Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sunday Music in the Park 2012

Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park and the Chinguacousy Concert Band are proud to present an expanded edition of the annual Chinguacousy Music in the Park concert series. The exceptional environment and natural amphitheatre of one of Brampton's largest and well known parks, as in the past, makes an ideal performance venue for attendance from families and their friends across Brampton and beyond. As the Brampton Arts community, we have the opportunity to once again fill the park with music, arts, and culture throughout the summer months; and most importantly, with a majority of local Brampton talent. This location is the perfect venue for your group to showcase their talents.

Call for Musical Groups:
With pleasure you are invited to perform in this year's series, which will be once again presented on Sunday evenings throughout the summer, starting at 6:30pm. As it is anticipated that some Sundays may be more preferential to each group than to others, please send your preferences of two or three suggested dates that could work for your group. As replies are received, dates will be allocated that are beneficial to all involved. Space is filling up fast; preference is given to Brampton Arts Council member groups who apply prior to March 10, 2012.

Call for other Performing Arts Groups and Visual Artists:
In order to expand the experience for the families and visitors that are attending, Brampton Visual Artists and other Performing Arts groups are invited to participate; whether it be a gallery display of their works, an information desk, or a display of the group's talents pre-show or during the intermission. There is ample space available in the bandshell area that can be filled with the best that Brampton has to offer. Don't miss out - send in your information requests today.

To apply for a performance or display location, please send your requests and basic information to:

Once the dates are assigned, a detailed information package will be sent out regarding the logistics of each weekend date to all confirmed groups.

For information or to share further ideas and concepts about this series, please contact:
Al Bourke
President, Chinguacousy Concert Band

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Bridgeman! TODAY & TOMORROW!

“You won't catch your breath until the last page turns”

says author Lou Allin about BAC member Catherine Astolfo's The Bridgeman. Try this writer FREE Feb 28 & 29. Today & tomorrow!

Downtown Brampton Space available for rent

Space available for rent during week days at the Brampton Theatre School - 1 Nelson St W. (Corner of Main St and Nelson St. - lower level) - ideal for yoga, exercise class, meetings, dance, theatre arts, seniors activities, etc. Call Lynda at 905 450-7007 and leave a message.

Love & Leblanc

Saturday, March 3, 7 pm.Please join Love & Leblanc for an evening of classic folk and pop from the 50s, 60s, and 70s at Mt.Vesuvio's Ristorante, 91 George St.S. Seating is limited and reservations are a must! Call (905) 459-0511 to reserve your table!

March Break – Camp Synergy!

March 12th-16th, 2012. Presented by Synergy Performing Arts Academy, 51 Mountainash Rd or 180 Sandalwood Pkwy E suite 2000. Early Registration Special: 5 days as low as $120! Music, Dance, Drama & Art combined!!! FUNtastic Educational or Recreational Programs! Experienced adult teachers only. Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, Extra extended care also available. Choose your stay... from 1 hr, 1 day, 1 week. Special ends March 1st. Ask for details. "Drop-In" available if spaces vacant. Register at or (905)846-5000.

What will your children do this March Break?!

March 12-16, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. How about Brampton Theatre School’s March Break Theatre Arts Camp? For information

Originally posted February 27, 2012: 11:24 PM

Literary News!

Begins Thursday, March 8. Join BAF for a comprehensive 4 week Creative Writing, presented by BAC member Catherine Astolfo, award-winning, local author of The Emily Taylor Series. Purpose: to encourage fledgling writers to put their words on paper in a way that will have shape and promise.. "Ready to write the next great murder mystery but don't know where to start?" Start right here! Simple tips and tricks to bring out the creative writer in you! 4 week course = $100. Find out more and register at

Original post date: February 14th, 2012 11:22 am

Monday, February 27, 2012

Professional Development courses

March 3,4 & 10, 11 - Harris Institute will be having Professional Development courses in the music industry. NSAI and several other industry associations get a 25% discount for the courses. Check them out

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bottle Tree Productions One Act Play Competition for Writers 2012

The competition runs until November 30th 2012.
Go online to

First Prize $1,000 Second Prize $250 Third Prize $100

Top ten entries are posted on our site.
The entry fee for each submission is $25.

One Act Plays of from 10 minutes to 70 minutes may be submitted by mail or email.
For environmental and storage reasons, email submissions are preferred.
Bottle Tree Productions
at 445 Southwood Drive,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M-5P8

Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

Go online at for Paypal options and further details and to see past winners and their contact info. Before entering you can check out our free advice for writers at

Format is not important. Good writing is.
Please do not attach your name or contact name to the script but have that information on a separate sheet of paper, or a separate attachment if emailing.
For further information:
Phone 613-384-8433 or email
Plays can have previously been produced but not professionally.
Plays may also have been entered in other competitions.
Winners will be announced in January of 2013
If you want a critical analysis of your work please enclose a cheque for $50 made payable to Bottle Tree Productions. or use our Paypal option on our website.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Youth Workshops/Drop-In

February youth workshop schedule for new BAC member Youth Arts Against Violence, 4 – 7 pm. Ages 12 – 24 are welcome. Tuesday is Music Production, Wednesday is Photography or Modern Batik, & Thursday is Photoshop or Visual Arts. Workshops are at the Eclypse Youth Centre, 60 West Drive, Suite 101. Welcome to the BAC, YAAV!

Art Classes/Evg Workshops!

Upcoming lessons/workshops at The Art Workshop: Glass/Ceramic/Mirror Etching - Level 2, Wed. Feb 15th, 7-9pm = $25. Jewellery Basics 101 (Earring & Bracelet construction) Wed, Feb 22, 7-9pm = $25. Victorian Felt Flower Projects - Wed, Feb 29, 7-9pm=$25, One-Stroke Painting - starts Tues March 6 – 4 weeks=$100, Visit for more classes and to register.


Deadline: March 31, 2012. Send the Brampton Library your short story, poem or artwork for Inspirations: Brampton Library’s Journal of Youth Writing and Artwork. Authors and artists selected for publication will receive recognition at a special ceremony. The published Journal will be available at all Brampton Library locations. GRADES 1 to 8, contact Monika Conduit,, 905-793-4636 ext. 4325. GRADES 9 to 12, contact Surita Dey,, 905-793-4636 ext.4354.


Deadline: May 1, 2012. Call for Vendors! The Brampton Art Fair heralds in their 13th show, Sat. July 21, 9am-4pm at new venue - the Terry Miller Recreation Centre in Brampton! A HUGE new venue with lots of space for many more vendors to showcase their original artwork! You'll find an application on the website at NOTE: BAF vendor costs have stayed the same for the past 5 years!

Monday, February 13, 2012


The City Of Brampton Concert Band
55A Queen Street East
Brampton, Ontario
L6W 2A8

“Heroes and Villains”

with guests: Susan Zach, Julia Pulo, James Faulkner, William Snodgrass and the choirs of Fallingbrook and Tomken Road Middle Schools

The City of Brampton Concert Band under the musical direction of Darryl Eaton will bring to close our 2011/2012 Rose Theatre Concert Series in spectacular fashion. We are excited to invite you to an evening where thoughtful moments balance with uplifting entertainment as we present “Heroes and Villains” at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday February 25, 2012 at the Rose Theatre.

The concert will focus on the theme in its broad sense in its many manifestations in life, history, nature, literature and art. To do this we have brought together a fantastic range of guest artists that will help us explore the concept in music.

To start the show, we are extremely pleased to present William Snodgrass as a solo percussion feature in the selection “Flight of the Bumblebee” as we look in a whimsical manner at how the theme is expressed in nature. He will also team up with the rest of our percussion section in a new selection for our band that features their considerable talents.

Violinist Susan Zach is a first-time guest with us and will be featured in the piece “Schindler’s List”. The musical qualities of the violin and as expressed by Sue will bring a deeply compelling element to this selection. You will also see her throughout the evening as she lends a unique quality to our music with an instrument not typically associated with concert band.

We are also very honoured to have Julia Pulo, David Bloom-award-wining vocalist for her recent performances with Brampton Music Theatre, as a guest. We have specially arranged a version of “I Believe”, the uplifting theme to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as a feature solo for her.

The concert will feature several new arrangements prepared especially for band. These will highlight the talents of local guitarist James Faulkner who we welcome as both a guest instrumentalist and vocal soloist. He will be a highlight in our final sequence where we look at how ordinary people can be heroes in their own way.

The concert band will also perform “Fanfare For The Common Man” as a tribute to one of our own “everyday heroes” as we remember the passing of Fred Bacon earlier this fall. Fred had a long and involved history with the Concert Band including a long stint as the president. We felt it fitting to spend a moment to commemorate his dedication to our organisation.

The moving finale will also include the massed choirs of Fallingbrook and Tomken Road Middle Schools as we underscore the potential in all of us, and especially that of youth. The choirs will perform several numbers with the band and join “I Believe” with Julia Pulo. You will also hear Take Two a choral group from the Tomken Road Middle School featured in a solo selection.

From its contemplative start through to its inspiring finish, “Heroes and Villains” will combine the music of the multiple award-winning Concert Band with those of our feature guests and is a show not to be not be missed. We hope to see you there.

Tickets may be purchased at the Rose Theatre or Lester B. Pearson box offices or by calling 905 874-2800 or Free parking is available below the Rose Theatre at the intersection of Theatre Lane and Union Street. Ticket prices are Adults $25, Seniors and Students $20 and Children 12 and under $15. For more information on our organization and other upcoming concerts and events please visit our website, or follow us on our Facebook fanpage: “Brampton Concert Band.”

