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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!

Barrie Small Businesses Finding Ways To Keep Operating

In these troubling days, businesses are finding new ways of keeping their businesses open. Here are 3 of them. If you have some great promotions, a novel or new way to work so your business can continue to operate, let us know.


First up is, Love 2 Your Feet they are an online business selling socks, insoles, or patches. Not just any old pair of socks. These products were designed and made for outstanding comfort, features and performance for hiking, work and all-day wear in a boot or hiking shoe. These mid-size boot socks feature full-cushion support and comfort, arch support and superior moisture wicking.

Results and benefits arising from the products incorporating the VOXX HPT pattern include enhanced pain relief and management, especially PDN pain, enhanced postural stability and balance, and improved mobility and overall energy levels.

Love2YourFeet is available online, or you can have a one to one personal support recommendations. They will provide knowledge on VoxxLife products to best suit your needs.

During these times of social distancing and isolation, love2yourfeet have offers and promotions ongoing to make the socks affordable. Keep checking out their site and Facebook page to find out all the new promotions: and

Creative Cafe

The Creative Cafe has come up with a great way of continuing to operate.  They now offer a “Contactless pick-up and drop-off” curbside / Zero contact service.  Go to their Facebook page and pick an item from their currently available selection and order it.  They will let you know when you can pick it up from the curbside outside the Creative Cafe at Commerce Park Drive.

What better way is there to spend some time while at home.  Paint your own pottery in the design you choose.  Keep your kids amused and entertained for a few hours.

Great gift ideas, Miss your Grandchildren? Your Nieces and Nephews? Your little neighbour down the street? Surprise them with a Party Animal Mystery Kit!! A nice way to say I miss you!!

The ideas are endless, you can be creative and have fun.  For more information contact Creative Cafe, select and order items for their Facebook page,

Barrie Music School

Barrie Music School has come up with the innovative use of technology.  When you are closed due to today’s issues, if the student cant come to you, then the school comes to the student, virtually obviously.  With the music school shut down what a great way to keep up your lessons.

Learn the guitar or drums without leaving the isolation of your home.  No going out on a wet and windy day, stay in the comfort of your own living room.

They stay connected with their students through FaceTime and Skype.  If you’d like to try online lessons with your teacher, Nate Stan Kene and Ben are teaching via FaceTime and Skype!

Contact Barrie Music School by checking out their Facebook page also, check out their website

Barrie Concerts This Week: Mar. 10th

Barrie Concerts This Week: Mar. 10th


“When Music Hits You, You Feel No Pain”Bob Marley

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

When you’re game for going out, the city by the Lake is guaranteed to have a gig for you every week. Whether you’re craving 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.

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. And be sure to subscribe to Uncover The Music, the only podcast devoted to Barrie’s local scene.


Barrie Concerts This Week: Mar. 10th









More Barrie Concerts This Week: Mar. 10th





Saturday – ROYAL PAINS  
















Saturday – VAL BURNS DUO



Tuesday – IRISH AND INTERACTIVE (featuring Fraser Moore and Scott Walker of Cinema Smackdown

Friday – TnW



Wednesday – BILL NADEAU 



Curious about some of the bands coming to town? Check out their stuff via the links below. And find more from the local scene on our Barrie Set List!

CADILLAC BLOOD                                                                   AS THE STRUCTURE FAILS   

ON!                                                                                                       FOUR TWO NOTHING 

THE FAME                                                                                   FOX RUN                     

CHRIS BENTON               

Uncover The Music Episode 17 – Scott Murray of the Highdives

In our latest episode, we chatted with Scott Murray of the Highdives!

We retraced his reluctant path to becoming a front man, recapped a huge 2019 and uncovered 5 truths, which included a confession about donut throwing during work.

This episode is exactly 31:47 and if you are easily offended, there are many swears.

Entrepreneur of the Month: Barrie Music School

Entrepreneur of the Month: Barrie Music School

  Entrepreneur of the Month: Barrie Music School

Each month we feature a new business, start-up or Entrepreneur in Barrie to learn about the challenges and rewards of stepping out on their own. For February’s edition we met with Nate, Kene and Rob of Barrie Music School.


How Barrie Music Studio Started

Barrie Music Studio is a studio run by three partners, Kene Hyatt, Nate Douglas and Rob Drake. They came together more by luck than it than was planned. Their studio offers a broad spectrum of musical instruments they can teach. Guitars (bass, acoustic and electric), drums, piano, cello, violin and even help in vocal training. Some of their skill is from the practical side as they are all accomplished published musicians, so they can do more than teach music. For us at BU, that is an excellent skill.

Rob had a music school R&B School of Music previously, and Nate was an employee for Rob. They then moved to Music Pro where they met Keene. Music Pro closed, and so the three of them decided that they would open their own studio. When they moved, they took a lot of their existing clients with them. As they say, the rest is history.

They do owe a lot of this to their secret weapon though, Patty, who is the receptionist, as we know in many companies it is the most important position! She secured the students from Music Pro, ensuring when they opened BMS, they already had students.


With such a small window between Music Pro closing and the need to open a new studio within weeks proved to be the hardest obstacle to starting up. They were lucky and found the office they are in now with all the rooms in place, and no construction was required. Their second challenge was they needed to add sound suppression as they were fairly loud for the neighbours. Rob also needed to dampen down the drums and had to change to synthetic drums.

At this time, they have no intention of expanding as their focus was getting the studio up and running. It seems Kene has been thinking about this, though, so we look forward to hearing some of his ideas. Rob is the business and money man who has experience from his last school and pays all the bills. Nate is the social media guru. Partnerships can be difficult because each person if different, but these three are very comfortable with each other. If nothing else the interview has maybe sparked a conversation about the future of their business.

Introducing Kene, Rob and Nate

Kene, who is influenced by Jazz, teaches guitar, drums, and do we see a trombone in the picture. Kene originally from Pennsylvania. He studied at the York University in Toronto and excelled in Jazz bass. A past winner of the ‘Bass Player of the Year’ award at the Central Ontario Bluegrass Awards. In his professional career, he has performed with Emory Lester and other bluegrass artists.

Rob is a rocker who is influenced by Canadian rock bands such as Sloan. He is a member of the group Zeus who have recorded three albums. Rob has the cool room from our perspective as it is full of drums. I am sure many a kid young and old would love to be set free in his office.

Entrepreneur of the Month: Barrie Music School

Nate, who’s favourite band is Radiohead, teaches guitar, their old stuff like Creep would be easy, but later tunes would be interesting to try and explain to a student. Nate has released two albums and has toured North America, now that he is a dad he tours a lot less and mostly performs locally around Simcoe.

Entrepreneur Advice

The advantage of going to Barrie Music Studio is that you get advice from artists that have played professionally. They are always there to advise students who have progressed onto playing in bands. For the younger student who starts as young as five, this type of lesson is priceless for the up and coming stars of tomorrow.

Their advice to future entrepreneurs is very sound and one we agree with, and especially when you are teaching. Be kind and be patient, encourage even when you feel frustrated with the student is not getting the point. Not only do we think that is sound business advice but sound life advice.


Hear the full podcast interview version of Entrepreneur of the Month: Barrie Music School right here! 


Find out more about Barrie Music School on their website and through their social media channels!

And if you’re a Barrie based start-up, new business or Entrepreneur who has been active for 3 years or less, we want to hear from you! We might tell your story in next month’s feature!