(From the Barrie Examiner, November 27, 2013) “The Barrie Arts Awards celebrated some of the city’s artistic best in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Southshore Centre November, 26, 2013.

Five awards were presented in between performances representing a cross-section of the arts community.”

“Chad Ballantyne picked up the business award for his long time support of the arts, both as a volunteer, a parent of kids who have interest in the arts and as the creative director of Rhubarb Media, which operates out of a unique co-work environment, he started in downtown Barrie called The Creative Space.”

Rhubarb Media has been a strong supporter of arts and culture in Barrie since they launched in 2006. They have sponsored or offered expertise to the MacLaren Art Centre, Kempenfelt Community Players, Moving Art, The Loft Art Space, Talk is Free Theatre, Cingolani Arts, Arts ce Soir, Barrie Arts and Culture Council, The Green Room News and the Barrie Arts Awards.  They believe that “the arts are one of the biggest contributors to positive and cultural transformation”. Rhubarb’s generosity has clearly demonstrated a sustained support and investment in helping to make the Barrie arts community thrive.

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