Three New AGM Exhibitions Showcase Cross-disciplinary Practice and Immersive Installations

This spring, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) invites visitors to explore a diverse range of artwork with three new exhibitions. Change Makers is an exploration of personal and cultural stories that are delved into, mined, researched and then reconstituted to forge new histories as a way of not losing what the past has to teach us about how we might approach the future. In Pushing Paint, Fiona Kinsella takes the physicality and organic qualities of oil paint as her starting point, pushing the medium to become more than surface pigmentation, into the realm of the sculptural – to grow, shift, change, to build up and decay. And, in a new body of work, Claire Scherzinger examines the relationship between drawing, painting and sculpture as a spectrum of exchange of information and knowledge between the image and the object.

Change Makers
Outi Pieski, Wally Dion, Wendy Red Star, Melissa General, Amy Malbeuf, Shuvinai Ashoona, Nicotye Samayualie

Change Makers aims to re-evaluate the relationship between Aboriginal and Western cultures. This exhibition celebrates the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s recent commitment to the study and exhibition of Indigenous art while providing diverse responses to what it means to be Indigenous today. Through their works, the artists engage with ideas of self-representation to question colonial narratives and present parallel histories while exploring relationships between the spiritual, the uncanny and every day.

The AGM is honoured to have the support of the Peel Aboriginal Network and the Six Nations of the Grand River as Community Partners for this exhibition.

Fiona Kinsella | Pushing Paint

Displayed in the Robert Freeman Gallery, Fiona Kinsella explores the organic, physical, and tactile qualities of oil paint, rather than its ability to hold pigment or create two dimensional images. Her work straddles the now blurry line between painting and sculpture, and also connects to elements of performance. Although the artist exerts significant control over the final product while wielding the brush, or in Kinsella’s case, a palette knife, the paint itself is an active agent, changing over the course of its lifetime. Kinsella’s work is at once about the bridging and expansion of media, and about the process of doing so – pushing paint, shaping and sculpting it, and allowing it to have a life of its own.

Claire Scherzinger | the zenith of my understanding is like water in a thimble

Lastly, devoted to presenting exceptional emerging artists from Mississauga and the GTA, the AGM’s XIT-RM space is proud to present Claire Scherzinger’s the zenith of my understanding is like water in a thimble. For this exhibition, Scherzinger continues on her quest to “know everything about everything” when it comes to painting and drawing. However this quest is inherently futile, as the title suggests, and indeed extends beyond medium-specific boundaries. Along with many of her contemporaries, Scherzinger, who has been recognized for her painting by the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, is exploring the significance and relevance of painting today, in an era in which cross-disciplinary practice is common. She has begun to view drawing, painting, and sculpture as a spectrum across which information is exchanged – information that takes the form of line, colour, form and texture – in varying degrees of abstraction and representation.

Exhibitions will be on view from February 25, 2016 – April 10, 2016.

Mayor Crombie Congratulates Hazel McCallion on Becoming Sheridan Chancellor

Sheridan College Davis Campus – it gives me immense pleasure to join the faculty, staff, students and leadership from Sheridan College for the installation of Hazel McCallion as this institution’s first chancellor, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.

“Sheridan College chose Canada’s leading city-builder, Hazel McCallion, to help build a more promising and inspiring future, for the school’s 21,000 strong student body.”

As you know, when Sheridan succeeds, so does Mississauga, Mayor Crombie said citing how phase two of the Hazel McCallion Campus is well underway, on nearly nine acres of prime land made possible through a partnership between Mississauga and Sheridan.

“I have always maintained that all levels of government have a responsibility to ensure people have access to quality education,” Mayor Crombie said. “This is especially the case at the local level. We want our educational institutions to be strong because our young people must reach higher,” Mayor Crombie added.

“Investing in education is city-building.”

The Mississauga expansion project will result in a new facility on the same site; housing state-of-the-art classrooms; studios; labs and production spaces; a Centre for Creative Thinking and a gallery space to showcase students’ creativity and innovation.

The new facility will offer program clusters in architecture and interior design; creativity and communications; business; advertising and merchandising. The new space will accommodate an additional 3,200 full-time students for a total enrollment of approximately 5,500 active minds.

Mayor Crombie said “taken together, this is another milestone as we continue with our plans of building a flourishing, livable, walkable, downtown core.”

Mayor Crombie highlighted how Mississauga City staff are working closely with Metrolinx to press ahead with the Hurontario LRT, adding that “former mayor McCallion advocated extensively to support the project and attract investment for it.”

Mayor Crombie added that “the LRT will be linked to our MiWay Bus Rapid Transit System at the Square One Transit Terminal. It will result in a more seamless travel experience for students to get to class at Sheridan College.”

“By partnering with Sheridan, we are building a complete city – a place where all people can earn an education, find a good-paying job, start a business, pursue their dreams and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life.

Mayor Crombie concluded “once again, I offer my very best wishes to Chancellor McCallion, as you embark on yet another exciting chapter in your extensive career of public service.”


Mayor Crombie speaking during the installation of Hazel McCallion as Sheridan College’s first chancellor. Brian Dawson, President of Sheridan’s Board of Directors, also pictured.



Mayor Crombie joined by Hazel McCallion, Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky, Mayor Linda Jeffrey, and Mississauga-Brampton South MPP Amrit Mangat.

Aluminum wiring remains a hot topic

MISSISSAUGA (Feb 19, 2016) – Forty per cent of residential fires are electrical in nature and Mississauga residents who live in older homes and homes with aluminum wire pose a higher fire risk.

Birnie CurrentSAFE is on a mission to educate these residents about the life-threatening electrical hazards that lurk behind their walls.

In partnership with the ESA and the Mississauga Fire Department, CurrentSAFE will be hosting a free home safety seminar to educate attendees about the dangers associated with aluminum wire and what they can do to protect their investments.

The event will take place on Tuesday March 22nd at the Garry W. Morden Training Centre.

“We had a full house last year at the Garry Morden Training centre, so we know people are concerned about aluminum wiring in their homes,” said Tim Birnie, President of Birnie CurrentSAFE, a Mississauga-based electrical contractor that has inspected hundreds of Ontario homes for potential electrical hazards.

The seminar, entitled Aluminum Wiring: Debunking the Myths, also features a presentation by Michele Aplin, Public Education officer for Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services. Her presentation includes valuable information to help families prepare fire prevention and escape plans.

Ted Olechna, Director Codes and Standards Support, Chief Engineer for the Electrical Safety Authority, ESA, will be speaking about new arc-fault interrupter technologies that are proven to reduce the risk of fire by more than 70 percent.

The Electrical Safety Authority has issued a number of warnings about potential hazards of aluminum wiring related to overheating and failure of aluminum wiring terminations at outlets, light switches and other termination points.

“Aluminum oxidizes at termination points, and this can lead to failure and the potential for a serious electrical fire without proper maintenance,” added Mr. Birnie.

The first 25 Attendees to pre- register online at or call 1-855-569-1818, will receive a free CO alarm.

WHERE: Garry W. Morden Centre, 7535 Ninth Line, Mississauga
WHEN: Tuesday, March 22nd, 7 – 8:30 p.m. / Registration 6:30 p.m.

For further information, please contact:
Angela Hoyos
Marketing Coordinator
905-569-1818 x 229 /

Birnie Electric, founded in 1967, is committed to promoting safety at work and at home. Birnie employs a team of skilled service electricians, each with an average of 20 years’ electrical experience. They are fully insured, background security checked and covered under WSIB. In addition to delivering the Birnie CurrentSAFE program to residential customers, Birnie Electric provides design/build, electrical contracting and datacomm services to developers and contractors as well as to commercial and industrial businesses throughout Ontario.

