CULTURE & THE ARTS
AND CONTINUING EVENTS:
CURRENTLY :at the Barrie Art Club Studios. Doug
McDonald and Lisa Harpell are the featured artists. The gallery is at 304 Dunlop
St. W unit 17. These shows run to January 29th. Full details at https://barrieartclub.wildapricot.org/public-exhibits
shows are now on exhibit at the MacLaren Art Centre. Included will be a display
and remembrance of the works of one of Barrie's favourite "art elders"
- Conyers Barker. Check out details of all of the shows at https://maclarenart.com/exhibitions/upcoming
MacLaren has also been the recipient of a major coup in becoming the first Ontario
gallery to host Governor General award-winning artist Landon Mackenzie. Details
a not-too-far road trip, the Orillila Museum of Art and History now has on display
an exhibit that looks to disprove an old adage. The exhibit is entitled "Those
teach". The works include those of some very talented and popular
current and past art teachers from Georgian College. The list of great talent
includes many who are well known to the Barrie arts community including John Hartman,
Sue Oxley, Marlene Hilton Moore, Ted Fullerton, Tim Laurin, Frances Thomas, Stu
Oxley, Gary Evans, Joanna McEwan
the list goes on and please forgive me if
I have missed one of your favourites. The show runs to Feb 2.
Georgian Campus Gallery features a new exhibit by Joel Fullerton. "Sometimes
Still Life" is a multi media exploration of material and process. The exhibit
runs from January 11 to February 11.
for a great new programme at the MacLaren . Family Sundays run to Mar 25. Pre-registration
Artist Rod Prouse will conduct a Master Class in Watercolour
at the MacLaren Art Centre. Course runs from 10 am to 3 pm and you need to pre-register.
Check out https://maclarenart.com/events/all
The Music at St. Andrews Series picks up again with organist Christoper
Dawes. Noon to 1 pm. For information 705-726-1181.
Thursday January 18th:
Tartan Terrors: Drums, guitars, pipes and fiddles. A mash-up of great Celtic
styles. At the Georgian Theatre. Check out https://www.evensi.ca/tartan-terrors-north-america-celtic-event-georgian-theatre/232106694
This Thursday and the third Thursday of each month, Barrie's great "Skyliners
Big Band" lets their sound fill the Barrie Legion on St. Vincent St. Eight
to ten pm.
And, the third Thursday is also special for the Barrie Film Festival.
This week, In Search of Fellini. A " nostalgic coming-of-age drama that finds
its own modest niche while capturing the spirit of the legendary Italian filmmaker."
4 and 7 pm. Details at https://barriefilmfestival.ca/programs/dinner-movie/
My friend and wonderful artist/teacher Claudia Mandler McKnight
will conduct an "Art for Lunch" event at the MacLaren. Her topic: "Art
Theraphy and the Alchemy of the Creative Process". 12:15 to 1 pm at the MacLaren.
Bring lunch or pick up something at the Radio Café. Details at https://maclarenart.com/events/all
Saturday January 20th
The Barrie Concerts Series picks up again featuring
28 year old pianist Sheng Cai. Music centres on "The 12 transcendental Etudes
- Liszt's Greatest Acheivement". Information and tickets at http://www.barrieconcerts.org/2017/bio/sheng_cai_bc.html
Sunday January 21st
The Simcoe County Jazz Society presents the Dixieland
styles of Dinny and the Allstars. Rags, stomps ,marches, swing, blues, standards,
- it is the "music you listen to, through your feet"! Two to five pm
at Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill.
Thursday January 25th:
The Barrie Folk
Society continues its monthly "open stage". Bring your instrument and
your talent to the Barrie Downtown Public Library. From 7 to 8:30. Details on
their website http://www.barriefolk.com/
Friday January 26th:
IS BIG: Thank you to Barrie Ford and Barrie Chrysler for bringing us this HUGE
tribute to Gord Downie in support of his legacy Wenjack Fund. Danny Michel, Sam
Cash, Adriana Gillis, Andrew Cash. Jim Bryson, Carleigh Aikens
all backed by Brett Caswell and his all-star band, and even our mayor Jeff Lehman
and Sonic Coalition. At Mavrick's Music Hall on Dunlop Street. Details and tickets
Thursday February 1st to the 4th:
A host of wonderful entertainers,
multiple venues across Simcoe County - it must mean the Robin Munro has launched
2018's February Blues Festival. This is one of the tCounty's GREAT musical events.
