Culture Days and Doors Open

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Various locations

Discover the story behind every door

Since settlement in the early 1820s, Brampton has grown to become a diverse and robust city of over 600,000 residents. Across our city, there are many fascinating facilities and preserved heritage sites for you to explore. Join us for Doors Open Brampton and explore 20+ locations – both new and old – that tell the story of this great city. 

Doors Open Brampton offers visitors an opportunity to explore its unique range of cultural experiences, from well-preserved buildings from the Victorian era, to outdoor walking tours, and to modern places of worship, there are stories to discover in every neighbourhood.

The Ontario Heritage Trust works with communities across the province to open the doors, gates and courtyards of their unique and most fascinating cultural sites so you can explore the stories inside. Learn more about Doors Open across Ontario.

Locations

Air Canada Flight 621 Crash Site

Air Canada Flight 621, a Douglas DC8 CF-TIW, crashed into a farm field on July 5, 1970 at approximately 8:05am. All 100 passengers and 9 flight crew perished. In 2013, the site was designated as a cemetery with a plaque of all 109 victims names, 109 marker stones and a memorial garden all dedicated to the memorial.

Address: Rear of Purple Lilac Park, 70 Degrey Drive​

Alderlea

Alderlea

Located in the heart of Downtown Brampton, Alderlea is an iconic heritage building. Alderlea, meaning meadow of Alder trees, was constructed circa 1867 for Kenneth Chisholm, businessman, political figure and son-in-law of John Elliott, a founding father of Brampton. 

Augsburg Lutheran Church

Augsburg Lutheran Church

Augsburg Lutheran Church was the first Lutheran Church in Brampton.  It was organized to serve the small German population in 1960. After meeting in various halls in Brampton, the congregation built it's church in 1963 at the Mill St. S. location.  Over the years we have grown and expanded and serve the wider population of Brampton.

Beaux Arts Brampton

Beaux Arts Brampton

Beaux Arts Brampton is a volunteer driven, artist run gallery that serves as a premier exhibition space for emerging to established visual & multi-media artists and photographers.  Beaux Arts features bright gallery spaces, a boutique gift shop, and 2nd floor creative business studios, in the heart of downtown Brampton. The centre unites artist members and the creative audience in the spirit of fostering and celebrating the arts, together. ​

Address: ​70-74 Main St. N​

Armoury

Brampton Armoury

The Brampton Armoury is one of eleven drill halls built in Ontario between 1876 and 1918. The armoury was recognized as a Federal Heritage Building in 1991 and listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 2008.The Lorne Scots have been serving the community of Peel and have been located in Brampton since 1866 and continue to train out of the armoury, The Lorne Scots currently represent the community with 150 Canadian Armed Forces soldiers serving in Brampton.

Brampton Curling Club

​The building was initially owned by the Peel County Agricultural Society and used for the Brampton Fall Fair and leased by the Brampton Curling Club during the winter months. The curling programs exist today and continue to be supported by many of the original agriculture members. The Brampton Curling Club was founded in 1880 and proudly exhibits its logo in this beautiful facility now owned by the City of Brampton.​

Brampton Transit Sandalwood Facility

Brampton Transit Sandalwood Facility

​Brampton is home to one of the fastest growing transit systems in Canada, with ridership at 31 million in 2018. Founded in 1976, Brampton Transit currently operates 70 routes, including five bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, four express routes, 16 school routes, and one GO Transit shuttle route. 

In 2008, Brampton Transit officially opened its Sandalwood Transit facility and earlier this year completed its final expansion project. The Sandalwood Transit facility represents an award-winning transit system that focuses on customer service, provides seamless connections to GO Transit, TTC, York Region and Mississauga Transit and the growth of Brampton and its commitment to being a green city.  

Register now for a Doors Open tour​.

Address: 130 Sandalwood Pkwy​

Carnegie Library

​The cornerstone was laid in 1906. Between 1881 and 1917, Carnegie financed the construction

of 156 free libraries across Canada and thousands more around the world. Like most of Carnegie’s libraries, this building is an example of the classical Beaux Arts architectural style, and is characterized by an elaborate entranceway along with heavy, classically inspired ornamentation​

Central Public School

Central Public School

​Central Public School is one of the oldest surviving public schools in downtown Brampton. Associated with the early development of public education in Brampton the Central School site was continuously used for educational purposes for nearly 130 years. 

