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Mississauga Arts Awards Celebrate 25 Years of Excellence

“Nominations are now open for the Mississauga Arts Awards, the most comprehensive arts awards in Canada. This year the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is putting together our best show ever to celebrate 25 years of recognizing excellence in the arts in Mississauga. Nominations begin the process to ultimately receiving the coveted MARTY Award,” says MAC President, Jeannette Chau.   

In the last 25 years, Mississauga Arts Award (MARTY) winners include national and international stars including Ill Scarlett, Billy Talent, Eric Walters, Robert Sawyer, Lata Pada, Lila Lewis Irving and Chuck Jackson. Many past winners are expected to be on hand for this year’s celebrations on Thursday, May 23 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Anyone can nominate a Mississauga artist, performance or exhibition that moved them in any of the nine arts categories. There are also four prestigious community arts categories presented by dignitaries including Mayor Crombie for Lifetime Achievement and former mayor Hazel McCallion for Volunteer of the Year. 

“It’s easy to nominate an artist, just visit the MARTYS nomination page online, check out the sample submission form and requirements for the category you want to nominate. Once you’re ready with the required submission materials, you can fill out the online form in a few minutes,” says Amrita Chopra, who will be managing nominations at MAC. 

Ensure that Mississauga’s finest are recognized by nominating a deserving artist for the MARTY Awards. Guidelines, criteria and nomination forms can be found online at www.mississaugaartscouncil.com/the-martys/nominate/

Mississauga artists, art lovers and supporters; it’s your turn to make a difference and put a nomination together for your favourite artist or creative experience of the year. The arts nominations are reviewed and judged by a jury of professionals, experienced in that category. 

The winners of the Patron of the Arts, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement categories are decided by the diverse 17-member MAC Board of Directors. The Festival of the Year category is juried by the Mississauga News.

This is a night from which lifelong memories are made. Nominations for all MARTY Awards and Certificates of Excellence are now open and you can nominate outstanding creative performers in the following categories:

Emerging and Established Categories:
Fashion – Emerging and Established
Music: Group – Emerging and Established
Music: Solo Instrumental – Emerging and Established
Music: Solo Vocalist – Emerging and Established
Visual Arts – Emerging and Established
Digital Arts – Emerging and Established
Literary Arts – Emerging and Established
Theatre Arts – Emerging and Established
Dance – Emerging and Established

Creative Community Awards:
Lifetime Achievement
Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year
Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts
Festival of the Year

Which talented and creative spirits will be on stage to receive a coveted MARTY Award this May? Both emerging and established artists contribute creativity, ideas and innovation to Mississauga. The Mississauga Arts Council urges the city’s creative community to thoughtfully consider who deserves to be nominated and recognized for their achievements. Nomination submissions close on April 1, 2019.

“We’re at the front end of a people movement to make this a more arts-friendly and creative city,” adds Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC.

 “Arts make a big difference in people’s lives and it’s vitally important to tell our artists that we see you, and appreciate what you do.” 

The Mississauga Arts Council is the registered charity advocating for and representing the best interests of Mississauga’s arts communities and with nearly 70 diverse groups and 350 individual artists as members. For 38 years, MAC has been the lead voice for nearly 3,000 creative souls in Mississauga. 

For more information, visit www.mississaugaartscouncil.com/the-martys.

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