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Brampton Celebrates National Canadian Film Day with Induction of Vinay Virmani and Screening of “Breakaway”

Brampton, ON – As National Canadian Film Day approaches, the city of Brampton is gearing up for a night of celebration and recognition of Canadian talent in the film industry. On April 17, residents and film enthusiasts alike are invited to SilverCity Brampton Cinemas for a special evening honoring filmmaker Vinay Virmani and a screening of the beloved Canadian film “Breakaway.”

The festivities kick off at 6:30 PM with the induction of Vinay Virmani into the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame. Virmani, a dynamic and award-winning filmmaker with roots in Brampton, has made significant contributions to Canadian cinema through his work as an actor, producer, and writer. His dedication to diverse storytelling and inclusion has earned him recognition and admiration within the industry.

Following the induction ceremony, attendees will be treated to a free screening of “Breakaway” at 7:00 PM. Directed by Robert Lieberman, the film tells the story of Rajveer Singh, played by Virmani himself, as he navigates the challenges of pursuing his passion for hockey while balancing the expectations of his traditional Sikh family. The heartwarming and action-filled comedy promises to captivate audiences with its blend of cultural identity, sports, and humor.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the cast and crew of “Breakaway,” hosted by filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshall. This interactive discussion will provide insights into the making of the film and offer audience members the chance to engage with the talented individuals behind the scenes.

Vinay Virmani’s induction into the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame and the screening of “Breakaway” are not only opportunities to celebrate Canadian filmmaking but also to showcase the diversity and talent within the local community. These events serve as a reminder of the power of storytelling to connect people across cultures and inspire meaningful conversations.

In addition to the main event, Brampton will continue its celebration of National Canadian Film Day on April 18 with a screening and networking night featuring works by local filmmakers. The event promises to highlight the creativity and innovation thriving within the Brampton film community.

As the city comes together to honor its homegrown talent and enjoy the magic of Canadian cinema, residents are encouraged to join in the festivities and support the arts in Brampton.


The celebration of National Canadian Film Day in Brampton not only showcases the city’s vibrant cultural landscape but also underscores the importance of recognizing and supporting local talent. Events like these provide valuable opportunities for filmmakers to connect with audiences and each other, fostering a sense of community and collaboration within the industry. By honoring individuals like Vinay Virmani and showcasing films like “Breakaway,” Brampton reaffirms its commitment to celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity in the arts. As the city continues to grow as a hub for creativity and innovation, initiatives like these play a vital role in nurturing and sustaining a thriving film community.


Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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