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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


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 or by phone at 1-855-682-6736. Join us on March 8th to see some great hockey and support a great cause! 

Tell Us Your Thoughts on Our Draft Smart City Master Plan

Come celebrate International Open Data Day and have your say on the City of Mississauga’s proposed Smart City Master Plan at an upcoming community engagement event.

A Smart City is a municipality that uses data and communication technologies to create sustainable economic development, increase operational efficiency and improve government services and quality of life.

The Smart City Master Plan will detail how technology will enhance the quality of life in Mississauga and help build the city of the future.

As a follow-up to the Smart City public consultation sessions held in 2018, City staff are seeking input for the Smart City Master Plan at the first of several community engagement sessions taking place in March and April.


Provide your input into the Smart City Master Plan.


Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


MindShare Workspace

Lower Level

Erin Mills Town Centre [Centre Map]

5100 Erin Mills Pkwy. [MAP]

Register to attend and participate for a chance to win one of five Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speakers.

Taking transit? Plan your trip with MiWay.

Other ways to get involved:

·         Visit for more information

·         Follow the discussion on Twitter#SmartCitySauga

·         Contact staff directly

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

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



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:
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: