Category Archives: Art

Mississauga to Assume Full Operation of Living Arts Centre

Today, Mississauga City Council passed a motion to end its relationship agreement with The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (LAC) on December 31, 2019 and assume responsibility for all operations and management of the facility.

“In order to grow our music industry, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a ‘Music City,’ we need to unlock the true potential of the Living Arts Centre,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today, Council took the first step by voting in support of a motion that will help realize that vision. In addition to their cultural significance, creative industries are an important driver of economic growth and employment. It’s important the City of Mississauga has the ability to strategically leverage City assets, including the Living Arts Centre, so that we can take our creative industries to the next level and grow it in a way that drives investment, creates jobs and ultimately puts Mississauga on the map as a ‘Music City’. On behalf of Council, I do want to thank the exceptional volunteer board members who have dedicated countless hours to the Living Arts Centre over the past 20 years; and I look forward to working with the current board during this transition.”  

Over the next six months, City staff will work with the current LAC Board to transition operations and management of the facility.  

“Today, the City owns, operates and manages several major entertainment and cultural facilities such as the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Celebration Square and the Meadowvale Theatre. Council has tasked staff with finding opportunities across all these municipal assets to better integrate programming, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a creative music city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “It is business as usual for employees, customers and rental clients at the LAC as we transition into this new management model.” 

Baker added that the City’s Culture Division will play a key role in leading the transition along with other City staff.

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!  

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.

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.