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Waterfront Festivals, Music Trivia and Art Expos: 3 Awesome Things To Do in and around Barrie This Weekend

Barrie Things To Do This Weekend

Check Here For An Updated List of Things To Do In Barrie This Weekend

Besides the obligatory extra day off from work/school, the great thing about long weekends is that every time they roll around, they bring you one day closer to the NEXT weekend.

As such, Barrie is locked and loaded for another few days of fun in the (hopefully?) sun.

15th Annual Barrie Waterfront Festival

The kickoff to “festival season” happens on Friday when the midways and stages take over Centennial beach and the surrounding dunes.

Live music shows happen through the entire weekend, including several live tribute acts, with loads of buskers, vendors and activities for the smaller members of the family. But, let’s be real…you want to know if there are drink options, right? There is! Flying Monkey’s will be on hand and a beer tent will be open. And maybe do the midway rides BEFORE you hit the tent…just sayin’.


Fun Fact! We post a full calendar of concerts every week in Barrie. And we are ALWAYS on the lookout for local artist performances. If you are playing anywhere in town, fire the deets to [email protected] We’ll be sure to post your gig!

The Foxx Lounge presents a loaded ticket with local groups New City Revival, The Saydes, and Jupiter Hollow in the spotlight. They are on hand supporting some killer metal/punk/alternative groups from around the province, including POLARITY and Edward Sayers.

Elsewhere, Mavrick’s is jammed with country shows on Friday and Saturday, and then on Sunday it’s Paige’s Passion Music Fest. This all day music fest is in support of RVH and features a crap ton of fantastic local bands.

Vinlypalooza Record Show


Barrie’s annual Record Show returns on Sunday. Twice a year the show runs for one day only, with over 20 vendors from across the province selling their vinyl, CDs, Dvds, posters, books, magazines, and collectibles from concerts and bands.

Proceeds go to support the literacy council of Ontario, and you can be sure to find a gem or two among the milk crates. Happening at the Ferndale Banquet Hall.


If you are looking for something low key and supportive of local talent, check out the Youth Art Expo at the Creative Bean.

Happening on Friday night, the event features four local artists from different fields exhibiting their work. Proceeds from any sales go to support Habitat For Humanity.

Ally Barranca – Drawing/Painting 
Isabel Voycey – Photography 
Maryse Soleil – Digital Art 
Cayden Segura – DYVRSE Brand Apparel

2nd BONUS UNCOVERED EVENT! 80s Music Trivia Night @ Friday Harbour

If you are the type of person who would never confuse The Clash with The Cure (and tbh, I kinda don’t want to know you if you are) than this baby is for you.

Friday Harbour offers up a 80s themed Music Trivia night around the campfire on Friday night. It’s open to everyone and starts at 7pm…although as far as we know, big hair wigs are not provided.




Gigs For The Week of May 19th In Barrie: Your Local Live Music Source

Gigs This Week


“Music Is The Moonlight in the Gloomy Night of Life” – Jean Paul Richter

As any veteran of Barrie’s live music scene will tell you, there aren’t many nights off here.

If you’re game for going out, the city by the Lake is guaranteed to have a gig for you every week. Whether you’re feeling an alt rock blowout, an intimate jazz ensemble or a laid back acoustic set, Thursday through Saturday in Barrie are jammed with jams from local talent and edgy bands from across the region.

And if you’re an emerging group playing gigs in town, we want to hear from you! Send the finer points to [email protected] and we’ll post your shows here and on our events page.

Happening this week on the stage in Barrie…


The acronym NMT has quickly become synonymous with awesome over the last few years in the Barrie music scene, as the Foxx continues to pack exciting new artists into the Lounge every Thursday.

This week the Grim Spring Tour rolls into town, led by metal enthusiasts Falset. They’ve been making a name for themselves on the circuit over the last few years as well as working on a album, and they come from good pedigree; drummer Chance LaBrie is the son of James LaBrie. That name will be familiar to metal/alternative fans as the lead singer of American prog rockers Dream Theatre and (briefly) Coney Hatch.

Also on the tour is Her Majesty The King, Island & Empires and Montreal’s Emborne Drive. Should be loud and lit, with doors at 9pm.


On Friday StS Promotions takes the reigns, presenting a couple of up and comers from Barrie. New City Revival hits the stage for just their second gig at the Lounge, along with The Saydes. Also on the ticket is Red Light Disco (formerly Monday Matinee) and Edward Sayers, a folk rock/blues act out of the Six.

Saturday is another killer show, with local prog/metal duo Jupiter Hollow in the local spotlight. Dorian Gray joins them, fresh off of crafting a Spotify discovery playlist you should definitely check out. They’ll be flanked by POLARITY (who bring over a decade’s worth of tunes and half a million YouTube views to the party) and Toronto’s Diamond Weapon.



The Rural Alberta Advantage – Friday, 9pm

George Canyon – Saturday, 8pm

Paige’s Passion Music Fest – Sunday, 10am


Memphis Mudd – Friday, 10pm

Those Handsome Hooligans – Saturday, 10pm


Bear – Friday, 8pm

Jay Moe – Saturday, 8pm


GENEVIEVE CYR – Saturday, 9pm


B Knox – Thursday & Saturday, 9pm


Emberly – Saturday, 8pm


Big In Japan – Saturday, 3pm


Jakob Pearce – Sunday, 5pm


Curious about the bands playing in town this week? Learn more and try a sample of their “stuff” in the links below!







Uncover The Music Episode 2 – Megan Anne

Episode 2 of Barrie’s Music Scene Podcast

In Episode 2 we sat down with singer/songwriter Megan Anne! Listen in as we uncover 5 truths, find out which mega producer compared her to Taylor Swift and hear a song from her recently released EP Phoenix.

You can subscribe to Uncover The Music everywhere you get podcasts, including Itunes, Spotify and Google Play.


The Week That Was

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…



Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you! Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s concerts, store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

The Week that was in Barrie…

There is never a shortage of gigs and live performances in town, but this week featured a real treat at the Five Points theatre. Legendary Hip Hop photographer and journalist Ernie Paniccioli took the stage with a selection of stories and images spanning decades, and @greenbyhand was there.

And just down the street the Foxx Lounge welcomed another well known artist along with a first timer on the stage, as captured by @53rdand3rdShow.

Some will say that a city doesn’t really come alive until patio season arrives. And by “some” we mean, ya know… us. So it was invigorating to see the tables and chairs finally come out downtown and in the south end restaurants. And one of the city’s best rooftop hangouts is open again!

In addition to the patios returning, we had the long weekend arriving to celebrate. And @smartmovesplayplace was getting into the mood…

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Who else is this happy that it’s a long weekend? 😃

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And when it comes to long weekends, Barnstormers reminded us that a canned adult beverage is an ideal companion for the extra day off of work/school.

Barrie has to be among the most photogenic cities in the province (if not the country) as @sharpesteye showed with this stunner from the lakeshore.

And how about this for star power! On Saturday one of the great play by play callers of the last 30 years Dan Shulman joined his son Ben to call the balls and strikes for the Baycats game! (Better still, the ‘Cats won 11-8)

When you are out about in town, use the hashtag #BarrieUncovered,   and/or tag us on Twitter, Instagram and FB! We’ll feature your “stuff’!

Craft Beer, Boardgames, and Fireworks: 3 Awesome Things To Do in and around Barrie This Weekend

Check Here For An Updated List of Things To Do In Barrie This Weekend

It’s not often this blog space will be used to shower praise upon members of the royal family.

And yet, we must extend thanks to King Edward VII for declaring the Monday closest to May 24th to be a stat holiday way back in 1904. Thus giving us a glorious extra day off work and school every year.

And the city by the lake and surrounding areas are awash in activities to celebrate.


Although just about everything is closed on Monday, the days leading up to it have got loads for you and the family to do. Particularly if you are avoiding cleaning out the garage like you planned on Easter.

May Days continue in downtown Barrie. Shoppers can make a purchase and enter a ballot to win a prize package valued at $2500 while supporting a local cause.

The Uptown Theatre is open and showing matinees through Saturday and Sunday.

The Baycats are at home to the Kitchener Panthers.

And if you are a boardster, Sir Games Alot is hosting an all day boardgame bonanza on Monday.


There are few words that go together better than craft and beer. And If you are willing to drive an hour or so out of town, you can take in all the glory of the combo at Muskoka’s Craft beer fest.

Happening in Huntsville on Saturday, it’s a full day of adult beverage consumption. The festival features dozens of brewers, including Barrie’s own Redline Brewhouse.

Tickets are $20. And don’t be an idiot; be sure to stay overnight or have a DD.


Fun Fact! We post a full calendar of concerts every week in Barrie. And we are ALWAYS on the lookout for local artist performances. If you are playing anywhere in town, fire the deets to [email protected] We’ll be sure to post your gig!

The Foxx Lounge welcomes a host of punk, metal and hard rock acts when the doors open on Friday. The headliner this week is Hightower, a punk rock quintet all the way from Paris! (Does that mean the show will have translator on hand?)

Local acts 30 Going on 13 make their Barrie stage debut on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Five Points Theatre hosts a 90s hip hop tribute featuring Ernie Paniccioli, a renowned photographer who has captured images of some of the industry’s biggest stars.



Although the city isn’t offering any fireworks, Blue Mountain is. The entire weekend is jammed with family oriented fun, including movies, live music and scavenger hunts. The fireworks go at 10pm on Friday.

Have an event in Barrie that you want to promote? We want to hear about it! Send an email to [email protected] and we may post it!