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You will never ask “What is happening north of Toronto (and in central and northern Ontario) this weekend”? again! Use our events calendar to find things to do in Ontario and even in Ontario this weekend or in the future. Whether you like to lay low and chill or get your rush from adrenaline-pumping activities and experiences – the calendar has events for everyone, in every season from the Bruce Peninsula to the Ottawa Valley!

Depending on your drive, you’ll find action anywhere from 1 hour away from Toronto to 5. Our events are not limited to highways 400 and 11 either. These are just the first two highway suggestions to travel north and find adventure in Ontario.

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37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

January 2016

Art for Lunch: Aakideh: The Art & Legacy of Carl Beam

January 22, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Friday, January 2212:15 to 1:30 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free In conjunction with Carl Beam: Fragile Skies, a special screening of Aakideh: The Art & Legacy of Carl Beam will be hosted in the Education Centre. Carl Beam, one of Canada's most influential and significant visual artists, earned a reputation for being fearless, visionary and ultimately, unforgettable. From his early years growing up on Manitoulin Island to his turbulent years spent in a residential school, this documentary explores are…

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February 2016

Snow Painting

February 6, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Snow Painting for Barrie WintefestThe Massie Family Courtyard at the MacLaren 1:30 to 3:00 pm Admission free Share a fun afternoon of snow painting with your family! Materials provided, just bring your imagination! For more information visit, http://bit.ly/1zcIuYx

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Aboriginal Storytelling with Will Morin

February 7, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Families are invited to join Ojibway artist Will Morin for an engaging and interactive story time exploring Anishinaabe/First Nations myths. This event is presented in conjunction with Noval Morrisseau: Copper Thunderbird for Winterfest. For more information visit, http://bit.ly/1zcIuYx

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Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

February 7, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

2:30 to 3:30 pmThe Carnegie Room Admission free Join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for an afternoon dance performance exploring aspects of voice with guest performances by local youth dancers and professional musicians. For more information visit, http://bit.ly/1zcIuYx

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Winterfest Family Workshop

February 7, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

1:30 to 3:00 pmRotary Education Centre Workshop fee: $5/child Celebrate all things winter in this special family workshop for Winterfest! Regional artist Meghan Thorpe will guide you in the creation of a unique snow-globe design using paper-marbling, collage and printmaking techniques. For more information visit, http://bit.ly/1zcIuYx

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Wampum: Reading the Talk with Brian Charles

February 15, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

2:30 to 4:00 pmCarnegie Room Admission Free Brian Charles has been working collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to redevelop an archive and physical repository of wampum belts related to Ojibway history. Using replica wampum belts in this special presentation, he will illuminate a path that not only interconnects the nations and histories of First Peoples in the Eastern Woodland, but also of settler societies in Canada. This event is presented in conjunction with Reading the Talk for…

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Battle of the Bands

February 26, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Get your tickets to one of the most celebrated events of the year, the 12th annual Battle of the Bands, to be held this year at The Ranch. Showcasing the impressive musical talents of members of Barrie’s financial services and medical professions, the evening will raise funds for the MacLaren Art Centre, RVH Radio for Cardiology and the Kempenfelt Rotary Club. The featured bands are The Bailouts, Code Blue, Sonic Coalition, Table 9, A Joyful Noise and Steve's Garage For…

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March 2016

Art for Lunch: The Art of Portraiture with Pauline Bradshaw

March 11, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Join us for a special presentation on the art of portraiture with Barrie-based artist Pauline Bradshaw. Bradshaw has dedicated many years to the intensive study of classical art. Her studio practice is inspired by the refined craftsmanship of classical artists from the 19th century French and British ateliers. Bradshaw shares her extensive knowledge of academic techniques used in private studio classes and workshops at venues including the National Gallery of Canada. Her paintings and drawings can be found in private…

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Artist Talk by Allyson Clay

March 23, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Join us at the Campus Gallery for an inspired talk by MacLaren exhibiting artist Allyson Clay. Allyson Clay received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and a MFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Clay has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally, with solo exhibitions at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria; Dunlop Gallery, Regina; and Numark Gallery, Washington DC. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of Vancouver…

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Spring Exhibition Reception

March 24, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Please join us as we celebrate our spring shows!Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:00 to 9:00 pm Remarks at 7:15 pm Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm For more information visit, http://bit.ly/1zcIuYx

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April 2016

Art for Lunch: John Gould: An Artist’s Journey Back from a Stroke with Ingi Gould and Frances Thomas

April 8, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

In 1996, renowned Canadian artist John Gould suffered a stroke that affected the right side of his body and changed his life forever. He was stripped of his ability to speak, write and draw. During his recovery at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie, Gould regained his ability to draw through rehabilitation therapy, daily practice and the enduring support of his wife, Ingi. The evolution took ten years of uncompromising effort on Gould’s part and he was…

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Black Tie Gala for Maclaren Art Centre

April 15, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Join us for an exceptional evening of entertainment, dining, dancing and high spirits! Proceeds from this fundraising event support the MacLaren's programmes for children and youth. For more information visit, http://bit.ly/1zcIuYx

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Art for Lunch: Surrealist Parlour Games

April 22, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

Join us for a series of fun Surrealist parlour games with MacLaren Associate Curator Emily McKibbon and Education Officer Christina Mancuso in conjunction with a presentation of paintings from our collection by Toronto artist Janet Jones. Surrealists—including Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, Man Ray and others—looked for ways to create art free from the strictures of the past. Surprise, free association and elements of the unconscious were joined to create works that broke from tradition, forever changing the course of art…

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May 2016

Art for Lunch: Social Media and Marketing for Artists with Marc Hill

May 13, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

When marketing online, popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram have evolved into full communities, serving as low-cost platforms to communicate, engage, and listen to your fans. How do you know which social network is the best way to engage with your customers? How do you know what types of content to post? How do you nurture an online community? In this professional development presentation for artists, learn a practical approach to building a web presence in…

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Friends of the MacLaren Open House

May 25, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

To thank you for your support of the MacLaren, we're hosting a Friends of the MacLaren Open House! This is an all-ages event for Friends of the MacLaren. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit, http://bit.ly/1zcIuYx

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June 2016

Events All Talks, Tours and Film Screenings Fundraisers Receptions Special Events Past January, 2016 Event Calendar Art for Lunch: Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Programme with Renée van der Avoird

June 17, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ONCanada

In this professional development presentation for artists, join MacLaren Associate Curator Renée van der Avoird as she shares tips on how to apply for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance programme. The Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance programme provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition. As a third-party recommender, the MacLaren takes part in grant decisions by preapproving applications and forwarding them to the OAC for final…

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Featured Ontario Festivals

This is it! These are them!

Our annual list of Best Festivals, or as we call it around the office “The Bestivals” list.

We pick a new list each year, some are hosted by our advertisers, some festivals we have sponsored and well, some we think are just plain pretty cool.

The list has been assembled keeping in consideration current trends and what people out there really seem to be seeking out. We’ve tried to include events and festivals that might be family focused, adult focused, or both!

There are no upcoming events at this time.