Feel the luck of the Irish with heritage month celebrations in Brampton

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Published March 14, 2024 at 1:27 pm

Photo: City of Brampton

No matter where you might be from originally, you’ll be able to feel the luck of the Irish this weekend in Brampton.

This Friday is the start of the city’s annual Irish Heritage Month celebrations ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Sunday this year.

The City of Brampton along with the Carabram’s Rover Club and Irish Pavilion will be celebrating all things Irish throughout the month, starting with a community flag raising at City Hall and a reception in Ken Whillans Square.

Then the celebration will move inside the City Hall Conservatory for some Irish music, a traditional breakfast by Spot One Catering and Irish dance performances by Celtic Academy Canada and DeVoy Academy​.

Friday will also see Brampton-base Irish musicians The Carlton Showband inducted into the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame.

The Carlton Showband was a three-time Juno Award-nominated and one-time winning act formed in 1963 that went on to have regular appearances on TV and had a platinum-certified record in 1977.

The band was a mainstay on CTV’s The Pig and Whistle program. The Carlton Showband also won a Juno Award for Country Group or Duo of the Year in 1975, and was nominated two more times in the same category in 1980 and 1981.

The band was a mainstay on CTV’s The Pig and Whistle program. The Carlton Showband also won a Juno Award for Country Group or Duo of the Year in 1975, and was nominated two more times in the same category in 1980 and 1981.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, the band hasn’t regularly performed in more than a decade.

Brampton’s Irish Heritage Month celebrations start this Friday at 10 a.m. in Ken Whillans Square, with a reception to follow in the City Hall Conservatory at 10:30 a.m.

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