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Emerging Musicians Program

The Emerging Musicians Program is a new (2018) initiative replacing the Street Performers Program by capitalizing on the successful track record of the program launching musical careers.

In partnership with the Downtown Barrie Business Association and Ontario Musicians Cooperative, Inc. this program supports downtown revitalization efforts by creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere in the city's core while harnessing the downtown community as a platform to incubate and showcase emerging musicians. See program details.

Emerging Musicians Program Auditions 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Barrie Public Library - Downtown Branch
Angus Ross Room
60 Worsley Street, Barrie, ON

Interested in performing as a musician this summer?
Emerging Musicians - all ages.
Emerging Artists 16 - 30 years.

Participants will be invited to perform one or two songs for the artistic jury.

Book your audition now at

All candidates who meet the minimum standard set by the City of Barrie will be invited to participate as an Emerging Musician, regardless of age.
Candidates ages 16 - 30 years of age may be considered for paid employment in the Summer Emerging Musicians program. The OMCI Summer Emerging Artists Program provides high-quality early work experiences for youth in Simcoe County. Our program provides regular music industry training and skill development, performance and artist development opportunities.
Emerging Artists perform in the community supporting festivals and events, busking and helping to animate the communities they serve.

Please visit or contact to learn more about this year's program.

Looking to book one of our Emerging Musicians? Feel free to visit and the OMCI team will connect you with the best possible artists for your needs.

No cash for a tip? One of the challenges faced by street performers today is that many people don't carry cash, which can present barriers to audiences who want to tip performers. Tip with PIVX.

2019 Emerging Musicians

Alex Lii.jpg Alex Lii
Instagram: @alexliimusic
Alyssa Bartholemew.jpg

​Alyssa Bartholomew

Instagram: @Alyssabart_


Alyssa Tess.jpg Alyssa Tess Instagram: @alyssasings
Brandon Pellatt.jpg Brandon Pellatt Instagram: @brandonpellatt_music
Brooklyn McAuley.jpg Brooklyn McAuley Instagram: @brooklynmcauleymusic
Bureh Bollo-Kamara.jpg

Bureh Bollo-Kamara

Instagram: @burehbk
Daniella Kistemaker.jpg Daniella Kistemaker Instagram: @danikistmusic
David Whyne.jpg

David Whyne

Instagram: @DavidWhynemusic

Dean Wiseman.jpg

Dean Wiseman 

Facebook: Dean Wiseman
Dylan Cheshire.jpg

Dylan Cheshire

Instagram: @dylancheshire

Emma May Beckett.jpg

Emma May Beckett

Instagram: @emmamaybeckett

Gordon Coulter.jpg

Gordon Coulter

Instagram: @gordcoultermusic

Heydon George.jpg

Heydon George

Instagram: @thespeckysegg

Jackson Beer.jpg

Jackson Beer 

Instagram: @jacksonbeermusic
Jacqueline Brun.jpg

Jacqueline Brun

Instagram: @j4cquelin3brun_

James Quail.jpg

James Quail

Instagram: @jamesquail

James Stacey.jpg

James Stacey

Instagram: @jamesstaceymusic

James Stephens.jpg

James Stephens

Instagram: @fourthbornmusic

Jessica Spurrell.jpg

Jessica Spurrell

Instagram: @jessm_music

Karyssa Jade.jpg

Karyssa Jade

Instagram: @karyssajademusic

Kasey Kohring.jpg

Kasey Kohring

Instagram: @kaseykohring

Madeline Rossell.jpg

Madeline Rossell

Instagram: @m.iste.r_music

Madison Mueller.jpg

Madison Mueller

Instagram: @maddiemakesmusic

Mark Wylie.jpg

Mark Wylie


Instagram: @markwyliemusic​

Mathew Magneson.jpg

Mathew Magneson

Instagram: @MatMagnesonMusic

Matthew Wren.jpg

Matthew Wren

Instagram: @matt_wren_music

Melina Hanke.jpg

Melina Melle

Instagram: @melinamellemusic

Molly McNulty.jpg

Molly McNulty

Instagram: @mollymcnultymusic

Nicholas Robbins.jpg

Nicholas Robbins

Instagram: @Nickthinksheplaysguitar


Rowyn Campbell

Instagram: @rcampbellmusic

Sydney Reilly.jpg

Sydney Riley

Instagram: @sydneyrileymusic

Tkaia Green.jpg

Tkaia Green-Morris

Instagram: @tkaiagreenmusic

Tori Hathaway.jpg

Tori Hathaway

Instagram: @torihathaway

Tip with PIVX

One of the challenges faced by street performers today is that many people don't carry cash, which can present barriers to audiences who want to tip performers. To reduce these barriers, the Emerging Musicians Program has partnered with local technology innovators on a pilot project that allows people to tip musicians digitally using the cryptocurrency PIVX, a form of digital online money. Those wishing to tip using PIVX can scan a QR code displayed on signs carried by each musician. For more information on PIVX including how to download and use their virtual wallet, visit


The 2019 Emerging Musicians performed at various locations in the downtown core from June to September at the following times:

Tuesday to Thursday 6–9pm
Fridays 12–2pm & 6–9pm
Saturdays 12-9pm
Sundays 12–6pm

Program Details

The audition booking process for 2020 is now open. Each year auditions take place through a jury process with musicians being issued annual permits to perform downtown during scheduled shifts from June to September. Committed artists receive gratuities from the public, paid gig and training opportunities and increased marketing support. Marketing and promotion to support the artists and program includes:

  • Musician profiles on website with links to social media
  • Digital signage/ads in City of Barrie facilities
  • Custom light-weight A-frame signage for each musician to display
  • Opportunity to perform at City of Barrie and BIA events
  • Musician profiles shared via City of Barrie social media
  • Musician performance locations & schedule shared on signage in downtown Barrie
  • Opportunity to have a song included on Barrie’s Emerging Musicians compilation record

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