The site and building continue to serve the Brampton public as a community centre. The Brampton School Board named several schools after teachers and principals from Central Public School, including Agnes Taylor, Ms. Beatty, Ms. Flemming and T.M. McHugh, in recognition of their longstanding contributions to the community. 

Address: 24 Alexander St.​

Christ Church

Christ Church

​Christ Church Brampton is the oldest Anglican congregation in Brampton (c 1851).  Christ Church is now in it's 3rd location having moved here in 1884.  Regimental church of the Lorne Scots with retired Regimental Colours of 36th Peel Battalion and Peel & Dufferin Regiment.

Address: 4 Elizabeth St. N​

Cyril Clark Library Lecture Hall and Theatre

Cyril Clark Library Lecture Hall and Theatre

​Cyril Clark Library Lecture Hall is a 184-seat theatre home to many community groups and music schools. Recently renovated to create an updated, affordable option for smaller-scale performances and rehearsal space, the venue is located in the Heart Lake area of Northwest Brampton across from the Loafer's Lake Recreation Centre, near the intersections of Sandalwood Parkway and Conestoga Boulevard. 

Address: 20 Loafers Lake Lane​

Grace United Church Brampton

Grace United Church Brampton

​Grace United Church: When Brampton expanded to over 2,500 people, the church congregation needed a larger space.  In 1864 t he Brampton Wesleyan Church Building Society was formed and soon after the land we now know as 156 Main St. was purchased for $250.  Grace United is the oldest church in Brampton, built as a Wesleyan Methodist church in 1867 and extensively renovated in 1889.  Enjoy the 40 stained glass windows, the gallery with its iron railing, and the wonderful woodwork.  The exterior brickwork and tower of this outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture have been restored.  Our beautiful Casavant organ was installed in 1924, a gift from the Duggan family in memory of those who served in World War I.

Address: 156 Main St. N​

Historic Bovaird House

Historic Bovaird House

Historic Bovaird House is furnished to reflect the Victorian era from 1840 to 1910. While the fully restored  Pendergast Log House and it's furnishings  hi-light the life-style of our early settlers from the 1825 to 1875 period in our history.   

Address: 563 Bovaird Dr. E 

Jamiat Ul Ansar of Brampton / Great Lake Masjid

Jamiat Ul Ansar of Brampton / Great Lake Mosque

​The Jamait Ul-Ansar/Great Lakes Mosque  reflects the growing Muslim-Canadian community in Brampton by providing Muslims with a place of worship, prayer, reflection, learning, counselling, and charitable care. It is also a place where people from all faith (or no faith) backgrounds can learn about the religion of Islam in an open and peaceful forum. This facility is also home to many different and diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. The members and congregants are proud to be part of an inclusive and multicultural city where we can take part in our shared experiences as citizens of Brampton and learn about all the communities that are present here.

Address: 291 Great Lakes Dr.​

LBP

​Located in the Bramalea Civic Centre, Lester B. Pearson Theatre, affectionately known as LBP, has been home to community organizations and productions since 1973. Through Brampton's Vision 2040 and the Culture Master Plan, the City has established a community-driven vision for the future of arts and culture in the city. These guiding documents call for investment in cultural and community spaces, including the Lester B. Pearson Theatre.​

Lorne Scots Regimental Museum

​The Lorne Scots Regimental Museum is part of the old Brampton fire hall which was constructed in 1854. The building has been occupied by the Lorne Scots for a number of years. The Museum itself was opened in 1980 and has a large collection of historical military artifacts and articles showcasing the rich history of the regiment and the residents of Brampton who have volunteered their service in various conflicts.​

Memorial Arena

​Located in front of Old Fairgrounds Park, the Memorial Arena is a significant heritage building with a structurally complex roof and original hinged wooden spectator seating and boxes. The arena was built to honour those who lost their lives in the Second World War, and contains the first artificial ice rink constructed in the City of Brampton.​

Mount Pleasant Community Centre

Mount Pleasant Community Centre

The Mount Pleasant Recreation Centre is a restored historical Canadian Pacific Railway station that has been converted into a cultural facility in the Mount Pleasant Civic Square. Shared with the Peel District School Board and the local library, this landmark building is now an integral part of the community, connecting the past with the future.

