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Culture Days

 

The Department of the Creative Economy's Culture Branch is pleased to announce Barrie's 8th annual Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration designed to catalyze and inspire public participation in arts and culture. Culture Days 2017 takes place from September 29 to October 1.

Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first Culture Days was held in September 2010 in over 700 Canadian cities and towns and was a great success.

Barrie Culture Days offer a behind-the-scenes look at the arts through a variety of activities and programs. These initiatives promise to bring you a weekend of amazing cultural activities that will be sure to teach you something new, peak your creative interest, and expand your perception of the arts forever.

2017 Programming

Friday, September 29, 2017
PRNT Collective Open House
Noon–6pm, 25 Hart Drive, Unit #1, Barrie

Open houses are also taking place September 30, Noon–6pm and October 1, Noon–4pm

Step inside Barrie’s only collective print studio; supporting emerging and established artists in both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.  The studio has equipment to support relief, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, and serigraphy techniques. Check out the presses, learn about workshops and renting space, and see the PRNT Collective members making original prints!

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Barrie Farmers' Market
8am–12pm, Collier and Mulcaster Streets outside City Hall 

Listen to live local music while you enjoy the bounty from the dozens of growers, farmers, producers, chefs, and artisans of the Barrie Farmers’ Market. Bring your sturdiest shopping bags, lots of enthusiasm, and prepare to make the most of the season.

Ridin' Along, Singin' a Song
10am–1pm on City Buses en Route

Join local folk artists hand-picked by the Barrie Folk Society while they perform on City Transit buses and at bus stops! Presented in partnership with Barrie Transit. Route and performers to be announced soon.

Mandala Painting – Drop-in Workshop
11am-3pm, Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, Angela Baldwin and Mark Jepp Main Lobby

Join local artist and actress Kristen Keller as she leads a FREE drop-in mandala-painting workshop using simple supplies and materials anyone can source. Materials are provided and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Barrie Street Performers
11am–5pm, Public Spaces in Downtown Barrie

Shop, dine and explore downtown Barrie as you enjoy the sweet strains of singer-songwriters from the City’s own Street Performer Program. Music will be provided by: Mike Bennett, Mitchell Wilson, Ty & Xander, John Anderson, Megan Baillie, Daniel & Stephen, and more!

PRNT Collective Open House
Noon–6pm, 25 Hart Drive, Unit #1, Barrie

Open houses are also taking place September 29, Noon–6pm and October 1, Noon–4pm

Step inside Barrie’s only collective print studio; supporting emerging and established artists in both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.  The studio has equipment to support relief, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, and serigraphy techniques. Check out the presses, learn about workshops and renting space, and see the PRNT Collective members making original prints!

Scratch Lab Drop-in DJ Workshop
Noon–4pm, Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, Rotary Lounge

Swing by the Mady to try your hand at DJing and turntabling with professional DJs! Presented by Scratch Lab DJ Institute of Barrie. No registration required. Participation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Behind the Scenes Theatre Tours
1pm, 2pm & 3pm, Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
(Meet in the Angela Baldwin and Mark Jepp Main Lobby)

City of Barrie Theatres Technical Director Woody Peterkin leads tours of the City’s busiest cultural space. Check out the tech booth, green rooms, box office and more. Tours limited to 10 guests at a time. Please email Amanda.Dyke@barrie.ca to register.

Walking Tour with Barrie’s Town Crier: Heroes, Harlots, Saints & Sinners
2pm (Meet outside the MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St)

Join us on this tour of Downtown Barrie featuring stories of colourful characters from Barrie’s past. Comfortable footwear recommended. Brought to you by the City of Barrie's Heritage Barrie Committee.

Bravado Show Choir’s Voices At Large
6:30–8pm, Amica Barrie, 70 Lakeside Terrace, Bistro Room (Guest parking at the bottom of the hill)

Culture Days brings Bravado’s inner workings into public view! Come take part in tongue-twisting vocal warm-ups and try holding your own in 4 part harmony as the choir runs through repertoire for our upcoming “ a Canadian Christmas Eh!” concerts scheduled for December 1 and 2.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
PRNT Collective Open House
Noon–4pm, 25 Hart Drive, Unit #1, Barrie

Open houses are also taking place September 29 and 30, Noon–6pm

Step inside Barrie’s only collective print studio; supporting emerging and established artists in both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.  The studio has equipment to support relief, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, and serigraphy techniques. Check out the presses, learn about workshops and renting space, and see the PRNT Collective members making original prints!

Conduct Us! With the Huronia Symphony Orchestra
2pm, Barrie Public Library Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley St

The Huronia Symphony is a 55 member community orchestra that brings high quality live orchestral music to Barrie and all of the Simcoe County. The Symphony was founded in 1966 and is comprised of members ranging in age from 13 years up to senior years. Try your hand at conducting the orchestra and learn more about the intricacies of instrumental music and the symphony.

Historic Walking Tour: Union Cemetery
2pm, 338 Sunnidale Road

Enjoy a historical walking tour of the cemetery, led by Barrie’s Town Crier, exploring what life was like for Barrie’s citizens in ages past. Comfortable footwear recommended. Brought to you by the City of Barrie's Heritage Barrie Committee.

Grand Opening Celebration: Musical Instrument Lending Library
2:30pm, Barrie Public Library Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley St 

The Huronia Symphony Orchestra & the Barrie Public Library are proud to announce the opening of their new Musical Instrument Lending Library. Join the HSO and other local performers and try out a new instrument.

Thank you to our Media Sponsors

         

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