The City of Brampton has announced the latest round of successful people hailing from Brampton to be inducted into the Arts Walk of Fame.

This year’s inductees include Director X — the director behind music videos for Drake, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar and others — New York Times bestselling author Rupi Kaur, CBC’s The Morning Edition host Zarqa Nawaz, and historian William Perkins Bull.

The inductees were chosen for achieving excellence in the arts and entertainment industry, for helping to build city pride and for inspiring emerging creatives and artists.

The works of the inductees will be featured and celebrated in individual events, followed by their recognition as part of the Arts Walk of Fame. The first event will be An Evening with Rupi Kaur, planned for Thursday, April 26, 2018, at The Rose.

Including the new inductees, Brampton’s Arts Walk of Fame will have 21 stars. Since its inception in 2014, inductees have included Russell Peters, Michael Cera, Keshia Chanté, Exco Levi, Rohinton Mistry and others.

The Arts Walk of Fame is located along Main Street adjacent to Garden Square in downtown Brampton. The 2017 inductees will have the installation of their markers deferred to a future time due to construction in the area. See a full list of inductees and upcoming events to recognize this year’s cohort here.

About this year’s inductees

Director X

Born Julien Christian Lutz, Director X has directed high-budget, visually distinctive videos for popular artists such as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and many more. X has been nominated and won awards at the MTV Video Music Awards and the Much Music Video Awards. In 2015, X won Best Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival for his directorial debut, Across The Line and recently directed the highly anticipated film Superfly for Sony Columbia Pictures, hitting theatres in June 2018.

Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur is a poet, performer, and bestselling author. Kaur’s artistic journey began as early as the age of 5 when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said, “draw your heart out.”  While studying at the University of Waterloo, Rupi wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first collection, Milk and Honey, which has since sold over 3 million copies, translated into more than 35 languages, and landed as a #1 New York Times Bestseller for more than 100 consecutive weeks. Rupi’s long-awaited second collection The Sun and Her Flowers was published in 2017 and debuted as a #1 global bestseller. She’s a Forbes 30 under 30 and named one of BBC’s 100 Women of 2017.

Zarqa Nawaz

Zarqa Nawaz is the creator of the ground-breaking documentary Me and the Mosque, and the hit comedy series, Little Mosque on the Prairie that ran on CBC Television between 2007 and 2012. Most recently she has written a bestselling comedic memoir, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, in which she explores what it was like to grow up as a Canadian of Muslim faith. Nawaz currently hosts CBC’s The Morning Edition.

William Perkins Bull (posthumous)

Wm. Perkins Bull was a successful lawyer, financier, philanthropist and historian. In the early 1930s he began a comprehensive study of Peel County’s history that eventually grew into thirteen published volumes on Peel’s cultural and natural history. Bull’s history project also resulted in a very large collection of artifacts, archival records, and artworks. In 2006, the Peel Heritage Complex (now the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives) officially renamed the archives reading room the Wm. Perkins Bull Reading Room and in 2007 the Ontario Heritage Trust honoured Mr. Bull for establishing provincial historic significance.

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