Thank you to all who joined in celebrating Barrie’s arts sector at the annual gala, featuring performances by Aysanabee, Yurii Yevchuk, Carmel Kallemaa, and the Feelin’ Good Band, the crowning of Barrie’s next Poet Laureate, and refreshments provided by Lazy Tulip Café and Without Reservations.
Congratulations to the 2022 Barrie Arts Awards winners, who were announced at the gala.
Clayton Nixon is a promising young musician, most recently a participant in the Canadian Musicians Co-operative’s Pre-Professional Program for 2022. He is presently a student in Grade 12 at St Joseph's Secondary School in Barrie, ON.
A multi-instrumentalist, Clayton is comfortable performing on guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, and has entertained crowds of all sizes through community-engaged street performances in downtown Barrie and to audiences of 1000+ at the Emerging Artist Showcase Tour in Meridian Place. Clay is at ease on stage, and readily keeps up with his post-secondary peers.
No matter what comes his way, Clay works hard and puts everything he has into what he is working on. In the winter of 2021–2022, he helped build the new studio at the Co-op, learning many other skills alongside his musical development.
About the Most Promising Youth Award
This youth has demonstrated superior ability in their art form. This award is for any form of art, e.g., visual, performing, literary, etc. Must be 19 years of age or younger and currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution.
Monica Loney is a Barrie native who over the course of the pandemic found her way back to art. What started out as a mindfulness practice has become her signature continuous line work that is well known around the city. Monica has travelled the world and thrives on hearing diverse stories and sharing inspiring lessons with others. Monica is a Métis artist who uses the continuous line to represent the flow state we all wish to achieve and the universal connection we all share. The simplicity of the line work and monochromatics provide a subtle yet powerful base for a variety of mediums she uses. Her works can be seen on display throughout various platforms. Currently, her piece titled Wild Calling is on display at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in their Gathering Place Exhibition and two of her indoor murals are featured on the Mural Routes Canada map.
She has recently completed two more outdoor murals in the city of Barrie, working alongside Bareket Kezwer on one commissioned by the Downtown Barrie BIA, as well as her own for the City of Barrie at Lampman Lane Park . Monica hopes to continue to expand her repertoire further, which includes workshops to showcase the therapeutic benefits of creating art and producing mural work on a more national/international scale.
Her dedication to creating art with passion and connecting with the community makes her an emerging artist to look out for. She uplifts whatever room she enters and seems to be unstoppable in her growth and development as an artist. She is willing to take on opportunities whenever she can to create and collaborate with the public as well as other artists.
About the Emerging Artist Award
The Emerging Artist is an individual who has begun to develop a body of work in preparation or in pursuit of a professional career in the arts. This award is Presented by Georgian College DVA.
Timeless melodies beautifully performed on a variety of instruments are David Whyne’s musical style. David’s love of music has always been part of his life and despite having autism or perhaps because of it, he has developed into an accomplished musician. When he is performing music David is free of the social and communication challenges he struggles with. Pianos and synthesizers were his first choice of instruments, but he soon expanded to flute, guitar, and vocals. Perseverance and high standards have helped further David’s natural talents.
Through the years, David's musical talent was rewarded by numerous first place gold medals and an Outstanding Performer Award on piano at Kiwanis musical competitions. He studied digital music production at the Metalworks Institute in Toronto and continues to train with the Canadian Musicians Co-operative. David also enjoys composing his own music and has a few of his songs recorded on YouTube. The versatility and appeal of David’s repertoire has earned him many performance contracts to entertain in formal gala affairs, as well as regularly entertaining seniors at retirement homes.
When not making music David is an avid athlete and is part of the Special Olympics of Ontario. He has won two medals while representing Canada for downhill skiing in the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria and was inducted to the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.
About the Artist Beyond Barriers Award
Awarded to an artist, performer, or writer who has demonstrated creative originality through a body of work despite living with a continuous or recurrent mental or physical disability that results in a substantial restriction in their ability to work, care for themselves, or take part in community life. These individuals may be living or deceased. Sponsored by the City of Barrie Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Diane Frederick is the CEO of Ferndale Trim and Doors, a family owned and operated interior trim supply and supply/installation company that specializes in distributing quality products to the interior trim sector of the construction industry. New home builders, general contractors and renovators have been the bulk of their clientele. The experience of working in a woodworking shop while starting out her career under her father triggered her creative side. She built cabinetry and furniture, and ultimately, after a few steps along the way, became the full-time owner of Ferndale Trim and Doors in 2009.
After years of growth, Diane, through her company, began giving back to the community. She started to work with Habitat for Humanity, a local foodbank, Talk is Free Theatre, and Theatre by the Bay. They help each of these organizations by utilizing the company’s resources and production expertise and providing material donations. Recognizing that she has a skillset and resources that can help the arts community, Diane has made an incredible impact on the local theatre realm. She has dedicated hundreds of personal hours and countless resources to assisting organizations build (and in some cases, even design) their sets. Her work has significantly raised the calibre of set design in Barrie.
One particularly touching example of her impact was on Theatre by the Bay’s production, Mno Bimaadiziwin. An important ask of the playwright of that show, Ziigwen Mixemong, was that all the set pieces be given extra life beyond the production. Theatre has a bit of a ‘green’ problem when it comes to set pieces, and Ziigwen wanted to tackle this within her show. Diane had the brilliant idea of using piping to build the sweat lodge that dominated the centre of the stage. After the production was done, Diane donated the piping to another charity, Habitat for Humanity, which she and her company also supports. Diane is a true champion of the Barrie arts community.
About the Business Champion Award
This award is given to an individual or business operating in the Barrie area that has consistently and significantly supported the arts through either financial and/or in-kind means. This award may be granted to a business that has made a concerted effort to build capacity in the arts.
Multi Tech Audio Visual Inc (MTAV) is a live event audio/visual/lighting production company in Barrie, Ontario. They provide clients with the temporary installation of professional audio, visuals and lighting equipment, including technical services for live events supporting small to large group gatherings. MTAV opened their business in Barrie in 2015. In the industry they are referred to as a boutique audio-visual company that provides personal services. Both co-owners, Vanz and Karen are very hands-on and actively involved in each project.
With the live event and entertainment industry completely shutting down right at the onset of the pandemic, they started to receive event cancellations within days until the 2020 calendar was completely cleared. They did not have a crystal ball but had a gut feeling that their industry would be the last to fully return. They wanted to find a way to support their clients and keep their business from closing. As a result, they were one of the first virtual event studios to open in Ontario and are the only one of their kind in our region. They were up and running supporting their first interactive, live-streaming event by August 2020. They created a professional, broadcast-ready virtual event studio in Barrie, utilizing a large percentage of their warehouse to set up a highly adaptable recording space and separate broadcast control room.
The pivot allowed MTAV to continue their sponsorship of the Emerging Artist program through the Canadian Musicians Cooperative. MTAV was instrumental in helping the Co-op’s youth membership receive training in professional sound and lighting stage production through onsite mentorship, camera work and video production to live stream a virtual music festival. Karen and Vanz also recorded and produced a variety of live music, entertainment segments and bands used for charity gala fundraisers, Culture Days, and other virtual events.
Many of their client events now include a live-streaming component. A broader viewer/attendee base helps increase event budgets, hopefully leaving additional funding to add some form of art-based entertainment. While the pandemic has been very disruptive to this industry, MTAV have shown that the broader use of technology will only create more opportunities in the future.
About the Resilience in the Arts Award
New in 2022, this award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated innovative problem-solving in delivering their programming or art through the pandemic. They have assessed, adapted, and evolved to address challenges in a way that supports the sector in responsive recovery.
Joshua Doerksen is a digital creative and multi-disciplinary artist from Barrie, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Guelph where he studied classical music composition, vocal performance, theatre, and philosophy. Joshua grew up in Barrie, and at the age of 11, he was already writing songs and producing amateur recordings by overdubbing himself on a cassette tape deck. It wasn’t long before he was singing in a band, playing multiple instruments, and producing recordings at home. It was very clear early on that he was destined to carve a career path in music and the arts.
While at U of G, Joshua began performing improvisational music with found objects and his voice, accompanied by a live visual artist in art galleries. This unconventional and abstract approach to scoring led him to discover a path as an improvised vocalist that sparked his passion for live-looping and creating sonic textures & soundscapes. Joshua has always been interested in the cross-pollination of different arts practices and how a raw, emotional style of composition could be applied to other mediums. While working as a music producer he learned to produce bands, score and make films, write radio jingles and capture, mix, and master high quality audio for commercial broadcast. To say he is multifaceted is an understatement.
As a performer, Joshua has toured Canada with music groups and bands, most recently the Mystics. His music has been played on commercial broadcast radio stations across Ontario and he’s had the opportunity to play several large music festivals across the country. Since moving back to Barrie, he has spent the last eight years writing jingles for local businesses, making films, and recording almost a hundred local music artists through his company Sprout Wise. Joshua has composed original scores for over a dozen new works by Theatre By The Bay, and has been a part of productions by Talk is Free Theatre and South Simcoe Theatre.
When the pandemic hit, Josh found new ways to continue his creative and artistic journey. After purchasing an Oculus Quest VR Headset, he started creating virtual paintings in 3D and hosting live stream music concerts. For the past two years Joshua has become a leading expert in the field of sound design and VR performance. Joshua hopes to continue innovating through multidisciplinary performance, and to blur the lines of where reality, digital media, and virtual simulations converge. He sold out of his first music NFT release and has plans to continue to produce new music and VRmetaverse concerts through his NFT project Ambiscapes.
About the Excellence in the Arts Award
Awarded to an established professional artist, performer, or author who has demonstrated through one or more bodies of work creative originality, professional maturity, and artistic leadership. These individuals may be living or deceased.
Katie Green is a visual artist, born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. She attended Mount Allison University where she received her BA with minors in Fine Art, Philosophy and Anthropology. There she studied Photography under Thaddeus Holownia. After a brief stint in Whistler, BC, she attended OCADU to get back into the studio. There she received the Curry’s 2nd Year Award for Printmaking in 2012.
Living in Whistler really drove home the importance of community and upon her return to Barrie she dedicated her efforts to helping grow the local creative community. The Barrie Urban Sketching Club was a free and inclusive group she founded and ran until early 2020. Meeting weekly, people would choose locations around the downtown core to sketch local buildings. She was also the chair of the Barrie Arts Committee for several years. The mandate was to support and bring together the creative community in Barrie. As chair she ran a downtown art crawl, had artists decorate windows for Culture Days and ran multiple free art events at the Barrie Farmers’ Market.
In 2019 Katie and fellow artist Marlisha Lewis recognized the need for artist studio space in Barrie and opened Spare Room. It managed to survive the pandemic and currently has a full house of nine resident artists. She has also facilitated multiple exhibits and events in the attached gallery space.
Katie’s current practice is centred around community, connection, and self-love. She endeavours to bring art into all areas of life. This is accomplished by making useful objects beautiful, painting/designing murals, teaching workshops, supporting other local artists, and making art that communicates her passions and common human struggles. She operates from the idea that art is an experience that can positively impact people’s everyday lives. Katie works across multiple mediums including pen & ink, watercolour and acrylic paint, printmaking, and textiles. Pushing the boundaries between one medium and another and playing with the line between useful objects and decorative art gives energy to her artwork. Her work carries the spirit of the drawn line across all mediums and has a sense of whimsy and play. She encourages everyone she teaches and interacts with to embrace mistakes and not be so hard on themselves.
About the Contribution to the Community Award
Awarded to an individual, duo, or collective that has played a significant role in the development of an arts organization or program or contributed to the overall arts community in building capacity and enriching the lives of Barrie residents and the local environment. These individuals may be living or deceased.
Congratulations to all of the 2022 nominees:
- Victoria Butler
- Katherine Chabot
- Janet McMordie
- Dawn Cain
- Monica Loney
- Sarah Jensen
- Darren Roskam
- Katie Green
- Brenda Thompson
- Joshua Doerksen
- Enrique Bravo
- Carolyn M. Boyd
- Errol Lee
- Chris Adams
- Diane Frederick
- Making Change
- Multi Tech Audio Visual
- David Whyne
- Clayton Nixon
|Georgian College DVA||Presenting Sponsor of the Emerging Artist Award|
|City of Barrie Accessibility Advisory Committee||Presenting Sponsor of Artist Beyond Barriers Award|
|Rhubarb Media||Design Sponsor|
|Tamarco Contracting||Event Sponsor|
|Ted Handy and Associates||Event Sponsor|
|MacLaren Art Centre||Venue Sponsor|
|Rock 95 & Kool FM||Media Sponsors|
|Inside the Music||Performance Sponsor|