Barrie Uncovered

This Idea Could Help Barrie Businesses and Restaurants?

Modular By Design is a company who could help Barrie small businesses and restaurants. They have a module design that can fit into any space, outside or inside. You can create a private bubble from a table for four up to, well whatever size you want. These are still worrying COVID days even with a vaccine on the horizon, and it will be months before we see the improvement in the economy. In the future, it might be, to some degree, the new normal. Every business has different space constraints. Modular By Design offer an all-inclusive service providing layout design, assembly and installation of glass enclosures to provide comfort for your patrons.

BU is only putting this idea out there to see if this is something that could help our local economy. We have no financial interest in this product and are not being paid to promote it. As always we are only trying to find a way to help local Barrie businesses. If this can help to keep Barrie businesses afloat we wanted to make people and owners aware of such a product. For more details click on the link https://www.modularbydesign.ca/

Friday Harbour – LUMA Light Trail Opening

Friday Harbour – LUMA Light Trail Opening

FRIDAY HARBOUR UNVEILS LUMA LIGHT TRAIL, GLICE SKATE TRAIL, OUTDOOR
SKATING, AND MORE WINTER FUN!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[INNISFIL, ON, NOVEMBER 19, 2020] –
Friday Harbour Resort is transforming into a winter wonderland this season, with some new attractions and activities to get you outside and enjoying the snowy season. At the centre of the Resort’s offerings is the LUMA Light Trail which will feature close to a kilometre of stunning light displays that make for the perfect backdrop for a snowy selfie. Opening November 28th, LUMA can be booked online and is appropriate for all ages. Guests can grab a Starbucks beverage as they begin their journey through the trail. Groups of five or more will receive an automatic 10% discount at checkout. LUMA will be running throughout the winter season from Thursday to Sunday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Times must be booked in advance online at www.fridayharbour.com/winter-activities. As required by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, masks must be worn and physical distancing must be adhered to while exploring the LUMA Light Trail.

All things skating will take place at Centre Ice. Friday Harbour’s Harbour Master Building has been transformed into Centre Ice, which offers skate rentals, check-in for both the outdoor skating rink (now located in the parking area at the Harbour Master Building and opening November 28th weather permitting) and the Glice Skate Trail (opening date to be determined), as well as warm beverages to keep you going. The Glice Trail features a unique skating surface that can be enjoyed no matter the temperature. Skaters will be able to glide up and down the trail from the Harbour Master Building to the Boardwalk enjoying spectacular views over the Marina. Centre Ice bookings for both the rink and the Glice Skate Trail must be made in advance at www.fridayharbour.com/winter-activities.

This year, the Nest Clubhouse will be converted into the Winter Outdoor Adventure Centre, where you can rent cross country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes so you can get out and explore all Friday Harbour has to offer! A cross country ski trail will take skiers on a journey across the golf course and snowshoers and fat bikers can enjoy easy access to the trails of the Nature Preserve. This transition will take place once the snowfalls. Guests of the Resort are encouraged to visit www.FridayHarbour.com to plan their day at the Resort. Reservations can be booked at one of the many restaurants including the Beach Club which features spectacular views over Lake Simcoe. The shops and retailers on the Boardwalk welcome all Guests, and fun activities take place every weekend. Get outside and celebrate winter this season at Friday Harbour! Friday Harbour Resort is located at 25th Side Road on 13th Line in Innisfil. Friday Harbour Resort is Canada’s award-winning development located on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Innisfil. Designed as a luxury resort community, Friday Harbour has become the best of breed brand for people seeking the benefits of cottage lakeside living with the amenities of an urban community. Learn more
at www.fridayharbour.com.

Karen Trottola
Marketing and Communications Manager
Friday Harbour Resort
[email protected]

TGIF: The Beer Behind The Myth

Flying Monkey’s Mythology Lives Up To It’s Name

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

MYTHOLOGY – FLYING MONKEY’S

 

The initial pours is a translucent golden yellow with a substantial, fluffy white head that retains well. The first sniffs bring a lot of bread, even before your nose gets near it. When you do get closer, it’s complimented by hints of grass, pepper and lemon.

