GREEN'S GUIDE
TO CULTURE & THE ARTS

April 12, 2018




SOME VERY SPECIAL NEWS: Fifty years ago I worked on the newspaper at York University. I am returning to journalism! Starting very soon (maybe next month) my weekly newsletter will become a monthly summary of arts and culture events in Snapd Barrie. Not to worry, you will all still receive my weekly blasts with up to date details. However, for the various organizations that feed me these notices, it means that you will also get once-a-month coverage in Snapd. I will be highlighting some of the "very special" upcoming events. And, each item that goes into this newsletter will also be featured on the Snapd website available 24/7.

So - keep sending me these pieces. If your community organization is holding a fundraiser that features music, art, or any other aspect of culture, send it to me at this e-mail address. 40,000 copies of Snapd are published each month and circulated city-wide. And, there is that website. Hopefully this helps me reach MY goal of making all of these events successful.

Thank you Snapd for helping to make life in Barrie more entertaining.


ONGOING AND CONTINUING EVENTS:

the Barrie Art Club: Check out the Barrie City Hall Rotunda for an exhibit by some of Barrie's talented local artists. And, running from April 28th to May 30th, "Flowers, Real and Imagined" is the theme for the May show. This will be the Club's first show at their new premises at 11 King St.

There are some great displays now at the MacLaren, including a great new show of the works of Ted Fullerton. And: Longevity or a Lack Thereof featuring Anthea Black, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison and Meghan Price. Now to June 24th. And MORE: Montreal artist Sophie Jodoin presents Room to Move: je, tu, elle. To June 24th. Details of these and other shows at
https://mailchi.mp/5f3dd5fd9979/a-new-season-of-art-begins-december-7-maclaren-art-centre-2605581?e=d6a5e435ec

The Simcoe County Museum presents "Canada Day 1". Through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and viewer participation, Canada: Day 1 explores newcomers' unique and shared personal experiences- across time and cultures. Explore Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters,
Finding Your Way and Reflections. For immigrants, you will be transported back to your first day in Canada, for others - be inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer's shoes. Now to April 15th.

Spring Art Classes for adults and children at the MacLaren are now open for pre-registration. See https://mailchi.mp/394996af999a/maclaren-drop-in-programmes-return-this-week-2605541?e=19398826f0 Also, have a look at the upcoming summer camp schedule. And - there are lots of programmes available for the kids on PA days. Check out everything the MacLaren has to offer at www.maclarenart.com
And upcoming at the Georgian Campus Gallery: Fine Arts 2nd year Exhibition now to April 22. Also, note the Scholarship Show May 4- May 21 with the Opening Night Celebration- May 4, 7-9pm

CURRENTLY:

Thursday April 12th:
Inside the Music presents "folk roots rockers" Jared and the Mill. At Donaleighs.

Thursday April 12th to 21st:
Talk is Free Theatre breaks out again with its latest offering, a "futuristic satire" -- "For Both Resting and Breeding". According to playwright Adam Meisner this play tells
What might a world without gender look like? And how might we be remembered a century -and-a-half from now? The subterranean world of this play lies at the intersection of these two big questions.

Thursday April 12th to the 29th:
Harvest Moon Rising is a Canadian musical written by Peggy Semple with music by Leslie Arden. Yes, it's a musical about farming. But really, it tells a story for all Canadians -the struggle for survival, the challenges of marriage, and the pressure to live up to your family's expectations. 6 actors, 2 time periods, a great story, and some absolutely gorgeous music. At the South Simcoe Theatre in Cookstown. More info at www.southsimcoetheatre.com . For tickets call 705-458-4432

Friday April 13th:
The 2018 MacLaren Black Tie Gala is all about the "charm and style of life along the Mediterranean coast". "Cote D'Azur" features great food reflecting the south of France, entertainment, dancing and an opportunity to get "all dressed up" in support of Barrie's amazing art gallery. Full information at
https://mailchi.mp/ff52fc819324/tickets-on-sale-now-maclaren-black-tie-gala-april-13-2605569?e=19398826f0

Saturday April 14th:
The City of Barrie's Dept of Creative Economy makes this day a busy one. At 2pm, "A Fool's Errand". World renowned clown, juggler, and comic acrobat, Jamie Adkins, stumbles onstage, desperately trying to become the man he imagines himself to be. Adkins uses his unique blend of skills and unguarded physical comedy to explore the what-ifs along the path of life, accompanied by a charismatic tuba player. Info and tickets at https://secure1.tixhub.com/barrie/online/b_otix.asp?cboPerformances=1705&cboEvent=715

And at 7 pm, Barrie's Choralfest: A Musical Odyssey, at Collier Street United Church. Featuring Mozart's Requiem, Missa Brevis by Leonard Bernstein and selections from Les Misérables. Accompanied by the Huronia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Oliver Balaburski. Tickets at http://huroniasymphony.ca/

Sunday April 15th:
The Simcoe County Jazz Society presents Adam Saunders and the Hammered Brass. A gifted jazz pianist, bandleader, and performer, Saunders has shared the stage with some of the world's leading jazz musicians and played for significant occasions - corporate, private events and festivals throughout Canada and the USA. At Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill, 2-5 pm

Here's a brilliant family outing courtesy of the MacLaren. All afternoon this Sunday, the Gallery will feature "DrawingLab". Starting at noon with some animated NFB shorts, followed by a family drawing lesson, and finishing with a dance performance. For all the details, check out
https://mailchi.mp/ad90acf2f3cf/fun-winter-activities-for-children-youth-art-classes-pa-days-more-2605629?e=19398826f0

Monday April 16th
Talk is Free Theatre's Illuminating Conversations series picks up with Kate Lines. Following a remarkable career dedicated to law enforcement as an OPP Chief Superintendent, FBI-trained criminal profiler, author of Crime Seen, and currently in her role as Chair of The Victims of Justice Network; Ms. Lines will share stories about her investigations of major crimes and the courage of victims and their families. Details about this and future conversations at:
http://www.tift.ca/our-season/illuminating-conversations/

Thursday April 19th:
The Barrie Film Festival's Third Thursday offering for April is Academy Award nominated, Palme d'Or winning "the Square". "A spot-on, no-holds-barred satire of the more vapid foibles of the postmodern art world, the film follows Christian (Claes Bang), the imperious, self-centred, and hopelessly befuddled curator of Sweden's most cutting-edge art museum." 4 and 7:15 pm.

Friday April 20th:
Pick up lunch at the Radio Café and join Robert Hengeveld for an artist's talk. At the MacLaren. 12:15. Admission is free.

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". Great food, great music and a great cause. At Tangle Creek Golf Course. For tickets contact courtney@grievingchildren.com

Whitehorse, at Mavrick's Music Hall. "Whitehorse's brazen sonic breadth encompasses psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80's sparseness." Not exactly my musical preference, but I know my daughter and son-in-law have tickets. Tickets available at http://insidethemusic.ca/763/whitehorse-4/

Saturday April 21st
The Barrie Folk Society will present "The LYNNeS" (Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson, in concert at the Barrie Public Library. E-mail to promo@barriefolk.com or call 705.627.6895 to reserve your seat, and you can pay for your tickets at the advance price at the door the night of the concert (those that reserve & don't show up will be added to the shame list!).
You can check out the LYNNes new album at: https://www.lynnehanson.com/the-lynnes.

Sunday April 22nd:
The Collier Street Music Series features "Big Band Jazz" with the Skyliners Big Band. Come out and listen, dance, sing along. 3pm at Collier St. United Church.
Georgian Music presents an afternoon of romantic classical music performed by the Penderecki String Quartet and pianist Stephane Lemelin. Hugo Wolfe's "Italian Seranade", Greig's Quartet and G Minor, Op 27 and Wolf-Ferrari's Piano Quartet Op 6 are featured. At Grace United Church on Grove Street East, 2:30 pm.

Tuesday April 24th
WOW - Lou Grant is coming to Barrie!. Ed Asner, the beloved actor/comedian who starred next to Mary Tyler Moore in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and in his own show, Lou Grant, has written and stars in a one-man comedy, and makes his only Canadian performance IN BARRIE! It's a tribute to aging, perhaps not so gracefully. Talk is Free Theatre brings "A Man and his Prostate" to the Georgian Theatre. Tickets on sale now. Call Talk is Free at 705-792-1949.

Thursday April 26th:
Inside the Music presents Danny Michel. This three-times Juno nominated singer/songwriter brings his intimate show to Donaleighs. Michel, now living in Belize is known for his meaningful music and his good deeds - having raised more than $70,000 for a community high school in his adopted residence, Belize. More details and tickets at http://insidethemusic.ca/746/danny-michel-3/
Don't forget the Barrie Folk Society's open stage series. 6:30 to 8:30 at the Barrie Public Library Downtown.

Saturday April 28th and the 29th:
Barrie Spring Art Tour is celebrating 10 years exploring original fine art and sophisticated crafts created by local artists and artisans. It is a unique opportunity to mingle with artists in their studios and galleries throughout Barrie and the surrounding area. A self-guided map, list of participating artists and details are available at
www.barriespringarttour.ca

Monday April 30th:
Unfortunately, Michael Sweeney is unable to make his previously scheduled talk. In his place, "Illuminating Conversations" is presenting an unforgettable interview with Dr. Eva Olsson, an active octogenarian, who will discuss the life lessons that she has embraced with courage and grace. Only one of two family members to survive the hell of Nazi concentration camps, Eva Olsson's words-to-live-by and anti-bullying message are as relevant today as they would have been in war-torn Europe.

Previously purchased tickets for Michael Sweeney will be honoured at the box office. Please call Talk is Free Theatre at 705-792-1949 or the Theatres Barrie box office at 705-739-4228 to learn of other ticket exchange options.

And Mark Your Calendars:

Wednesday May 2 to the 5th:
Barrie's Kempenfelt Community Players return to the stage with "Closer that Ever", a tribute to the song-writing talents of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, the song-writing team behind such movie hits as "Big". There are evening shows and matinees, and even a cabaret/buffet show. Check out http://kempenfeltplayers.com/project/closer-than-ever/ for all the details.

Thursday May 3rd to the 18th:
Probably the most popular and profound of the Talk is Free Theatre presentations returns to Barrie. Tales of an Urban Indian is a moving personal story - actually moving since it takes place on a city bus. Artistic director Arkady Spivak has taken this very personal story across the country. If you missed it on one of it's prior Barrie stops, don't lose out this time. Details and tickets at http://www.tift.ca/talk-is-free-theatre-announces-2017-2018-season/

Saturday May 5th:
Many of you attended the fund-raiser run by yours truly in support of the production of a documentary centred on the holocaust diary of musician Leo Spellman. This is one of only a few diaries of those who went through the holocaust (think Anne Frank) done "at the time". The film is being produced by Paul Hoffert, founder and continuing leader of the band "Lighthouse" and his wife and son and will be scored by the music Spellman wrote during his ordeal. The Hofferts are firm in wanting this movie backed by those who are moved by its story. The Hofferts will bring Spellman's story back to Barrie, this time at the Cinema One theatre on Dunlop Street. The evening will be uplifting, not sombre. Paul will be bringing along two of his Lighthouse bandmates and the evening will also feature "Aura" who was a singer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. There will be food from Marco Ormonde of the North. The evening is being sponsored by the three Rotary Clubs of Barrie. Tickets will be $95, will support both the movie and Rotary's world-wide polio eradication programme, and will include a partial tax receipt. Proceeds will be shared between the movie production and Rotary's "Polio Plus" programme, aimed at eliminating polio from the world. Tickets are available now by clicking
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-of-music-and-hope-the-liberation-of-leo-spellman-tickets-44270047905
Barrie Concerts presents Kerry Stratton as he conducts the Toronto Concert Orchestra with guest pianist Younggun Kim in a programme of the best of music from the movies. Details at http://www.barrieconcerts.org/
Talk is Free Theatre presents what they themselves say will be the "trainwreck of the season". Local "star" (of a 90s pop-group) Glenn Coulson joins with " local myth" Izad Etemadi to improv an evening of Broadway songs selected on the spot by the audience. Check out "Two Men and a Musical" at https://tickets.tift.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent191.html

Tuesday May 8th
AND - Talk is Free Theatre is bringing Rick Mercer (just about to retire from his CBC show) to Barrie. Canada's "Unofficial Opposition" will be at the Georgian Theatre for one show only. More details will follow, but if you want to be sure of tickets, call 705-792-1949

Wednesday May 9th:
Here's a treat. This month's Senior's Serenade by the Barrie Concerts Association present fiddler Lucas Candelino and pianist Colleen Jennish. I think Lucas is now 14 years old. He played the "Stars Concert" when he was ten. He will have everyone clapping hands and tapping toes. At Grace United Church, 2:30 pm. Admission is free.

Friday May 11th and the 12th:
"Seasons Change but the Music Remains". The Bravado Show Choir returns with a big spring concert "For All Seasons". The Choir and their special guests welcome music lovers to the Georgian Theatre. For more information and a link to get tickets, visit https://www.bravadoshowchoir.com/performances

Saturday May 12th:
The Fourth "Piano Fest" is presented by the Barrie Concerts/Georgian Music group. Pearl Chen, Carlisle Beresford, Chris Au and Antoine Laporte present a number of "glorious four hand pieces". 7:30 pm at the HiWay Church. For details and tickets, check out http://www.barrieconcerts.org/

Monday May 14th:
Larissa Mair, Theatre by the Bay founder, and original producer of the "Stars Come Out Concert" returns this year to make this annual show the best ever. We'll keep you advised as Larissa lines up the acts. Here are just a few of the acts that have been lined up so far:
· Tyler Check - from "the Million Dollar Quartet"
· Susan Dunstan - from the "Lion King" and "Priscilla Queen of the Desert"
· Graham Scott Fleming - star of "Kinky Boots"
· The Asian Riffing Trio - a vocal group like none you have ever seen
· Citadel + Compagnie - this dance troupe got a standing ovation at our show two years ago
· 416 Beats - you've heard this drumming group at Blue Jays games - wait til you hear them on the stage
· Riverse - an amazing R & B ensemble
· THE VIVA TRIO: Larissa calls these three ladies the female Canadian Tenors. Beautiful voices, filling the room with a beautiful blend of classical crossed with the best of Broadway and popular music.
AND: JESSICA HOLMES will be the M.C. This brilliant Canadian comedienne starred for years with the Royal Canadian Air Farce. She has written and starred in a number of musical comedies (her latest, due to open soon is "Depression - the Comedy") and has opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres. We are BLOWN AWAY to have her as our headliner.
Tickets are already selling ou - ahead of last year. This year the VIP "experience" will be all new and will be an experience. Of the 100 available VIP tickets, only 20 remain. You can book those by calling the TBTB office at 705-735-9243.
The orchestra and pod tickets are available on line now and available at http://theatrebythebay.com/tickets/stars/ Don't be disappointed. Book now.
AND - TBTB has announced their 2018 summer season. It will feature two Simcoe County-based productions including one about the true story of the Molson marijuana grow-op. Yes, the former Molson brewery property in Barrie became a surreptitious marijuana grow-up! "Mary of Shanty Bay" tells the story of Mary O'Brien, matriarch of one of the founding families of Simcoe County. Her story of resilience will captivate all area residents - even those who don't live in Oro-Medonte. There will also be a new and delightful children's production "Lost and Found". For
full information and tickets, head to http://theatrebythebay.com/tickets/

Friday May 25th:
Inside the Music brings back one of our favourite party bands, Dwayne Gretsky to Maverick's Music Hall. Advance tickets are available at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1656680?utm_source=Inside+The+Music+List&utm_campaign=c4176bfcf2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4a49c85669-c4176bfcf2-216884805&mc_cid=c4176bfcf2&mc_eid=c5d7bcd341

Saturday May 26th:
ONGOING AND CONTINUING EVENTS:

The Barrie Art Club: Check out the Barrie City Hall Rotunda for an exhibit by some of Barrie's talented local artists.

There are some great displays now at the MacLaren, including a great new show of the works of Ted Fullerton. And: Longevity or a Lack Thereof featuring Anthea Black, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison and Meghan Price. Now to June 24th. And MORE: Montreal artist Sophie Jodoin presents Room to Move: je, tu, elle. To June 24th. Details of these and other shows at
https://mailchi.mp/5f3dd5fd9979/a-new-season-of-art-begins-december-7-maclaren-art-centre-2605581?e=d6a5e435ec

The Simcoe County Museum presents "Canada Day 1". Through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and viewer participation, Canada: Day 1 explores newcomers' unique and shared personal experiences- across time and cultures. Explore Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters,
Finding Your Way and Reflections. For immigrants, you will be transported back to your first day in Canada, for others - be inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer's shoes. Now to April 15th.

Spring Art Classes for adults and children at the MacLaren are now open for pre-registration. See https://mailchi.mp/394996af999a/maclaren-drop-in-programmes-return-this-week-2605541?e=19398826f0 Also, have a look at the upcoming summer camp schedule. And - there are lots of programmes available for the kids on PA days. Check out everything the MacLaren has to offer at www.maclarenart.com
And upcoming at the Georgian Campus Gallery: Fine Arts 2nd year Exhibition April 5- April 22. Special opening, April 5, 7-9 pm. AND the Scholarship Show May 4- May 21 with the Opening Night Celebration- May 4, 7-9pm

CURRENTLY:

Wednesday April 4 and the 5th:
The Screen One film for April is the "Feel good film of the Year", the British film, "Finding Your Feet. Shows on both days at 4 and 7 pm.

Thursday April 5
Now here's a deal. For $1 per day you can take home a beautiful piece of art, hang it on your wall for a year, have a delicious fun evening, support Barrie's great art gallery, and get a tax receipt. It's the MacLaren Art Centre's 14th annual "Benefactor Art Exchange". Check out all the details at https://maclarenart.com/events/fundraisers/benefactor-member-art-exchange It truly is one of Barrie's fun evenings.

Friday April 6th:
Award-winning singer-songwriter ANGIE NUSSEY will perform a benefit concert for the Rhythm & Pitch Children's Music Program. The concert will be held at Grace United Church, 350 Grove St. E. at Cook Street. Angie's accomplishments include five albums and music industry awards for best song, best country song, best folk act and best female performer. This is a very worthwhile fund-raiser. Rhythm & Pitch is an after-school music education program for elementary school students that provides free weekly lessons in a group setting from September to June. 7:30 pm. Tickets and info at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/angie-nussey-in-concert-tickets-42638049554

Saturday April 7th:
Nurhan Arman conducts Sinfonia Toronto and join special guest Stewart Goodyear at a Barrie Concerts Presentation. At the HiWay Church. At 7:30 pm. Full details at http://www.barrieconcerts.org/

Tuesday April 10th:
One of my favourite events, the Songwriters Series returns to Donaleigh's. This Tuesday, the father/son team of Andrew and Sam Cash join Megan Bonnell and perennial host, Brett Caswell on stage. The songwriting genre is so personal. As beautiful as the music is, the stories of how these pieces come together, make these evenings magical. For more information and tickets, go to http://www.songwriterseries.ca/


Wednesday April 11th:
The Barrie Concerts Association presents another Seniors' Serenade. This month features 14 year old pianist Evelyn Liang. At 2:30 pm at Grace United Church on Grove St. East. Admission is free.

April 12th to 21st:
Talk is Free Theatre breaks out again with its latest offering, a "futuristic satire" -- "For Both Resting and Breeding". According to playwright Adam Meisner this play tells
What might a world without gender look like? And how might we be remembered a century -and-a-half from now? The subterranean world of this play lies at the intersection of these two big questions.

Thursday April 12th to the 29th:
Harvest Moon Rising is a Canadian musical written by Peggy Semple with music by Leslie Arden. Yes, it's a musical about farming. But really, it tells a story for all Canadians -the struggle for survival, the challenges of marriage, and the pressure to live up to your family's expectations. 6 actors, 2 time periods, a great story, and some absolutely gorgeous music. At the South Simcoe Theatre in Cookstown. More info at www.southsimcoetheatre.com . For tickets call 705-458-4432

Friday April 13th:
The 2018 MacLaren Black Tie Gala is all about the "charm and style of life along the Mediterranean coast". "Cote D'Azur" features great food reflecting the south of France, entertainment, dancing and an opportunity to get "all dressed up" for in support of Barrie's amazing art gallery. Full information at
https://mailchi.mp/ff52fc819324/tickets-on-sale-now-maclaren-black-tie-gala-april-13-2605569?e=19398826f0

Saturday April 14th:
The City of Barrie's Dept of Creative Economy makes this day a busy one. At 2pm, "A Fool's Errand". World renowned clown, juggler, and comic acrobat, Jamie Adkins, stumbles onstage, desperately trying to become the man he imagines himself to be. Adkins uses his unique blend of skills and unguarded physical comedy to explore the what-ifs along the path of life, accompanied by a charismatic tuba player. Info and tickets at https://secure1.tixhub.com/barrie/online/b_otix.asp?cboPerformances=1705&cboEvent=715

And at 7 pm, Barrie's Choralfest: A Musical Odyssey, at Collier Street United Church. Featuring Mozart's Requiem, Missa Brevis by Leonard Bernstein and selections from Les Misérables. Accompanied by the Huronia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Oliver Balaburski. Tickets at http://huroniasymphony.ca/

Sunday April 15th:
The Simcoe County Jazz Society presents Adam Saunders and the Hammered Brass. A gifted jazz pianist, bandleader, and performer, Saunders has shared the stage with some of the world's leading jazz musicians and played for significant occasions - corporate, private events and festivals throughout Canada and the USA. At Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill, 2-5 pm

Monday April 16th
Talk is Free Theatre's Illuminating Conversations series picks up with Kate Lines. Following a remarkable career dedicated to law enforcement as an OPP Chief Superintendent, FBI-trained criminal profiler, author of Crime Seen, and currently in her role as Chair of The Victims of Justice Network; Ms. Lines will share stories about her investigations of major crimes and the courage of victims and their families. Details about this and future conversations at:
http://www.tift.ca/our-season/illuminating-conversations/

Thursday April 19th:
The Barrie Film Festival's Third Thursday offering for April is Academy Award nominated, Palme d'Or winning "the Square". "A spot-on, no-holds-barred satire of the more vapid foibles of the postmodern art world, the film follows Christian (Claes Bang), the imperious, self-centred, and hopelessly befuddled curator of Sweden's most cutting-edge art museum." 4 and 7:15 pm.

Friday April 20th:
Pick up lunch at the Radio Café and join Robert Hengeveld for an artist's talk. At the MacLaren. 12:15. Admission is free.

Saturday April 21st
The Barrie Folk Society will present "The LYNNeS" (Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson, in concert at the Barrie Public Library. E-mail to promo@barriefolk.com or call 705.627.6895 to reserve your seat, and you can pay for your tickets at the advance price at the door the night of the concert (those that reserve & don't show up will be added to the shame list!).
You can check out the LYNNes new album at: https://www.lynnehanson.com/the-lynnes.
Sunday April 22nd:
The Collier Street Music Series features "Big Band Jazz" with the Skyliners Big Band. Come out and listen, dance, sing along. 3pm at Collier St. United Church.
Georgian Music presents an afternoon of romantic classical music performed by the Penderecki String Quartet and pianist Stephane Lemelin. Hugo Wolfe's "Italian Seranade", Greig's Quartet and G Minor, Op 27 and Wolf-Ferrari's Piano Quartet Op 6 are featured. At Grace United Church on Grove Street East, 2:30 pm.