Old Ebenezer Chapel

Old Ebenezer Chapel

​The Old Ebenezer Chapel was built by early settlers in 1858. It replaced the original straw and mud brick structure that previously stood on this site. 

Address: 8999 The Gore Rd.​

Peel Art Gallery, Museums + Archives

Peel Art Gallery, Museums + Archives

​Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives (PAMA) is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street, East in Brampton.

Address: 9 Wellington St. E​

St. Elias The Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church

St. Elias The Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church

​In rural Brampton, just on the outskirts of Toronto, built in 1995, the parish church of St. Elias the Prophet rises high on the Peel Plain above the Credit River Valley. Though this building was built in 1995, the parish community was started in 1976. The parish temple burned down on April 5, 2014 and has since been fully rebuilt. St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church is now fully reopen - come visit during Doors Open Brampton to see the rebuild church building.

Address: 10193 Heritage Rd.​

St. Patrick's Church

St. Patrick's Church

​St. Patrick's Church and cemetery is  designated heritage structure under the Ontario Heritage Act, It is the second oldest church in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Address: 11873 The Gore Rd.​

St. Paul's United Church

St. Paul's United Church

​The congregation of what is now St. Paul's United Church in Brampton had its beginning in 1828; small groups gathering in the home of John Elliott situated on the banks of the Etobicoke River and were then know as Primitive Methodists. In 1840 the first church was built at the corner of Queen and Chapel Streets.

On June 6, 1885 the cornerstone of the present structure was laid, J.S. Mallory & Son were the Architects. The building is constructed of rusticated credit valley brown stone with white facings and slate roofing in a fish design. Its sanctuary was architecturally designed to accommodate 1000 persons, behind which a two-story church school facility and church offices were embodied.

From Church Union in 1925, in which Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists united in one common spiritual faith, came the founding of the United Church in Canada and St. Paul's United Church in Brampton.

Address: 30 Main St. S​

The Rose Brampton

The Rose

​The Rose is a magnificent performing arts centre and an iconic feature of Downtown Brampton. Acoustically remarkable, The Rose is the heart of performing arts in Brampton, showcasing the best in music, dance, comedy, theatre, and literature all year long. Featuring local artists and world-renowned performers, The Rose provides authentic opportunities for culture-lovers from Brampton and beyond to experience a wide range of talent in an extraordinary setting. The Rose has two performance spaces; the 868 seat Mainstage, and the intimate, 100 seat Studio II. Experience the power of live performance at The Rose – this is where Brampton comes to life.

Address: 1 Theatre Lane​

Self Guided Tours

Downtown Heritage Walking Tour

​Take a whole new look at Brampton’s history with the self-guided Downtown Heritage Walking Tour! This engaging tour showcases downtown Brampton’s distinctive and vibrant built, natural and cultural heritage. The detailed, illustrated guidebook allows you to take the tour at your own pace, whether you have an hour or a full day. It provides walking directions, detailed information, and amazing archival images.

View the Downtown Heritage Walking Tour Guide​.

 

Floral Self-Guided Tour

​A flourishing spectacle of colours can be found all throughout the City of Brampton in the spring, summer and fall. Once known as the “Flowertown of Canada,” Brampton is pleased to share with you many of the city’s beautiful gardens through this self-guided tour.

View the Floral Tour Guide​.

Green and Fall Colour Self-Guided Tour

​Brampton is very fortunate to have many wonderful natural places to walk, run, bike or just sit and ponder life. The various natural destination areas include 4 recreational trails, 3 forested destinations and 3 forested driving routes for you to explore.

View the Green and Fall Colour Tour Guide​.

Lakes and Rivers Self-Guided Tour

​One of Brampton’s best-kept secrets is its picturesque lakes and rivers. Behind the thousands of homes and busy roads both visitors and residents will find a wonderful oasis of peaceful lakes and flowing rivers. We invite you to relax and enjoy Brampton’s beauty.

View the Lakes and Rivers Tour Guide​.

Public Art Self-Guided Tour

​Public art is a vital ingredient in the cultural fabric and streetscape of a creative city. By creating beautiful and distinctive spaces, the City of Brampton defines and celebrates its identity as a community of diverse cultural character and living heritage. Visit Brampton and witness the city’s vibrant and exceptional art up close.

View the Public Art Tour Guide.

Activities

Brampton Library

Brampton Library

September 27, 2019

Enjoy Culture Days @ the Library, a city-wide celebration of arts and culture taking place at all Brampton Library branches. Choose from 7 Library locations and over 32 activities. Visit Brampton Library on culturedays.ca for the full listing.​

The FOLD

Snuggle Up and Read with The FOLD

September 27, 2019
Put on your PJs and bring your favourite stuffed friend. Our littlest book lovers are taking over Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) for an evening of bedtime stories, songs and mellow activities. Embark on a journey of the imagination with authors Ishta Mercurio, Angelot Ndongmo, Hilary Leung and Danielle Daniel before your drift off to dreamland. Light snacks will be provided. Ideal for ages 0 – 9. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Augsburg Lutheran Church

Augsburg Lutheran Children's Craft

September 28, 2019

​Drop in for a children's craft activity.

Augsburg Lutheran Church

Augsburg Lutheran Church Choir Rehearsal & Hymn Sing

September 28, 2019

Watch a choir rehearsal from 10am-11am followed by the Hymn Sing from 11am-12pm.

The FOLD

The FOLD: Farmers' Market Storytime Showcase

September 28, 2019

​It’s a party! This open air celebration of diverse authors and stories features animal balloons, cotton candy and lots of books for sale. Wander through Brampton’s historic downtown farmer’s market and meet us at the Garden Square mainstage for lively readings, interactive storytelling, music, and a comic arts battle. This event is sure to provide fun for the whole family, featuring book signings with authors Danielle Daniel, Ruth Ohi, Debbie Ridpath Ohi and Kevin Sylvester.

Register Now​

Art from the Street

September 28, 2019

​A unique opportunity to meet a group of artists and view their work at their Graceful Art Gallery, 156 Main St. North, Brampton.

Art from the Street is an exhibit of artists from the Regeneration Art Program, that are homeless or formerly homeless. Their individual experiences and perspectives have inspired their art.

Learn more.

Brampton Concert Band

Brampton Concert Band and the Jazz Mechanics Open Rehearsal

September 28, 2019

​Come and join us for our live rehearsal and learn about these 2 historic bands in our city. Brampton Concert Band and Jazz Mechanics are presented as part of the Doors Open activities.  Jazz Mechanics will rehearse from 10am-12:30pm and Brampton Concert Band will rehearse from 1pm-4pm. We look forward to seeing you there!​

Brampton Library

Brampton Library

September 28, 2019

Enjoy Culture Days @ the Library, a city-wide celebration of arts and culture taking place at all Brampton Library branches. Choose from 7 Library locations and over 32 activities. Visit Brampton Library on culturedays.ca for the full listing.​​

Brampton Transit Sandalwood Facility Tours

September 28, 2019

​Guided tours of Brampton Transit's Sandalwood Facility every 30 minutes including tours of the dispatch rooms and a bus wash!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

Register Now​.

PAMA

Hourly Architecture Tours of PAMA

September 28, 2019

​Drop-in to hourly walking tours of the Peel Art Gallery, Museums + Archives.

LBP

LBP: Ribbon-Cutting, Tours, and Performances

September 28, 2019

​Visit the new LBP!

10:15am: Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting in Main Lobby with Mayor Brown & Members of Council

10:30am: First Performance on Stage – This is Brampton, curated by Brampton’s Very Own

11am: Architect Talk & Tour

12pm: This is Brampton performance, curated by SounDrive Record

1pm: Architect Talk & Tour

2pm: This is Brampton performance, curated by B-Jazzed

2:30pm: Tour

3:30pm-4pm: Open House

PAMA

Self-Publishing with Ricky Lima

September 28, 2019

​This self-publishing crash course will take you through everything you need to develop an idea, write it, typeset it, print it, market it and sell it. If you've ever been interested in self-publishing your work this fun and interactive workshop will motivate you and prepare you for the cruel, cruel world of getting your voice out into the world. Ricky Lima works in publishing during the day and self-publishes during the night. He's been self-publishing his own work for nearly seven years and really digs the freedom.

Register Now​

Organ Concert at Grace

September 28, 2019

All are welcome into the Grace Sanctuary to this organ performance by Don Salfarlie, Director of Music.

The beautiful Casavant organ was installed in 1924, a gift from the Duggan family in memory of those who served in World War I. The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation in 1924.

Learn more.

PAMA

Communication Station

September 28, 2019

​Communication Station: Explore different methods of communication over the years from rotary telephones to typewriters and old cellphones. Convey a secret message with Morse Code artwork.

Learn More​

PAMA

Create a Mini Scrapbook

September 28, 2019
Capture a memory and create a mini-scrapbook of the things you love inspired by the exterior photography installation by Zinnia Naqvi: Yours to Discover​

Augsburg Lutheran Church

Augsburg Lutheran Church Garden Tours

September 28, 2019

​Join the Augsburg Church gardender for garden tours of the property.

The FOLD

Picture Book Workshop (14+)

September 28, 2019

​Interested in writing picture books for young people? This two-hour workshop with author Debbie Ridpath Ohi, designed for aspiring picture book authors and author-illustrators, will offer insight and practical advice about the craft of writing a picture book. This workshop will also include submission tips for sending a manuscript along to an editor. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Register Now​

The FOLD

Picture Book Workshop for Kids

September 28, 2019

​Do you love drawing? Making Picture Books or creating comics? Kids ages 8-12 will discover what’s involved in making a picture book as an author/illustrator. Through hands-on activities, they’ll have the chance to create characters and the worlds they live in.  Storyboarding for books and comics, cover art & composition will be explored. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.​

Register Now

The FOLD

The FOLD: Diversity in Kid Lit Roundtable

September 28, 2019

​Have your say in this unique multi-topic discussion covering the trends and challenges faced by writers, educators, librarians and parents. Small groups will interact with industry facilitators to look deeper into topics surrounding representation and under-representation in Canada’s kid lit industry. Limited space.

Register Now​

Brampton Library

Brampton Library

September 29, 2019

Enjoy Culture Days @ the Library, a city-wide celebration of arts and culture taking place at all Brampton Library branches. Choose from 7 Library locations and over 32 activities. Visit Brampton Library on culturedays.ca for the full listing.​​

The FOLD

The FOLD: Sunday Storytime Showcase

September 29, 2019

​The last hurrah of the festival will be a smorgasbord of entertainment for kids of all ages.  Enjoy featured readings and book signings with Charlene Chua, Melanie Florence, Hilary Leung, Kai Cheng Thom,  and Rina Singh intermixed with an animal show and music gallore. Browse the book fair for some new additions to your home library. Ideal for children 0-9 years old.

Learn More​

The FOLD

The FOLD: Pre-Teen Writing Workshop

September 29, 2019

​Spend some time with authors Angela Misri and Melanie Florence in an interactive afternoon workshop designed for middle grade readers and aspiring authors. Ideal for young people who are 10-13 years old.

Register Now​

PAMA

Communication Station

September 29, 2019

​Communication Station: Explore different methods of communication over the years from rotary telephones to typewriters and old cellphones. Convey a secret message with Morse Code artwork.

Learn More

PAMA

Create a Mini Scrapbook

September 29, 2019
Capture a memory and create a mini-scrapbook of the things you love inspired by the exterior photography installation by Zinnia Naqvi: Yours to Discover​

Additional Information

Browse the gallery below for photos, locations, and additional information on each facility participating in Brampton. For more information on Doors Open Ontario visit doorsopenontario.on.ca​.

​Culture Days in Brampton falls on the same weekend as Doors Open. Enjoy free family-friendly and all ages activities at a number of locations across the city. Visit culturedays.ca for the full listing​.

​Contact​​

Festival and Events Office
Cultural Services 
2 Wellington St W, Brampton​
905.874.2000

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