Category Archives: Art

The Toronto Biennial of Art is wrapping up soon

The Biennial of Art is 72 days of FREE art! In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programs aim to inspire individuals, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives.

Did you know that the Biennial of Art 2019 can be viewed right here in Mississauga at the Small Arms Building?

Now that the Biennial is in full swing (it opened September 21 and is on view until December 1), we’re circling back to see if you might be interested in touring the sites and installations, interviewing the organizers, curators, or artists or previewing some upcoming programs. 

Biennial exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public at more than 15 locations in the GTA.

A couple of upcoming program highlights for November include:

Jumblies Theater & Arts Workshop

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 9, 16, 30

Performance time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Torontoat Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Combat Ready Kitchen

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat(2015), discusses the military’s role in the technological development of processed foods and the distribution, commercialization, and effects of packaged goods within society. The author will have bags of Made Ready to Eat (MRE) foods for the audience to try. There will also be a set of everyday groceries for the audience to “unpack” including things like energy bars, instant coffee, powdered cheese snacks – quotidian foods originally created by the USA military that can be found in regular grocery stores. 

VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA (VAM) LAUNCHES FESTIVE SEASON WITH ‘HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKETPLACE’

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood will launch the festive season in Mississauga with its annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace on November 9 and 10, 2019. The celebrated event offers an incredible array of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by Mississauga’s top artists and artisans.  VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace will feature a café by Kate’s Town Talk Bakery, live music treats and more!

The event will run from Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 10 am until 4 pm. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Admission is free. Attending the event is a great way to support local artisans while getting a head-start on your holiday shopping.

VAM will also present live musical performances by emerging Jazz vocalist John Amato on Saturday, November 9 at 12:30pm and by flamenco guitarist Mark Harry on Sunday, November 10 at 12:30pm.

The VAM Holiday Artisan Marketplace offers a warm holiday experience for the whole family and a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping,” explains Event Coordinator, Eldiana Begovic. “Our event showcases over 20 artisans selling their high-quality art and handmade gifts including smaller paintings, fashion items, jewellery, woodwork textiles, sculpture, glass, crafts and more. Grab a fresh baked good from Kate’s Town Talk Bakery and listen to our live musicians.”  

VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace is one of the first artisan crafters shows (of the 2019 season) presented in the Greater Toronto Area.

The event provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to explore VAM’s magnificent art centre, meet local artists “face to face” and to purchase a hand-crafted Made in Canada gift for someone special. You’ll be feeling the holiday spirit by the time you leave.  

Please visit visualartsmississauga.com for more details or call 905-277-4313.

“the Credits” take place next friday

the Credits is an annual spectacle that honours the contributions of individuals, groups and businesses that contribute to the celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the city of Mississauga. 
The theme for the evening will be the historic “Mississauga Miracle” train derailment of 1979. The evening will also honour those who responded to the call of the largest peace time evacuation in North American history.

The program has been amended to allow for a true celebration of the evening as attendees are invited to dress in 1970’s attire and dance to music of the 70’s. A prize will be awarded for the best dressed.

Please join us on Friday November 8, 2019 at the Mississauga Grand Banquet and Event Centre (35 Brunel Road Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E8). Registration: 5:00 p.m. Program Begins (Dinner & Awards): 6:00 p.m. Tickets:$75.00 each or $650.00 for a table (10 attendees)

STEELHEADS ANNOUNCE OPENING FESTIVITIES

Steelheads to host tailgate event prior to Home Opener.

The Mississauga Steelheads open their 2019-20 campaign on home ice when they play host to the Niagara IceDogs on Friday September 20th at 7 pm. The team went (3-3-0-0) against the IceDogs last season including a (2-1-0-0) record at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

The Steelheads will be looking to build off their second half run that saw the team finish fifth in the Eastern Conference just a year ago. Players returning this season include three 2019 NHL draft picks; Thomas Harley, Cole Schwindt and Keean Washkurak and a veteran returning group including Liam Ham, Nick Isaacson and Nicholas Canade. The team will also feature some new faces in the line-up including 2019 first round picks Ethan Del Mastro (OHL Priority Selection) and Ole Bjorgvik-Holm (CHL Import Draft), off-season acquisitions Hayden Davis and Kai Edmonds, and rounding out the current roster are rookies Michael Stubbs, Max Dodig, Luca DelBelBelluz, Craig Spence, Chas Sharpe, and Justin Dilauro.

Fans will have more to look forward to than just on-ice action on September 20th as the hockey club looks to celebrate the start of the season with pre-game festivities outside the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. The Steelheads tailgating experience, set up just outside the main gates, will provide a multitude of entertainment and menu options for fans of all ages. Country singer Paige Rutledge will kick things off with live music starting at 5:30 PM; Sauga 960’s Mike Richards and Dave Bastille will preview the season ahead for the fish with a remote access broadcast, and Paramount Fine Foods will have the BBQ’s firing with a can’t resist $5 food menu and beer priced at just $6. For the kids, there will be a number of games and activities including an interactive shooting contest where they can test their skills shooting on Sauga and be entered for a chance to win a team signed jersey.

On top of all that, the Home Opener is a Winning Night meaning that if the Steelheads win, those in attendance can redeem their tickets at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre box office for a free ticket to the game on November 1st.More info on Winning Nights.

The Home Opener is also part of the Marquee Matchup Package, a new package that features four premium games for the price of three. More info on the Marquee Matchup Package.

To secure your seats for the most anticipated game of the season, visit TICKETMASTER or contact the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Box Office at (905) 502-9100.

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.