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Looking for somewhere to practice? Try The Kage!

Looking for somewhere to practice? Try The Kage!



Whether you’re looking for an indoor batting cage for recreation, training or events, The Kage currently has two batting cages available! Why not test your batting skills? What have you got to lose?

 Both cages include a pro pitching machine that is used at the major league level. Their pitching machines accommodate both baseball and softball and range in speed from 35 MPH to 90 MPH. They have softball fast pitch and slo-pitch options available. You can get discount pricing on 5, 1-hour sessions or 10, 30-minute sessions. Don’t have your own gear? That’s ok, The Kage supplies bats and helmets.

Are you a hockey fanatic? They have an all year round 16′ X 40′ synthetic ice rink perfect for hockey training or recreational use. You can keep track of how hard your shot is with their radar gun! Need your skates sharpened? Their automatic prosharp skate sharpening machine is second to none! It will ensure you a clean-cut edge every time.

The Kage has lots of positive reviews and ratings on Facebook and Google. People seem to enjoy the friendly staff, inviting atmosphere and reasonable prices. We recommend you check them out yourself!

Their 6-week full training camp is 1 hour per week for 6 weeks, with one on one training. To see more information about their clinics, training camps, bookings or any other information visit them at

Iron’s Perfect Picks Returns For The 2020/21 Football Season


Iron Bruce is a long-time resident of Barrie.  For decades now he has been a sports handicapping enthusiast.  His love of the gridiron and intrigue with the Vegas line has been one of his main focuses for years now.   Five years ago Iron decided to share his enthusiasm and expertise with his beloved “peeps” on a local podcast.  Four years of documented winners and against the number caught the attention of a few of Barrie’s media.  After a lot of thought Iron decided Barrie Uncovered were by far the best fit for him.

Known for his humorous takes and anecdotes combined with a rapier wit and uncanny ability to pick winners weekly on his BIG BOARD selections.

Iron is hard at work every week, scouring the form books and the Vegas odds to give his top picks every week. Iron is a must for listening for football fans looking for the inside scoop on all the Sunday games.  So Barrie football fans no matter your skill level and knowledge, can you really afford to miss a minute. Join Iron Bruce every Sunday at 11.00 am on the Barrie Uncovered Facebook page.  See if your team makes the BIG BOARD, find out how to play the double-digit favourites, join in the fun of the mailbag, and so much more!

Baycats Announce Online Shop Opening 10th of July

You might not be able to watch our favourite baseball team The Baycats this year, but you can now buy their sportswear online.  The Barrie Baycats are opening an online store in partnership with Starting Lineup Uniforms & Apparel.  So anything you buy goes to support the Baycats and help them for the upcoming years.

Baycats President David Mills said this is a game-changer for the Baycats.

“Over our 20 years of operation, we have lacked an online shop for merchandising Baycats apparel. We receive many requests for Baycats merchandise, especially during the off-season and have been unable to fill those orders. This new partnership with Starting Lineup Uniforms and Apparel will not only provide an avenue for our fans but will also provide new and exciting apparel along with other associated baseball items both online and at the ballpark”.

Baycats general and field manager Josh Matlow explained how this all came together and emphasized what this means for the fans.

“We are thrilled to have connected with Starting Lineup Uniforms & Apparel. They are not only Baycats fans but local to the Simcoe County area. The partnership will allow Baycats fans to have access to a plethora of Baycats apparel from jerseys and hoodies to hats and collectables. We think the fans will love the newly designed apparel including 20th-anniversary limited edition items as well as retro throwbacks. We are also proud to partner with a local business, something that is very important to the organization.”

For more information, follow the Baycats on Facebook and Twitter at @iblbaycats and on Instagram at @barriebaycats and follow @shopbaycats on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks of products leading up to the July 10th launch.

Barrie’s Very Own Professional Soccer Team – 1812 FC Unveiled

We are late at getting on this particular bandwagon, we apologize. We may be late, but we are very excited about a professional soccer team coming to Barrie (our president only accepts it being called football, he’s from across the pond, oh well).

He played soccer (football) for many years in Scotland, England and N. Ireland himself, so he is especially enthused about this announcement. Mind you he wasn’t very good, and one of the managers he played for once described him as “deceptively slow.”

Anyway, we digress. We think Barrie is an ideal city to launch a professional team and will only get better as the city expands.
The 1812 FC team is headed by managing partner Andrew Weilgus supported by his executive team, Peter Raco, David Goldstein, Marl Cristante, Will Devellis and Ronan Cordelle. Andrew has the right pedigree to lead the application of the expansion to compete in the 2021 League1 Ontario season. He is co-owner of Atlantic City FC who play in the National Premier Soccer League. Andrew brings the financial infrastructure required to build this franchise. To help on the business side, he has strong support from Peter Raco; Peter comes with an impressive financial background.

