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Culture Days

Culture Days

Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first annual Culture Days event was held in September 2010 in over 700 Canadian cities and towns and, by all accounts, was a great success.

Mark your calendars for an after-work extravaganza filled with local entertainment and great food as the Department of Culture celebrates our fourth annual Culture Days! The fun will begin in the City Hall Rotunda on Friday September 27th at 5:00 pm and continue until 7:00 pm.  Guests are welcome to help themselves to some delicious complimentary appetizers while enjoying the many talents of local artists; such as budding starlet Tori Hathaway, local magician James Harrison, several fantastic folk artists and a few dancing surprises. The entire community is welcome to attend and there is no cost or registration required.

Culture Days events feature many free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Art ce Soir III

Saturday, September 28th 7:00 pm – 2:00 am
Come celebrate Culture Days with Lakeshore Mews

A tribute to the Nuit Blanche phenomena, this event transforms the studios, alleys and parking lots of Lakeshore Mews and Memorial Square into an engaging place with interactive art projects, installations, musical performances, improv theatre, a sculpture garden and a multiples trunk sale. Free to public, this event offers activities for all age groups and levels of art experience.  Art ce Soir Highlights include:

  • No: 369 Dance Collective (7:00 pm): Come enjoy this dance troupe’s creative movement inspired by everyday interactions with the general public.
  • The Knitting Circle with Tracey Martin (All Night): Join Tracey as she continues to expand on her giant ball of red wool. Bring your own knitting projects or join Tracey's circle of chairs to knit the night away.
  • Midnight with the Morals (12:00 am): Presenting the ambient indie folk vocal genius Hollie Hobby and instrumental magicians Todd Jeffrey & Dan Trickett, this a must-see act.

Visit for more details. 


A festival of art and language - September 26th through 29th

Organized by the MacLarenArtCentre  and presented in conjunction with Culture Days. The MacLaren will offer great events for visitors of all ages at the MacLaren and throughout Barrie.

Highlights: a special talk by acclaimed Canadian author Jane Urquhart at the MacLaren Legacy Dinner; an exhibition of sketchbooks by artist Michael Forster; The Animated Barrie Book Project, an animated short celebrating Barrie’s 160th anniversary produced by MacLaren youth;  a presentation by publisher Janis Butler about artist bookworks; a Barrie Film Festival presentation of the film Renoir; storytelling for families at both Barrie Public Library locations, an authors’ reading at The Side Door organized by Dr. Bruce Meyer and a performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. 

For full descriptions and Carnegie Days schedule visit; MACLARENARTCENTRE 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie ON

Barrie Farmer’s Market celebrates Culture Days

Join us at the Barrie Farmers' Market on September 28th for the second annual Harvest Daze. Enjoy a delicious, real, local food lunch for only $2! Bring the whole family!

In celebration of Culture Days, the Barrie Folk Society will entertain with original music. Sit back and stay a while.
BFM is open every Saturday at Barrie City Hall from 8 am to noon. See you at the Market!

Culture Days is a collaborative movement that relies on your participation. Everyone can contribute to the Culture Days movement: artist, cultural professional, arts organization participant, business person, or member of the public. Plan to come out and join this exciting cross-country network and invite your friends, family and colleagues to do so too! Interactive demonstrations, workshops and tours will be occurring in many locations across Barrie, including recreation centres, malls and downtown businesses.