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Culture Days

 

The Department of the Creative Economy is pleased to celebrate Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration designed to catalyze and inspire public participation in arts and culture from September 28 to 30.

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.

Annually, Barrie Culture Days offer a behind-the-scenes look at the arts through a variety of activities and programs. These initiatives promise to bring you a weekend of amazing cultural activities that will be sure to teach you something new, peak your creative interest, and expand your perception of the arts forever. Read the programming brochure.

2018 Programming

Friday, September 28
Inside the Creative Mind
11am–4pm, Georgian College – outside International Students Centre

From wood collage to hairstyling, sketching to calligraphy, local creatives take you through their craft processes as they work and create real projects before your eyes.

Art for Lunch: Artists' Books and Resistance in the Age of the Internet with Maxine Proctor
12:15–1pm, MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre

In conjunction with the exhibition A Kind of Library, Toronto Art Book Fair Director and Co-Founder Maxine Proctor discusses how artists' books are an accessible medium for the distribution of ideas and knowledge.

Lunchtime Concert with the Kruz Brothers Trio
12-2pm, Meridian Place

The Kruz Brothers bring their jazz trio to the Meridian Place stage. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy live music in the heart of downtown Barrie.

MacLaren Exhibition Tours
2–2:45pm, MacLaren Art Centre

​Visitors are invited to join MacLaren staff for tours of the current exhibitions, beginning in the Main Lobby. For more information on MacLaren tours, visit www.maclarenart.com

Silent DJ Dance Party
7–10pm, Meridian Place

​Head down to Meridian Place and check out the Silent DJ Dance Party. Throw some wireless headphones on as three DJs battle it out for the champion title and to win a 45 minute live set. The quietest, loudest party in Downtown Barrie! For more information, visit www.DowntownBarrie.ca.

Saturday, September 29
Barrie Farmers' Market
8am–12pm, Collier and Mulcaster Streets outside City Hall

Listen to live local musicand catch belly dance and martial arts-based performances while you enjoy the bounty from the dozens of growers, farmers, producers, chefs, and artisans of the Barrie Farmers’ Market. Bring your sturdiest shopping bags, lots of enthusiasm, and prepare to make the most of the season.

Who is the Superhero in your life?
9:30–11:30am | The Camphill Store, 111 Dunlop Street East

Honour your personal Superheros with a hands-on art and poetry drop-in workshop. Create one or more characters that have inspired you. Template provided-collage, drawing, mixed media. Write a poem inspired by your Superhero. We'll show you how! Guided by Angelika and Clare, experience the power of the arts to inspire, imagine, express, and connect, in a playful, nurturing environment. Materials provided. No experience necessary, all ages welcome.

Ridin' Along, Singin' a Song
10am–1pm on City Buses en Route

Join local musicianswhile they perform on City Transit buses and at bus stops!
Catch Patty McLaughlin & Ginny Clements performing inside the downtown transit terminal, and KC Patterson, Ian Chaplin and Robert Keats performing on Routes 1A, 5A and 8. Presented in partnership with Barrie Transit and the Barrie Folk Society.

Carnegie Days Storytime: Canada 1, 2, 3
10:00-10:45am, Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley Street, Barrie

Learn and celebrate what makes our region special! In this story time for families, children will enjoy the book Canada 1, 2, 3 by author Kim Bellefontaine with illustrations by Per-Henrik Gurth. Rhymes, songs and an art-related craft will follow. ​

MacLaren Exhibition Tours
11–11:45am, MacLaren Art Centre

Visitors are invited to join MacLaren staff for tours of the current exhibitions, beginning in the Main Lobby. For more information on MacLaren tours, visit www.maclarenart.com.

