SCENE SETTER: Enter Sandman – Metallica Tribute Band Arrives in Barrie

What comes to your mind when you think of “the holiday spirit” or “goodwill towards each other”?

If you answered metal music, you are right!

Sandman, the only tribute group to receive blessings from metal music legends Metallica, will perform overnight only in support of a local toy drive.

Since 1994, Sandman has delighted audiences across the country with his fierce and remarkable stage presence that would make you think Metallica themselves were on stage.

Band members Rick Van Dyk, Joe Di Taranto, Paulo Fonseca and Brent Niemi have a lifetime of musical experience playing and recording with established bands such as Helix, Honeymoon Suite, Headstones, Anvil and Warmachine.

On Friday, December 3, Sandman will be joined by the Innisfil MLC and the Carl Rundown Band in blowing the dust off the Ranch Concert Hall stage to give the kids a happy holiday season.

This is an over 19 event and proof of double vaccination is required upon entry, in accordance with provincial regulations.

Tickets start at $ 20 and are available to purchase online by clicking here. Tickets are also available in Barrie at Liquid Chrome (11 Dunlop St. E.), Sunrise Records (Bayfield Mall) and Ranch 2.0, located at 56 Bayfield St.

Kids stage a holiday classic

It’s that time of year when people start lining up their favorite vacation movies to watch. A Christmas Story, The Grinch, Friday After Next, Die Hard, and, more recently, Elf.

The smashing 2003 box office hit starring Will Farrell has become a holiday standard for many, and for a very limited time the Buddy the Elf story can be seen live and featuring local youth.

Produced and directed by Moving Art, Elf Jr: The Musical is based on the beloved Holiday movie and features songs from Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book from Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

The production follows the adventures of Buddy, a young orphan raised by elves and unaware of his true lineage. To find out who he is, he travels to New York City to find his biological father and help the people of the Big Apple remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Performed by a group of talented young artists, Elf Jr: The Musical is filled with great ensemble musical numbers and is a perfect family event.

After nearly two years of closures and security measures that have shut down performing arts facilities for months, these young actors are ready to do what they love to do the most and that is perform.

Elf Jr: The Musical takes place on December 11 and 12. Tickets sell out quickly for live and in-person performances. There is also a video on demand option which can be purchased here.

Monuments, memories and movements at MacLaren

As 2021 draws to a close, the MacLaren Art Center in downtown Barrie invites people to reflect on the past year through a very personal exhibit.

Monuments, memories and missing passages by Barrie artist Sean George brings a sense of optimism and uses public spaces to commemorate defining movements in history, including black and Indigenous suffrage, disco, AIDS and more.

Created during the pandemic and a year of activism against violence against the black community, this exhibit brings together pop cultural artifacts, historical images and highly personal items to celebrate resilience and recognize the year ahead.

You can find more information about the exhibition by clicking here.

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