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Culture Days

The Department of Culture is pleased to announce its fifth annual Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration designed to catalyze and inspire public participation in arts and culture. Barrie’s 2014 Culture Days weekend is being held on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014.

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 Culture Days was held in September 2010 in over 700 Canadian cities and towns and was a great success.

Barrie Culture Days is a collaborative movement between the Culture Days committee, not-for-profit arts organizations and the organizers of Carnegie Days at the MacLaren Art Centre. These initiatives promise to bring you a weekend of amazing cultural activities that will be sure to tantalize your taste buds, peak your creative interest and expand your perception of the arts forever.

Events Leading up to Culture Days

Bravado Show Choir rehearsal
Monday September 22, 7–9pm • Holly Community Centre

Led by musical directors Scott Boyer and Katie Pergau.

The Big Band Sound Lives On
Wednesday September 24, 7–9pm • East Bayfield Community Centre

Skyliners Youth Band practice.

Sneak Preview: RENT
Thursday September 25, 7–9pm • Holly Community Centre

Yours in Theatre, Barrie’s newest Community Theatre company, provides a sneak preview of their upcoming production of RENT. 

Culture Days Barrie Events

Friday September 26, 2014

Culture Days Launch
5pm–7pm at the City Hall Rotunda
The fun kicks off with a free launch event, featuring local entertainment and great food! Guests are invited to help themselves to an array of complimentary appetizers from a variety of cultural cuisines, while enjoying the many talents of local artists including musician Tori Hathaway, local magician James Harrison, dancers from The Dance Academy and a sneak preview of the upcoming performance of Rent compliments of Barrie’s newest theatrical company Yours in Theatre!

Saturday September 27, 2014

Riding Along... Singing a Song...
10am–1pm on City Buses en Route
This year the City's Culture and Transit departments, in conjunction the Barrie Folk Society, are happy to bring you a “ride along” program. Jump on a Barrie Transit bus anytime between 10am and 1pm and you might just get to experience one of five talented performers! Featuring singers/songwriters Patty McLaughlin, Hurricane Mike Thompson, Rick Groves, Bob Thiffault, and Cameron Austin. Performer bios are listed in the Culture Days brochure

1pm–5pm at Memorial Square
Krista Dalby of Small Pond Arts presents Cardboardia, a creative cardboard exhibit that welcomes children of all ages! Kids are encouraged to interact with, and decorate the installation throughout the day. All cardboard, markers, tape, staples etc. will be provided at the site, so just bring your great ideas and let your imagination run wild!  

Huronia Symphony – CONDUCT US!
1pm–3pm at Georgian Mall
The Huronia Symphony is a 55-member community orchestra that brings high quality live orchestral music to Barrie and all of the Simcoe County. The Symphony was founded in 1966 and is comprised of members ranging in age from 13 years up to senior years. Try your hand at conducting the symphony and learn more about the intricacies of instrumental music!

I Believe in Music County Chordsmen Concert
2pm Matinee  •  7:30pm Evening show

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 374 Salem Road
The Barrie County Chordsmen present their Annual Show with the theme I Believe in Music. You’ll hear songs you know and love sung by this prize-winning chorus and quartets in unique acappella barbershop harmony style. This year, the Chordsmen are proud to feature a young quartet, the award-winning Shoptimus Prime. These young men have represented Ontario twice at the International Collegiate Quartet Contest; they bring a youthful exuberance to this year’s show, and will entertain us with their variety and harmony. Tickets are $25 each. Buy tickets online or call 705-737-2020.

Break-Dancing, Singing, Character Building and more!
2pm–3pm at Memorial Square
Join Errol Lee—singer/songwriter, children’s author, dancer and motivational speaker—as he seamlessly interweaves music, singing, dancing and a motivational message into a comprehensive character-building presentation. He captivates and enriches those fortunate enough to share and experience his mission and will bring his break dancing partners, imparting moves and music as well as wisdom. By the end, all kids will be on their feet, clapping, dancing and singing along. Don’t miss this dynamic performance! 

Vesuvius Ensemble
8pm at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
A musical taste of Italy! Toronto’s four-year-old Vesuvius Ensemble perform a variety of traditional Italian folk music, still played and sung by farmers in Southern Italy. This group will transport you to back to Naples circa 1600, with vibrant traditional sounds of Southern Italy in a most authentic way.

Show tickets: $20.00 each.
Dinner & show tickets $45.00 each Includes dinner at the Italian Bakery located at 200 Wellington Street, serving authentic Italian cuisine. 
Buy tickets online or call 705-739-4228.


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