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​Barrie Arts Awards

The Barrie Arts Awards honour individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts sector. The annual gala occurs in November and features presentations, performances, and celebrates the sector and winners.


Nominations Deadline Extended

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Barrie Arts Awards. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 28 at 4:30pm.

Nominations are being accepted for the following categories:

  •        Artist Beyond Barriers
  •        Business Champion
  •        Contribution to the Community
  •        Emerging Artist
  •        Excellence in the Arts
  •        Most Promising Youth
  •        NEW: Resilience in the Arts

Nominations can be submitted to the Economic & Creative Development Department via JotForm by Wednesday, September 28 at 4:30pm. Nominations are reviewed by a third-party panel of adjudicators who select a shortlist and winners in each category. Finalists will be invited to the Arts Awards gala in November 2022 where they will be celebrated, and winners announced.

All nominations must include the following:

  • A biography of the nominee that is no fewer than 500 words and no more than 800 words
  • A timeline of accomplishments, awards, or recognition relevant to the nomination
  • A list of published works and/or performance appearances
  • A sample of the nominee’s work
  • A headshot of the nominee, in the highest resolution possible (over 300 dpi)
Individuals are welcome to self-nominate but must provide at least one letter of endorsement from a non-family member of the community.​

Award Categories

Nominees must work, live, attend school, exhibit, or perform within Barrie. A nominee may be nominated for only one award per year. Past winners may not be nominated for the same award they won in a previous year but may be nominated for a different category.

Artist Beyond Barriers - Sponsored by the City of Barrie Accessibility Advisory Committee​

Must be an artist, performer, or writer who has demonstrated creative originality through a body of work despite living with a continuous or recurrent mental or physical disability that results in a substantial restriction in their ability to work, care for themselves, or take part in community life. These individuals may be living or deceased.

Excellence in the Arts

Awarded to an established professional artist, performer, or author who has demonstrated through one or more bodies of work creative originality, professional maturity, and artistic leadership. These individuals may be living or deceased.

Emerging Artist

An individual who has begun to develop a body of work in preparation or pursuit of a professional career in the arts.

Contribution to the Community

Awarded to an individual, duo, or collective that has played a significant role in the development of an arts organization or program or contributed to the overall arts community in building capacity and enriching the lives of Barrie residents and the local environment. These individuals may be living or deceased.

Most Promising Youth

Must be 19 years of age or younger and currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution. This youth will have demonstrated superior ability in their art form. This award can be for any form of art, e.g., visual, performing, literary, etc.

Business Champion

This award will be given to an individual or business operating in the Barrie area that has consistently and significantly supported the arts through either financial and/or in-kind means. This award may be granted to a business that has made a concerted effort to build capacity in the arts.

NEW: Resilience in the Arts

This award will be given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated innovative problem-solving in delivering their programming or art through the pandemic. They have assessed, adapted, and evolved to address challenges in a way that supports the sector in responsive recovery.

Looking to profile your business or organization to the Barrie Arts Awards audience?

As an event sponsor, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign including radio advertising, social media, website, on-site, and printed materials. Our partnerships are valued and contribute directly towards providing recognition to and celebration of our local arts community. Opportunities are available for in-kind or monetary sponsorships starting at $300. For more information contact Amanda Dyke, Culture Officer - Development, at (705) 739-4220, ext. 4593 or 

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