which “Barrie becomes River City, Iowa in this innovative […]

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Barrie Jazz and Blues XXII

June 13, 2016 arts and entertainment

The 22nd edition of the now venerable KOOL FM Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival is underway and continues through to Monday, June 20. Along the way jazz and blues will resonate from venues around the city. City Scene Barrie is pleased to provide this comprehensive guide to the festival. – THE KOOL FM BARRIE JAZZ […]

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Celebrate Barrie’s Battle of the Bands

April 26, 2016 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s annual Battle of the Bands will be kicking off Celebrate Barrie on Friday, June 3, and applications are now being accepted from local bands with members aged 21 and under. Selected bands will take the stage and be judged by a panel of local musicians, promoters and music industry insiders for the chance to […]

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Mayor’s 2016 brunch and levee

December 22, 2015 arts and entertainment

Mayor’s Fifth Annual New Year’s Day Brunch & Levee to ring in 2016 and raise funds for the United Way of Greater Simcoe County The City Hall rotunda will be the place to be when Mayor Jeff Lehman presents the Fifth Annual New Year’s Day Brunch & Levee, presented by PowerStream, in support of the […]

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TIFT books Dale for comedy fest

August 27, 2015 arts and entertainment

Cynthia Dale is performing at the Barrie International Comedy Festival Supreme Comedy Gala, filling in for Mary Walsh who is cancelling due to illness. The week-long festival, starting Sept. 15, according to TIFT, the organizer, will feature Dale, “one of Canada’s most acclaimed and sought after performers – a ‘triple sensation’ known for her award-winning […]

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TIFT receives $10,000 from Park Place

August 25, 2015 arts and entertainment

A long-time supporter of Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is contributing $10,000 to the local troupe which brings live theatre to Barrie audiences. Terry Coughlin, managing partner of North American Development Group, developers of Park Place, has served on TIFT’s board of directors since 2011 and the support has been immeasurable, say Arkady Spivak, the […]

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Moist opens renewed Roxy Theatre

August 20, 2015 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s grand old lady of entertainment, the Roxy Theatre, returns to the scene, bringing live shows to a local audience. The theatre at 46 Dunlop Street West has long been a symbol of stellar entertainment in the city. Since the 1930s when the Saso family opened the Roxy, to its run as The Roxx Nightclub […]

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Illuminating underwater insights

August 20, 2015 arts and entertainment

Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is bringing renowned underwater adventurer Dr. Joe MacInnis to town to share his experiences and insights as part of the theatre’s Illuminating Conversations series. His biography, according to a TIFT release, reads like an underwater Indiana Jones adventure. Among his many adventures are dives to the Titanic, the Edmund Fitzgerald, […]

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Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival XX

June 16, 2015 arts and entertainment

The 20th edition of the now venerable KOOL FM Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival is underway and continues through to Monday, June 22. Along the way jazz and blues will resonate from venues around the city. City Scene Barrie is pleased to provide this comprehensive guide to the festival. – THE KOOL FM BARRIE JAZZ […]

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February Blues XVIII schedule

February 3, 2015 arts and entertainment

THE FEBRUARY BLUES XVIII BARRIE – BRADFORD – INNISFIL – MIDLAND BLUES LOCALES & VENUES SCHEDULE SOUTH-SIDE BLUES • THE BARRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY, PAINSWICK BRANCH, (705) 728-1010, 48 DEAN AVENUE – February 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. featuring Cantor’s Set EAST-SIDE BLUES • THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 410 ST. VINCENT STREET, (705)728-1412 – February 5, 8:00 […]

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Allandale restoration gets heritage award

January 21, 2015 arts and entertainment

The City’s restoration effort on the Allandale Station is being recognized by Ontario Heritage Trust, with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. The award recognizes the most exceptional achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in conserving Ontario’s cultural and/or natural heritage through the completion of a specific project, and will be […]

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Luba Goy coming to town

January 21, 2015 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) plans to tickle the city’s funny bone with its Barrie International Comedy Festival Special. As part of the festival, TIFT and the Barrie International Comedy Festival present Luba Goy on Tuesday, April 14, 8 p.m. at the Georgian Theatre. Most famous as part of the Royal Canadian Air Farce, […]

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Finger Eleven to headline Countdown

December 4, 2014 arts and entertainment

Barrie and area residents are invited to ring in the New Year with the 17th annual Downtown Countdown, featuring Finger Eleven as the main act. The Canadian band will headline an all-Canadian lineup. Now recording their sixth album, Finger Eleven has celebrated success in both Canada and the U.S. with hits including One Thing and […]

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Artists sought for New Year’s Eve bash

September 9, 2014 arts and entertainment

The search is on for a local band or musician to perform at the city’s 17th annual Downtown Countdown, New Year’s Eve. The chosen few will play a 30 minute set at one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Central Ontario. Bands and musicians from Barrie, and suitable for this family event, are […]

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TIFT’s revised summer day camp program

June 23, 2014 arts and entertainment

Summer camp season is almost upon us, and Talk Is Free Theatre is getting ready to open its doors to aspiring young performers. TIFT’s Monday to Friday summer day camps have become a staple for local youth with a flair for the dramatic. But this year, the instructors are trying something ground-breaking. “In the past, […]

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New and old classics in TIFT lineup

May 6, 2014 arts and entertainment

Bringing the old and new to Barrie theatre audiences, Talk is Free Theatre‘s artistic producer Arkady Spivak has released details of the new season. “Next season in Barrie will feature plays that are highly impactful on the forms and styles of theatre they represent,” says Spivak. “But my equal goal was to find plausible, meaningful […]

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Feds come up with $35,000 for TIFT

April 22, 2014 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre is getting $35,000 from the federal government for the ‘Creative Trust Barrie’ project, MP Patrick Brown announced Tuesday. The funds will allow the theatre to partner with Theatre by the Bay and the Barrie Film Festival to improve planning and financial skills to find new and innovative sources of revenue. […]

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The show, Floyd Collins, goes on at TIFT

April 9, 2014 arts and entertainment

At Talk is Free Theatre, the show must go on, even if it means coping with sets, props and costumes that got lost in transit. And so with the exception of a cancelled preview performance on April 10, the performance of Floyd Collins is scheduled to open this Friday, with some slight modifications, say the […]

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