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MacLaren Art Centre

Barrie, ON

Directions: The MacLaren Art Centre is located 90 km north of Toronto in downtown Barrie. From Highway 400 north, take the Dunlop Street E exit. Travel on Dunlop Street through downtown until you get to Mulcaster Street. Turn left on Mulcaster. The MacLaren is located on the southeast corner of Mulcaster and Collier Street.



Offered in English.


The Girl Who Hated Books by Jo Meuris, 2006, 7:22 min.

This animated short about literacy introduces us to Meena, a young girl who hates books even though her parents love to read. Books are everywhere in Meena’s house and when her cat Max accidentally knocks down a huge stack, pandemonium ensues and nothing is ever the same again.

Vistas: Little Thunder by Nance Ackerman & Alan Syliboy, 2009, 3:10 min.

This animated short, inspired by the Mi’kmaq legend “The Stone Canoe” explores Indigenous humour. Follow Little Thunder as he reluctantly leaves his family and sets out on a cross-country canoe trip to become a man.

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin by Janet Perlman, 1981, 10:01 min. This Oscar® nominated short animation is a zany version of the classic fairy tale, with the leading role played by a mistreated, romantic penguin, with hilarious results.

The Dingles by Les Drew, 1988, 7:51 min. Based on the book The Dingles by Helen Levchuk, this animated short features Doris Dingle and her family of three cats who endure an unexpected wind that disrupts the family’s idyllic life.



MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,408 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events. Housed in an award-winning building in downtown Barrie, this cultural and architectural landmark combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library with a dynamic contemporary addition designed in 2001 by Siamak Hariri. The complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a garden courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department.


Tyler Durbano

(705) 720-1044 x 234