Arts Programs

The arts community in Barrie is thriving and growing. Explore the programs we have in place to support and showcase artists: 

Barrie Arts Awards

The Barrie Arts Awards honour individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts sector. The annual gala in November features presentations and performances, and celebrates the sector and winners. Recipients work, live, attend school, exhibit, or perform within Barrie. 

Looking to promote your business or organization?

As a 2023 Barrie Arts Awards event sponsor, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign including radio advertising, social media, website, on-site, and printed materials. Our partnerships are valued and contribute directly towards providing recognition to and celebration of our local arts community.

The Arts Awards gala will take place on November 14, 2023. Opportunities are available for in-kind or monetary sponsorships starting at $500. For more information contact Amanda Dyke, Culture Officer - Development, at (705) 739-4220, ext. 4593 or

See the 2022 Arts Awards Winners

Busking Program

An evolution of the former Street Performers Program, the Busking Program works to animate downtown Barrie, while giving performing artists of all ages and stages an opportunity to perform.

Busker permit applications are open until the end of 2023.

Emerging Artist Program

The Emerging Artist Program is a music industry incubator initiative capitalizing on the successful track record of Barrie’s Street Performer program in launching musical careers. Applications for 2023 are closed. 

See Barrie's 2023 Emerging Artists

For more information about the Emerging Artist Program or other offerings from the Co-op, email

Interested in performing in downtown Barrie, but not eligible for the Emerging Artists Program? Learn about the City's busking pilot program.

Arts & Culture Investment Program

The mandate of the Arts & Culture Investment Program is to promote and assist in the development of the arts in all its diversity for the enjoyment and benefit of all Barrie residents and visitors. 

The goal of the Arts & Culture Investment Program, formerly the Cultural Grants Program, is to strengthen Barrie’s arts and culture sector through strategic investments in the work of artists and creative organizations.

Grant Application Information 

Congratulations to the 2023 Arts & Culture Investment Program funding recipients!

Arts Workshops & Outreach

In an effort to develop the arts sector, the City offers workshops and provides outreach year-round to educate and engage interested community members, artists, and arts organizations. If you have suggestions for the kinds of workshops that would support your sustainability as an artist or organization, please reach out to Amanda at!

The Professional Development for Artists workshop series aims to assist artists of all genres in furthering their professional practices, providing increased professional arts opportunities for artists in Barrie. 

Stay tuned for future workshops!

Workshops, training and professional development opportunities are also available with other organizations: