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 occurs in November and features presentations, performances, and celebrates the sector and winners. Recipients work, live, attend school, exhibit, or perform within Barrie. 

See the 2022 Arts Awards Winners

Emerging Artists Program

In partnership with the Downtown Barrie Business Association and Canadian Musicians Cooperative, Inc. (CMCI) the Emerging Artists Program supports downtown revitalization efforts by creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere in the city's core through live music performances while harnessing the downtown community as a platform to incubate and showcase emerging musicians.  Emerging Artists perform in the community supporting festivals and events, busking and helping to animate the communities they serve. 

Busking Program

The Busking Program works in conjunction with the Emerging Artist Program to animate downtown Barrie. This pilot program provides the opportunity for performing artists that are not eligible for the Emerging Artist Program. This pilot runs in 2022 and be evaluated with participant feedback for 2023.

Looking to book one of our buskers? Feel free to email and our team will connect you with the best possible artists for your needs.

Learn More & Apply for a Busking Permit

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. 

2023 applications are now open for Barrie’s Arts & Culture Investment Program! The deadline is Wednesday, February 15 at 11:59pm.

Grant Application Information

Arts Workshops & Outreach

In an effort to develop the arts sector, the City offers workshops and provides outreach year-round that educates and engages interested community members, artists, and arts organizations. We'd like your suggestions for what kinds of workshops artists and organizations would benefit from in supporting their sustainability. Please reach out to  Amanda at!

Interested in hosting a workshop? Submit your proposal, including your mentoring/workshop facilitating experience, brief description of the activity and asking rate to

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