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Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Tourism Simcoe County is pleased to partner with The City of Barrie to bring our first Music Incubation program. Canada’s Music Incubator will deliver the Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp at Barrie’s City Hall from October 13 to 15, 2017. The Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp is specifically designed to help emerging artists and bands from all genres build their businesses and careers.

The bootcamp will be facilitated by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI), whose mission includes customized mentoring, networking, and collaboration. CMI is a not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to providing hands-on, creative entrepreneurship development for emerging artists.

Benefits of Participation
The Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp is a limited-capacity event which accepts 15 emerging artists for a weekend of in-depth, customized, and hands-on mentorship delivered by two of CMI’s music industry mentors. The content covered is based on the immediate business and development needs of the artists in the room. Artists will also have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with CMI’s mentors to discuss their careers as well as having access to ongoing mentorship from CMI after the boot camp.

Who Should Apply
Musicians in the early to mid-stages of their career, that recognize there is no short cut to success and have a commitment to building their careers. Those that wish to build sustainable businesses and careers and have a desire to access expertise in the music industry through professionals like CMI.

How to Apply
Applicants MUST apply through the Canada Music Incubator website no later than September 25, 2017. Please note there are a limited number of spaces in the program. Applications will not be accepted at the Creative Economy Department or Culture Branch.

Criteria for Selection
CMI will review all applications with an eye towards identifying emerging artists showing commitment to achieving sustainability in their career and reward those that are in a position to take immediate advantage of the mentorship opportunity.  

Criteria for acceptance into the program:
• Regular performances
• History of releases and/or forthcoming releases
• Artists creating original music
• Team
• Career achievements
• Marketing & social media activity
• Press & publicity experience
• Self-identified strengths and weaknesses (direct question within the application)
• Expression of how best our bootcamp can benefit them (direct question within the application)
• Professional presentation
The presence (or absence) of any of these listed items does not guarantee (or disqualify) anyone from our program.  We simply use these criteria to establish a general picture to select the best possible candidates. 

There is no cost for participating in the program, but successful applicants will be asked to provide credit card information. If they do not attend the program after agreeing to participate, they will be charged $50.00.




Tourism Simcoe County Distribution Program


Tourism Simcoe County offers a variety of co-operative marketing opportunities and programs to promote area tourism businesses.  Take advantage of our Local or Border Run distribution.

The Border Run program occurs twice a year in the fall and spring. Publications are delivered to more than sixty tourism information centres along the Hwy 401 corridor from Sarnia to Ottawa and into Quebec.

The Local Distribution program delivers brochures to over fifty prime locations in Simcoe County including hotels, attractions, restaurants, golf courses and ski resorts.

The program runs weekly from May to September and bi-weekly the remainder of the year.

For contract information please see below:







Service Excellence Training

RTO7 and the Counties of Bruce, Grey & Simcoe have partnered to bring an online customer service training program to the region.  Working in collaboration with OTEC (Ontario Tourism Education Corporation), the BGS Tourism Service Excellence Training is a one hour training that will provide the fundamentals of customer service for frontline tourism staff and other first impression individuals e.g. gas station attendants. We want to collectively ensure that we’re all putting our best foot forward when it comes to welcoming visitors to BruceGreySimcoe!


To be eligible to take the training individuals must:

  1. Work in one of Bruce, Grey or Simcoe Counties
  2. Own or work for a “tourism business or organization” as defined below:
    • Tourism industry (i.e. the businesses or industries that sell products and services directly to tourists, e.g. accommodations, restaurants, recreation and attractions, travel agents, transportation and retail enterprises etc.)
      • Owner/Operator (private and non-private tourism businesses, attractions)
      • ‘First impressions’ individuals/organizations e.g. gas station attendant, convenience store clerk, or an organization that regularly services the visitors to our region
    • Tourism Organization
    • Destination Marketing Organization (DMO)
    • Business Improvement Association (BIA) or Chamber of Commerce
    • Municipal Tourism Office
    • Students in a tourism/hospitality program (secondary, post-secondary, career college, etc.) – please call 705-888-8728 or click on the Register button below to access the training
    • If you are a large employer wishing to access training for more than 10 participants, please call your County representative below to access the 'larger employer' promo code .
      • Brendan Matheson, Tourism Simcoe County: 705-726-9300 x1932

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Please use promo code: S125