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Open Air Dunlop – Canada Day – Press Release

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Live Music, Cupcakes and Fireworks!


Downtown Barrie’s annual Open Air Dunlop Canada Day celebrates Canada!


For Immediate Release:
Tuesday June 18, 2024


Barrie, ON – Join us in Downtown Barrie on July 1st for a spectacular Canada Day celebration! The Downtown Barrie BIA, in partnership with the City of Barrie and with support from the Federal Government’s Heritage Canada, has curated an exciting day filled with activities, performances, and community spirit.

Dunlop Street will be transformed into a vibrant pedestrian-only zone, featuring patios, a retail market, vendors, street performers, and art activities. Starting at 10 am, the festivities will kick off along Dunlop Street and Meridian Place.

Meridian Place will be the heart of the celebration with local performances highlighting Canadian heritage, multiculturalism, and Indigenous culture. Don’t miss the special cupcake celebration at 5 pm, where local dignitaries will hand out free Canada Day cupcakes. The Barrie Baytown Big Band will lead the singing of “O Canada” followed by an hour-long performance.

As the evening approaches, the excitement will build with headliner Elliot Brood taking the stage at 8 pm. Known for their Polaris Music Prize shortlist album ‘Mountain Meadows’ and the JUNO Award-winning ‘Days Into Years’ Elliot Brood promises an electrifying performance leading up to the annual fireworks display over Kempenfelt Bay at 10 pm.

After the fireworks, the celebration continues with a brand-new Canada Day Salsa After Party from 10:15 pm to 11 pm in Meridian Place. Join us for a crowd-led salsa lesson, a live performance, and dancing under the stars.

Heather Kennedy, Chair of the Downtown Barrie BIA, shares her enthusiasm: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the Open Air Dunlop Canada Day event! This celebration brings the essence of Canadiana to our doorstep, uniting our community in patriotic pride. With festivities set against our charming downtown and scenic waterfront, it’s a perfect opportunity to come together, enjoy local delights, and revel in the spirit of Canada’s birthday. Join us for an unforgettable day capped off by the highly anticipated Elliot Brood concert and a spectacular fireworks display!”

Celebrate Canada Day in style in Downtown Barrie. We look forward to seeing you there for a day of fun, entertainment, and community spirit!

Media Contact: Downtown Barrie BIA – [email protected] // 705-734-1414 //

About Downtown Barrie: Downtown Barrie is the vibrant heart of the city, offering a unique blend of culture, commerce, and community. From eclectic shops and dining destinations to exciting events and entertainment, Downtown Barrie is where urban energy meets small-town charm.