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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.

RAISE YOUR HAND – A JANIS JOPLIN AND TOM JONES TRIBUTE CONCERT

COMING TO MISSISSAUGA FOR A VALENTINE’S LOVE-IN

Krista Blondin and Michael Theodore will be performing as Janis Joplin and Tom Jones for a ‘Valentine’s Love-in’, at The Army Navy & Airforce Veterans auditorium, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Lakeview, Mississauga, Ontario. 

Raise Your Hand: A Tribute to Tom Jones & Janis Joplin

Tom and Janis will bring the 60s and 70s back to life, transporting their audience to a time when freedom and love for all reigned supreme. The show, titled “Raise Your Hand”, will feature these two established entertainers, known for their sold-out tribute shows and standing ovations, when they take on the sight, sound and motion of two highly entertaining and adored musical icons.  

“Krista Blondin’s portrayal and recreation of Janis Joplin is second to none in the tribute business. She successfully made it feel like a Janis Joplin concert was directly in front of you.“

Andy Frost, Q107 Classic Rock

Janis Joplin and Tom Jones are both witty, funny, flirtatious, charming and down to earth souls, who largely sing about love (and often heartache in Janis’ case) making this a perfect concoction for a Valentine’s themed celebration. 

During the event, there will also be a photo booth/photographer, where audience members can have portraits taken with Janis, Tom, friends, and their Valentine sweethearts free of charge. Audience members are encouraged to dress in their favourite 60s and 70s outfits to get into the retro spirit.

Tickets are $25 (cash only) and available in advance by: 
Email request: tomandjanisraiseyourhand@gmail.com
The Army Navy & Airforce Veterans Club, 765 Third Street, Mississauga, ON L5E 1B8 905-274-3821 
Impressionable Gifts, Port Credit 74 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1E1 905-271-8999

Seating is general admission, first come first serve. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door, if still available.

Plenty of free parking.

To learn more about these two musical acts, visit their websites at: atomjonesexperience.com  blondinstage.ca

City Program Cancellations and Facility Closures Due to Winter Storm

As a result of a significant snow event, all City of Mississauga recreation, culture and library programs are cancelled as of 3 p.m. today and throughout the evening. Meadowvale Theatre, the Small Arms Inspection Building and the City’s museums will also be closed this evening.

Community Centres (including fitness centres), arenas and the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and libraries will remain open to the public. Rentals will continue.

In addition, two committees of City Council are cancelled. The Planning and Development Committee meeting scheduled for tonight and the Road Safety Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning have been cancelled. 

Please follow @mississaugarec on Twitter or check the recreation website for details on registered and drop-in programs. 
Please follow @mississaugalib on Twitter or check on the library website for details on library programs.
Please follow @SaugaCulture on Twitter or check on the culture website for details on culture programs and facilities.

The City’s Animal Services shelter will close at 4 p.m. instead of at 5 p.m.

As a result of the current weather, MiWay is experiencing delays on several routes. We appreciate your patience throughout the day and evening commute.

The City of Mississauga has declared a Significant Weather Event under Regulation 239/02, Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (Municipal Act). Winter maintenance crews have been deployed to maintain road safety. Due to the significant snowfall expected, levels of service will be placed on hold for the duration of the declaration to ensure that crews can focus on areas of immediate need. Residents should exercise caution when travelling on roads and sidewalks as snow clearing may take longer to complete. Crews will focus on keeping major roads clear for the duration of the storm so that emergency vehicles and transit can operate safely. Once completed, crews will move on to clearing residential roads, priority sidewalks and bus stops.

Temporary parking permits have been suspended and new ones will not be issued until further notice. Residents are asked to remove their parked vehicles from streets so that staff and equipment can safely clear roads.

For continued updates, follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter, visit mississauga.ca/snow and download the Mississauga Roads App to track our snow plows and salt trucks online.

We will continue to post updates on our website mississauga.caTwitter and Facebook.

Open Call For Artists

Submissions for the 20th Annual Lakeshore Art Trail are now being accepted from artists within the Mississauga Area.  The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019.  For more information on the jurying process, contact Lead Juror Gabby Tutak atgtutak@rogers.com.

The annual Lakeshore Art Trail is an artistic-community based art show tour. The show will run from October 19 – 20, 2019, the weekend following Thanksgiving.  The tour features local, visual artists exhibiting and selling their artwork out of various venues – artists’ studios, local businesses and libraries – located throughout the scenic Mississauga villages of Clarkson and Port Credit.

VAM INVITES ARTISTS 60+ TO PARTICIPATE IN “THIRD CHAPTER” EXHIBITION

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is pleased to showcase artists aged 60+ from across the Greater Toronto/Hamilton in its fourth annual exhibition, Third Chapter: Celebrating Lifelong LearningBack by popular demand, the exhibition celebrates the benefits of engaging in the arts in the latter part of one’s life (what is commonly referred to as the ‘Third Chapter’). 
Third Chapter will run from February 19 to 24, 2019 at The VAM Gallery located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Artists aged 60 and up are welcome to submit their works for consideration. Submissions are due Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Click here for submission details
“We’re not getting older, we’re getting better,” explains VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “As our Third Chapter exhibition shows, we are also getting more creative! There is no time like the present to start a creative life. The artists exhibiting in our Third Chaptershow remind us of the fun we can all have discovering new ways to express ourselves to the world.”  In conjunction with the exhibition, VAM will host an Artist Talk, Journey through Abstraction featuring artist Gwen Tooth on February 24, 2019 at 2 pm. Admission is free. Gwen will also launch her solo exhibition (of the same name) running from February 25, 2019 until March 3, 2019 in The VAM Gallery.  For further details please contact 905-277-4313 or visit www.visualartsmississauga.com. Visual Arts Mississauga is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.