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Downtown Countdown

Traveling from near and far, thousands joined together in downtown Barrie to celebrate with a free evening of fun and entertainment at one of Central Ontario's largest New Year's Eve celebrations and kicking off Canada150.

Activities, 6pm to Midnight

All activities were free, except for food vendors

  • Skating at the Circle at the Centre rink. Bring your skates!
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Snow Valley's mini tube slide
  • Roaming street performers
  • Family fun: Clarabella the Clown, face painting, Speaking of Wildlife, hockey shootout, and more!
  • Bonfire warming zone
  • Food vendors
  • Two fireworks displays: one following the family celebration and the second at midnight to ring in 2017! The fireworks are set off from Heritage Park and the rooftop of City Hall.

Entertainment Schedule
Times approximate

Join us for an exciting evening of live entertainment presented in partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM, featuring:

7:00pm - Splash 'N Boots
7:50pm - Joe Roberts, The Push for Change
7:55pm - Family Countdown & Fireworks
8:20pm - Cardinal Street
9:20pm - The Pick Brothers Band
10:30pm - Sloan
11:55pm - Greetings from Mayor Lehman and special guests
12:00am - Countdown to 2017 & Fireworks


In partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM, the City of Barrie is excited to ring in the New Year with Canadian rock band Sloan. They have been nominated for nine Juno Awards over their twenty five year career, and the success of their many hit singles, such as The Good in Everyone and Money City Maniacs, has made them one of Canada's most popular bands.

Splash 'n Boots

The Downtown Countdown will also feature entertainment for the younger crowd with Treehouse TV’s Splash ‘N Boots kicking off the night. They have performed thousands of shows all over the world, released nine award-winning CDs, have been nominated for JUNO Awards, and were crowned Canadian Children’s Music Group of the Year three times. They will bring their exciting and fresh approach to the family celebration at the Downtown Countdown followed by a special fireworks display just for the kids. Afterwards, head inside the City Hall Rotunda where you will have the opportunity to meet Splash 'N Boots. Get ready to dance!

The Pick Brothers Band

Having sold out a number of shows, The Pick Brothers Band (yes, they are brothers!) are earning a reputation as one of Toronto's most exciting up-and-coming acts. With compelling writing, dynamic performance, and gritty rock and roll spirit, they will be sure to put on a show on New Year's Eve not to be missed.

Cardinal Street

Earlier this year, the City of Barrie invited local bands to apply for an opportunity to perform on the Downtown Countdown stage. Cardinal Street was selected from over 35 submissions to play in front of a hometown crowd! Songs from their debut album received international airplay and singles I Don't Have Time and Hey, Yeah! reached #1 and #2 on the UK Unsigned Top 40. The four piece rock band will release their follow-up album, Ride On, this December. Don't miss their performance which will include a mix of their original music and classic rock covers we all love.

Getting Around & Parking

On New Year's Eve, Barrie Transit service was free from 5pm–3am to help you get to and from your celebrations safely. There was free downtown parking available within close walking distance. Road closures for the event included:

  • Collier Street from Owen Street to Mulcaster Street
    6am December 30 – noon January 1
  • Collier Street from Mulcaster Street to Berczy Street
    3pm December 31 – 2am January 1
  • Mulcaster Street from Dunlop Street to Worsley Street
    3pm December 31 – 2am January 1

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