Shiver me timbers! Barrie waterfront to host Pirate Daily life Theatre

Team uses modified houseboat reconstructed to surface like a pirate ship it will be positioned in Barrie transient marina

A pirate ship — just no true pirates — will be on Barrie’s waterfront this summer.

Town council permitted a motion Wednesday night time to license the Art and Water Cultural Team to run a children’s Pirate Lifestyle Theatre from the Barrie Marina’s transient basin dock following calendar year, not considerably from the Spirit Catcher.

The team will be billed a $4,000 licence charge for its to start with yr of operation and that fee will increase by 5 for each cent every year all through the a few-calendar year deal to offset the price tag of utilities and town working fees. The deal is helpful Might 1, 2024. The metropolis can renew the offer for two additional one-yr terms immediately after its 1st 3 several years.

Coun. Craig Nixon, who signifies the city’s downtown, said when he was approached by the team last summertime he felt this was anything that would be a fantastic opportunity for Barrie.

“It produces another destination in just a spot for our downtown main,” Nixon reported. “The large ‘pirate ship’ docked at the Bayfield (Street) slip will present programs for little ones to not only watch are living theatre on board, but also gets them out on to the drinking water for a unique expertise.

Coun. Craig Nixon signifies Ward 2 in Barrie. | Impression provided

“It will hire up to 20 community actors and staff members and will certainly be an attraction that our residents and out-of-city website visitors will take pleasure in,” he added. 

Original programming proposed for Barrie involves children’s theatre aboard the pirate ship, theatre performances and situations aboard the pirate ship, Muskoka chair murals for new community seating, dockside musical performances and occasions, and the sale of foods and drinks — ice product, coffee, packaged treats, etc. — and products alongside with souvenirs at the dockside patio.

“In addition to their children’s programs, they also provide other situations which can include to the many causes for us to enjoy our waterfront,” Nixon claimed.

Established in 2019 as a registered charity and living wage employer, the Art and H2o Cultural Team at present operates in Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto. It creates artistic ordeals on the drinking water for young children and family members, to assistance nearby rising artists and to encourage audiences to reconnect with artwork and h2o.

The group offers reside performance by way of theatre, dance and music.

It utilizes a modified houseboat that’s reconstructed to surface like a pirate ship, and will be found in Barrie transient marina, where by the Serendipity Princess tour boat was once docked, at the bottom of Bayfield Avenue.

The team also hosts a seasonal dockside live performance series with neighborhood and emerging artists, providing them a stage to develop their audiences in house at small and backed costs.

The Artwork and Water Cultural Team is funded, in component, by grants from federal and provincial organizations, but does depend on revenues created by charging the general public to take part in its programming and from the sale of food items, non-alcoholic beverages, items and souvenirs.

The group needs an exemption from Barrie’s parks use bylaw to allow the sale of items from city owned parkland, approved via the licence arrangement.

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