Paid Event - Looking for Re-enactors, Artisans, Entertainers, Etc.
- Fort Willow Depot Historic Site
Nine Mile Portage Heritage Festival
PAID EVENT LOOKING FOR RE-ENACTORS, ARTISANS, ENTERTAINERS, ETC.
On September 18th & 19th, 2009, the City of Barrie, the Township of
Springwater and the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority will once again be
celebrating the significance of the Historic Nine Mile Portage and Fort
Willow Depot by retracing the steps of our forefathers in the development of
our communities and to the history of Canada.
The Nine Mile Portage, an ancient native trail, once formed a land bridge
between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River enabling a continuous trade
and transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay for many
centuries. During the War of 1812, the British military improved the route
for the transport of supplies and personnel as the lower lakes were occupied
by the Americans. Following the War, the route remained active and, what was
known as "the portage landing", grew into the community we know as Barrie.
Today, you can follow the portage route by starting at Heritage Park in
downtown Barrie to its terminus at the resurrected British supply depot,
Fort Willow, located in Springwater Township. The City of Barrie and The
Township of Springwater have partnered to develop an annual fall event,
which will celebrate the significance of the historic Nine Mile Portage in
the development of our two communities and to the history of Canada.
We are looking for re-enactors to partake in this two day event at Heritage
Park in downtown Barrie, various locations along the Nine-Mile Portage trail
and Fort Willow Depot. We are specifically looking for the following:
British & American Military Units, Individuals & Encampments
Fife and Drum Groups
Period Musicians, Performers and Singers
Period Demonstrators, Artisans, Entertainers and Merchants
Native, Voyageur, Buckskinner Units, Individuals & Encampments
Artillery Crews and Cannons/Artillery Encampments
Long Boat Crews and Boats with Cannons/Naval Encampments
If you have a special unique 19th century talent not listed above we would
also like to here from you!!!
This is a paid event for all participants and you will be
compensated for attending and providing wholesome education and public
orientated programming. A reminder that this event is a little different
from normal re-enactments as all participants are being compensated for
attending and during education and public hours you are required to cater
and interact with the public. First person interpretations and historical
portrayals are stressed and encouraged as much as possible.
This is a two day event beginning on Friday morning with an
education day for local schools to attend, similar to Chatham's Faire at the
Forks. There will be hundreds of local students attending on Friday with
the day being split into two groups, one in the morning and one in the
afternoon. Saturday will focus on public programming from 10:00am to
If you are available to attend the event please submit a
proposal with the following information from you or your unit/group:
1. Name, Address, Postal Code, Phone Number and E-mail address
2. A description of what you have to offer in regards to talent,
demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment, encampments etc.
3. Any promotional materials, pictures, website addresses, flyers, cd's,
etc. promoting yourself or your group
4. How many performances, interpretations, and presentations you would
perform if applicable.
5. How much it would cost for participating in the two day event.
6. Please submit your proposals to David J. Brunelle at:
Email - davidbrunelle@...
Mail - 23 Byrnes Cres, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada, L9M 1W4
Please submit proposals as soon as possible as the Nine Mile
Portage Heritage Festival Committee will be making decisions on an on going
basis as to which proposals we will be accepting for the event. I thank you
all in advance for submitting your proposals as you are more than aware that
all proposals submitted may not be selected for the event.
We look forward to receiving everyone's proposals and if you have any
questions feel free to contact me anytime via davidbrunelle@... or
phone at 705-716-7124.
David J. Brunelle
Nine Mile Portage Heritage Festival