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Rhythmfest 2017

Thank you for joining us at Rhythmfest 2017 on Friday, August 18th & Saturday, August 19th at Heritage Park as the City celebrated the 8th year of Rhythmfest, Barrie's first truly multicultural and interactive festival.

Rhythmfest 2017 Programming

Friday, August 18th

Heritage Park
5pm Educator’s Drumming Workshop
7pm Traditional Flamenco Concert
8pm The Imbayakunas - Traditional Andean Music

Saturday, August 19th

Heritage Park Main Stages
10:30am Guided Meditation Workshop with Sahaja Yoga
11am Errol Lee & Breakdancers - Call to Action!
11:15am Kids Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
11:45am NEEMA Children’s Choir – special presentation benefiting the NEEMA Child Project of Uganda
1:00pm  Nigel Maynard – Drum Kit Clinic
2:30pm Tribute to Legend of Dance - Sylvie Bouchard, Artistic Director of Dusk Dances
3pm Tribute Performance in honour of Sylvie Bouchard featuring a community piece and a solo from Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
3:45pm Music Pro presents Just Beat It! – The Search for Central Ontario’s Best Drummer
4:45pm TooNice – Wasaga Beach Reggae and Ska
5:45pm Stan White - Drumming Workshop & Performance
7:30pm NUA - Celtic Jazz Fusion
9pm Eh440!
Heritage Park Community Stage


Music Pups - Rhythm workshop for parents and infants
12 noon Hamilton School of Irish Dance Performance
12:45pm Cairo's Jewels - Bellydancing Workshop
1:30pm Thunder Drumz - Dynamic Bucket Drumming workshop
2:30pm Uke-Ladies Kids Ukelele Workshop (children ages 12 & under) in partnership with the Orillia Music Centre
3:15pm Uke-Ladies Ukelele Workshop for ages 13 and up
4:30pm NUA - Celtic Drumming Workshop
6:00pm Salsa Beats - Casino Rueda Group Salsa Dance

Just Beat It! The Search for Central Ontario's Best Drummer

This year features the 6th edition of Just Beat It! The Search for Central Ontario’s Best Drummer!  This drum solo competition gives you the chance to walk away with cash and amazing prizes from our generous sponsors, plus score the title of Central Ontario's Best Drummer!  Don’t miss the excitement at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th on the main stage.

Prizes (for the winner and runner-up) will include:

  • Sabian Cymbal Pack
  • Pearl Prize Pack
  • 12 Pairs of Vic Firth 5A drum sticks
  • Vic Firth Stick caddy
  • Vic Firth practice pad with book & sticks 
  • Cash prize equaling the sum total of the registration fees

Registration for Just Beat It! is now officially closed.  Make sure you come down to Rhythmfest to see who is crowned Central Ontario's Best Drummer! Please email with any questions. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you love drumming? Do you love dancing? Do you love being outside in the sunshine, meeting new people and learning about music and culture? If so, then Rhythmfest is the event for you!

We are looking for volunteers to assist with Rhythmfest. This year’s event takes place Friday August 18th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, August 19th from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at Heritage Park. If you are interested in volunteering, or you know someone who is, please contact

Vendor Opportunities

Do you offer an interesting, unique or international product or food that you want to share with the Rhythmfest audience? If so, we want to hear from you!  Please be sure to include details about your product offering and where necessary, photographs. If your business is interested in participating in Rhythmfest 2017, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or

Thank you to our Sponsors:








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