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Today At Georgian Mall a Ribfest To Behold!

The Ribfest opens today at 11.00 am and runs through to 8.00 pm. It is being held in Georgian Mall (509 Bayfield Street) – in the parking lot of former Sears.

There are 3 specialty rib creators on-site to choose from, Camp 31 Barbeque, Billy Bones’ BBQ and Pistol Pete’s. Made with all of their very own sauces. As well as getting some great ribs you will be helping RVH. Before you enter your chosen lane, you pay three dollars which all go to raising funds for our wonderful hospital.

So, we took a trip up on Saturday to try out some ribs, we loved it, as long as you love meat this is where you need to visit today. All the pictures were taken yesterday.

As well as ribs you can get chicken and more. We had a great time yesterday even though this year you cant walk about the fest it still had a fabulously friendly atmosphere.

So for a treat go to Georgian Mall today and give yourself and family a treat, while helping a great cause.

Kat Chabot Live at Simmering Kettle & Dosti Eats!!

With phase 3 now in place, it allows us to have some fun and listen to music and have a meal with family and friends, all under the guidelines of the present day.

The Simmering Kettle and Dosti Eats in conjunction with Barrie Uncovered have arranged to put on a show for you. So if you are bored and looking for something to do, why not swing by and enjoy some great food and live music with Barrie’s own Kat Chabot? The event will be held at 531 Bryne Drive on Saturday, August 22, between 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will take place outside in between the two restaurants. So you have plenty of food to choose from!

Kat Chabot is a very popular local singer-songwriter from Barrie Ontario. Pre-pandemic days you could catch her performing all over Ontario’s Farmers Markets, local festivals, bars and restaurants, either performing solo or with Cardinal Street, a five-piece rock band. Spending her youth working in greenhouses, and growing up in a family band covering RUSH and Journey songs.

At Simmering Kettle, you will find comfort food at its finest. They have all-day breakfast options as well as other hearty meal options. Dosti eats is a mix of food from all over the world! They serve food from Mexico, pan Asian food, north American food, and some tasty dessert options and you can even have a cocktail.

So come along sit back and relax, have a great meal and listen to music, how good does that sound? All the food will be brought to your table by their friendly staff. Food will be available from both locations.

Please remember to bring your mask as they are mandatory if you plan on going inside to use the washrooms. Other COVID measures will be in place during the event so you can feel safe!

Small Road Trip To The Sun (Flowers That Is)

Looking for a road trip of sorts, we are only talking about Innisfil? If you would like to see acres of Sunflowers and walk amongst them? Well, head to Edwards Farm at 1574 9 Line, Innisfil, ON L9S 3Z1. You need to go soon as the flowers only bloom for 2 to 3 weeks before they are used to produce their birdseed. So head there this weekend while you can.

Originally Edwards started growing sunflowers for their birdseed. But the rows and rows of sunflowers also known as the “Happy Flower” attracts people from all over Ontario. They come to wander through the paths cut into the fields and take in their beauty. In past years people have come from further to see these fields. Kathy who runs the shop told us a story that 5 tours busses turned up on one day last year. This year with COVID they have not been publicizing their fields to keep the crowds down. They are open though and encourage local people to come and wander through these impressive flowers. With a short flowering season for the flowers now is the time to go and see them.

While there you can shop in their Farm Store with all produce coming from their farm and local suppliers. They raise their own beef and chickens, they also sell pork and lamb supplied by local farmers. They sell free-range eggs, local honey and bakery, and much more. Their Farm Shop is open all year round.

An interesting product they sell is seeds for racing pigeons (of course picture not a pigeon) which we thought was a sport of the past. They also sell pet foods for rabbits, dogs, cats and horses.

So if you are looking for a short trip go and see the sunflowers and shop local, head to Edwards Farm you love the flowers and you can browse in their shop.


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14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie


Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead.

It’s brutally cold.

Car travel anywhere becomes a you-know-what show.

And the incessant shoveling makes one consider seeking religion in exchange for even an hour of +25.

BUT! You can break free of the icy induced despair. The season in Barrie brings cold weather events and experiences suitable for your entire clan. Hit the links on each event for more!

14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie



The OHL is packed with budding stars getting set for the NHL, and the Colts boast a strong roster this year.

Keep an eye on forward Matěj Pekař, drafted by the Sabres and competing for gold with the Czech Republic team at this year’s WJC.



The Uptown Theatre closed it’s door earlier this year, but the BFF will continue to show it’s programming there.

Third Thursday and Screen One bring thought provoking international films to town every month. And in February, Reel Stories delivers a terrific lineup of docs and real life stories in a four day mini festival.

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🖐 we're still here at the Barrie Uptown Theatre!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Visit our website to stay in the loop on our monthly film programming 🍿 🎥 ✨⠀⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Here's what we have coming up for December,⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ SCREEN ONE:⁠⠀ HAPPY NEW YEAR Colin Burstead⁠⠀ Wed Dec 4, 4pm and 7pm
Thurs Dec 5, 4pm and 7pm⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ “With Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Ben Wheatley has crafted a very funny, very real family drama that shows a simple universal truth: all families are weird.” – Sean Fallon, Film Inquiry⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ SPECIAL PRESENTATION:⁠⠀ YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE⠀⁠⠀ Thurs Dec 12, 7pm ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Youth Unstoppable follows the evolution of a global network of youth refusing to let their future slip away. From age 15 till now, Slater Jewell-Kemker takes us to the front lines of the Global Youth Climate Movement. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 3RD THURSDAY:⁠⠀ WAVES⁠⠀ Thurs Dec 19, 4pm and 7pm⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ “This is a deeper and more profound film than your average character drama, a masterpiece that’s hard to walk away from without checking your own grievances and grief.” – Brian Tallerico,⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Hit the link in our profile for details and tickets on our December screenings! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #BFF #Barriefilmfestival #barrie #uptowntheatre

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Bust out the snowshoes and blades and hit up the resplendent paths and rinks around town.

Lackie’s Bush, Ardagh Bluffs and Sunnidale park are beautiful in town spots for a winter walk.

There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam.



One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals, the annual outdoor gala takes over downtown on Feb. 1st & 2nd. Packed with ice sculptures, food, horse drawn carriages and helicopter rides the 2 day party is a welcome winter break.



For vino devotees, Friday Harbour offers a twice monthly class on differing grape varietals and sampling.

And whisky enthusiasts can up their spirits at Speakcheesy’s Robbie Burns celebration in January. It’s a Scotch Nosing paired with cheese from around the world and traditional Scottish dishes, featuring 4 Scotch Whiskys.



“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.

Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes beginning in January.

There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.

And for the budding JK Rowling, consider the Spaulding School of Literature on Bradford street. Workshops on creative writing, poetry and drama are available.



Get it? It’s a Star Wars reference. And Rise of Skywalker is coming out on Friday?

Well…this is why we don’t attempt comedy. But one dude who is much funnier that us is coming to Barrie.

Jeff Dunham hits the Barrie Molson Centre on Feb. 21st.



As if you needed another excuse to hit the pub! On Jan. 22nd, Tipsy Trivia hosts a Friends themed trivia battle at Fionn’s. If you know what “WE WERE ON A BREAK!!” means, you’ll be set up for success.

Then in February, Harry Potterites will gather to determine which Muggle can wear the crown as trivia champion of Hogwarts.



Upgrade your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Bring up to 10 pieces of good quality, gently loved, seasonal clothing. Pay $10 and Swap for the same number of items.



Did you know that Barrie has it’s very own sword fighting club, studying Italian manuals from the 14th century?

Dueling Weapons Academy of Renaissance Fencing is offering Introduction to Italian Long sword classes. It’s a 6 part series of introduction classes for the month of January. The only thing you need to bring is gym clothes/indoor shoes, water bottles and the willingness to learn!

What did you think of our 14 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie? Did we miss anything cool? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for events in Barrie to add to our events calendar







Uncovering Barrie: Tiffin Street

Free Events in Barrie

We are creatures of habit.  We really are, when you think about it.  Our morning usually has some semblance of a routine and often times we do the same ole, same ole.   We live day in and day out and days turn into weeks, turn into months…….blah blah blah.  OMG, all that sounds sort of depressing, eh? Let’s change it up a little.  Let’s do just one thing different and turn our backs on doldrum.

It’s time to discover something new in Barrie and here is how we are going to facilitate that.  We are going to focus on treasures untold on certain streets and drives in Barrie.  Maybe its time to stop shopping at the big “catch all” box stores and finding the little stores that could really use your business.

This month we decided to focus on Tiffin Street.  There are 3 awesome places that we wanted to point out to you.


Barrie Do it yourself Garage

Have you even heard of this place?  If you are mechanically inclined and just need a place to do some repairs then perhaps this is the place to check out.  At the Barrie do it yourself Garage, they provide a 330 piece tool set with each bay rental.  You don’t even have to bring your own tools!  Located at 84 Tiffen Street, the garage is in a great central location of Barrie. Another service provided by Barrie DIY garage is professional help.  You can “rent” a staff mechanic to help out.


Struthmann Enterprises Limited

There is so much to tell you about Struthmann Enterprises that we don’t even know where to start! Struthmann sells an amazing amount of products. You are going to be glad we told you about them.  If you are looking for Auto detailing supplies, janitorial supplies, pool and Spa supplies and even just sundry items.  You don’t have to be a big business to shop here.  All of your cleaning and maintenance products can be found at one location – 287 Tiffin Street, Unit 13 in Barrie! Take a read HERE to learn about how Struthmann Enterprises started.


Simcoe Masonry Centre

Yet another family owned and operated business in Barrie.  Simcoe Masonry has been serving Barrie for over 65 years.  But what do they offer us?  Stone, brick, chimney supplies and fireplaces! If you are looking to update some elements of your home – you would do well to check out this family owned business.  Something that Barrie Uncovered holds dearly is the fact that Simcoe Masonry also supports and gives back to the Barrie Community.  Did you know when they had their 25th anniversary, they also gave away $25,000 in donations to local organizations?  Tip of the Imaginary Hat to you!  Check out the local organizations HERE that Simcoe Masonry has supported.

There you have it! 3 Awesome opportunities to discover Tiffin Street in Barrie.  You have choices, Friend!  Remember there are plenty of local businesses in Barrie that could benefit from your buying power.  We plan on helping you uncover the local community – the Father’s, the Mothers, the Sisters and Brothers.  Maybe even your neighbour.  Let’s make Barrie a smaller community, one local business at a time.

Written by Sharon Johnston | image by Sharon Johnston

Like what you’ve read?  If you’d like your local business to be featured in our Uncover Barrie: Street Spotlight, please reach out to us at [email protected]