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3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

October’s coming in hot; at least as far as the weather is concerned. With temps pushing well above 15 for the impending weekend, it’s a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the sun while it’s here.

Here’s a trio of happenings this weekend to check out…

3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

Open Air Dunlop

Another Saturday with traffic free streets happens in downtown Barrie. Dunlop is closed to vehicles, giving you the chance to check out the new streetscape and get a coffee or a pint at the fab downtown eateries.

You c an also enter the We Dig Downtown contest to win a $250 Lifeline E-Gift Card to the downtown businesses of your choice! Take in a self-guided historic walking tour as well as some incredible public art. Happening all day.

Live Music

The gigs, they are a happenin;.

North Country plays host to live tunes Thursday – Saturday, including country talent Rob Watts and Dean James. Over at Donaleigh’s The Week Ends take the stage on Saturday. Courtney Bowles is on the mic and guitars over at Flying Monkey’s.

You can also hit up the Common Good Cafe for Sunday morning jams. And if karaoke is more your speed, hit up Steyn House on Mapleton in the south end on Friday night.

Retro Arcade

While you’re downtown for Open Air, consider booking in to Last Level Lounge for some retro gaming. In addition to the patio being open, you can book in for an evening or in blocks of hours for $15 per person. That gives you access to free play on all the games, including the pinball machines.

Anything to add to 3 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend? Let us know in the comments! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint through creative, hyper local content, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered!

The Social Recap: The Week That Was in Barrie Aug. 17th

The Week That Was in Barrie Aug. 17th

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…



Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you!

Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

The Week That Was in Barrie Aug. 17th

Even though we had to say goodbye to alot of festivals and foodie events this year, it was terrific to see Ribfest return this weekend! The parking lot of Georgian Mall was awash in BBQ’d treats and grilled greatness.

Speaking of great food, it was a fantastic evening of samples and songs at Dosti Eats and the Simmering Kettle on Saturday where the talented Kat Chabot serenaded diners.

Did you know that the 400 Market is open again? Be sure to check out the local vendors for some socially distanced vintage shopping!

We never get tired of sharing awesome pics and videos of the sights in and around Barrie, but this might be the most cinematic shot of the Spirit Catcher we’ve ever seen!

And finally, it’s great to see new businesses and new retail locations arrive in town, despite the troubles we’ve all had in 2020. Welcome to Barrie Global Super Market!

What did you think of the The Week That Was in Barrie Aug. 17th? Be sure to use the #barrieuncovered hashtag and we might feature you in our next recap! And be sure to reach out to us if you are a business looking to get Uncovered!

6 Things To Do This August in Barrie


August arrives with plenty of socially distant and virtual events and happenings in tow. Thanks to the gradual re-opening of the region due to curve flattening, there are far more things to do this month than last. Here are a few to check out in the coming weeks…

6 Things To Do This August in Barrie

90s Throwback Virtual Show by Army of Sass Barrie

The days of the Fresh Prince, Snapple and overalls with the snaps down are back! Well, at least in dance form.

Army of Sass is putting together a classic in studio jam featuring the likes of Backstreet Boysand Spice Girls, Def Leppard Red Hot Chili Peppers, and loads more.

This is a live stream performance, tickets to be purchased in advance to get a link to the show. Happening this Thursday.


Although the full festival is on hold, the Boots and Hearts team will be going live stream with performances for the weekend. Lineup includes Dan + Shay, Morgan Evans, and King Calaway and more.


The Barrie Film Festival has been up and running right through the pandemic, with loads of online offerings to satisfy your cinematic cravings. Their virtual cinema program projects indy movie selections every week for rental via their website. All you need is the screen and the popcorn!


If the kids are getting bored of Disney +, Sunset Drive In is open for wider screen experiences. New movies every week, including a wicked blend of classics and newer releases to accommodate most generations.


Yes, you read that correctly. There are live performances happening once again across Barrie! Venues are limited to a single artist with social distance restrictions in effect. The Common Good cafe and Sonder Studio have both had mini concerts already with more to come!


