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The Creative City – To be continued!

Mississauga Arts Council’s AGM hears from leaders and promises more success to come

“We must do all we can to support the arts and nurture its growth, because our cultural scene is an economic engine in our city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie to 100 artists and board members of the Mississauga Arts Council, gathered for their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 27 in the Great Hall at Civic Centre. 

The Mayor went on to point out that, “…for every one dollar the City invests in community cultural organizations and festivals, an additional $7.27 is leveraged from a variety of different sources. Investing in the arts is investing in our economy.”

How to turn the popular promise of a Creative City into a reality falls in part to Paul Damaso, Director of the City’s Culture Division. 

“Our first Strategic Priority is to Build an Arts Friendly City that supports, attracts and retains creatives,” he began, speaking to a very attentive audience.

 “Building an arts-friendly city means creating an environment where arts and culture can happen organically and where artists are supported. The Mississauga Arts Council will need to play a critical role in supporting our local artists, if we’re going to ultimately enjoy success with this goal.” 

“We look forward to working with the City!” said MAC President Jeannette Chau, before she began her brief review of what the Mississauga Arts Council did to support artists in 2018.

“Professional development of our artists continued to be a key focus, whether through our networking and business skills workshops; the Open Mics, which are a vital experience and launch pad for young talent, to the many one-on-one coaching sessions.”

 Jeannette pointed to visioning work done by the Board and the improved financial situation MAC now enjoys, noting the award won for the Boxes and Banners project and the monies raised by the Motown Masquerade Ball. All in all “a very successful year.” 

MAC’s Executive Director, Mike Douglas, picked up on the success of MAC Volunteers, who helped out at the Rama Amusement Centre Bingo nights, to provide funding to support MAC’s new Micro Grant program open to member artists for five grant categories. Details will be forthcoming. The first group of grants will open for submissions in mid-April. Douglas also highlighted the emergence of the Common Ground Café for its important role as a host for poets and songwriters on the first and third Thursdays of every month. For visual artists, the first Beauty of Bees flower painting contest and exhibition on June 2 at the Streetsville Bread & Honey Festival was announced along with MAC’s interest in partnering on concerts with up-and-coming rock and country bands.

MPP for Erin Mills Sheref Sabawy added to the sense of progress commenting that “MAC does amazing work and has shown how important Art is to Mississauga for almost as long as Mississauga has been a city.”

When the speeches concluded, MAC Board Director Grant Clark conducted the Board’s election and announced MAC’s new board members.  

Declared as 2019 Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council: Grant Clark, Linden King, Lynne Mack, Samantha Angel, Heidi Somfalvi, Jeannette Chau, Ron Duquette, Charles Chu, Sandra Maylor-Caesar, Ron Starr, Sylvan Naidoo, Marcelino DaCosta, Jeff Wesseling, Ray Mikkola, Randy Persaud, and Ken Jones.        

The Annual General Meeting was decorated by the colourful and varied exhibition of visual artworks supplied by Members: Jatin Naik, Sue Archibald, Fernando Resende, Laura Beaton, Celina Melo, Nisreen Askar, Catherine Wilson, Luan Quach, Amanda Shotton, Khaula Mazhar, Stella Jurgen, May Zhang and Carole Neely.

As the Mayor said, “the Mississauga Arts Council is truly the heart and soul of our arts community. You have a lot to be proud of hosting the 25th anniversary of the MARTY Awards– the most comprehensive arts awards showcase in Canada!”

See you on Thursday May 23 at the Mississauga Convention Centre for the 25th annual Mississauga Arts Awards!  

Out and About in Mississauga: Five Things to do This Spring

It’s time to get out of that winter hibernation mode and give your body some much deserved vitamin D. Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy spring-time activities in Mississauga.

1) Earth Days
Earth Days 2019 is taking place from April 15 to 27. It’s your chance to take action for the environment and help make Mississauga more sustainable and climate change resilient. There are a number of activities happening throughout the week that you can participate in like a tree planting or litter awareness sessions or a 20-minute makeover litter cleanup. Be sure to register for an event! 

If you’re planning to do a little spring cleaning before then, you’ll be able to drop off clothes for donation or recycle electronics at no charge throughout the week. Participating locations are Civic CentreCentral Library or any of the City’s community centres.

2) Cherry Blossoms at Kariya Park 
Did you know that Mississauga has cherry blossom trees? Kariya Park is truly a hidden gem right in the heart of Mississauga with meandering walkways, a quiet pond and hill garden and approximately 59 Cherry Blossom trees. It’s a nice place to walk around with your friends or family to enjoy the beautiful blossoms this spring.

If the trees aren’t in bloom, you can also visit one of the City’s other parks, trails and woodlands too.

3) Catch a Performance at the Meadowvale Theatre 
If you’re interested in the theatre or dance, you can catch a performance this spring. At the Meadowvale Theatre, you can see Curtains or the In The Garden & Alice dance pieces.

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4) Stroll through Different Villages 
On a nice sunny day, it’s worthwhile to take a stroll through Mississauga’s villages with your friends or family. Visit Streetsville if you’re looking for something quaint that’s home to a number of historic buildings. Port Credit is Mississauga’s entertainment hub for shopping, events, music and dining on the waterfront. Clarkson is Mississauga’s oldest community and would interest history buffs with its historic treasures. You can also visit the City Centre for a performing arts centre, public square and art gallery. Whatever village you decide, you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and services.

5) Visit Benares Historic House or the Bradley Museum 
Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the 1800s? Mississauga has a few historic sites where you can take a tour of the Bradley Museum, Benares Historic House or the Leslie Log House. Take a walk through the two-acre Bradley Museum Complex and experience Long Division, a contemporary art installation by LeuWebb Projects. You can also treat Mom to a fabulous High Tea at Benares Historic Housefeaturing That’s Cool! Fashions that Ruled 1965-1975. This presentation is curated by Norma Shephard, founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum. Reservations are required, so book early by calling 905-615-4860 Ext 2110.

THE CANADIAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE TO DISCONTINUE OPERATIONS

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) has made the decision to discontinue operations effective May 1, 2019. Unfortunately, while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable.

New management, led by Jayna Hefford, and the new Board, put in place in Summer & Fall 2018 respectively, have proactively worked with our contract staff, players, GM’s, industry partners and corporate sponsors to establish an adequate revenue base, good governance, and high-quality hockey on the ice. Unfortunately the business model that has been the foundation of the League is not sustainable financially.

Founded in 2007 by players and members of the community, the League’s mandate was to grow the sport of women’s hockey, and to that extent it more than achieved its goal.

Last week 175,000 fans tuned in to watch the 12th edition of the Clarkson Cup, a new record for viewership, and the game delivered. Women’s hockey is fast, skilled, and generally high scoring, making for excellent entertainment.

We thank our fans for cheering on their favourite player and favourite teams, our sponsors for helping fund the growth of women’s hockey, and our partnerships with the NHLPA, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Calgary Flames. We would like to acknowledge the management and players of Team KRS for their commitment to the CWHL and growth of women’s hockey in China, and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, Hockey Canada, and the NHL for their support.

The contract staff, contractors, coaches, and athletes of the CWHL are an inspiration to women around the world, and under Jayna Hefford’s leadership this season we have seen a new levels of success, new energy and credibility to the game.

Community and Culture Groups in Mississauga to Receive Grant Funding for 2019

The City of Mississauga is investing more than $3 million to support community and culture groups in Mississauga. Mississauga City Council approved the grant funding for various community and cultural organizations and projects throughout the city.
 
A total of $3,816,595.56 in grant funding was approved to support the following programs:
 
• Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreement: $1,217,670.56
• Arts and Culture Grant Program: $1,837,925
• Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program: $761,000
 
“Art, culture and community programs play a significant role in creating a vibrant and engaged city,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The City supports communities and organizations that impact the public in meaningful ways – whether they are organizations that foster community development through learning opportunities, or creating a sense of cultural pride. Supporting local talent and organizations through investment also helps attract visitors, who in return invest back into the local economy.”

Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreements
 
Eighteen groups have been recommended to receive grant funding, including eight as multi-year funding agreements and 10 as one-time grants. The City is funding these organizations to support the growth and development of neighbourhoods within communities that these organizations represent. 
 
Funding will also be set aside for the Small Project Matching Grants which supports projects that reach vulnerable target groups such as seniors, youth and newcomers.
 
Multi-year Agreements:
 
• Active Adult Centre of Mississauga: $275,256.81
• Erin Mills Youth Centre: $72,888
• Mississauga Sports Council: $114,595
• Nexus Youth Services: $42,615
• Safe City Mississauga: $132,729.75
• The Riverwood Conservancy: $331,859
• Volunteer MBC: $38,200
• Ecosource: $109,683

One-time Grants:
 
• Applewood Centre for Adult Learning: $6,695
• Backyard Farm and Market: $10,000
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel: $6,500
• Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled: $10,000
• I Can We Can Incorporated: $3,500
• Indus Community Services: $5,000
• MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families: $4,949
• North Mississauga Soccer Club: $5,000
• Senior Tamils Society of Peel: $6,200
• The DAM: $10,000

Small Project Matching Grant: $32,000
 
Arts and Culture Grant Program 
Funding for this grant program supports emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.
 
A total of 35 organizations received funding as an established organization or a new and emerging organization. Funding was also approved to organizations based on specific projects. Six of these organizations are part of a multi-year funding agreement.

