Steelheads defenceman, Thomas Harley eyes chance to represent Canada at 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship

Hockey Canada announced today the 31 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ont. The players, including four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Included on the invite list was Steelheads rearguard Thomas Harley.

This isn’t the first time Harley has had his name called by Hockey Canada. The 6’3” defenceman first donned the red and white at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John, New Brunswick where he appeared in 5 games. Leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft, Harley was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship where he registered 4 points (1G, 3A) in 7 games. The 18-year old has also suited up for Team OHL twice in the CIBC Canada/Russia Series in both 2018 and 2019.

After returning from the Dallas Stars in late September, Harley has lit up the score sheet. Through 24 games, he sits tied for fifth among OHL defencemen in points (27) and leads all defencemen in goals (11). His offensive production comes as no surprise after finishing the 2018-19 season with 58 points (11A,47G) over 68 games.

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will air all 31 games at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, providing wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament.

Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and #WorldJuniors.

The Toronto Biennial of Art is wrapping up soon

The Biennial of Art is 72 days of FREE art! In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programs aim to inspire individuals, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives.

Did you know that the Biennial of Art 2019 can be viewed right here in Mississauga at the Small Arms Building?

Now that the Biennial is in full swing (it opened September 21 and is on view until December 1), we’re circling back to see if you might be interested in touring the sites and installations, interviewing the organizers, curators, or artists or previewing some upcoming programs. 

Biennial exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public at more than 15 locations in the GTA.

A couple of upcoming program highlights for November include:

Jumblies Theater & Arts Workshop

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 9, 16, 30

Performance time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Torontoat Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Combat Ready Kitchen

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat(2015), discusses the military’s role in the technological development of processed foods and the distribution, commercialization, and effects of packaged goods within society. The author will have bags of Made Ready to Eat (MRE) foods for the audience to try. There will also be a set of everyday groceries for the audience to “unpack” including things like energy bars, instant coffee, powdered cheese snacks – quotidian foods originally created by the USA military that can be found in regular grocery stores. 

Steelheads complete trade with Ottawa 67’s

The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that the hockey club has traded forward Adam Varga to the Ottawa 67’s in exchange for a 6th round pick in 2020.

Varga, 18, played in 63 games for the Steelheads during the 2018-19 regular season recording 15 points (6G,9A) and has one assist through 14 games with the hockey club this season. In 123 career OHL games, the Bel Air, MD native has registered 23 points (7G,16A). Varga has also appeared in 8 playoff games registering his first career playoff goal on March 26th, 2018 against Barrie. 

“We want to thank Adam and his family for their time with the Steelheads. We wish him well and continued success with Ottawa.”

General Manager and Head Coach James Richmond

Varga was originally selected by the Mississauga Steelheads in the seventh round (121st overall) of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

Add Some Sparkle to Your Holiday Shopping at the Seasons Christmas Show

Shop Local at the Makeful Market, Take Part in Seasonal Craft Workshops, See Holiday-Inspired Stage Presentations, and Meet Santa

Fri., Nov. 22 – Sun., Nov. 24, 2019 at the International Centre in Mississauga

The Seasons Christmas Show brings together local artisans, talented food-makers, and DIY craft enthusiasts to offer visitors a one-stop-shop destination to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit. Learn seasonal decor secrets from celebrity stylists appearing on stage at the show, browse through a selection of handmade one-of-a-kind items from almost one hundred local artisans in the Makeful Market, test out your crafting skills at the holiday-themed Makeful Workshops, and don’t forget to take a selfie with Santa in front of our giant Christmas tree. The Seasons Christmas Show returns to the International Centre, Mississauga from Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 24. Tickets are available now on the Seasons Christmas Show website here.

Continuing its tradition as the best place to find holiday inspiration, the Seasons Christmas Show’s main stage features Cityline’s trends forecasting expert Lynn Spence who curates her favourite festive finds from the hundreds of vendors taking part in the show.

Celebrity florist, TV personality, and owner of Kate’s Garden, Kate Seaver, demonstrates how to create Christmassy Instagram-worthy moments, from tree decorating to floral arrangements.

For the foodie in your life, celebrity chef and author of Dish-Do-Over Jo Lusted will be on-hand to show visitors how to create the ultimate mouth-watering displays for holiday entertaining.