Residential Aluminum Wiring
Background Fact Sheet

  • Aluminum wiring was widely used in new home construction during the 1960s and 1970s as the price of copper skyrocketed.
  • Aluminum wiring also used by home renovators during the same period.
  • The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) states: Reported problems with aluminum wiring have been related to the overheating and failure of aluminum wiring terminations. This is due to aluminum’s tendency to oxidize and its incompatibility with devices designed for use with copper wiring. Warm cover plates or discolouration of switches or receptacles, flickering lights, or the smell of hot plastic insulation may evidence these problems.
  • Many homes contain a dangerous mix of aluminum and copper wiring, creating additional hazards where the two types of wiring are interlinked.
  • Most modern ‘designer’ electrical devices are not compatible with aluminum wiring.
  • The potential hazards of aluminum wiring can be eliminated through inspection and by updating all termination points with one of three accepted remedial measures.

Mississauga has Winter Fun for Everyone

Mississauga is a winter playground full of fun and exciting things to do and see. Experience the season to the fullest and explore all that the city offers – even if Jack Frost is nippin’ at your nose. Dress for the weather and get ready to have some fun!

Lacing up Your Skates

This winter season, sharpen your skates, remove your skate guards and enjoy a few laps around one of the city’s many skating rinks. Whether you’re looking to warm up on an indoor rink or leisurely skate under stars outdoors, you’re sure to find a rink that meets your needs. Visit:

Exploring City Parks and Trails

Mississauga has over 480 parks, which means that you can explore one park every day of the year and still have more to see! The city has an impressive 300km of trails (which is equivalent to driving from Mississauga to Niagara Falls and back). Strap on your hiking shoes, fill a backpack with your favourite snacks and explore some of the prettiest parks and forests in the GTA. Visit:

Winter is also a great time to get in touch with nature. If you can’t make it out to Riverwood Conservancy to bird watch, we’ll bring the birds to you! Check out their live Birdcam.

Cheering for Your Local Favourites

Mississauga has a number of amazing local sport teams, so grab a few friends and head over to the Mississauga Hershey Centre to cheer them on. Grab some pom pom’s, drinks and snacks and get ready to cheer your heart out as you take in a Mississauga Steelheads hockey game or watch the Raptor’s 905 sink some hoops at a basketball game.

Cozying up with a Live Performance

On those cold winter days, warm up with a dose of live music or an engaging theatrical performance. Meadowvale Theatre and Living Arts Centre offer live shows from dance, sing-a-longs, open mic performances and more. Sit back and enjoy some laughs and music and forget that the cold ever bothered you anyways. Visit: and

Maple Syrup Kind of Mood

It’s that time of year, when Maple trees all over the GTA are being tapped for maple syrup. Canadians love their maple syrup and there is no better time to learn about this sticky and sweet Canuck staple than heading over to the Bradley Museum for the annual Maple Magic maple syrup festival (March 14 to 19). Enjoy demonstrations, guided tours, activities and the sweet taste of maple syrup poured over warm, fluffy pancakes. Visit:

Heralding Spring in Port Credit

iMAGEMAKEE presents “Flower Power”

“Flower Power” – opening reception, March 10, 7-9

PORT CREDIT, ON – Vivid colour will emblazon the walls of Imagemaker Gallery from March 7 – March 31. Florals will decorate the gallery, transforming it into a garden of delightful beauty. Nancy Phillips, Denise Morrison, Geraldine Gillingham, Anne Henvey and Meena Chopra have interpreted their vision of the beauty that lies in nature. From magnified single blooms to fields of blurred colour, nature’s hues are captured on canvas.

“I’m inspired by the wonder of nature….sometimes I paint in a realistic style, re-creating scenery, other times I’m caught in a wave of whimsy and let my mind and brush go wherever they wish”, explains Henvey.

Painting is an intuitive process for Gillingham, where she lays down marks with pastel, charcoal, and acrylics, dips and pours, then adds layers of luscious saturated oils to reveal joy, movement, and excitement in each completed work.

Phillips watercolours tend toward soft, more poetic interpretations, while Morrison often paints very large work, heavily textured.

Chopra says, “My art is my search for the moments beyond the ones of self knowledge. A stillness that moves within! An intense search for my origin and ultimate identity”.

Five artists with a wide range of visions and techniques brought together by a shared love of the beauty surrounding us in nature.