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3 Things to Do This Weekend


Hard to believe we are actually about to welcome August. Although given the way 2020 has developed, maybe we should be happy to see it coming to a close.

On the positive side, reopenings around the province continue! And that, along with some good weather makes for plenty of fun this Civic long weekend.

3 Things to Do This Weekend


Although the full on festival is on hold until 2021, it’s still the 50th anniversary of Kempenfest this year. And to celebrate, the annual festival is turning over their social media channels to boatloads of local artists, artisans and performers.  Take a half an hour this weekend to check it out!


The MacLaren is back, with social distancing in effect. And just in time for summer themed exhibits and new art pieces. Check their website for more!


Although night clubs haven’t been cleared to reopen yet, the night life experience is coming back this weekend from one of Barrie’s best clubs.

The Alley morphs into Taco Alley on Friday night. The clus is taking over a downtown parking lot to serve shots and food through the long weekend, with service until 2am!

What did you think of 3 Things to Do This Weekend? Did we miss any events? Let us know in the comments! If you are business open during Covid in Barrie, reach out today! We will get you uncovered.

MacLaren’s Virtual Gallery Looking For Submissions

Teenagers with an artistic bent could have their work (virtually) featured at the MacLaren this summer.

The MacLaren Art Centre Youth Advisory Council is looking for artwork submissions to be included in  a virtual gallery to be posted on the MacLaren’s Instagram.

Styles and genres range from photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art to short videos.

The work is geared towards representing the theme “Change”.

The gallery is open to interested youth ages 14 to 18. All submission due by June 12, 2020.

Find more info. and submission details at:

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Our May #ArtoftheMonth is The Land (1976) by Takao Tanabe. The Land is an assured painting of the prairie landscape, executed during Tanabe’s tenure as Head of the Art Department and Artist in Residence programme at the Banff Centre between 1973 and 1980. This work distils an already sparse prairie landscape into a transcendent meeting between plain and sky. Stripped of all non-human elements and rendered in a flat, but careful application of paint, the work reflects Tanabe’s training in abstract expressionism with Hans Hofmann at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, as well as studies in Japanese ink painting (sumi-e) with Ikuo Hirayama and Yanagida Taiun at the Tokyo University of Arts. Tanabe, who took the landscape as his primary focus in the latter half of his over sixty-year career, often paints scenes that reflect the unity of nature. Tanabe writes: "What I want is this completely unoccupied, pristine land, as though I’m the first person to see it. It’s lonely, it’s mysterious, it has wonderful appeal to me. I feel great kinship with it." Click the link in our bio to read the full article. #takaotanable #landscapepainting #japanesecanadian #britishcolumbiaartist #winnipegschoolofart #orderofcanada #governorgeneralsaward #banffcentre #asianheritagemonth #contemporaryart #painting #landscape #prairies

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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)

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The Battle Is Joined: Battle of the Bands 2020 Recap

Battle of the Bands 2020


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6 local acts assembled to vie for musical supremacy of Barrie. The impressive roster of talent brought an eclectic mix of pop, rock and folk to the stage.

Playing to a jammed pack floor (with close to 1000 tickets sold) the annual event did not disappoint. The energized crowd were treated to a collection of original songs and cover versions of blockbuster tunes from the Killers, Simple Minds, The Tragically Hip and a host of others.  

The competition is easily one of Barrie’s most celebrated musical events of the year. In the 16 years since its inception, Battle of the Bands has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars. The beneficiaries are the MacLaren Art Centre, Kempenfelt Rotary and RVH’s Radio for Cardiology.

We chatted with Laura Aylan – Parker, Director of Development for the MacLaren Art Centre and

B. Knox of the Bailouts about Battle of the Bands 2020.



Band Battles! Documentaries! Rock Climbing! 5 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend

5 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend



We are now less than a month away from the official arrival of Spring. And naturally…we got a pile of snow from Mother Nature to remind us that the bleary bluster of winter has no intention of leaving the party early.

Luckily, the final vestiges of February are replete with for the entire fam-jam to distract from the cold and ice.

Hit the headline on each event to learn more!


5 Things To Try in Barrie This Weekend


Battle of the Bands

The Ranch plays host to one of Barrie’s most celebrated music events of the year on Friday.

Battle of the Bands returns for an electric evening of live music, cowboy hats and fundraising. Proceeds from the night (which last year included the Mayor going full Young MC) support KICX 106 & 104.1 The DOCK‘s Radio for Cardiology, Kempenfelt Rotary Club and the MacLaren Art Centre.

This year’s lineup features The Bailouts, Bunker, Code Blue, Sonic Coalition, Steve’s Garage and Table Nine.

Doors at 7 pm.


Reel Stories

The Barrie Film Festival’s Reel Stories festival returns to the Uptown theatre today, running through Sunday

The 4 day film event aims to discover extraordinary things about the world through documentaries and dramas inspired by true events and real people.

Reel Stories will screen 10 films over four days at Uptown Theatre.


Clothing Swap

Swap out that hoodie you’ve had since Paul Martin was Prime Minister and help keep textiles from going to the landfill! Living Green Barrie hosts this event in partnership with SwapaholicsCanada and Spool Lounge

Join the clothing swap on Saturday, February 22nd from @10:30- 11:30 am at the Painswick branch of the library.

Cost for everyone: Up to 10 items of clothing (adult sizes only, must be clean and in good condition.


Ladies Night at Alt. Rock

Grab the gal crew and scale the (indoor) heights of Mount Alt. Rock. Friday night they are offering facility passes for just $10.

First Responders Snow Tubing Night

In celebration of all first responders, Snow Valley hosts a fun night of snowtubing on Sunday February 23rd from 6pm-9pm!

Bring your 911 responder badge or id card, you and your family can tube from 6pm-9pm for just $10. Extended to all emergency workers and their immediate families.



We are always on the lookout for cool and unique events happening in Barrie. Let us know about your event and we’ll add it to our calendar! Email us at [email protected]