Textures of the City
11am–4pm, North-East Corner of Dunlop and Owen Street (opposite the Cenotaph)

Join the Artists from PRNT Collective in downtown Barrie for the inaugural Textures of the City event. Instead of using traditional printing plates, these printmakers will be inking various found objects, such as metal drain covers and sidewalk grates to create their images. Watch as a water-filled lawn roller substitutes as a printing press and experience the spontaneous creation of printed t-shirts that reflect the very textures that make up our city. www.prntcollective.ca

Barrie's Buskers
11am–3pm, Public Spaces in Downtown Barrie

Shop, dine and explore downtown Barrie as you enjoy the sweet strains of singer-songwriters from Barrie’s own Emerging Musicians program. Learn more about the program and its artists at barrie.ca/EmergingMusicians.
11am-1pm - Kasey Kohring
12-2pm - Tori Hathaway
1-3pm - Melina Melle

Culture Crawl
11am–4pm, Meridian Place, Five Points Theatre and other downtown locations

Get a taste of some of Barrie’s best cultural activities in our first ever culture crawl! Meridian Place:
12-4pm - Urban Sketching with Green by Hand
12-1pm - Hip Hop Dance workshopswith Errol Lee
1-2pm - Belly Dance workshop with Cairo's Jewels
2pm - Poetry Reading by Poet Laureate Damian Lopes
Five Points Theatre:
11am-4pm - Costume Photo Fun with Kempenfelt Community Players
11am-4pm - Thumb Tack Poetry
12-4pm - Local Record Shop presented by Sunrise Records

There may be a few other surprises in store as well… but you didn’t hear it from us!

Heritage Buildings with the Allandale Neighbourhood Association
12–4pm, Uptown Theatre - 55 Dunlop Street West

​Representatives from the Allandale Neighbourhood Association will be on hand in one of downtown's most famous heritage buildings sharing information about the many heritage buildings in Barrie and providing support for anyone who wants to register their home or other property.

A Shift in the Landscape: Film Screening
1–2pm, MacLaren Art Centre | The Carnegie Room

A Shift in the Landscape (2014) looks at the ongoing fight to preserve Shift (1970), one of the earliest site-specific artworks by Richard Serra. This documentary includes interviews with art historian Rosalind Krauss, King City Councillor Cleve Mortelliti and Richard Serra, and features panoramic footage of the artwork itself, currently the subject of an ongoing dispute between concerned citizens of King City and the private developers who own the land. A short Q&A with filmmaker Simone Estrin follows.

Walking Tour with Barrie’s Town Crier: Heroes, Harlots, Saints & Sinners
2–3pm, Meet outside the MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St

Join us on this tour of Downtown Barrie featuring stories of colourful characters from Barrie’s past. Comfortable footwear recommended. Brought to you by Heritage Barrie.

Rhythm Jam Drop-in with JoJo Cajons
2–3pm, Five Points Theatre – 1 Dunlop Street West

​Join Joe Garrisi from JoJo Cajons to learn more about hand drumming on a variety of instruments and play along in a fun drum circle! Bring your own, or try out a new instrument, available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Culture Days Open House
2–4pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Rotary Education Centre

Join us for our Culture Days Open House and the reception for Self-Portrait, an exhibition featuring work by artists who teach at the MacLaren, in the community and in schools. Meet the artists and participate in a fun exhibition-based activity for families.

Just Beat It! Drum Solo Competition
3–5pm, Five Points Theatre - 1 Dunlop Street West

The search for Simcoe County's best young drummer! Barrie’s music businesses and organizations are coming together to acknowledge the stellar young talent that exists in the community. Local drummers aged 21 and under will have a chance to compete for a chance to be crowned Simcoe County's Best Young Drummer, and win some great prizes from Music Pro, Sabian, Ontario Musicians Cooperative and more!

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Barrie Soudwaves
11am–1 pm, Meridian Place

The Barrie Soundwaves are a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the world's largest singing organization for women. Performing in and around Barrie and area, this group of a Capella singers inspire and empower each other to strive for musical excellence and creative performance. Join the Soundwaves in four-part harmony at this free concert in Barrie’s newest outdoor event space. www.Barriesoundwaves.com

Textures of the City
11am–4pm, Alley behind the Queen's Hotel

Join the Artists from PRNT Collective in downtown Barrie for the inaugural Textures of the City event. Instead of using traditional printing plates, these printmakers will be inking various found objects, such as metal drain covers and sidewalk grates to create their images. Watch as a water-filled lawn roller substitutes as a printing press and experience the spontaneous creation of printed t-shirts that reflect the very textures that make up our city. www.prntcollective.ca

NFB Film Screenings - Stories of Place
12:30–12:45pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Rotary Education Centre

Jean Giguère: The Measure of a Place by Deco Dawson, 2014, 6 mins.
This short film profiles Jean Giguère, a lifelong volunteer and champion for the arts. Giguère expresses the transformative power of the arts in our society and its enrichment of place.

Distant Islands by Bettina Maylone, 1981, 6 mins.
This short animation uses appliqué and embroidered tapestries to recall a young girl's happy summers spent sailing with her family off the coast of British Columbia.

Tzaritza by Theodore Ushev, 2006, 6 mins.
This animated short by Theodore Ushev combines warmth, humour and magic in a story about a young girl who misses her grandmother. When Lili finds a tzaritza (magic shell) along the seashore, she hatches a plan to bring her Grandma from Bulgaria to Montreal to make her father happy. Part of the Talespinners collection, the film features music by Normand Roger.

Here and There by Diane Obomsawin, 2006, 9 mins.
In this animated short, filmmaker Diane Obomsawin shows how childhood can be a chaotic time, especially if you're bouncing back and forth between two continents.

Mindscape by Jacques Drouin, 1976, 7 mins.
This pinscreen animation shows an artist stepping inside his own painting to wander about in a landscape peopled with symbols that trigger unexpected associations.

Historic Walking Tour: Union Cemetery
1–2pm, 338 Sunnidale Road

Enjoy a historical walking tour of the cemetery, led by Barrie’s Town Crier, exploring what life was like for Barrie’s citizens in ages past. Comfortable footwear recommended. Brought to you by Heritage Barrie.

​Rhymes for Young Ghouls – a Film Screening for Orange Shirt Day
1–3pm | Uptown Theatre – 55 Dunlop Street West

The Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Canadian Federation of University Women and the Barrie Film Festival bring you this special screening and Jingle Dress Dance presentation on Orange Shirt Day to bring awareness to the Residential School System. Wear an orange shirt to show your support. Orange shirts are on sale at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. Visit www.barrienfc.ca for more information.

Artist Entrepreneur Social and Showcase – hosted by the Barrie Arts Committee
1–4pm, Five Points Theatre - 1 Dunlop Street West

This event will showcase artists, arts organizations, musicians and creative entrepreneurs advancing from the variety of business accelerator programs offered to creatives by the City of Barrie. Displays, demonstrations, performances and a special guest speaker addressing the importance of business skills to a creative’s career path make this event a must for artists looking to take their craft to the next level.

Carnegie Days Family Workshop
1:30–2:30pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Rotary Education Centre

In celebration of Carnegie Days, join regional artist Sean George in a workshop that explores summer experiences in the region—from the literal to the abstract. Guided by this regional artist, families will make two works of art, beginning with a realistic artwork depicting a memorable summer experience and then learn how to abstract it, creating an expressive painting full of texture, colour and emotion.

Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
2:30–3:30pm, MacLaren Art Centre, The Carnegie Room

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers present a programme of choreography exploring the memories and stories of place. Join us as we delve into our personal experiences of place, the physical exploration of place, how we fit into the architecture and design of a place, and the creation of place amongst a group.

Inner Workings, featuring “Conduct Us!” – With the Huronia Symphony Orchestra
2:30–5pm, Collier Street United Church

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 orchestra and learn more about the intricacies of instrumental music and the symphony.

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