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Media Release: Brampton celebrates five new Arts Walk of Fame inductees



On Saturday, September 24, five new members will be inducted into the City’s Arts Walk of Fame. At 11 am the following artists will unveil their star on the sidewalk along Main Street north of Queen Street. Celebrated for their contribution to the visual and performing arts and their connection to Brampton are:


• Lee Aaron, Performing Arts, Vocalist - One of Canada’s most invincible voices and fearless re-inventors, this singer/songwriter has performed everything from hard rock to jazz, alternative indie to pop and even opera over the course of her career.

• Trey Anthony, Performing Arts, Playwright, Producer, Actor, Comedienne - Trey is known for the ground-breaking and award-winning television and theatrical production ‘da Kink in My Hair. She is the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network.

• Andy Donato, Visual Arts, Cartoonist - Andy has received many awards and accolades including the National Newspaper Award in 1976 for editorial cartooning, Best Editorial Cartoon in the World from the Montreal Salon of Cartoons, the Metropolitan Toronto Police Annual News Award for Cartooning in 1993 and 1997. He is still the main cartoonist for the Sun but on a freelance basis.

• Othalie Graham, Performing Arts, Opera Singer – Highly acclaimed, she previously was the first-place winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in the Wagner Division; the first-place winner of the Joyce Dutka Competition; a recipient of a Sullivan Foundation Grant; a first-place winner in the Wagner Division of the Liederkranz Competition, winner of the Jean Chalmers prize in the Canadian Music Competition, winner of the Edward Johnson Competition, and first place  recipient of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Competition.

• Exco Levi, Performing Arts, Singer, Songwriter - The first recipient in the Reggae Recording of the Year Category to receive a JUNO Award for four consecutive years. Exco Levi received his 5th consecutive JUNO nomination for Best Reggae Recording 2016 for his single “HELLO MAMA”.

“A vibrant arts and culture community makes a city stronger. We have some amazingly talented people who have roots in Brampton and are a source of great pride for us here and across the country,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “The Arts Walk of Fame is a way for us to engage residents in the naming of artists who not only excel in their field, but are also connected to our city.”

The new inductees will bring the total stars to 16 since the Arts Walk of Fame’s inception in 2014. The program is intended to celebrate local artists by recognizing those who have had distinguished careers in the arts, winning national or international awards.

Nominations are accepted year-round from the public in the following categories: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media Arts and New Media, Literature and Creative Arts. For nomination details, visit www.brampton.ca/artswalkoffame

The Brampton Arts Walk of Fame is located at Garden Square in Downtown Brampton. Granite plaques, recognizing inductees, are set in the sidewalk on Main Street North at Queen Street.

Please note: An upcoming multi-year project in the downtown core will have an impact on the sidewalk where the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame currently resides. Due to the scope of the project, placement of this year’s and future inductee plaques will be postponed until the construction project is complete. At Saturday’s ceremony, the plaques will be on display and replica decals will be unveiled on the sidewalk.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
905.874.3654 |  natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca ​

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