Category Archives: Art

Mississauga Seeks New Poet Laureate for 2021 to 2024 Term

The City of Mississauga is searching for its fourth Poet Laureate to fill a 31-month term, starting this September until March 2024.

The selected candidate will take over for the current Poet Laureate, Paul Edward Costa, as his term comes to an end this year.

This honorary position is well suited for a poet who is skilled in poetry, spoken word and public speaking. They must also be able to speak and write on themes that are important to Mississauga residents. The position grants the opportunity to give back to the city while creating an artistic legacy.

What: Mississauga Poet Laureate recruitment

Where: Submit your application online

When: Applications close on Sunday, August 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Mississauga Arts Council’s Annual General Meeting hears from leaders and shares strategic priorities for the future of the arts

“Congratulations MAC, on this most valuable and important year in your history as our city’s leading arts organization. I’m truly looking forward to enjoying creative events again with the wonderful talents we have here, when Mississauga artists can shine again,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie shared best wishes with all attendees at Mississauga Arts Council’s Virtual Annual General Meeting on April 14, 2021.

Paul Damaso, Director of the City’s Culture Division’s glowing words of support were shared with attendees, “There is a favourite expression of mine that ‘pressure makes diamonds’. That expression has never been truer than it has been for MAC this past year. I want to congratulate and thank you for your incredible efforts. We look forward to your continued leadership and partnership as we move towards recovery and ‘blaze new paths’ to an exciting Post-Pandemic future for the Arts in Mississauga.” Full letter:

The AGM kicked off with a video of O Canada performed by long-time MAC member and trumpeter, William Leathers, who now studies at The Julliard School in New York.

President Ron Duquette thanked the Board and staff their contributions and the work they did to support Mississauga artists during an unprecedented year. He also thanked MAC members who shape our strong and vibrant community. President Duquette noted that MAC developed a strategic plan that will inform our actions over the next 3 years. Strategic Plan:

MAC’s Executive Director, Mike Douglas provided an overview of what the Mississauga Arts Council did to support artists in 2020.

“2020 started with so much promise, we hosted both our MAC at West Edge Open Mic and Open Mic LIVE at the Living Arts Centre, we danced all night at a country music showcase, called the Sweetheart Saloon, then the world changed.” said Douglas.

“We put together a COVID-19 VS. the Arts page sharing COVID news updates and links to new resources for our community. With so many losses by professional creatives, we had to find more resources and inject some hope, some money into the community. And we did, thanks to the Government of Canada, and other generous funders we were able to support 27 micro-grant projects. Helping artists pivot online. We saw our webcast concert audiences grow by thousands, for Rise Up Mississauga, the Sauga Music Series, and MAC Arts Cafe.”

MAC Board Director Grant Clark conducted the Board’s online election and announced MAC’s new board members and new advisory board. 

Declared as 2021 Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council: Anna Adams (MBOT Appointee), Helen Almeida, Jason Chellew, Charles Chu, Grant Clark, Ron Duquette (City of Mississauga Appointee), Christine Griffin, Imran Hasan, Ken Jones, Marissa Mah, Filip Plaskota, Jaspreet Sandhu, Ron Starr, and Laurie Usypchuk.

MAC also introduced its new Advisory Board, consisting of Mark Almond, Sameena Eidoo, Linden King, Lynne Mack, & Isabella Vecchiarelli.

MAC’s Virtual AGM concluded with a presentation of the video, This Moment, by Emily Roman (Elite Dance Company), which was funded through MAC’s 2020 Micro-Grant Program. Viewers marvelled, “If this can be done during COVID, imagine what the future holds!” and shared their compliments on the stylish and touching work.

During the subsequent monthly Board of Directors meeting on May 11, 2021, the new Executive Committee of the Board was elected. Ken Jones was voted the new President of the Board, Ron Duquette as Vice-President, Charles Chu as Treasurer and Marissa Mah as Secretary of the Board.

President Ken Jones acknowledged outgoing President Ron Duquette for his significant contribution to MAC. “Ron’s tremendous leadership saw MAC through what might be the toughest year ever for the arts community. His accomplishments, like the Hazel A Celebration: 100 Years In The Makingmusical documentary tribute was an outstanding success, and these have contributed to Ron’s living legacy as one of Mississauga’s top arts leaders.”

The Mississauga Arts Council is a registered charity, dedicated to accelerating progress toward the attainment of our Vision of Mississauga, as a vibrant cultural community where arts and culture thrive! Our mission is to empower the Arts Economy by Creating more opportunities & capacity; Connecting artists to audiences and each other; and Celebrating artists’ achievements

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Finalists Announced for 2021 MARTY Awards & Community Award Winners Named for 2021 MARTY Awards

The Mississauga Arts Council is pleased to announce that after much deliberation, our jurors have released the names of all finalists selected for our 2021 Mississauga Arts Awards (the MARTYs) categories. The MARTYS celebrate the greatest achievements in the arts in Mississauga across all artistic practices. This year, we will present awards in 18 categories. 

