Barrie set for Promenade Days

Downtown BIA‘s annual Promenade Days weekend kicked off Friday – fireworks included

Ready to stroll through downtown Barrie in search of good deals, good music, good fellowship and good times? Put on your walking shoes because the 35th edition of the annual downtown Promenade Days continues Sunday.
Barrie’s downtown is turned into a pedestrian mall, closed to traffic from Mary Street to Mulcaster Street, for the festival, an event that includes Canada Day festivities on July 1, culminating in the annual fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Downtown merchants will move their wares outside to allow promenading residents and visitors to browse and buy. Sidewalk patios are open to quell appetite and thirst. At the centre of it all, Memorial Square will be the hub for music, family activities and the cutting ceremony of the largest Canada Day cake seen in these parts.

Schedule of events:

• Friday, July 1
– 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Please and thanks – hip-hop show with a positive message for children.
– 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Brenda MacIntyre – aboriginal spirituality and song.
– 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Wolf Woman Singers – aboriginal drum and song.
– 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Cadillac Blue – contemporary country band from southern USA.
– 3 to 4:00 p.m.: Les Fous Du Roy – modern francophone rock and roll.
– Various times: Swordplay Barrie, medieval interactive fun for children.
– 4:30 to 6 p.m.: Inlet Sound – an imaginative contemporary singer-songwriter band.
– 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.: Canada Day cake cutting.
– 6:20 to 7:40 p.m.: Barrie Concert Band – music favourites for all generations.
– 8:15 to 9:50 p.m.: Fiddlers 3 – franco-celtic-east coast music performed by a seven-piece band.
– 9:55 to 10 p.m.: – Kaitlyn Watson and Rachel Madden – O Canada sing-along.
– 10 p.m.: fireworks display over Kempenfelt Bay.

• Saturday, July 2
– 11 to noon: These City Lights – Winner of the Battle of the Bands from Celebrate Barrie.
– 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.: Please and Thanks – a hip-hop show with a positive message for children.
– 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Blue Radio – the original tribute to Canada’s Blue Rodeo.
– 4:15 to 6 p.m.: The Dream Girls – international tribute to Diana Ross, Donna Summers and The Supremes.
– 8 to 9:30 p.m.: Brass Transit – North America’s most authentic tribute to Chicago.

• Sunday, July 3
– 11 to 11:45 p.m.: Robert Davis Kid’s music and comedy show.
– Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Please and thanks – hip-hop show with a positive message for children.
– 1 to 1:45 p.m.: Robert Davis Kid’s music and comedy show.
– 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: The Caverners – considered to be one of North America’s best tribute to The Beatles.
– 4:30 to 6 p.m.: The Tony Kennedy Band – popular hits and original songs by Simcoe County’s sweetheart of country music.
Robin Munro’s Festivent World, producer of the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival and music lineups of other Barrie events, including Celebrate Barrie, organizes the music for the weekend.
The Barrie Thunder Classic Car Show will be on through the weekend, as will the Family and Kids Zone at Memorial Square, featuring face painting, a petting zoo, inflatable activities, and a midway.
The festivities wrap up Sunday. For more information call the Downtown BIA at 705-734-1414, or by email at info@downtownbarrie.ca.

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