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Emerging Artists Showcase has talent 'simply out of this world'

Saturday evening's showcase at Meridian Place in downtown Barrie is free to attend; Performances begin at 7 p.m.
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With the return of live music to stages across the province comes the return of the highly anticipated Emerging Artists Showcase tour.

Featuring young independent artists from across Ontario, this fully produced live music event is created and performed on an annual basis by the artist members of the Canadian Musicians Co-operative (“the co-op”).

The co-op is a membership based, not-for-profit arts service organization, renowned for their work empowering independent and new generation artists.

The Showcase is a staple event in the City of Barrie since 2018, but its impact reaches much farther than the city limits. Each year, people travel from all over the province to take in the Showcase, with some shows hosting audiences of over 1,000 people. Last year, due to the shutdowns and COVID-19 restrictions the show was restricted in capacity, but this year the co-op is bringing the Showcase back in full force, with plenty of room for all who wish to attend this free event.

This year’s performances will begin at 7 p.m. in Barrie at Meridian Place (30 Simcoe St., Barrie) on Saturday, Aug. 20, and in Orillia at the newly restored Rotary Aqua Theatre (140 Canice St., Orillia) on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The Showcase is free to attend, with the goal being to bring communities together through an accessible and immersive live music experience. It also provides the artists with a unique opportunity to showcase their original works and experience performing and touring on a professional level.

“The calibre of talent this year is simply out of this world,” says the co-op’s Showcase co-ordinator Eleanor Herschorn, “The artists are extremely excited to perform at this level and show everyone what they have been working so hard on. With the support of the City of Barrie and the City of Orillia, we are able to showcase their talent to a broader audience this year, which I know means the world to these up and coming artists.”

In 2023, the co-op will be expanding the reach of their tour even further, by bringing the show to more municipalities across Ontario. The co-op is already booking dates for next year, so if you would like to see this event come to your area, please contact for more information.