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A special message from our Chairman, Dr. Travis Doucette

It would seem fitting that on Canada's 150th Birthday I finally let out a secret I've been keeping for 150 days: I'm moving to Florida in August! Many of you know my educational background and calling is in music ministry. I am elated to announce that I have accepted a full time position as Associate Pastor of Music and Leadership Development at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naples, Florida to work alongside Senior Pastor, John Secrest. Leaving my friends in Barrie will [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: |

Back Stage Pass a Blast from the Past

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , |

A recent site visit provides glimpses into theatre's many glory days. Test, test and test again is how you de-risk an event so everything will run smoothly ... and that's just what we were doing [...]

Saying Goodbye to Anna: The East End Variety & Snack Bar Fades Away

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: |

“Hey Lang, you should go out of business more often!” shouted one jokester, but I doubt that that Lang even heard him over the drone of the kitchen exhaust fan, that was running full tilt, [...]

Notable Women of Barrie

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The ladies of early Barrie, along with all of their Canadian sisters, laboured under the most extreme circumstances each and every day. Corseted and coiffed in the restrictive fashions of the day, their clothing was [...]

The Crock & Block Says “Goodnight”

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , |

I wrote this review just a few months ago, as a salute to one of the time-tested eateries of Barrie that were still soldiering on. Sadly, for fans of the Crock & Block, this piece [...]

A Stroll Through Barrie Courtesy of Rayner McCullough

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Steadily, Rayner McCullough walks me along Elizabeth Street. Hines grocery, then next to the that, a meat market. Next, an empty lot next to Central United Church on the east side of Toronto Street, where [...]

Baker’s Buried Treasures

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , , |

Prior to his passing in April 2016, Brian Baker was a well-known personality within the historical community of Barrie.  With multiple cameras around his neck at any given moment, he was Simcoe County’s unofficial [...]

Local Artist Highlights Historic Barrie

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Local graphic artist and entrepreneur, Tyler Gooding is making history – quite literally – with typographic Barrie-centric art. Having long appreciated the graphic art depicting the names of streets and locations in other famous towns, Gooding [...]

Skates, Parades and Carnival Queens: Celebrating Winter Barrie Style

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When Mother Nature builds you your very own arena, complete with ice, lots of good lighting, enough space for a limitless audience and a surface twenty-six hockey rinks long, you make the best use [...]

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