2019 Entertainment Calendar in Barrie and Orillia, Ontario

The City of Barrie, Orillia and surrounding area continues to be one of Canada’s fastest growing and dynamic cities with entertainment to suit all ages. The following entertainment calendar is presented at various location in Barrie, Orillia, and the surrounding area.


March 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Cellar Singers: Inspired (JS Bach and Eleanor Daley)
St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia

Exceptional choral music for audience members who come from communities throughout the Districts of Simcoe and Muskoka. Inspired by outstanding artistic leadership, our singers share their passion with enthusiastic patrons and exemplify the tradition and mastery of classical choral music.

March 3, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ensemble Vivant Octet-Tribute to Rick Wilkins
Orillia Opera House, 1 West Street North

Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure Ensemble Vivant has for over 25 years bedazzled audiences with Classical, Latin and Jazz. Led by pianist/artistic director Catherine Wilson, Ensemble Vivant pays homage to the great saxophonist Rick Wilkins who has arranged, composed and performed with the likes of Tommy Ambrose, Boss Brass, Anne Murray, Jackson Five, and Oscar Peterson, just to name a few.

March 6, 2019 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Classic Albums Live-The Beatles-Help
Orillia Opera House, 1 West Street North

Classic Albums Live, world-class musicians re-create this legendary album. Note for Note, Cut for Cut. Help! is the fifth studio album by the Beatles and the soundtrack from their film Help! It was released in 1965 and includes the singles “Help!”, “Ticket To Ride”, as well as the most covered song ever written, “Yesterday”.

March 8 – September 30
The Women of Leacock Exhibit
Leacock Museum and National Historic Site

Opening Gala: March 8, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Stephen Leacock Museum is hosting a new exhibition called The Women of Leacock starting March 8. Join us in examining the achievements of 4 remarkable women from Leacock’s life. His wife Beatrix Hamilton (pictured), mother Agnes Butler, niece Barbara Nimmo and his sister Dr. Rosamond Leacock all had a profound and indelible impact on his writings.

Running until September 30, this exhibition is the first in a series of presentations this year at the Leacock Museum noting the famous writer’s influence on the world and Orillia’s influence on him. Come and learn about The Women of Leacock starting on International Women’s Day on March 8 with our opening gala running from 4pm-6pm. Admission is by donation. For more details call 705-329-1908.

March 21, 2019, 7:30pm
‘Ron James…Full Throttle!’ at Georgian Theatre
Georgian Theatre, 1 Georgian Dr, Building C, Barrie, ONL4M 3X9

Award-winning comedian Ron James has been selling out theatres for over 15 years with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, Ron takes his audience on a breath-taking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through, poetically honed delivery.

March 28-April 6, 2019
TIFT Presents ‘The Gamblers’
Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

An electrifying account of tricksters. A simple game between gamblers, before long becomes an intricate trail of deceits within deceits within deceits. And just when we think we have it all worked out, we realize the jokers are pulling the wool over our very eyes. Nobody is whom, or what they seem in our new, reinterpreted version of Nikolai Gogol’s genius satire of card sharps and confidence tricksters. One highly entertaining story of people who gamble, hustle and cheat. Directed by Esther Jun.

March 30, 2019
HSO presents ‘A Night at the Opera’
Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier Street, Barrie

A Night at the Opera showcases exciting young singers from professional opera training schools. Mozart’s brilliant Overture to Don Giovanni sets the stage for an evening of magnificent voices, live orchestra and favourite opera solos brought to life by up-and-coming artists.

March 30, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
TEDx Orilllia
Orillia Opera House, 1 West Street North

Orillia is fortunate to boast a deep cultural and intellectual history. The City is seeing an increasing amount of growth and the downtown core is entering a new era of revitalization. A wave of transformation can be seen across the City, through changing demographics, an ever-evolving cultural scene and through the physical growth of the city. Through TEDx Orillia, audiences will explore this theme of transformation as seen through a diverse range of perspectives. This exciting event is sure to inspire new and interesting ideas and be a catalyst for a broader community conversation.

April 4-7, 11-14, 2019
Living Together
Orillia Opera House, 1 West Street North

Mariposa Arts Theatre is pleased to present this ‘Norman Conquest’ comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. This delightful comedy concerns the events at a country house over one weekend. Norman and his dysfunctional family spend some ‘quality time’. What could possibly go wrong?

