Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network


Jack Winzer/Submitted Barrie author Heather Kirk is pictured in front of a historical landmark, the Yonge Street Meeting House in Newmarket. It is the earliest permanent place of worship for the Quakers and has been in use for worship for more than 200 years. Kirk’s latest book, Seeking Peace: The Quakers explores their history as pacifists and activists.

Author explores history of the Quakers in new novel

Heather Kirk has a way of bringing history to life and anchoring it to present day. If possible, she also brings it home to the neighbourhood. In this case, just down the road from Barrie in the Yonge street area of Newmarket.

Meet the Next Generation Leahy: Adele, 15, is the oldest and she plays fiddle, piano, cello, step-dance, vocals. Gregory, 13, follows with fiddle, accordion, piano, step-dance, vocals, percussion; Angus, 12, fiddle, piano, guitar, step-dance, vocals, ukulele; Cecilia,10, fiddle, piano, step-dance, vocals, mandolin; Joseph,8, fiddle, step-dance, accordion, piano, vocals, accordion; and Evelyn, 6, fiddle, step-dance, piano, vocals. SUBMITTED

Leahy paves the way for the Next Generation

Doug Leahy and his wife may have created their family band, nurtured their musical education and taught them step dancing but their kids have taken it to the next level. The infectiously fun, multi-talented band of siblings, Next Generation Leahy (NGL), plays Barrie Sept. 15.

SUBMITTED Repartee will be playing at this weekend's The Big Feastival, running this weekend at Burl's Creek Event Grounds.

Repartee ready to party

Repartee continues their All Lit Up tour with a stop at a new local event called The Big Feastival. It unfolds at Burl's Creek this weekend.

SUBMITTED Eh440 will be playing at Rhythmfest in Barrie this weekend.

Eh440 will be playing at Barrie’s Rhythmfest this weekend

If you missed Eh440's performance at last fall's Barrie Arts Awards, catch them live at Rhythmfest this weekend. The a capella singers do a crazy combination of beatboxing, sassy raps and vocal harmonies wrapped in a songs that are distinctly urban yet with an influence of R&B.