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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 tantalize your taste buds, peak your creative interest, and expand your perception of the arts forever.

2017 programming to be announced soon.

For an idea of what to expect, check out the 2016 schedule of programming:

Saturday October 1, 2016
Riding Along... Singing a Song...
10am–1pm on City Buses en Route

Last year the City's Culture and Transit departments, in conjunction with the Barrie Folk Society, brought you a “ride along” program. Barrie Transit riders  experienced a unique musical performance.  Featuring: Dave Sills, Melina Hanke, Hurricane Mike Thompson, and Patty McLaughlin & Ginny Clements.

The Great Canadian Mural Mosaic
11am–6pm in Heritage Park

In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary the City of Barrie's Department of Culture participated in the Mural Mosaic project by creating a mural that represents our community.  The mural was comprised of 4" x4" tiles and once the tiles are painted they were be assembled into one large 8' x 8' installation. 

The Mural Mosaic was completed in early October 2016 and now hands at East Bayfield Community Centre.  Please visit the facility to see this unique collaborative art initiative!  

A official launch of the Mural Mosaic will be held shortly. Stay tuned for more details. 

Barrie's Busking Out!
11am–6pm at City Hall Courtyard, Five Points Parkette, Memorial Square Heritage Park

This was an afternoon filled with unique and talented performers including Barrie's own street performers as well as buskers from across the province.  The event featured acrobats, escape artists, fire performances, visual artists, and talented musicians. 

Featured Performances Included:

Barrie Street Performers -  Tori Hathaway, Scott Bingham, Mitchell Wilson, Melina Hanke, Megan Baillie, Alyssa Polan, and the duo of Kasey Kohring and Brandon Pellat. And from 3PM-5PM visit Ashley Valiant-Blackwood in Memorial Square to have your face painted

The Fire Guy - All a board! All a board! The FireGuy Skateboard Show is rolling into Culture Days.  You'll see a mix of fire tricks and skateboard stunts!  New this year is the flaming star finale.  This show is FireGuy's claim to flame!

The Hockey Circus Show - This family friendly hockey tribute show combines acrobatics, juggling, and one-of-a-kind circus stunts.

The Farmer's Daughter - This show is acres of kneeslapping family friendly fun.  This country circus spectacle is sure to deliver havest bales full of belly laughter and truck loads of amazement!

Bella Magic - See this illusionist and circus performer bring her colourful and active imagination to life at this year's Culture Days

Sunday October 2, 2016
CONDUCT US! - with the Huronia Symphony Quintet
1:30pm–3:30pm, The Georgian Mall, 550 Bayfield Street

The Huronia Symphony is a 55-member community orchestra that brings high quality live orchestral music to Barrie and all of Simcoe County. Participants where given the opportunity to try their hands at conducting this professional quintet and learn more about the intricacies of instrumental music!

Historic Tour of Union Cemetery 
11am, 338 Sunnidale Road; Registration Required

Heritage Barrie is sponsored free historic walking tours conducted by knowledgeable and entertaining Barrie Town Crier, Steve Travers.  The tour showcased what life was like for Barrie residents in days gone by.     

Heroes, Harlots, Saints & Sinners 
2pm, Memorial Square

This tour of Barrie's Downtown relived stories about the colourful characters from Barrie's past.


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