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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. Check out Resorts & Lodges' profile on our 2016 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 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

Thank you to our Sponsors:   

Residence and Conference Centre Barrie logo      KKP logo     


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