BRAMPTON ON SANTA’S NICE LIST: Santos and Vicente’s collaboration with local musicians, Mayor Brown and Dr. Loh


Santos and Vicente’s collaboration with local musicians, Mayor Brown and Dr. Loh

Brampton, ON (December 18, 2020): Over the past month Councillor Santos & Vicente’s band (Point of Order), have collaborated with local musicians to produce a cheerful holiday music video covering Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. It is a tribute to Brampton’s essential workers and a fun reminder that you can still be joyful and festive virtually and physically distanced, while keeping your friends and family safe over the holidays. Video here <>

Similar to their “Lean On Me” <> video, released at the beginning of the pandemic, this Holiday Cheer video shows how Brampton has come together.

“Christmas is just around the corner and as we say goodbye to one of the most challenging years of our lifetime, Brampton has shown tremendous resiliency with a joyful spirit,” says Santos. “Misperceptions of our city may suggest that we are on the naughty list, but Santa knows that’s not true – that’s what this Holiday Cheer video is about.”

Currently in grey-lockdown, Brampton has been one of the hardest hit municipalities during this pandemic. But with a large number of essential workers including a high number of employees in trucking and logistics, many of the city’s residents have been and are still going to work.

“We wanted to show our gratitude to all of our essential workers, small businesses and residents,” said Vicente. “Despite the criticism we have received, our frontline healthcare workers, emergency services, transit, public works, etc. and our big and small businesses, artists, and residents continue to prioritize support for each other.”

With special guest appearances from Mayor Brown and Dr. Lawrence Loh, Santa Claus hopes that people will share this music video which reflects the beautiful spirit and hard work that Brampton contributes beyond its municipal boundaries.

“We have a lot of Santa’s Helpers in Brampton, and even though some think that they deserve coal in their stocking, this city has truly come together to support each other and all of you,” says Santa Claus. “So many of them have risked their own health and safety to keep us all healthy, safe, and fed. Brampton is on the nice list and I look forward to coming to town next week.”

“From the bottom of our hearts we would like to wish everyone in our wonderful city, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and safe holiday season, and together, let’s build a brighter future for Brampton,” adds Santos and Vicente.

Special credit to Brampton musicians:

  • Carmen Spada; Keys, Vocals & Production
  • Matteo Romaniello; Drums & Percussion
  • Samantha Herrado; Bass
  • Miguel Reategui; Electric Guitar
  • Frank Adriano; Acoustic Guitar
  • Jerry Quintyne; Saxophone

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Digital Gift Cards coming to Downtown Brampton through Collaboration with RIC Centre and PAIY® App

Brampton, ON – November 30, 2020  RIC Centre is pleased to announce a Digital Main Street Community Collaboration Project bringing together the Downtown Brampton BIA with FinTech innovator 4PAY Inc. to pilot test their digital gift card platform PAIY® to encourage consumers to support local businesses this winter. This Digital Main Street project is made possible through financial support from the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

Main streets across Ontario are under intense pressure due to COVID-19. The Digital Main Street Community Collaboration Program is focused on bringing together community members to collaboratively identify and solve local main street challenges. The goal is to add resources and assist with piloting solutions that are scaleable to help businesses across Ontario.

“RIC Centre hosted virtual information sessions and a community workshop to bring together technology innovators with local community stakeholders. We are delighted to support the Downtown Brampton BIA with this Community Collaboration project,” stated Pam Banks, Executive Director of the RIC Centre. “We look forward to assessing community interest in buying and redeeming digital gift cards to support local businesses.”

“The Downtown Brampton BIA is focused on supporting our members to recover from COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. We believe that 4PAY offers a robust digital gift card platform that will offer residents a great option for safely doing their holiday shopping, online or in-person, at small independent retailers who wouldn’t be able to offer digital cards on their own,” stated Suzy Godefroy, Downtown Brampton BIA Executive Director.

Neil Appalsamy, CEO of 4PAY states, “Recognizing the local merchant and consumer dynamic has been changing over the last several years, this pandemic has rapidly uncovered different levels of preparedness that could be addressed through innovative collaboration. We are excited to work with Downtown Brampton BIA to enable a buy local campaign using the PAIY® platform.”

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Christian Heritage Month

On November 20, 2019 Brampton City Council voted unanimously in favour of declaring the month of December, each year, to be “Christian Heritage Month”: “Whereas Christian faith groups in Brampton embody the beautiful and diverse threads that mirror the Canadian social fabric, and therefore be it resolved in recognition of the valuable contribution of Christians to the spiritual, philanthropic, cultural and economic well-being the City of Brampton, that the Mayor and Brampton City Council endorse the proclamation of December in 2019 and beyond as Christian Heritage Month.” The Brampton Ministerial of Christian pastors and leaders is thankful to our city leaders for this declaration and are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate God’s gift of his divine Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth as a human to reconcile this broken world and its people to himself as the Creator of the human race. Christians believe that our world’s problems are mainly caused by our human failure to fully love one another. But according to the Bible, in John 3:16, God loved the world so much that he sent is Son, at Christmas, to pay for our human sin and brokenness, to reconcile human beings to God, and to lead us to serve God and others by encouraging faith in Christ and by loving people in helpful and practical ways. While Christians have not done this perfectly, and have sometimes made mistakes along the way, by God’s forgiving grace, Christians in Canada have done many things to encourage the well-being of all Canadians – from initiating both our Public and Catholic educations systems, to initiating many of our health care systems, to leading and joining others to insist on the end of Black slavery, to leading the fight for women’s suffrage, to challenging injustice for Canada’s indigenous people including our own historical injustice as Christians.


As individual citizens and churches, we celebrate what God has done and is doing through Christians and all people to contribute to the health and well-being of Canada overall, and of Brampton in particular.


To celebrate Christian Heritage Month, the following initiatives have been planned: 1) On December 1, Mayor Patrick Brown will open Christian Heritage Month with a declaration and by raising the Christian flag for the month of December. 2) Through the Brampton Christian Ministerial, Christmas lawn signs are being distributed to members of Brampton churches which say “Christmas is about Christ”, along with larger signs on the properties of some of our historic downtown churches that say “Celebrating Christian Heritage Month”. 3) The Peel District Public School Board will distribute curriculum to each school to inform our students about the Christian faith. 4) The Brampton Ministerial is encouraging individual churches to lead socially distanced “Drive-by Carol singing in their neighbourhoods. 5) Hundreds of churches in Brampton will be offering various, mostly on-line and socially distanced, celebrations of the gift of Christ at Christmas.

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