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Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

The doldrums of winter are well and truly here. And with more frigid weather on the way, a tough stretch of isolation is imminent.

We’ve all heard how important getting exercise and self-care are in lifting our spirits during Covid. But so is seeing other people.

It is a scientific fact that people who are socially active live longer, mentally healthier lives. Facetiming a friend or hosting a Zoom party can prove to be the morale booster you need.

Even though Barrie’s social scene is flailing, there are options! Read on for a few ideas to stay connected to friends, while staying safe.

Staying Connected: Remote Socializing


Go To A Virtual Concert

Online music can’t compete with the real thing, but needs must at a time like this, so consider rounding up your crew on the laptop to take in some tunes. Livestream music from venues isn’t allowed for now, but you can check out individual artists pages and YT channels for plenty of basement performances.

Here in town, Barrie’s Live Music Show happens weekly, with local acts and talent from around the region doing their (virtual) thing. If you’re looking for something beyond borders, check websites like Veeps and Failing a live concert, you could even just put together a Zoom party with a Spotify list in the background.




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Work (Shop) It

Missing Yoga or art class with your BFF? Consider doing something together, along those lines via your device. There are a ton of terrific local studios and fitness centres hosting online sessions. And if you are more geared toward something with a paint brush, have a hunt on the MacLaren Art Centre’s website. They have a batch of visual arts programming on their website through this month. 

Get Cooking

In addition to the terrific dinner table’s worth of takeout around town, you and your besties might consider a virtual dinner party. Order in from one of your fav local spots and chow down while connecting via Zoom or FT. If you really want to “ham” it up (pun intended) you can choose on of the many Zoom backgrounds to simulate eating in a glamourous locale, like Paris. Further, if you are a full on Foodie, your squad could take a online cooking class together. Channel your inner Gordon Ramsay with live stream meal prep, like Cooking for Hope.  


What did you think of Staying Connected: Remote Socializing? Let us know in the comments! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, let us know! We will get you Uncovered!








Staying Connected: Barrie’s Yoga Spots

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Staying Connected: Barrie’s Yoga Spots

Every Wednesday, we’ll focus on one service or industry in Barrie and highlight how they are staying connected to you during this latest lockdown. Whether it’s online sales, curbside pickup or virtual sessions, we’ll share the ways you can support them. Even if it’s as simple as providing you with their online presence so you can leave them a positive review!

This week we focus on Barrie’s Yoga spots.


Providing a host of online sessions, you can connect with the studio on their social media platforms and on their app. Hit up their website to get it! And check out the merch line to help support them.


Another studio with online opportunities, including a monthly package. They also have a newsletter to sign up for more.


Another downtown location that provides online and virtual sessions via their website.


One of the newer studios in town, Anahata offers a wide range of yoga and meditation practice. Find a fit with Power, Heart And Shoulders, SunRise Flow, Calm, Power or Self Love. They’ve got plenty of online options and monthly memberships.


Hot yoga classes have switched to online formats and they offer other ways to support them, including swag. You can stream the classes via their website, where you can book memberships too.

What did you think of Staying Connected: Barrie’s Yoga Spots? Did we miss any locations? Let us know! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.

4 Online Things To Do This Week




Feeling disconnected? Join the Chamber for a zoom meeting to chat about chamber resources, introduce yourself, and network.

One of the key functions of the Barrie Chamber is facilitating business connections. The Chamber Chat offers a place to share some ideas with business people, and reconnect to your network.

Pre-registration is required for this meeting – After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Happening Wednesday @ 1pm


YIKES! It’s a Pandemic Sketch Show

YIKES! Is proud to present their first-ever online sketch show! Live streaming right to Youtube!

“YIKES! It’s a Pandemic” is a culmination of video sketches, zoom calls and other online shenanigans that will prove to be a well-earned break from what we are all going through!

Featuring Musical Guests: Sophia Fracassi and Madison Mueller!

Happening Sunday @ 8pm

Important Links:

Link to our YouTube Page (Live Stream):

Sophia Fracassi’s Page:

Madison Mueller’s Page:



Stream First Run Movies with the BFF

As we mentioned last week, the Barrie Film Festival is offering exclusive streaming of new, first run movies that would normally be offered in theatres.

This is a great way to support the festival and indy movie producers while the shutdown goes on.

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BFF VIRTUAL CINEMA⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ EXTRA ORDINARY⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ *LINK TO BFF VIRTUAL CINEMA IN PROFILE*⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ “If, by the off chance, you're in the mood for an eccentric ghost story that's filled with romance and questionable comedy, Extra Ordinary may be just what you need.” – Joseph Dominguez, Film Inquiry⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Written and Directed by: Enda Loughman, Mike Ahern⁠⠀ Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Jamie Beamish, Terri Chandler, Risteárd Cooper, Will Forte and Claudia O'Doherty⁠⠀ Supernatural Comedy/Horror/Romance, 14A for coarse language, sexual content and some horror violence, 93 minutes (Ireland/ Belgium). This is a 5-day Rental.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her 'talents' and tries to ignore the constant spirit related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel. But! Christian Winter, a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager – making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy and be home in time for a light snack… maybe a yogurt or something.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Awards: 10 Wins, 4 Nominations⁠⠀ Winner, Jury Prize, Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF), 2019⁠⠀ Winner, Best Irish Film, Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, 2019⁠⠀ Nominee, Best First Feature, Fantasy Filmfest, 2019⁠⠀ Winner, Best Irish Feature Film, Galway Film Fleadh, 2019⁠⠀ Nominee, Narrative Feature, SXSW Film Festival, 2019⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #BFFVirtualCinema #ExtraOrdinary #BFFatHome #BestFriendsForFilm #BarrieFilmFestival

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At Home Lego Table

Being offered by the Orillia library, this is a great fit for the kids. Hit the link in the headline to join and get a Zoom link on the Event page on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

This week’s theme is Penguin Party!