MISSISSAUGA, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is inviting artists aged 60+ from across the Greater Toronto/Hamilton to apply for its third annual exhibition,Third Chapter: Celebrating Lifelong Learning.

VAM’s Third Chapter exhibition will celebrate the benefits of engaging in the arts in the ‘third chapter’ of life. Presented in partnership with CARP and the Mississauga Senior Council, Third Chapter will run from February 20, 2018 until February 25, 2018 at The VAM Gallery. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 14, 2018. There is no fee for artists to apply. Click here for full details.

“As I enter into the Third Chapter of my life, I am acutely aware of the power that making art and socializing with like-minded people can have in a person’s life,” explains Annis Karpenko, Executive Director. “The Third Chapter is often the most exciting, liberating and enjoyable time of our lives. Our artists exhibit a wonderful sense of joy in sharing their work and inspirations with each other. This kind of community is integral to the success we enjoy at Visual Arts Mississauga. ”

Join the celebration! All are welcome to the Opening Reception to be held on Sunday, February 25 at 2 pm. VAM will host an Artist Talk exploring the topic of Lifelong Learning with the Arts at this time. The Opening Reception will include refreshments and admission is free.

In conjunction with this exhibition, VAM will also host a solo exhibition featuring the work of Orythia Johnston running from February 26 to March 4, 2018.

For further details. please contact 905-277-4313 or visit Visual Arts Mississauga is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.

AGM Collaborates with Sheridan College for the 2017-18 Temporary Contemporary Project by Artist Couzyn van Heuvelen

In collaboration with Sheridan College, the Art Gallery of Mississauga is pleased to announce that Inuk sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen was chosen to create the Temporary Contemporary installation for the 2017-18 academic year. Van Heuvelen’s selection followed a nation-wide request for proposals and a multi-stage adjudication process. His project, Nitsiit is now installed in the Creativity Commons of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga until April 27, 2018, with a companion exhibition of van Heuvelen’s creative process opening at the AGM on February 22.
Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a new artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. It provides creators with the opportunity to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community.
Van Heuvelen’s project is an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production. The artist used a wide range of fabrication processes to incorporate aluminum, wood, ceramics, and other materials. “I was interested in exploring the rapid prototyping technologies at Sheridan, as using newer manufacturing processes to create work that references traditional Inuit technologies will allow these objects to be seen from a fresh, modern perspective,” says van Heuvelen.
The artist worked on-site at Sheridan’s Oakville campus over the fall semester to develop the sculptures, which were installed at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga this past week. Van Heuvelen will participate in a Lunch & Learn Event at Sheridan on Wednesday, February 7, beginning at noon in Sheridan’s Creative Campus Galleries.
An ancillary exhibition highlighting van Heuvelen’s creative process will be on view February 22 to April 15, 2018 at the AGM. In addition, the artist will host a conversation about his artistic process and studio practice at the AGM. Stay tuned for event details!
“We’re delighted to partner with the Art Gallery of Mississauga to bring this innovative creator’s work to the heart of the city centre,” says Ronni Rosenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design. “This also provided our students with a unique opportunity to engage with Couzyn as he undertook the project, through observing and participating in the creation of component pieces.”
“The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to partner with Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Art and Design in support of TempContemp,” says Mandy Salter, Director/Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga. “This vital and collaborative community engaged programme connects the diverse creative practise of Couzyn van Heuvelen with Sheridan students working in various departments. This project positions a progressive and relational approach to arts education, and strongly advocates the importance of mentorship and community engagement while aligning strongly with both the missions and mandates of The Art Gallery of Mississauga and Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Art and Design.”
Couzyn van Heuvelen is a Canadian Inuk sculptor. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but living in Southern Ontario for most of his life, his work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. Couzyn holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.

Older Adults Celebrate Grand Opening Week of New Centre

Mississauga, ON- The Active Adult Centre of Mississauga (AACM) invites community members and guests to join them, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Friday, January 19, 2018, for a fun filled week in celebration of their Grand Opening in their new home at the Central Parkway Mall.