You’ll definitely notice the crispness, which is ideal for a pilsner. There’s a welcome balance between the bready malts and the floral hops. As you push on through the sitting, some spice lingers, but it finishes strongly and cleanly.

Some might find it a bit thick for a pilsner, although it does not detract from the overall refreshing timber.

If you are looking for pairings, Pilsners are a great balance to spicy foods. However if you are a sweet tooth aficionado, Mythology might go well with a dessert. Because beer and ice cream CAN mix.

At 5.3% ABV, it’s right on the edge of being too much, so you can easily stick with it through the entire night.

Intrigued? Thirsty? Learn more about Mythology at Flying Monkey’s website!

Have a beer review you’d like to share? Or an idea for our next TGIF? We want to hear it!

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!

Front Porch Music Guest Interview: Rob Watts

Front Porch Music Guest Interview: Rob Watts

NOTES AND NEWS FROM THE COUNTRY MUSIC SCENE

We’ve teamed up with the crew from Front Porch Music to bring you a round up of news and interviews from Barrie’s growing country and western scene.

Every month, Logan Miller of Front Porch will share a conversation with an emerging local artist, as well as news and notes from around the horn.

This month Logan chatted with Rob Watts!

And be sure to check out Front Porch on FB and Insta for more great country content!

 

ROB WATTS

Rob Watts is a local Canadian country artist who has been making a splash in the world of country music, and calls the Barrie area home! He’s been a staple in the local music scene for some time, playing at venues like Donaleigh’s, Flying Monkeys, Red Line Brewery, and many others. He’s also played some of the largest stages across the country.

Rob is an incredibly talented artist. He’s a songwriter, a vocalist, guitarist, and a very charismatic performer. It’s next to impossible not to smile when you’re watching him perform live. He even had one of the Top Summer Songs on the Canadian Country Music Show.

Since he’s local, we wanted to catch up with him to chat about the local music scene, and learn more about him. We talked about a lot and we’re very excited to be able to get to know him a little more.

 

Front Porch Music Guest Interview: Rob Watts

 

Rob, it’s so great to be able to have you join us! We’re really excited to be able to introduce you and your music to our audience. Since this is your first time joining us, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Hey folks, thanks so much for having me! I love your analogy of what a front porch means to people, spot on! I’m Rob Watts, born and raised in Simcoe County, Ontario. I was brought up with country music always on around the house and cottage. I used to wake up and fall asleep to Shania Twain, Dwight Yoakam, and Brooks and Dunn among many other artists as my parents always had on the radio. I’ve been playing music in bars and other venues since I was 18 and formed this band in May 2015. I’ve always had a dream to bring my friends along with me on this journey and I’m very fortunate to be able to do what I love on some of the biggest stages in Canada with them.

 

 

We understand that your musical journey started at a young age, but you really found the love for singing at an open mic night when you were in high school. What is it about the stage, performing, and music that you connect with?

I’ve always considered myself an influencer of sorts. I think there’s something magical about stepping out onto a stage and inspiring energy and captivating the people watching. Using good music, clever lyrics and being truly passionate about performing are all tools I use to bring people together at shows. If I can improve someone’s mood or expand their musical palate, that’s a solid day’s work that I take pleasure in.

Your single “Hope God Likes Beer” has performed really well – with well over half a MILLION streams. Why do you think this song has resonated so well with audiences?

It’s funny, because I wrote ‘Hope God Likes Beer’ as a joke for my dad and his hockey buddies. We’re a big hockey family, and I’ve grown up watching my dad play across Canada, so I’m also very close with his teammates. After I joined them for a game of 3 on 3 a couple years back, we got into the change room and I chugged back a can of Bud Light in one solid go. One of the guys said “Woah you better slow down or you’ll end up dead if you’re not careful” Seeing how incredibly exhausted I was after trying to keep up with them, and I looked up and said, “Well, I hope God likes beer then!” They all froze and said “That’s your next hit! Write that!” so I went home and did just that.

First time we played it was opening for Jason McCoy and the Roadhammers at Barrie’s Kempenfest. During that song I noticed people singing the words by the second chorus, and that was the first time that had ever really happened to me. We also sold like 80 beer Koozies right after we played that, so that helped! I think people like the song because it’s real, and it’s a fun, light song. You don’t need to think about anything when you’re listening to it, and I think people like that element of escapism that the song brings.

We don’t have to tell you, but Barrie is a great city! Tell us a bit about the music scene in Barrie – where do you love to play, where do you love to listen to music, etc.?

I absolutely love Barrie. There’s a very healthy music scene that spreads across multiple genres. Donaleighs Irish Public House on Dunlop Street has been a large supporter of us, and they’re currently opening another venue that will be HUGE for country music in Simcoe County. Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery supports all kinds of music, live, covers, originals: they’re a hub for introducing musicians to the Barrie scene. I host an open mic night there every Wednesday and the talent that comes through there is amazing. Redline Brewhouse is a solid supporter of live music, as well as Barnstormers Brewery, Kenzington Burger Bar and British Arms, just to name a few.

 

Front Porch Music Guest Interview: Rob Watts

“In order to survive, we have to adapt to trends and country has always been great at accepting other genres.”

The country music genre has really evolved in the past few years, and has become much more approachable to the average listener – blending the lines of pop and country, or country and rock. We’re interested to know what you think about this trend.

I’m all for it. In order to survive, we have to adapt to trends and country has always been great at accepting other genres, blending, and growing. I really took to what Morgan Wallen said in an interview at Boots and Hearts when talking about his new song “Heartless”. Even though it may not be “traditional country” it has the potential to introduce country music to folks who wouldn’t have normally listened to it. To me, that’s a win for the industry.

I’ve always been a fan of 90’s country music. Absolute gold in my eyes, but I’m also a fan of some of the creative samples I’ve started using in my music. A healthy mix of styles and inspiration is how you grow, not only as an artist, but as a person.

What’s next for you – when can we expect new music, or shows?

I wanted to start 2020 off with a “bang” so I released a song to radio called ‘2 Days’ which features Jason Aldean’s steel guitar player, and it’s a tune I’m personally very proud of. I’m currently in the studio with Jason Blaine’s drummer, Shawn Moore, a very talented producer. We’re working on 3 tunes and have another 3 lined up, hopefully to release my debut album by spring 2022. These are some of the best songs I’ve ever written, so I’m extremely anxious for people to hear them!

We’re also doing a little Eastern Canadian tour with some university stops and radio visits in the coming months. I’m a huge travel fan so this is very exciting.

www.robwatts.ca has a full list of performance dates for 2020 so far. Looking forward to them!

Quickly – what are the 5 songs that you currently can’t get enough of?

Details – Billy Currington (written by Newmarket’s Steven Lee Olson)
Hello Country – Steven Lee Olson
Some Girls – Jameson Rogers
21 Summer – Brothers Osborne
Who do You Love – Chainsmokers

 

About Front Porch Music

In country music, the Front Porch has long been a place of reflection. A place where you can look at the life you have inside that front door. A place where time almost seems to stand still, where you can get away. It’s also a place where you can go to observe the world as it passes by you. To think about your place out there beyond the driveway.

That’s the idea behind Front Porch Music. We want this to be the digital Front Porch. Where music fans can come to get away from their lives and take a look at what’s happening out there in the world of Canadian country music. A place where we can sit together and talk about everything this great world of music has to offer. We are committed to promoting Canadian country artists, festivals, and shows to help both emerging and established artists connect with fans and find new ones.

 

What did you think of the Front Porch Music Guest Interview: Rob Watts? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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