The Barrie Historical Archive invites you to celebrate an unshakable community coming together to
rebuild their lives and their city on the 32nd Anniversary of the Barrie Tornado.

Join us May 31 at 8:15 or 9:30 PM at the Uptown Theatre for our second free
Barrie on the Big Screen

May 31, 1985, otherwise known as “Black Friday” was a day our city will never forget. Ravaged by an F4 tornado, Barrie faced its most significant crisis in the 20th century with passion, courage and determination. Knocked down but not destroyed, Barrie arose from the rubble a victor and survivor.

Authorities lead home owners back to their residences following the tornado.
Aftermath of the tornado that ripped apart Allandale Heights on May 31, 1985.
Cooke Cartage assists with the clean-up of the tornado disaster (19).
Inventory of damage caused by the tornado on Essa Road near Fairview Road and Highway 400 (41).
Inventory of damage caused by the tornado on Essa Road near Fairview Road and Highway 400 (52).

Join us Wednesday May 31st at the Uptown Theatre as we celebrate an unshakable community coming together to rebuild their lives and their city.  This special one-night-only event will include:

  • Guest speakers Kevin Frankish (Breakfast Television) and Steve Miller sharing their memories as being first on scene from CKVR.
  • Never before seen television footage shot by Steve Miller immediately after the Tornado that never made it to air.
  • The original CKVR newscast that followed the tornado, unseen in its entirely for 32 years.
  • Roll call of those killed in Barrie by the Tornado.

Tickets are free, but very limited. RSVP below and reserve your seats.

To help offset the cost of this special event, an online donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.