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Tickets Now on Sale for World Premiere of “The Dr. Seuss Experience”

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.

Tickets on sale now

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.

One of the most multicultural and family-oriented regions in all of North America, the Greater Toronto Area was chosen for “The Dr. Seuss Experience” because it is an excellent representation of Dr. Seuss’s diverse, global fanbase. In fact, a limited number of pre-sale tickets released last week quickly sold out, signaling the excitement fans have for the beloved author.

“It’s a pleasure to pull back the curtain a little bit more and reveal exactly what guests can expect when they step into the world of Theodor Seuss Geisel in a way never before imagined,” says Mark Manuel, CEO of Kilburn Live. “I think our guests will truly enjoy the visually stunning way we’ve created fun-filled activities for the whole family that, at their core, celebrate the power of reading and the value of imagination.” 

The Dr. Seuss Experience” will feature interactive elements from Oh, The Places You’ll Go!The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who, as well as newly announced specialty rooms dedicated to The Sneetches and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!– all designed around key scenes and characters from each of these beloved books to stimulate the hearts, souls and imaginations of fans, both young and young at heart, from across the GTA, and beyond.

“Our goal from the beginning was always to create a space where visitors could step from one book into another, and this experience will make that dream a reality,” says Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.  “This type of attraction wouldn’t be Seussian without these iconic books inspiring every aspect of the Experience, and we still have a few fun surprises left that guests will only be able to see in person.”

A sneak peek into the details of individual rooms includes:

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

Acting as the central hub of the Experience, this fantastical maze constructed from thousands of colourful balloons will guide the way for visitors. Guests wander through the dizzying display as they venture to and from each room.

THE SNEETCHES

The Sneetches have left their Beaches and found themselves in this special room. Here, countless Sneetches, and mirrors on all sides, create a visually stunning, endless sea of Sneetches surrounding guests.

HORTON HEARS A WHO

“A person’s a person no matter how small”, as guests will discover in a room full of clovers creating a beautiful tableau. But guests must be extra quiet and listen very closely to find the special clover from which the Who’s are calling out for help!

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!

A very special seasonal room dedicated to Dr. Seuss’s favorite Christmas character will feature surprise activities designed to help guests embrace the holiday season. 

THE LORAX

Pay the Onceler, or not, guests will be guided into two completely different worlds based on the choices they make. Whether you enter a Truffula tree forest or a less vibrant place is solely up to you.

The Dr. Seuss Experience” invites fans of all ages on a sensational, nostalgic and awe-inspiring journey, while also offering educators a teaching experience that encourages children to explore the universally applicable, social messages that are at the heart of Dr. Seuss’s beloved work.

“At Oxford, we’re continually focused on the customer experience, so we’re incredibly proud to be hosting the world premiere of The Dr. Seuss Experience at Square One,” added Bradley Jones, head of retail at Oxford Properties. “It’s the perfect example of the innovative entertainment options we’re rolling out across our malls to create true memorable experiences for our customers that simply can’t be created online.”

The tour will travel to multiple, yet-to-be-announced cities across North America and as it expands, guests can expect new interactive additions, based on different books, to join the rotation. To purchase tickets or receive information on future tour dates, visit www.experienceseuss.com.

About Kilburn Live

Kilburn Live, a division of Kilburn Media, is one of the fastest growing live events companies in North America. As a global leader in experiential, touring, and static live event offerings, Kilburn Live brings the world’s biggest brands to life through groundbreaking and highly entertaining attractions, activations, and immersive entertainment.

About Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit seussville.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

About Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a leading children’s entertainment company focused on protecting Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) legacy and thereby ensuring that each generation can experience the genius of Dr. Seuss.  The company was established in 1993 and is based in San Diego, CA.  Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ global endeavors complement Dr. Seuss’s iconic books and include films, TV shows, stage productions, exhibitions, digital media, licensed merchandise, and other strategic partnerships.  Ted Geisel once said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges” – a guiding principle at Dr. Seuss Enterprises. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit seussville.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

About Square One

Proudly managed by Oxford Properties, Square One is distinctively positioned as Canada’s cosmopolitan destination for the fashion, entertainment and epicurean enthusiast, with over 320 merchants including Holt Renfrew, Tiffany, Reds, Babaton, Simons, Apple, COS, Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel, and Links of London. Square One is owned by Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) on behalf of its clients and Oxford Properties Group. Recognized for its dedication to present innovative, fashion-forward experiences, unexpected campaigns and social media collaborations. Square One is one of Canada’s Top Ten most productive shopping centres, and in 2017, became only the second shopping centre in Canada to achieve $1 billion in annual retail sales. For more information, please visit shopSQUAREONE.com.

Unique Film Event Will Explore City Growth, Affordable Housing and the Taste of Culture

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 Forum on 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
  • Announcement of the winners of Our Future City: Short Film Competition
  • Showcase of city-wide projects and the Downtown Strategy with opportunities to provide feedback
  • Food trucks on Mississauga Celebration Square
Aisha Jamal

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).  

The Films

The Human Scale – Directed by Andreas Dalsgaard | 83 minutes | 2012 | Denmark USA Bangladesh China | RATING: PG

[Official Trailer] – Official Selection, Hot Docs 2013

The Human Scale

Fifty per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80 per cent. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. The Human Scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our planning.

Opening Ceremonies at 11 a.m. followed by screening. Post-show discussion 1–1:30 p.m.

Push – Directed by Fredrik Gertten | 92 min | 2019 | Canada, Sweden | RATING: G

[Official Trailer] – Official Selection, Hot Docs 2019

Push

Push is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? Showtime: 2 p.m. Post-show discussion 3:30 – 4 p.m.

John Lorinc

Post-show discussion features journalist, John Lorinc. Mr. Lorinc covers urban affairs, politics and business for The Globe and Mail, the Toronto StarWalrus Magazine, and Canadian Business. He also writes a politics column for Spacing, where he is senior editor.

City of Gold – Directed by Laura Gabbert | 96 min | 2015 | USA | RATING: G

[Official Trailer] – Nominee—Grand Jury Prize, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2015

City of Gold

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Combing through colourful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip mall discovery. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.  Showtime: 6 p.m. Post-show discussion 7:30 – 8 p.m.

Suresh Doss

Post-show discussion features Suresh Doss, a food, drink, travel writer based out of Toronto, Canada. His essays on food and drink can be found through a variety of radio, print and online channels for the last 15 years. Mr. Doss is the food guide for CBC Toronto with a weekly show on Metro Morning where he highlights various places to eat throughout the GTA and beyond. He has also regularly contributed to The Globe and Mail and Toronto Life

The event takes place at the Noel Ryan Auditorium at Mississauga Central Library on November 2nd from 11am to 8pm. Free tickets are available online or by calling 3-1-1.

Mississauga is evolving. Our Official Plan Review will help us ensure we have the policies that a modern, healthy city needs to build and grow. The Urban Film Forum starts the public conversation to help shape our future city. Learn more about the Official Plan Review.

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.

TD IRIE MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 17TH ANNIVERSARY

JUNE 21 to 23, 2019

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.

This exciting two-day festival runs from June 21 to June 22, 2019 at Celebration Square, next door to Square One in Mississauga. TD IRIE Music Festival is free to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

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 CrewDJ 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 MotionMabinty SyllaRodney 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.

Tickets are $45.00 in advance and include a delicious Caribbean lunch. Tickets are available at TicketGateway.com. For more information visit: iriemusicfestival.com or call 905-799-1630.

Downtown Mississauga is Open for Business

The City of Mississauga’s Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP), with a goal to create new office development and jobs, is now in effect.

“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.