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Rhythmfest 2016

The City celebrated 7 years of Rhythmfest—Barrie’s first truly multicultural and interactive festival—on Friday, August 12 Holly Community Park and Saturday, August 13 at Heritage Park. Check out Resorts & Lodges' profile on the event!

Now Available: Partnership & Vendor Opportunities for Rhythmfest 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.

Do you offer an interesting, unique or international product or food that you want to share with the Rhythmfest audience? If so, we want to hear from you!  Please be sure to include details about your product offering and where necessary, photographs.

If your business is interested in participating in Rhythmfest 2017, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or

Rhythmfest 2016 Vendors

The Rhythmfest vendor lineup on Saturday, August 13th  featured a variety of food, drink and merchandise vendors offering all sorts of delights:

Food Vendors

Auntee Donna’s – Caribbean and Jerk Food

Mini-Junction – Fries, hotdogs and hamburgers

Treats 4 U – Crispy chicken (wings, tenders and more), beef steak sandwiches, tornado potatoes and more

Chacha Churros – Churros and empanadas

Domino’s – Hot, fresh pizza delivered on site

Purethentic - Vegetable samosas, corn on the cob and infused water

KnotsAbout Pretzels – Soft pretzels & lemonade

Kona Ice – Flavoured shaved ice treats

BEANlicious – Hot coffee, lattes and tea plus snacks and cold drinks

Mrs. Softy – Ice Cream Truck

Merchandise Vendors

BandFanCo - Purchase your Official Rhythmfest festival t-shirt online before or after the event! Visit their booth at the event to place an order in person or check out other merchandise they offer.

Bling It! – Jewelry and accessories

Masaai Made – Hand-beaded Masaai goods with proceeds going to the Tania Integrated Center in Kenya

Irie Rasta Wear – Clothing, sandals and hand-made jewelry

Asiri’s Treasures – Hand-made organic cotton clothing

A&W Caribbean Craft – Hand-made jewelry, hats, bags and clothing

Love Street Fashions - Organic clothing

Party Art by Steph – Hand-drawn Henna body art, clothing and more

Purethentic - Oils, incense, shea butter, soaps, African inspired jewelry and  head wraps

Sweet Legs – Patterned leggings  

Jojo Cajons - locally made cajon drums by Joe Garrisi - workshop at noon on the Community Stage

CustomFX: Cymbal Transformation –Hand-made "spiral crashes", "spiral stackers", "ozones", and "splash" cymbals

Shaw Percussion – World percussion instruments

Collision Drum Sticks

On-site Exhibitors, Promotional Spaces and Sponsors

Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue – Have your photo taken with a Native Ontario species or something more exotic!

Face Painting by Ashley Valient

Century 21 – Sharon Madeley

Practice with Stan – Kids’ and youth drum kit lessons

Ultimate Steps Dance School – Children’s dance lessons

Cash Money

Golf Barrie – Practice chipping and putting

Anne Street Dental

Soul Spinz – Hula hoop and belly dance demonstrations and mini-lessons

Jack Astors – Serving up free frozen drink samples

Hare Krishna Culture - Yoga and meditation services

B101 and Fresh Radio

Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM

104.1 The Dock and Kicx 106 FM


Rhythmfest 2016 Programming

Friday, August 12th

Holly Community Park Stage
5pm Educator’s Drumming Workshop
7pm Latin Rhythms Workshop with Brownman Ali
7:45pm Errol Lee & his Break Dancers
9pm Modus Factor – Electro-ambient Improvisational Jazz

Saturday, August 13th

Heritage Park Main Stages
10am Barrie Pipes and Drums – bagpipe presentation
10:30am Gorgeous Black Cat Dance Troupe – presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Toronto
11am Salsa Beats – Salsa dance performance and workshop
11:45am NEEMA Children’s Choir – special presentation benefiting the NEEMA Child Project of Uganda
12:30pm Gaura Shakti - Kirtan yoga workshop presented by Hare Krishna Culture, Toronto
1:30pm  Chris Lesso - Drum Kit Clinic
2:30pm Tribute to Legend of Rhythm – Trichy Sankaran, Indian percussionist and one of the foremost virtuosos of the mridangam; featuring performances by Dr. Sankaran, his students, and Autorickshaw 
4pm Rosendo “Chendy” Leon (Sultans of String) – Hand drumming workshop
5pm Music Pro presents Just Beat It! – The Search for Central Ontario’s Best Drummer
6:15pm TooNice – Wasaga Beach Reggae and Ska
7pm Q-Mack – basketball tricks and beatboxing
7:30pm  Autorickshaw – JUNO Award nominated Indo-fusion Pop-Jazz trio
9pm Sultans of String – JUNO Award nominated World Folk Quartet
Heritage Park Community Stage
11am Yes You Can children’s hand drumming workshop
12 noon Joe Garrisi of JoJo Cajons - Cajon Workshop
12:45pm Ultimate Steps Dance Studio - Children’s dance workshop
1:30pm Barrie Dance Conservatory  - Tap Dance presentation
2:30pm Drum with Stan White from Music Pro Education Centre – young drummers’ clinic
3:30pm Nigel Maynard – Drum Kit Clinic
4:30pm DrumUnity Drum Circle – Join the folks from Unity Market for a late afternoon drum circle
6:30pm Spirit Flame – Sock Poi workshop and Fire Poi and Belly Dance performance

Join us at the Official Rhythmfest After Party

Saturday, August 13th at 10:00 pm, the after party begins! Escrow Restolounge (4 Mulcaster St) brings you the second annual Rhythmfest After Party. Join us on their patio overlooking Kempenfelt Bay for tropical drinks and music by DJ Armo Kid. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:   

Residence and Conference Centre Barrie logo      KKP logo     


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