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Go To The (Virtual) Theatre Tonight with the BFF

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STREAM ONLINE INDY MOVIES

Look, Netflix and Prime are great. (Seriously…have you seen Ozark??)

But it’s tough to find cinematic hidden gems among the big streamers, particularly if you are a indy movie junky.

That’s where this great new offering from the Barrie Film Festival comes in!

Virtual Cinema is a team up between our local festival and distributors across North America, with the goal of bringing first run movies to your devices.

The BFF is streaming two movies this week for rental that you can enjoy together, apart.

This is a fantastic way to keep supporting the Film Festival while keeping social distance. And to see a couple of first run movies that wouldn’t normally be available on streaming platforms!

Find the download links on the BFF website right here. And check out the trailers for both the movies below!

 

 

 

 

Comic Relief: Daniel Shaw’s Covid Covers

LOCAL COMEDIAN PROVIDES A FUN DISTRACTION IN THE FORM OF CREATIVE COMIC ART

 

Daniel Shaw’s a regular on the local comedy circuit; having performed at plenty of venues in Barrie and the surrounding areas.

But he’s a comic in more than one way; a stand up who entertains behind the microphone and a talented artist who creates illustrations for the funny papers.

And he’s been producing hilarious parody covers about the Corona virus ever since things went into overdrive. We chatted with Daniel over email about his cover jobs.

 

 

How long have you been drawing?

Drawing and art in general has been an interest of mine ever since I was a little kid. I was always that kid who’s binder was covered in doodles with no actual homework inside.


What were some of your early comic influences?

X-men & Wolverine were my favourites. There was a strange little knick knack store in Elmvale, Ont. (That’s where I grew up.) that sold used comics for a quarter. I spent a lot of time and a lot of quarters there. 

 

You work in video production, right? Is comic drawing something you ever wanted to pursue as a career? (Or still want to?)

Yep, I am the Creative Director of a company called Switch Video. We make animated short videos to help companies explain their products or services. So I do get to work out that creative muscle everyday.

As far as comic drawing goes, I don’t have the same skill that true comic book artists have. It’s very specialized. So I think I will just stick to parody covers for now. 

 

You’re a stand up comedian too, how long have you been doing that?

5 years. Which sounds like a lot, but in terms of standup that’s still “just a baby.”

 

And how much do comics influence your act? (and vice versa)

I kind of lost touch with drawn comics until recently, so I wouldn’t say that my comedy has been influenced by them, but for sure the other way around.

I started drawing these because there are no comedy shows happening for obvious reasons, yet I still wanted to try and make people laugh. 

 

This is the kind of thing that really helps by providing a distraction during this crazy time, would you consider doing a full on comic book story about this?

I would, right now it’s hard to find the time because I am still working full time from home. For now I will just keep it to the cover.

I enjoy the cover’s because it lets me shine a little spotlight on the small or big things that people are/can be doing to help out in this tough time. 

You can find more of Daniel’s comics on his instagram: @isolatedcomic or under his Facebook profile, Daniel Shaw, as they are all posted publicly.

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Movie Picks from Movie People

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Since we are all going to be spending the next several weekends indoors and online, we thought it a good time to canvass the artistic scene in Barrie for a few movie suggestions! We’ll be doing this regularly, and we’d love to hear your picks as well. So hit up the comments and share what you’re watching during the isloation!

 

 MITCH GRASZAT, FILMMAKER/SANDBOX VIDEO PRODUCER

The Social Network, Raiders Of the Lost Ark, About Time

CAROLE PARSONS, Video Producer, Owner Sugar C Media

The Biggest Little Farm, Heal, Black Mirror

 

IAIN MOGGACH, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE BY THE BAY

Birdman, Children of Men, The Fountatin

 

SCOTT WALKER, CINEMA SMACKDOWN HOST/COMEDIAN

The Breakfast Club, The Dark Knight, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes

 

 

FRASER MOORE, CINEMA SMACKDOWN HOST/COMEDIAN

The Song Remains The Same, Death To Smoochy, Castle of Caglistro

 

 

HEATHER DENNIS, ACTRESS, BARRIE UNCOVERED HOST

LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE, THE SHINING

 

 

The Podcast: Richard Varty of TIFT

Before the world shut down, we had a chance to chat with Barrie thespian Richard Varty, about his role with Talk Is Free Theatre, about the thriving theatre scene in Barrie and about his path to the stage.

And find out about the terrific free online coaching/mentorship theatre program TIFT is offering during these hard days.

5 Events To Try This Weekend

5 Events To Try This Weekend

CLICK HERE FOR MORE GREAT EVENTS IN BARRIE

The weekend before March Break (and St. Patrick’s day) is understandably a little quiet on the happenings front.

All of us tend to stick close to home to prepare for the onslaught of Celtic themed fun and off school daze.

But we know there are campaigners out there who take no weekends off! And for you we have assembled these five events.

 

5 Events To Try This Weekend

 

LIVE MUSIC

Regular readers of this space know that we produce a weekly blog on the gigs and concerts happening in Barrie. This week the usual haunts are cranking out shows, but there’s an extra special night in store as Flight 97 plays the Foxx to support their new single Cliff Diving.

It always makes for a killer night when bands come together to support new tunes, so you can expect an energetic experience.

 

Irish Cheese Pairing

Next to Shamrock shakes and Green Doritos (it’s a thing!!) you can’t more traditionally Irish than Guinness and whiskey.

On Saturday, The Speakcheesy offers up the chance to pair those elixirs of life with authentic Irish cheeses.

Paint Nite @ The Works

Paint Nite invites you to create art over cocktails guided by a professional artist and party host. All materials provided, no experience necessary.

This weekend YayMaker Barrie takes the pallets and canvasses to The Works on Dunlop street. And a sumptuous burger is perfect fuel for the creative juices.

Happening Saturday from 3-5pm

 

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Friday Night Tubing @ Snow Valley

The rapidly rising temperatures mean winter’s end is in sight, so take advantage of the snow while it’s still here. Snow Valley offers $20 tubing for a family of 4 on Fridays (weather permitting)

 

 

Barrie Spring Garden & Home Show

Bradford Greenhouses hosts the annual Barrie Spring Garden & Home Show, dedicated to re-imagining your living space! Find your Spring cleaning incentives here; whether it’s home renovation or landscaping or interior design.

Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday   10am – 4pm

Parking & Admission are FREE.

 

Did we miss anything cool in 5 Events To Try This Weekend? Be sure to email us your events and happenings in Barrie! [email protected]

 

 

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