Culture Days: September 26, 27 & 28, 2014
What Is Culture Days?
Culture Days began in 2010 in over 700 Canadian cities and towns. It is a nation-wide volunteer movement that encourages awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. This year’s celebration begins with a pre-Culture Days warm-up of public rehearsals, starting on Monday, September 22, which leads up to the main events on Saturday, September 27. As always, Culture Days includes a wide range of hands-on, interactive activities and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of artists.
The fun will begin in the City Hall Rotunda on Friday,September 26 from 5–7pm where guests can enjoy complimentary appetizers while enjoying a sneak peek of what this celebration has in store. Guest performers include musician Rayne Donkers, dancers from Dance Academy, and Barrie’s newest theatre company, Yours in Theatre, presenting a preview of the upcoming production ofRENT. All are welcome to attend and there is no cost or registration required.
The Warm-Up: Open Rehearsals
- On Monday September 22 from 7–9pm, enjoy the sounds of the Bravado! Show Choirwhen they rehearse at the Holly Community Centre under the musical direction of Katie Pergau and Scott Boyer.
- Join the Skyliners Youth Band on Wednesday September 24 from 7–9pm, at the East Bayfield Community Centre as they rehearse and perfect their classic big band sound. The band consists of students from grades 8 to 12 and represents 5 area high schools.
- Don’t miss the RENT rehearsal on Thursday September 25 from 7–9pm at the Holly Community Centre. Come sneak a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for Barrie’s newest theatre company, Yours In Theatre, as they prepare for this upcoming musical production.
The Main Events
Saturday September 27, 1–5pm
Cardboardia will allow kids to let their imaginations run wild! Krista Dalby of Small Pond Arts presents this creative cardboard exhibit that welcomes children of all ages. In Cardboardia, kids are encouraged to interact with, and decorate the installation throughout the day. All cardboard, markers, tape, staples, etc. will be provided at the site.
Break Dancing and more!
Saturday September 27,2–3pm
Errol Lee, singer/songwriter, children’s author, dancer and motivational speaker, will seamlessly interweave music, singing, dancing and a motivational message into a comprehensive character-building presentation.
Riding Along…Singing A Song!
Saturday September 27 between 10am & 1pm
City Buses en Route
Hop on a Barrie Transit bus and you may enjoy a commute you won’t soon forget. This particular transit ride will entertain you with folk melodies and bluesy rock, by such talents as Patty McLaughlin, Hurricane Mike Thompson, Cameron Austin, and more.
Saturday, September 27,1–3pm
Try your hand at conducting the symphony and learn more about the intricacies of instrumental music or simply enjoy the Symphony, performing a variety of music from classics to Pop.
September 25 to 28
The annual Carnegie Days offers a range of events for visitors including: a silkscreen workshop, poetry readings, dance performances, and opportunities to meet local artists.
To learn more, visit www.barrie.ca/Culturedays.