TD IRIE MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 17TH ANNIVERSARY

JUNE 21 to 23, 2019

Celebrations begin with a two-day Festival at Mississauga Celebration Square, ending on the third day with the TD IRIE Boat Cruise in Toronto.

Join the celebration of music — from Reggae, Soca, African and dance from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora – the TD IRIE Music Festival is excited to welcome visitors to another great cultural experience with tasty tropical foods, arts and crafts, a licensed bar and more.

This exciting two-day festival runs from June 21 to June 22, 2018 at Celebration Square, next door to Square One in Mississauga. TD IRIE Music Festival is free to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

International headliners include living legend and Grammy nominated reggae and dancehall singer, Junior Reid. Best known for the classic tunes, “One Blood”, and “This Is Why I’m Hot”, Reid is a prolific solo artist and former lead singer for Black Uhuru. He performs along with dj/producer and Master Remixer,DJ Power, on Friday, June 21st at Mississauga Celebration Square.

Trinidadian Soca star, Farmer Nappy takes over the stage on Saturday, June 22nd. His catalogue of hits stretches back to his work with Machel Mantano and the band, Xtatik. Solo successes include “Big People Party,” “My House,” and his latest mega hit, “Hookin Meh”.

Canadian talents include Level Exodus featuring Jaxx with his new hit single, “Perform;” Canadian Caribbean icons Slim Flex, D’Enforcas Sound CrewDJ Carl Allen and more. Stay tuned for other performers to be announced.

Dance groups are essential to TD IRIE Fest’s presentation and will include the 2019 Summer Showcase by dance Immersion, a dance umbrella organization. Performers include: Artists in MotionMabinty SyllaRodney Diverlus,Shavar Blackwood and EDIFY: Elite Dance Initiative for Youth.

Dance Immersion is recognized for its exemplary work for 25 years in producing, promoting and showcasing dancers of the African Diaspora.

Our audience will be treated to a variety of dancers and dance companies reflecting dances from across the Diaspora from dance Immersion and other community dance companies.

Don’t miss the second annual IRIE Fest Jerk Food competition for the Best Jerk. The winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year for their culinary excellence.

TD IRIE Boat Cruise, Sunday June 23rd

The IRIE celebration will continue Sunday afternoon aboard the Yankee Lady III with the annual TD IRIE Fest Boat Cruise. The cruise on Lake Ontario will feature Reggae, Soca, R&B/Soul and Afro Groove with some of the City’s top djs including Toronto’s legendary DJ Carl Allen; International Ambassadors of Caribbean Music and Canada’s #1 Soca Sound Crew, the D’Enforcas and Reggae & Dancehall Specialist, DJ Spida, who will keep the party jumping.

Tickets are $45.00 in advance and include a delicious Caribbean lunch. Tickets are available at TicketGateway.com. For more information visit: iriemusicfestival.com or call 905-799-1630.

PopUp Shorts Film Exhibit

Film is breaking out of theatres and coming to a public space near you. On May 4 – 5, PopUp Shorts will exhibit a curated selection of short films by award-winning filmmakers from Mississauga and Oakville. Enjoy free continuous animation, music videos, dramas, and documentaries in the spacious lobby of the Clarkson Community Centre, 2475 Truscott Dr, Mississauga. A special screening with popcorn and some of the filmmakers in attendance for a Q&A will take place Saturday, May 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

PopUp Shorts is co-hosted by the Oakville Festivals of Film and Art (OFFA) who organize the Willson Oakville Film Festival, and FILMHIVE – Mississauga’s creative hub for filmmakers and media artists.

“PopUp Shorts was inspired by the idea to present film as public art,” explains filmmaker and FILMHIVE founder, Cathleen MacDonald. “Mississauga and the region are home to many film and television professionals whose work wins accolades in Canada and abroad. PopUp Shorts showcases local talent to a hometown audience.”

Adds Wendy Donnan, Executive Director of OFFA, “We are proud to be working with FILMHIVE, and to have the support of a Mississauga Cultural Projects Grant and Oakville Cultural Grants to bring PopUp Shorts to Mississauga. Filmmakers in our communities are so talented and eager to show and talk about their work. We plan to grow this programme to give local filmmakers the opportunity to increase awareness of the power and incredible diversity of short films.”

“Mississauga is where it all began,” says participating filmmaker Sid Sawant. “A chance at a better life and a chance to explore the arts. My hopes are to inspire the next generation of film makers.”

The curated selection of 14 short films will screen continuously at the Clarkson Community Centre lobby Saturday May 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at filmhive.org/events

Freedom Pass Offers Youth Free Swims and Transit Rides this Summer

This summer, Mississauga youth aged 12 to 14 years can ride MiWay and access indoor and outdoor City of Mississauga pools for free with a Freedom Pass. The pass is valid from July 1 to August 31.

“Summer is a great time in Mississauga and with a Freedom Pass, youth can enjoy it with free rides to our pools, libraries and parks as well as to great events, festivals and attractions,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation.

How to Apply for a Pass

  • Application forms can be downloaded and printed by visiting mississauga.ca/freedompass or picked up at any City community centre.
  • Signed and completed application forms must be submitted in person to any City community centre, along with one piece of identification (parent/guardian signature is required) displaying proof of age.
  • Applicants will also need to have their photo taken by City customer service staff to create a personalized Freedom Pass. 

“The Freedom Pass provides youth with a great opportunity to learn about our MiWay transit system. Understanding how it works, how they can get around Mississauga and get where they want to go independently,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit.

The Freedom Pass program continues to grow in popularity since its launch in 2014 with more than 8,000 Freedom Passes distributed in 2018.

Freedom Pass cards will be available on May 1 (quantities are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis). Only valid Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free. All other riders must pay regular fares. To learn more about MiWay, visit miway.ca. Plan a trip with the online tool or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for route and schedule information.

For more information about the Freedom Pass, please visit mississauga.ca/freedompass.

Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill at Erin Mills Town Centre Announces Exclusive Promotion with AIC Hotel Group, iRock Weddings and Erin Mills Town Centre

Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill at Erin Mills Town Centre is pleased to announce an exclusive customer prize draw in partnership with AIC Hotel Group (Hard Rock Hotels), iRock Weddings and Cushman & Wakefield (Erin Mills Town Centre).

The Grand Prize is a 5-day all inclusive trip for two at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The trip includes hotel and airfare and is valued at approximately $5,000. All you have to do is visit the restaurant and fill out a ballot. The prize draw is now live and runs until May 13, 2019. The lucky winner will be announced on May 16, 2019.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Sumanth Subramanian and Jaspal Singh who invite you to join them for a premium-casual dining experience and a chance to win a trip for 2 in the Dominican Republic.

“I was looking for something substantial and fun to give something back to our customers. I was thrilled to partner with AIC Hotel Group, iRock Weddings and Erin Mills Town Centre and excited to offer this prize opportunity to one of our lucky customers,” says Sumanth Subramanian.

Since they first opened their doors back in 1992, Turtle Jack’s has continued to grow with 19 locations across Ontario. The driving force behind the restaurants’ success remains the same – a premium casual dining restaurant where you can escape and recharge with friends and family. They’re committed to bringing you an experience wrapped in comfort and marked by delicious food and warm hospitality.

“​Fresh since 1992​ is one of our slogans,” says Somer Mullins, VP of Marketing. “We feel our food sets us apart from other restaurants. More and more of our ingredients are sourced from local or sustainable sources (​www.turtlejacks.com/food-stories/​). We use farm to table Verified Canadian Pork, ocean to plate True North Salmon and antibiotic free chicken from Greenfield Natural Meat Co. Our executive

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chefs then take these fresh ingredients and create new twists on cottage classics that complement our relaxed environment.”

The Creative City – To be continued!

Mississauga Arts Council’s AGM hears from leaders and promises more success to come

“We must do all we can to support the arts and nurture its growth, because our cultural scene is an economic engine in our city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie to 100 artists and board members of the Mississauga Arts Council, gathered for their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 27 in the Great Hall at Civic Centre. 

The Mayor went on to point out that, “…for every one dollar the City invests in community cultural organizations and festivals, an additional $7.27 is leveraged from a variety of different sources. Investing in the arts is investing in our economy.”

How to turn the popular promise of a Creative City into a reality falls in part to Paul Damaso, Director of the City’s Culture Division. 

“Our first Strategic Priority is to Build an Arts Friendly City that supports, attracts and retains creatives,” he began, speaking to a very attentive audience.

 “Building an arts-friendly city means creating an environment where arts and culture can happen organically and where artists are supported. The Mississauga Arts Council will need to play a critical role in supporting our local artists, if we’re going to ultimately enjoy success with this goal.” 

“We look forward to working with the City!” said MAC President Jeannette Chau, before she began her brief review of what the Mississauga Arts Council did to support artists in 2018.

“Professional development of our artists continued to be a key focus, whether through our networking and business skills workshops; the Open Mics, which are a vital experience and launch pad for young talent, to the many one-on-one coaching sessions.”

 Jeannette pointed to visioning work done by the Board and the improved financial situation MAC now enjoys, noting the award won for the Boxes and Banners project and the monies raised by the Motown Masquerade Ball. All in all “a very successful year.” 

MAC’s Executive Director, Mike Douglas, picked up on the success of MAC Volunteers, who helped out at the Rama Amusement Centre Bingo nights, to provide funding to support MAC’s new Micro Grant program open to member artists for five grant categories. Details will be forthcoming. The first group of grants will open for submissions in mid-April. Douglas also highlighted the emergence of the Common Ground Café for its important role as a host for poets and songwriters on the first and third Thursdays of every month. For visual artists, the first Beauty of Bees flower painting contest and exhibition on June 2 at the Streetsville Bread & Honey Festival was announced along with MAC’s interest in partnering on concerts with up-and-coming rock and country bands.

MPP for Erin Mills Sheref Sabawy added to the sense of progress commenting that “MAC does amazing work and has shown how important Art is to Mississauga for almost as long as Mississauga has been a city.”

When the speeches concluded, MAC Board Director Grant Clark conducted the Board’s election and announced MAC’s new board members.  

Declared as 2019 Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council: Grant Clark, Linden King, Lynne Mack, Samantha Angel, Heidi Somfalvi, Jeannette Chau, Ron Duquette, Charles Chu, Sandra Maylor-Caesar, Ron Starr, Sylvan Naidoo, Marcelino DaCosta, Jeff Wesseling, Ray Mikkola, Randy Persaud, and Ken Jones.        

The Annual General Meeting was decorated by the colourful and varied exhibition of visual artworks supplied by Members: Jatin Naik, Sue Archibald, Fernando Resende, Laura Beaton, Celina Melo, Nisreen Askar, Catherine Wilson, Luan Quach, Amanda Shotton, Khaula Mazhar, Stella Jurgen, May Zhang and Carole Neely.

As the Mayor said, “the Mississauga Arts Council is truly the heart and soul of our arts community. You have a lot to be proud of hosting the 25th anniversary of the MARTY Awards– the most comprehensive arts awards showcase in Canada!”

See you on Thursday May 23 at the Mississauga Convention Centre for the 25th annual Mississauga Arts Awards!