Some of the brightest stars in the community were honoured for their contributions at the 2017 Barrie Arts Awards sponsored by TD Nov. 15th at the Southshore Centre. The awards covered every corner of the arts with talented individuals earning accolades in singing, film, dance, theatre, community advocacy and giving.

The sold-out event presented awards in six categories; Business Champion, Contribution to the Community, Emerging Artist, Excellence in the Arts, Most Promising Youth and the recently added Artist Without Barriers.

The recently announced category, sponsored by Barrie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, recognizes individuals who display unique creativity in their art while living with a disability. Nominations were submitted to Barrie’s Creative Economy Department who then put them through to the winning rounds, which were awarded as follows:

Most Promising Youth Award – Melina Melle
18-year-old pop singer-songwriter

Emerging Artist – Brendan Hiles

Artist Without Barriers – Leonora Husveti-Frenette
Dance, performing arts, poetry and mixed media visual art

Business Champion – Anna Small
Realtor for Keller-Williams Experience Reality, supporting Barrie’s performing arts community

Excellence in the Arts – Alex Dault
Playwright and director committed to the Barrie theatre arts community for fifteen years

Contribution to the Community – Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
A not-for-profit professional company

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(Photo Credit: Contribution to the Community winners, the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers with Barrie Arts Committee members by Stephen Elliott of Elliott Impact Media)

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