The 25th Barrie Film Festival Opens Tomorrow

The Barrie Film Festival is back for their 25th year from October 14 to 23, 2022 and is returning to entirely in-person screenings. 

The festival will kick off with a screening of BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON tomorrow evening.

“We always like to start the festival with something Canadian and the Buffy Sainte-Marie documentary is just so outstanding. You learn a lot about her and her amazing career and life. It was just a clear choice for our opening,” explains Claudine Benoit, Festival Director.

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON is a documentary directed by Madison Thomas. It tells the story of legendary Indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. The documentary will feature Buffy Sainte-Marie, along with Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, John Kay, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Sonia Manzano, George Stroumboulopoulos, Jeremy Dutcher, and Logan Staats. 

Buffy Sainte-Marie is not only a musician, songwriter and performer. She’s also an innovator, activist, philanthropist and educator who broke down barriers and became an inspiration to fans and fellow artists. With a career spanning more than 60 years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has had many milestones, including: 

  • Becoming famous by writing the anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier”
  • Making one of the first electronic albums 
  • Being the first Indigenous person to win an Academy Award 
  • Making the first album over the internet
  • Becoming the oldest person to win the Polaris Music Prize 

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON will play at Georgian Theater.

Opening Night Party

After the show, guests will be invited to an after party at The Last Class Bar & Grill. At the event, you will enjoy performances from DJ Casey George and Logan Staats. 

Logan Staats is the first season winner of The Launch, a Canadian music competition. His outstanding vocal talent and storytelling has led to him sharing stages with artists like Keith Secola, Mumford & Sons, and Buffy Sainte-Marie herself. 

“It is our first year screening films at Georgian Theater so that’s going to be a wonderful experience … People can be all in one space. They can go to the theater and then afterwards go to the Last Class,” Claudine shares.

She continues, “We’re very excited to have Logan Staats perform at the Opening Night Party … I think the audience is going to be in for a treat. He’ll be doing some story telling combined with music and that starts at 9:30 at The Last Class.”

Tickets for the screening are $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors/students. Tickets for the party are $25 and include food from Georgian College Event Service. To purchase your tickets, head to the Barrie Film Festival website.