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Alyssa Wright and Sandra Ruttan
in Concert

Please join us for a wonderful concert featuring Alyssa Wright on cello and Sandra Ruttan on piano on November 12th at 12:00pm! Entrance is by voluntary donation! All proceeds will go to support the downtown Breakfast Program.

Passionately creative and creatively passionate, Alyssa Wright is a Canadian cellist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, educator, writer, activist, advocate, and occasional rant-er. After spending her first three decades in Toronto, she is currently based in Barrie, Ontario. In addition to her solo performance, Alyssa currently explores the world of classical music and beyond with pianist Marilyn Reesor, in the musical fusion collaborative Frizzen Spring, plays with Celtic band Pagan’s Folly, and is Ontario folk music’s “go-to-it” girl for cello studio and session work. She’s played in a rock band, sung in a barbershop quartet, flirted with electronica, jazz, various “world music” and whatever new sounds tickle her fancy. She has played festivals and venues from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island, including Massey Hall, Hugh’s Room, The Carleton, Harbourfront Centre and Molson Amphitheatre, and has appeared on gazillions of commercial recordings (she admits to having lost count some time ago). (Alyssa Wright website)

Sandra Lisa Ruttan grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and has degrees in Music and Education from Western University and, more recently, a degree in Indigenous Social Work from Laurentian University. She brings those three interests together as a performer, teacher, and advocate for social justice, mental health and spiritual well-being. She is passionate about helping people discover and develop their musical abilities. (Collier Website)

Entrance is by voluntary donation! All proceeds will go to support the downtown Breakfast Program.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th 2023 @7:00 p.m.

Collier Street United Church- 112 Collier St. Barrie. 

Tickets are $10 per person in office! (Parental guidance is suggested)

A Christmas Carol

Collier United Church is hosting a Theatrical Reading of the Classic story: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. The evening is complete with period costumes and decorations, Seasonal Music, and Intermission refreshments. Entry fee $10/pp with proceeds going towards the Social Action Committee.

Originally written in 1843, “A Christmas Carol”, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, is a popular and timeless story of transformation and love set in Victorian England. This production is delivered in period costume by experienced “readers” who have been successfully delivering this message for over 20 years. This was originally co- produced with the CBC and presented throughout Simcoe County and York Region.

Written in five “staves” or chapters, the individual readers have an opportunity to deliver this ghostly tale with humour, wit, and their own personal touch. The Principal Readers are two veterans of this production, Laurie Lang, Past President of the Literacy Council of Simcoe County and Rob Murdock, the Director of Adult Programs-Collier United Church . They will be supplemented by three community members who have an opportunity to “let their creative juices flow”.

This production will take place over approximately 2 hours with an Intermission and a chance to sample some Christmas Goodies! We will finish the evening with a rousing chorus of two or three well-known Carols to put us in the festive mood for this holy season.


Ukrainian Refugee Benefit Concert

Are you unable to attend but would like to donate? 

In the private message, PLEASE indicate that this is for the BARRIE BRANCH.

If no message is provided it will just go to the general foundation.

Artist-in-residence of “De Principaal” in Ghent Belgium, notably gifted organist and piano performer Dariia Lytvishko is the forthcoming music director at St Matthew’s as well as at the Trinity Church in Essen Germany. Dariia has organized and performed numerous international concerts in support of Ukraine across Germany, Belgium, France and Canada whilst raising awareness not only about the immense and untenable loss of innocent human life but also the environmental devastation and loss of biodiversity caused by the ongoing war in Ukraine. (ICAHRIS 2023)

Ukrainian National Federation of Canada - Barrie +Simcoe County Branch

As part of a larger organization our mission in Barrie is to provide social, cultural, educational and humanitarian programs in a Ukrainian Canadian context where we encourage everyone to engage with each other and help newcomers to integrate into our community. Currently, we are working on a cultural activity centre at the Georgian Mall that will benefit the community by providing social, cultural and recreational programs to many newcomers.
Through Together We Are Strong, we offer a variety of programs and support to help Ukrainian families transition into life in Canada.
✔ A warm welcome to Canada
✔ A sense of belonging to a community
✔ Support and guidance in navigating systems and services
✔ Introduction to Canadian culture and values
✔ Well-being support – Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Etc.
✔ Social support for parents and children
✔ New friends and acquaintances!
✔ An environment that is welcoming and offers some familiarity in terms heritage, customs, language, religion, and culture