There are so many reasons to celebrate Canada.
Drake (most of the time)
Jim Carey. SCTV. Coffee Crisp. Poutine!
And in Barrie, Canada Day means the return of Promenade Days in the downtown core. 3 full days of outdoor vendors, midways, music and movies. Oh yeah, and the FOOD. Basically…leave your belt at home.
Where to start? There’s the midway. The Air Show kicks off at 6pm on Friday. Summer Ice is back all weekend for a chance to get your skating on. Tons of vendors and exhibitors. And Barrie Wrestling will be on hand with live performances. Although our repeated requests for a re-match of the classic 1985 tilt between Ricky The Steamboat Dragon and Randy Savage have fallen on deaf ears, you can still expect body slamming at it’s finest.
And Meridian Place is celebrating it’s first anniversary with live music and cake (see what we mean about the belt?)
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TOP GUN – OUTDOOR MOVIE
Saturday is also the first outdoor movie screening of the season, at Meridian Place.
It’s the 80s classic Top Gun on the big screen, starring Tom Cruise in the good ol’ days before he went full on couch jumping and psychology shaming. Also starring Val Kilmer in the good ol’ days before he thought he could play Batman. And Michael Ironside…who never really had good days. But he’s Canadian!!
The film starts at dusk.
90s Indie staple Ill Scarlett rolls into Barrie to take over Mavrick’s on Friday night. And if you read our weekly concert update, you’ll know that there will be a big announcement about local music at the show.
Elsewhere, the Foxx is jammed with it’s usual blend of rock, alternative and punk acts to raise your blood pressure. Donaleigh’s, Flying Monkey’s and McReily’s all have shows on Friday and Saturday. And B Knox is set up in the back room of Painter’s Hall on Saturday night if you need an acoustic break.
And if you are escaping the city (or at least as far as Big Bay Point road) Friday Harbour has a full weekend of family friendly live music as well.
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