North American Tour Kicks Off at Square One with Immersive Interactive Attraction
New Rooms Revealed Tied to Dr. Seuss Classics “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “The Sneetches”
With tickets officially on sale today at 12:00 p.m. EST at www.experienceseuss.com, Dr. Seuss fans from across Southwestern Ontario will have the chance to be the first in the world to visit “The Dr. Seuss Experience.” This imaginative and interactive immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss will premiere in a standalone space at Mississauga’s Square One on Saturday, October 26.
“The Dr. Seuss Experience” is brought to life by Kilburn Live, the Live Events division of Kilburn Media, a leading entertainment company focused on producing content with an emphasis on quality and originality, in conjunction with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, a global leader in educational entertainment. The 15,000-square-foot Seuss-tacular, sensory spectacle will feature multiple rooms with immersive installations themed after some of the iconic author’s timeless works.
Access to affordable housing, the growth of cities and the power of cultural food experiences will be explored at the Our Future City: Urban Film Forumon Saturday, November 2 at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Central Library. The City, in collaboration with Hot Docs, will present this special day of documentary films to generate thought-provoking discussions about issues related to city building. The film event marks the start of the public engagement phase of Mississauga’s Official Plan Review which officially began in June.
Our Future City: Urban Film Forum features:
Internationally-acclaimed documentary films
Opportunity to participate in post-show discussions with notable influencers
Showcase of city-wide projects and the Downtown Strategy with opportunities to provide feedback
Food trucks on Mississauga Celebration Square
Aisha Jamal, a Toronto-based film programmer, independent filmmaker and college professor is the event moderator. Her documentaries have screened at festivals and venues worldwide, and this fall on the Documentary channel. Ms. Jamal is a Canadian Film Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival and Programming Associate of Canadian and Nordic Features at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
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.
Celebrations begin with a two-day Festival at Mississauga Celebration Square, ending on the third day with the TD IRIE Boat Cruise in Toronto.
Join the celebration of music — from Reggae, Soca, African and dance from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora – the TD IRIE Music Festival is excited to welcome visitors to another great cultural experience with tasty tropical foods, arts and crafts, a licensed bar and more.
International headliners include living legend and Grammy nominated reggae and dancehall singer, Junior Reid. Best known for the classic tunes, “One Blood”, and “This Is Why I’m Hot”, Reid is a prolific solo artist and former lead singer for Black Uhuru. He performs along with dj/producer and Master Remixer,DJ Power, on Friday, June 21st at Mississauga Celebration Square.
Trinidadian Soca star, Farmer Nappy takes over the stage on Saturday, June 22nd. His catalogue of hits stretches back to his work with Machel Mantano and the band, Xtatik. Solo successes include “Big People Party,” “My House,” and his latest mega hit, “Hookin Meh”.
Canadian talents include Level Exodus featuring Jaxx with his new hit single, “Perform;” Canadian Caribbean icons Slim Flex, D’Enforcas Sound Crew, DJ Carl Allen and more. Stay tuned for other performers to be announced.
Dance groups are essential to TD IRIE Fest’s presentation and will include the 2019 Summer Showcase by dance Immersion, a dance umbrella organization. Performers include: Artists in Motion, Mabinty Sylla, Rodney Diverlus,Shavar Blackwood and EDIFY: Elite Dance Initiative for Youth.
Dance Immersion is recognized for its exemplary work for 25 years in producing, promoting and showcasing dancers of the African Diaspora.
Our audience will be treated to a variety of dancers and dance companies reflecting dances from across the Diaspora from dance Immersion and other community dance companies.
Don’t miss the second annual IRIE Fest Jerk Food competition for the Best Jerk. The winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year for their culinary excellence.
TD IRIE Boat Cruise, Sunday June 23rd
The IRIE celebration will continue Sunday afternoon aboard the Yankee Lady III with the annual TD IRIE Fest Boat Cruise. The cruise on Lake Ontario will feature Reggae, Soca, R&B/Soul and Afro Groove with some of the City’s top djs including Toronto’s legendary DJ Carl Allen; International Ambassadors of Caribbean Music and Canada’s #1 Soca Sound Crew, the D’Enforcas and Reggae & Dancehall Specialist, DJ Spida, who will keep the party jumping.
“Mississauga is a great place to do business because of our low taxes, highly skilled workforce, strategic location to key markets and our competitive commercial and industrial real estate. These new incentives will help stimulate new investment and office development in our downtown core and reaffirms that Mississauga is open for business,” said Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga. “Coupled with the upcoming Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT), our close proximity to major highways and Pearson International Airport, downtown Mississauga is quickly becoming the ideal place for world-class businesses to invest, grow and succeed.”
The Downtown CIP provides four financial incentive programs to offset a portion of the costs of constructing offices in downtown Mississauga. To be eligible for CIP incentives, projects must be at least three storeys in height, contain a minimum of 50,000 square feet (5,000 sq. m) of office space and result in a property tax increase.
Eligible landowners can now apply for one or a combination of these programs:
Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) – a grant equal to a portion of a municipal property tax increase on a development.
Development Processing Fees Grant – a rebate on municipal planning fees (e.g., rezoning, site plan application fees).
Municipally-Funded Parking Program – the City may build and own a municipal stand-alone parking space. Alternatively, the City may co-locate part of a municipally owned parking space within a private office building development.
Municipal Property Acquisition and Disposition – the City may purchase key properties and redevelop them for office buildings. The City may also choose to dispose of City-owned lands to attract new office development.
“Business owners can apply for one or more of these programs according to their needs and eligibility,” said Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development. “As Mississauga’s downtown continues to transform over the coming years, there is no better time to locate or invest in this vibrant urban setting.”
Eligible applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
“The goal of the Downtown CIP is to create more job opportunities and draw talent to the downtown area by attracting new office development,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “These incentives are key to unlocking opportunities to better balance residential and employment space for a healthy, vibrant and prosperous downtown where people can live, work, play and raise a family.”
All proposals are subject to City Council approval and budget availability, except where approval is delegated to staff. The Downtown CIP is in effect until July 4, 2022.