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Local brothers hosting benefit concert in support of women’s shelter

Brothers Jorden and Jake Mathias own a business together in Innisfil, and are the masterminds behind Barrie's Live Music concert series that support local charities

On Saturday, Sept. 11, Barrie’s Live Music Show will be hosting another outdoor music concert at Taco Alley in support of the Women & Children’s Shelter in Barrie.

Located at 23 Collier Street in Barrie, the doors open at noon, with performances starting at 1 p.m. and continuing until 10 p.m. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite at $15 for early registration and $20 at the door.

The event is sponsored by Rock 95, Impact Live, Fun Zone Comics, and Hyrule Tattoo Studio, and will feature a variety of local bands and performances including: Bootlegged, Madison Mueller & All My Life, Cardinal Street w/ Kat Chabot, The Dadbodz, George Nagel Band, 30 Going On 13, Milli & The Thrill, Courtney Fountain, and Jo Jo & Jules.

Taco Alley is a unique outdoor venue crafted between partnering businesses the Alley and Donaleigh’s Pub.
It has been converted into an exquisite dining area where patrons can enjoy live entertainment in booths perfectly spaced out for socially distanced comfort.

This is the third concert organized by brothers Jorden and Jake Mathias who founded Barrie’s Live Music Show at the start of the pandemic to help showcase local entertainers.

The group’s first benefit concert had a similar concept featuring live bands and local performances which took place outdoors at Meridian Place in Barrie and raised just over $1,000 for charity. The second concert which was held at Taco Alley last month raised $2,500 for the Barrie Families Unite (BFU) group.

“The community came together for BFU,” shares Jorden Mathias. “It was fun, a good time! So, figured we’d try it again!”

The brothers own a store in Innisfil called Fun Zone Comics & Cards which sponsors all e Barrie’s Live Music Show events.  In addition, the brothers also play in a band called “The Mathias Project” which will be performing live at Taco Alley during the event on the 11th.

“It’s bringing awareness to a local charity while making some fun on the side,” shares Mathias.

The Barrie Women & Children’s Shelter is a 27-bed crisis shelter with onsite outreach services that support women and children in abusive situations. Approximately 1,000 women and children are assisted by the agency every year and are provided with individual and group counselling, and legal and court supports.

Last year, Barrie's Live Music Show raised over $7,000 for the Barrie shelter through online initiatives while supporting and showcasing local musicians through the group's Facebook page. 

Coincidentally, the Barrie shelter will be hosting its annual "Walk a Mile"  on the same date as the benefit concert. Those wishing to support the walk can register here. The walk-a-thon will begin at Mapleview Community Church in Barrie at 11 a.m. (300 Mapleview Drive West, Barrie).

“It’s really cool it coincides with their annual walk a thon,” says Mathias. “After the walk-a-thon, people can make their way over to Taco Alley to enjoy multiple performers that will be playing nonstop throughout the day!”

Barrie’s Live Music Show will be hosting one more outdoor music event in the fall (October) before the weather gets too cold and will be supporting another local charity.

To learn more about Barrie’s Live Music Show’s Benefit Concert, or to purchase a ticket, visit here

To learn more about the Women & Children’s Shelter in Barrie, visit here

Please note: All Covid-protocols will be adhered to during this event, including all staff and performers. Guests are to remain seated during all performances.