provided by Barrie’s Live Music Show
Sunday, Mar. 28, 2021, marked the official one-year anniversary for Barrie’s Live Music Show- a public Facebook group that has raised awareness and over $100,000 for local charities and has grown to over 11,000 members since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the devastating closures of venues and in-person live music due to the virus, Barrie’s Live Music Show provided an outlet for musicians to continue to share their musical passion and talent virtually which resulted in creating a community for thousands of people feeling isolated and looking for hope, purpose, and connection during the lockdowns.
Founder of Barrie’s Live Music Show and musician, Jake Mathias, created the Facebook group during the first lockdown when he heard that the Barrie Food Bank was in dire need of monetary donations as they could no longer accept physical donations due to the risk of spreading of COVID-19. Jake, along with members of his band The Straits began to play covers live on the Facebook group while encouraging other musicians to do the same, and for any viewers to donate to the cause.
“I was shocked how quickly the page started to grow,” said Jake Mathias, founder of the Barrie’s Live Music Show. “In the first week we raised over $2000 for the Barrie Food Bank- and the support just kept coming!”
“Tons of local musicians started to come on board -even musicians from other countries- and local charities began to reach out for help. A fun project that I thought was going to last for two weeks turned into a major lifeline for so many people in our community over the past year”.
The Barrie’s Live Music Show has financially supported over 25 local charities and has created a safe space where hundreds of musicians can share their music to an active and respectful audience of over 11,000 viewers. Famous artists have even performed live on the Facebook group- such as Doug and the Slugs with their hit “Day by Day”, Juno Award Winner Jason McCoy and Fred Penner, known for his children’s songs such as “The Cat Came Back”.
The Barrie’s Live Music Show was also able to provide a virtual platform for the 2020 Kempenfest Festival to take place, provided live music for the Xcelerate Summit- Barrie’s Premier Business Conference, and also facilitated fun interviews for local musicians on the local talk-show “Accordin’ to Jorden”.
With higher poverty rates during the winter months, the Facebook group was able to gather physical winter clothing donations through their “Winter Wellness Campaign” to support shelters in need. The Roberta Place was also supported during their tragic COVID-19 outbreak through the groups “Comfort and Care Initiative” as schools and kids provided handwritten letters, and local businesses donated care packages for residents and staff at the long-term care unit.
More recently Jake Mathias and his brother Jorden have been using Barrie’s Live Music Show as a platform to support those struggling with addiction and mental health battles, as the year-long pandemic continues to create many challenges and disruption to daily living. Music is healing, and a fundamental human need – especially during stressful and unpredictable times.
If you are looking for an online community that focuses on helping others, and tuning out the fear by turning up the music- to help get you through these challenging times – please join The Barrie’s Live Music Show on Facebook. Whether you are a musician or a music lover- all are welcome to listen or play as the group is a judgement-free zone for all ages. Donations raised this month will be going to the Barrie Food Bank.
Thank you to all the supporters, and the many administrators and musicians who have kept the music alive and well. Although the pandemic has devastated the entertainment and arts industry, the Barrie Music scene is now even more united than before and is ready to rock and put on concerts and festivals once it is safe to do so.
• March 28th to April 5th 2020- Barrie Food Bank – $2,265
• April 6th to April 12th 2020 – Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie – $7,750
• April 13th to April 19th 2020 – Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer – $19,055
• April 20th to April 26th 2020 – Youth Haven – $5,250
• April 27th to May 3
rd 2020 – RVH – $3,010
• May 4th to May 10th 2020 – Hospice Simcoe – $5,113
• May 11th to May 17th 2020 – Redwood Park Communities Inc. – $2,201
• May 18th to May 24th 2020 – Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka – $2,600
• May 25th to May 31st 2020 – Big Brothers Big Sisters – $1,765
• June 1st to June 14th 2020 – Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County – $2,761
• June 15th to June 28th 2020 – Multiple Sclerosis of Society of Canada – $1,696
• June 29th to July 12th 2020 – Shak’s World and Canadian Mental Health Association – $1,001
• July 13th to July 26th 2020 – Seasons Centre for Grieving Children – $1,292
• July 27th to August 2nd 2020 – David Busby Centre – $1,095
• August 3rd to August 15th 2020 – Barrie Native Friendship Centre – $762
• August 17th to August 22nd 2020 – Elizabeth Fry Society – $431
• August 23rd to August 30th 2020 – The 705 – $2,386
• August 31st to September 21st 2020 – Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka – $306
• September 28th to October 10th 2020 – Epilepsy Simcoe County – $1,570
• October 11th to November 1st 2020 – Barrie’s Food Bank – $842
• October 11th to November 8th 2020 – Barrie and Innisfil Food Bank – $586 (Physical Donations collected at
Proud West Fun Zone)
• $24,282 donation from Jackson McAuley
• November 2nd to November 8th 2020 – The Innisfil Food Bank – $773
• November 9th to November 15th 2020 – Royal Canadian Legion – The Poppy Fund – $290
• November 12th to December 15th 2020 – Winter Wellness Fund – $2,903 & over 80 bags full of winter
clothes donated to homeless shelters in Barrie
• December 13th 2020 – Barrie Food Bank Auction of Carlsbro Electric Drum Set – $400
• January 20th to February 20th 2021 – Care and Comfort for Roberta Place – $3,917
• February 21st to March 31st 2021 – Anti Violence Youth Educational Services (AV Youth) – $715