Second Annual Live Art Competition a huge success!

September 11, 2017
Brampton…On Saturday September 9th, Downtown Brampton was host to the second annual Live Art Competition whereby artists once again competed in painting downtown Brampton on canvas or paper.

Live Art Competition was brought to the downtown community by John Cutruzzola of the Inzola Group and Grettel Comas of Baci Gifts & Michaels Photography, both of whom are very passionate in the local Brampton arts.

In Brampton, John’s dedication to the implementation of important structural elements such as Brampton City Hall, The Art Gallery of Peel, The Rose Theatre are significant projects to the developments of the cultural aspects of his community. In recognition of his dedication to his community and his pursuit of artistic and cultural progress, John has been recognized with multiple awards. Among them, Les Carbot Award from the Canadian Art Council, the 2004 Art Person of the Year, the 1993 Business Person of the Year and the 2007 Citizen of the Year.

Grettel Comas, originally from Costa Rica, where the weather, people and coffee merge perfectly. “When I was younger, I was into Journalism where my practical in TV and in radio were my preferences. In Canada, my new tendency is more inclined into business administration, I am the Manager at M.Michael’s Photography and Baci Gifts ” and very active in downtown Brampton.
Grettel Comas, founder of Live Art Competition presented the idea of a Live Art Competition to her colleagues in 2016 and has brought together many key cultural organizations for this annual event. Key organizations that were part of the 2017 Live Art Competition included Algoma University, Baci Gifts, Beaux-Arts Brampton, Deb Kenny Jewellery, Downtown Brampton BIA, PAMA, The Arts of John
Cutruzzola and Razor Creative.

Live Art Competition opened with artists meeting in Brampton’s Garden Square for registration and then headed out to their choice of a downtown location to paint on canvas. Painting took place from 10 to 1pm., and finished mater-pieces were formally submitted to the Live Art Competition organizers for judging. The Live Art Competition judges included Reagan Hayward, Executive Director Beaux-Arts Brampton, Gerrie Loveys, Assistant Curator-Art Collection, Exhibitions, community Projects – PAMA, and local resident Lidija Petri.
Artists and Live Art Competition attendees enjoyed the Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market, the CARABRAM International Food Festival and the World Jazz Festival, which all took place this past Saturday September 9, 2017.

At 4pm the formal awards ceremony took place in Garden Square and the Live Art Competition judges were very proud to award all of the winners.The winners of Live Art Competition 2017: 1rst. prize (watercolour/mixed media) Anthony Wong, 1rst. prize (acrylic-oil) Karlene Bland; 2nd. prize (watercolour/mixed media) Teresa Mytkowski, 2nd prize (acrylic-oil) Eunice Sim; 3dr. prize (watercolour/mixed media) Rye, 3rd. prize (acrylic-oil) Jodian Foster. Honourable Mention in Acrylic and Watercolour went to Eva Omes. Amazing work from the artists and the whole team of live Art Competition.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and brought Live Art to downtown Brampton. The winning artwork will be on display at Beaux Arts Brampton and the downtown Brampton BIA.
Media Contact:
Suzy Godefroy
Executive Director
Downtown Brampton BIA

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Brampton commits to investment strategy for a university

​Brampton, ON – Today at Committee of Council, Brampton Councillors committed to an investment strategy for a new university facility and a centre for education, innovation and collaboration in downtown Brampton.

Council endorsed, in principle, investing up to $50M over 10 years into a post-secondary facility, and up to $100M into joint-use community space to support a university, business innovation and collaboration, community interaction, and cultural growth.

“Today, Brampton City Council has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to the future of Brampton,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “Securing a university, and all the associated economic and social benefits, has been a priority for the City and I’m very pleased we’ve taken this bold step to support a positive outcome for our residents, our businesses, our youth, and our future. I want to personally thank the members of the Blue Ribbon Panel and all our city staff for getting the university conversation to where it is today.”

The commitment sets levels for the City’s funding, and specific decisions around timing, type of funding, and sources of funding will be made at a later time. Ryerson University and Sheridan College will be submitting its final proposal to the Province in early Fall, and the Province is expected to announce details later in the year. Once these plans are clear, staff will prepare a detailed report highlighting specific recommendations for Council, as well as explicit performance measures and targets.

A joint-use centre for education, innovation and collaboration could include a new central library, and entrepreneurial and cultural space in close proximity to a university facility in Downtown Brampton.  This would be a creative space with unique attributes and advanced technology – embodying Brampton Library’s vision of ‘inspiring connections,’ reinventing the city’s cultural image across the country, supporting collaborative learning, and creating new business opportunities.

The City commissioned urbanMetrics Inc. to develop a report on the economic and social benefits of a new university facility and a centre for education, innovation and collaboration, which is expected to be complete late in October. urbanMetrics also delivered a similar study in 2015 that highlighted significant benefits for Brampton. The new report will build on those findings with more specific details based on plans and visions to date.

Staff will also begin working with the City’s partners on a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining details of the partnership and establishing a process for measuring the impact of the municipal investment.

All partners are fully engaged in planning new postsecondary facilities focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – skills important to current and future employers, and often grouped together under the acronym STEAM.

Quick facts:
• An economic impact study of a 5,000 student post-secondary facility in Brampton estimated construction would add more than 1,800 jobs, and ongoing operations would add more than 1,500 jobs
• Graduates of Ontario universities earn $37,397 more per year than Canadian high school graduates
• Initial analysis by urbanMetrics Inc. suggests that a centre for education, innovation and collaboration in Brampton will result in visitor spending of $18.3 million a year
• Every dollar invested in a library in Canada generates a return of anywhere from $3 to $7


Brampton is thinking bigger. We are a future ready organization with a sharp focus. We know our community’s growth, youth and diversity set us apart. We sit at the centre of Canada’s innovation super corridor, encouraging investment and growing our global success. We are building vibrant urban centres that ignite opportunity and instill pride in the people who live and work here. We are moving Brampton forward to be a connected city that is innovative, inclusive and bold. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more at

Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
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