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Canada Day

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 to and the City of Barrie's social media channels for updates as they're confirmed.

Partnership & Vendor Opportunities Available for Canada Day 2017

As an event partner, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign, including radio and print advertising, website, and printed materials. Engage with thousands of participants through on-site recognition and brand activation. Our partnerships are valued and contribute directly towards providing a variety of exciting activities at absolutely no cost to participants. Opportunities are available starting from $500, including a limited number of outdoor spaces available to promote your business.

Engage with thousands of participants, primarily Barrie and area residents, through on-site recognition and brand activation. Our vendors are valued and contribute directly towards providing a variety of exciting activities at absolutely no cost to participants. Outdoor vendor spaces are available starting from $200. If your business is interested in becoming a Canada Day vendor in 2017, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or

2017 Event Details

Family Fun Zone in Heritage Park 1–9pm

Rain or shine, the following family fun activities took place in Heritage Park: 

  • Inflatables and games from Party Tyme Treats & Amusements 
  • Free face painting with Clarabella the Clown - presented by White Cedar Dental
  • 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 from Dispatch Talent at 8:30pm.

Fireworks over Kempenfelt Bay

Friends and neighbours gathered around the bay to take in the fireworks spectacular at 10pm. 

Entertainment on the Promenade Days Stage

Rain or shine, free entertainment will take place all day on the Promenade Days stage at Dunlop Street East near Memorial Square, including a special lineup of local and regional talent reflecting Canada’s Heritage.  2017 Performers will be announced shortly!

2016 Canada Day Performances

Time Performer

A passionate powerhouse singer/songwriter Much Music has named one of their "Top Gender Bending Artists". With a fierce vocal ability and passion for empowering life around her, Shawnee connects with the world on her own terms. Born in Welland, Ontario and drawn to music as a little girl, Shawnee was listening to Melissa Etheridge, Yanni and Beethoven. By the age of twelve and determined to begin her path to understanding the business of music, she became a self-managed mini-Shania Twain. Now a Toronto singer/songwriter recognized for her outstanding vocal abilities, passion and inspiring performances which has led her to sharing the stage with artists like Tegan and Sara, Lady Gaga, Roxette and many others across Canada and USA. She has recorded song's for Disney TV and has recently signed with North Star Media Publishing. Shawnee's vocal power is filled with sultry and soul, an unique combination of dynamic strength and a hinted tender rasp. A connected energizing live performance that Shawnee commits to is why Shawnee is becoming known worldwide. Shawnee identifies as Two Spirited and uses her passion and voice as an advocate for LGBTQ and Aboriginal women's rights.


2016 Youth Battle of the Bands champions 


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 Sudbury Youth Orchestra
The Sudbury Youth Orchestra (SYO), founded in 1972, is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a calibre of orchestral playing comparable to that found in any major Canadian city, and has become an important factor in the musical life of Sudbury and Northern Ontario. Members range in age from 12 to their early 20’s. The Orchestra is conducted by Jamie Arrowsmith who holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Kent State University. The SYO has won many awards and scholarships at music festivals in Toronto, Ottawa and Sudbury. It has twice participated in the Banff Festival of Youth Orchestras, and has hosted events such as the Northern Ontario Youth Orchestra Festival the Ontario Provincial Festival of Youth Orchestras. In 1987 the SYO was invited to attend Quebec Festival of Youth Orchestras in Shawinigan and has the honour of being the first Youth Orchestra outside of Quebec to participate in this event. The SYO has attended many other festivals in Ontario, Quebec and abroad, including the 2004 International Music Festival in Salzburg, Austria and the 2005 Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland. They have also performed at venues in England, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Greece. The orchestra operates through Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario and is the only musical organization in Sudbury offering musical instruction and experience in intermediate to advanced level orchestral string repertoire for the young. Visit for details.


The Connors Brothers
The Connors Brothers are a band of brothers invading your homes and establishments with East Coast, Celtic, Irish, Blues, Funk, Rock and Soul with a twist! With a Maple flavour apparent in everything they do, they bring Canadiana to the stage with covers by artists such as The Barenaked Ladies, The Tragically Hip, Stompin' Tom and with their original songs in both official languages of this great nation!  Visit for more information.


Terry Savage and the Wonky Honkees
Terry Savage and the Wonky Honkees are a five piece good-time-havin' country band. Influenced by everything from Hank to Dwight to Corb, along with a slew of raucous originals, this band will for sure get people in the mood to kick up their heels and celebrate. Hailing from Orillia Ontario Canada, the band features Terry Savage on Guitar, Timmy Kehoe on Peddle Steel, Stanton Mckinnon on piano, Grant Lauer on bass, and Aaron Bennett on drums. Visit for more information.


O’ Canada Sing-a-long
Join a special guest singer as she belts out a beautiful rendition of our favourite patriotic tune!

Entertainment on the Promenade Days stage proceeds rain or shine, except in the event of thunderstorms.

Canada Day 2016 is generously supported by



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