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MacLaren Art Centre TV BINGO on Rogers, Barrie Ontario
August 21, 2018 - 8:00 pm
$5.00 for a 5-pack

MacLaren TV Bingo on ROGERS
Tuesdays, 8:00

MacLaren Art Centre TV Bingo is a LIVE hour of fun and excitement, brought to you exclusively by Rogers TV. Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm, host Stu Andrews calls the action with 5 chances to win great cash prizes. The final game of the night has a grand prize jackpot of $1,200 EVERY week. All proceeds goes directly to the MacLaren Art Centre's VanGo programme, which offers unique opportunities for Simcoe County students to work with professional artists in the classroom! Tune in each week to win cash prizes with Rogers TV's coverage of MacLaren Art Centre TV Bingo.

MacLaren TV Bingo Game Cards are available at the following...

September 27, 2018 - 9:00 am

Carnegie Days 2018
September 27 to 30, 2018

This annual arts festival offers great events for visitors of all ages that explore the role language plays in contemporary art. Special exhibitions, performances, readings, talks, screenings, guided tours and hands-on activities for families and youth take place at the Gallery and in downtown Barrie from September 27 to 30. See below for the day by day programme guide!

September 27, 2018 - 10:30 am

Artist Talk with Mary Anne Barkhouse
Georgian College Campus Gallery
Thursday, September 27, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Admission free

Join us for an insightful talk by Minden-based artist Mary Anne Barkhouse, whose exhibition The Interlopers is on view at the MacLaren Art Centre. This installation examines the connections between native North American animals and the colonial structures of territory, expansion and empire that encroach on their terrain. Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She has shown her work across Canada and in New York. Her public art installations can be found in parks and university campuses across Ontario and her work is in the collections of the National...

September 27, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Share your #simcoesummer experience with us! In celebration of Carnegie Days 2018, the MacLaren Art Centre invites youth, adults and families to share photos of their Simcoe summer highlights through Instagram following this years theme: The Story of Place. Consider photos of outdoor summer fun with friends and families, or a beautiful landscape. When posting your photo on Instagram be sure to use hashtags: #simcoesummer and #CarnegieDays2018.

Photos can also be shared by tagging the MacLaren’s Instagram: @maclarenart. Submissions should be appropriate for audiences of all ages.*

Selected photos will be reposted on MacLaren’s Instagram page during Carnegie Days, September 27 to 30, 2018.

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September 27, 2018 - 6:00 pm

2018 MacLaren Legacy Dinner
Thursday, September 27, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren

In honour of artist and community leader John Hartman, for his exceptional generosity and commitment to building strong arts communities and supporting the work of rising young artists. This evening of celebration heralds the beginning of Carnegie Days, a festival of art and language now in its 10th year. The Legacy Award will be presented to John during a special tribute following dinner. Also featured is writer Amy Jones, who will speak about her work and read from her latest book, We're All in This Together. Tickets $180 (includes $100 donation receipt). For tickets, to arrange tables, or to discuss...

Photo: Evelyn Salvarinas at Rose Aura
September 28, 2018 - 12:15 am
Admission free
Art for Lunch: Artists’ Books and Resistance in the Age of the Internet with Maxine Proctor
MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre
Friday, September 28, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Admission free
In conjunction with the exhibition A Kind of Library, Toronto Art Book Fair Director and Co-Founder Maxine Proctor discusses how artists’ books are an accessible medium for the distribution of ideas and knowledge.
September 28, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Admission free
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Presented by the Barrie Film Festival
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Friday, September 28, 2018, 7:00 pm
Adults $10, Seniors/Students $8
Never-before-seen works, writings and photographs offer insight into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as a teenager in New York in the late 1970s. The times, the people and the movements of the city help Basquiat form his artistic vision. Tickets are available online at
September 29, 2018 - 10:00 am
Admission free
Carnegie Days Storytime: Canada 1, 2, 3
Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley Street, Barrie
Saturday, September 29, 10 to 10:45 am
Admission free 
Learn and celebrate what makes our region special! In this story time for families, children will enjoy the book Canada 1, 2, 3 by author Kim Bellefontaine with illustrations by Per-Henrik Gurth. Rhymes, songs and an art-related craft will follow. No registration required.
September 29, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Admission free

