The weekly history lesson: Carabram and the diversity in Brampton

When you spend a lot of time in the city of Brampton, you can’t deny how multicultural it is. The fact that over 70 different languages are spoken in the Flower City tells you how diverse the city is. According to, as of the year 2011, the top 5 languages spoken in Brampton are English, Panjabi, Urdu, Portuguese and Guajarati. Cool, right!

Every July the city celebrates its diversity with the Carabram Brampton Multicultural Festival, a fun event where you can learn and celebrate different cultures. Carabram, which is a non-for-profit organization, began in 1982, and it is an important yearly event for Brampton, as it is known throughout the entire country. Around an amazing 60,000 people visit this festival each year. Some of these visitors are coming as far away as Germany and Scotland! A variety of different cultures have been represented at Carabram, too. Africa, Caribbean, Chile, Hispanic, Mexico and Romania are just a few of many!

This terrific event has become so popular that in 1995, Carabram was given the Y.M.C.A. World Peace Medallion for contributing to the positive, growing image of the Brampton community. Now that is impressive! Beyond the festival, Carabram gets involved with a lot of other Brampton community events, such as Canada Day festivities and the Santa Claus parade.

So, when Carabram celebrations start up this July, swing by to see just how diverse beautiful Brampton really is!

You can access more info on Carabram here:

The weekly history lesson: Taking a look at the Rose Theatre

Brampton has many jewels and gems to see and visit. One of the gems in Brampton is the Rose Theatre, a fantastic performing arts complex. This awesome theatre is located in Brampton’s beautiful downtown core. It has a main performance hall that can seat up to 880 people, but there also is a smaller hall that can seat up to 160 people. These performance halls are used for many different purposes such as musical theatre, live theatre, social events, dance performances and different kinds of concerts.

(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

The Rose Theatre was built to be a major tourism destination in the Flower City, and it was hoped that it could bring in new business to local Brampton stores and restaurants. In February 2006, the name of the theatre was announced as the Rose Theatre. On September 29, 2006, the theatre had its grand opening with Canadian jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall, who put on a terrific performance. Over the years, the theatre has attracted many visitors annually who spend thousands of dollars.

Here is the website for the theatre and a 2007 article on the theatre. Make sure to come check out a show at this amazing state-of-the-art theatre!

Is Brampton haunted? It appears so!

I absolutely love Halloween. I love the spirit and fun of it. Plus, you doesn’t like dressing up in a costume? During October Saturday nights in the lovely city of Brampton, you are able to go on the Brampton Ghost Tour. The tour guide, Steve, knows the history of Brampton very, very well. You and the group of other you are with start at the Ward Funeral Home in the downtown core. Steve then walks you to various spots in the downtown that are known to be haunted. Creepy stuff. I love it! Take a listen to one of the stories of a haunting in Brampton…

Next October, I highly suggest you take the Brampton Ghost Tour!