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MacLaren Art Centre TV BINGO on Rogers, Barrie Ontario
June 19, 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.

Please note that TV Bingo is returning to its regularly scheduled time on Tuesdays...

June 24, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Admission free

Special NFB Animated Shorts
12:00 to 12:30 pm, Rotary Education Centre. Admission free

Nunavut Animation Lab: I Am But a Little Woman by Gyu Oh (4:42 minutes)
Inspired by an Inuit poem first assigned to paper in 1927, this animated short evokes the beauty and power of nature, as well as the bond between mother and daughter. As her daughter looks on, an Inuit woman creates a wall hanging filled with images of the spectacular Arctic landscape and traditional Inuit objects and iconography. Soon the boundaries between art and reality begin to dissolve.

Vistas: Little Thunder by Nance Ackerman & Alan Syliboy (3:10 minutes)
This animated short, inspired by the Mi'kmaq...

June 24, 2018 - 1:30 pm
$5/child; Free for MacLaren Family Membership holders

DRAWINGLAB: Family Sunday Workshop
1:30 to 3:00 pm, Rotary Education Centre
Workshop fee: $5/child; Free for MacLaren Family Membership holders

Join regional artist Jess Comella for an afternoon of drawing experimentation! In a series of three drawing lab stations, families will explore a variety of innovative drawing techniques and materials.

July 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Admission free

Reception for Summer 2018 Exhibitions
Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

On Thursday, July 5, we celebrate the opening of our summer season of exhibitions: The Interlopers, a solo exhibition by Minden-based artist Mary Anne Barkhouse; Settling in Place, which features contemporary installations by Aylan Couchie, Martha Griffith and Charmaine Lurch, guest curated by Andrea Fatona; Tom Dean: Wood Cuts, large-scale prints by this senior Toronto artist from the MacLaren’s Collection; and Robert Houle: Quillwork I-VII, with paintings on panel incorporating elements of Houle’s Salteaux heritage and the traditions of modernist painting. Admission free. All...

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. Please check back for a detailed listing of events.

September 27, 2018 - 6:00 pm

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

This annual evening of celebration heralds the beginning of Carnegie Days and features stimulating discussion with an award-winning author and a special tribute to a community leader for their generosity and commitment to Barrie. Ticket $180. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236/


September 29, 2018 - 2:00 pm

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

Join us for our annual Culture Days Open House on September 29 from 2 to 4 pm and meet the artists who teach our programmes. Participate in a hands-on activity for families in the Rotary Education Centre. Culture Days highlights free, cultural attractions in downtown Barrie. All welcome!

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). Tickets are available at the MacLaren and online at 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/