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Culture Days


The City of Barrie is proud to celebrate Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration designed to catalyze and inspire public participation in arts and culture.

Culture Days 2021 features an inclusive and interactive four-week schedule of activities in partnership with the Downtown Barrie Business Association’s Open Air Dunlop. Kicking off September 24 and running until​ October 24, Culture Days invites residents and businesses to participate in, and celebrate Barrie’s diverse
and rich arts and culture community.
Culture Days has invited event organizers and the public alike to view arts and culture programming and participation through the thematic lens of RE:IMAGINE. Arts and culture emerged as a lifeline of joy, providing gifts of colour, hope, and reprieve needed to make it through this past year. Collectively, we’re imagining what a post-pandemic world could look like and how we can each contribute to that picture being brighter.

RE:IMAGINE signals a positive turning point - the commitment to building tangible change into the future of arts and culture.
Based on current health and gathering requirements, programming will be delivered primarily digitally online or through self-guided and self-directed experiences, as well as through local organizations.


​There are several ways that residents, visitors, and businesses can participate in Culture Days. Additional details will be posted as they are confirmed.


Community Voices
Join the Barrie Public Library for this special Culture Days video series to learn more about our neighbours, listen to their stories, and celebrate the diversity of Simcoe County.
Watch: Quilts for Survivors
Watch: Melina Mellé
Watch: Scott Hurst
Watch: DeëDeë Ventii
Watch: Hate Has No Home Here Campaign

Brightening Barriers Temporary Public Art Project
Brightening Barriers is a temporary public art project that brings original works by local and regional artists to five patios throughout the downtown. Patio fencing serves as a canvas, offering an opportunity to turn our “barrier" of imposed separation into a collective artistic experience. Download the Self-guided Tour Map and Scavenger Hunt Map for families to engage in this fun exhibition that runs until November 30.

MacLaren Art Centre
Visit the MacLaren in person or online and take in one of many exhibitions and activities.

Friday, October 15 to Saturday, October 16

Theatre by the Bay's 24 Hour Playwriting Contest
6PM-6PM, Online
Are you a budding playwright from the Simcoe County region? Theatre by the Bay is back with its 24 hour playwriting contest for the second year in a row!
You will have 24 hours to write a one act script (ie. no more than 45 minutes to read) that must incorporate three secret requirements. Those requirements will be published here on their website, as well as through TBTB's social media channels at the start of the contest. 24 hour contests are a fantastic way to dive into playwriting, or to push yourself to create something in a condensed amount of time. No procrastination allowed with this one!

Friday, October 15

Fibre Art Exhibition Opening Reception
7-9PM, Spare Room Gallery, Lakeshore Mews
Visit the Spare Room Gallery for the opening of this collaborative art exhibition by Katie Green and Amy Bagshaw.

Saturday, October 16

Clay Pinch Pot Making Workshop
9AM-3PM Blueberry Moon By The Bay, 84 Dunlop Street East
Facilitated by ceramic artist Heather Long from Days Eye Ceramics, learn how to make a small pinch pot with air dry clay that you can bring home with you. Stop by Blueberry Moon By The Bay between 9am to 3pm to participate! Free for anyone of any age.

Caricature Drawing Sessions
1-5PM Grilled Cheese Social Eatery, 53 Dunlop Street East
Receive a free personalized caricature! Once registered, you have a guaranteed spot to have your Caricature drawn by artist Linda Laforge at the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery. It takes 10 minutes to draw each person. Limited to 24 people.

LIVE from the Wine Shop!
8:30PM Online
Featuring local artists "The Bert & Betsy Trio" performing live for the City of Barrie's Culture Days from Allandale Wine Crafters in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The Bert and Betsy Trio is a new act comprised of old players in the local music scene. Bert Robbins, Jessi Arrowsmith and Greg Bertin take a slightly softer, more nuanced approach in this intimate live performance of some of their favourite songs. COVID protocols: All performers and crew are fully vaccinated and tested negative prior to this broadcast.

Sunday, October 17

The Steel Spirit Online Art Gallery
1-2PM Online
In conjunction with the current Steel Spirit Exhibition at City Hall in the rotunda and First Floor Gallery, a handful of artists from military and first responder services will present their work and speak briefly about their backgrounds.
Please register for this event so that the link can be sent to your email prior to the event.
Platform: Zoom
Register at
See the variety of art created by the presenters; paintings, photography & pottery. The event is informal so that attendees can ask the artists questions throughout.

Monday, October 18 & Thursday, October 21

Disc Golf Disc Decorating
4-7:30PM, Sandy Hollow Disc Golf Course - 434 Ferndale Dr. North
Join the Barrie Women's Disc Golf Club for an art and sport mash up! Bring your own disc to decorate (no charge to participate), or pay what you can to the club to decorate and take home a brand new disc! If you take a club disc, the recommended donation is $20. This covers the cost of a new disc. Art supplies will be provided. After you finish decorating your disc, club members will give you some tips on how to play disc golf and how to throw your new disc! Great for those brand new to the sport, or those who have already played disc golf. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Kids and adults welcome. Anyone can join!

Partner-Hosted – Many community creative organizations are supporting Culture Days and providing unique programming throughout the month. Partners include: the Barrie Public Library, Downtown BIA, Ontario Musicians Cooperative, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie Film Festival, Theatre by the Bay, Talk is Free Theatre, Xcelerate Summit, Barrie Public Art Committee, and more.

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