The Casting Call

“We are Barrie Happy”

Members of your Downtown Community would like to invite you to participate in a new and exciting project.

Michelle Huggins (The Lazy Tulip) and Sarah Uffelmann (Gallery 111 and Metzger Studio)are spearheading this fun initiative with the support of Chad Ballantyne (The Creative Space) and Craig Stevens (BIA). 

Over the next few weeks, we will be filming a short music video to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. The idea is to include as many names and faces from the downtown business community as possible in this video.

All around the world, communities have created similar videos as a way of promoting community spirit and advertising the positive aspects of their neighbourhoods.

We want all of you to be a part of this!

Please check out a few of these links to help you understand what we want to create:

All that is required of you is that you allow us into your business to video tape you at work bopping to the beat of “Happy”. We are hoping that some of you will feel comfortable enough to bust out a few dance moves and/or lip sync to the song! Do whatever you want to highlight your business in a fun, friendly, and upbeat way. Include as many staff as you would like.

Chad Ballantyne will be our videographer. We hope to film mid-June.  We anticipate that Chad will need only a couple of minutes to film at your establishment. He will come in with the soundtrack and efficiently tape while you work/ dance. As you can see from the links, the videos are pretty informal and not overly polished. That’s what we aim to produce too.

When the video is complete, we hope to show it in various locations ie. Lawnchair Luminata, The Barrie Film Festival to name a few. Our goal is to collectively raise the profile of downtown as a fun and vibrant place to spend a day or an evening.

If you have any questions, or if you want to participate (and why wouldn’t you?)  contact:

Michelle Huggins –

Sarah Uffelmann –

or Craig Stevens –

Michelle, Sarah or Craig will be visiting you within the next week or so to followup.

Be part of “The Change”!