City’s New Poet Laureate Has Been Announced and Hits the Stage this Summer

The City of Mississauga’s second Poet Laureate was introduced to City Council earlier today and his first public appearance has been confirmed.

Wali Shah, a resident and student at the University of Toronto Mississauga will assume the role of Poet Laureate from the City’s first honorary Poet Laureate, Anna Yin this week.

Shah is a 22-year old spoken word poet and TEDx speaker who has performed with international recording artists including Selena Gomez and Kendrick Lamar. He will perform for the first time as Poet Laureate during the City’s Canada Day celebration on July 1 at Mississauga Celebration Square.

Nominations for the City’s top poetry post opened at the end of January. To be considered, candidates had to meet the following criteria:
• be a published poet or spoken word artist;
• be a current Mississauga resident;
• have an established body of work or have been recognized for notable contributions to the literary arts;
• some of their work should be relevant to Mississauga and/or subjects that reflect the life of the city; and
• have the ability to represent the values of the City in a professional manner.

“Wali’s selection as Poet Laureate makes a statement about the arts in Mississauga,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga. “Like Wali, our arts scene is young, cool, and emerging with unlimited potential. Wali is the perfect Poet Laureate for our City and he’ll do a fantastic job with championing and raising the profile of literary arts and spoken word across Mississauga and beyond.”

According to Damaso, Shah will focus on three key objectives as the new Poet Laureate:
• serve as a literary ambassador for the City of Mississauga to audiences both within and outside of the city;
• raise the profile of writers in Mississauga; and
• create an artistic legacy through public readings and civic interactions. Continue reading City’s New Poet Laureate Has Been Announced and Hits the Stage this Summer

Mississauga Celebrates the Arts at the MARTYS

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Mississauga Arts Council is thrilled to announce the 23nd annual MARTYS!

“This is the biggest and best arts connecting, networking and awards celebration of the year!” – Brian Crombie, President of the Board of Directors of MAC

2017 will mark the 23rd year of recognizing local emerging and established talent within the arts in Mississauga via the MARTYS; the Mississauga Arts Awards.

Monday April 17 was the last day to send in MARTYS nominations! Thank you to all of the nominators who sent in all the information that was necessary on time! We have a roster of fantastic nominees, the judges will definitely have a hard time deciding the finalists.

This year the Mississauga Arts Council has brought an air of exclusivity to the MARTYS like never before. By establishing some changes to the rules and guidelines, MAC has elevated the MARTYS into a highly coveted award. The most significant changes to the MARTYS rules and guidelines were:

  1. Self-nominations are no longer accepted
  2. Nominees may only be nominated in one category
  3. 5 finalists will be featured in the MARTYS program

During this year’s MARTYS, MAC will unveil a brand new, distinctive, crystal award that will be a sought after and cherished prize for anyone in the arts. Designed by Crystal Sensations, the people who created Canada’s Juno award, this unique piece will remain the same for years to come, establishing recognition as the highest arts award available in our city.

“It is with great pleasure and pride that we have accepted the responsibility to create and manufacture the Mississauga Arts Council MARTYS Award” – Jerome Bacchus, Vice President of Crystal Sensations 

“We’re excited about this year’s new award, honouring the Festival of the Year, as judged by the Mississauga News. It’s especially timely as Mississauga has just won the award for being the best festival city in Ontario!” – Ron Duquette, Producer of the MARTYS

For the last two years the Mississauga Convention Centre has graciously hosted the MARTYS providing an elegant venue, delicious food and exceptional service. Red carpet reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

We have an amazing line-up of entertainers including previous MARTY winners like David O’Hearn’s pop rock band, Time Trip, sweet jazz stylist Arlene Paculan, young opera star Anna Wojcik and award winning dancers and instrumentalists to entertain along with a special surprise guest!

“We hope you join the popular movement to recognize excellence in the arts and help turn Mississauga into a creative city.” – Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC

MARTYS Tickets can be purchased at the office, online at or by calling 905-615-4278. Ticket prices are $75 for members, $90 for non-members and $700 for a table of 10. Please note: tickets will not be sold at the door.

Nominate your heritage hero today!

Who are your “Heritage Heroes”? In our richly diverse community, who do you know that has worked to preserve, communicate and celebrate heritage in Mississauga? Now is the time to honour and nominate them for one of Heritage Mississauga’s awards.

Fifteen awards
will be presented to members of the Mississauga community during the evening and Heritage Mississauga will also honour significant milestone anniversaries from within the city.

“Please join us as we celebrate the “Heritage Heroes” and anniversaries within the community. Heritage is many things to many people and the Credits truly celebrates our diverse people and events that contribute to our quality of life in Mississauga. We want to know you and recognize your heritage in order for us to understand and live harmoniously.”
said  Event Chair Luz del Rosario
 One award of excellence will be presented in each of the following categories:
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Heritage Business Leader
  • Heritage Champion
  • Community Heritage (Individual)
  • Community Heritage (Group)
  • Youth
  • Aboriginal
  • Modern
  • Volunteer
  • Architectural
  • Natural

The Betty Ross Memorial Volunteer Award, President’s & Chairman’s Awards, will  be presented and Heritage Mississauga’s members will select their Members’ Choice Award from all nominations.

Thursday October 12, 2017 
Mississauga Grand Banquet and Event Centre
Tickets: $65.00, Table of 10: $500.00
Nominate today and ensure that heritage is celebrated and remembered; recognize and acknowledge the Heritage Heroes in your community and join us in October for another glittering event. Nomination forms can be found on our website at:
Media contact: Jayme Gaspar, 905-828-8411 ext. 31.

Countdown to AGM Annual Fine Art Auction, Thursday, April 27

The Big Night is fast approaching! The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to have the generous support of Lead Sponsor Square One for the 14th Annual Fine Art Auction on Thursday, April 27.
Here’s Greg Taylor, General Manager, Square One speaking about the upcoming art auction and the continuing partnership between Square One and the AGM, which has grown the Gallery’s audience through the presentation of dynamic contemporary art exhibitions and programming that engages the local community and beyond.

Do you have your tickets?
Public Preview Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 – 8 PM @ AGM
All artworks can be viewed in person during the public preview weekend at the gallery from Friday, April 21 – Monday, April 24 during regular gallery hours.
C Banquets, 12th Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre,300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Doors Open at 6:30 PM for Cocktail Hour + Live Entertainment | Live Auction at 8 PM!
Tickets: $75. Phone: 905-896-5088 or via
The Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction is a spectacular, not-to-be-missed art event in Mississauga, featuring a curated selection of original artworks by emerging and established regional and national artists.This stellar fundraising event offers a fantastic line-up of auction artworks, cocktail hour and live entertainment, with Stephen Ranger as our dynamic auctioneer again this year!
To mark our 30th Anniversary, we are also offering a selection of special Limited Edition pieces by Canadian artists who have had exhibitions at the AGM over the years. As the AGM’s primary fundraiser, the Annual Fine Art Auction is the Gallery’s biggest event of the year with all proceeds supporting award-winning exhibitions and innovative programs, all with free admission.
Diyan Achjadi, Peter Adams, Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Jaime Angelopoulos, Kotama Bouabane, Gil Caldwell, Patrick Cruz, Karen Darling, Jason Deary, Bonnie Devine, Soheila Esfahani, Fausta Facciponte, Heather Grindley, J.C. Heywood, Robin Hollingdrake, Warren Hoyano, HyunRyoung Kim, Lila Lewis Irving, Erin Loree, Kristie MacDonald, Charles Pachter, Ed Pien, Ester Pugliese, Claire Scherzinger, Margaret Stawicki, Tamara Thompson, Paul Tom, Youngo Verma, Chih-Chien Wang, Leszek Wyczolkowski, Lynn Wyczolkowski

Check out available works in our 

Libby Hague | Panchal Mansaram | Andrew McPhail | Howard Podeswa
“It continues to be our mandate to bring unexpected and culturally relevant experiences to Square One,” says Square One Shopping Centre General Manager Greg Taylor. “With the Art Gallery of Mississauga, we have been able to showcase artwork from many engaging voices of the art world, and unveil exhibitions that enhance our guests’ shopping experience while exposing them to the work of national and international world-class artists. We are proud to be their partners, thrilled to be a lead sponsor of their upcoming Annual Fine Art Auction, and excited to celebrate their impressive 30-year history of bringing arts and culture to Square One and the wider community.”
– Greg Taylor, General Manager, Square One Shopping Centre
“Happy Birthday AGM! 30 years strong and building! For the past 14 years, the AGM has proudly offered the only high-level fine art auction experience in the Mississauga area, with a mission to bring together artists and people who love art.

The AGM’s Auction offers a diverse selection of contemporary art and celebrates the institution’s 30th year of award-winning and critically acclaimed exhibitions by both emerging and established artists. With the generous support of our Lead Sponsor Square One Shopping Centre, the AGM is expanding its audiences and engaging our community in new and innovative ways. The auction presents a great snapshot of Canadian art and reflects many of the incredible artists who have exhibited with the AGM during its past 30 years. I invite you all to come and fall in love and ensure that all of these incredible works of art go to new collections in support of the AGM’s powerful curatorial and educational programmes.”

– Mandy Salter, Director/Curator, Art Gallery of Mississauga


Nomination Callout – Know a Cyclist who Goes the Extra Mile?

Do you know a keen cyclist who promotes cycling or active transportation in their local community or across our city? Mississauga’s Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) is calling out to our community to nominate cycling advocates for the Phil Green Recognition Award.

The award is presented by the MCAC to a resident or group of residents who have promoted or furthered cycling or other forms of active transportation in the City of Mississauga in 2016.

What:   Call for Nominees – Phil Green Recognition Award

When:  Nomination deadline – Wednesday, May 31, 2017
(see nomination form for full eligibility rules)

How:    Download a nomination form online
Nominations can be sent by mail or email to addresses listed on the form

Nominations will be reviewed by the MCAC and the committee will select the winning candidate. The winner will receive the award at a City Council meeting.

For more information on the Phil Green Recognition Award, visit the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee webpage.