A Shift in the Landscape: Film Screening
MacLaren Art Centre | The Carnegie Room
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Admission free

A Shift in the Landscape (2014) looks at the ongoing fight to preserve Shift (1970), one of the earliest site-specific artworks by Richard Serra. This documentary includes interviews with art historian Rosalind Krauss, King City Councillor Cleve Mortelliti and Richard Serra, and features panoramic footage of the artwork itself, currently the subject of an ongoing dispute between concerned citizens of King City and the private developers who own the land. A short Q&A with filmmaker Simone Estrin follows.

September 29, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Culture Days Open House
Saturday, September 29, 2 to 4 pm
Admission free

Join us for our Culture Days Open House and the reception for an exhibition featuring work by artists who teach art classes at the MacLaren, in the community and in the schools. Meet the artists and participate in a fun exhibition-based activity for families.
September 30, 2018 (All day)
Admission free
NFB Film Screenings: Stories of Place
MacLaren Art Centre | The Carnegie Room 
12:00 to 12:45 pm | Admission free
Jean Giguère: The Measure of a Place by Deco Dawson, 2014, 6 mins.
This short film profiles Jean Giguère, a lifelong volunteer and champion for the arts. Giguère expresses the transformative power of the arts in our society and its enrichment of place. 
Distant Islands by Bettina Maylone, 1981, 6 mins.
This short animation uses appliqué and embroidered tapestries to recall a young girl’s happy summers spent sailing with her family off the coast of British Columbia.
September 30, 2018 - 1:30 pm
Admission free
Carnegie Days Family Workshop
MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre
Sunday, September 30, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Admission free 
In celebration of Carnegie Days, join regional artist Sean George in a workshop that explores summer experiences in the region—from the literal to the abstract. Guided by this regional artist, families will make two works of art, beginning with a realistic artwork depicting a memorable summer experience and then learn how to abstract it, creating an expressive painting full of texture, colour and emotion.
September 30, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
The Carnegie Room
Sunday, September 30, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Admission free

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers present a programme of choreography exploring the memories and stories of place. Join us as we delve into our personal experiences of place, the physical exploration of place, how we fit into the architecture and design of a place, and the creation of place amongst a group.


October 11, 2018 - 6:00 pm

The MacLaren Speakeasy
Thursday, October 11, 6 to 10 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren

What can you expect at our Prohibition-inspired “Night of Fun & Games”? Poker―and bragging rights for the Best Poker Player in Barrie. Blackjack for those who prefer it. Live jazz. Fedoras, boas, inspired cocktails―care for a Lime Rickey or a Sidecar, anyone? Oh, and prizes you can’t get anywhere else! Tickets $125 (includes $75 donation receipt). To purchase tickets, please call us at 705-721-9696. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236/

October 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm

Halloween Coffeehouse
Friday, October 26, 6 to 9 pm
Admission: $2

Join us on Friday, October 26 from 6 to 9 pm for our annual Halloween Coffeehouse, organized by our Youth Advisory Council. Enjoy music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth—all with a great cup of coffee! Activities include our very popular button-maker, spook-tacular crafts and much more. This is an all-ages event. Admission $2. Youth auditions for this event take place October 10 from 5 to 7 pm. Visit for more details. Interested in joining our Youth Council? Young people ages 14 to 18 are invited to develop projects, events and exhibitions with and for their peers. Contact Christina...

November 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Off The Hook
MacLaren Silent Art Auction
Friday, November 16, 7 to 11 pm
Auction Preview: November 10 to 16
Tour of Auction Highlights: November 14, 6 to 7 pm

Off the Hook returns with more than 150 works of art by over 100 regional artists and a wealth of great finds generously donated by local retailers. This annual fundraiser offers everyone the opportunity to bid on and take home original artwork. Tickets are $50 each, and include hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Barrie’s finest chefs. Cash bar. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sheila Delaney at 705-720-1044 ext. 226/