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Canada Day 2014

Capping off the annual Promenade Days, Canada Day in Barrie features live entertainment, family fun activities, and beautiful fireworks over Kempenfelt Bay. July 1st  2014 marks the 147th anniversary of Canada, and Barrie will be celebrating with events, entertainment, and activities not to be missed.

NOTICE: In the event of thunderstorms or heavy winds, the fireworks display may be postponed to Wednesday, July 2nd at 10pm. If the fireworks display is postponed, the announcement will be available via:

  • The City's Facebook and Twitter pages
  • Recorded message on the Special Events phone line: (705) 739-4285. Please do not leave a message; phone line is only monitored during business hours

Family Fun Zone - Heritage Park, 1:00pm to 9:00pm

  • Inflatables and games from Party Tyme Treats & Amusements
  • Free face painting with Clarabella the Clown
  • Vendors, including henna, jewelry, cupcakes, hot food, cold drinks, clothing and much more!
  • Free activities including button making, mini golf, curiosity shop, and race car displays

Live Entertainment - Memorial Square, 4:00pm to 10:00pm


*Due to inclement weather and circumstances beyond control, last minute changes may be made to the entertainment schedule.  These updates will not be available on-line.

Time Performer/Bio
4:00pm Forever the Beginning
Since the senior year quartet met in high school and formed in 2013, they've made appearances at events all over their city, making a name for themselves, including being named runners up at the 2014 Celebrate Barrie Battle of the Bands! The diverse hard rock styles of the band make for bright sounding as well as heavy hitting compositions. The group consists of Marcus Rodgers (Rhythm, Lead Vocals), Matt Hill (Lead Guitar), Connor Kiselchuk (Drums), and Austin Dunning (Bassist) who joined the previous trio last September to kick start the band under the name of Forever the Beginning. They are currently working on their debut EP titled 'Break the Silence'.
5:00pm Joelle Roy
A singer-songwriter from Temiskaming Shores, Joelle has four albums under her belt. The music is definitely folk with a blues, country, Cajun twist. Canada Day will feature some pieces from her latest recording “Ce moment est parfait”. Her sound is a mixture of the north wind where she became an artist and the deep south, where she completed a doctorate in Francophone Studies. Also a published author, Joëlle was nominated for the Trillium award for her first novel. A guitar and a voice that has lots to say.
6:00pm Canada Day Cake Cutting and Service
Don’t miss this Barrie Canada Day tradition! Join our local dignitaries in Memorial Square to enjoy a slice of special birthday cake created by downtown Barrie’s own Cakes by Design and presented by the Downtown Barrie Business Association.
 6:15pm Baytowne Big Band
The Baytowne Big Band will take you back in time to music reminiscent of the Big Band swing era. Enjoy hits from the 30s & 40s as well as a few modern tunes. The Band has been a staple in Barrie for almost 20 years and is comprised of mainly local amateur musicians who perform for the love of making music. So grab your dancing shoes and enjoy the show!
 7:45pm Beyond Haven
Beyond Haven began in the spring of ’07. The band formed after front man Brian Vain nearly lost his hand in a work related accident. A fire had been ignited and an idea had been formed. Start a project that would allow each member to help write songs that reflect a piece of each individual member. Upon writing, recording and playing live shows together the band had begun their upward climb in the local Barrie music scene. They have shared the stage with numerous acts such as Finger Eleven, Thornley, Colin James, State of Shock, Anvil, Remain, Mary Rose Obsession and many other talented artists. Their second full-length album 'Don't Back Down' was released in the Spring of 2013 and the band has been touring to promote it since. Members of Beyond Haven include: Brian Vain (leadvocals/guitars), Matt Davey (leadguitar/vocals), Jeff Dumais (Bass Guitar/Vocals), and Dan Smethurst (Drums/Percussion).
 9:00pm Digging Roots
Barrie’s own Juno award winners Digging Roots are releasing their latest album, ‘For the Light’ on June 24th and the City of Barrie is so excited to have them perform at Canada Day! After four years of heavy touring in cities and remote corners of Canada, the US, Europe, Mexico and Australia (including the Canadian and Norwegian Arctic), Digging Roots is ready to share their new album. Inspired by their travels, ‘For The Light’, firmly inhabits roots and blues with a nomadic wanderlust; confidently exploring other terrains from the inner cities, the back roads and all the places in between. The husband and wife songwriting team, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish have written and produced a collection of love songs that reflects a maturing sense of storytelling. With sweet harmonies, smoky wails, and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar, this album is something special; an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound that is vintage and fresh all at once.

'O Canada' Sing-along
Join Matt and Brian from Beyond Haven as they serenade the crowd with an acoustic rendition of Canada's beautiful national anthem!


Fireworks display over beautiful Kempenfelt Bay
Gather with thousands of friends and neighbours to take in Barrie's Canada Day fireworks show.  The fireworks can be seen from many vantage points around the Bay, including Allandale Station Park and the southern shore of Kempenfelt Bay, Centennial Park, Heritage Park, and even Memorial Square as you take in the amazing entertainment line-up.

**In the event of thunderstorms or heavy winds, the fireworks display may be postponed to Wednesday, July 2nd at 10:00pm.  If the fireworks display is postponed, the announcement will be available via:

  • Update on the City of Barrie's social media - Facebook and Twitter
  • Recorded message on the Special Events phone line - (705) 739-4285 (please do not leave a message - voicemails are only monitored during business hours)


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