April 9, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Vanishing Point
Orillia Opera House, 1 West Street North

Kowalski works for a car delivery service. He bets to deliver a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to San Francisco in less than 15 hours. After a few run-ins with motorcycle cops and highway patrol, high-speed chaos begins. Guided by Supersoul – a blind DJ with a police radio scanner, this is a great cult hit from the early 70s.

April 16, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Orillia Opera House, 1 West Street North

Hard nose cop Frank Bullitt is assigned to protect a witness in a high profile case. When the witness is shot by 2 hit men, high-speed chaos ensues. Mistaken identity, double-crossing, gunplay, a car chase to end all car chases all pile on top of each other firmly planting Steve McQueen as the “king of cool”.

April 20, 2019 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Downtown Orillia’s Great Easter Egg Hunt
Downtown Orillia

Bring your kids downtown in search of colorful Easter eggs hidden throughout Downtown Orillia! Trade them for chocolates at the egg exchange at the historic Opera House, meet Edgar the Easter Bunny and get your picture taken with him! Get your face painted and search for the special GOLDEN EGG and win a prize donated by downtown businesses! Stay tuned to the Downtown Facebook and Instagram pages for more info to come closer to the date.

April 23, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
French Connection
Orillia Opera House, 1 West Street North

Street-hardened narcotic cops, Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo get wind of a big shipment of heroin. Trailing their suspects leads them to a French connection where money and mayhem catapult them all into high-speed chaos. From a brutal train hijacking to an insane car chase, this classic film will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

May 4-5, 2019 | 10am – 5pm
Barrie Spring Art Tour
Studios throughout Barrie and area

Discover the Artistic Heart and Soul of Barrie! Celebrating 11 years of unique, fine art and contemporary works created by 30 local artists and artisans. Meet the artists at their studios and galleries in Barrie and surrounding area between 10 am and 5 pm on May 4th and 5th. This year’s tour showcases original paintings, jewellery, pottery, sculptures, stained glass, printmaking, woodworking, and more. Self-guided tour map, participating artists, and further details are available at www.barriespringarttour.ca

May 8, 2019 | 7:30 P.M.
Matt Andersen & The Mellotones
Orillia Opera House

A powerhouse performer, Matt Andersen’s “fingers sail over his acoustic guitar strings with the speed and grace of a hummingbird.” With his commanding stage presence and soul-filled, passionate voice, Andersen has garnered worldwide acclaim, headlining major festivals, clubs, and theatres throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, as well as amassing over 18 million views on YouTube. In a word, he is awesome!

May 8-12, 2019
KCP Presents “The Wedding Singer”
Dates: 08 – 12 May, 2019
Ferndale Banquet Hall

The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, collars were up, shoulders were padded, and a wedding singer may just have been the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer, the stage production’s sparkling new score does for the 80’s what Hairspray did for the 60’s.It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie hart, is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. he’s the life of the party until his own fiancee leaves him at the alter. Shot through the heart, Robbie begins to make every wedding as disastrous as his own, so he changes his tune.

May 9, 2019 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Classic Albums Live-Led Zeppelin – House of the Holy
Orillia Opera House

Music fans sometimes forget how great Houses of the Holy is …Zep 2 and Zep 4 get listed high on all the all-time great lists, but ‘Houses’ is the fan favourite…it’s the album that cemented many of us to a life of Zeppelin. Note for Note, Cut for Cut.

May 10, 2019 | 7:30pm
‘Abbamania and Night Fever’ at Georgian Theatre
Georgian Theatre, 1 Georgian Drive Building C

The show consists of studio musicians and an incredible front 4 that recreate Abba; live in concert. They are the only Abba production to perform for the cast of Mama Mia. hear all the hits from “Waterloo”, “Take a Chance”, “S.O.S” to “Dancing Queen”. Also on the same show is Night Fever as the Bee Gees. With all the high harmonies and stage presence of the Bee Gees, they perform the greatest hits from “Jive Talking”, “Too Love Somebody”, “Stayin’ Alive”, “You Should Be Dancing” plus many more. Abbamania and Night Fever perform over 200 concerts a year and they will take you back in time when Abba and The Bee Gees ruled the pop music world.

May 12, 2019
HSO presents ‘Season Finale – Reflections of the Future’
Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier Street

The Huronia Symphony season concludes with exciting works that draw on the past to inspire the future. Featuring Canadian Fantasy by influential Canadian composer Jean Coulthard, Johannes Brahms triumphant final symphony and Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.

May 12, 2019 | 2:30 P.M.
Orillia Opera House

Join the Orillia Silver Band as it performs music inspired by Summer!