William Snodgrass
WILLIAM SNODGRASS completed his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion and Bachelor of Education degree both at the University of Toronto. His diverse interests in percussion have led him to perform with orchestras, wind bands, jazz ensembles and chamber groups. Will is also involved with recording and music production in his own home studio, and plays jazz piano in a jazz quartet. He is also the Artistic Director of the Boomwhacker Orchestra ( The future may find him playing a really big triangle on the streets of Brazil, but currently, he teaches music for the Toronto District School Board.
Susan Zach
SUE ZACH started to play violin at the age of 7 and the viola at 14. She earned her Bachelor of music degree in viola performance at Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained her Bachelor of Education from l'universite Laurentienne. Susan has performed with many professional ensembles including Kitchener Opera Company, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Sudbury Symphony and Niagara Symphony. Susan performs regularly in the community including Brampton Music Theatre, Georgetown Music Theatre and Theatre Aquarius Performing Artists Program. Susan teaches French and music in for the Waterloo Region District School Board in the secondary panel. She would like to thank the Brampton Concert Band for the opportunity to perform such a historic piece of music in the wonderful Rose Theatre of Brampton.
Julia Pullo
JULIA PULO makes her third appearance on the Rose Theatre stage. She has previously performed in two BMT productions at this venue. She performed as Brigitta in ˜The Sound of Music” and as little orphan Annie in “Annie”. For her role in Annie, she received Brampton’s honourable BRAVO award called The David Bloom Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Juvenile. She has performed in vocal competitions such as Burlington’s and Peel’s Music Festivals and has been awarded “The Most Promising Young Performer Runner Up Scholarship” (2010) and The Star Award for being the Top Performer in Musical Theatre (Junior category – 2011). She has just completed her Grade 3 Royal Conservatory Vocal exam this past January. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, acting, dancing and being with family and friends as much as possible!
James Faulkner
JAMES FAULKNER has a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Science from Daemen College. James is currently a music teacher in the Peel District School Board. James has played with various ensembles throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In 2006 he was picked up by the Stingray Showband, where he went on tour and played music on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. After returning to land in 2007, James continued to play in various cover bands and tribute bands. Feeling the urge to express himself through the creation of music, James worked on forging his sound by taking aspects of his classical guitar influences and mixing them in with the modern sounds of pop and contemporary music. This past year, James has played at various venues throughout the GTA (including a show at the legendary Massey Hall), while building up a fan base in anticipation of releasing of his first album, The Facts Of Life. For as long as he can remember, music has always been an integral part of James' life.

Fallingbrook Middle School Choir
Tomken Road Middle School Choir
Take Two (Tomken Road Middle School) Vocal Ensemble

FALLINGBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR is an extra curricular choir open to all students in the school. It is made up of students in grade 6, 7 and 8. Many of these students are in the vocal performance class while others enjoy singing and want to participate. This choir looks forward to performances at the Peel Board Office, Canada's Wonderland, Peel Music Festival and other school functions. Their director James Faulkner is the music teacher at the school who teaches, djembe, wind ensemble, orchestral strings, computer composition, guitar, music theatre and choir. Jill Fleming is co-director of the choir for this performance, she teaches English, geography, history, science, visual arts and assists with the wind ensemble programme at the school. Fallingbrook is thrilled to be joining the Brampton Concert Band!!

TOMKEN ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR appears under the direction of Chris Hoffman. TAKE TWO is an auditioned choir of grade eight students many of whom are involved in our grade choir, school musical "The Secret Garden" (performed on May 18th, 2012), The Peel Showcase of Excellence: Intermediate Honour Choir, and the Tomken Music Council. We show leadership through music and perform in the community at various festivals, events and assemblies. Michael Domet is the grade eight music teacher at Tomken Road Middle School with a music background in recording music for film and television and conducting. As we prepare for the “Heroes and Villains” performance we value its' importance for students and the community in an auto-tuned and electronic world; we present live music that is skillfully and whole-heartily in the moment.

Chris Hoffman teaches grade seven music at Tomken Road Middle School. He still finds time to be an active performer in the GTA and surrounding areas in orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, and can also be found regularly in the orchestra pit here at the Rose Theatre.

The grade seven choir is made up of enthusiastic and dedicated students who demonstrate their commitment and love of music through weekly extracurricular rehearsals. This performance is the first performance of their spring season, and they are honoured to have this wonderful opportunity to share their musical talents with the Brampton Concert Band.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

North of 49 tomorrow night!

BAC member Dan McVeigh's band North of 49 returns for another performance at Lucy's Seafood Kitchen in Mississauga this Friday night, Feb 10 at 8 PM. Lucy's is located at 6905 Millcreek Dr (south of Derry Rd).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CALL FOR ARTISTS! Brampton Art & Crafts Festival

Call for Vendors! Deadline for applications is May 1, 2012. The Brampton Art Fair heralds in their 13th show, Sat. July 21 from 9am-4pm at our new venue - the Terry Miller Recreation Centre! A HUGE new venue with lots of space for many more vendors!. You'll find our application on NOTE: our vendor costs have stayed the same for the past 5 years! Classes

Art Classes! Upcoming lessons/workshops at The Art Workshop, division of Brampton Art Fair: Stained Glass painting - Feb 11= $35, Victorian Felt Flowers - Feb 8=$25, One-Stroke Painting - Feb 7, 4 weeks=$100, Creative Writing 101 - March 8 , 4 weeks = $100. Visit for more classes and to register.