Presented by TD Canada Trust and the Canadian Community Arts Initiative (CCAI), Mosaic is a premiere South Asian multidisciplinary arts festival. Celebrating its ninth year, the festival will take place in Mississauga's city centre from August 7-16, 2014.
Drawing in crowds of close to 70,000 people, Mosaic offers the best in contemporary, folk and classical South Asian art and culture with high-energy and skillful performances showcasing international superstars of South Asian origin.
Festivities start on August 7, 2014 with the opening night gala and a feature film at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF). The music festival Rock the Coliseum (RTC) will take place on August 15 and 16, 2014. The grand two-day outdoor festival will take place on August 15 and 16, 2014 at Mississauga's Celebration Square next to Square One.
This year, Canadian Actor Raymond Ablack who starred in the hit show Degrassi: The Next Generation, will be celebrated as the MISAFF 2014 Star. In addition, Canadian Actor Vinay Virmani, best known for his role in the feature film Breakaway and his latest film Dr. Cabbie, will be the celebrity guest at the MISAFF Chat.
MISAFF provides a platform for independent, diverse, conscientious South Asian cinema in long and short form, fiction and documentary. Mississauga will be the hub for interaction and engagement for an audience that loves cinema irrespective of language or culture from August 7–10, 2014, with something for everyone.
Notable films screening during MISAFF 2014 include the Canadian premiere of films such as VARA starring Shahana Goswami, directed by renowned Bhutanese Director Khyentse Norbu; Hank and Asha; the gritty Gangs of Tooting Broadway; Actor/ Director Rajat Kapoor's charming Ankhon Dekhi; Anima State, a dark comedy and an allegorical Pakistani tale about the state of affairs in the country; and Sulemani Keeda, a comedy about film writers.
MISAFF documentaries include Meet the Patels, an audience favorite during the Toronto Hot Docs festival; Tomorrow We Disappear; and the Mississauga premiere of The Conflicted Samaritan. Short films include Canadian film Just A Prayer, starring local talents Huse Madhavji and Farah Merani; and the award-winning Quebec film Nous avions about a Pakistani family living in Montreal struggling to retain their identity as new dreams take flight.
Attracting audiences from across the GTA, MISAFF 2014 featured films include world premieres, Canadian premieres and presents films in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Pushto, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Kashmiri and Sindhi languages.
"We are absolutely thrilled to present another year of incredible South Asian culture and talent," says Mosaic Director Asma Mahmood, Chair of CCAI, the non-profit organization that presents Mosaic. "South Asian music, dance, and cinema is full of beauty and life; we know everyone will be blown away with what will be delivered during Mosaic 2014."
Mosaic 2014 is proud to present the Indian National Award winner and Bollywood superstar singer Rekha Bhardwaj as the Saturday August 16, headliner. Rekha is currently one of the busiest Bollywood-playback singers focusing on Folk, Sufi and Bollywood genres, and she has an earthy quality to her voice that captivates her audience. This will be her first free concert in North America.
New York band Sandaara, led by Pakistani music sensation Zeb (of Zeb and Haniya Coke Studio fame) will be performing a full concert at Mosaic, followed by the headlining act of Karsh Kale featuring Jonita Gandhi and Bageshree Vaze, Chai-Town A Cappella group, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Destiny Soca Chutney band, along with many other great Musicians, Dancers and Art workshops. As per tradition, Bollywood Dance Choreographer extraordinaire Shiamak Davar: Toronto Dance Team will close the Mosaic festivities.
Additionally, the festival will offer clay and pottery workshops for children and gardening demonstrations for all ages. The Visual Arts Program (VIRSA) is a prominent feature of Mosaic; this year two exhibitions by local and international artists will be presented. VIRSA will be presenting Rashid Rana, a Canadian artist of Pakistani origin, in a talk at the Art Gallery of Mississauga co-presented by the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art in Toronto on August 13 and a literary segment on August 14 at the Sheridan College Auditorium in Mississauga.
In addition, CCAI will present Rock the Coliseum (RTC) on Friday August 15, a free all-ages music festival supporting all genres of independent Canadian music, in collaboration with Independent Music Initiative. Hosted by Wali Shah, RTC 2014 will include Kyle Fraser, Uforia, Yonder Peak, Hammerhands, Ballroom Babies, Shyann, Aukland, and The Soul Motivators. On Saturday August 16, Matt Miller will host a day of music from DJ Kurtis Lewis with Cassandra Popescu, Oneiroi, Nekkrak, GI B-Boy/B-Girl Battle, Dan Daly, Trove, Breached, and Stone River.
The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is proud to present the only Canadian stop of The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989, on view from July 24 - October 19, 2014. Animated by the urgent belief that art can propel change and that culture can reach across boundaries, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat Collective has created space for an expansive group of artists and collaborators to present powerful works of art that defend freedom of expression and battle intolerance within India's often divisive political landscape. The exhibition features a selection of art and ephemera that situates two decades of contemporary Indian art within the political sphere while meditating on art's capacity as a force for change.
Mississauga, ON: The Monster Rock Orchestra (MRO), signature act of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival (MWF), will perform at Port Credit Memorial Park on June 13 and 14 at 9:00 p.m., combining the awesomeness of rock music with the spectacle of lasers.
"This year is really going to be face-melting," says Vikas Kohli, Artistic Director, MRO. "The show is a fantastic combination of rock music supported by an orchestra, accompanied by an incredible display of lasers and lights. It's an exclusive performance created just for the Mississauga Waterfront Festival."
Mississauga Celebration Square is the place to be this summer. With a non-stop lineup of free, fun, outdoor City and community events and activities showcasing the arts, cultural diversity and entertainment, the square features something for residents and visitors of all ages. Plan your visit because your summer is here and it all starts now.
Free summer events on the square include:
The Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk has grown significantly over the past six years and this year organizers are expecting over 500 participants from across Ontario, many from the Team Unbreakable youth run programs held at Peel and Halton Region High Schools.
Rockin' music group wins the People's Choice Award at the 2014 MARTYS
Mississauga, ON: The Monster Rock Orchestra (MRO) won the People's Choice Award at the 2014 MARTYs, beating out 122 other nominees across all categories. The MRO was picked by the people of Mississauga out of a diverse pool of artistic talent.
"The idea with the MRO was to do something that had never been done before," says Vikas Kohli, Artistic Director of the MRO. "We are so glad it has proven to be such a success and are honoured to win the People's Choice Award."
Opening Reception May 15, 6 pm
(Mississauga) - The Art Gallery of Mississauga presents two featured exhibitions in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (May 15 - July 1, 2014). Mississauga artist Fausta Facciponte's diorama-like scenes reflect on the social constructs of the art world inSix Characters in Search of a Photograph. In the Freeman Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre Exhibitions Curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel guest curates Joy and Sorrow: Photographs and Films by Elisa Julia Gilmour and Ben Freedman, a contemporary exploration of analog material that discusses themes of time and impermanence.
Sponsored by Friends of the Museum
(Every Friday evening @ 7:30 p.m. June 6 - August 29 2014)
The Friends of the Museums of Mississauga are pleased to announce another summer of great music “On the Verandah” at Benares Historic House.
Come early and enjoy the beautiful grounds of this magnificent house, wander the lawns, enjoy the flowers and the atmosphere of peace and serenity. Bring along your lawn chairs, perhaps a picnic supper and choose your spot on the lawn in front of the Verandah. We even have a few picnic tables for your use and a concession stand for light refreshments.