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Get your feet on the street…ArtBeat in Downtown Brampton this Friday!

Brampton…Beaux Arts Brampton, the Downtown Brampton BIA, and the City of Brampton are excited to launch the inaugural event ArtBeat on Friday October 19, 2018.

ArtBeat Brampton will be an inspirational art crawl in the downtown core, showcasing local artists from Brampton and the Greater Toronto Area.  Each artist will be paired with a downtown business and will display their art work on Friday October 19, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. for the public to participate in guided tours or self-directed tour with the help of the event map.

Executive Director Regan Hayward of Beaux Arts Brampton is at the helm of ArtBeat and is very pleased to add this event to the Beaux Arts Brampton calendar.   “Brampton has a bounty of talent in the arts with many visual artists working diligently and consistently in their studios, creating imagery that highlights their distinct styles! Many of our visual artists are active in gallery showcases such as Beaux Arts but also outside our City limits, ArtBeat Brampton is a great opportunity for our visual artists to not only showcase their talented art works at local business’ but also meet and interact with our community to develop rapport and support for their visual arts practice! Participating Artists are feeling the excitement of showcasing and demonstrating their talents during ArtBeat Brampton!” says Hayward.

Artists to be featured at ArtBeat include; April Bhamra, Amanda Busby, Karen Darling, Kyle Langlois, Josephine Condotta, Delroy Gordon Jr aka Del Rye, Michael Brennan, Prabha Madhavan, Broňa Wingell’s and Dale Boyd.  For detailed biographies visit https://www.beauxartsbrampton.org/art-beat.

The downtown business community have embraced ArtBeat and have jumped onboard to showcase local artisans throughout the downtown core.   “The businesses of the Downtown Brampton BIA are thrilled about ArtBeat and are very honoured to be a partner-sponsor with Beaux Arts Brampton.  Art and culture is vital to Brampton’s downtown, and we look forward to celebrating the local art that will be featured on Friday evening.” Says Suzy Godefroy, Executive Director, Downtown Brampton BIA.

ArtBeat Brampton venues include; Beaux Arts Brampton, Dolcezza Custom Cakes, Stephan’s Furs, Custodio’s Photography Studio, Karen Darling Studio, Brampton Denture Clinic, Segovia Coffee Co. and Wendel Clark’s Grill & Bar.

This is a very exciting event for Beaux Arts Brampton and their event partner Brampton Denture Clinic & Wellness Centre as they work together to continue to create opportunities and beautify public and private spaces with emerging art and culture.

So be sure to head downtown this Friday evening for Brampton’s ArtBeat.  The fun will begin at Beaux-Arts Brampton with an opening reception at 6pm, followed by guided and self guided walking tours.

ArtBeat Brampton is happening along with the Taste of Brampton, a culinary celebration in Brampton’s downtown core so be sure to grab a bite to eat before Art Beat this Friday.

ArtBeat Brampton would not be possible with out the incredible support from the Downtown Brampton BIA, Brampton Denture Clinic and Wellness Centre, IG Wealth Management and The City of Brampton.

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About Beaux-Arts Brampton

Beaux-Arts Brampton is a centre for artists that serve as a premier exhibition space for emerging to established visual & multi-media artists and photographers.  Beaux-Arts features bright gallery spaces, a boutique gift shop, and 2nd floor art business studios, in the heart of downtown Brampton. The centre unites artist members and the creative audience in the spirit of fostering and celebrating the arts, together.  Operating successfully since 2002, Beaux-Arts was founded by the Brampton Arts Council & dedicated visual artists, with the support of the City of Brampton, Downtown Brampton BIA, Trillium, and many volunteers, members & private sponsors.  At 70 Main Street North, located conveniently near the Go Station, City Hall and The Rose Theatre, engage with Beaux-Arts Brampton on your next trip downtown. It’ll revitalize your soul and invigorate your spirit.

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Digital Main Street Launches Grant Program

Province of Ontario partners with OBIAA to provide grants to help Ontario’s “main street” businesses go online.

October 15, 2018: Ottawa, Ontario. Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) announced today the official launch of Digital Main Street’s exciting Grants Program across Ontario at Shopify’s Ottawa headquarters.

Coinciding with Canada’s Small Business Month, the event kicks off the availability of Digital Main Street Grants Program, which provides funding to qualifying small “main street” businesses and community business groups to enhance online promotion, selling and operations.

“Our government is making Ontario open for business and strengthening rural communities, and the Digital Main Street program will do just that. In partnership with the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association, this program helps local small business embrace new technology that will expand their digital capabilities and make them more competitive.”
-Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

There are two types of grants that will be available:

  1. Digital Transformation Grant:  There will be 2,000 grants of $2,500 each available to qualifying small “main street” businesses to help them adopt new digital technologies.
  2. Digital Service Squad Grant:  There will be 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying municipal or business groups to develop and implement local squads of digital vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.

Applicants will access the grant process through the Grant Program Portal, which will be available on October 15 on the Digital Main Street website at www.digitalmainstreet.ca/ontario

“With today’s launch of the Grants Program and the Grant Program Portal, we are making Digital Main Street very real.  These grants will enable Ontario’s qualifying small “main street” businesses to adopt digital technologies while also learning how to promote, sell and operate online for greater success. Digital Main Street will put Ontario’s small businesses on the ‘digital map.” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of OBIAA.

Part of the Province of Ontario’s Main Street Enhancement Initiative, Digital Main Street helps improve how small businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful.  Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help enable them to adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory.
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Taste of Brampton returns for two weeks of tasty menus Oct 15-29!

Brampton, Oct. 11, 2018 – The Downtown Brampton BIA (Business Improvement Area) is pleased to present the Taste of Brampton will launch on October 15-October 29 for two weeks of delicious dining.

Taste of Brampton is a culinary event that showcases some of the top dishes in Brampton. From prix-fixe menus, to special offerings, Taste of Brampton presents a dining option for every guest. A returning favorite (sampler plates) will be back at restaurants including Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Carve on Lot 5.

For guests looking to explore some of Brampton’s most popular foodie spots, Taste is the perfect opportunity to try something new with discounted pricing offered during the two-week promotional period. Leave the cooking to the chefs for two weeks, and you won’t regret it.

Names from left to right: (Left) Dirk Ziegler (Das Brezel Haus), Vince Foggetti and Jean Paul di Giulio (Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar), Dan Calabrese and Anthony Trenton (Aria Bistro and Lounge), Kristina Romasco (Dolcezza Custom Cakes), Harry Bojje and Roger Rajamoorthy (Tracks Brew Pub), Sarabjit Singh (Mirch Masala), Horacio Herrera (Segovia Coffee), Saverio Persichilli and Sabena Coulter (Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar), Randy Sahota (The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro), Andrea Magana/Suzy Godefroy and Teagan Pecoskie-Schweir (Downtown Brampton BIA). Photography credits: Rupen Bhardwaj

Not only is eating the fun part, but the chances to win prizes are bigger than ever! With over 25 gift cards and the grand prize of $500.00 (in restaurant gift cards) you’ll want to follow the Instagram contest fun this year via #TasteofBrampton
For more information, menus and full contest details, visit: www.aTasteOfBrampton.ca

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About Downtown Brampton BIA
Downtown Brampton is a respected and welcoming destination dedicated to bringing people together for quality shopping, services and entertainment. The mission of the Downtown Brampton BIA is to promote and enhance downtown Brampton through marketing events and beautification to build confidence and engagement with members and the community.

Media Contact:
Andrea Magana | Marketing and Events Specialist
(905)874-8182 | andrea.magana@brampton.ca
www.downtownbramptonbia.ca

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