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Paige’s Passion Music Fest Honours Barrie Teen

Full Day Event Celebrates The Life of Paige Doucette While Promoting Local Music

When you are a teenager, everything seems possible.

Life is all ahead of you. You begin to figure out who you are, what you stand for and how you are going to make your mark.

For Paige Doucette, that trajectory seemed destined for a life of accomplishment. The Barrie youngster was studying communications at university, as well as being a devotee of music and the performing arts. She was a drummer…and a damned good one.

In a utterly unfair twist, that potential would never be realized. Just before her second year, Paige was befallen by a rare and terminal form of cancer. She was just 19 when she passed away, leaving a large circle of friends and family shocked and saddened.

Yet after a while, some of those friends began to think about Paige. And specifically, what she would want to happen in the wake of the heartache.

Kat Chabot, Paige’s best mate, was one of them. And it was her brainwave that the way forward was to honor Paige in a way that helped fight the disease that took her, while enriching the community through her passion for music.

“The first year or so was tough, it was a really dark time without Paige. But after a while, we realized she was so full of life, it makes no sense to focus on her death. Rather we should talk about how many people she brought together and on her music”.

Working with Paige’s parents and her friends at home and at university, the result was Paige’s Passion Music Fest. A full day live music event by local musicians supporting local patients.

Now in it’s sixth year, the festival brings together a massive roster of local talent for a full day series of concerts. And Kat is sure it is an initiative Paige would approve of.

“She was always on top of emerging bands, she was always writing down lyrics. In fact, she was the one who encouraged me to finally go on stage and perform.”

In addition to the fundraising and musical performances, the event is being aided by a new resource for performing artists, the Ontario Musicians Co-operative. You can learn more about them and how they are contributing to the development of local musicians right here.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL TALENT WILL BE PERFORMING

Hosted at Mavrick’s, the festival boasts an impressive roster of local musicians.

The Mystics, the Noolands, CousinJack, Cardinal Street, All My Life and Megan Anne, well known to Barrie’s live music junkies, will all be there. And equally impressive is the headliner, Carl Dixon. You might have heard that name, as Carl has played with The Guess Who and Coney Hatch over the years.

It’s a full day event, with 15 bands performing from the time doors open. Proceeds go to the RVH, where a fund named in honor of Paige exists. It has raised over $5000 in the last six years.

So what would Paige think of this tremendous event?

“She was so bold and full of energy…she would love it. But she would be the one on the stage”

Tickets are on sale now for Paige’s Passion Music Fest, happening on May 26th at Mavrick’s.

And listen to more from Kat Chabot about the event and her own music right here!

Gigs This Week In Barrie: Your Local Live Music Source

Barrie Concerts

THE BEST OF BARRIE’S CONCERTS THIS WEEK

“Music Can Name The Unameable” – Leonard Bernstein

As any veteran of Barrie’s live music scene will tell you, there aren’t many nights off here.

If you’re game for going out, the city by the Lake is guaranteed to have a gig for you every week. Whether you’re feeling an alt rock blowout, an intimate jazz ensemble or a laid back acoustic set, Thursday through Saturday in Barrie are jammed with jams from local talent and edgy bands from across the region.

And if you’re an emerging group playing gigs in town, we want to hear from you! Send the finer points to [email protected] and we’ll post your shows here and on our events page.

Happening this week on the stage in Barrie…

THE FOXX LOUNGE

THURSDAY – Take a night off from watching Seinfeld (it’s still on Thursdays…right?) and take in some great new music at the Lounge. Pure Grain Promos packs in a trio of bands from across Ontario, including The Crooked, a CMW performer on a tour that will take them to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Ink and W3apons are on hand to support.

MORE FOXX LOUNGE 

FRIDAY – Hometown metal heroes The Epifats are on stage, with Rival Town (St. Catherine’s) and headliner The Downcast from Toronto. Ear plugs recommended, energy included. Doors at 8pm!

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SATURDAY – It’s an international flavour at the Lounge, with UK punkers The Human Project leading the way. The band out of Leeds is gaining a rep for ridiculously entertaining live shows across the pond and it’s their first time in Barrie. Considering that the Brits all but invented punk, we should be in for a wild night.

Peterborough’s Bonnavilles, Five Knuckle Chuckle out of Orangeville and Three Impotent Males from Sarnia round out the ticket. Cash at the door!

Elsewhere on the Barrie live music scene this week…

TAKE NOTE MUSIC HOUSE

We’ve written before about this way cool and super secret music venue (they only tell you the exact location in Barrie when you pay) and this week they are rolling out another intimate show.

On Friday, CMW performer Jadea Kelly will be there, with Kennedy Road opening. Jadea is well known on the touring tracks, and is getting high praise from reviewers. CBC’s Tom Power called her “One of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters.

Take Note doesn’t have set ticket prices, but the requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. Reserve a seat by emailing [email protected]

MAVERICK’S

SATURDAY – GRANGER SMITH

DONALEIGH’S

FRIDAY – Get The Funk Out 10pm

SATURDAY – The High Drives, 10 pm

FIONN MacCOOL’S

FRIDAY – ANT, 8pm 

COMMON GOOD CAFE

SATURDAY –  Rebekah Hawker, 8pm

HOMESTEAD BAKERY

SATURDAY – Megan Anne, 10am

WRANGLER’S BARN & GRILL

SATURDAY – Hunter , 9pm

PAINTER’S HALL

THURSDAY & SATURDAY – B Knox, 9pm

THE SET LIST

Curious about the bands coming to town this week? Learn more and try a sample of their “stuff” in the links below!

W3APONS                                                          THE CROOKED

INK                                                                       JADEA KELLY 

THE EPIFATS                                                      RIVAL TOWN 

THE DOWNCAST                                               MEGAN ANNE

REBEKAH HAWKER                                         THE HUMAN PROJECT

THREE IMPOTENT MALES                            FIVE KNUCKLE CHUCKLE

BONNAVILLES 

Gigs This Week In Barrie: Your Local Live Music Source

Barrie Concerts

THE BEST OF BARRIE’S CONCERTS THIS WEEK

“Music Can Name The Unameable” – Leonard Bernstein

As any veteran of Barrie’s live music scene will tell you, there aren’t many nights off here.

If you’re game for going out, the city by the Lake is guaranteed to have a gig for you every week. Whether you’re feeling an alt rock blowout, an intimate jazz ensemble or a laid back acoustic set, Thursday through Saturday in Barrie are jammed with jams from local talent and edgy bands from across the region.

And if you’re an emerging group playing gigs in town, we want to hear from you! Send the finer points to [email protected] and we’ll post your shows here and on our events page.

Happening this week on the stage in Barrie…

THE FOXX LOUNGE

THURSDAY – NMT packs in a trio of newcomers, including Barrie’s own Absolutely You, making their Foxx stage debut. The local guys are joined by a couple of high octane alternative bands; Excuses Excuses and Like Satellites out of Toronto.

MORE FOXX LOUNGE 

FRIDAY – A wise person once said, “The best birthdays are the ones you never remember”

Okay it wasn’t a wise person at all…we just made it up.

But, considering that Friday is the 4th anniversary bash for the Foxx, it’s possible the jam will be one of those nights that comes back to you in bits and pieces in the days after.

Musically, it will be a huge ticket of local talent on the stage. Crast, Mount Mural and High Road Pilots represent the city by the lake, with headliners The Readys and Bigfoots Hand rounding out the gig.

SATURDAY – It’s hard to top a birthday bash, but the crew at the Lounge shall attempt with a record release party. Heavy Petter’s new disc Such A Drag hits the download sites this month. And as an added cool AF retro bonus, it’s also available on caseette via Reel Too Real Records.

Joining them are Artificial Dissemination (Hamilton) The Hysterics (Newmarket) and Bigfoot Portal Crisis (possibly the only occurrence in musical history of two bands with the name Bigfoot playing a venue back to back)

Doors at 9pm

SUNDAY – We aren’t quite sure what will happen when the Foxx opens on a Sunday, since it’s so rarely happened. Brace yourself for possible black hole like phenomena as the universe attempts to course correct.

Assuming that doesn’t happen, the Lounge hosts the annual Youth Battle of the Bands at 4pm.

Local bands aged 21 and under will be on hand to vie for the title of Simcoe County’s Best Young Band!

4:00pm – Gora
4:25pm – Cudbear
4:50pm – Crowfoot
5:25pm – James Marrin & the Midnight Riders
5:50pm – The Saydes
6:15pm – Absolutely You

And the prizes are nothing to sneeze at either, including cash, $100 MusicPro Gift Card, and a recording package from Unity Market Studios.

Elsewhere on the Barrie live music scene this week…

SPEAKCHEESY

THURSDAY – Live Jazz!

DONALEIGH’S

FRIDAY – The Barriers 10pm

SATURDAY – The Flailing Shilaleigh’s, 10 pm

KENZINGTON’S

SATURDAY – Big Furry Tractor, 11pm

THE MEXICAN HOUSE

SUNDAY – Saul Torres & Band, 1-7PM

WRANGLER’S BARN & GRILL

SATURDAY – Full Throttle, 9pm

PAINTER’S HALL

THURSDAY & SATURDAY – B Knox, 9pm

THE SET LIST

Curious about the bands coming to town this week? Learn more and try a sample of their “stuff” in the links below!

EXCUSES EXCUSES                                              LIKE SATELLITES

ABSOLUTELY YOU                                               THE READYS 

BIGFOOTS HAND                                                 ARTIFICIAL DISSEMINATION

THE HYSTERICS                                                   BIGFOOT PORTAL CRISIS 

HIGH ROAD PILOTS                                            CRAST 

MOUNT MURAL

Gigs This Week In Barrie: Your Local Live Music Source

Gigs this Week in April

THE BEST OF BARRIE’S CONCERTS THIS WEEK

“Music Is To The Soul What Words Are to the Mind” – Modest Mouse

As any veteran of Barrie’s live music scene will tell you, there aren’t many nights off here.

If you’re game for going out, the city by the Lake is guaranteed to have a gig for you every week. Whether you’re feeling an alt rock blowout, an intimate jazz ensemble or a laid back acoustic set, Thursday through Saturday in Barrie are jammed with jams from local talent and edgy bands from across the region.

And if you’re an emerging group playing gigs in town, we want to hear from you! Send the finer points to [email protected] and we’ll post your shows here and on our events page.

Happening this week on the stage in Barrie…

THE FOXX LOUNGE

THURSDAY – Assuming everyone has recovered sufficiently from the double whammy of a long weekend and 4/20, the Foxx should be packed for another invigorating slate of shows. And as always it’s kicking off with sTs Promotions New Music Thursday.

This week it’s a blend of folk and alternative, including 30 Dollar Weekend. Beside being surf rock aficionados, they are allegedly the only band in Ontario to boast an 8 foot tall lineup. Defo worth a visit to see if they “live up” to the billing.

They are joined by Cakeface out of London, Group Therapy of no fixed address and Ten Minute Detour.

MORE FOXX LOUNGE 

FRIDAY – 53rd & 3rd Shows take the lead on Friday, who bring the noise (literally) with a ticket jammed with metal and heavy alternative acts from across the province.

Newmarket’s Ship of Fools starts things off, fresh off a new album as they get ready to play the coveted Pouzza Fest later this summer. Also in town is Toronto’s Chainfall, one of a select few who had the chance to play the legendary El Mocambo stage. Rounding out the night are Oshawa’s The Corporate Life and Newmarket’s Razorbath.

SATURDAY – One of Barrie’s favourite bands, The Noolands, returns to the Lounge with a brand new single to tease.

If you haven’t seen the Noolands before, it’s a gypsy/folk/rock/ treat that does not disappoint. Also, they’re funny. Like, really funny.

Joining them are Argentina’s finest imports Harm and Ease, with Oh Geronimo opening. Doors at 9pm.

Elsewhere on the Barrie live music scene this week…

MAVRICK’S

Saturday – Dwayne Gretzky 

FLYING MONKEY’S BREWERY

Wednesday – Rob Watts

Thursday – Jakob Pearce

Friday – John Anderson

Saturday – Emberly A Duo

Sunday – Dav Dickenson

SPEAKCHEESY

THURSDAY – Live Jazz!

DONALEIGH’S

THURSDAY – Inside The Music presents Unplugged – The Songs of Eddie Vedder. Featuring Don Murphy & Jamie Taylor of Vitalogy, with Olivia Murphy.  Doors at 6:30pm, show at 8pm

FRIDAY – Get The Funk Out! 10pm

SATURDAY – Memphis Mudd, 10 pm

PAINTER’S HALL

THURSDAY & SATURDAY – B Knox, 9pm

THE SET LIST

Curious about the bands coming to town this week? Learn more and try a sample of their “stuff” in the links below!

THE NOOLANDS                                              HARM & EASE

OH GERONIMO                                                SHIP OF FOOLS

CHAINFALL                                                      RAZORBATH

THE CORPORATE LIFE                                  TEN MINUTE DETOUR

CAKEFACE                                                         30 DOLLAR WEEKEND

   

Gigs This Week In Barrie: Your Local Live Music Source

Gigs this Week in April

THE BEST OF BARRIE’S CONCERTS THIS WEEK

“Music Gives a Soul To The Universe” – Plato

As any veteran of Barrie’s live music scene will tell you, there aren’t many nights off here.

If you’re game for going out, the city by the Lake is guaranteed to have a gig for you every week. Whether you’re feeling an alt rock blowout, an intimate jazz ensemble or a laid back acoustic set, Thursday through Saturday in Barrie are jammed with jams from local talent and edgy bands from across the region.

And if you’re an emerging group playing gigs in town, we want to hear from you! Send the finer points to [email protected] and we’ll post your shows here and on our events page.

Happening this week on the stage in Barrie…

 

THE FOXX LOUNGE

THURSDAY – The “let’s get a head start on the weekend” day of the week is always a blast at the Foxx. New music Thursday this week rolls out a trio of Ontario bands; Quarter Tank, Trauma Lanes and Lawless Sons. All three skew to the heavy side of the guitar, while headliner Lawless Sons are edging into radio play with their new single Mufasa.

MORE FOXX LOUNGE 

FRIDAY – StS promotions take the lead on Friday to bring a full night of punk debauchery to the lounge. The triple bill includes the return of Barrie’s The Speed Humps, opening up for Hamilton’s Tough Fuckin’ Shit and headliners Doors & Fours.

SATURDAY – Wrapping up the week is the Barrie concert debut of a band out of Glasgow called Atlas Empire. They’ve been to Canada a few times before, including a well received performance at Indie Week in Toronto and bring a unique blend of progressive, punk and ambient to the stage.

Barrie’s own Grey Eyes and Lost Light (who just released a self titled debut EP) will be on hand to support.

 

BRITISH ARMS

SUNDAY – Lisa Hutchinson and the Joe Huron Trio, 2pm

 

 

SPEAKCHEESY

THURSDAY – Live Jazz!

 

DONALEIGH’S

FRIDAY – Rob Watts Band. 10 pm

SATURDAY – Tara Brox & The Revellers. 10 pm

 

 

TLC @ GEORGIAN COLLEGE

SATURDAY – 1+1 = 7pm

O’ HARA’S PUB

SATURDAY – Megan Anne, 9pm

REDLINE BREWHOUSE

THURSDAY – Mr B Band

PAINTER’S HALL

THURSDAY & SATURDAY – B Knox, 9pm

 

 

THE SET LIST

Curious about the bands coming to town this week? Learn more and try a sample of their “stuff” in the links below!

ATLAS EMPIRE                                                             DOORS & FOURS

GREY EYES                                                                     TOUGH F*CKING SHIT

LOST LIGHT                                                                   THE SPEED HUMPS

LAWLESS SONS                                                             1+1 = 

QUARTER TANK                                                            MEGAN ANNE

TRAUMA LANES                                                            TARA BROX & THE REVELLERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

   

 

 

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