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Barrie Arts Awards
presented by TD

The 2018 Barrie Arts Awards presented by TD take place at the Barrie Country Club on Wednesday, November 21st, honouring several stellar individuals or collectives for their amazing contributions to the arts sector. 

Please register to attend this event.

We are proud to announce the short list of nominees for the 10th Annual Barrie Arts Awards, presented by TD!

Short-listed Nominees
Most Promising Youth Sabrina Argue, Anjelique Croteau, Mitchell Graszat
Emerging Artist John Anderson, Megan Anne, Iain Moggach
Artist Without Barriers Sandra Chan, Valerie Losell
Business Champion Glenn Coulson, Vanz and Karen Zinn (MTAV), White Cedar Dental
​Excellence in the Arts​Tori Foster, Errol Lee, Mark Wanzel
​Contribution to the Community​Angela Baldwin, Sean George, Victoria Butler and Will Crosson (the Northern Appeal)

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. We received 39 nominations across six awards categories, and encourage you to re-nominate your colleagues, friends and family members who are working tirelessly to bring arts and culture to Barrie and beyond.

Gala Program

6:30 pm Cocktails and appetizers Provided by Barrie Country Club
7:00 pm Welcome from MCs107.5 KOOL FM’s Dale and Charlie
WelcomeKaren Dubeau, Director of the Creative Economy for City of Barrie
Special Award PresentationCultural Changemaker – Stephen Mosley
​PerformanceSacha Pena – hip hop/contemporary dance performance
​Award Presentation​Most Promising Youth
​PerformanceBridgette Anderson, Barrie’s Emerging Musicians Program
​Award Presentation​Emerging Artist presented by Georgian College DVA
​PresentationArt in Unexpected Places by Barrie Public Art Committee
​Award Presentation​Artist Without Barriers presented by City of Barrie Accessibility Advisory Committee
Presentation​Poet Laureate, Victoria Butler
​Award Presentation​Business Champion presented by Pratt Homes
​Performance Emmanuel Jal presented by Inside the Music
​Award Presentation​Excellence in the Arts
​Presentation​Short Film Screening by the Barrie Film Festival
​Award Presentation ​Contribution to the Community
​PerformanceThe Noolands

Poet Laureate

After serving four years as Barrie's second Poet Laureate (follo wing Dr. Bruce Meyer), it is time for the laurel crown to be placed atop the head of a new Poet Laureate. The role of the Poet Laureate is to raise the profile of the literary arts by:

  • Writing and publishing poetry
  • Performing poetry
  • Educating the public on the value of poetry and the literary arts  
  • Encouraging and celebrating other local poets and writers
  • Promoting literacy in all age groups

The Poet Laureate will act as a literary ambassador and they will be expected to appear at City events as determined by the Creative Economy Department. Nominations for Barrie's new Poet Laureate closed on October 29, 2018.

Award Categories

Nominations were accepted until 4:30 pm Monday, October 29.

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 Without Barriers
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. May be deceased or living. This award is sponsored by the City of Barrie's Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Excellence in Arts
Must be 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 presented by Georgian College DVA
Must be 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
Must be 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 a superior ability in their art form.  This award can be for any form of art; eg. visual, performing, literary, etc.

Business Champion presented by Pratt Homes
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.

Looking to profile your business or organization to the 2019 Barrie Arts Awards audience?

As an event sponsor, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign including print advertising, social media, website, 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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