Artists sought for New Year’s Eve bash

The search is on for a local band or musician to perform at the city’s 17th annual Downtown Countdown, New Year’s Eve.
The chosen few will play a 30 minute set at one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Central Ontario. Bands and musicians from Barrie, and suitable for this family event, are invited to apply.
Submissions will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 29. Include contact information, a bio, and a few examples of your best audio/video for the selection committee to review. Submissions can include a press kit, CD(s), digital audio and video files, website, or YouTube links.
Submissions can be emailed to, mailed to Department of Culture, PO Box 400, Barrie, ON L4M 4T5, or dropped off in person to Department of Culture, 56 Mulcaster Street, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Each year, more than 10,000 people get together in downtown Barrie to celebrate the arrival of a new year at Barrie’s Downtown Countdown. The event began in 1998 and has quickly become a New Year’s Eve tradition for the region.
The 17th annual festivities will include skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, food vendors, and two fireworks displays – one for the early revellers following the family entertainment and the other at the stroke of midnight.
The highlight of the night is a line-up of live entertainment featuring a special performance for kids, up-and-coming talent, and a Canadian headline act. Past performers have included Blue Rodeo, The Trews, Sloan, April Wine, Big Wreck, Jeff Healey, Kim Mitchell, Bedouin Soundclash, and many more. The complete line-up will be announced in late November.
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