Celebrate Canada Day in downtown Barrie! Every Canada Day, Barrie features live entertainment and family activities in partnership with Promenade Days, Downtown Barrie's street festival, and this year we are excited to get our community involved in celebrating Canada150!
Kick-off Canada150 with the Snowbirds
The City of Barrie is excited to welcome the Canadian Forces Snowbirds to kick-off Canada150 celebrations here in Barrie! On the evening of Wednesday, June 28th, they will perform their thrilling aerobatic show over Kempenfelt Bay - a rare and exciting spectacle. This project is possible with generous support from CF Base Borden and Georgian International. Planning for this exciting kick-off to a weekend of Canada150 festivities is under way, so stay tuned for updates as they're confirmed.
2017 Event Details
Entertainment on the Promenade Days Stage
Free entertainment all day on the Promenade Days stage at Dunlop Street East, including a special lineup of local and regional talent reflecting Canada’s Heritage:
Passion, Talent, Determination - Traits that shape Ontario rising star, Tori Hathaway. Now 18, this talented singer-songwriter is embracing an upward spiraling music career. Tori is a natural leader and role model, and enthusiastically embraces opportunities to encourage young fans and tweens. Her album "Dear Diary" is uplifting and and inspirational for fans of all ages.
Escorted by a banjo and a parlour guitar,Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine. Their sophomore effort Ste-Quequepart – “Saint-Somewhere” – pulls as much from their imaginations as from their encounters on the road. A French-language concept folk album that plays like a short film soundtrack, intimate moments give way to cinematic arrangements as characters emerge and speak through song. Moonfruits enchant and transport listeners, inviting them to walk in another’s shoes and celebrate the strength of everyday people. Village in tow, Moonfruits will hit the Promenade Days stage on Canada Day, before continuing their summer release tour in Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick alongside longtime friends and collaborators, Polaris Prize nominated Georgian Bay.
Canada Day Cake Cutting and Service
Don’t miss this Barrie Canada Day tradition! Join our local dignitaries on Dunlop Street 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.
The Baytowne Big Band
The Baytowne Big Band was the brainchild of Greg Hardy and Graham Hilliam in 1990. Both of these men well known active musicians in the Barrie area. This group of Big Band enthusiasts has successfully progressed over the years and has performed at such venues as Wasaga Beach Jazz nights, Collingwood music festivals, Barrie Canada Day Celebrations, many senior’s homes, weddings & school anniversary celebrations. Throughout all off the changes, the mantra has remained the same. That is to enjoy and perform big band music!
The White Pine Dancers
White pine dances are a group of First Nations family and friends who love to share their gifts of song dance and story with audiences of all ages.
Their performances are filled with energy, entertainment as well as education and humor!
Always entertaining and definitely unique, The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage. First discovered in 1993 as “The Campbell Brothers”, the band signed a deal with EMI Records and changed their name to “Mudmen” in 1998. Their music has been featured on Xbox and PlayStation games, NBC’s television show “Black Donnellys”, WWE Wrestling, Don Cherry’s 9, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27 hockey videos, The Mackenzie Brothers TWO-FOUR Special on CBC, HBO’S Shameless TV show, HNIC Coach’s Corner (Dale Hunter tribute), 6 music videos on Much Music, and they’ve reached top 20 on the Edge radio.
With over 2500 shows to date, The Mudmen Robby Campbell, Sandy Campbell, Jeremy Burton, Mike Meacher and Dan Westenenk believe that nice guys can finish first. While enjoying life & what you do translates to all audiences.
The Mudmen are building a legion of fans from young to old with career highlights such as 12 Canada Walk of Fame Ceremonies, the Leaf & Bruins Game at The ACC, opening performance for ZZ Top & The Guess Who, and over 40 cross Canada Tours.
The Mudmen have 9 studio recordings and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in March of 2018.
O’ Canada Sing-a-long
Join a special guest singer as they belt out a beautiful rendition of our favourite patriotic tune!
Family Fun Zone in Heritage Park 1–9pm
The following family fun activities will take place in Heritage Park:
- Inflatables and games from Party Tyme Treats & Amusements
- Free face painting with Clarabella the Clown - presented by White Cedar Dental
- The Humanity First food drive - helps us collect 1500 pounds of food to donate to the Barrie Food Bank
- Vendors, including furniture, accessories, jewelry, sweets, hot food, cold drinks, clothing and much more
- Free exhibits and activities including Canadian wildlife displays, kids dance and more
- Fire and Glow performance by Scarlet Black & Ito the Rope Artist from Dispatch Talent at 8:30pm.
Fireworks over Kempenfelt Bay
Friends and neighbours are invited to gather around the bay to take in the fireworks spectacular at 10pm. **In the event of thunderstorms or heavy winds, the fireworks will be postponed to July 2nd at 10:00pm. Stay tuned to local radio stations for updates.
Park 'n Ride Shuttle
Barrie Transit is offering FREE park 'n ride from Allandale Rec Centre and Bayfield Mall to get you down to the Canada Day festivities! Board the 3A bus from stop #2 located behind the Allandale Recreation Centre or the 1B/4B bus from stop #58 by Applebee's at the Bayfield Mall. You can get off at the Downtown Transit Terminal or the Allandale GO Station, both just a short walk to the waterfront. Transfers will be issued upon boarding and will be valid until end of service to get you back to where you parked! For more information, email email@example.com.
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