May 13, 2019
Theatre By The Bay Presents ‘The Stars Come Out’
Georgian Theatre, 1 Georgian Drive

Live theatre in Barrie has never seen so many stars in one place! This is the entertainment event of the year that nobody wants to miss. Stars Come Out is a show packed with song, music, and dance performed by the biggest stars from the most popular shows in Toronto.

May 25, 2019 | 7:30pm
We Walk the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash 
Five Points Theatre

We Walk The Line is a true Johnny Cash Experience that celebrates the music and lives of ‘The Man In Black’ and his fun-loving wife, June Carter. The concert performance features Ward Cornforth as a 1960’s era Johnny Cash and includes duets performed with Johnny’s life-long partner June Carter. The show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane. The concert covers the entire career of Johnny Cash from the 1950’s at Sun Records to 2003 with the American Recordings label and includes Johnny’s biggest hits ‘Ring of Fire’, ‘Boy Named Sue’, ‘I Walk The Line’, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, ‘Hurt’ and the famous duet with June Carter ‘Jackson’ amongst other classic songs. Ward incorporates historical accounts and personal anecdotes about the Country Legend and American Poet, who left his mark upon many millions of fans, in this not-to-be-missed musical event.

May 23-25, 30-31, 2019 | 7:30 PM
May 26, 2019 | 2:00 PM
June 1, 2019 | 7:30 PM
June 2, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Educating Rita by Willy Russell
Mariposa Arts Centre

This delightful comedy follows the relationship between a 26-year old hairdresser and a middle-aged University Lecturer during the course of a year. They both get more than they bargained for.

May 30, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Orillia Opera House

Come celebrate the incredible career of the legendary “Big O”… Roy Orbison. Direct from Canada’s leading producer of musical tribute shows, Bill Culp Productions as this performance features Roy’s greatest hits from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

May 31 – June 2, 2019
Georgian College Auto Show
Georgian College Campus, 1 Georgian Drive, Barrie

Visit Canada’s largest outdoor new car show and Drive the Future at the 34th Annual Georgian College Auto Show. Visit www.georgianautoshow.ca for details on presenting manufacturer brands and fun activities for all ages.

June 1, 2019 | 7:30 PM
June 2, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Educating Rita by Willy Russell
Mariposa Arts Centre

This delightful comedy follows the relationship between a 26-year old hairdresser and a middle-aged University Lecturer during the course of a year. They both get more than they bargained for.

June 1, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Cellar Singers: The Road Less Travelled (Contemporary Choral Works
St. James’ Anglican Church, Orillia

Exceptional choral music for audience members who come from communities throughout the Districts of Simcoe and Muskoka. Inspired by outstanding artistic leadership, our singers share their passion with enthusiastic patrons and exemplify the tradition and mastery of classical choral music.

June 7-9, 2019
Port of Orillia and waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching, Orillia

Fri: Noon – 8:00pm / Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm / Sun: 10:00am – 6:00pm

New and pre-owned boats of all sizes make up this show, from inflatables to offshore performance to fishing boats to cruisers! Started in the early 1990’s for the large pre-owned boat market, this is an established trade show for the boating industry and private sector. This is one of the few shows offering private owners an opportunity to sell their boat. Cost, location, time of year and ease of in-water testing all contribute to the success of the Spring Boat, Cottage & Outdoor Show!

The show also features a variety of marine, cottage and outdoor products, land vendors and marine safety demonstrations.

June 22, 2019
Christmas In June: A Festive Day at the Port of Orillia!
Port of Orillia

Decorated boat contest, beautiful evening lighted boat displays!

June 28, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Orillia Opera House

Choreography by James Kudelka and Laurence Lemieux.

The Man in Black is a celebration of American working-class grit and the man whose voice embodied it so movingly. Only such a master as James Kudelka could draw from the vernacular of American country-western dance styles to create a work so inventive, so alert to the Music and their lyrics and be so deeply moving.

July 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 2019 | 2:00 PM
July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 2019 | 7:30 PM
Where You Are
Orillia Opera House

Sisters Glenda and Suzanne live a peaceful retirement selling homemade jam on Manitoulin Island. This summer, their usual concerns – trying to orchestrate sightings of their handsome veterinarian neighbour and preparing for the visit of Suzanne’s grown daughter, Beth, are complicated by a secret the sisters can no longer contain. When Beth arrives with secrets of her own, the three women find they have no choice but to face things that will change their lives and relationships forever.

