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the Performing Arts

Barrie’s Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, which includes the Park Place Theatre performance space, is a world class facility conveniently located in Barrie’s downtown and managed by the Department of Culture.

Upcoming Events


Local Live V - Grand Finale

Major Entertainment Group and the City of Barrie
March 1, 2015
March 1, 9:00pm

Back once again by popular demand, LOCAL LIVE is gearing up for its 5th season. Now a television series on Rogers TV, Local Live is loosely based on a style of reality singing competitions, that we have grown to love. It searches for talent and gives them a stage in which they can showcase their original material, to help jump start their careers.  Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist Steve Major, created the show in hopes of bringing some talent out from under the radar and into the limelight, for all to see. The series on Rogers TV highlights the audition process that all hopefuls go through, right up to the grand finale, where the winner is chosen. Tickets to be part of the live studio audience for any LOCAL LIVE shows, can be purchased at
Local Live promotes original music and original acts from within Simcoe County. This year promises to be Local Live's biggest year to date, as it will be conducting Simcoe County wide auditions, with stops in Orillia, Collingwood, Alliston/Cookstown, and finishing up at the Mady Centre in Barrie. The competition is not limited to vocalists.
This season, LOCAL LIVE is excited to announce the return of gold & mulit-platinum award winning producer,  MICHAEL JACK. Michael  has worked with artists such as : The Trews, Bono, Nelly Furtado, Hilary Duff, Rush, Big Sugar, Kardinal Offishal, and Ludacris to name a few. Michael is a LOCAL LIVE favorite and has been with the show since it first launched in 2009. 
LOCAL LIVE is excited to announce the return of music producer/composer JAZZFEEZY for Season V. Jazzfeezy has been producing music for many years and after the launch of his debut album 'Unveiling the Rapture', he has had much success including a placement in the film 'Mandella:Long Walk to Freedom'.   He has also produced a single for Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist T.I. 
Known for brutal honesty and doing and saying what he wants, Promoter / MC  DROP DANIELS  returns  to the Season V judging panel. Drop Daniels has built himself a reputation in Simcoe County, among other areas, for raising the bar when it comes to presenting high quality entertainment. Locally, he produces : Proving Ground, Revive, Club Live, and has played host for many well known artists including Classified, Finger Eleven, and Buck Cherry to name a few.
LOCAL LIVE is excited to announce our newest judge, International supermodel AMANDA STRACHAN.  Amanda is a Canadian Model and actress who has been featured on many networks  Discovered at the age of 14, she has now been in the industry for several years and knows what it takes to make it in the competitive fashion industry. 
Hosting LOCAL LIVE since it first began is Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist  STEVE MAJOR. Steve has been entertaining audiences of all ages for over 17 years. He is a diverse performer, with a resume that covers starring roles in musical theatre, performances in film/commercials and an international album release through DEP/Universal Music. STEVE has spent the past five years producing LOCAL LIVE and completing a new album.
General Admission
Regular: $20.00
Special Discount: Finals AND Red Carpet Grand Finale $35.00
This will be a Live to Air performance.
Purchase tickets online or contact the Box Office: 705-739-4228 or 1 Dunlop St. West.

​​Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre
April 8–11, 2015
April 8, 8:00pm
April 9, 7:30pm
April 10, 8:00pm
April 11, 2:00pm
April 11, 8:00pm

Book and Lyrics by Christine Quintana
Music by Mishelle Cuttler with Rap Lyrics by Brian Cochrane
Directed by Laura McLean with Additional Direction by Chelsea Haberlin

Under the fluorescent lights of real life, obligations and social niceties loom large. But in the world of day-dreams, all things are possible. Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical explores the lives of eight young people at a moment when big dreams meet reality checks. Saddled with crippling student loan debts, high cost of living and a recession-era economy, our young characters are just trying to get by in a "yoga and sushi-swilling succubus of a city." They've stepped out, bachelor’s degrees in hand, to find out that not everyone can be a winner.
General Admission
Single Tickets, evenings: $40.80
Single tickets, matinees: $37.41
Groups of 10 or more: $30.63 each
Purchase tickets online or contact the Box Office: 705-739-4228 or 1 Dunlop St. West.

Stop The World - I Want To Get Off!

Presented by Talk is Free Theatre
May 21–30, 2015
May 21, 7:30pm
May 22, 8:00pm
May 23, 8:00pm
May 27, 7:30pm
May 28, 7:30pm
May 29, 8:00pm
May 30, 2:00pm
May 30, 8:00pm

Book, Lyrics & Music by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse
Directed by Josh Epstein
Starring Daren Herbert

Set in a Circus ring, this allegorical musical is by one of Britain's foremost writing teams of the 50's and 60's. It features an everyman, Littlechap, whose rise to success is countered by the instability of his private life. Stop the World - I Want to Get Off! features several megahit songs, including "What Kind of Fool Am I?", "Gonna Build a Mountain" and "Once in a Lifetime."
General Admission
Single Tickets, evenings: $40.80
Single tickets, matinees: $37.41
Groups of 10 or more: $30.63 each
Purchase tickets online or contact the Box Office: 705-739-4228 or 1 Dunlop St. West.

Dr. Brad Dibble

Part of Illuminating Conversations. Presented by Talk is Free Theatre
May 25, 2015

Dr. Brad Dibble embraces the belief that it is our duty to leave the planet a little better than we found it. This has propelled him to write, in layman’s terms, Comprehending the Climate Crisis: Everything You Need to Know About Global Warming and How to Stop It. Dr. Dibble has also documented the link between cardiovascular problems and the changing environment. Explore the consequences of climate change and learn from his suggestions for lifestyle adjustments as Dr. Dibble explains how he "walks the talk."

General Admission
Purchase tickets online or contact the Box Office: 705-739-4228 or 1 Dunlop St. West.

About The Mady Centre

The Mady Centre 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:
Tuesday to Friday, 12pm–6pm; Saturday 11am–5pm. 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  Email:


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 the Department of Culture at or by telephone at (705) 739-4299.


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