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All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…

Death.

Taxes.

Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you! Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s concerts, store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

Here’s what went down in Barrie last week…

 

Music fans in town know well that Barrie has a couple of different options when it comes to grabbing killer vinyl. There’s Sunrise Records in the Bayfield mall (which has an amazing local artists section)

There’s BJ’s Records and Nostalgia on Clapperton, which we visited a few months ago.

But we are willing to wager a small amount of Monopoly money that you didn’t know about The Record Market on Dunlop street. @andrewdawsonyeo sure knows about it though, and cleaned up!

 

 

Perhaps you didn’t hear (as in because you were in a coma) that it was Canada Day on Monday. And we tend to celebrate with fireworks so bright that would it put the Death Star explosion too shame.  Captured beautifully by the Barrie Photo Club and lots of other attendees.

 

 

 

 

But beyond fireworks and a day off work…nothing says Canada Day like DEADPOOL. Perhaps the second coolest Canadian born superhero (behind Wolverine, of course)

 

Another bonus to summer in Barrie is the return of Theatre By The Bay; which runs productions through the season. Have a look at this behind the scenes video of rehearsals for their upcoming show!

 

 

And speaking of summer bonus’s in Barrie…did we mention the annual Craft Beer and Rib festival?

 

 

ROXODUS

We prefer to stick to the good stuff that happens in Barrie every week. But there was disappointing news on Tuesday. Confirmation that Roxodus had been cancelled. The 4 day music festival had been slated to run next week at Edenvale airport. It was set to feature a ton of local artists, including Madison Mueller and our friends The Noolands.

When the cancellation did come, the Noolands issued a statement. And we think it deserves to be posted in full here.

Although we’re reading the same news everyone else is reading, we don’t want to comment or speculate on anything specifically. What we can say is this: 
It’s always a huge hit to the music community when something like this falls apart for whatever the reasons may be. It breaks the trust of fans and takes a real toll on smaller artists who aren’t prepared to deal with this kind of fallout, emotionally and financially. Luckily we’re relatively experienced and have a great team of friends and trusted professionals, but we have fellow artists that we play with that were booked on the festival and this was a real opportunity for everyone and we know this was a big deal to them. 

Again, we don’t know exactly what transpired at Roxodus, but there’s a common thread to all this that cannot be ignored. With all the stories we hear about music festivals, and documentary specials we see on Netflix, it’s sometimes tough (especially for smaller bands) to tell the difference between an opportunity and a situation where artists and fans are being taken advantage of. It’s an unsettling theme we’re seeing more and more of these days as things keep getting spread thinner and thinner, from big name festivals, to venues in our own hometowns closing down and an erosion of local music scenes due to a collective devaluation of art, especially online as well with streaming and all that. Our band incredibly lucky to have such a tight-knit group of fans and people who support what we do and we have people we can reach out to, but the new artists find it tougher and tougher to get things started and events like this are so discouraging and increasing with frequency. We want to tell them to stay positive and stick together and stay smart about what’s happening. It’s not the 70s anymore, it’s a whole different world out there and it’s easy to be disillusioned by all the noise. Be louder than than all this noise because fans need it more than ever. They need local music more than ever. And we need them more than ever. We can’t let events like this drive a wedge between the music makers and the music lovers. Bands have to stay smart, stop competing with each-other and share the knowledge.

We’ve seen a bunch of new faces become fans since announcing our slot at Roxodus and we’re working to do something special this month for them! We will have more details to share in the following weeks on some cool stuff 🙂 Now is the time to harness the true power of music. We encourage everyone who bought tickets to be diligent about staying in the loop and we will provide updates on our social media channels when we can.

 

 

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