Immerse yourself in some Canadian Art History by joining Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood as it presents two exhibitions featuring artists in the ‘third chapter’ of their lives.

For the first time, 88 year-old Ron Lambert, heralded as one of Canada’s first abstract artists of his generation, will present Summer of ’47 Paintings by Ron Lambert at Visual Arts Mississauga. Lamberts’ magnificent works will be displayed from February 27 to 28, 2016. An Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1 pm.

Summer of ’47 Paintings by Ron Lambert captures a special moment in time when Lambert was a student of the legendary German-American art modernist Hans Hofmann. During this breakthrough period, Lambert created a stunning portfolio of paintings that were inspired by Hofmann’s famous ‘Friday critiques’. Sixty-nine years later, he is publicly showing his carefully preserved works that were created during this time. Lambert was only 16 years of age when his painting Oshawa Harbour was purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s permanent collection. For more information, please visit Youtube at  and Facebook:

VAM is also pleased to present Third Chapter: An Exhibition Celebrating Lifelong Creativity on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2016. The exhibition features works by artists Eileen Oswald, Ed Clarke, John W. Reid and participants of VAM’s ArtReach for Older Adults Program (Credit Valley Seniors, Peel Senior Link Residents and Malton Village Adult Day Centre). An Opening Reception and Artist Talk by Petra Zantingh, BFA MA, will take place on Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information on ArtReach for Older Adults, please visit

ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA AT RIVERWOOD:  VAM was founded in 1978 and strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM offers a variety of studio arts courses for children, teens, adults and older adults as well as summer camps, school programs, exhibitions, Artsy Parties and ArtReach for schools and corporate team-building. Please visit for more details.


The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is excited to announce it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 MARTY Awards! The MARTYS are presented to artists across all disciplines, and MAC has made some big changes this year to reflect the diversity of arts practiced in the city.
  • LiteraryArts (Emerging and Established)
  • Media Arts (Emerging and Established)
  • Music (Emerging and Established)
  • Dance (Emerging and Established)
  • Theatre (Emerging and Established)
  • Visual Arts (Emerging and Established)
  • Creative Community Award
  • Fashion and Beauty (New Category!)
  • Culinary Arts(New Category!)

“These new categories have been added to expand and showcase the local artistic talent in our everyday life that add meaning and beauty to our world,” Anu Vittal, Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council, explained. “We believe art touches us every day whether it’s music in the car, a beautifully decorated cupcake or your favorite movie. A perspective shift is all it takes to realize the value of art in our daily lives at the same time realizing  that these are important contributions to our economy and the social currency of our community. “

City Programs and Activities Offer Something for All Ages and Abilities

Have a family? Are you a new resident, student or older adult? The City of Mississauga has a variety of exciting spring and summer programs and activities for you to explore. If you’re looking to register for a program, buy a membership, develop a skill or are interested in trying something new, there is something for everyone no matter your age, interest or ability.


On February 10, residents can visit to browse a wide variety of spring and summer programs like swimming, group exercise classes, health and wellness, sports activities, leagues and creative classes. Starting February 20, residents can register for programs online. is easy to use, mobile-friendly and provides simple search, bookmark and registration features. In addition to the website, residents will continue to have access to in-person customer service support from knowledgeable staff at all local community centres and the Recreation customer service centre.


Many of the City’s 18 libraries are located with or near community centres. They are an excellent place to find a cozy spot to read the newest novel from your favourite author, catch up on some work or spend time between programs. Library patrons can participate in a variety of programs like story times, Maker Mississauga, 3-D printing, reading clubs, crafts, shows, films and much more. City libraries also provide new and innovative ways to connect with digital resources and online services available in Mississauga. To see what’s happening at your local library, visit:


In addition to the visual art classes currently offered, the City recently introduced a new series of digital art classes. Explore the world through the lens of a digital camera and make a virtual mess with digital paint. Find a class that’s right for you based on your age and skill level. Classes are affordable and use free open source software for app & web design, graphic design, animation and more. For more information, visit:

For more information about City programs, activities and services, visit

Double Your Shakespeare at Theatre Erindale!

Theatre Erindale is about to try something totally unique. “The Blackfriars Project” (named after one of Shakespeare’s theatres) gives you a chance to double your pleasure with not one but two related Shakespeare productions: The Comedy of Errors and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.  Choose the farce or choose the adventure, but catch them fast, because they play for only five performances each! And on one very special occasion, audiences have the chance to catch them BOTH in one day! The double production starts with Comedy February 11-13, continues with Pericles February 25-27, and ends with performances of BOTH shows February 28th at the Erindale Studio Theatre.

The project features two extraordinary tales set (freely!) in ancient Persia. Two families torn apart by the wrath of Neptune and reunited – after a lifetime of trials – by the intervention of a goddess. One comes from the beginning of the bard’s career, the other from near the end.

David Matheson’s production of The Comedy of Errors is set in the early Christian era. The lunacy mounts as a straight-laced master and his servant arrive in a town famous for its piracy and black magic, only to be completely baffled by the demands and accusations of the locals – who put them in danger for their very lives! Not until the last minute do they discover what the audience has known from the start: that each of them has a resident identical twin who is prone to getting into a lot of trouble! The play is often thought to be Shakespeare’s first; it is certainly his funniest!

Patrick Young’s production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is set several hundred years earlier in the same area of the world. In the age when Phoenicians ruled the Mediterranean waves, a young Prince sets out to find a wife. But his hard-won beloved dies in childbirth during a violent storm. The babe must be left to be reared in the next port, but is kidnapped by pirates. Can father and daughter survive the extremities life continues to throw at them to find each other again? Wildly popular in its day, this “limpidly beautiful” storybook adventure tale of trial and redemption, death and rebirth, initiates the final phase of Shakespeare’s career: the Romances.

The Comedy of Errors and Pericles Prince of Tyre together star the third year class of the Sheridan-UTM Theatre & Drama Studies Program. Both shows are complemented by Lumir Hladik’s beautiful projections. They each run for FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY between February 11 and 28 at the Erindale Studio Theatre on the UTM campus. Single tickets are $12 or $18. Mississauga Transit Routes 44 and 110 will take you to the campus, and Parking in the CCT Garage is $6.00. For further information, call the Box Office at 905-569-4369 or visit Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window