Mississauga to Assume Full Operation of Living Arts Centre

Today, Mississauga City Council passed a motion to end its relationship agreement with The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (LAC) on December 31, 2019 and assume responsibility for all operations and management of the facility.

“In order to grow our music industry, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a ‘Music City,’ we need to unlock the true potential of the Living Arts Centre,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today, Council took the first step by voting in support of a motion that will help realize that vision. In addition to their cultural significance, creative industries are an important driver of economic growth and employment. It’s important the City of Mississauga has the ability to strategically leverage City assets, including the Living Arts Centre, so that we can take our creative industries to the next level and grow it in a way that drives investment, creates jobs and ultimately puts Mississauga on the map as a ‘Music City’. On behalf of Council, I do want to thank the exceptional volunteer board members who have dedicated countless hours to the Living Arts Centre over the past 20 years; and I look forward to working with the current board during this transition.”  

Over the next six months, City staff will work with the current LAC Board to transition operations and management of the facility.  

“Today, the City owns, operates and manages several major entertainment and cultural facilities such as the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Celebration Square and the Meadowvale Theatre. Council has tasked staff with finding opportunities across all these municipal assets to better integrate programming, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a creative music city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “It is business as usual for employees, customers and rental clients at the LAC as we transition into this new management model.” 

Baker added that the City’s Culture Division will play a key role in leading the transition along with other City staff.

Dogs welcome at Rattray Marsh: keep them on-leash

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding area residents and visitors of Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to keep all pets on a leash when visiting the park. While pets are allowed in the conservation area, they must always be kept on a leash six feet or less.

“We’re reminding visitors that our conservation areas are beautiful, natural spaces shared with wildlife. There are areas that you don’t want your dog to get into,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager for CVC. “We ask that visitors always keep their pet’s on-leash for their own safety and for the safety of wildlife. It’s also important to give personal space for other park visitors who may be afraid of wandering dogs.”

Dogs on-leash is a long-standing rule at all CVC properties. It’s important that visitors follow park rules to protect their pets. Dogs off-leash are exposed to several hazards because of the unpredictable nature of shared natural public spaces. When a dog roams off-leash it can be exposed to:

  • Poisonous plants (such as poison ivy)
  • Wildlife (coyotes, skunks and porcupines)
  • Ticks (Lyme Disease)
  • Other dogs that aren’t dog-friendly

Rattray Marsh is home to a variety of wildlife, including species-at-risk. These species can be in danger when dogs are loose. This time of year, young animals are also growing and a very vulnerable stage of life. Please keep dogs away for their safety.

CVC asks everyone to be a good neighbour and follow park rules. Not all park visitors can or wish to be exposed to dogs due to allergies, fears or beliefs. Visitors who disregard the on-leash policy may be putting themselves and their dog at risk of liability. CVC is working with City of Mississauga By-law officers at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to enforce by-laws at the park.

The City of Mississauga has eight leash-free zones around the city for residents who want to give their dogs an off-leash experience.

For more information about Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, please contact 1-800-367-0890 or recreation@cvc.ca.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

HARLEY SELECTED 18TH OVERALL BY THE DALLAS STARS

Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley taken with the 18th overall pick by the Dallas Stars in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

As the first round of the NHL Draft took place in Vancouver, anticipation was high among many prospects in the crowd. With the 18th overall pick, it was the Dallas Stars turn at the podium.

“With the 18th pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars select from the Mississauga Steelheads, Thomas Harley.”

Harley, a native of Syracuse, New York impressed NHL personnel and drew praise from multiple scouting sources with his development throughout this past season. NHL Central Scouting had Harley 9th amongst North American Skaters in their Midterm rankings and 11th in their final prospect rankings. TSN’s Bob McKenzie had Harley 17th on his list prior to the draft; the highest amongst any OHL player. Fellow TSN analyst Craig Button ranked the left-shot defenceman 11th and Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet had him being selected at 22nd overall.

Harley had a tremendous year on the ice leading to a rise in his draft stock. In October, the 17-year old was one of only ten defencemen selected to represent team OHL in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series. At the conclusion of the 2018-19 regular season, he was awarded MVP of the Steelheads for his lead role on the blue line. After his first season earning 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists) in 62 games, the sophomore’s offensive output drastically improved finishing third on the team with 58 points (11 goals, 47 assists) in 68 games. Harley also finished 8th among all defenceman in the OHL for overall points and 4th among defencemen in total assists. Most recently, Harley was also named a Third-Team All-Star by the Ontario Hockey League.

In April, Harley was also selected to represent Canada at the U-18 World Championships. The Steelheads defenceman wasn’t new to wearing a Team Canada jersey, having suited up with Team Canada Black at the 2017 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. Harley’s free-wheeling and smooth skating style translated well onto the large ice surface in Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden. He registered 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) over 7 games finishing tied for 7th in scoring amongst Team Canada skaters for the tournament.

To compliment his on ice accomplishments, Harley was the recipient of the Bobby Smith Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year. He earned the honour for his academic achievements in the classroom combined with his on-ice excellence for the Mississauga Steelheads.

Harley in his interview mentioned the influence both his parents have had in getting him to this point. First he was asked about his father. “He’s been huge for me. He was my coach growing up and my role model. He’s taught me almost everything I know about the game and he’s one of my best friends so its great.” Harley was then asked about his mother. “She’s the anchor in our house…she’s been there for me my entire life and been one of my biggest supporters if not the biggest…”

Along with Thomas Harley getting drafted at pick number 18 by the Dallas Stars, two other Steelheads draft picks were selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Jack Hughes was taken first overall by the New Jersey Devils and Trevor Zegras was selected ninth overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

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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, 2019 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