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4 Online Things To Do This Week




Feeling disconnected? Join the Chamber for a zoom meeting to chat about chamber resources, introduce yourself, and network.

One of the key functions of the Barrie Chamber is facilitating business connections. The Chamber Chat offers a place to share some ideas with business people, and reconnect to your network.

Pre-registration is required for this meeting – After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Happening Wednesday @ 1pm


YIKES! It’s a Pandemic Sketch Show

YIKES! Is proud to present their first-ever online sketch show! Live streaming right to Youtube!

“YIKES! It’s a Pandemic” is a culmination of video sketches, zoom calls and other online shenanigans that will prove to be a well-earned break from what we are all going through!

Featuring Musical Guests: Sophia Fracassi and Madison Mueller!

Happening Sunday @ 8pm

Important Links:

Link to our YouTube Page (Live Stream):

Sophia Fracassi’s Page:

Madison Mueller’s Page:



Stream First Run Movies with the BFF

As we mentioned last week, the Barrie Film Festival is offering exclusive streaming of new, first run movies that would normally be offered in theatres.

This is a great way to support the festival and indy movie producers while the shutdown goes on.

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BFF VIRTUAL CINEMA⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ EXTRA ORDINARY⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ *LINK TO BFF VIRTUAL CINEMA IN PROFILE*⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ “If, by the off chance, you're in the mood for an eccentric ghost story that's filled with romance and questionable comedy, Extra Ordinary may be just what you need.” – Joseph Dominguez, Film Inquiry⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Written and Directed by: Enda Loughman, Mike Ahern⁠⠀ Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Jamie Beamish, Terri Chandler, Risteárd Cooper, Will Forte and Claudia O'Doherty⁠⠀ Supernatural Comedy/Horror/Romance, 14A for coarse language, sexual content and some horror violence, 93 minutes (Ireland/ Belgium). This is a 5-day Rental.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her 'talents' and tries to ignore the constant spirit related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel. But! Christian Winter, a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager – making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy and be home in time for a light snack… maybe a yogurt or something.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Awards: 10 Wins, 4 Nominations⁠⠀ Winner, Jury Prize, Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF), 2019⁠⠀ Winner, Best Irish Film, Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, 2019⁠⠀ Nominee, Best First Feature, Fantasy Filmfest, 2019⁠⠀ Winner, Best Irish Feature Film, Galway Film Fleadh, 2019⁠⠀ Nominee, Narrative Feature, SXSW Film Festival, 2019⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #BFFVirtualCinema #ExtraOrdinary #BFFatHome #BestFriendsForFilm #BarrieFilmFestival

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At Home Lego Table

Being offered by the Orillia library, this is a great fit for the kids. Hit the link in the headline to join and get a Zoom link on the Event page on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

This week’s theme is Penguin Party!


Comic Relief: Daniel Shaw’s Covid Covers



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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Stay inside!

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14 Things To Do in Barrie This February

14 Things To Do in Barrie This February


February. It’s the seasonal equivalent of that last party guest you just can’t get rid of at the end of the night.

Maybe they were entertaining and fun for a little while. But eventually you just want them GONE.

So as we wait out this last full month of full on snow and ice, check out a few fun events around town! And be sure to hit up our events page to find a full list of stuff to do.


14 Things To Do in Barrie This February


Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of February, head downtown, venture along the Hot Cocoa Trail and indulge in signature cups of hot chocolate while sipping, shopping and supporting local.

With each purchase of a signature Hot Cocoa Trail beverage, fill out a ballot and enter to win one of three Hot Cocoa Trail Vouchers.


Pub Trivia

No less than three establishments offer a chance for you to channel your inner Ken Jennings.

Redline Brewhouse hosts a general quiz night, while Fioon MacCool’s brings out the Muggles for a  Harry Potter themed night, as well as a Friends night! Hit up Town Trivia’s website to find more Jeopardy-esque around town.



Jeff Dunham attacks (with jokes) the BMC on Feb. 21st. He’s one of the premier puppeteer comics on the planet, and it’s just one of many comedy and stand up nights in town this month. (Including a Valentine’s themed night at Zio’s)


Keep it Reel With The Barrie Film Festival

The annual documentary film festival returns to Barrie on Feb. 20th. This is a 3 day program featuring docs and dramas inspired by true events and real people. Now in year 16, Reel Stories will screen 10 films over four days at Uptown Theatre.

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* S A V E T H E D A T E *⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ✨ REEL STORIES runs February 20-23, 2020 ✨⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Discover extraordinary things about the world from this thought-provoking film festival which includes documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people. In its sixteenth year, Reel Stories will screen 10 films over four days at Uptown Theatre.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ The films featured in image, ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ – The Cave⁠⠀ – Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes⁠⠀ – Raise Hell: the life and times of Molly Ivins⁠⠀ – Honeyland ⁠⠀ – Push⁠⠀ – This is Not a Movie: Robert Fisk and the Politics of Truth⁠⠀ – Maxima⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Full schedule and lineup to be released soon! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Swipe ➡️ REEL STORIES wouldn't exist without our incredible sponsors! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

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Family Day @ Kaleidoscoppe

Family Day is the best day to spend quality time with your kids, and what better way to do that than at Kaleidoscoppe!

Their Family Day Show will delight your kids with BenTastic Magic show and they will also get to meet transformer Bumblebee! Plus you can win great Prizes on our Lottery.


OMCI Emerging Artist Emerging Musicians Auditions

Interested in a summer job performing as a musician? Between the ages of 16 – 30 years of age? Come audition for an industry panel and see what opportunities are available for you! Additionally there are volunteer opportunities for musicians of all ages!


Nature In Winter @ Sunnidale Park

The City of Barrie presents Nature In Winter, a one-day free educational experience showcasing all the amazing natural beauty that the Winter in Barrie has to offer!

The day will feature nature-based Winter Play, nature crafts, a guided Owl Prowl and much more.

Scouts Canada, Wild Birds Unlimited and more will be on scene all day.


The Rainbow Fish @ Georgian Theatre

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry.


Drop Kick Someone (Not Literally)

Check out the region’s up and coming Macho Men and Ultimate Warriors with wrestling at Mavrick’s. An Ode To No One happens on Friday February 7th for a 19+ audience.

Bubble Soccer!

Um…it’s basically soccer played in bubbles. Hosted by the Georgian Athletic Association. Hit this link to find out more!

What did you think of 14 Things To Do in Barrie This February? Let us know in the comments!

And be sure to tell us about any events in Barrie! We’re always on the lookout for things to fill out our calendar! 




Comedy! Psychic Fairs! And More! 5 Things in Barrie To Do This Weekend


The weekend approacheth!

Let’s face it; making plans for the Friday – Sunday can be stressful. Not Audited by Revenue Canada level of stressful…but anxious all the same.

As such, we’ve collected a few events and happenings for you to check out! Hit the headline for each to learn more



Whether you are a LOL or a LMAO type person (or even a ROFL) there’s plenty of stand up chicanery to be found.

PLAY!  hosts Bomb Shelter Open Mic on Sunday. You can come out and meet some comics, get a feel for our local scene & catch a couple minutes on stage. Doors at 8pm // 8:30 Showtime
Free Cover // 19+

On Saturday, Fancy’s Fish and Chips hosts a full night of local comics (including Cinema Smackdown’s Scott Walker) with headliner Kyle Lucey.

And Also on Saturday, Yuk Yuk’s returns to Tangle Creek Golf course for a dinner and stand up show.


2020 Body & Mind Psychic Fair

Barrie’s first Psychic & Holistic Fair of the new year hits the Lion’s Gate Banquet Hall on Sunday. Of course…if you are gifted with foresight, you KNEW we were going to say that, right?

Featuring Talented Psychics, Mediums, Astrologers, Energy Healers and Wellness Vendors. You can have a reading taken or peruse the vendors. $2 admission at the door


Sensational Squirrels @ Wild Birds Unlimited

Bird lovers and keepers should be keen to hear this presentation, packed full of photos of fuzzy backyard friends and tips and tricks for feeder squirrel-proofing. Ideal for anyone who feeds the birds, would like to learn more about how to also feed the squirrels, or how to keep their birdfeeders squirrel-free.

No registration required.

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Celebrate and Enjoy the Squirrels – It's National Squirrel Appreciation Day! They may have a reputation for making bird feeding less enjoyable, but squirrels aren't going away any time soon. Perhaps by looking at them from a different perspective, you can begin to appreciate, if not enjoy, squirrels and their behaviours. Join us in-store January 21st only and save $5 on all 15-22 lb. bags of Wildlife Blend, Peanuts and Corn to treat your furry backyard friends. Tell us below what you like about these fuzzy little guys. #squirrel #squirrels #wbubarrie #wildbirdsunlimitedbarrie #wildbirdsunlimited #backyardbirds • • • • #backyardbirding #birdsofinstagram #birdstagram #birdsonearth #instabirds #wildlifephotography #birdwatching #birdlover #wildbirds #your_best_birds #nuts_about_birds #bestbirdshots #birdsoftheworld #allmightybirds #birding #birdlife #birdlover #bbcearth #bird #birds #ornithology #wildlife #ontarionature #sharecangeo

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Core Evolution Building Muscles & Salads!

Join the crew at Core Evolution on Saturday for their first ever community workshop.

Learn some new tricks & walk away with some pre-made lunches.

Ideal for anyone looking to improve overall wellness, have medical challenge or are looking to athletically perform. This event will guide you to best practices for preparation!

Open & free event ~ the only requirement is that you RSVP & bring a few items.


And don’t forget to check our blog on things happening across Barrie tomorrow when the kids are off school.

Events? Happenings? Fundraisers? We want to know about them! Send an email to [email protected] and we’ll post them on our events page! 



Cinema Smackdown Episode 2 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In our second episode of Cinema Smack Down, Fraser and Scott review the 1990 shell-head classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and conclude (among other things) that the film heroes were probably guilty of lifting clothes from dead bodies, and that animatronics in the early 90s left much to be desired.

If you are easily offended, there are a few swears.