Illuminating Conversations 2016-2017

Live, one-on-one interviews of exceptional and engaging individuals

Be a part of our third season of these enriching evenings!

Ticket Options: 

  • Package of 5 for $75.00,
  • Three-Show Pass for $50.00 (one ticket for three separate interviews of your choice)
  • Single Tickets for $17.50.

Monday, November 7, 2016


David Phillips - Weather map

Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada, and Canada’s most quoted and quotable weather expert, will charm us with his stories about a topic that affects us all.  Author of The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and other books, Phillips combines data with colourful storytelling, making him the most frequently interviewed bureaucrat in the country.

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Monday, December 5, 2016


Bob Henderson

Avid explorer of heritage trade canoe routes, professor of outdoor education at McMaster, paddler, and author of Every Trail has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada and Nature First will bring the tales and trails of Canadian history to life and will describe the Scandinavian relationship with nature.

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 Monday, January 9, 2017


Ian Brown

Author and journalist, (The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Financial Post, TVO and CBC host) will share his candid perspectives on life’s challenges as covered in his books The Boy in the Moon and Sixty:  The Beginning of the End or The End of the Beginning? and Man Overboard: True Adventures of North American Men.

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 Monday, March 6, 2017


Jennifer Podemski

Award-winning film and television producer, director, will reveal how her complex and cross-cultural background brings insightful nuance to her work in films such as Empire of Dirt, Dance me Outside and in television shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Republic of Doyle.

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 Monday, May 29 2017


Alanna Mitchell

Scientific journalist, co-author of Franklins Lost Ship: The Discovery of the HMS Erebus, author of Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths, Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean, and named the world’s best environmental journalist in 2000, Mitchell will intrigue us as she explains complex subjects in an engaging and understandable manner.

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For All Illuminating Conversations

Location: The Park Place Theatre at the Mady Centre, 1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie

Time:  7:30 to 9:00pm.

Tickets: Available through the TIFT box office at 705-792-1949 or the Mady Centre at 705-739-4228.

Illuminating Conversations is co-produced by Beth Foster and Lin Wilson. Hosted by Beth Foster.

TIFT reserves the rights to change dates, locations and speakers. Tickets are general admission.

Pick up your pre-purchased tickets at the Mady Centre Box Office the night of the interview.