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Mady Centre for
the Performing Arts

Barrie’s Mady Centre for the Performing Arts is a world class facility conveniently located in Barrie’s downtown and is managed by the Department of Culture.

Upcoming Events




City of Angels

Presented by Theatre by Theatre by the Bay

August 7th - August 30th, 2014

A Tony Award winning musical about a disillusioned crime novelist (Stine) who adapts his latest novel into a screenplay as his marriage falls apart. At the same time, we see the adventures of his detective (Stone), presented as if in a black-and-white film. The detective has a way with women but is forever haunted by the one who got away in this musical spoof of film noir crime movies and Hollywood's treatment of writers.   

City of Angels is two shows in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the '40's; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. This double feature quality leads to many other unique production values, the most notable being the fact that City of Angels is perhaps the only “color coded” shows any theatre audience is likely to see. A murder mystery/comedy not to be missed.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.


The Three Munschketeers

Presented by Theatre by the Bay

August 11th - August 30th, 2014

Based on the stories of Robert Munsch All for one and one for all! The Three Munschketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, are here and they’ve brought some of their favourite Munsch stories.

We Share Everything is about the importance of sharing everything in Kindergarten, even your pants.

Just One Goal! is about a little girl named Ciara who builds a hockey rink.

Where in Gah-Ning? is the story of a father trying to stop his daughter from going to Kapuskasing for a shopping trip.

Moose! is about the story of a family trying to get rid of a big Moose in their backyard.

Wait and See! is about the power of birthday wishes.

Athos, Porthos and Aramis play all the characters and keep the young audience engaged between stories. It’s guaranteed to delight kids and parents.

Please note, all persons must have a ticket, including infants.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.


      Simcoe County Suicide      Awareness Council




Hold Mommy's Cigarette

Presented by the Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council

September 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

Award-winning Actress and Producer Shelley Marshall is back with her Award winning production of "Hold Mommy's Cigarette"  her own personal story of an unfiltered life. Today, Shelley is known as a starlet, a successful writer and comedienne, a social media guru and a proud mother of two gay children. What you may not know is that twelve years ago, she was on a much different and darker path. Last week, Marshall acknowledged the twelfth anniversary since her suicide attempt. Her husband who walked in on her called for help and managed to hold onto her body and as fate has its magical way of working, the cord that was wrapped around her neck snapped. This was her lowest point of her life and one that would later inspire material for her play ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’. Marshall has a long history of mental illness in her family and her life has been marked with many trials and tribulations yet somehow, Marshall has managed to rise above and turn the depths of her sadness into tremendous success. This story and many other stories that tend to go untold shows the magnitude of the importance of bringing awareness to mental health illness. Depression is as dangerous a disease as any. While there are many efforts working to remove stigma around mental illness now, twelve years ago, this was not the case. Hold Mommy’s Cigarette has opened the door to Colleges, Mental Health Facilities and even coffee shops for Shelley to speak about mental illness and her true-story relationship with its effect.

Please note the performance includes course language.

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.



The Barrie International Comedy Festival

Presented by Talk Is Free Theatre, September 17 to 21, 2014
Full lineup and ticket information.


Liona Boyd

November 1, 2014 at 8pm

Liona Boyd’s new album, released in September 2013, is called “The Return…to Canada with Love”, and was inspired by Liona’s return to her homeland after spending the last twenty years living in the USA. The CD is a powerful mix of nostalgia, romanticism and story telling, and has been produced by Peter Bond, the same man who produced her cinematic album “Seven Journeys… music for the Soul and the Imagination”. 

Liona’s unique, new style has been described by one critic as, “Enya meets Leonard Cohen meets the beautiful guitar tones that could only come from Liona Boyd”. Poetic lyrics capture the moods of Canada where she has toured extensively for over thirty years and continues to do so.

"Canada My Canada" showcases the voices of several distinguished Canadian artists including Jann Arden, Dan Hill, Randy Bachman, Chris Hadfield, John McDermott, Serena Ryder, Mark Masri, Richard Margison, Michel Berube, Maria Aragon, Divine Brown, Eleanor McCain, Michael Savona, Ron Maclean of HNC and members of Team Canada who beat the Russians in ‘72 as well as the Etobicoke School of the Arts choir, three virtuoso instrumentalists from the Canadian Music Competition, Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuck, Danton Delbaere, Emma Meinrenken. Finally Liona plays some of her guitar parts on Jowi Taylor’s historic Six String Nation “Voyageur” guitar made from hundreds of historical materials from across Canada

Ticket Information:

Reserved Seating

VIP: $50.00 (Rows F3 and F4 ONLY)

Regular: $40.00

To purchase tickets, click on the "buy tickets" link above, call the box office at 705-739-4228, or visit us at 1 Dunlop St W.

About The Mady Centre

The theatre has a versatile and flexible stage area using a system of stage lights and sound reinforcement for professional theatre, music, dance and other presentation formats.  Flexible seating capacity of 120 to 200 patrons, a sprung performance floor, artist’s green room/lounge and performers dressing rooms with showers.  The theatre is also available for non-theatrical activities including seminars, workshops, presentations and conferences.  The theatre seating can be fully retracted to accommodate the use of tables and chairs for receptions.

Location: Downtown Barrie – 1 Dunlop Street West – at the corner of Bayfield Street and Dunlop Street

Driving Directions: Exit Hwy 400 at Dunlop Street – drive east on Dunlop Street to Bayfield Street

Parking: Many parking options available; please view the map

Box Office Hours: (located at the Mady Centre)

Regular Box Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

GIFT CERTIFICATES:  To purchase gift certificates, please visit the Mady Centre box office at 1 Dunlop St W or call us at 705-739-4228.

Babes in Arms:  ALL patrons attending the Barrie Theatres must have a ticket, including infants. Please contact the box office at 705-739-4228 or for information regarding admittance or the suitability of the performance.

Telephone: 705-739-4228 


Join other community supporters in raising funds for the Mady Centre For The Performing Arts!  You too can be a donor or volunteer by contacting Campaign Coordinator Glenn Coulson at or and by telephone at (705) 229-4100.