“The readings were accomplished, the stories were clear and the humour and drama were expertly realized.”
– Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter.

Building on the wildly successful Dinner à la Art project launched earlier this month, the exclusive online readings, starring iconic international artists including Eric McCormack, Len Cariou, Chilina Kennedy, Ed Asner, Colin Mochrie, Cynthia Dale, Gavin Crawford, Daren A. Herbert and more, will be rebroadcast to benefit a greatly expanded number of participating businesses to include all of Barrie’s locally owned restaurants and qualifying retailers.   

Patrons can now choose from over 100 of Barrie’s diverse community of locally owned restaurants and Downtown Barrie BIA businesses to purchase a meal or gift card and receive a complimentary link to an exclusive online reading. Individuals living outside of Barrie or are unable to redeem their purchase have the option to donate their purchase to a stranger.  

“The response to Dinner à la Art was overwhelmingly positive both artistically and as a community supporting project. We are thrilled to expand this initiative to help benefit so many of Barrie’s restaurants and retailers with TIFT’s brand of unique theatrical experiences.”
– Arkady Spivak, Artistic Producer, Talk Is Free Theatre.


May 15, 2021 at 7pm

This razor-sharp dark comedy by Dora Award winner Kat Sandler features award winning actor Jeff Lillico and star of the popular television series The Expanse, Vanessa Smythe.

Please click HERE for more information about Bright Lights.

Play readings for Dinner à la Art were selected and curated by Richard Ouzounian.

How it works

Purchases of a $30 CAD meal or gift card to any locally owned restaurant in Barrie or participating member of the Downtown Barrie BIA will qualify for access to any one of the exclusive readings. Individuals living outside of Barrie or those unable to redeem their purchase have the option to donate it to a stranger living in Barrie.  

All purchases must be made through the qualifying restaurants or retailers of choice. After the purchase is made, send a picture of your receipt to dala@tift.ca with your name, phone number, and the reading you would like to attend. After your name has been registered, a confirmation email will be sent.

Click HERE to explore the many dining options in Barrie

Click HERE to purchase a Lifeline E-Giftcard from the Downtown Barrie BIA

To make a donation to Talk Is Free Theatre, please click HERE.

“Theatre is an important part of our community. Especially in these difficult times, the power of art can teach us lessons, remind us of the past, and help inform our decisions for a better future,” said MPP Doug Downey. “As always, I am thrilled to support Talk Is Free Theatre as they adapt to these difficult times and circumstances to continue to enrich our lives through the power of theatre. Thank you to all the cast, crew, and volunteers involved in this endeavour, and thank you to TIFT for supporting small businesses within our community.”

This project is made possible with the generous support of