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...
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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