Established Organizations:
 
• Art Gallery of Mississauga*: $325,000
• Chamber Music Society of Mississauga: $80,000
• Frog in Hand: $10,000
• Heritage Mississauga*: $237,000
• Living Arts Centre*: $100,000
• Mississauga Arts Council*: $269,670
• Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $4,400
• Mississauga Children’s Choir: $21,000
• Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $18,500
• Mississauga Choral Society: $57,300
• Mississauga Festival Choir: $38,000
• Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $18,000
• Mississauga Potters Guild: $15,000
• Mississauga Symphony Orchestra*: $150,000
• Sampradaya Dance Creations*: $150,000
• Sawitri Theatre Group: $40,000
• Small Arms Society: $20,000
• Streetsville Historical Society: $4,000
• Theatre Unlimited: $15,500
• Visual Arts Mississauga*: $160,000
• Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $15,000
 
* Represents multi-year funding

New and Emerging Organizations:
 
• Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $5,000
• Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $15,000
• My School Rocks: $5,000

Project Grants:
 
• Chamber Music Society (Carnival of Animals): $5,000
• Frog in Hand (Summer Intensive): $5,000
• Heritage Mississauga (Commemorating the Anniversary of the Mississauga Miracle): $5,000
• Hispanic Canadian Arts & Culture Association (Latin American Arts & Crafts Workshop): $5,000
• Meadowvale Music Theatre (Mary Poppins): $5,000
• Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble (Production of CD): $3,750
• Mississauga Pops Concert Band (Summer Concert Series): $5,000
• Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (First Bi-annual Composition Competition): $5,000
• Mississauga Writer’s Group (Creation and Printing of Anthologies): $2,500
• MonstrARTity Creative Community (Mississauga Cultural Impact): $5,000
• Oakville Festival of Film and Arts (Short Film Exhibition): $3,305
• Small Arms Society (Recreation of Local Dance Café): $5,000
• The Story Garden (Celebrating the heritage & arts of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation): $5,000
• Visual Arts Mississauga (Culture@Riverwood): $5,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant
 
Grant funding supports various events, that reflect Mississauga’s many cultural traditions and practices, to ensure that Mississauga residents and visitors enjoy clean and safe venues.
 
A total of 16 established festivals and new and emerging festivals will receive funding, with three receiving multi-year funding.
 
Established Festivals:
 
• Bollywood Monster Mashup*: $95,000
• Canada Day Together Festival: $7,500
• Carassauga Festival*: $120,000
• Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $23,000
• Mississauga Italfest: $19,500
• Mississauga Latin Festival: $15,000
• Mississauga Waterfront Festival: $97,500
• Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival: $60,000
• Muslimfest: $60,000
• Paint the Town Red Port Credit: $70,000
• Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,000
• Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival*: $100,000
• Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $10,000
• Streetsville Founder’s Bread and Honey Festival: $52,000
 
New and Emerging Festivals:
 
• Dragon Lion Dance Festival: $5,000
• Egyptian Coptic Festival: $7,500
 
* Represents multi-year funding 
 
For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit mississauga.ca/grants.

STEELHEADS TO HOST INAUGURAL BLEED BLUE GAME

The Steelheads making effort to reduce blood shortages in Mississauga with partnership with Hockey Gives Blood and Canadian Blood Services on Friday, March 8, 2019

The Steelheads are proud to announce the team’s first ever Bleed Blue game presented by GoodLife Fitness will be held on Friday, March 8th when the club faces off against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
“Since 1979, it has been GoodLife Fitness’ vision to provide every Canadian with the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. For over 7 years, GoodLife Fitness has been a proud sponsor of the Mississauga Steelheads, bringing our vision to life in the GTA! The strong partnership between GoodLife Fitness and the Steelheads has allowed athletes and fans to be active through sports, accessible memberships and great group fitness programming. As a loyal partner, GoodLife Fitness is proud to offer 7-day trials to all fans. Get yours today by visiting the GoodLife Fitness booth during the game on March 8th. ”

This year the Steelheads have teamed up with Hockey Gives Blood in partnership with Canadian Blood Services. Hockey Gives Blood is a non-profit society founded by four former hockey players in an effort to reduce blood shortages nationwide. The group was inspired by two events; the first was when co-founder Stu Middleton’s father tragically passing away en-route to one of Stu’s junior hockey games and the second; last year’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The organization prides itself on its belief “that every team, league and player can make a lasting difference to ensure something good could come from any situation.” It is due to this belief that Hockey Gives Blood now exists.

For the March 8th game, the Steelheads will be wearing one of a kind Bleed Blue jerseys. Hockey Gives Blood Co-founder Stu Middleton comments, “A first in the Ontario Hockey League; the ‘Bleed Blue’ jersey’s will be proudly worn by the Mississauga Steelheads to help score the ultimate goal. Cheer for us March 8, 2019, as we team up with Hockey Gives Blood and support Canadian Blood Services.” The specially-designed Bleed Blue jerseys will be auctioned off following the game and all proceeds will be donated to Hockey Gives Blood in partnership with the Canadian Blood Services. Follow the Mississauga Steelheads on TwitterFacebook and Instagram at OHLSteelheads for the official reveal of the 2019 Bleed Blue specialty jerseys coming soon!

The game will see the Trout take on Eastern Conference rival and defending OHL Champion, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Steelheads will be looking to avenge their February 13th shootout loss to the Bulldogs that ended their three-game win streak. Arthur Kaliyev is one to watch for in this game, the forward has 47 goals on the year and is a projected first-round pick in this summer’s 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

You won’t want to miss out on the inaugural Bleed Blue Theme Night! Great seats for the game are available at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office, online at ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-682-6736. Join us on March 8th to see some great hockey and support a great cause!