Monday, May 9, 2022

Dusk Dances Barrie 2022 - Call for Technical Staff

Application Deadline: June 8, 2022, at 5:00 pm

Job Type: Event Contract

Contract Run includes:

Pre-Festival Virtual Meeting: This will be scheduled at some point between July 4, 2022 – July 10, 2022, with the local staff and touring staff. Rate will be $50/hour for time spent in this virtual meeting (approximately two (2) hours)

Festival Week: July 11-17 - approximately 3:00 – 11:00 pm daily

Contract Fee: $2,900 ($50/hour for 7 8-hour days, approximately 3:00-11:00 pm daily and $50/hour for an approximately two (2) hour pre-festival virtual meeting)


About Dusk Dances Barrie

Dusk Dances Barrie is an outdoor dance festival that brings dance to Lampman Lane Park. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience to an array of unique dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. Dusk Dances Barrie is presented by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) as a licensee of Dusk Dances Inc.

Job Description

We are looking for two (2) dynamic and experienced Technical Staff members to join our local event team for Dusk Dances Barrie 2022. Technical Staff members will work closely with SCD’s Executive Director, Dusk Dances Festival Director, and the Dusk Dances Tour Production Manager to coordinate and ensure all technical requirements for the event are fulfilled, including sound.


Technical Staff must be available for the entire duration of the festival from July 11-17, 2022, and have flexibility to book a pre-festival virtual meeting with local and touring staff between July 4-10.

The festival week schedule includes the following highlights:

  • Monday, July 11, 2022 – Meeting the touring technical crew and cast for site selection
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – Dress Rehearsal Day 1 including production meeting
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – Dress Rehearsal Day 2 including production meeting
  • Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17, 2022 – Show run including daily production meeting 

The exact schedule will be confirmed during the hiring process.


The ideal Technical Staff candidates will:

  • Have a solid proven experience working in the performing arts in a technical capacity
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment and adapt easily to changes
  • Respect timelines and effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Have solid competence in planning and coordination
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with SCD staff, volunteers, and Dusk Dances Staff, and touring performers
  • Be fully available for the entire festival schedule and maintain flexibility between July 4-10 for scheduling of a pre-festival virtual meeting
  • Have a valid Ontario Driver’s License (for cargo vans and golf carts where applicable)



  • Assisting with the set up and strike for the overall show, as assigned by the Festival Director and/or Production Manager
  • Attending production meetings daily throughout the run of the festival at Lampman Lane Park starting at 3:00 pm from July 11-17, 2022
  • Engaging with the SCD staff and Dusk Dances touring staff on all matters regarding Lampman Lane Park including carrying applicable permits at all time (which have previously been obtained by SCD) and following all protocols related to power, park facilities, permission for vehicle parking in the park locations and permission to drive any vehicles into and through the park, if necessary and as appropriate
  • Being physically present at Lampman Lane Park four and a half (4.5) hours before all performances and dress rehearsals, as deemed necessary by SCD and Dusk Dances touring staff  (3 pm arrival for 7:30 show start)
  • Setting up the technical requirements and set pieces for each dance work, including sound systems and other pre-approved items for each night of the festival including dress rehearsals as directed by the Production Manager
  • Driving the cargo van or golf cart on park grounds with a spotter during the duration of the festival as needed.
  • Other tasks associated with and related to the production of the festival as assigned by the Production Manager

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter to Simcoe Contemporary Dancers’ Executive Director, Chrissy Baxter at (with “Technical Staff Application - DDB 2022” in the subject line) by June 8, 2022, at 5:00 pm.


Interviews will take place from June 13 to 17, 2022 via zoom at a time to be arranged.


Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers will be offering a series of free dance workshops in a variety of topics featuring live music and drum circles!

About this event

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers will be offering free dance workshops at the Five Points Theatre nightly from March 2-4 with live accompaniment provided by professional percussionist, Joe Adamick!

Dance workshops will consist of the following components:

- A fun community building drum circle warm-up will taught by Joe from 6:30-6:55, no experience required!

- The dance workshop component will consist of floor-work, centre practice, travelling work and movement combinations from 7-7:45 taught by a member of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers.

Dance Workshop Topics are as follows:

March 2 - Beginner Contemporary Technique

March 3 - Dance Improvisation

March 4 - Beginner Contemporary Choreography

Proof of Vaccination is required upon entry. Please visit the City of Barrie's website to learn more about their COVID-19 policies.

*Workshops will be taught at a beginner level but not absolute beginner. Everyone is welcome whether you have a lot of experience with dance or a little! 

We invite you to come try it out and just have fun! Modifications can be provided to fit a variety of experience levels.*

Monday, January 31, 2022

Unravelled Tickets On Sale Now!


Five Points Theatre
1 Dunlop Street West
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A1
March 5 @ 12:30 and 7:30
March 6 @ 12:30 and 7:30

Adults: $25
Seniors/Student: $15
Child: $12
Groups of 10 or more: $12 each
Reserve your tickets today!

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers will be returning to the Five Points Theatre for our sixth full-length theatre production, Unravelled, on March 5 and 6, 2022! Performances are at 12:30 and 7:30 daily.

Unravelled is an evening-length mixed program of contemporary dance works performed by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. We invite you to this showing of dance to enjoy an ever entwining and unwinding tapestry of solo and group choreographies.

Unravelled features works from SCD's repertoire and includes the premier of three new works by Casey-Lee Cooper, Jaqui Brown, and Rock Bottom Movement's Alyssa Martin!

Please find out more about the City of Barrie's COVID-19 policies here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Penumbra choreographed by Susan Kendal. Performed by Jaqui Brown, Ulana Romanish, Shelby Thoms, Chrissy Baxter, and Carly Manuel


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October 12, 2021

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers Puts $27,000 OTF Resilient Communities Fund Grant to Work

BARRIE, ON - The Ontario Trillium Foundation has granted Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) a 12-month, $27,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant to help the dance company rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. On Sunday, October 3, MPP Doug Downey joined a virtual meeting with the group to learn more about how the funds have helped the dance company since they received the grant earlier this year.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation exists to help organizations within our communities continue to provide important services that help to enrich our lives,” said Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte. “This funding will help to ensure that Simcoe Contemporary Dancers can continue to teach the vital life skills that come from dance; perseverance, determination, hard-work and team-work. I am thrilled to see this funding going to such an incredible organization within the community.”

SCD will use the funds to buy technical equipment to improve its virtual offerings, hire a consultant to assist in the creation of an updated strategic plan, and create virtual content to engage the community. Simcoe Contemporary Dancers has become a leader in its ability to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, SCD will continue to develop, and enhance, its abilities to reach (and expand) audiences, provide educational opportunities, develop a stronger online infrastructure, and develop a clear recovery plan to ensure they are able to provide access to contemporary dance for years to come. This initiative will also see the creation of many new opportunities for regional dance artists.

“During a time of continued uncertainty, support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is critical to support our mission,” said Chrissy Baxter, Executive Director of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. “While we were able to present some classes and performances since the onset of the pandemic online, these funds will allow us to improve our online presence in substantial and exciting ways. Virtual dance classes and performances provide many opportunities, including increased accessibility, and audiences can expect SCD to continue to provide these options going forward.”

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers is a not-for-profit professional company serving the region of Simcoe County that exists to encourage and showcase the development of local professional contemporary dance. We come together to raise the visibility of contemporary dance, create awareness, build educational opportunities, and reach out to our public to share our love of our art form.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  Please visit:

Media Contact:

Chrissy Baxter, Executive Director


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dusk Dances Barrie 2021 - Important Links

We are so excited to present Dusk Dances Barrie in a new and exciting way this August 26th to 29th! In order to ensure a seamless event - we would like to share some important links with you here that will make it easy for everyone to access the information they need! Please find these links below: