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Culture Days

 

The Department of the Creative Economy's Culture Branch was pleased to celebrate Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration designed to catalyze and inspire public participation in arts and culture. Culture Days 2017 took place from September 29 to October 1.

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.

To participate in Culture Days 2018, please email culture@barrie.ca.

2017 Programming

Friday, September 29, 2017
PRNT Collective Open House
Noon–6pm, 25 Hart Drive, Unit #1, Barrie

Open houses are also taking place September 30, Noon–6pm and October 1, Noon–4pm

Step inside Barrie’s only collective print studio; supporting emerging and established artists in both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.  The studio has equipment to support relief, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, and serigraphy techniques. Check out the presses, learn about workshops and renting space, and see the PRNT Collective members making original prints!

Art for Lunch: Collecting Photography with John Hartman
12:15pm-1pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Rotary Education Centre

In conjunction with the exhibition Collecting Canada: Selections from John Hartman’s Photography Collection, regional artist John Hartman will offer an insider perspective on his private collection of historic photographs, which includes over 500 vintage prints documenting the landscape of Canada.

Sculpture Garden Dedication
1:30pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Main Lobby

Join us for the public launch and dedication of the MacLaren’s revitalized sculpture garden, a Canada 150 legacy project marking this important national milestone and the centennial of the 1917 Carnegie Library. Made possible by an Ontario150 grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation with support from the City of Barrie’s Public Art Committee and The Sarjeant Company. The MacLaren will also honour the 30th anniversary of the installation of the Spirit Catcher at Barrie’s waterfront and the generous bequest from the Estate of Charles McCrea Peacock for its long-term care.

MacLaren Exhibition Tours
3pm–4pm, 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

FREE FILM - Seraphine, Seraphine, Presented by the Barrie Film Festival 7pm, Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie

Seraphine, Seraphine, Vancouver-based artist Krista Belle Stewart layers archival footage with current footage of her subject, her mother Seraphine Stewart, the first Indigenous Public Health nurse in British Columbia. In this two-channel video work, Stewart sheds light on the complexities of the historical representation of Indigenous peoplesSeraphine, Seraphine highlights the profound divergences between history as it is recorded and reality as it is lived. Followed by an artist talk and public discussion.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Barrie Farmers' Market
8am–12pm, Collier and Mulcaster Streets outside City Hall 

Listen to live local music 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.

Carnegie Days Storytime: Celebrate Being Canadian!
10am-10:45am, Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley Street

Learn and celebrate what makes Canada special! In this story-time for families, children will enjoy picture books by Canadian authors that explore the idea of family and being Canadian. At this library program, children will have fun making a related craft after the stories, rhymes and songs. No registration required.

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

Join local folk artists hand-picked by the Barrie Folk Society while they perform on City Transit buses and at bus stops! Presented in partnership with Barrie Transit. Route and performers to be announced soon.

MacLaren Exhibition Tours 11:00-11:45am, 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  
Mandala Painting – Drop-in Workshop
11am-3pm, Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, Angela Baldwin and Mark Jepp Main Lobby

Join local artist and actress Kristen Keller as she leads a FREE drop-in mandala-painting workshop using simple supplies and materials anyone can source. Materials are provided and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Barrie Street Performers
11am–5pm, Public Spaces in Downtown Barrie

Shop, dine and explore downtown Barrie as you enjoy the sweet strains of singer-songwriters from the City’s own Street Performer Program. Music will be provided by: Mike Bennett, Mitchell Wilson, Ty & Xander, John Anderson, Megan Baillie, Daniel & Stephen, and more!

PRNT Collective Open House
Noon–6pm, 25 Hart Drive, Unit #1, Barrie

Open houses are also taking place September 29, Noon–6pm and October 1, Noon–4pm

Step inside Barrie’s only collective print studio; supporting emerging and established artists in both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.  The studio has equipment to support relief, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, and serigraphy techniques. Check out the presses, learn about workshops and renting space, and see the PRNT Collective members making original prints!

Scratch Lab Drop-in DJ Workshop
Noon–4pm, Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, Rotary Lounge

Swing by the Mady to try your hand at DJing and turntabling with professional DJs! Presented by Scratch Lab DJ Institute of Barrie. No registration required. Participation on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Journals of Mary O’Brien: Readings by Joy Thompson1pm-2pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Gallery 3  
Join us for entertaining and insightful readings by Barrie actor Joy Thompson from the journals of Mary O’Brien, the mother of Shanty-Bay artist Lucius O’Brien (1832-1899). Lucius O’Brien was a painter of the Canadian landscape, a passionate, early advocate of the Canadian arts scene and a significant figure in the region. Joy Thompson has graced the stages on Broadway, the “Old Vic” in England, The Kennedy Centre, Sony Centre and major theatres across Canada. She performed in three productions at the Royal Alexandra, two seasons at Stratford and The Charlottetown Festivals, two international tours, as well as Grand Bend, MTC, and the Citadel in Edmonton just to name a few. Joy received the Barrie Arts Award for “Excellence in the Arts” and the “Local Live Arts Award” for her dedication to the development of artists in Simcoe County. She teaches vocals and is a workshop leader for businesses with “The Joy of Speaking”.   
Behind the Scenes Theatre Tours
1pm, 2pm & 3pm, Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
(Meet in the Angela Baldwin and Mark Jepp Main Lobby)

City of Barrie Theatres Technical Director Woody Peterkin leads tours of the City’s busiest cultural space. Check out the tech booth, green rooms, box office and more. Tours limited to 10 guests at a time. Please email Amanda.Dyke@barrie.ca to register.

Walking Tour with Barrie’s Town Crier: Heroes, Harlots, Saints & Sinners
2pm (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 the City of Barrie's Heritage Barrie Committee.

Culture Days Open House
2pm-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.    
Bravado Show Choir’s Voices At Large
6:30–8pm, Amica Barrie, 70 Lakeside Terrace, Bistro Room (Guest parking at the bottom of the hill)

Culture Days brings Bravado’s inner workings into public view! Come take part in tongue-twisting vocal warm-ups and try holding your own in 4 part harmony as the choir runs through repertoire for our upcoming “ a Canadian Christmas Eh!” concerts scheduled for December 1 and 2.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
PRNT Collective Open House
Noon–4pm, 25 Hart Drive, Unit #1, Barrie

Open houses are also taking place September 29 and 30, Noon–6pm

Step inside Barrie’s only collective print studio; supporting emerging and established artists in both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.  The studio has equipment to support relief, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, and serigraphy techniques. Check out the presses, learn about workshops and renting space, and see the PRNT Collective members making original prints!

NFB Film Screenings
12:30pm-12:45pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Rotary Education Centre
 
 From Far Away by Shira Avni & Serene El-haj Daoud (Animation, 2000, 6 minutes) - This short animation tells the story of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to life in Canada after being uprooted from her war torn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life, although memories of war and death linger, memories that are awakened when the children at her new school prepare for a scary Halloween. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer.

Asthma Tech by Johnathan Ng (Animation, 2006, 7 minutes)In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day. 

 
Mail Art: Carnegie Days Family Workshop
1:30pm-2:30pm, MacLaren Art Centre, Rotary Education Centre
 
Join regional artist Sean George for a workshop focusing on all forms of mail art. Families will have fun working at three different “mail art stations” creating unique mixed-media postcards, whimsical envelopes and stamps. Just add postage and share your art with family or friends! Materials provided. Sign up at 1 pm. Space is limited to 40 people.   
Conduct Us! With the Huronia Symphony Orchestra
2pm, Barrie Public Library Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley St

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.

Historic Walking Tour: Union Cemetery
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 the City of Barrie's Heritage Barrie Committee.

Grand Opening Celebration: Musical Instrument Lending Library
2:30pm, Barrie Public Library Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley St 

The Huronia Symphony Orchestra & the Barrie Public Library are proud to announce the opening of their new Musical Instrument Lending Library. Join the HSO and other local performers and try out a new instrument.

Coding and Choreography: Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers  2:30 to 3:30 pm, MacLaren Art Centre, The Carnegie Room
How can movements of the body be translated for computers to understand? Simcoe Contemporary Dancers presents a demonstration and interactive workshop on the connections between choreography and coding. Working with you, the audience, they will identify patterns and rules in Sarah Lochhead's piece Dactyl and build a chance-based dance for audiences and the artists to bring to life. The event will include a presentation by the Barrie chapter of Ladies Learning Code on programmes and opportunities to continue to explore computer science and code.  

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