Thursday, February 27, 2014

Progressive Art for Progressive Kids

Progressive Art for Progressive Kids – Registration is now on for Spring 2014 Sessions! Teen Classes, Saturday Children’s Classes (ages 8-12) and March Art Break fine arts camp (ages 6-12). Limited availability. Professional instruction in an art gallery with quality materials included. Official tax receipts provided for all qualifying registrations. Serving Brampton since 2002, BAC member Daniela Easter! Class info:

Audition for (March 15, 2014)

Beginning March 29. The Rock School Band Program - $240. 12 1-Hour Band Practices w/ instructor. Performance at the end of program. Audition for Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocals to be held Saturday March 15th, 2014. Please Call or Email To Book Your Audition: 905–487-1425  Click link for past bands from the Program: 1) 2) 3)


 ADULT FEMALE GYPSY DANCER needed for March 29 gypsy violin concert from the Rose Orchestra. Send the BAC offices your contact info (phone number required) and bio at


Habitat for Humanity Brampton-Caledon is having a dedication ceremony for one of its partner families on April 2, 2 – 3 PM, 20 Hoskins Square. They are looking for members of Brampton’s arts community to participate. Here are some ideas:
-       Perform a song as part of the ceremony
-       Write a song about home and family to be performed at the ceremony
-       Provide ambient music
-       Donate a piece of art to the family as a housewarming gift and be acknowledged from the podium for doing so.
Contact Erica Phillips at 416-271-5932 if interested.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Make Your Pitch Deadline: March 28, 2014!

Make Your Pitch, the Government of Ontario and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), are pleased to be bringing back the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch high school competition.

The competition challenges students in grades 9 to 12 to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video to be voted on by the public and expert judges. Finalists will receive a trip to Toronto (including transportation and hotel for the finalists and chaperones) to present their ideas in front of a judging panel at OCE’s Discovery Conference and Trade Show on May 12-13. Six winners will then be selected and will be presented with a reserved entry into Summer Company to develop their business idea (worth up to $3,000).

This year’s competition is run by OCE on behalf of the Government of Ontario and presents an exciting opportunity for high school students to learn about the benefits of a career in entrepreneurship and of starting their own business. Student participants will also receive expert guidance on pitching a business proposal.

Summer Company DEADLINE: May 23, 2014

BAC member Camille Lauren-Gordon, pictured below, was one of Summer Company 2013's participants with her business Art of Ciel.

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, through its continuing Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy, has announced the fourteenth year for Summer Company, a student entrepreneurship experience that will provide hands-on business training, mentoring – and awards of up to $3000 – to help enterprising young people start and run their own summer businesses.  It’s a great opportunity for students ages 15-29 to develop entrepreneurial skills and build the experience that comes with running a small business.

Over the last thirteen years, SBEC and its team of volunteer mentors have worked with more than 100 winners of the Summer Company program.  These students experienced the challenges and thrills of small business ownership.  This is year, SBEC is again looking forward to offering awards to creative and hard-working young people.  The program is open to secondary school, college and university students who are returning to school in the fall of 2014.

Students are encouraged to operate simple sole proprietorships, which focus on a service offering or a single product.  The application process includes writing a business plan – a challenge even for the seasoned businessperson. 

For Eligibility, Guidelines and an Application, visit

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kids Art and Book Club

February 27, 6:30 - 8 PM. Kids Art and Book Club at Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives, 9 Wellington St E. Join the Brampton Library and PAMA for a free, fun program where you will show off your artistic and literary talents. Talk about some of your favourite books, create your own art masterpieces and more! Register in advance at 905-793-4636. FREE.


2 WEEKS LEFT! DEADLINE: February 28 for SUBMISSION TO 7th Annual Open Juried Art & Photography Show at Beaux-Arts Brampton, 70 Main St N. Announcement of selections: March 14 Visit

WANTED: Vocal/Piano instructor

Job Opportunity - The Rock School is looking for a Vocal/Piano instructor.  RCM experience an asset. The ideal candidate would be taking over a full schedule on Mondays from 4 – 9 PM. In addition to curriculum, students are prepped for auditions, performances and exams.  Position available in March.  Located in downtown Brampton, 6 George St S. Email resume to

Graphic Novel Series

Have you ever wanted to create your own graphic novel or comic book? Join local independent creators and cartoonists for four individual sessions that will get you ready to create your own graphic novel.

·            Series 1: Self-Publishing Comics Panel with Local Independent Creators  – Jan. 25 from 1 – 3 p.m.

·            Series 2: Breaking Into Comics with J Torres Feb. 1 from 1 – 3 p.m.
· Series 3: How to Draw with Scott Chantler – March 1 from 1 – 3 p.m. 
Series 4: Comic Writing with Ricky Lima – March 8 from 1 – 3 p.m.   

 Fee Per Session: $15 (PAMA Non-members); $12.75 (PAMA Members)

March Break – Synergy Camp

March 10-14, 8 AM – 5:30 PM. March Break – Synergy Camp! Presented by Synergy Performing Arts Academy at 51 Mountainash Rd or 180 Sandalwood Pkwy E, #2000. Early Reg Special: Sign up 2 students, get one free! - expires Feb. 24. Music, Dance, Drama & Art combined! Ideal for ages 4-10. Flexible plans. Ask for details. Cost: $149! (905)846-5000.  

Cartoon Cabaret

March 10-14. Cartoon Cabaret: March Break Camp! Ages 6 – 15. Parents feel confident knowing that your child will be enjoying the week full of safe, fun activities at THE STUDIO. Register by March 1 and SAVE! $135 + TAX. After March 1, 2013 $150 + TAX. (905) 454-5735

Free* Facebook/Twitter Workshop

February 22, 1 PM - 4:30 PM. A HACE Mini-Series Workshop: Beyond the Basics-Social Media for Artists and Cultural Organizations. at the Brampton Golf Club, 7700 Kennedy Rd S. An intermediate workshop offered from the BAC on Facebook & Twitter taught by popular presenter James Fowler.

*Free to Bramptonians (residents or workers) involved in the arts sector.

Originally published on February 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

Open Mic Night (Feb 22)

Calling all performers and music lovers! Saturday, February 22, 2014,  7 – 9 PM. Open Mic Night with Tessah Dunn Hosted by: SYNERGY PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY, 51 Mountainash Rd. Register by February 15! Covers or originals welcome. Sponsored by Synergy Arts Society.  FREE. Doors open at 6:45 PM. Call 905-846-5000 ext 2

Originally published on February 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Re-posted on February 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Youth Writers Club Meeting

February 26, 6 – 8 PM. Youth Writers Club Meeting at Four Corners Branch of Brampton Library, 65 Queen St E. For details or to register, call 905-793-4636 or visit

Originally posted on February 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM.


CALLING YOUNG ASPIRING WRITERS/JOURNALISTS. DEADLINE: March 7, 2014. Must be at least 16 years old AND in your last year of high school for your chance to win a $250 bursary. The Brampton Guardian wants to know ‘What is the single most significant topic that matters to you and directly affects your community?’ For more info, try

Originally posted on February 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

Ontario Butter Tart Call

CALL FOR ARTISTS/PERFORMERS! Do you have a special talent? Want to share it with a festival crowd? The Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival on June 14 in Midland, ON is looking for artists, street entertainers and culinary artists. For more info, contact

Originally posted on February 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM.


2014 is back in full gear and so is the Magnum's Open Mic / Jam Night! Come check out the newest addition to live music in Brampton every Wed.!

Magnum's Bar & Eatery
21 McMurchy Ave. N.
Brampton, ON
(McMurchy north of Queen)
Tel. 905-459-8983

Signup: 845pm at Magnum's
Start time: 930pm

In the past while, I have heard from countless people in Brampton looking for jam nights and open mics, and the good people at Magnum's have given us a great venue to do just that! This is an event for performers of all skill levels; everyone is welcome!

ALL TYPES OF PERFORMERS WELCOME: musicians, spoken word artists, comedians, COME ONE COME ALL!

We are happy to provide the following gear for players to use:

Righty: acoustic guitar, bass
Guitar & Bass Amp
Drum kit
PA System

You are also welcome to bring your own gear. We only ask that drummers use the kit provided (breakables are fine).

I always start the night with a few songs. Looking for someone to accompany you? I am more than happy to. I also provide a song list of every tune I know.

Looking forward to jamming and seeing you all perform. Bring a friend! Cheers!

BAC member Matt Zaddy

P.S. Any questions? Email me at

North Brampton Water Colour Society invites you...

Hello Fellow Water Colour Artists

With the New Year approaching the North Brampton Water Colour Society would like you to consider joining our group for 2014. With over 20 years of experience and group history we are the only water colour group that shares this much talent. For the last 8 years, we have rewarded ourselves by exhibiting our talent at Beaux Arts Brampton Gallery.

We will commence again in the New Year starting Thursday January 9, 2014 and meet 49 times per year. It’s up to you how often you paint with us. The doors are open from 7 to 10 pm. Space is LIMITED so please inquire now!!! Membership application form is available upon request. $140.00 annual fee applies.

New to the group? Not convinced yet? Please come visit us and bring along your supplies. Enjoy a relaxing evening energizing your creativity with paper and paint totally free for one session.
Located at:  Loafers Lake Parks & Rec. Center, off of Conestoga and Sandlewood Parkway. We share parking space with the City Library. 
For more information, please contact Henny Dagenais at

Originally published on January 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Republished on January 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM, February 5, 2014 at  11:01 AM, February 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM.