Barrie live music show plays booster to raise money for nonprofit

The Barrie Families Unite Benefit Concert will be held August 17 at 5 p.m. at Taco Alley

The Barrie’s Live Music Show will be holding its second in-person benefit concert this Tuesday.

Brothers Jake and Jorden Mathias are co-founders of Barrie’s Live Music Show and say they are excited to host shows more frequently. The August 17 event will support Barrie Families Unite (BFU), a local nonprofit that has also started due to the pandemic and is helping the community where needed.

The event at Taco Alley will see more than 10 musical acts take the stage outdoors on the makeshift patio located at 23 Collier St.

“This Tuesday show came together to help Barrie Families Unite raise money for a new building as the old one was not going to be available soon,” Jake said. “It was a great way for us to help an organization that has also helped so many people over the past year and a half. “

Jorden said there are many plans underway to help the community while giving back to the music scene.

“We will always continue to raise funds for those in need, but we have also made plans to help up-and-coming local musicians,” Jorden said.

BFU Founder Nikki Glahn said the group is very happy to get involved in another aid organization.

“It has been a difficult year and a half for many agencies and organizations trying to raise money for charity through events they have had to cancel,” Glahn said. “Events are the primary means by which organizations raise the necessary funds and they were pretty thin at the start of the pandemic. “

As a newly formed non-profit organization, BFU provides food, clothing, medical aids / devices and infant needs to low-income families in the community.

“We are trying to help those who really need it right now and luckily we have been able to help many individuals and families,” said Glahn. “Not even just through an event or a big fundraiser, but our Facebook page is often used as a medium for someone who needs to post this need where someone else can. to help. It has been a blessing for some in the community.

The BFU Facebook page currently has 14,000 members. As for the Barrie Live Music Show page, it has 12,400 members and is growing every day while also raising over $ 100,000 for local charities by hosting virtual concerts throughout the pandemic.

The Barrie Families Unite benefit concert takes place on Tuesday, August 17 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $ 15 + HST and proceeds are donated to help open the next Barrie Families Unite facility.

All COVID requirements will be in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

For tickets, go to the link here.

Kenneth T. Shippee

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