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5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

DEFEAT THE BLAHS WITH THESE FUN ACTIVITIES

 

Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead. When it arrived on Monday, with news of another lockdown, we could hear the collective groans all over town.

BUT! Even in lockdown, 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!

 

5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

 

CHECK OUT WORLD CLASS CINEMA WITH THE BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL 

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

Virtual Cinema will bring thought provoking international films to town every month, that can be rented for viewing at home. And you can get caught up on previous rentals that have been uploaded as well.

 

HIKE AND SKATE THE (NOT DUSTY) TRAILS

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.

And if you are willing to take a car trip, there are plenty of gorgeous skating trails within driving distance of Barrie

There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam. Most rinks and outdoor parks remain open, but you should always check in advance for any restrictions. 

 

 

PODCAST IT UP

If hanging by the fire is on your list for this winter, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.

 

TAKE THE 4X4 CHALLENGE

Did you miss Mayor Jeff’s red zone challenge? The Challenge is simple!

The latest restrictions will last 4 weeks (or more). So, for the next four weeks, the challenge is to do these 4 things each week (4 x 4): 1. Donate to a Barrie Charity 2. Order take out for pickup from a Barrie restaurant 3. Buy something from a Barrie shop/service 4. Reach out to someone in Barrie. Post the 4 things you did with the hashtag #Barrie4x4Challenge

Need some inspiration to get started? How about Christmas Cheer to donate to, Skewers for take out and one of the great local businesses from the Chamber of Commerce to buy from!

 

GET EDUMACATED

“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, including online learning.

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

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What did you think of our 5 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, virtual or otherwise, to add to our events calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head out to the Last Level Lounge for a night of laughter and fun!

Head out to the Last Level Lounge for a night of
laughter and fun!

Will Nash

Head over to Last Level Lounge for a night of laughter and fun. Will Nash will be hosting a comedy show called “Last Level Laughs”. The event will take place on September 26th, 2020 and there will be a $5 cover charge.

The event will take place on the patio and seating is limited so it will be on a first come first serve basis. In support of social distancing, all regulations will be followed. Please remember to bring your mask. Come have a good laugh with Scott Walker, Patrick Russell, Jordan Hoath, Daniel Shaw, Jeff Faulkner, Colin Brown and of course headliner Marc Trinidad.

Scott Walker

The Last Level Lounge is a fun arcade and pinball lounge with an 80’s retro vibe, great customer service and active gameplay. It’s a great place where you can relive your childhood. They also serve alcohol and are partnered with Chavo Crapes next door. If you’re wondering about food, they have pizza, nachos, and tacos! What more could you ask for?

Wondering what games to play when you go to this amazing place? We have put together a small list of games along with some interesting facts.

  1. Pac-Man
    Every adult should know this classic arcade game unless you lived under a rock as a child. But did you know this funny little fact? The arcade title was first released as Puck-Man. The name was changed to Pac-Man to avoid the machines getting vandalized. A lot of arcade operators at the time were worried about the P being changed to an F.
  2. Frogger
    This is another fun retro classic that was introduced in 1981. It was developed by Konami. The object of this game is to help get frogs (one by one) across a busy road, and a river full of hazards! 
  3. Ice Cold Beer
    A mechanical arcade game released by Taito in 1983?. Taito released a lot of classics including Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble (also available to play at Last Level). Ice Cold Beer is a popular choice for game collectors. Speaking of ice-cold Beer, did you know the Last Level supports local draft beer?
  4. Street Fighter II
    The World Warrior, also known as Street Fighter II, is a competitive fighting game developed by Capcom and originally released for arcade systems in 1991. Street Fighter II became very popular in the golden age of arcade gaming.

Just to add a little more fun to this, we have compiled some corny arcade jokes to get you in the mood for the event. Please note that the Comedians jokes will be much funnier.

  • What happens when you put 2 Pac-Man machines together? The paparazzi show up saying “Hey, look! it’s Tupac, Man”.
  • What is the most popular Arcade game in Mexico? Guac-a-mole.
  • What is Joe Biden’s favourite arcade game? Space Invaders.
  • What do you say when you leave an arcade? See you later Simulator!

For more Arcade jokes visit upjokes.com

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Cinema Smackdown Episode 14: I Know What You Did Last Summer

Cinema Smack Down

In our final Summer Smackdown selection, Fraser and Scott navigate the sewage that is I Know What You Did Last Summer. A movie so stiff they had to had their own adult movie scenarios into the review to keep it interesting.

If you are easily offended, there are multiple swears.

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

DEFEAT THE BLAHS WITH THESE FUN ACTIVITIES

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

 

TAKE IN A COLTS GAME

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.

 

CHECK OUT WORLD CLASS CINEMA WITH THE BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL 

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 barriefilmfestival.ca 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, RogerEbert.com⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Hit the link in our profile for details and tickets on our December screenings! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #BFF #Barriefilmfestival #barrie #uptowntheatre

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HIKE AND SKATE THE (NOT DUSTY) TRAILS

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.

 

WINTERFEST

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.

 

INCREASE YOUR WINE AND WHISKY IQ

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.

 

GET EDUMACATED

“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.

 

LAUGH IT UP, FUZZ BALL

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.

 

TRIVIA NIGHTS @ FIONN MacCOOL’S 

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.

 

CLOTHING SWAP @ DONALEIGH’S

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.

 

LEARN ITALIAN LONGSWORD

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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