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Calling all live entertainment lovers! Performing Arts Brampton is back in a big way, relaunching as Brampton On Stage! Organizers have revealed the lineup for the upcoming June to December 2023 season, and there are many events you won’t want to miss!
Theatre fans should be sure to check out Hamlet, starring Canadian-Pakistani acting powerhouse Ahad Raza Mir. The show is happening at The Rose from Oct. 12 to 18. It is described as a “furious, fast-paced Hamlet for our times” that will be sure to enthrall modern Shakespeareans and will be under two hours including intermission! It’s also an important moment for representation!
“The City of Brampton is a multicultural tapestry, and it’s our mission to showcase all of our city’s diversity on our stages. We aim to continue to embrace the incredible cultural fusion specific to Brampton and all our gifted creators, continue to experiment on our stages, and honour the classics but through a unique new lens,” Executive Artistic Director Steven Schipper says, adding that Brampton is full of immense talent.
Tony Award-nominated, Grammy Award-winning Broadway star Eva Noblezada, of Hadestown, Miss Saigon revival, and more, will be gracing Brampton for her first Canadian performance. Happening on Oct.20, Noblezada will perform both pop music and songs from classic musicals, both revamped as if they were being performed in a speakeasy.
This season The Rose Studio will be host to “Stage Door Stories,” a new series of intimate shows and conversations with artists, including fiddle wünderkind Ashley MacIsaac on Oct. 10 and Canadian cultural treasure Susan Aglukark on Dec. 5. Burton Cummings & His Band Unplugged will perform on the Rose mainstage on Oct.12., while stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings takes the stage on Dec. 3.
MEANWHILE IN GARDEN SQUARE
Audiences can also head to Garden Square for various events throughout the summer starting with Friday Night Live. Free weekly concerts by local talent are scheduled on Fridays through July and August. Artists include JUNO Award-winning reggae band Kirk Diamond and The Movement of Ahryel featuring Jônelle, who will be performing on July 7. On Sept. 1, Cree rockstar Adrian Sutherland will be performing alongside Mimi O’Bonsawin in partnership with the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, and much more is planned!
Movie lovers, there’s something for you too! You can catch a family movie in Garden Square on Wednesday nights at “Movies by Moonlight.” Those looking to see something more PG-13 can check out “Starlight Saturday Movies,” where a box office hit will be shown every Saturday night.
BRAMPTON ON STAGE: OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS SEASON
The city has an impressive line-up of live music scheduled for September!
Bringing lively South Asian hip hop to the city, Monsoon Sound is returning to Brampton to take over The Rose Lobby on Sept. 8.
The first annual “This is Brampton Showcase” is happening on Sept.14! The event will feature Brampton’s rising music and comedic talent in a night of comedy, hip hop, R&B, jazz, country, rock, spoken word, and Broadway.
Flow Fest will go down on Sept. 23. The drumming festival is a celebration of Afro-Caribbean fusion, led by Grammy Award-winning musician Larnell Lewis and Joy Lapps that will immerse the audience in a celebration of culture, music, and drums from around the world.
“Arts and culture play a vital role in our community. They help us to express ourselves, connect with others, and share our feelings with the world. Brampton is a diverse city that celebrates each other’s traditions and cultures, and I am proud to see this represented on our stages. We have an exciting season ahead!” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said in a statement.
Brampton On Stage was created to promote the diverse, intercultural talent of Brampton across the city’s unique array of venues. These venues include The Rose Mainstage and Studio, LBP, Cyril Clark, and Garden Square, as well as parks and other public spaces throughout the city. Tickets are super affordable, with most prices ranging between $10 and $49 and are on sale here.