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Brampton to celebrate Pride with three days of exciting online events!


BRAMPTON, ON (June 29, 2020) – To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Brampton is taking its Pride celebration online this year. The City has created an online hub with events throughout Pride Week in Peel, from July 5 to 11, during Pride Month in Brampton, to celebrate Brampton’s LGBTTIQQ2SA community.

Visit www.brampton.ca/pride to join the festivities.

July 5 – Pride in the Square – Virtual Edition

On July 5, celebrate Brampton’s third annual Pride in the Square – Virtual Edition. Although we cannot gather in person in Garden Square, Pride in the Square continues in a new, creative way on Garden Square Brampton’s Facebook and Instagram channels.

Enjoy an exciting lineup of online entertainment all day.

• 2 PM: Drag Storytime with Fay & Fluffy – Facebook Live at facebook.com/gardensquarebrampton

• 3 PM: A Pride Garden Party with CANVAS Arts Action Programs – Facebook Live at facebook.com/gardensquarebrampton

• 6 PM: “I” is for Inclusion, Improv Activity with Katrina Gibson – Instagram Live @gardensquarebrampton

• 7 PM: Live performance by Chris Ning – Facebook Live at facebook.com/gardensquarebrampton

• 8 PM: The Pride After Party with DJ Ace Dillinger – Instagram Live @gardensquarebrampton

Pride in the Square – Virtual Edition is generously sponsored by TD Bank.

July 8 – Inspirational Youth Speaker Series

Tune in to Instagram Live @culturebrampton at 7 PM for an inspirational talk from comedian and writer Brandon Ash-Mohammed.

Ash-Mohammed is recognized as a Just For Laughs Montreal Homegrown Talent, Tim Sims Award nominated comedian, a Telefilm New Voices Award winning writer, and the creator of The Ethnic Rainbow (Canada’s first & only comedy show for LGBT comedians of colour). Ash-Mohammed’s album, CAPRICORNICATION, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Canada Comedy charts and made him the first gay, Black Canadian to release a comedy album. Ash-Mohammed was also recently featured in the CBC/TVO documentary Stand Up Toronto which debuted in early 2018 to much acclaim. He has also appeared at the Field Trip Festival, JFL42, and opened for Julio Torres at JFL Montreal.

July 9 – This is Brampton: Live Online

Presented by The Rose Brampton, This is Brampton: Live Online will feature powerful performances for Pride. Tune into The Rose’s Facebook Live at facebook.com/therosebrampton at 7:30 PM.

This is Brampton: Live Online is The Rose Brampton’s weekly online concert series showcasing some of Brampton’s best talent to the world. The series supports local artists by providing them with a platform and professional artist fees. Since it started in April, the series has captured more than 20,000 views, and welcomed audiences from every continent.

This is Brampton: Live Online is generously sponsored by Algoma University.

Get social!

Stay connected with everyone celebrating by sharing your stories, photos and videos on social media throughout the week using #ShowYourPrideBrampton.

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“Brampton is a Mosaic, and we are not letting COVID-19 get in the way of recognizing the vibrant LGBTTIQQ2SA communities in our city. At www.brampton.ca/pride, we’ll be celebrating online through art, performance, and programming for all ages. My family and I will be enjoying these events all week! Love is love is love.”

- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“Our diverse and inclusive city is gearing up to celebrate Pride Week in Peel with a range of exciting events online. While we can’t celebrate in person this year due to COVID-19, I encourage everyone to bookmark www.brampton.ca/pride for the week, enjoy the events, learn, and have fun.”

- Gurpreet Dhillon, Regional Councillor, Wards 9 & 10, City of Brampton; Chair, Economic Development and Culture

“This year, we’re taking Brampton’s Pride events online to keep the community healthy and safe. Create a celebration at home with your family – you can order takeout from local restaurants, have a dance party, and tune in to the online events all week!”

- Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5, City of Brampton; Vice-Chair, Economic Development and Culture

“As we work to reopen the city, community health and safety is our top priority. I urge everyone to celebrate Pride online and safely this year, and more details will be available in the coming weeks on Brampton’s next steps in response to COVID-19.” 

- Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor Wards 3 & 4; Lead, Reopening and Recovery Working Group, City of Brampton

“City staff have created a stellar online hub for this year’s Pride events. Be sure to enjoy Pride in the Square - Virtual Edition, the Inspirational Youth Speaker Series, and This is Brampton: Live Online with your family, and share your experience using #ShowYourPrideBrampton.”

- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
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Media Relations, City of Brampton
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