BRIX Barrie Region Innovation Xchange Maker Market – A Success!

The first Annual Maker-Market was a huge Success!

 BRIX – Barrie Region Innovation Xchange have made a splash in Downtown Barrie with their first event.

With 20 different local makers, artisans and creators coming together to showcase their creations, they had the opportunity to meet other people in the maker community and to sell their often one-of-a-kind items to those looking for unique gifts this holiday season. There was a number of other makers on a waiting list which certainly points to the level of interest and need there is within our area to bring forth opportunities for makers to display their gifts and network with other creatives! 

More than 225 people came through the Five Points Theatre, few leaving without taking something home from the Maker Market. Reviews from those leaving ranged from glowing to asking if the market could become a weekly event.

While currently BRIX do not have immediate plans for another market, expect something similar during the warmer months! 

Noella Maker Market – Dec 16

Join us for the first Noella Maker Market inside the Five Points Theatre in downtown Barrie.

We’ve got space for over two dozen local makers of all kinds, and are inviting anyone who would like to participate to send us an email: for information and to reserve a table at no charge.

We want to bring makers from the greater Barrie area together to show off what you make, meet other makers and maybe find some one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family.

We are getting closer and closer to creating Barrie’s Makerspace, come out and hear about the exciting things going on.

The Market will be open from noon until 4pm on December 16, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP here: Noella Maker Market

Celebrate Barrie Winners Announced

Early in 2018 a steering committee was struck with representation from the Barrie Woodworkers Club, SimCoLab, Firebird Community Cycle, the Barrie Public Library and the Creative Economy Department from the City of Barrie.

Since that time the steering committee has met every other week working collaboratively to determine the basic needs/requirements for the actual physical space, we’ve brainstormed on different trades/tools/machines we’d like to have in the space and we have entertained a couple of possible locations, though they are years down the road.

Separately but related, an Ontario Trillium Fund Grant Application was submitted in February, designed to provide some funding to hire a consultant or several students to research other Makerspaces, funding opportunities and overall business model creation. We will find out if we are successful sometime in July and have a job description and list of responsibilities/outcomes nearly finalized for posting should we be successful.

A name was selected by vote among the steering committee, a lot of different acronyms were thrown around, the one chosen is BRIX, short for the Barrie Region Innovation eXchange.

We have a website, which you can find here: It’s very bare-bones at the moment, but you can definitely share the page to ‘join’, which adds people to this very email list. The website will see updates over the summer months.

Our biggest outcome to date, is that at our last meeting an initial Board of Directors was struck and the steering committee was shut down. We are excited to learn about our Trillium grant, and have a back-up plan and solid Board in place to keep the momentum going.

We are looking for interested candidates/Organizations/groups who are makers and who would like to provide input into the direction BRIX takes over the next many years here in Barrie. All who make ‘stuff’ are welcome to contact us.

Thanks for reading, please definitely respond back if you have questions, comments or feedback. Also please share the link to join our email list

Now that you’ve made it all the way to the end, we’re so pleased to let: Robin A, Alexa S, Amanda O and Paola know that they’ve each won a hand carved pen which was made on-site at Celebrate Barrie by the Barrie Woodworking Club!

Congratulations to everyone.

A makerspace?

The “Barrie Makerspace” is being formed for the purpose of:

  •         Providing entrepreneurs requiring access to information technology, programming and construction facilities to develop, refine, construct prototypes and promote ideas and fledgling businesses
  •         Providing facilities for fledgling businesses allowing them to establish a foothold in their industry without having to face startup costs.
  •         Providing facilities for recreational makers to pursue their hobby in a community workshop environment

Partnerships in the Barrie Makerspace are open to those various disciplines –recreational or otherwise- that are in keeping with the overall objectives of the Barrie Makerspace objectives.

Membership in Barrie Makerspace is open to anyone[1] subject to satisfactorily displaying

  1. Competence and ability to meet the safety standards established for the tools and equipment the member seeks to use.