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January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ON L4M 3M2
$30 ($35 at the door)
Elaine Murray


This event is now sold out. Thanks to everyone who purchased advance tickets. We look forward to seeing you tonight!

BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring the boys of Union Duke to Barrie on Friday, Jan. 18. The show takes place at the MacLaren Art Centre. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two fifths city, two fifths country, and one fifth whiskey.

For their third record, Golden Days, Union Duke recorded live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts. Then they brought in Grammy award-winning mix engineer Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timber) to bring the mixes to life. Golden Days will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned – and of laughter between friends, tenderness between lovers. One minute you’re following banjo music rambling down a country lane. The next minute you feel the pulse and pound of the amplifiers.

The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all.

Learn more about Union Duke.

Have a listen!


  • Advance tickets are $30; $35 at the door.
  • Don’t forget to bring your BarrieFolk Repeat Attender card!
  • Tickets are available from the MacLaren Art Centre (37 Mulcaster St., Barrie) or by calling 705.721-9696.They are also available online. They will be available shortly at The MacLaren. Stay tuned.
  • When purchasing online, please remember to print your tickets and bring them to the show.
  • Tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable.

Special thanks to our sponsor Thrive Therapeutics – Kathy and her team always support our shows every year.



And thanks, as always, to our print sponsor: Georgian Copy and Printers. – Ali and his team are absolutely amazing!