Not to be missed. The list of venues and performers is still assembling. You can
keep updated at http://www.barriejazzbluesfest.com/The%20February%20Blues%20Festival.htm
There is even a performance at the RVH cafeteria!!
Saturday February 3rd;
Barrie Folk Society brings back Valdy, the perennial favourite, for what will
be another great performance. Valdy is Canadian folk music royalty. 8 pm at the
MacLaren. For tickets and more info check out https://guestlist.co/events/475824?utm=fukimfbq92nlb134
Sunday Feb 4th
The Huronia Symphony Orchestra presents "Tales of the
Imagination: A Family Concert". 3:30 pm. Details at http://huroniasymphony.ca/
Feb 7th and the 8th:
The Barrie Film Festival Screen One Series picks up with
"Le Sens de la Fete". A wedding planner's last event has a host of unpredictable
turns. "This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable
" - the Hollywood Reporter". At the Uptown Theatre, 4 and
7 pm. See
Ariana Gillis is a great singer/songwriter. Having graduated from
the "Songwriters Series" and opening for Irish Mayhem, she brings her
own band to the Temple Lounge at Donaleighs. Tickets available at insidethemusic.ca.
February 8th to the 18th:
Barrie's own Kempenfelt Community Players hits the
stage again. This time, one of Barrie's and KCP's favourites "Oliver"
will be presented. Performances at 2pm and 8pm at the Georgian Theatre. Info and
tickets at http://kempenfeltplayers.com/
Mark Your Calendars:
who love to sing for no particular reason will be able to join others when "Just
Sing" picks up again in January. Keep posted - details to follow. Have a
look at this Youtube video to see what this event is all about, and the fun that
is shared by all:
Feb 15 to the 24th:
Talk is Free Theatre's second show of this season is the
hugely popular play (made at one time into a movie) "Amadeus". A highly
fictionalized account of the lives of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio
Salieri. Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a
splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Salieri has the power to promote
his talent or destroy it. Arkady always guarantees a stunning production and outstanding
cast. Check out the details for this show and for the rest of the season at http://www.tift.ca/talk-is-free-theatre-announces-2017-2018-season/
"Purim" is a celebratory Jewish festival. This year,
Am Shalom Synagogue will celebrate with a great evening of music (the Mitch Beube
Orchestra), dance, great food and a silent art auction. Proceeds will be shared
with Gilda's Club - so you can feel good and do good. For tickets, contact the
synagogue at 705-792-3949.
Watch for Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish, the Barrie based
Juno Award winning indigenous music group known as Digging Roots when they will
be joined in a great show together with jazz favourites Dione Taylor and the Backsliderz.
Information about this event, and tickets available now at https://secure1.tixhub.com/barrie/online/b_otix.asp?cboPerformances=1739&cboEvent=736
Friday April 28th
Book ahead for what will be a great fundraiser for a
very worthwhile facility. The Seasons Centre for Grieving Children will present
a salute to "Rock and Roll Royalty". Great food, auctions, and music
by "Dirty Little Swing Thing". More details will be forthcoming.
REVISED DATES: Keep tuned for the rest of this year's Illuminating Conversations
series which includes my friend Michael Sweeney - award winning CBC filmographer,
favourite camera handler of a dozen documentary producers, including Dr. David
Suzuki (April 30, 2018). Full details of these outstanding speakers, as well as
Kate Lines (April 16), distinguished retired OPP superintendent and Barrie native
Andrea Curtis (May 14), historian and community activist are at http://www.tift.ca/our-season/illuminating-conversations/
you are part of an organization that is running an event that has an arts and
culture component, please let me know the details by e-mailing me at this address