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2014 Barrie Arts Awards 

Barrie Arts Awards 2014 nominations are now closed! Five deserving individuals will be honoured at the Southshore Centre on Wednesday November 5th, 2014. RSVP by calling 705-739-4299 or emailing

There are currently five awards in the following categories:

  • Contribution to the Community: for individuals who have played a significant role in the development of an arts organization or program
  • Emerging Artist: a talented individual who is beginning a body of work in pursuit of a career in the arts
  • Business Award: for a business person who has consistently and significantly supported the arts
  • Most Promising Youth: must be under 19 years of age and demonstrating superior ability in the arts
  • Excellence in the Arts: for the more established artist, performer or author

Every four years the City accepts nominations for the position of Poet Laureate. The role of the Poet Laureate is to raise the profile of the literary arts by:

  • Writing and publishing
  • poetry
  • performing poetry
  • educating the public on the value of poetry and the literary arts 
  • encouraging and celebrating other local poets and writers
  • promoting literacy in all age groups

The Poet Laureate will act as a literary ambassador and as such they will be expected to appear at a significant number of cultural events as determined by the Department of Culture. Please refer to program Terms of Reference and the Poet Laureate Nomination Form.

For the past four years the City has been well served by our first Poet Laureate, Dr. Bruce Meyer. We wish to take this opportunity to thank Bruce for his many efforts in raising the profile of the literary arts and attending hundreds of events on behalf of the Department of Culture.

The Barrie Arts Awards program is made possible by the City of Barrie Department of Culture and the generosity of several local businesses that have provided either financial or inkind donations. The Presentation Sponsor for the Barrie Arts Awards since its inception in 2008 is TD Trust. The design sponsor is Rhubarb Media and the media sponsor since 2012 is CTV Barrie.  Thank you! A big thank you as well to Georgian College and The Barrie Advance for their award sponsorship.

History of the Arts Awards Program

“Building A Creative Future” the City of Barrie’s ten year plan for culture was approved by City Council in May of 2006.  One of the recommendations in the plan was for the City to provide oversight of the arts community.  This was to be achieved in a number of ways; namely the development of a Cultural Department that would support the arts, the cultural grants program that provides funding to non for profit organizations, organizing a data base of statistical information on the arts groups, to better predict and monitor growth, and to develop an arts awards program. The awards program is designed to raise the profile of our dynamic arts community and provide local artists with well deserved recognition.

The Arts Awards program was also the inspiration for the Poet Laureate program that rolled out in 2010 when the Department of Culture crowned its first Poet Laureate, Dr. Bruce Meyer. Bruce was nominated for his many contributions to poetry and the literary arts.  Bruce has many published works and has received much recognition for his significant body of published works.  Bruce is acting as an amazing ambassador for the City of Barrie in his new role, and created a delightful poem for the opening of the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts.

Each year five individuals are honoured for their contributions to the arts and here is the list of those recognized since the inception of the awards program.


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