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4th Annual Barrie’s Holi Fest – Barrie Indian Association

Barrie Indian Association is hosting its 4th Annual – Barrie’s Holi Fest., Festival of Colors on Sunday, March 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Barrie City Hall (outdoor, by the flags)  

However, one of the most colourful festivals actually known as Festival of Colour or Holi is a two day celebration known nearly throughout the world now.

The festival stems from pranks that Lord Krishna was known for.

It is said that he enjoyed throwing colored powder on the village girls and wetting them, making the village a riot of bright colors during the 2 day event.

 

Nowadays the colored powder is still thrown, but water guns are used to aim well and wet!!

Whatever your heritage – springtime in Canada is certainly worth celebrating! 

This is a virtual celebration that will be showcased LIVE on Facebook and Instagram of Barrie Indian Association.

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5 Things To Do This Spring in Barrie

5 Things To Do This Spring in Barrie

Spring has sprung (yeah, we know…you heard that pun about 700 times already) and with it, a merciful end to the longest winter in history.

And while things are far from back to normal, the warmer climes at least mean we can give Netflix a rest and escape outside.

We’ve collected a list of 5 Things To Do in Barrie this season! And keep in mind that if you have an event coming up, we have an event calendar to fill! So let us know and we will add it!

PATIOS, PATIOS, PATIOS

Like you needed any more incentive to get on to outside dining. Capacity limits are going up (yay!) and the range of cool patios in Barrie make for a fantastic afternoon/evening out. Downtown, you’ve got the stalwarts; Donaleigh’s, Kenzington, Flying Monkey’s. And to the south you’ve got newer additions like Steyn House and Jack Astor’s.

PODCAST IT UP

If hanging on your own patio is on your list for this season, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Comedy fans will get a kick out of local Yike’s Sketch Troupe alums in the Dilemma Dudes pod, exploring topics like “should you expose your friend’s cheating husband?”

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.

GET EDUMACATED

“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, including online learning.

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

TAKE A HIKE

Not literally. Well actually, yes literally in the sense of hiking outdoors as opposed to the insult.

The greens and the temperatures are the perfect combo to take advantage of the plethora of wooded walks in and around Barrie. If hiking isn’t your thing, picnics or reading in the parks will fill your outdoor recharge quota.

HIT THE FARMER’S MARKET OR GET A FROSTY DRINK

The Farmer’s Market will welcome back the outdoor portion of their year in May, meaning all the fruit and veggies from the local farmers will be at your fingertips under the glowing sun. In addition to the food and vendors, there’s live music (restrictions permitting)

And when the heat gets high enough, be sure to cruise by Swirleez and/or Ripe Juicery (among others) for a frosty smoothie or frozen yogurt.

What Did You Think Of 5 Things To Do This Spring in Barrie? Let Us Know in the Comments!

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Wintertide:Return of Light MacLaren Art Centre

A first again!  Wintertide: Return of Light is the first annual art projection project by the MacLaren Art Centre..

In collaboration with the City of Barrie and our incredible local arts community they will use windows to show projected art.

Very First Show!

This first show points us to our bi-annual time change as well as the growing optimism afforded by mass vaccinations and an end to this Pandemic!

Now that weather is warming, get ready for an evening walk along Collier and Mulcaster Streets with your family.

Once dusk has moved in viewing will be in the windows of the MacLaren Art Centre and the vacant storefront beside Jimmy Chews. 

Included in the Projection will be an endearing candlelight vigil for Roberta Place; photographs provided by Simcoe County Archives and Canadian Forces Base Borden, as well as art from the following artists:

And the Artists Are:

Angela Aujla of Barrie is a Professor of Sociology, an emerging artist specializing in mixed media, drawing and visual collage.

Using ink, oil pastels, paint and computer Angela creates a very special effect loved by children and adults alike.

Krystal Ball is a regional artist known as a globally based citizen living in both Toronto or Jamaica.

Her work is a very definite style of bold, rich and striking use of color.  There is such an appreciation of her cultural background found within her art.  Simply stunning!

David Andrec, formally of Hamilton has now made Barrie his home for work and play.  David has travelled extensively for his love of photographic art.  His showings represent expansive insights into different cultures through his lens!

Tarun Lak of Los Angeles is a very special artist within the art projection project.  Tarun is a filmmaker nominated for a Golden Globe and works in animation at Pixar Animation Studios.

Check Them Out!

Many of you will recognize his work; take a moment to find out more about Tarun before visiting the project.  Just reading a bit about him will start your creative thoughts in motion.

Many Thanks -

Wintertide has been made possible through the generous support of the Founding Partners; Thanks to the City of Barrie, Georgian BMW/MINI Georgian, the Sargeant Company, Canadian Forces Base Borden and Simcoe County Archives.

So gather the family, put your walking shoes on and head towards this unique collaboration downtown Barrie!

Written By: Jane Laker

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Grassroots Lifeline for Downtown Barrie!

Join everyone in the nationwide grass roots movement to shop local!  Throw a lifeline to our City’s downtown businesses by purchasing an E Gift Card!

Barrie’s Downtown B.I.A. (Business Improvement Area) is working in partnership with Meridian Credit Union to assist business owners in our historical downtown area.

Ways to Shop Local!

By purchasing an E-Gift Card through the B.I.A. website – your financial support will go directly to the business you desire.

To add some intrigue to supporting local, the BIA has expanded their Lifeline E-Gift card program to include a little mystery.  To include even more excitement, they’ve turned this into a fun contest!  Each purchase enters you into a contest to win DOUBLE YOUR ORDER!  One winner each week, so come on and #supportLocal!

#WinterInTheCity MYSTERY CONTEST!

There’s even a mystery option. So check it out and GET IN THE GAME!

Barrie’s historical downtown is a beautiful vibrant community of small business owners who work diligently to create a wonderful resident/tourist atmosphere.

We all miss our leisurely lakeside visits to the wonderful variety of shops and dining establishments in the downtown area!

Shop Local - Shop Local - Shop Local

The B.I.A. wants the residents of Barrie to know that while some businesses have been required to close due to COVID protocols, the gift card dollars will go directly to the business owner and that shopping will resume as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Shopping Local keeps area families employed.  It also keeps dollars spent here in the community as well, helping to support those families still able to work.

Please visit the B.I.A. website for more information on purchasing the cards.

Our B.I.A.

Kelly McKenna Executive Director
Kristen Eatch Project Manager

The B.I.A. in Barrie was formed in partnership with the City of Barrie to retain and promote the lovely charm of this lakeside section of the city.  They have done a remarkable job making the area more pedestrian friendly, added a variety of art installations and just a wonderful place to visit. 

The B.I.A. also promotes the area constantly with festivals, street fair and events in order to encourage visits by residents and tourists alike.

So good residents of Barrie….while we must endure the safety protocols of COVID – there are still ways of joining the grassroots movement of Shop Local!  Check it out today – and help keep business strong in Barrie!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credits: Stephen Elliott

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