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Simcoe County's biannual culture conference took place on Wednesday May 24th and Thursday May 25th, 2017.

The City of Barrie in partnership with the County of Simcoe presented a day and a half of workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, and presentations to emphasize and enhance the role that culture plays in engaging communities. This opportunity to learn how the arts and cultural development can be used to enhance and grow economies in municipalities of all sizes was attended by cultural workers from across Ontario.

The conference was hosted at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons at 16164, Highway 12 East, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8 and the Midland Cultural Centre at 333 King St, Midland, ON L4R 4K4.

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Ontario Public Art Roundtable Facilitated by Helena Grdadolnik of WORKSHOP architecture inc
Living History Tour Guided living history tour of Sainte Marie Among the Hurons
Dinner & Entertainment Traditional dinner featuring entertainment by Ariko at Restaurant Sainte-Marie
Keynote speaker Hap Wilson takes a deeper look at the various faces and facades of the new brands of tourism, including cultural tourism, as it pertains to Canada's disappearing wilderness. How do we fix our misguided interpretations?
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Midland Cultural Centre
Opening keynote Museum Hack, coming straight from the Big Apple discuss how they engage millennial audiences in a shifting cultural climate through their unconventional tours, events & programming in the city that never sleeps
Session The City of Kingston presents their tourism strategy, which focuses on culture being positioned as a unique selling point for tourism
Panel Discussion RTO 7Tourism Simcoe County and local tourism operators talk about experiential tourism from the perspective of funders, programmers and promoters
Study Tours

Choose from:

  • The KAIROS Blanket Exercise: A Workshop in Reconciliation -The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples; when they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and facilitators will work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the nation we today call Canada
  • Everyone has a Role to Play: Learn some of the tricks and techniques of live theatre from Death by Design Director and Huronia Players member Christine Killing. She will pick from a menu of acting, lighting, sound, and construction to let you know how it all works. Not only can you learn about theatre, but you can try your hand at part of the process

  • Storytelling through Song: Deeply rooted in the local communities of Midland and Penetanguishene, Nonnie and John bring the sights and sounds of Georgian Bay to life through expert technical instruction and emotive choice of lyrics. Through this workshop you will learn how to reframe the stories of an area into a new artistic medium that may reach new audiences and give context to a visitor’s experience in a region

Closing Keynote Uncertain Places: Sans façon talk candidly about their past and current work (both successful and less so) to explore questions around contemporary public art that affect all of us involved in the creation and facilitation of work in the public realm. Through the session Sans façon will share how they translate ambitious visions into realizable projects, and their take on the ingredients that need to come together for successful site specific and contextual projects

Photos from Culture Grows Here 2015
at the Centre for the Performing Arts


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