Featuring Margaret Atwood and Special Guest, Sarah Harmer

Gather for the



$90k +

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This event is made possible with generous support from our


The Roost Wine Compnay

Cold climate wines for heartwarming moments The Roost is a craft winery run by a tight-knit team in the Blue Mountains. We grow, make and serve seriously good cold climate wine for unserious occasions.
Our wines are sustainably farmed, hand-made, small-batch, and minimal intervention.

Miski Brewing

At Miski Brewing, we are more than just beer makers, we are beer enthusiasts. We pour our passion into every batch, creating unique flavours and experiences that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. We invite you to try our exceptional brews and experience the difference for yourself.

Bacchus Wine Academy

Bacchus Wine Academy offers: Wine tasting sessions. We will work with you to offer a selection of wines to taste and review. Large and small event facilitation. We will help you choose the wine for your event, whether it is an intimate dinner or alumni or corporate event.
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Village Media

Leaders in the expansion of community-based journalism and marketing, focused on building profitable and sustainable local news sites.

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Well hidden in the heart of Liberty Village, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen reflects our commitment to providing locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, simply and sumptuously prepared. Bright and industrial, yet relaxing and intimate, the warmth of Mildred’s lingers long after the guests have gone home.

Pie Wood-Fired Pizza

A world class wood fired pizza joint that never concedes to any compromise on quality and you have a sure bet for a remarkable experience.
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Knightvision Creative Agency

Founded by namesake, Tyler Knight, KnightVision Creative Agency is a full service Video Production, Photography & Marketing company modestly rooted in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.
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Barrie Folk Society

The Barrie Folk Society is a volunteer organization founded to foster and promote live music in Barrie and the surrounding area through the presentation of concerts in a variety of formats, open stages, educational programs, youth programs, and by supporting other local musical endeavours.

Bass Lake Farms

Bass Lake Farms is a smaller scale family owned and operated farm near Bass Lake in Oro-Medonte. BLF has a few spaces available to trade fresh produce for hands on help to community members looking to access healthy, outdoor physical activities, learn more about ecological food production and to contribute more meaningfully to their local food economy and community.

Sponsors receive branding exposure throughout the event, including in event promotions and public communications.

Elite level sponsors ($2500+) have priority placement throughout.

An Evening to Remember

October 28, 2023

This “Gather for the Greenbelt” event in Barrie, Ontario, features in-person (this is now planned to be a virtual appearance due to a recent health intervention and current process of recovery) storytelling from Margaret Atwood, special guest appearance by Sarah Harmer, as well as Jeff Monague, and poetry from Barrie’s Poet Laureate, Tyneisha Thomas.

Art installation by Rochelle Rubinstein will be featured, as well.

This event is sold out.

If you are unable to attend and would still like to support our efforts, you can make a tax deductible donation here.

Margaret Atwood's Commitment (And Special Extras!)

Margaret Atwood believes the Greenbelt is worth fighting for, and has generously offered $10,000 in support of this work.

She is also offering a signed book to anyone giving $1,000 or more for this event.

What Happens After?

With funds raised through our events we will be embarking on a campaign to protect important green spaces and waters that are under threat.

Engaging in community mapping and incorporating expertise from naturalists and scientists, we will start a conversation about our own local “Greenbelts” places that clean our water, provide habitat for endangered species, help us adapt to climate impacts and keep our communities beautiful and healthy.

We will engage communities across Simcoe County to highlight the special, irreplaceable places that make our communities wonderful places to live and work.

From media relations to mapping, fun community events to educational resources, the funds raised will be focused on how we can work together across the region to protect our natural legacy and leave a bright future for generations yet to come.

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