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Barrie Live Music & Bring Your Eh Game Raise Funds For…

Jake Mathias, creator of Barrie’s Live Music Show and brother Jorden have raised over $100,000.00 for local charities with March 28th marking their 1st year anniversary.

What a Great Platform!

Providing a wonderful platform for musicians to share their passionate talent virtually, we have been able to stay connected to our favorite local artists!

Teaming Up With:

Coming full circle this past year, they have teamed up with Dawn Mucci of Canada’s Top Mayor Award and Food Bank Canada for the entire month of April!

Canada’s Top Mayor Award, founded by Dawn has been a wonderful supporter of the Canada Food Bank Covid-19 Food Relief initiative through the Bring your ‘Eh Game series!

With many very exciting special guests joining Barrie Live Music this month it’s a great show and a great cause to support!

Sponsored By:

Sponsored throughout by Rock 95 and many more –  Barrie Uncovered has also stepped up on behalf of the cause.

Just under $2000.00 from the beginning of April – they are well on the way to a record month of donations!

And Special Thanks To...

Jumping in with a huge assist is Danny Mucci of Mucci Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, with a truckload donation of fresh produce to our local Barrie Food Bank.

Danny tells us, “At Mucci Farms, giving back to the community is a high priority.  After the year we’ve all had, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness and place an emphasis on building immune systems by increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.  We also realize that healthy eating options aren’t necessarily available to everyone so we are proud to support a variety of initiatives and organizations to make it possible.”

Helping So Many...

Sharon Palmer, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Barrie Food Bank, is thrilled at the support of the local community.

“More and more families in our city are relying on the Food Bank to cover dietary needs and supplement their groceries since the beginning of Covid.”

We couldn’t be happier at the platform created for the artists we so have so dearly missed this past year!

It was so much fun getting everyone together via Zoom to discuss what we could do and introduce everyone!  Watch the video for that discussion!

This Weeks Schedule So Far...

            Tuesday April 6

            7 pm        Jessie’s Well (Gay Blott & Tim)

            8 pm        Katherine Chabot

            Wednesday April 7

            6 pm       Amber Crowley

            7 pm        Patty McLaughlin

            8pm         Geordy Craig

            Thursday April 8

            7 pm        Mark Harris

            8:30 pm  Carl Rundown Band

            Friday April 9

            7 pm        Shane Joseph

            8 pm        Jay Dee Band

            9:30 pm  JonniX

            Saturday April 10

            7 pm       Tamara Lovan

            8 pm       Alyssa Bartholomew

            9 pm       Cam Brown

Enjoy the Listen and Donate...

With the Food Bank in mind, and the great entertainment provided, this is a simply fantastic way to show your appreciation for our local artists.  They miss us as much as we miss them!  Show your support and join while we watch the Barrie Live Music Show – especially this month!

Don’t forget – If you weren’t able to watch Bring your ‘Eh Game – you can watch the episodes here as well.

Check out our own Mayor Lehman at his best!!

Written by:: Jane Laker

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The Urban Pantry and our Community

Kim Keckes and Jenna Zardo of Urban Pantry

Urban Pantry, a CMHA initiative funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is a vital, grassroots movement for every resident in the city.

Many of us don’t realize how deeply important our non-profit groups are and what they succeed in achieving!

Urban Pantry actually encompasses three vital programs available to everyone.

Jenna Zardo explains each of the programs and the positive impact they have for each of us.

Introducing the Community Garden Program

First we have the wonderful Community Garden program, enjoyed by so many.  The gardens were first established by Living Green a number of years ago, however are now implemented and run by Urban Pantry.

The City of Barrie is the contact point for signing up for the gardens. The allotment gardents are a great opportunity for those who don’t have outdoor space and can be a way for families to be engaged together outdoors.  They are also wonderful for residents that desire to cut cost, eat fresh, share, learn and teach others.  In order to obtain a plot in your local Community Garden, you need to register with the City of Barrie.  Urban Pantry works in collaboration with the City making them accessible to as many residents as possible.

The gardens promote education and healthy eating, but most importantly Community caring and sharing.

The garden in my neighborhood is a tribute to many.  Even last summer with social distancing a must, it was a place to share space and meet friends!  Excess produce was shared amongst neighbors or donated – how wonderful is that!

Urban Pantry would love to see more volunteers out there!  This is a call out to you – Master Gardeners!  It’s a wonderful way to pass your skills and love of the garden to others.

There are more gardens in the planning stages – Thank Goodness!  Research strongly shows that Community Gardens not only increase neighboring home values, but have a huge impact in disadvantaged neighborhoods – reducing crime by increasing community togetherness.

Each garden comes at a cost though.  It takes anywhere from 5-20K to ready and maintain a neighborhood garden.  At the higher cost the gardens offer mobility- impaired residents the ability to enjoy gardening in raised beds.

Because of costs there is always a need for donations and fundraising.  Every little bit helps!

Introducing the Good Food Box Program

Volunteer, Good Food Box Program
Good Food Box

The second part of the 3-part initiative is the Good Food Box program.  This is a monthly, pre-order program of a box of wholesome seasonal fruit and vegetables.  It’s a very affordable way to eat good, healthy food.

The program is open to all Barrie Residents making it a very successful and convenient way of shopping!

Introducing Community Cooking Classes

Bev MacDonald volunteer community cooking class facilitator
Cooking class prepared meal

The final part of Urban Pantry’s three-part program is their Community Cooking Classes.

The classes are a wonderful way to teach young moms, independent youth and adults to cook easy nutritious meals with their seasonal produce and more.

Run by Zoom at the moment, participants are taught everything from kitchen safety to complete meal prep!

Each of the programs is vital to a strong and healthy community!  We all know how important good food is to nourishing healthy minds and healthy bodies!

Even during COVID, Urban Panty has been able to continue with each of the programs, which is a feat in itself!

Let’s give them all the help we can!

GROW!     FOOD!     EAT!

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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An Education on Reverse Mortgages

Roy Prince, of Real Mortgage Associates Inc. brings 40+ years of wealth management options! Roy has captured a market where he is able to assist those that have a more difficult time obtaining a mortgage or refinancing through their financial institution. He has a stong connection with both real estate brokers and private lending opportunities.

Roy is very astute when it comes to debt load and the best avenues for managing that. There is also the possibility that he could save you some money on mortgage payments!

The Reverse Mortgage Industry

However, Roy has a huge passion for the Reverse Mortgage industry. Even though they’ve been available here for a while, many people are still unaware of their benefits. Reverse mortgages have been available for decades in the U.K., where Roy hails from, so he’s extremely knowledgeable!

Roy is acutely aware that Seniors are struggling! As many pensions are not strong enough to cover life’s expenditures with seniors working far beyond the normal age of retirement. If you are, or know someone 55+, that owns a home, you might suggest a discussion with Roy.

Roy has given us a detailed overview of 2 Reverse Mortgage products that can ease day to day financial burdens….

CHIP MORTGAGE (Canadian Home Income Plan) TAX FREE

This is a financial solution that can give Canadians 55+ a monthly or quarterly income, clear away a current mortgage and erase credit card debt; based upon your age and the equity in your home, up to a maximum of 55%.

  A very important part of this is to understand is that you’ll have no further mortgage or credit card payments to make!

You still own your home and have a written guarantee that you will never owe more money to the bank than the market value of your home. This is important as it protects children or heirs from any liabilities.

The monies are free to be used as you please, but it certainly can help alleviate financial stressors so common today.

If there is no mortgage on your home, yet you would still like to ease your financial burdens you can use the reverse mortgage as a line of credit. You can arrange a lump sum payment, or payments structured to your financial needs


The second product is very appealing, as it becomes a very affordable way to update your home.

          Many seniors that are getting ready to downsize suddenly realize that their home should be updated to maximize the best asking price.          Using CHIP–Open, also known as the ‘Reno Mortgage’, you may again take out up to a maximum of 55% depending on age and value of your home to renovate and ready your home for selling. For example, New Kitchen, Bathroom, hardwood floors, paint throughout. You are given a 3-year window to complete any renos, list and sell your home. Again, no monthly payments until the house is sold.

At that time if your newly purchased downsized home needs a reno – it’s possible to apply for the CHIP (Reverse) mortgage.

There are so many benefits both financially and for good health! Removing debt removes many daily stressors from your life! On an even more pleasurable note, it may allow you to assist your children or grandchildren to enter the housing market with a down payment. Although interest payments are not required to be paid until the property is sold – you can elect to do so.

                         Anything that can assist in relieving financial burdens is certainly worth a discussion – don’t you think?

Call (289-231-9540) or email Roy at Real Mortgage Associates Inc. ([email protected]) because as Roy says, “Let us help “Reverse” your financial situation!”

RMAI, Real Mortgage Associates Inc. Licence#10464

Senior Mortgage Agent # M090026529

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Education during ‘shutdown’

Melissa Ferguson, owner of Beauty and Babes Academy has opened an exciting on-line academy for both entrepreneurs and beauticians. 

Even though many businesses are mandated to be closed right now, the Academy is able to run virtually.  This makes it the perfect opportunity to work at expansion.

Infuencer Marketing - Introductory Offer

The Beauty and Babes Academy offers virtual training on growing your small business through influencer marketing.  Regularly priced at $500.00, Melissa is giving back to the business community with an introductory offer of only $99.00!!

The course includes 12 online modules that require no prior experience – just a passion for your business.  The information is pertinent for both small businesses already in operation as well as those in the planning stages.

This course will guide you through learning how to leverage your existing clientele to grow your business with little to no ad spend.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to put time to use through the shutdown; at the same time enriching your business acumen.

Certification Programs Available

Through the Beauty and Babes Academy there are currently 3 Certification Programs available.  Each program has both theory as well as visual based components.  Programs vary in price; but payment plans may be available.  Once you’ve completed a certification you’ll become part of any number of lifetime support groups that will help you to GROW your business!


Beauty and Babes also offers many certifications for people wanting to enter the Beauty Industry, but don’t know where to start.  The truth is that you do not have to a take a 10 month program.  You can be certified and running in just a few weeks!    


There are program choices that will allow you to be certified, up, running and ready to go as the world re-opens!

For the “hands-on” part of each certification, Melissa offers the option to purchase mannequin heads if there’s not someone within your “bubble” to practice on.

EmailMelissa at [email protected] to join her in a Free Discovery Zoom Session.  You’ll be glad you did!!

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