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In an effort to assist the arts community in building sustainable practices, The Department of Culture offers workshops on a year round basis that are designed to educate both individual artists and arts organizations.

“Behind the Glass,” an Insider’s Look at Record Production
2:00–4:00pm, April 4th, 2014
The Mady Centre, 1 Dunlop Street West

Join Toronto Record Producer Douglas Romanow when he takes a look at the mysterious job of record production. The bulk of this workshop will be highly interactive and provide the audience with the opportunity to work with Douglas to produce a song from start to finish. The audience will enjoy a hands-on, experiential workshop that will be both informative and enlightening. This workshop is designed for recording artists interested in the benefits of the artist/producer relationship, and for anyone interested in the magical, creative process that produces successful recordings.

To register for this no cost workshop or acquire more information, please contact the Department of Culture at or call (705) 739-4299.  

Theatre Health & Safety Workshop
POSTPONED (new date to be announced)

Many smart, capable theatre practitioners feel that they are well versed in health and safety issues given competing demands for time and resources; however, an extra investment in health and safety can pay off in protecting both people and productions.  

Focusing on the unique health and safety challenges that arise in the theatre industry, this workshop will guide participants through the process of risk assessment and control.  Learn more from trainer, Janet Sellery, CRSP, CHSC, one of Canada’s leading experts in health and safety and the arts.  As the Health and Safety Manager for the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Janet successfully addressed high risk hazards, ensured compliance with legislation, met demanding deadlines and achieved excellent results.  Janet’s previous career was in stage management where she pioneered a health and safety program at the Stratford Festival.

This session will include how to research health and safety issues, apply legislative requirements and implement best practices in a theatre setting.  A date for this workshop has not yet been determined but will be announced soon.  Registrants will be required to provide a valid credit card number when they register.  A non-refundable fee of $50 will be charged to your credit card in the event that you do not attend the workshop.  

Each year the Department of Culture budgets for these workshops so they may offer them to the arts community at little or no charge.  Refreshments are served at each of the workshops.  Please check this page for updates, and/or follow the City of Barrie on
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