Live Art Competition Set for August 25th in Downtown Brampton

July 27, 2018

Brampton, ON…We are very excited to celebrate the third annual LIVE ART COMPETITION on the streets of the downtown core. “Brampton’s arts community is very passionate about the cultural scene in the downtown core and hope to see all artists, family and friends out with your paint brushes on Saturday August 25th.” Says Grettel Comas, organizer of the Live Art Competition.

The event is presented by INZOLA’s Art Endowment Funds in partnership with the Downtown BIA, PAMA along with a number of community sponsors including The Arts of John Cutruzzola, Baci Gifts, Beaux Arts, CCV Insurance, Inzola, Algoma University, Deborah Kenny Jewellery, Peel Art-Museum and Archives (PAMA), Your Digital Advantage and Razor Creative.

This event is being brought to downtown Brampton through the vision of local artist and business owner John Cutruzzola.
Artists will be painting and competing for first, second and third prize cash awards in two categories oil or acrylic and watercolour. Guests 18 years or older are invited to take part in the competition. Beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 5 p.m. Registration fee: $30.00. To register online or download the registration form please visit:

Three authorized locations are designated to drop off your registration form:
– Baci Gifts, 37 Queen St. West, 905-457-3660
– Inzola, 105 Heart Lake Rd., 905-453-8266
– Peel Art, Museum and Archives (PAMA), 9 Wellington St. East, 905-791-4055.

– First place prize: $800.00
– Second place prize: $400.00
– Third place prize: DINNER FOR 2

One 16” x 20” canvas or 14″ x 20″ watercolour paper will be provided to each artist, artists must
bring their own equipment and materials. The closing ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in Daily Times Square located at 33 Queen Street in downtown Brampton.

“The businesses of the Downtown Brampton BIA are thrilled to be part of the third annual Live
Art Competition and would love to see you all on Saturday August 25th. Says Suzy Godefroy, Executive Director, Downtown Brampton BIA.
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Media Contact:
Suzy Godefroy
Executive Director
Downtown Brampton BIA

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Algoma University Launches School of Business & Economics in Downtown Brampton

(BRAMPTON, ON – July 25, 2018)  Today, Algoma University celebrated their 10th anniversary in Brampton with the news that the University’s next phase of development will see their School of Business and Economics opening this fall at their current location in the heart of the downtown.

This exciting news adds to the buzz around new developments and transformation in Brampton’s core, particularly as it relates to new post-secondary options for students from Brampton and the Greater Toronto Area. The School of Business and Economics will offer programming in Business Administration (with specializations in Accounting, Economics, Human Resource Management, and Marketing) and Finance and Economics. Graduates of the programs are well prepared to complete Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) and Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designations.

Eligible secondary school graduates will now be able to apply direct from high school for admission to these programs.

Algoma U’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Asima Vezina, shared that today’s announcement is a result of conversations held over the past six months with the City of Brampton, the Brampton Board of Trade, the City of Brampton Economic Development Office, local business leaders, current staff, students, and alumni. The University intentionally aligned its planning with Brampton’s 2040 vision, the City’s plans for the Centre for Innovation and Collaboration and the new Ryerson University campus. “We look forward to moving forward with these partners to meet the educational, training, and development needs of Brampton,” she said.

Representatives from a wide range of organizations were in attendance. Dignitaries and special guests included Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South, City Councillor and Acting Mayor Doug Whillans, Todd Letts, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade, and other community leaders.

“The creation of the Algoma University School of Business and Economics marks an exciting next phase in the development of post-secondary programming options in downtown Brampton. As a result of this announcement, a greater number of prospective students will have an opportunity to complete university-level programming in our community. These students will help support the needs of our business community for the long-term benefit of Brampton and the greater Peel Region,” said Todd Letts, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade.

The School of Business and Economics is forecasted to bring significant enrolment increases to the Brampton campus with 500 additional students expected within the next three years.

“I am excited for the launch of Algoma University’s School of Business and Economics that will provide increased access to university programming for students in downtown Brampton, now and for future generations. Our government is committed to ensuring young Canadians have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed, and I am glad our post-secondary partners like Algoma share that vision,” said MP Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South.

Cathy Denomme, Director of the School of Business and Economics shared with the community the University’s enthusiasm for the expansion of educational opportunities for business education in Brampton. Algoma’s faculty and staff are engaging in dialogue with members of the Brampton business community regarding expanded co-operative education and internship placements, experiential learning activities, and undergraduate research projects.

The expansion of Algoma’s programming in Brampton supports the City of Brampton’s efforts to expand post-secondary access and to develop the workforce needed to drive economic development within the local community.

For more information on the School of Business and Economics, please visit or email

About Algoma University
Algoma University was established in 1965 and is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching-focused university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.  As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous  populations and other communities. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Brampton and Timmins. For more information, please visit


Media Contact: 
Meaghan Kent, M.A.
Communications Officer
Algoma University
Work: 705.949.2301, Ext. 4121
Cell: 705.971.2227
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Huge Festival Returning to Brampton This Summer – inBrampton

By Christine Sharma

If you love food, festivals, live music, and outdoor fun, a big event is on its way back to Brampton for its third year in a row, and you might want to check it out!

Vibrant Brampton is set to hit our city this year on Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 at Sheridan College, Davis Campus.

That’s at McLaughlin and Steeles.

According to event organizers, the event has taken place at Garden Square for the past few years.

“In 2018, the festival, on receiving overwhelming response, had to move to a new location and will be held at new and larger venue,” reads a recent release from Vibrant Brampton.

So, what’s happening at the event?

This major two-day cultural event includes live entertainment, food, and vendors.

Performances include Sirens of Shanti, which is the “brainchild” of Tony Singh, according to event organizers. Singh was formerly part of a JUNO-nominated bhangra team called Punjabi By Nature.

Punjabi pop duo Harpreet and Jassi are also slated to entertain the crowd, as are KARMA of Lost Again fame, an Indo-Jazz Bollowood dance show by Shiamak Dance Toronto, classical and fusion kathak by the talented Panwar dance team, and award-winning Indian classical dancer Enakshi Sinha.

The event aims to showcase well-known performers and local stars, too.

And of course, you can expect to find a ton of delicious South Asian food at the event, and vendors where you can snag some cool souvenirs.

It’s all organized by the Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA) in partnership with the Downtown Brampton BIA.

Vibrant Brampton is free to attend.

According to ACISA, a two-week visual arts festival is also happening at Beaux Arts Brampton. It’s called the Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA)-Arts Festival, and it’ll be available to the public from July 15-28.

You can find more details on Vibrant Brampton here.


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