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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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Life Is But A Stream

Life Is But A Stream

Life Is But A Stream

4 Ideas To Upgrade Movie Night

Although we are under Lock and Key (again) the day will soon come when we can gather to celebrate birthdays or christen a new barbecue.

Until that day, we’ll have to make do with house only entertainment limited to you and the famjam. Luckily, the 21st century has been very kind to the audio-visual industry. A wealth of cool AF innovations and inventions designed for home entertainment are available for order or for pickup.

Moreover, be sure to check out the range of great local electronics/audio visual providers for more home entertainment options. Places like Multi-Tech Audio Visual, Simcoe Audio Visual, Michael Enterprise Audio Visual (find more local spots here) specialize in rentals and equipment that can upgrade your next bash.

Read on for a quartet of ideas to level up this week’s showing in your home theatre!

Portable Projector

Getting full value out of movie nights means having all the trappings of a cinema, projector included. You can find cool and reasonably priced projectors just about anywhere you get tech these days. Need some inspiration? Check out the Nebula Astro!

About the size of a softball (seriously) the Nebula projector is a portable and powerful projector. The only major drawback? It lacks in HD. That’s offset somewhat by the long lasting battery and range: it can blast, say, the latest Marvel epic on a 100 inch screen from a healthy distance. It makes for a great gift for the kiddos, as it could easily fit into the bedroom.

Inflatable Movie Screen

Really want to push your backyard season to new heights? Consider adding an inflatable screen into the mix. You might be intimidated by the scale or size, but there are affordable options (rentals or purchases) for most backyard sizes. All you need is a fan and a projector to make your patio a full on theatre this summer. Furthermore, you can invite neighbours to join your screening from a socially distant location!

Keep in mind that the Barrie Film Festival and the Downtown Barrie BIA partner for outdoor screenings every Wednesday in the summer (when not in a pandemic) if you need some reminders of how cool outdoor movies can be!

A High End Soundbar

Half the experience of a movie on a home theatre is the sound, but sub-par speakers in a TV aren’t good enough. On the other hand, you don’t need to go into debt on a full on surround sound system. Soundbars can provide a theatre experience without breaking the bank.

We like The Vizio SB2920. This baby is an affordable, gift-friendly soundbar that will enhance anyone’s viewing experience whether they are watching a movie, streaming binge worthy Netflix series, or trying to get a leg up on the competition in Fortnite. 

Popcorn Maker

You knew this was coming, right? Movies and popcorn go together like…movies and popcorn. So grab a popcorn maker at most any home décor joints. And if you are thinking more of renting, in Barrie you can check out Tiffany’s Party Rentals for party related items, including popcorn makers!

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