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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PSI hosts EPL’s Stoke City for camp

September 8, 2016 Local sports scene

Tryout dates for Premier Soccer Institute announced The Premier Soccer Institute (PSI) has exciting development news to share. Recently, coaches for the English Premier League’s Stoke City were in Barrie for an identification camp, hosted by PSI. Led by Stoke City coach Aaron Duce, the camp was designed to identify players qualified to participate in […]

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Time to walk a mile in her shoes

August 24, 2016 municipal news

The 7th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Heritage Park, and this year organizers are hoping to raise $30,000 to benefit the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie. It’s said that to understand another’s reality, one has to first walk in their shoes. That’s what organizers are asking […]

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Life’s no longer a beach for city lifeguards

August 16, 2016 municipal news

It’s an annual sign of summer’s pending end. As of Monday, August 22, lifeguards will no longer be staffing Barrie’s beaches, although the buoy lines will remain in the water until after Labour Day. The City of Barrie and the Canadian Red Cross teamed up once again to offer the PFD Loan Service. So far […]

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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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Eco-focused Blue Flag flies at marina

July 5, 2016 municipal news

The Blue Flag is flying at the city marina, the first and only marina on Lake Simcoe to have the distinction. Mayor Jeff Lehman and city staff helped to officially raise the Blue Flag at the marina today, the second year in a row that it has been recognized with the Blue Flag designation; this […]

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Shear Park features new inclusive playground

July 5, 2016 municipal news

Shear Park has a new inclusive playground, just in time for summer vacation. The playground has been completely redesigned thanks in part to the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. The new inclusive playground features paved walkway routes from the parking lot to an elevated ramp leading onto the playground, which is surfaced with accessible […]

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Barrie prepares to celebrate Canada Day

June 30, 2016 municipal news

Canada Day celebrations return to Barrie for the country’s 149th birthday, and the city is preparing a party to mark the day, and also the 100th anniversary of Canadian Women’s Suffrage, and the 175th birthday of Sir Wilfred Laurier. The event will feature family activities, vendors, live entertainment and more funded in part by the […]

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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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Firefighters and builders invite residents to ‘build and burn’ day

June 7, 2016 municipal news

Barrie firefighters are teaming up with the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association to build a house in six hours, and residents are being invited to watch the show for a “full day of free family fun.” The 750-square-foot bungalow will be used for firefighter training by the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Innisfil Fire and […]

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Barrie residence among assets seized in drug investigation

June 7, 2016 Police roundup

An investigation combining regional police forces produced what investigators describe as a significant seizure of drugs “destined for street areas.” Officers from the Barrie Police Service, the South Simcoe Police, and the Ontario Provincial Police simultaneously executed search warrants at five addresses in Barrie, three in Bradford and one in Oro-Medonte Township in the early […]

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Robbery not a random act: police

June 7, 2016 Police roundup

Barrie Police Services continue to investigate a robbery that occurred Monday afternoon in the area of Ardagh Drive and Pass Court. It is believed that three males disguised with masks and reportedly armed with hand guns approached a U-Haul van parked with three occupants. Two occupants from within the van fled on foot and the […]

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Barrie celebrates 100 Years of Freedom

June 3, 2016 municipal news

On saturday, downtown Barrie streets will be filled with 1,000 troops marching to City Hall with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed to kick off the ‪100 Years of Freedom celebrations. Once halted at City Hall a short ceremony will take place starting at 11 a.m., including the arrival of Vimy soil representing the […]

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Missing boy back home with his family

June 1, 2016 municipal news

Cameron Abernethy, 11, has returned home safely to his family, police report. The Barrie Police Service and the family of the young boy are grateful to the public for their assistance in spreading the word and sharing through all forms of media. The boy was brought home after a tip from a caller which shows […]

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Search continues for missing Barrie boy

May 31, 2016 municipal news

Barrie Police Service will be following up their investigation with door-to-door canvassing of the area where 11-year-old Cameron Abernethy was last seen. Friends and known associates will also be spoken to and known places Cameron attends will be checked for surveillance video. Police are hoping to create a timeline from when the boy was last […]

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Woman faces impaired charges

April 26, 2016 Police roundup

Early Tuesday morning, Barrie police responded to the area of Essa Road and Gowan Street after receiving a report of a single motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival police located the vehicle that had travelled off the roadway, struck a hydro pole and came to rest on a fire hydrant. The driver, a 28-year-old Barrie woman, […]

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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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Arrests made in suspected home invasion

April 26, 2016 Police roundup

Three males, one armed with a chainsaw, broke into a home early Saturday morning, police report. Police arrived at the residence after receiving a call about a home invasion. The suspects fled the area in a pick-up truck, but were located by police a short time after and arrested. Police deemed the incident to be […]

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Lehman reacts to Laurentian leaving

February 13, 2016 municipal news

The following media statement is a reaction from Mayor Jeff Lehman on the recent announcement from Laurentian University to leave Barrie. I am deeply disappointed, but sadly not surprised by the decision made by Laurentian to leave Barrie. My first thoughts are for the individuals who will lose their jobs, and their families. While the […]

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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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Giving back by ‘paying forward’ works for ‘young-old’ retirees

November 24, 2015 The no so golden years

• Dear readers: Your humble scribe has been producing content on what is being called an imminent pension crisis, for the Alliance for Retirement Income Adequacy (ARIA), a site designed to foster an informed discussion about retirement issues. It has been quite an education, and I thought I’d share some of the stories with you. […]

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Groups integrate to fight homelessness

November 24, 2015 municipal news

Organizations Plan for a Future that Ends Homelessness A pair of Barrie social services focused on “ending chronic homelessness” in the city are planning to integrate their operations more fully, including moving under one roof. The Barrie Out of the Cold programs and the David Busby Street Centre “are moving beyond their current partnerships and […]

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Blue Lightning pulls to first

August 27, 2015 municipal news

Blue Lightning, the Barrie Police Service’s entry in last Saturday’s Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, placed first in the Municipal Challenge Cup, raising about $600 for Hospice -Simcoe County. The team also took second in the Final Gold Cup Race. The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is an annual summer event that promotes community spirit, vitality and […]

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