Brampton Music Theatre is hosting a giant, three-day arts festival this weekend in downtown Brampton and it will be the biggest the city has ever seen.
The Arts Alive Festival runs Thursday to Saturday and will celebrate local and international artists alike in a spectacular showing of Broadway stars, Juno Award winners, internationally acclaimed singers, jazz performers, dancers and more.
The festival brings together some of the city’s biggest arts and music organizations: Brampton Music Theatre, Rose Orchestra, Brampton Concert Band and more. It’s a massive collaboration, and the first of its kind in Brampton’s history.
“We have exceptional talent here and we don’t need to travel [to Toronto] to recognize that. I think people don’t realize how many different opportunities there are for our own community to shine in the performing arts,” says Artistic Director Sharon Vardish.
Check out the full event lineup across the four venues below:
Thursday, August 24th
Jazzin’ It Up – Rose Theatre Main Stage – 7:30 p.m.
Multi Juno award-winning artist, and highly regarded on the international jazz scene, Carol Welsman will take over the main stage at the Rose Theatre along with jazz singer and songwriter Shannon Butcher, jazz artist Stu Mac and Brampton-based band Jazz Mechanics.
Summer Music in the Park – Gage Park – 7 p.m.
As part of the festival, a lineup of artists from various genres will perform in Gage Park, including Lindsey Camara and Latin Pulse performing Latin-infused music, and Chris Ning and Alan Kulka who bring together classical guitar and 80’s hair metal.
Shining Youth – Studio Theatre – 7 p.m.
This event is dedicated to up-and-coming young talent in the community. Vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles will perform jazz, classical, musical theatre and more.
Friday, August 25th
Broadway Spectacular – Rose Theatre Main Stage – 7:30 p.m.
Broadway stars take over the Rose Theatre’s main stage for a spectacular night performing with a full orchestra and Brampton Music Theatre’s singers. Enjoy performances from the likes of Alvin Crawford, who was a part of Disney’s Aladdin as Jafar on Broadway, Syndee Winters who played Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, and Katie Travis who currently plays Christine Daaé in the North American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
One Love – Garden Square – 8 p.m.
A Bob Marley tribute band will be taking over Garden Square to play some of the legend’s greatest hits. They will be followed up by classic rock band, Rebelljo.
Saturday, August 26th
A Vocal Masterclass with Phantom’s Christine – 10:30 a.m.
Get vocal training from a real Broadway Star! Katie Travis, who currently plays Christine in the North American Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera, will be on hand to work with participants, listen to them sing and perform a few numbers as well. Space is limited.
A Classical Gala – Rose Theatre – 7:30 p.m.
The festival goes out with a bang: enjoy an elegant evening filled with performances. This classical gala will feature Jean Stilwell, Richard Margison, Leslie Ann Bradley, Moshe Hammer, Andrew Ascenzo, The Rose Orchestra, the Brampton Concert Band, BMT’s Mass choir and local auditioned talent.
To find out more about the festival, the lineup of artists and acts slated to perform and to purchase tickets, click here.