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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

This year the City's Culture and Transit departments, in conjunction with the Barrie Folk Society, are happy to bring you a “ride along” program. Jump on a Barrie Transit bus anytime between 10am and 1pm and you might get to experience 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 will be participating in the Mural Mosaic project by creating a mural that represents our community.  The mural will be comprised of 4" x4" tiles and once the tiles are painted they will be assembled into one large 8' x 8' installation.  This mural will remain in our community as a legacy of the sesquicentennial.

To create our mural we need help from the community.  Join us on October 1st, paint a tile and be part of this lasting commemoration. All supplies will be provided.

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

Join us for an afternoon filled with unique and talented performers including Barrie's own street performers as well as buskers from across the province.  Featuring acrobats, escape artists, fire performances, visual artists, and talented musicians.  This celebration of busking will wow audiences young and old! 

And be sure to join us at 6PM in Memorial Square to watch our Buskering Blast-Off! This showcase will feature all of the days' performers in one ultimate Grand Finale!

Featuring Performances By:

Barrie Street Performers - enjoy the sweet strains of singer-songwriters from Barrie's own Street Performer program including: 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.

City Hall Courtyard

10:30 AM – Alyssa Polan

11:00 AM – Megan Baillie

11:30 AM – Farmer’s Daughter

12:15 PM – Errol Lee & Breakdancers

Five Points Parkette

1:00 PM – Melina Hanke

2:15 PM – Farmer’s Daughter

3:00 PM – Mitchell Wilson

4:15 PM – Scott Bingham

Heritage Park

11:00 AM – Mighty Mike

11:45 AM – Hockey Circus Show

12:30 PM – Tori Hathaway

1:00 PM – The Fire Guy

1:45 PM – Errol Lee & Breakdancers

3:00 PM – Scott Bingham

3:30 PM – Bella Magic

Memorial Square

11:00 AM – Tori Hathaway

11:45 AM – Alyssa Polan

12:15 PM – Bella Magic

1:00 PM – Megan Baillie

1:30 PM – Mighty Mike

2:15 PM – Mitchell Wilson

2:45 PM – The Fire Guy

3:30 PM – Scott Bingham

4:30 PM – Mighty Mike

5:15 PM – Farmer’s Daughter

** 3pm-5pm – Ashley Valiant in Memorial Square**

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. Try your hand 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 sponsoring free historic walking tours conducted by knowledgeable and entertaining Barrie Town Crier, Steve Travers.  This tour will showcase what life was like for Barrie residents in days gone by.

To register, please email or contact Kathy Brislin at 705-739-4220 ext. 4440           

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

Join this tour of Barrie's Downtown and relive stories about the colourful characters from Barrie's past.

For more information please contact or contact Kathy Brislin at 705-739-4220 ext. 4440


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