Tuesday April 24th
WOW - Lou Grant is coming to Barrie!. Ed Asner, the beloved actor/comedian who starred next to Mary Tyler Moore in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and in his own show, Lou Grant, has written and stars in a one-man comedy, and makes his only Canadian performance IN BARRIE! It's a tribute to aging, perhaps not so gracefully. Talk is Free Theatre brings "A Man and his Prostate" to the Georgian Theatre. Tickets on sale now. Call Talk is Free at 705-792-1949.
Saturday April 28th and the 29th:
Barrie Spring Art Tour is celebrating 10 years exploring original fine art and sophisticated crafts created by local artists and artisans. It is a unique opportunity to mingle with artists in their studios and galleries throughout Barrie and the surrounding area. A self-guided map, list of participating artists and details are available at
www.barriespringarttour.ca

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.

Monday April 30th:
Unfortunately, Michael Sweeney is unable to make his previously scheduled talk. In his place, "Illuminating Conversations" is presenting an unforgettable interview with Dr. Eva Olsson, an active octogenarian, who will discuss the life lessons that she has embraced with courage and grace. Only one of two family members to survive the hell of Nazi concentration camps, Eva Olsson's words-to-live-by and anti-bullying message are as relevant today as they would have been in war-torn Europe.

Previously purchased tickets for Michael Sweeney will be honoured at the box office. Please call Talk is Free Theatre at 705-792-1949 or the Theatres Barrie box office at 705-739-4228 to learn of other ticket exchange options.
And Mark Your Calendars:

Wednesday May 2nd:
The Barrie Concert Association presents participants from the Barrie Music Festival. In concert noon at the HiWay Church.

Thursday May 3rd to the 12th:
Probably the most popular and profound of the Talk is Free Theatre presentations returns to Barrie. Tales of an Urban Indian is a moving personal story - actually moving since it takes place on a city bus. Artistic director Arkady Spivak has taken this very personal story across the country. If you missed it on one of it's prior Barrie stops, don't lose out this time. Details and tickets at http://www.tift.ca/talk-is-free-theatre-announces-2017-2018-season/

Saturday May 5th:
Many of you attended the fund-raiser run by yours truly in support of the production of a documentary centred on the holocaust diary of musician Leo Spellman. This is one of only a few diaries of those who went through the holocaust (think Anne Frank) done "at the time". The film is being produced by Paul Hoffert, founder and continuing leader of the band "Lighthouse" and his wife and son and will be scored by the music Spellman wrote during his ordeal. The Hofferts are firm in wanting this movie backed by those who are moved by its story. The Hofferts will bring Spellman's story back to Barrie, this time at the Cinema One theatre on Dunlop Street. The evening will be uplifting, not sombre. Paul will be bringing along two of his Lighthouse bandmates and the evening will also feature "Aura" who was a singer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. There will be food from Marco Ormonde of the North. The evening is being sponsored by the three Rotary Clubs of Barrie. Tickets will be $95, will support both the movie and Rotary's world-wide polio eradication programme, and will include a partial tax receipt. Proceeds will be shared between the movie production and Rotary's "Polio Plus" programme, aimed at eliminating polio from the world. Tickets are available now by clicking
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-of-music-and-hope-the-liberation-of-leo-spellman-tickets-44270047905
Barrie Concerts presents Kerry Stratton as he conducts the Toronto Concert Orchestra with guest pianist Younggun Kim in a programme of the best of music from the movies. Details at http://www.barrieconcerts.org/

Tuesday May 8th
AND - Talk is Free Theatre is bringing Rick Mercer (just about to retire from his CBC show) to Barrie. Canada's "Unofficial Opposition" will be at the Georgian Theatre for one show only. More details will follow, but if you want to be sure of tickets, call 705-792-1949

Wednesday May 9th:
Here's a treat. This month's Senior's Serenade by the Barrie Concerts Association present fiddler Lucas Candelino and pianist Colleen Jennish. I think Lucas is now 14 years old. He played the "Stars Concert" when he was ten. He will have everyone clapping hands and tapping toes. At Grace United Church, 2:30 pm. Admission is free.

Friday May 11th and the 12th:
"Seasons Change but the Music Remains". The Bravado Show Choir returns with a big spring concert "For All Seasons". The Choir and their special guests welcome music lovers to the Georgian Theatre. For more information and a link to get tickets, visit https://www.bravadoshowchoir.com/performances

Saturday May 12th:
The Fourth "Piano Fest" is presented by the Barrie Concerts/Georgian Music group. Pearl Chen, Carlisle Beresford, Chris Au and Antoine Laporte present a number of "glorious four hand pieces". 7:30 pm at the HiWay Church. For details and tickets, check out http://www.barrieconcerts.org/

Monday May 14th:
Larissa Mair, Theatre by the Bay founder, and original producer of the "Stars Come Out Concert" returns this year to make this annual show the best ever. We'll keep you advised as Larissa lines up the acts. Here are just a few of the acts that have been lined up so far:
· Tyler Check - from "the Million Dollar Quartet"
· Susan Dunstan - from the "Lion King" and "Priscilla Queen of the Desert"
· Graham Scott Fleming - star of "Kinky Boots"
· The Asian Riffing Trio - a vocal group like none you have ever seen
· Citadel + Compagnie - this dance troupe got a standing ovation at our show two years ago
· 416 Beats - you've heard this drumming group at Blue Jays games - wait til you hear them on the stage
· Riverse - an amazing R & B ensemble
· THE VIVA TRIO: Larissa calls these three ladies the female Canadian Tenors. Beautiful voices, filling the room with a beautiful blend of classical crossed with the best of Broadway and popular music.
And now, more acts added:
Stephanie Cadman, Kyle Waymouth and Devan Ballagh are award winning Celtic fiddlers and Stepdancers. Stephanie has wowed the Stars audiences before. Her group returns to present their new original piece "Rolling Along".
AND: JESSICA HOLMES will be the M.C. This brilliant Canadian comedienne starred for years with the Royal Canadian Air Farce. She has written and starred in a number of musical comedies (her latest, due to open soon is "Depression - the Comedy") and has opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres. We are BLOWN AWAY to have her as our headliner.
Tickets are already selling out - ahead of last year. This year the VIP "experience" will be all new and will be an experience. Of the 100 available VIP tickets, only 10 remain. You can book those by calling the TBTB office at 705-735-9243.
The orchestra and pod tickets are available on line now and available at http://theatrebythebay.com/tickets/stars/ Don't be disappointed. Book now.

Sunday May 20th:
Another Sunday afternoon of cool jazz courtesy of the Simcoe County Jazz Society. Collingwood's Regal Jazz Band brings their mix of traditional and Dixieland to Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill. 2-5 pm.
Friday May 25th:
Inside the Music brings back one of our favourite party bands, Dwayne Gretsky to Maverick's Music Hall. Advance tickets are available at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1656680?utm_source=Inside+The+Music+List&utm_campaign=c4176bfcf2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4a49c85669-c4176bfcf2-216884805&mc_cid=c4176bfcf2&mc_eid=c5d7bcd341
Friday May 25th to June 10th:
Theatre by the Bay continues its series of locally-centred, locally written and locally produced plays. This year, "Mary of Shanty Bay" presents a story taken from the diaries of Mary Sophia Gapper, coming to Canada in 1828 and settling at the "edge of the world" in Oro Township. This special play will be presented in Oro-Medonte at St. Thomas Anglican Church. Evening and matinee performances available. Full details and tickets available by checking http://theatrebythebay.com/mary-of-shanty-bay/

Saturday May 26th:
Lyrica Chamber Choir presents its spring offering "Coming Home". A programme that centres around the theme of home features the music of American composer Stephen Paulus. 7:30 pm. In the beautiful acoustics of Burton Avenue United Church. Tickets $14 students and seniors, $17 for adults. Information at www.lyricachoir.ca or phone 705-722-0271

Thursday May 31st:
Last Thursday of the month = Barrie Folk Society's open stage. A chance for budding performers to make an impression. 6:30 to 8:30 at the Downtown Barrie Public Library. Check out their website for all of the upcoming events. http://www.barriefolk.com/events/