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4th Annual Barrie’s Holi Fest – Barrie Indian Association

Barrie Indian Association is hosting its 4th Annual – Barrie’s Holi Fest., Festival of Colors on Sunday, March 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Barrie City Hall (outdoor, by the flags)  

However, one of the most colourful festivals actually known as Festival of Colour or Holi is a two day celebration known nearly throughout the world now.

The festival stems from pranks that Lord Krishna was known for.

It is said that he enjoyed throwing colored powder on the village girls and wetting them, making the village a riot of bright colors during the 2 day event.

 

Nowadays the colored powder is still thrown, but water guns are used to aim well and wet!!

Whatever your heritage – springtime in Canada is certainly worth celebrating! 

This is a virtual celebration that will be showcased LIVE on Facebook and Instagram of Barrie Indian Association.

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Celebrate Solstice with Shalu at Simmering Kettle

Finally! Spring is arriving and “Barrie-ites” we’re more than ready for a celebration!

The Equinox

Spring Equinox known as “Ostara” is also called the “Vernal” equinox.  This is the celebration of equal daylight and darkness hours; renewal, rebirth and new beginnings.  A perfect time to put the winter months to bed – head outside and celebrate nature.

Shalu Persaud of Simmering Kettle on Bryne Dr. feels this year is especially important to celebrate.  “We’ve had such an unusual year that we need to look at a fresh start and new beginnings.”

Come Celebrate!

She’s inviting everyone to a “Parking Lot Party” March 21st!  There will be vendors and dancing to celebrate!  It’s truly a wonderful family event.

Ways to Celebrate Spring!

Here are some great ways to celebrate with your family and friends over the upcoming week:

Take time to enjoy and celebrate the new life outdoors in nature.  Go for a walk, a bike ride or a hike.

Start planting indoors for your outdoor gardens.  Do a winter yard cleanup.

Prepare a family feast using seasonal spring foods; eggs, spring greens, shoots, sprouts, local breads, wine etc.

Have or attend a bonfire where you might tell stories, dance, beat drums or play music.

Create art representing the four seasons.

Decorate eggs.

Bring spring into your home – forsythia clippings, pussy willows, force flowering bulbs etc.

Meditate upon new spring life, practice yoga to create inner peace and balance.

Spring clean, start something new, establish a new daily routine or rhythm to your day.

Above all – Celebrate Spring!

“I skipped between the dancers, twirling my skirts. The seated, masked musicians didn’t look up at me as I leaped before them, dancing in place. No chains, no boundaries—just me and the music, dancing and dancing. I wasn’t faerie, but I was a part of this earth, and the earth was a part of me, and I would be content to dance upon it for the rest of my life.

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Colin Mochrie Makes A (Virtual) Stop on Stage in Barrie

Colin Mochrie Makes A (Virtual) Stop on Stage in Barrie

NEWS RELEASE
TALK IS FREE THEATRE
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Talk Is Free Theatre has announced that internationally renowned comedian Colin Mochrie will star in an exclusive online event with acclaimed artists as part of Dinner à la Art. Directed by Richard Ouzounian, the uproarious comedy She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith will be streamed for one night only on April 9, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Colin Mochrie is best known for his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and his featured roles in The Red Green Show, Murdoch Mysteries, and many more.

The cast also includes Gavin Crawford, whose television show, The Gavin Crawford Show, won the Gemini Award for comedy, and Dora Award winner Rebecca Northan, who is best known for her hilarious roles on Alice, I Think, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Multi-award winning TIFT alumni and Stratford leading actor Gabi Epstein will be playing a featured role along with local professional Jason Allin, whose one-person production Chaplin: About Face was commissioned by TIFT.

Joining the cast are Dora Award winning performer Malindi Ayienga, who debuted her one-person production last summer as part of TIFT’s Plural of She festival, Brendan Chandler, the current star of TIFT’s indefinitely touring production of Tales of an Urban Indian, and Noah Beemer who has performed with such companies as Young People’s Theatre and TIFT to name a few.

The price of admission to any of these exclusive readings is a $30CAD minimum purchase from one of the local participating restaurants or retailers.

To see the complete list of participating businesses, please click HERE.

Starring Colin Mochrie, Gavin Crawford, Jason Alin, Malindi Ayienga, Noah Beemer, Brendan Chandler, Gabi Epstein and Rebecca Northan in She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, directed by Richard Ouzounian

Some things have not in changed in the world of romance since 1773 when She Stoops to Conquer was first performed. Egotistical men still make fools of themselves pursuing women who are far more intelligent and sensible than them.

To illustrate how contemporary this classic is, director Richard Ouzounian has assembled a cast featuring some of the finest comedians available today. The Zoom stage is set for hilarity.

Talk Is Free Theatre Brings The Stars For Live Reading OF The Great Gatsby

Talk Is Free Theatre Brings The Stars For Live Reading OF The Great Gatsby

NEWS RELEASE
TALK IS FREE THEATRE
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Talk Is Free Theatre has announced the title and star-studded cast of one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Streaming for one night on April 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. is a new adaptation of the seminal novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic novel was adapted for online audiences by Richard Ouzounian, who also directs.

Playing the role of the enigmatic Jay Gatsby is international star of Broadway, Film and Television, and best known for his role as Will Truman on NBC’s smash hit sitcom Will & Grace, Eric McCormack. Star of Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy will be playing debutante ‘Daisy Buchanan’.

The cast also includes TIFT co-founder and Stratford leading actor Mike Nadajewski, Kimberly-Ann Truong, best known for her featured role in the Stratford Festival’s The Rocky Horror Show, Autumn-Joy Dames, who has been featured in Legally Blonde, and Sister Act; Griffin Hewitt from TIFT’s production of Into the Woods; the Stratford Festival’s Aidan deSalaiz, and Montreal-based Gabe Maharjan, who has performed with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

The price of admission to any of these exclusive readings is a $30 CAD minimum purchase from one of the local participating restaurants or retailers.

To see the complete list of participating businesses, please click HERE.

Technical Requirements

  • A valid email address.
  • A good internet connection.

The titles and stars of the remaining three readings will be announced every two days continuing February 26, 2021. Please follow Talk Is Free Theatre’s social media channels for updates.

Play readings for Dinner à la Art were selected and curated by Richard Ouzounian.

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Mayors Bring Their ‘Eh Game!

Canada’s Top Mayor Award has teamed up with Canadian Comedian Adam Growe of Cash Cab to present #BringYourEhGameQuizShow to local viewers nationwide!

Introducing Dawn!

Show creator Dawn Mucci, a local resident, who we know from past articles on our Barrie Uncovered website, explains:

“I was inspired by Mayors like Bonnie Crombie and Naheed Nenshi who were already doing great work in their municipalities to support their local food banks.  I wanted to amplify that effort by collaborating with Mayors and all Canadians to Bring their Eh Game on a national level to help those struggling with food insecurity.  Not only is the show fun and entertaining, but we also get to learn more about Mayors and their community’s best attributes as well as the people, places, and things that make their cities and towns special.”

Keep the Date!

The virtual web series will be live streamed weekly on social media and Rogers community TV stations across Canada.  The premier episode will be live on Facebook @CTMAWARD, March 7th at 7pm.

And the Mayors Are:

This very fun food challenge will feature Canada’s Top Mayor Award nominees from St. John’s NF, Mississauga ON, Halifax NS, Yellowknife NWT, Orillia ON, Drumheller AB, Innisfil ON, Brampton ON, Barrie ON, and many more!

The Mayors will have their trivia skills tested for sure…and what a great cause!  Even before COVID, food banks across Canada were seeing over one million visits each month.  Now with donations decreasing, grocery bills increasing and reduced volunteers, continuing financial support is very necessary.

As Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says:

“I always love some good-spirited mayoral rivalry, and this was such a fun way to showcase the best our cities have to offer.  But above all, this is about supporting those most in need.  Now, more than ever, our Food Banks need our help to ensure our most vulnerable residents don’t go hungry.”

And Our Host...

On that note, Host Adam Growe tells us:

“In addition to an entertaining and fun show, viewers can play along interactively with me and challenge the mayors during the show to win great prizes.

All the Details

Details will be available on the broadcasts and here.  Future episodes are being planned to continue the fundraising efforts and feel-good vibes.  Mayors and community partners are invited to join the effort here or donate directly here.

All in all, we can look forward to an excellent view of other cities across Canada as well as having a bit of fun, don’t cha’ think?


Listen to the full interview with Dawn & Adam

For the full live video interview check us out on YouTube at Barrie Uncovered

Written by: Jane Laker

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