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Sep
28
Thu
2017
Open Stage @ Barrie Public Library
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open stage at the Barrie Public Library (60 Worsley St., Barrie) in the Maker Space. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Acoustic style. All performers welcome!

Oct
26
Thu
2017
Open Stage @ Barrie Public Library
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open stage at the Barrie Public Library (60 Worsley St., Barrie) in the Maker Space. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Acoustic style. All performers welcome!

Nov
10
Fri
2017
An evening with Karen Savoca @ MacLaren Arts Centre
Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
savoca_duo_color1_web2016BarrieFolk is thrilled to present Karen Savoca on Friday, Nov. 10 at the MacLaren Arts Centre.

Born in northern NJ, daughter of a big band singer, her mother was not at all surprised to find her constantly dancing and singing. Karen studied piano at the age of eight, and at thirteen cracked her piggy bank to buy a guitar. She started writing songs in her early teens, was a soloist in choirs, played in many bands, and has always had a deep love of performing.

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Pete Heitzman “A true virtuoso of groove, with a sly touch that, combined with Savoca’s in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band.”
Having performed together for decades, Savoca and Heitzman’s chemistry leaves audiences uplifted, wowing 10,000 from a festival main stage as effortlessly as they charm an intimate black box theatre. Savoca’s eighth solo release, I Shook The Tree, is a breathtaking collection of 12 new songs that explore the mysterious rooms of the heart through tales of love, betrayal and rebirth.
Karen and Pete have won seven SAMMY awards and are independent record producers and film scorers.
Haven’t heard Karen before? Check out her music!
TICKETS
Advance tickets are $25 ($30 at the door). They will be available shortly. Stay tuned for details.
Repeat attender? Don’t forget to print your ticket after purchasing. And remember: tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.
Nov
30
Thu
2017
Open Stage @ Barrie Public Library
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open stage at the Barrie Public Library (60 Worsley St., Barrie) in the Maker Space. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Acoustic style. All performers welcome!

Dec
1
Fri
2017
BarrieFolk presents The Good Lovelies @ MarLaren Arts Centre
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

BarrieFolk is thrilled to the charming ladies from The Good Lovelies back to Barrie on Friday, Dec. 1 at the MacLaren Arts Centre for their Christmas show. The last time they played Barrie, the show sold out, so buy your tickets early!

Still merry after all these years, the Good Lovelies will be headed across Canada this November and December with their annual Christmas show. And what better way to celebrate than the way it all began, with classic holiday and winter selections, timeless and original material polished to a warm and welcoming glow!

Accompanying the Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Susan Passmore) is their band of merry men – Steve Zsirai and Robbie Grunwald on upright bass and piano. As a five-piece, this band will have you humming along, laughing, and full of mirth by the show’s end.

The Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and has since compiled a catalogue of studio albums, EPs, a live album and a Christmas collection.

They have toured extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, UK, and Australia and have earned a Juno Award (2010), a Juno Nomination (2012) and four Canadian Folk Music Awards along the way.

Keep an eye out for their new release, Shapeshifters, coming February 2018.

Never heard them before? Check them out! Here’s a little taste . . .

TICKETS

Tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Make sure to bring your Repeat Attender card.

Tickets are available online and will be available in hard copy at The MacLaren in September. If purchasing online, don’t forget to print your tickets. Remember, tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable.

Dec
28
Thu
2017
Open Stage @ Barrie Public Library
Dec 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open stage at the Barrie Public Library (60 Worsley St., Barrie) in the Maker Space. Sign up at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Acoustic style. All performers welcome!

Feb
3
Sat
2018
BarrieFolk presents Valdy @ MarLaren Arts Centre
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring folk’s long-standing troubadour back to Barrie on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the MacLaren Arts Centre.

“I’ve been lucky,” Valdy suggests. Born Paul Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Valdy was an inner city kid. His mother Lillian was a social worker/psychiatric nurse who ran condoms into Quebec as a family planning advocate. His father Paul Horsdal was a portrait photographer/outdoorsman who became a mentor to many of Canada’s photographers.

When asked about his career’s longevity (38 years of recording and performing, with tours in Mexico, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and annually Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean from Nunuvit to Texas) Valdy said, “I’ve worked with some amazing people.” This list includes players like Norm MacPherson (session/touring guitarist with Skylark, Sample Stearns Band, Connie Kaldor); Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt from Elvis’ band; Larry Carlton; Ben Benay; Nicky Hopkins; Jay Dee Manus; Jim Keltner; Gerry Adolphe; Kat Hendrikse; Michael Creber; Doug Edwards; Connie Lebeau; George Koller (session/touring bassist with Holly Cole, Joe Sealy, Shuffle Demons, Loreena McKinnett).

Valdy adds that he “married the right woman,” Kathleen Mary Fraser Horsdal, Valdy’s creative advisor and wife of 22 years They sharing a lakefront home with three dogs and a cat, on Saltspring Island off Canada’s west coast.

Remembered for “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song”, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

Valdy’s recent CDs include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.

Read more about Valdy.

TICKETS

Tickets are $20 or $30 at the door. Don’t forget to bring your Repeat Attender card.

Tickets can be purchased online now. They will be available at the MacLaren Arts Centre in September. If buying online, remember to print your tickets after purchasing. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.