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Downtown Countdown

Ring in the New Year in downtown Barrie! Traveling from near and far, thousands join together to celebrate with a free evening of fun and entertainment at one of Central Ontario's largest New Year's Eve celebrations.

Local Musicians: Submission Process Now Open 

The City of Barrie is searching for a local band or musician to perform at the 21st annual Downtown Countdown. The selected act will have the opportunity to play a 30-minute set at one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in Central Ontario. Bands from Barrie and area that are suitable for a family audience are invited to apply.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, October 1st. Please include contact information, a bio, and a few examples of your best audio/video for the selection committee to review. Submissions can include where available: a press kit, CD(s), digital audio and video files, and/or direct link to a website, YouTube channel, SoundCloud, etc.

Submissions can be emailed to or dropped off at the Creative Economy Department, 56 Mulcaster Street (beside City Hall) - Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Downtown Countdown 2018/19

Activities, 6pm–Midnight

  • Skating at the Circle at the Centre rink. Bring your skates!
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Roaming street performers
  • Family fun activities: Face painting and more
  • Bonfire warming zone
  • Food vendors
  • Fireworks: Two shows - the first following the family celebration and the second at midnight to ring in 2018!


The City of Barrie is excited to host an awesome evening of live entertainment featuring a special performance and early countdown for families, a local band, a Canadian headliner, a midnight countdown, fireworks, and more. Stay tuned for the entertainment line-up announcement coming in November!

Getting Around & Parking

On New Year's Eve, Barrie Transit service is free from 5pm–3am to help you get to and from your celebrations safely. If you plan to drive to the event, there is plenty of free downtown parking available within close walking distance. Road closures for the event include:

  • Collier Street from Owen Street to Mulcaster Street
    6am December 30 – noon January 1
  • Collier Street from Mulcaster Street to Berczy Street
    3pm December 31 – 2am January 1
  • Mulcaster Street from Dunlop Street to Worsley Street
    3pm December 31 – 2am January 1

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