City’s Business Plan and Budget Awarded Top Honours for 28th Consecutive Year

For the 28th straight year, the City of Mississauga has won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The award recognizes the City’s 2017-2020 Business Plan and 2017 Budget which outlines the City’s budget priorities in a fiscally responsible way.

The GFOA award is given to municipalities who have met the highest standards of government budgeting.

“It is an honour to receive this award once again. Being recognized as one of the top municipalities nationally by the GFOA, and having achieved the goal of best budgeting practices, highlights our commitment to fiscal responsibility,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Thanks to Council and staff for demonstrating their commitment to excellence in providing information that is clear and accessible for residents.”

The City of Mississauga also holds the distinction of being ranked the top municipality in Canada with the longest active consecutive win streak.

Kent further added, “All the documents we submit are reviewed by professional members of the GFOA and by independent reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.”
Presentation of the GFOA Award for 2017-2020 Business Plan and 2017 Budget

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is a non-profit professional association serving more than 19,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The purpose of the GFOA is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments for public benefit. This is achieved by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices through education, training, member networking and leadership. For more information on the awards program, visit

Interim Executive Director Appointed by Art Gallery of Mississauga

The Art Gallery of Mississauga has appointed Terry Jenkins-Bricel as Interim Executive Director. Terry has assumed her duties and will remain in this role until the AGM’s current Executive Director / Curator Mandy Salter returns from personal leave.
With a multi-disciplinary background of creative sector experience enhanced by extensive business expertise, Terry brings a valuable blend of arts sector insight and leadership to the AGM. She has a Masters in Contemporary Art Histories from OCAD University and has provided development expertise for non-profit arts organizations. Terry has been on the Gallery’s Board of Directors for two terms: 2009-2012 and 2015-2017. Her past experience includes leadership roles in the design field including Director of Development. Terry will be collaborating with partners, supporters and stakeholders to continue AGM’s momentum, building on past successes and promoting excellence into the future.

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It’s Waste Reduction Week: Recycle Unwanted Electronics and Clothing at 14 Mississauga Facilities

For a second year, the City of Mississauga is participating in Partners in Project Green’sRecycling Collection Drive in support of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, October 16 to 22. Throughout the week, Mississauga residents and City employees can drop off unwanted electronics and gently-used clothing to 14 City facilities across Mississauga at no charge.

In 2016, the City collected 4,300 kilograms of waste, accounting for over 60 per cent of the total waste gathered. That’s equivalent to the weight of 39 black bears, 2,150 laptops or 187 full garbage bags of family waste. Continue reading It’s Waste Reduction Week: Recycle Unwanted Electronics and Clothing at 14 Mississauga Facilities


Call for Entry and Juror Announcement

MISSISSAUGA, ON –Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to its milestone 40th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. VAM40, the prestigious exhibition will kick-off 2018 as one of Mississauga’s leading arts events. VAM40 will showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual arts works. Selected works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 11– February 10, 2018. The AGM is located at 300 City Centre Dr. in Mississauga.

Open to emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario, the entry deadline for the show is midnight on Sunday November 5, 2017. For submission information, click here or go to under the Exhibitions tab.

“This will be VAM’s 40th year celebrating the creative energy of established and emerging artists from around Ontario,” says VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “As this year also marks the 30th year the Art Gallery of Mississauga has hosted this show, 2018 is an incredible milestone for our organization and the arts community here in Mississauga. Our partnership with the AGM is indicative of the collaborative energy that flows between Mississauga’s arts, culture and heritage organizations. We thank the AGM team for showcasing this highly anticipated show each year.”

Image still above: “Can You Hear Me” by Shazia Javed, 1st Place Recipient of VAM39 Juried Show

VAM is pleased to announce its distinguished panel of jurors for VAM40:

Faisal Anwar is an interactive artist/producer based in Canada. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Habitat-LAB and was earlier trained in graphic design at Lahore’s National College of Arts. Anwar’s art practice integrates art, culture and technology in odd configurations to explore our perceptions of private vs public spaces and social interactivity in modern urban cultures.

John Armstrong completed his undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University in 1978, and in 1980 received a Masters degree from Chelsea College of Art in London, UK. Armstrong has taught painting since 1982 in Art and Art History, a collaborative Honours B.A. program between Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and the University of Toronto Mississauga. Over the past ten years, he has collaborated with Paris artist Paul Collins: their paintings on photographs, videos and publications have been on view in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and Europe.

Jayne Wilkinson is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and curator. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and her research focuses on contemporary art and photo-based practices with specific attention to issues of surveillance, security and representation. She has contributed critical essays to a variety of journals and publications, including C Magazine, Prefix Photo, Inuit Art Quarterly, InVisible Culture and others. She is Assistant Curator at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga.

Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration



4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150

This extraordinary concert event is a gala celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the Living Arts Centre’s 20th anniversary. It honours the tremendous contributions and ongoing legacy of two Canadian jazz icons, Oscar Peterson (who was a resident of Mississauga for many years) and Oliver Jones, who will be receiving the first-ever Living Arts Centre Excellence in The Arts Award.

The project is curated and produced by Frank Francis of Caliban Arts Theatre with musical direction by Ron Westray. The lineup of piano luminaries includes legendary jazz giant and icon Monty Alexander (Harlem Kingston Express; Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones), JUNO and Emmy Award winner D.D. Jackson, Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Jazz Award-winner Robi Botos, and Marc Cary (Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove). Other esteemed musicians include world renowned Canadian vocalist Dione Taylor, Grammy-winning saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment, Stephon Harris), JUNO-winning bassist Brandi Disterheft (Michael Kaeshammer), percussionist/drummer Kahil El’Zabar (Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma(Ornette Coleman, Jukebox). The program will feature a mix of primordial music written by Peterson and Jones such as The Canadiana Suite along with original material written by the three generations of artists who will be performing. John Devenish of Jazz.FM91 will be the MC.

“Without question, this evening represents as well the finest assembling of jazz talent ever on the main stage at the Living Arts Centre,” says Living Arts Centre CEO Natalie Lue. It’s the crowning event of Canada’s 150th Birthday and our own 20th anniversary here at the LAC, one that will give us creative momentum as we move into our third decade of presenting quality entertainment to our patrons from Mississauga and the surrounding area. We’d especially like to thank our presenting sponsor, Pratt & Whitney, for their support which is making this magical evening possible.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Living Arts Centre’s event web page at:


This concert is the perfect gift for the jazz lover on your holiday shopping list!


Tickets can also be purchased by phone through the Living Arts Centre Box Office: 905-306-6000

Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration


4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150