Inspired by the DIY Makeful TV channel, the Makeful Market offers attendees a curated shopping experience and a chance to purchase unique one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and stocking stuffers from passionate local artisans. From gourmet chocolate bars to espresso face cream, soy candles, eco-friendly jewelry, edible ornaments and more, visitors can shop, taste and experience the best the season has to offer.

With the DIY maker culture booming across the GTA, the Seasons Christmas Show’s Makeful Workshop offers attendees the opportunity to experience a range of hands-on holiday-themed craft sessions, from making burlap wreaths to evergreen table toppers and paper quilled gift tags, visitors can learn a new hobby and show off their artistic creations.

No holiday show would be complete without Santa himself making an appearance. The jolly man in red will be on hand at the show every day to chat and take selfies with visitors. Santa will visit the show on Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2019 Seasons Christmas Show Highlights:

Main Stage Line-Up Highlights:

Lynn Spence: From fashion, decor, gifts and more, Cityline style expert Lynn Spence will show off a wide array of fabulous holiday finds from the vendors and makers on the show floor.

Jo Lusted: Chef, TV host and author of Dish Do-Over, shows how to create the ultimate mouthwatering holiday display for easy entertaining.

Seaver: Celebrity florist, TV personality and owner of Kate’s Garden, Kate will host a main stage presentation showing attendees how they can achieve Instagram-worthy tree decorating and floral arranging.

Jackie Morra: Jackie is a design and lifestyle expert and TV personality who will be demonstrating tips and tricks on how to repurpose everyday items to create holiday decor arrangements.

Makeful Market: The best place to purchase handmade gifts from true makers and local artisans. See the full list of vendors here.

The Makeful Workshop:

Mini Evergreen Table Topper: Create a mini-table topper with Kate Seaver using fresh-cut evergreens and decorate it with holiday trimmings. It will last up to 6 weeks.

Paper Quilling – Holiday Gift Tags: Add a personal touch to your gifts with decorative paper quilled gift tags. Join Deepa Krishnan to learn the creative art of paper quilling which involves rolling and shaping thin strips of paper to create three unique gift tags that will make your presents extra special.

Holiday Burlap Wreath: Make an entrance with a burlap holiday wreath for your front door. The team from Crafty Creatures will show you how to weave the burlap and decorate your wreath with supplied seasonal floral decor.

Glass Ornament: Join Hasmig of Green Gardens Succulents to create a holiday-inspired succulent ornament to hang on your Christmas tree.

Fireplace Stocking Hanger: Create a festive stocking hanger to proudly display on your fireplace mantle. The team from Crafty Creatures will supply all the materials and you get to customize your design by choosing your own miniature details, including woodland creatures, bears and Christmas themed decals.

Gingerbread Box Workshop: Come and create a package that’s good enough to eat! Participants will get to practice their piping skills and make a fondant bow to decorate their edible gingerbread gift box.

Show Dates and Times:
Friday, November 22 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON, Hall 5
FREE PARKING (more than 7,500 parking spaces available)

Adults: $15
Youth (13-17): $12
Children (under 12): FREE
Seniors (65+): $12
Groups (6 or more): $10 (online only)
Friday Night Specials (at the door only): 2 for 1 admission after 4 pm; Youths (13-17) FREE


Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood will launch the festive season in Mississauga with its annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace on November 9 and 10, 2019. The celebrated event offers an incredible array of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by Mississauga’s top artists and artisans.  VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace will feature a café by Kate’s Town Talk Bakery, live music treats and more!

The event will run from Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 10 am until 4 pm. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Admission is free. Attending the event is a great way to support local artisans while getting a head-start on your holiday shopping.

VAM will also present live musical performances by emerging Jazz vocalist John Amato on Saturday, November 9 at 12:30pm and by flamenco guitarist Mark Harry on Sunday, November 10 at 12:30pm.

The VAM Holiday Artisan Marketplace offers a warm holiday experience for the whole family and a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping,” explains Event Coordinator, Eldiana Begovic. “Our event showcases over 20 artisans selling their high-quality art and handmade gifts including smaller paintings, fashion items, jewellery, woodwork textiles, sculpture, glass, crafts and more. Grab a fresh baked good from Kate’s Town Talk Bakery and listen to our live musicians.”  

VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace is one of the first artisan crafters shows (of the 2019 season) presented in the Greater Toronto Area.

The event provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to explore VAM’s magnificent art centre, meet local artists “face to face” and to purchase a hand-crafted Made in Canada gift for someone special. You’ll be feeling the holiday spirit by the time you leave.  

Please visit for more details or call 905-277-4313.