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arts and entertainment

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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Big Wreck kicks off New Year’s Eve bash

December 2, 2013 arts and entertainment

New Year’s Eve gets its bell rung in Barrie once again, as the 16th annual Downtown Countdown kicks off with local and national talent. The show’s main act will be Big Wreck, whose songs, including ‘That Song’ will be familiar to concert goers. Following a string of hits in the 90s, the band took ten […]

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Comedy festival set for Barrie

September 10, 2013 arts and entertainment

Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is tuning up Barrie’s funny bone, planning to bring a comic festival to the city. Conceived to be TIFT’s new signature event, the Barrie International Comedy Festival will see bright stars in the comic constellation twinkle the smiles of audiences, starting Thursday, Sept. 19, and starring Colin Mochrie, Sandra Shamas, […]

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Stage set for TIFT’s summer camps

June 27, 2013 arts and entertainment

Following the success of its March Break camp, and its Improv Olympics, Talk is Free Theatre is offering local youth the opportunity to attend its summer camps. Campers will be happy to know that one of TIFT’s professional actors will be coaching them. Sessions start August 8 and 22, with parallel camps for 6-9 year […]

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Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival

June 5, 2013 arts and entertainment

The 19th edition of the now venerable KOOL FM Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival is underway and continues through to Monday, June 16. 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 Yamaha Piano Series at […]

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City offers data session for arts planning

May 6, 2013 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s department of culture is reaching out to local arts/culture groups and artists to help them collect and manage information. The department is offering a free workshop this Wednesday geared towards strategies on collecting and managing information, focusing on what information should be collected, why it should be gathered, how to do that without spending […]

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New spin on Romeo and Juliet for TIFT

April 9, 2013 arts and entertainment

Talk is Free Theatre’s 2013/14 season will bring forbidden love, vaudeville, Chekhov and dreams for a better life to Barrie for the theatre’s 12th season. The season begins with a transfer of ‘Possible Worlds’ by John Mighton, directed by Mitchell Cushman, to BeMe Theatre’s John Mighton Festival in Munich, Germany, in October. The performance is […]

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Kids direct parents at TIFT program

April 9, 2013 arts and entertainment

Tables are due to be turned on parents later this month when children take turns directing their parents, at an arts education program offered by Talk is Free Theatre. Kids Directing Parents is planned for Saturdays and Sundays, April 27 to May 5, 1-4 p.m. Themes such as fear, growing up and dreams will be […]

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Band battle kicks of Celebrate Barrie

April 9, 2013 arts and entertainment

It’s time to celebrate Barrie, with the annual spring fest set to kick off Friday, May 31 with a Youth Battle of the Bands showcasing some of the finest talent in Barrie. The concert is planned for the Star Stage at Centennial Park North, from 7-10 p.m. Participating musicians must be no older than 21. […]

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City puts out call for downtown buskers

March 6, 2013 arts and entertainment

Aspiring Barrie buskers are invited to showcase their talents as the City is lining up performers to entertain in the downtown core this summer. The Department of Culture and the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) have scheduled auditions for Monday, March 18, 5-9 p.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall. Performers of all talents, from […]

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TIFT lines up talent for camps

March 6, 2013 arts and entertainment

With March Break taking stage, Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is gearing up for another round of camps to engage aspiring young thespians and/or other theatre professionals. TIFT is offering two camps, one for 6-9 year olds, and the other for 10-14 year olds. Both are planned for March 11-15, and are designed to allow […]

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Charlie and TIFT good to actors’ fund

January 16, 2013 arts and entertainment

It must be true that Charlie Brown is a good man. He is lending his name and fame to the cause of raising funds for the Actors’ Fund of Canada. And Barrie’s own Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is getting in on the act, presenting a concert version of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ […]

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Canada’s Trews headline Countdown

November 29, 2012 arts and entertainment

The Trews, one of Canada’s top rock acts, are coming to Barrie to help kick of the New Year. The band will headline Barrie’s 15th annual Downtown Countdown. The band has released four studio albums, have honed their act in more than 800 concerts, and have been nominated for five Juno Awards. Singles include ‘Not […]

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TIFT’s Guys and Dolls opens Thursday

November 13, 2012 arts and entertainment

The musical Guys and Dolls is scheduled to open this Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, running until Nov. 25. A mainstay of the stage in theatre capitals around the world, the musical tells the tale of gangsters, the guys, and the showgirls, the dolls, attracted to them. However, there […]

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Blue Rodeo set to raise the roof

November 7, 2012 arts and entertainment

Two Barrie social agencies, the Salvation Army and the Busby Street Centre, will benefit from a concert headlined by Blue Rodeo, early in 2013. Funds raised through the ‘Big Roof Fest’ will assist the agencies as they develop new facilities to assist the homeless in Barrie. “I’m so pleased to be announcing the first ever […]

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Friends rally to assist ‘Big Mouth Dan’

November 6, 2012 arts and entertainment

A benefit is being organized for a local celebrity who was seriously injured in a car accident last month. The Barrie entertainment community is turning out for the event to assist Dan ‘Big Mouth’ Dunlop, scheduled for Nov. 11 at the Spotlight Event Centre, 41 Essa Road. The goal is to raise funds to help […]

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TIFT launches mentorship programs

September 11, 2012 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is taking steps to develop the local professional theatre community through two programs, funded by the Ontario Arts Council. The programs, ArtsLocal and Theatre Creators’ Reserve, will provide mentorship to local professional actors, says TIFT artistic director Arkady Spivak. ArtsLocal, described as “part creative residency, part professional development in […]

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Rhythmfest keeps a beat at Heritage Park

August 8, 2012 arts and entertainment

Barrie catches the beat this Saturday when Rhythmfest, Celebrating the Universal Language of Rhythm, returns to town. Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Rhythmfest, called Barrie’s only truly interactive festival, keeps the beat at Heritage Park. As with previous editions, this year’s celebration will feature workshops and performances from a variety of genres. Acts […]

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Barrie readies for annual ‘celebrate’ fest

May 29, 2012 arts and entertainment

If it’s summer in the city then it’s time for Celebrate Barrie, the yearly feel-good community fest that adds to the bloom of Barrie’s rose. And everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities this Saturday, June 2, on the city’s waterfront at Centennial Park. “Celebrate Barrie will be an incredible experience for families to get […]

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Peter Pan takes flight to TIFT

May 16, 2012 arts and entertainment

The world’s most reluctant adult-in-waiting brings a revised tale of forever young to Barrie this month in a production that will bring the curtain down on Talk is Free Theatre’s 10th anniversary. Parkdale Peter Pan, based on J M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, opens June 1 at the Mady Centre for Performing Arts, with a […]

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TIFT brings Great Expectations to Barrie

March 28, 2012 arts and entertainment

The Mady Centre for the Performing Arts launched last fall with great expectations, and now Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) has a similar anticipation for its latest production. TIFT is bringing Great Expectations, a musical adaptation by Richard Ouzounian, to town this week, with a preview scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday), opening on Friday and running […]

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TIFT’s Dani Girl has run extended

February 22, 2012 arts and entertainment

Held over by popular demand, Talk is Free Theatre’s production of Dani Girl has had its Toronto run extended for a week, until March 11. Jeff Madden, a Dora Award winner and a former cast member of the Jersey Boys, plays the character Rafe in Talk is Free Theatre’s (TIFT) production of Dani Girl. The […]

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