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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.

Countdown to 2019 on Celebration Square this New Year’s Eve!

The countdown is on to the biggest bash of the year! Mississauga Celebration Square is the place to be on December 31 to ring in 2019.

NYE 2019, presented by Pizza Pizza, features an impressive lineup of Canadian talent, including Mississauga’s own R&B and hip hop artist, Anders, all-female hip hop collective, The Sorority, Juno-award winner, k-os and platinum-certified breakout duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine

Kick off your night with a dynamic DJ Skate on the Celebration Square ice rink and be sure to stay for food trucks galore and a spectacular fireworks show at the stroke of midnight.

Schedule of Events

Main event hosted by Scott Willats

8 p.m. to midnight

8 p.m.              DJ Skate with DJ Tilt and Sir Lancelot

9:p.m.              The Sorority 
9:45 p.m.         k-os
10:30 p.m.       Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine

11:10 p.m.       Anders            

11: 59 p.m.      Countdown to 2019

Midnight          Fireworks

Where:

Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Dr. 
Mississauga, ON 
(Map)

Cost: 

Free

Activities are weather permitting. To ensure safety, please note that the skating rink on the Square will close at 11 p.m. on December 31 in preparation for the fireworks show.

Transportation: 
Please be advised that road closures will be in effect in the downtown core between December 31 and January 1. For a map of the closures, visit celebrationsquare.ca

MiWay is offering free rides on routes across the city on New Year’s Eve from 7 p.m. on December 31 until 4 a.m. on January 1 to ensure event-goers get home safely. More information on fares and holiday bus schedules are available at miway.ca/holidayservice
 

For the full NYE schedule, more information on the rink or upcoming winter events, visit celebrationsquare.ca.

City Opts Out of Privately-Operated Retail Cannabis Stores

The City of Mississauga decided at its Council meeting today, that it will opt out and not allow privately-operated cannabis retail stores in Mississauga.

“Today, our Council made the decision to opt out as we feel that the recent changes to the retail cannabis model have occurred too quickly and there are too many unanswered questions at this time,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The province has not given municipalities any control over where cannabis stores can be located in our City. This is cause for great concern. The City of Mississauga may decide to opt-in in the future however in the meantime; we will continue to consult and engage with our community. It’s important we take the time to get this right. I will be writing a letter to the province to explain our Council’s decision and will be asking for greater powers for municipalities to have input into the location and number of retail stores that are permitted in our city.”

The Government of Ontario gave municipalities until January 22, 2019 to decide whether they will opt in or opt out of having retail cannabis stores.

The production, sale and use of recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Private cannabis stores will be legal starting April 1, 2019 for municipalities who choose to opt in. Until then, residents can purchase cannabis online from the Ontario Cannabis Store. Residents must be 19 years or older to purchase cannabis in Ontario. To learn more about recreational cannabis in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/cannabis-information.
 
 
BACKGROUND:
Ontario has elected to allow for recreational cannabis to be sold online or in privately-operated stores.

The province will regulate sales through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The province will continue to consult with municipalities including Mississauga, Peel Public Health and Peel Regional Police on the implementation of the private retail model.