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Mady Centre for the Performing Arts

Barrie’s Mady Centre for the Performing Arts is a world class facility conveniently located in Barrie’s downtown and is managed by the Department of Culture.

Upcoming Events

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The Barrie International Comedy Festival

Presented by Talk Is Free Theatre, September 17 to 21, 2014
Full lineup and ticket information.



 






 

Laying the Children's Ghosts to Rest

Presented by Arthur Joyce

September 16, 2014 at 7:00pm

FREE ADMISSION

Seven years ago, while researching his family tree, Slocan Valley writer Arthur Joyce made a curious discovery: immigration records showed his paternal grandfather came to Canada with three other boys and a chaperone, but no parents. After consulting a local genealogist he was introduced to the term “Home Children”. The term didn’t mean anything to him at the time, but it launched his exploration of a migration scheme that saw more than 100,000 poor or orphaned British children sent to other Commonwealth nations — mainly Canada — as labourers. The practice began in 1869 and persisted well into the 20th century, aided by dozens of immigration agencies, many of questionable repute. Children were often exploited and abused, their new lives hardly an improvement on the ones they left behind.

Solving his personal family history puzzle prompted Joyce to examine the broader picture. “The wider story interested me because I realized if this happened in my family, it must have happened in many other Canadian families,” he says. Indeed, an estimated four million people can trace their roots to Home Children.

Since then Mr. Joyce has written a book primarily focusing on the home children in western provinces, entitled Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest: Canada’s Home Children in the West. Mr. Joyce will be presenting his interesting research at the Mady Centre and we encourage all historical buffs to join us at for what will prove to be a most engaging presentation!

For more information call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.






Vesuvius Ensemble

Presented by Theatres@barrie

September 27, 2014 at 8:00pm

Vesuvius Ensemble is dedicated to the musical and cultural heritage from Naples and other parts of southern Italy. The ensemble performs songs in dialect from the Italian countryside which have been passed on orally and in writing over centuries and finally researched and recorded in the twentieth century. The songs are accompanied by Baroque continuo instruments (Baroque guitars, chitarrone) in combination with rustic string, percussion, and wind instruments typical of the region (chitarra battente, colascione, tammorra, ciaramella). The group is led by Francesco Pellegrino, a classically-trained tenor immersed from childhood in the folk music of Campania and other southern regions. He has formed Vesuvius Ensemble as a North American vehicle for the performance and preservation of this vital folk tradition. Joining him are the versatile musicians oboist/guitarist Marco Cera and lutenist Lucas Harris. Vesuvius Ensemble has performed the program Bella Napoli with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (both at home and on tour), and has been a featured in concert on the Koerner Hall series in Toronto, on the Ponticello series in Ottawa, at the Midland Festival, at McMaster University and the University of Toronto, and for many private events in the Italian community. The ensemble is pleased to announce a forthcoming CD, La meglio gioventù.

A special DINNER & SHOW promotion is available with this performance.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.






Tate's Tableaux

Presented by The Tate Herbert Foundation for Fairness

October 4, 2014 at 7:30pm

Tate's Tableaux: A Legacy of Laughter and Law, is an evening of comedy and music that promises to be entertaining and inspiring. The evening will include improv, sketch comedy, stand up and a diverse musical program featuring national and local talent.

All Proceeds from this event will be donated to charities. The funds will be supporting causes that Tate was committed to such as equal access to justice and opportunities for youth.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.








Liona Boyd

Presented by New Stage Productions

November 1, 2014 at 8pm

Liona Boyd’s new album, released in September 2013, is called “The Return…to Canada with Love”, and was inspired by Liona’s return to her homeland after spending the last twenty years living in the USA. The CD is a powerful mix of nostalgia, romanticism and story telling, and has been produced by Peter Bond, the same man who produced her cinematic album “Seven Journeys… music for the Soul and the Imagination”.

Liona’s unique, new style has been described by one critic as, “Enya meets Leonard Cohen meets the beautiful guitar tones that could only come from Liona Boyd”. Poetic lyrics capture the moods of Canada where she has toured extensively for over thirty years and continues to do so.

"Canada My Canada" showcases the voices of several distinguished Canadian artists including Jann Arden, Dan Hill, Randy Bachman, Chris Hadfield, John McDermott, Serena Ryder, Mark Masri, Richard Margison, Michel Berube, Maria Aragon, Divine Brown, Eleanor McCain, Michael Savona, Ron Maclean of HNC and members of Team Canada who beat the Russians in ‘72 as well as the Etobicoke School of the Arts choir, three virtuoso instrumentalists from the Canadian Music Competition, Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuck, Danton Delbaere, Emma Meinrenken. Finally Liona plays some of her guitar parts on Jowi Taylor’s historic Six String Nation “Voyageur” guitar made from hundreds of historical materials from across Canada.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.










Vigil

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

November 6 to 15, 2014

Written By Morris Panych

Directed by Kelly Thornton

Starring Jennifer Phipps and Alex Poch-Goldin

Vigil is a brilliantly poignant dark comedy about an extended visit between Kemp, a lifelong misfit, and his bedridden elderly aunt. Kemp's relentless, matter-of-fact outrageousness makes the audience laugh and gasp at the same time, as his good deed of visiting a supposedly dying aunt quickly wears off - and the two must come to a sort of unusual peace with each other.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.










Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Part of Illuminating Conversations

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

November 10, 2014 at 7:30pm

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, a high school dropout from Georgina Island First Nation, who is currently Vice-Provost at Lakehead University, Aboriginal Initiatives and the Nexen Chair of Indigenous Leadership at The Banff Centre. She has an exceptional ability to see both sides of complex issues and to help people explore mutually sustainable solutions that benefit communities across Canada. You will have the opportunity to hear about a broad range of initiatives in which Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux has been involved.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.







I, Claudia

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

November 27 to December 6, 2014

Written by Kristen Thomson

Directed by Mitchell Cushman

Starring Amy Keating

Since the divorce of her parents, Claudia has found refuge in a quiet, dusty corner of her school's boiler room. There she hides a growing collection of her dad's socks and tends to her hurting heart. I, Claudia is a riveting, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey into the raw psyche of an extraordinary girl with a lot on her mind. Winner of the 2001 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, I, Claudia is a mesmerizing theatre experience.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.







Robyn Doolittle

Part of Illuminating Conversations

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

December 1, 2014 at 7:30pm

Robyn Doolittle, investigative reporter for The Globe and Mail, will reveal some of the fascinating and dangerous risks she has taken to uncover crime. She will share what influences in her life have given her the drive to accomplish a great deal in a short time. Starting with her early-career when she reported on Conrad Black, then handling the Toronto City Hall beat, followed by her book Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, Ms. Doolittle has exhibited courageous determination to uncover the truth.

 

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.










The Prince of Homburg

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

January 29 to February 7, 2015

Written by Heinrich von Kleist

Directed by James Kudelka

In a moonlit garden, the eponymous prince has vivid dreams of military glory and royal betrothal. But, on waking, he becomes a distracted figure who fails to attend to the battle plans of the ruling Elector. Although the Swedes are routed, the prince is court-martialed for disobeying orders and sentenced to death. What follows is an intricate cat-and-mouse game in which the Elector, bombarded with pleas for mercy by his generals and his niece, offers to quash the sentence if the prince himself can prove it was unjust.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.









Willard Kinzie

Part of Illuminating Conversations

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

February 2, 2015 at 7:30pm

 

Willard Kinzie, First Mayor of Barrie and visionary will share how his early career of delivering milk lead to his founding of the Lakeview Dairy, how his commitment to civic duty lead to his becoming Barrie’s first Mayor, and how he
turned his love of travel into an adventure travel business to diverse locations such as the Chilkoot Pass and Kilimanjaro. A firm believer in the importance of knowing where you are from and who has come before you, Mr. Kinzie will also talk about the value of creating an interactive, waterfront Heritage Trail.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.



Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

April 8 to 11, 2015

Book and Lyrics by Christine Quintana

Music by Mishelle Cuttler with Rap Lyrics by Brian Cochrane

Directed by Laura McLean with Additional Direction by Chelsea Haberlin

Under the fluorescent lights of real life, obligations and social niceties loom large. But in the world of day-dreams, all things are possible. Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical explores the lives of eight young people at a moment when big dreams meet reality checks. Saddled with crippling student loan debts, high cost of living and a recession-era economy, our young characters are just trying to get by in a "yoga and sushi-swilling succubus of a city." They've stepped out, bachelor’s degrees in hand, to find out that not everyone can be a winner.

 

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.




   

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Presented by Kempenfelt Community Players

April 30 - May 10, 2015 
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Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Original Broadway cast recording Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber And Stoller, won a Grammy award in 1996.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.









Stop The World - I Want To Get Off!

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

May 21 to 30, 2015

Book, Lyrics & Music by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse

Directed by Josh Epstein

Starring Daren Herbert

Set in a Circus ring, this allegorical musical is by one of Britain's foremost writing teams of the 50's and 60's. It features an everyman, Littlechap, whose rise to success is countered by the instability of his private life. Stop the World - I Want to Get Off! features several megahit songs, including "What Kind of Fool Am I?", "Gonna Build a Mountain" and "Once in a Lifetime."

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.







Dr. Brad Dibble

Part of Illuminating Conversations

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre

May 25, 2015 at 7:30pm

Dr. Brad Dibble embraces the belief that it is our duty to leave the planet a little better than we found it. This has propelled him to write, in layman’s terms, Comprehending the Climate Crisis: Everything You Need to Know About Global Warming and How to Stop It. Dr. Dibble has also documented the link between cardiovascular problems and the changing environment. Explore the consequences of climate change and learn from his suggestions for lifestyle adjustments as Dr. Dibble explains how he ‘walks the talk’.

 

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.




About The Mady Centre

The theatre has a versatile and flexible stage area using a system of stage lights and sound reinforcement for professional theatre, music, dance and other presentation formats. Flexible seating capacity of 120 to 200 patrons, a sprung performance floor, artist’s green room/lounge and performers dressing rooms with showers. The theatre is also available for non-theatrical activities including seminars, workshops, presentations and conferences. The theatre seating can be fully retracted to accommodate the use of tables and chairs for receptions.

Location: Downtown Barrie – 1 Dunlop Street West – at the corner of Bayfield Street and Dunlop Street

Driving Directions: Exit Hwy 400 at Dunlop Street – drive east on Dunlop Street to Bayfield Street

Parking: Many parking options available; please view the map

Box Office Hours: (located at the Mady Centre) Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays and Mondays)

GIFT CERTIFICATES: To purchase gift certificates, please visit the Mady Centre box office at 1 Dunlop St W or call us at 705-739-4228.

Babes in Arms: ALL patrons attending the Barrie Theatres must have a ticket, including infants. Please contact the box office at 705-739-4228 or theatres@barrie.ca for information regarding admittance or the suitability of the performance.

Telephone: 705-739-4228




Email: theatres@barrie.ca

Fundraising

Join other community supporters in raising funds for the Mady Centre For The Performing Arts! You too can be a donor or volunteer by contacting Campaign Coordinator Glenn Coulson at glenn@barrietheatre.ca or fundraising@barrietheatre.ca and by telephone at (705) 229-4100.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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