Category Archives: City Centre

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.

Square One Opening Signals Change on Horizon for Canada’s Premier Personalized Gift Store

Take your gift giving to the next level! Things Engraved, Canada’s largest gifting company, is set to open a new location at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga on October 12, 2018. The official Grand Opening party with a theme of Cocktail Culture will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. As the country’s premier personalized gift store chain, the revamped store design marks a turning point for the Kitchener-based retailer.

“We’re a great Canadian success story, and it’s important that we support our local communities, so sourcing in Canada and contributing to the success of our neighbours is very important to us; it’s part of our DNA. Though we operate in every province across the country, each of our stores should feel like a local shop, complete with locally-made products.” – Shawn Brock, CEO, Things Engraved

CEO Shawn Brock anticipates a change in strategy will lead the company into a more personal, more unique future. “We’ve been in business since 1982, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep pace with today’s consumer. Our new store design is all about a better shopping experience for our customers, one that makes it very easy to find – and personalize – the perfect gift.”

As one of Canada’s top-ranked shopping centres, Square One provides an ideal environment for a bold reintroduction. The new store will feature distinctive branding elements that reinforce the benefits of gift giving, as well as the emotional experience of each step in the process, from first thought to afterthought. Festivities at the Grand Opening party will include music, balloons, giveaways and mocktails for people of all ages. On Sunday, shoppers have the chance to meet and greet a featured local artisan as part of the company’s new Locally Made Pop-Up Shop program.

In keeping with its community values, selected Things Engraved locations will feature a local craft artisan’s gift products alongside the company’s normal gift offerings. “The main goal of the program is to create a bridge between local Canadian makers and the broader national community that Things Engraved reaches,”elaborates Brock. In addition to Square One, Things Engraved looks forward to opening its second new store later this year, slated for McAllister Place in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Failte Irish Pub is having a 20th Anniversary Celebration

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**CONTEST TIME** Up for grabs is a Guinness Can Fridge Dispenser, Can shaped refrigerator that holds 16 cans of the REAL Black Gold! Also, you'll get a reserved table Saturday October 13th for you and three friends for our 20th Anniversary, complete with an appetizer AND you'll all receive prizes! All you need to do is Like, SHARE, Comment on this post. Retweet on Twitter or tag a friend on Instagram and your name will be put in the draw! Each action is a separate ballot so this complete all 5 and you get 5 entries into contest! Winner will be announced Thursday October 11th shorty after midnight! Must be 19+ to win. Good Luck Everyone! Cheers! We celebrate a major milestone and we can't wait to celebrate it with all of YOU! We have a ton in store for all, complimentary Smirnoff Vodka cocktails from our custom ice luge, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, Oysters by Clearwater Seafood, prizes and much more! Friday October 12th we have performance by the legendary Orangeman. Saturday October 13th we host The Doubts and as a special treat, we reunite one of the original bands of Failte irish Pub, the band who consistently brought us one of the best shows on our beloved St. Patrick's Day.. we reunite with, The Kitchen Party!!! Thank you for many great years everyone, we can't wait to entertain you for many, many more!

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LAC Presents: MOMIX Opus Cactus

Dance, Acrobatics & Illusions – Moses Pendleton Brings the American Southwest to Glorious Life

On October 12, 2018, the Living Arts Centre kicks off its Great Night Out series with MOMIX Opus Cactus at 8:00PM in Hammerson Hall. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at the Box Office (905-306-000) or online at www.livingartscentre.ca.

Known for their famous dance / acrobatic / contortionist skills, as well as for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a world-renowned company of dancer-illusionists founded and directed by Moses Pendleton. Touring the world for the past 35 years, the company not only performs live in theatres, but has also been featured on television, feature films, commercials, and in large-scale world events, including Emmy award-winning specials and the 3D IMAX film, Imagine.

Director Moses Pendleton chose the name ‘MOMIX’ because it calls to mind the musical term, mix. “There’s no rule for these shows, just whatever kind of chemical way you can drop it, cook it, or spin it,” he stated in an interview with the Calgary Herald, 2018. “It’s a visual, physical dance theatre, but it’s not just dance.” he says, “It uses props and lighting and costumes and special kinds of music to create an otherworldly MOMIX world.” In this spectacular show, MOMIX creates thesetting of a desert. “I was very inspired initially by going down to the Sonora desert in southwest America,” Pendleton recalls. “I was very taken by the flora and the fauna of the desert and impressions of that as it’s translated into dance-theatre form.”

“Few theater artists today can achieve the level of visual splendor and theatrical magic that Mr. Pendleton can conjure from essentially the sparest of means.” – Robert Greskovic The Wall Street Journal

Each of the 18 vignettes in Opus Cactus is performed to Indigenous or Arabic music as well as to compositions from Brian Eno. Pendleton says the elements are arranged to have a narrative “curve,” as you make your way through a desert botanical garden filled with colour and movement, and wonder and surprise! This is a visual masterpiece not to be missed!

The LAC is also offering a sumptuous Dinner & Show Package, which includes dinner at our in-house LIVE restaurant at 5:30PM prior to the show. For more details, call the Box Office.

Meet You at the After Dark Earth Market

Stop by the After Dark Earth Market at Mississauga Celebration Square on July 14 from 4pm to 10pm – the City’s biggest free outdoor environmental event! This year’s market focuses on the environmental actions the City is taking to become climate resilient and ways residents can get involved and take action themselves. The event will feature exhibitors, food trucks, music, fresh air yoga, a live art showcase, a climate change themed escape room and more.

• Local environmental exhibitors
• Food trucks
• Climate change themed escape room by Escape From The 6
• Lively percussion performance by Rhythm Works
• Mississauga’s own 4-piece rock band Jammer’s Waffle House
ArtworkX – a live art showcase
• Fresh air yoga class instructed by YogaVision
• Electric Vehicle Society booth
• Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services truck
• Appearance from Litterbug