The Rose Theatre presents a richly diverse performing arts season highlighting acclaimed local, national and international talent. Brendan Healy, artistic director of performing arts, recently announced his inaugural season, which, from July 2018 to April 2019, includes a wide range of theatre, music, dance and comedy.

“I am very inspired by the vibrancy and energy of Brampton,” he said. “It is a diverse, youthful and ambitious city, and we have sought to capture Brampton’s eclectic dynamism with this upcoming season.”

The Rose’s music series features a host of international stars including Don MacLean and Marcia Griffiths, dubbed the Queen of Reggae, as well as Amjad Ali Khan and Dr. Subramaniam, two of India’s most celebrated artists. The lineup also includes a significant number of world-renowned Canadian musical legends including Holly Cole, Jim Cuddy and Chantal Kreviazuk.

Theatre and dance programming abound with stories and themes relevant to the current social, political and economic climate. A Brimful of Asha (October 5 – 6) humorously explores intergenerational clashes; This is the Point (March 1 – 2) highlights the raw, individual experiences of living with cerebral palsy; Traces, a Red Sky Performance, explores Indigenous connections to ancestral origins and all things traceable through dance (November 22); and Cottagers and Indians (November 6 – 7) looks at the conflicting differences between cultures and economic status.

The ever-popular family series is bigger than ever with a full offering of family fun this season. Brampton’s first-ever show for babies, the award-winning One Thing Leads to Another by Young People’s Theatre takes the stage on January 26, along with Mini-Pop Kids and more.

The Rose is committed to highlighting local artists and partnering with local organizations to reflect, foster and celebrate the community it serves. Partners include The Festival of Literary Diversity, Sikh Heritage Month, The Caribbean Music Entertainment Awards, The Rose Orchestra, Brampton Concert Band and a special collaboration with Flower City Bhangra to present North America’s largest Bhangra competition.

New this season, The Rose has launched This is Brampton – a raw and up-close series that provides an open platform for local talent, organizations and initiatives as well as an opportunity for multi-disciplinary artistic development in Studio II.

“We are thrilled to offer Brampton’s young and upcoming talent a performance space to hone their skills and to provide audiences a place to discover the stars of tomorrow,” said Healy. Key curators of the series include Brampton’s Very Own, Brampton Says, Sound Drive Records, MoMondays, B-Jazzed, Unpeeled and Broadening Horizons.

Tickets to The Rose’s 2018 – 2019 season can be purchased online at rosetheatre.ca, by phone at 905.874.2800, or in person at the box Office (1 Theatre Lane). Tickets go on public sale May 26 at 10 a.m. Current subscribers can access tickets in advance beginning May 24, by phone at midnight and in person at 8 a.m.

The Rose has also launched a new membership program. Those who purchase tickets to multiple shows (three, four or more) will enjoy exclusive benefits in addition to their reduced ticket rate. More details about the program will be available in fall 2018.

Visit rosetheatre.ca for the full schedule and to learn more about the 2018 – 2019 season, .

Photo: The Flower City Bhangra competition is scheduled August 4 at the Rose Theatre.