One advantage to being home more is the ability to take up new habits and learning. If you are on the prowl for something new to activate your interest nodes, consider diving into the podcast universe.

Uncovered produces several Barrie based pods, including the (usually) hilarious stylings of local comedians Fraser Moore and Scott Walker in Cinema Smack Down.

What did you think of 6 Things To Do This August in Barrie? If we missed any events, let us know in the comments!

And if you are a business in Barrie, reach out today so we can help get you Uncovered! 


12 Musicians and Bands Playing From Home

We all know how boring and hard it can be to stay at home in isolation, but it is the right thing to do.  It is very important we all follow this rule so we don’t overrun the health workers, their job is hard enough.  So we compiled a list of 12 artists some who have been brought together by WHO Global Citizen.  So take your pick of who you want to listen to or listen to them all.  We know we are going from our away from only doing Barrie area artists rule.  We are though trying to help Barrie citizens stay home.  We have included 2 of our local artists Kat Chabot and Madison Mueller, so good place to start.

Kat Chabot (Local Artist)

Madison Mueller (Local Artist)

Barenaked Ladies

Jimmy Falon

Chris Martin


Charlie Puth

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabella

Niall Horan

Jennifer Hudson

Ziggy Marley

Niall Horan 2

3 Online Things To Do Tonight



This will be the third weekend that we’re restricted to the confines of our living quarters. But as we reported on earlier this week, Barrie is coming up aces when it comes to coping with isolation.

And there are still plenty of online options to keep the distractions flowing. And remember that a whole whack of local restaurants are still delivering if you want to make a big night of it.


3 Online Things To Do Tonight


Live Stream w. B Knox

The Barrie music scene is absolutely killing it with online gigs during the Covid crisis, and tonight B. Knox continues the trend.

At 7pm Barry takes over the Rivoli’s Instagram for a live performance to promote the release of his new disc, Best Laid Plans.

You can hear a full interview with Mr. Knox about his improbable path to music on the debut episode of Uncover The Music.


Do A Work Out

In addition to the variety of yoga classes from local studios popping up online, a couple of gyms have virtually opened their doors to get your heart rate up.

And if you’re anything like us…the only exercise you’ve been getting is opening the fridge door. Might be time to stretch the limbs.

Tonight Beatz Barrie offers a free 30 minute work out on Instagram.


Take A Virtual Tour Of The MacLaren

Even though the MacLaren had to close their doors with the rest of us, that doesn’t mean you can’t access their galleries.

You can take a virtual tour of the current portraits hanging in the gallery through their website. The collection spans documentary photographs to commissioned paintings to enigmatic self-portraits, so there’s a plenty of diversity to check out.

Keep in mind you can still donate to the MacLaren (and other local charities) through online portals.

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The originals may be out of reach for now, but you can still explore artwork from our new season of exhibitions by taking a virtual tour of Portraits from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. Click the link in our bio to "visit the gallery"! #MuseumFromHome The art of portraiture is a subtle one, evolving over time from stately portraits of power to contemporary works that challenge notions of beauty and identity. This exhibition features works from our collection that demonstrate how artists working across diverse media approach this venerable genre. @mcgibbous @noor.means.light #maclarencollection #currentexhibitions #maclarenexhibitions #portraits #portraiture #contemporaryart #virtualexhibitions #onlinecollection #exploremuseums #stayhome #museumsandchill #startthinkingart #maclarenartcentre

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Bonus! Take a Virtual Rollercoaster Ride

Did you know that Canada’s Wonderland offers a full slate of YT versions of their biggest rides?

All the fav’s are there: Minebuster, Levithan, Silverstreak.

Just pull a chair up to the TV and off you go! All the fun of the rollercoaster without the puking (probably)

We know it’s tough right now. We’re here to help as much as we can! If you have an idea for a blog or would be up for contributing as a guest blogger, let us know! Email [email protected] or shoot us a msg through FB.