The Board of Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council deliberated on its three Community Awards weighing some outstanding contributors to the history of the arts in Mississauga.

Community Arts Award Winners named

For their unwavering commitment to the arts in our city, and financial support of creative initiatives, events, and infrastructure that add to the quality of life in this community and for the entire city, Port Credit Community Foundation is awarded the Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award for 2021.

For her abundance of volunteerism for many Mississauga-based organizations, and the numerous boards, committees, and fundraising activities that have benefited from her experience, knowledge, and dedicated contributions, Mary Miskic is awarded the Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award.

For his tremendous contributions over 40 years, as a musician, recording producer, teacher, mentor, and advocate for the next generation of musicians, Anthony Panacci is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

MARTYS Virtual date postponed 

Due to COVID-19 protocols and its restrictions on production, MAC is postponing the MARTYS, to Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00 PM. We want to recognize our outstanding artists with an exciting digital special, but creating a great production – and ensuring the health and safety of all those on camera – will take more time to produce.

All are welcome to watch this glittering production on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, at 7:00 PM on Mississauga Arts Council’s YouTube Channel. 

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Go RVing This Weekend at The Ontario Mega RV Show

The Ontario Mega RV Show – Canada’s largest virtual RV event – will take place next weekend from February 5th to 7th. Despite not being in-person, the event will offer an incredible experience online with tons of activations for registrants to enjoy.

Admission is free and will offer access to over 500 travel trailers, motorhomes and park models, along with live product walk-throughs, virtual musical performances, special guests and of course, amazing giveaways!

The weekend will host 11 live seminars covering Technical ‘How-Tos’, RV DIY & Renos, Grilling tips and more – perfect for those new to the RV lifestyle and veterans alike.

Ontario Moves Public Health Unit Regions into COVID-19 Response Framework to Keep Ontario Safe and Open

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the province intends to move Ontario’s public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.

“The framework lays out a proactive and graduated response to be applied based on the local situation in each region,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “By working with the medical officers of health and local authorities on the realities and situations of COVID-19, we want to continue to help protect people’s health and wellbeing. We are adapting the public health measures to be as targeted and efficient as possible to stop the spread of the virus, while managing any outbreaks as quickly as possible.”

At the request of the local medical officer of health, and with the support of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health would remain in a modified Stage 2 until November 14, 2020.

As of Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., public health unit regions would be moved to the following levels:


  • No public health unit regions.


  • Peel Regional Health Unit.


  • Ottawa Public Health; and
  • York Region Public Health.


  • Brant County Health Unit;
  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Public Health;
  • Niagara Region Public Health;
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services;
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; and
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.


  • Algoma Public Health;
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health;
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit;
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health;
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit;
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
  • Huron Perth Public Health;
  • Lambton Public Health;
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit;
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit;
  • North Bay Parry Sound District;
  • Northwestern Health Unit;
  • Peterborough Public Health;
  • Porcupine Health Unit;
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts;
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit;
  • Southwestern Public Health;
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit;
  • Timiskaming Health Unit; and
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Public health measures required for each level can be found in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

For long-term care homes, visitor restrictions remain in effect for the following public health unit regions: Ottawa, Peel, Toronto, and York Region.

“COVID-19 will be with us for awhile, which is why we have put in place a framework that introduces more public health measures sooner to limit transmission of COVID-19 in our communities while avoiding broader closures,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “We are committed to being transparent with Ontarians, businesses and local communities as we work together to keep Ontarians safe, while keeping our economy open.”

The Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework takes a comprehensive, whole of government approach by introducing preventative measures earlier to help avoid broader closures and allow for additional public health and workplace safety measures to be introduced or removed gradually. It ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care.

Trends in public health data will be reviewed weekly. At the same time, the government will continually assess the impact of public health measures for 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods to determine if public health units should stay where they are or be moved into a different level.

The Ontario government is making $300 million available to businesses required to close or significantly restrict services in areas subject to modified Stage 2 public health restrictions, or, going forward, in areas categorized as Control or Lockdown. As a result, businesses in these areas will be able to apply for temporary property tax and energy cost rebates directly to the province through a single, online application portal.

As the province continues to expand access to real-time data, enhancements are also being made to, Ontario’s one-stop shop for information on COVID-19. Information about the spread of the virus, and public health and health system capacity will now be available on the website. This includes local cases by public health unit regions, the total number of cases, resolved cases, deaths, and tests completed and how many are positive. This information will better help businesses, organizations and local communities access key information to prepare in advance for any changes in their region.