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Culture Days wouldn't be possible without the coordination of many in Barrie's arts sector. Thank you to all of our partners for your passion and dedication to a healthy and vibrant cultural sector:
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.
There are several ways that residents, visitors, and businesses can participate in Culture Days. Additional details will be posted as they are confirmed.
Community VoicesJoin 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 SurvivorsWatch: Melina MelléWatch: Scott HurstWatch: DeëDeë VentiiWatch: Hate Has No Home Here CampaignBrightening Barriers Temporary Public Art ProjectBrightening 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 CentreVisit the MacLaren in person or online and take in one of many exhibitions and activities.
Theatre by the Bay's 24 Hour Playwriting Contest6PM-6PM, OnlineAre 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!
Fibre Art Exhibition Opening Reception7-9PM, Spare Room Gallery, Lakeshore MewsVisit the Spare Room Gallery for the opening of this collaborative art exhibition by Katie Green and Amy Bagshaw.
Clay Pinch Pot Making Workshop9AM-3PM Blueberry Moon By The Bay, 84 Dunlop Street EastFacilitated 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 Sessions1-5PM Grilled Cheese Social Eatery, 53 Dunlop Street EastReceive 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 OnlineFeaturing 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.
The Steel Spirit Online Art Gallery1-2PM OnlineIn 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: ZoomRegister at https://www.thesteelspirit.ca/new-online-gallery-oct-17th 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.
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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