Visitors will have the opportunity to win daily door prizes, enjoy refreshments, tour the new facility and take home free giveaways.

“This week will be a monumental moment for us, highlighting some of the best classes we have to offer,” says Laura Surman, Programs Coordinator. “It’s our goal to connect seniors in the community and with our new location we’re hoping to reach even more people than we did before.”

Chartwell retirement residences, along with several other community sponsors, have contributed to the fruition of this week-long event and hope to aid them in their outreach.

Older adults, ages 50+, can take part in free classes on Tuesday, January 16th as early as 9:00 a.m. or sample one of our many new evening classes geared towards individuals still in the workforce.

“This move has been a long time coming,” says Joan Crews, Board President of AACM. “It’s our partnership with the City of Mississauga that has really helped to lift this project off its feet, and for that we are grateful.”

As part of the City of Mississauga’s promise to invest in an aging population, they have partnered with AACM to update their current resources, and provide their members with a brand new facility.

With over 80 diverse, weekly programs focused on socialization, health/wellness, recreation, and education we are confident our centre will reach new heights in its new space.


LAC Presents: Amanda Rheaume

Award-winning Métis Singer-Songwriter Amanda Rheaume Takes the Stage at the Living Arts Centre

‘soulfully personal at its core, whether Rheaume is singing a rootsy ballad or belting out a gritty kiss-off — Vue Weekly, 2016

February 2, 2018 at 7:30PM
Tickets $20 and up | RBC Theatre

MISSISSAUGA, ON: Amanda Rheaume is an award-winning Métis singer-songwriter with a powerful, slightly gritty, deeply personal, and instantly accessible roots-pop Americana sound. She delivers her unique and soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks internationally at major country and folk/roots festivals, theatres and clubs in Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Amanda quickly earned a reputation as a generous community-oriented artist and leader who co-organized the Babes4Breasts concerts and recording projects, spearheaded Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases, performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times, raised money for the families of military personnel, and sold 6500 copies of a Christmas EP in Ottawa alone to raise money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa.

In 2014 Amanda received a Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of The Year as well as a JUNO Nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year. Amanda is endorsed by Epiphany and supported by Gibson Guitar. She recently sang the anthem at the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards and had the honour of singing at the national launch of the Inquiry into the Missing Murdered Women and Girls in Canada. In June 2017 Amanda won the prestigious REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award.

Amanda’s increasing success stems from her soulful ability to translate personal stories into messages, evoke a feeling of positivity, communicate the strength of those before her, and connect with her listeners. With the release of Holding Patterns (2016) and its single “Red Dress,” Amanda continues a long history of raising money and advocating change through her work as an artist – and this time, it’s personal.



MISSISSAUGA, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is shining the spotlight on young emerging visual artists! VAM invites artists ages 18 – 29, working in the Greater Toronto / Hamilton Area to submit to its upcoming exhibition, The Art of Dialogue. The exhibition is proudly sponsored by TD Bank.

The new exhibition will support emerging artists working in experimental processes using a combination of traditional and new media. The Art of Dialogue will be on display from February 5, 2018 to February 18, 2018 at The VAM Gallery located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.

“The Art of Dialogue is an opportunity for youth artists from Mississauga and the GTHA to share their artistic process, stories, and perspectives through a visual statement,” explains VAM Exhibitions and Events Coordinator Eldiana Begovic. “We are excited to host this youth exhibition in conjunction with a show by The Open Gallery, a youth led mobile gallery based here in Mississauga. We invite you to take in the art and see what our next generation of artists have to say.”

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018 at 5 pm. There is no entry fee. All submissions will be juried into the show. VAM will present cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Opening Reception on Friday, February 9 at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend the Opening Reception, admission is free. Please click here for submission details.

VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Please call 905-277-4313 or visit for more. Follow VAM on Twitter @VisualArtsMiss, on Instagram @visualartsmississauga and Facebook.