2019 Movies in the Park
These screenings occur every summer, are free and are held at the Rotary Aqua Theatre at Couchiching Beach Park. Each film will begin at dusk. Concessions and washrooms will be open for this event. Arrive early for Aqua Theatre seating or bring a lawn chair of your own. Watch for clues/announcements for these films on our social media!

July 10: Space Jam (1996)
Rated G | 1hr, 40min
An evil alien theme park owner needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird and Charles Barkley — so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan.

July 24: Spaceballs (1987)Spaceballs
Rated: PG | 1hr, 36min
In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a product called “Perri-Air.” In desperation, Spaceball’s leader President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of oxygen-rich Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for air. But help arrives for the Princess in the form of renegade space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog partner, Barf (John Candy).

July 13, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Orillia Opera House

“You Should Be Dancin” when Brothers Gibb-The Bee Gees Story rolls into town! While enjoying the amazing harmonies and infectious dance beats of the truly remarkable song catalog of the Bee Gees, sitting still in your seats may not be an option for long! You will be singing along with smash hits like “night Fever”, “How Deep is Your Love”, “To Love Somebody”, “Nights On Broadway”, “Tragedy”, “Massachusetts”, “More Than A Woman”, “New York Mining Disaster”, “Stayin Alive” and many more!

July 27, 2019 | 1 PM – 4 PM
Off The Shelf: Children’s Day
Leacock Museum and National Historic Site

Celebrate this year’s Off the Shelf theme: The Works of Roald Dahl. Enjoy activities based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mister Fox and much, much more! Admission is by $5 requested donation per person.

2019 Movies in the Park
These screenings occur every summer, are free and are held at the Rotary Aqua Theatre at Couchiching Beach Park. Each film will begin at dusk. Concessions and washrooms will be open for this event. Arrive early for Aqua Theatre seating or bring a lawn chair of your own. Watch for clues/announcements for these films on our social media!

August 7: A Star is Born (1976)
Rated: PG | 2hrs, 10min
This 1976 classic American musical romantic drama film starts off with a talented rock star, John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson), seeing his career begin to decline. Too many years of concerts and managers and life on the road have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very talented singer, Esther Hoffman (Barbra Streisand). He shows Esther the way to stardom while forsaking his own career. As they fall in love, her success only makes his decline even more apparent.

August 21: Amadeus (1984)
Rated: R | 2hrs, 40min
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart’s downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men.

August 14-15, 20-22, 27-29, 2019 | 2:00 PM
August 14-16, 21-23, 29-30, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Same Time Next Year By Bernard Slade
Orillia Opera House

Same Time, Next Year is a 1975 romantic comedy play by Bernard Slade. A man and woman, both married to others, meet each other annually through several decades and personal changes.

September 21, 2019
BPL Comic Con
Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street

Dust off your superhero cape! A free, family-friendly event that showcases pop culture in Barrie with local vendors, cosplayers, fan meetups, workshops, face painting, games, and artists alley.

September 27-29, 2019
Culture Days
Throughout Barrie

Barrie’s multi-venue festival is part of the Canada-wide celebration that catalyzes and inspires public participation in arts and culture. Try your hand at conducting an orchestra, check out street performers, historic walking tours and performances on city buses and more.

October 4, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Orillia Opera House

Calling all fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival! Don’t miss “Green River Revival”, the worlds’ #1 international tribute to the legendary CCR. “Green River Revival” presents the music of CCR with a historical storyline that incorporates several costume changes including the “chain gang prison uniforms” right out of the song “Midnight Special”, those plaid flannel shirts made famous by CCR in the 60’s, and of course, army fatigues depicting the era of John Fogerty’s Vietnam protest songs. This talented troupe of world-class musicians truly captures the passion and soul of John Fogerty and CCR, performing timeless hits including “Proud Mary”, “Lodi”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”, “Fortunate Son”, “Up Around The Bend” and “Travellin’ Band” amongst the many audience favourites.

October 25
Night of the Vampire
Leacock Museum and National Historic Site

Quench your thirst for all things fanged and frightening! We invite all vampires (or hunters) to join us for an evening of trivia, contests, readings, and games. Themed food and beverages will be on sale for purchase although a bloody delicious mocktail is included in the cost of the ticket. We will finish off the evening with a visit from The Vampyre Tales author, Wayne Mallows. Tickets are $25 + tax and will be available through the Orillia Opera House soon!