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Rhythmfest 2017

Join us on Friday, August 18th & Saturday, August 19th at Heritage Park as the City celebrates the 8th year of Rhythmfest, Barrie's first truly multicultural and interactive festival. To learn more about what you can expect in 2017 check out the Rhythmfest feature in the Flight Network blog

Just Beat It! The Search for Central Ontario's Best Drummer

This year features the 6th edition of Just Beat It! The Search for Central Ontario’s Best Drummer!  This drum solo competition gives you the chance to walk away with cash and amazing prizes from our generous sponsors, plus score the title of Central Ontario's Best Drummer!  Don’t miss the excitement at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th on the main stage.

Prizes (for the winner and runner-up) will include:

  • Sabian Cymbal Pack
  • Pearl Prize Pack
  • 12 Pairs of Vic Firth 5A drum sticks
  • Vic Firth Stick caddy
  • Vic Firth practice pad with book & sticks 
  • Cash prize equaling the sum total of the registration fees

Registration is $25; registrations will be accepted until end of day Tuesday, August 8th. Please email with any questions. 

Partnership & Vendor Opportunities

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 2017 Programming

Friday, August 18th

Heritage Park
5pm Educator’s Drumming Workshop
7pm Traditional Flamenco Dance 
8pm The Imbayakunas - Traditional Andean Music

Saturday, August 19th

Heritage Park Main Stages
11am Errol Lee & Breakdancers - Call to Action!
11:15am Kids Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
11:45am NEEMA Children’s Choir – special presentation benefiting the NEEMA Child Project of Uganda
1:00pm  Nigel Maynard – Drum Kit Clinic
2:30pm Tribute to Legend of Rhythm - to be announced!
4pm Tribute Performance - to be announced!
5pm Music Pro presents Just Beat It! – The Search for Central Ontario’s Best Drummer
6:15pm TooNice – Wasaga Beach Reggae and Ska
7:30pm Trio NUA - Celtic Jazz Fusion
9pm Eh440!
Heritage Park Community Stage
12 noon Music Pups - Rhythm workshop for parents and infants
12:45pm Cairo's Jewels - Bellydancing Workshop
1:30pm Thunder Drumz - Dynamic Bucket Drumming workshop
2:30pm Uke-Ladies Kids Ukelele Workshop (children ages 12 & under) in partnership with the Orillia Music Centre
3:15pm Uke-Ladies Ukelele Workshop for ages 13 and up
4:30pm Trio NUA - Celtic Drumming Workshop
6:00pm Salsa Beats - Casino Rueda Group Salsa Dance

Thank you to our Sponsors:







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