Brampton Music Theatre

If you have ever been to the Rose Theatre to enjoy a performance by the Brampton Music Theatre company, then you know what a jewel we have in this city. This award winning group has staged performances like “Les Misrables”, “Mary Poppins”, “The Sound of Music”, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, to name a few.

Led by Music Director, Sharon Vandrish, Brampton Music Theatre has flourished and their upcoming production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” stands on the shoulders of an organization that has delighted its fans since 1963.

A youth branch of Brampton Music Theatre attracts and excites young residents to hone their acting and singing craft while preparing for live performances, ensuring that Brampton will be able to experience musical theatre right here at home for many years to come.

Please enjoy this episode of Brampton Focus, and learn what your neighbours are doing to make our city a center for theatre excellence, and be sure to attend a performance at the Rose Theatre very soon.

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Music In Brampton

Music is alive and well in Brampton, despite a few challenges in the past few years, thanks to the dedication of several groups.  This month, Brampton Focus is offering a peek inside the historic Brampton Concert Band, and the Jazz Mechanics, as well as the Rose Orchestra. Communities that embrace music tend to flourish better. In Brampton, our multicultural nature means that we are fortunate to experience music from every corner of the globe. The economic benefits of professional music production and live music performance are significant, and let’s face it: Music lifts the soul.

This point was not lost on the early residents of Brampton who, in 1884, formed the Brampton Concert Band, and later on, the formation of the Brampton Mechanics by the mechanics of the Haggert Foundry. They turned to music to enrich their lives and those of the residents of the entire community. Playing at every major event in town, they laid the foundation for professional live music production for the next century in Brampton.

Fast forward to today, Brampton has a wonderful musical venue, the Rose Theatre, and it has brought forth the Rose Orchestra, a team of talented musicians that presents concert-style musical performances that so far, have enthralled and pleased audiences since 2012.

In this episode, Michael A. Charbon speaks to David Harmsworth and Joe Ferrari about their collective efforts to keep music going in Brampton.

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The Rose Orchestra
Brampton Concert Band

Time to Stop Carding

If you are Black, you are three times more likely to be stopped by police. Do we need any further information to finally end the practice of carding and street checks by Police? Should we not create better policies to establish more trust between all communities and law enforcement?

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that individuals have the right to liberty, to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure, and to not be arbitrarily detained. It also requires that every individual has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

While Police forces continue to identify carding as an important investigative tool, street checks are illegal and should be discontinued in their present form. The Ontario Government’s efforts to review the practice is a welcome development. Hear what Sophia Brown Ramsay from the Black Community Action Network (BCAN) and Karla Bailey from Brampton Focus have to say with host Michael A. Charbon. Also, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey discusses the appointment of Amrik Singh Ahluwalia as the new chair of the Peel Police Services Board.

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