In setting up the team they have teamed up with Barrie Soccer Club who will handle the technical side of the team.  This brings a strong local influence as Barrie Soccer club has a rich history and has been in existence for 52 years

If you wonder about where the unusual name of the club 1812 FC came from? It came from the founding of Barrie as a settlement itself, which occurred due to the War of 1812. Their club badge has the horseshoe in it reflecting the Golden Horseshoe.
So what can we expect, initially playing in 2021 League 1 of Ontario their ambition does not stop there. With the support of the community or Barrie, could they get to the Canadian Premier League? I am sure that with the people leading this initiative, it is at least on their radar.

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie


Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead.

It’s brutally cold.

Car travel anywhere becomes a you-know-what show.

And the incessant shoveling makes one consider seeking religion in exchange for even an hour of +25.

BUT! You can break free of the icy induced despair. The season in Barrie brings cold weather events and experiences suitable for your entire clan. Hit the links on each event for more!

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie



The OHL is packed with budding stars getting set for the NHL, and the Colts boast a strong roster this year.

Keep an eye on forward Matěj Pekař, drafted by the Sabres and competing for gold with the Czech Republic team at this year’s WJC.



The Uptown Theatre closed it’s door earlier this year, but the BFF will continue to show it’s programming there.

Third Thursday and Screen One bring thought provoking international films to town every month. And in February, Reel Stories delivers a terrific lineup of docs and real life stories in a four day mini festival.

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🖐 we're still here at the Barrie Uptown Theatre!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Visit our website to stay in the loop on our monthly film programming 🍿 🎥 ✨⠀⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Here's what we have coming up for December,⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ SCREEN ONE:⁠⠀ HAPPY NEW YEAR Colin Burstead⁠⠀ Wed Dec 4, 4pm and 7pm
Thurs Dec 5, 4pm and 7pm⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ “With Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Ben Wheatley has crafted a very funny, very real family drama that shows a simple universal truth: all families are weird.” – Sean Fallon, Film Inquiry⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ SPECIAL PRESENTATION:⁠⠀ YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE⠀⁠⠀ Thurs Dec 12, 7pm ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Youth Unstoppable follows the evolution of a global network of youth refusing to let their future slip away. From age 15 till now, Slater Jewell-Kemker takes us to the front lines of the Global Youth Climate Movement. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 3RD THURSDAY:⁠⠀ WAVES⁠⠀ Thurs Dec 19, 4pm and 7pm⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ “This is a deeper and more profound film than your average character drama, a masterpiece that’s hard to walk away from without checking your own grievances and grief.” – Brian Tallerico,⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Hit the link in our profile for details and tickets on our December screenings! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #BFF #Barriefilmfestival #barrie #uptowntheatre

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Bust out the snowshoes and blades and hit up the resplendent paths and rinks around town.

Lackie’s Bush, Ardagh Bluffs and Sunnidale park are beautiful in town spots for a winter walk.

There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam.



One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals, the annual outdoor gala takes over downtown on Feb. 1st & 2nd. Packed with ice sculptures, food, horse drawn carriages and helicopter rides the 2 day party is a welcome winter break.



For vino devotees, Friday Harbour offers a twice monthly class on differing grape varietals and sampling.

And whisky enthusiasts can up their spirits at Speakcheesy’s Robbie Burns celebration in January. It’s a Scotch Nosing paired with cheese from around the world and traditional Scottish dishes, featuring 4 Scotch Whiskys.



“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.

Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes beginning in January.

There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.

And for the budding JK Rowling, consider the Spaulding School of Literature on Bradford street. Workshops on creative writing, poetry and drama are available.



Get it? It’s a Star Wars reference. And Rise of Skywalker is coming out on Friday?

Well…this is why we don’t attempt comedy. But one dude who is much funnier that us is coming to Barrie.

Jeff Dunham hits the Barrie Molson Centre on Feb. 21st.



As if you needed another excuse to hit the pub! On Jan. 22nd, Tipsy Trivia hosts a Friends themed trivia battle at Fionn’s. If you know what “WE WERE ON A BREAK!!” means, you’ll be set up for success.

Then in February, Harry Potterites will gather to determine which Muggle can wear the crown as trivia champion of Hogwarts.



Upgrade your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Bring up to 10 pieces of good quality, gently loved, seasonal clothing. Pay $10 and Swap for the same number of items.



Did you know that Barrie has it’s very own sword fighting club, studying Italian manuals from the 14th century?

Dueling Weapons Academy of Renaissance Fencing is offering Introduction to Italian Long sword classes. It’s a 6 part series of introduction classes for the month of January. The only thing you need to bring is gym clothes/indoor shoes, water bottles and the willingness to learn!

What did you think of our 14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie? Did we miss anything cool? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for events in Barrie to add to our events calendar