Category Archives: Art

MAC launches Boxes & Banners Project

Turning dull green and gray utility boxes into beautiful landmarks that celebrate our city’s heritage will be a lasting gift to eight communities across Mississauga.

A city wide beautification project continues on Sunday July 30 at 3 pm when a new originally designed, artistically wrapped utility box will be revealed marking the history of Malton. The artist, Shellene Rodney, and local dignitaries from the City of Mississauga will celebrate the reveal at Goreway Dr and Etude Dr. Ice cream will be served.

“The Boxes and Banners Project is another important opportunity for Mississauga to celebrate the talents and skills of local artists and for our community to come together to appreciate and understand Canadian history, identity and culture through public art,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“We are grateful to Ontario 150 and the Community Foundation of Mississauga and of course the City of Mississauga, which was also instrumental in helping to get the utility companies on board with a creative initiative involving 10 boxes at 8 sites from Lakeview to Meadowvale,” adds Mike Douglas of the Mississauga Arts Council.

“Community is vital to Enbridge, and for 165 years we have proudly supported the communities we serve, while watching our country thrive. Celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthdays, while contributing to a project that celebrates our communities, is something we’re proud to be a part of,” said Chris Wray, Manager, Municipal Affairs and Stakeholder Relations for Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Free ice cream, cookies and entertainment accompany each reveal.

The next beautification reveal is on Sunday, Aug. 20th at 3 pm at Erin Mills Parkway and Lincoln Green, for a large Alectra box.

ARTward Bound 2017 Hits the Road for the Summer

LAC Brings Visual & Performing Arts to Communities Across Mississauga

The Living Arts Centre’s ARTward Bound 2017 team is hitting the road this summer bringing the visual and performing arts to communities across Mississauga.

Join us for art filled days throughout July and August! Our friendly instructors will help budding artists experiment with paint, sculpture and mixed media. Participate in a Hip Hop workshop and learn some new moves, then be entertained with a children’s performance! Performances vary by location and date. A lunch program is available at select locations. All activities are FREE. This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 12 and participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pre- registration is required, simply drop in for part of the program or join us for the full day! More information can be found at Continue reading ARTward Bound 2017 Hits the Road for the Summer

AGM Appoints Four New Members to the Board of Directors

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to announce the appointments of several new members to the Board!

On June 5, 2017, the members of the AGM supported the recommendation of the current Board of Directors to elect four new stellar candidates to the Board, bringing its total to 8.

Welcome new board members!

Catherine Hale, Curator, Creative Campus Galleries, Sheridan Campus
Zainub Verjee, Executive Director of Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)
David K. Wojcik, President and CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade
Councilor John Kovac, Ward 4 Mississauga (Ex-Officio City Liaison)

“We are all impressed with the enthusiastic acceptance by all of the above to their appointments and look forward to working with them towards advancing the goals and the exciting direction of the AGM – First. New. Next – all of which enhance the cultural fabric of the City of Mississauga and beyond.”

– Stan Zigelstein, Board Chair, AGM Continue reading AGM Appoints Four New Members to the Board of Directors

Mississauga Selects Studio of Received Ideas to Create Canada 150 Legacy Public Art

The City of Mississauga has commissioned Hadley Howes & Maxwell Stephens (Studio of Received Ideas) to create a public art installation onMississauga Celebration Square in recognition of Canada 150.

Conference at the Council House will draw attention to the rich Indigenous history of the area and region that is now known as Mississauga. The artwork will feature an artistic replica of the tower that tops the historic Council House, built 132 years ago, on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Reserve in Hagersville. Thirty birds cast in bronze and painted in vivid colours will be placed on and around the tower to signify the diverse community that inhabits the area today.

Conference at the Council House highlights this significant part of our history in both a meaningful and impactful way,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Canada 150 and the support of the Federal government provided an exceptional opportunity to learn more about our past and to foster deeper relationships with our community.”

Mayor Crombie added, “Public art brings people together and enriches neighbourhoods, residents and visitors. This new artwork will be another important way Mississauga pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.”

An open Call to Artists was issued in late summer 2016. The selection process involved an independent Art Selection Committee and feedback from more than 600 residents who participated in an online survey.

Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens are co-creative directors at the Studio of Received Ideas (SRI) based in Mississauga and Toronto. Their work has been exhibited around the world including Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam and Vancouver.

“Mississauga Celebration Square is an ideal site for this legacy piece,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “As a thriving location, it provides easy access and high visibility to this notable addition to the Square.”

The artwork is supported through a contribution of $199,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The funding supports the City’s Canada 150th anniversary program with the theme of “Brilliance Together”. It will be used to support community programs encouraging residents to share their story about being Canadian and understand the importance of Reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Notably, the artist announcement comes at the beginning of National Aboriginal History Month.

“Canada 150 celebrates our diversity, encourages inclusion and continues our reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The City of Mississauga’s Brilliance Together project will showcase the region’s cultural diversity through a piece of art and community involvement. I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to strengthen the ties that unite us and to reflect on what it means to be Canadian.”

Residents can be part of the design process and are encouraged to submit drawings of their favourite birds. These submissions will be used to create the artwork and will be accepted until Friday, June 30, 2017. More information is available on the Culture page of the City’s website.

An official unveiling will take place in November 2017.

An Evening Under the Stars with The Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Garden Soirée takes place June 9

Enjoy an evening under the stars in support of The Riverwood Conservancy at The Riverwood Garden Soirée.

An enchanting evening fundraiser under the stars, surrounded by the beauty of Riverwood. Guests will enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, valet parking as well as live and silent auctions.

Friday, June 9, 2017
6:30 to 11 p.m.

MacEwan Terrace Garden
Riverwood Park Lane
Mississauga, ON

$170 per person or $1,220 for a table of eight
Purchase your ticket today

Event Highlights

  • MPP Harinder Takhar will recognize The Riverwood Conservancy as the recipient of a 2017 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant
  • The evening’s menu includes a local asparagus and strawberry risotto courtesy of Capra’s Kitchen by celebrity Chef Massimo Capra
  • The live auction features unique items including a trip to India, a fly fishing adventure and a wheelbarrow full of hand-selected wines
  • Entertainment will be provided by the talented local 10 piece band TaterVox

The Riverwood Garden Soirée is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with friends, enjoy the beauty of Riverwood and network, all for an excellent cause. Proceeds from the event will support TRC community programs in environmental education, conservation stewardship, gardening, therapeutic horticulture and volunteerism.

Sponsors for the Riverwood Garden Soiree include Capra’s Kitchen, Cooksville and Streetsville Hyundai (Proud members of The Humberview Group), Classical 96.3 FM, Scotia Wealth Management, Metal Works Production Group, Innovo Tax Advisors & CPAs, Rutherford Construction, Treeline Catering and EOE Group. For a full list of sponsors, visit our website.

About TRC

TRC is a volunteer-based not-for-profit that provides programming in stewardship, gardening, environmental education and volunteerism to the Mississauga community. TRC is located in Riverwood, a natural green space in the heart of the city [map] and is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with free parking and admission.  For more information about environmental education programs, events and how to make a donation, visit: