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Mississauga Celebrates the Arts at the MARTYS

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Mississauga Arts Council is thrilled to announce the 23nd annual MARTYS!

“This is the biggest and best arts connecting, networking and awards celebration of the year!” – Brian Crombie, President of the Board of Directors of MAC

2017 will mark the 23rd year of recognizing local emerging and established talent within the arts in Mississauga via the MARTYS; the Mississauga Arts Awards.

Monday April 17 was the last day to send in MARTYS nominations! Thank you to all of the nominators who sent in all the information that was necessary on time! We have a roster of fantastic nominees, the judges will definitely have a hard time deciding the finalists.

This year the Mississauga Arts Council has brought an air of exclusivity to the MARTYS like never before. By establishing some changes to the rules and guidelines, MAC has elevated the MARTYS into a highly coveted award. The most significant changes to the MARTYS rules and guidelines were:

  1. Self-nominations are no longer accepted
  2. Nominees may only be nominated in one category
  3. 5 finalists will be featured in the MARTYS program

During this year’s MARTYS, MAC will unveil a brand new, distinctive, crystal award that will be a sought after and cherished prize for anyone in the arts. Designed by Crystal Sensations, the people who created Canada’s Juno award, this unique piece will remain the same for years to come, establishing recognition as the highest arts award available in our city.

“It is with great pleasure and pride that we have accepted the responsibility to create and manufacture the Mississauga Arts Council MARTYS Award” – Jerome Bacchus, Vice President of Crystal Sensations 

“We’re excited about this year’s new award, honouring the Festival of the Year, as judged by the Mississauga News. It’s especially timely as Mississauga has just won the award for being the best festival city in Ontario!” – Ron Duquette, Producer of the MARTYS

For the last two years the Mississauga Convention Centre has graciously hosted the MARTYS providing an elegant venue, delicious food and exceptional service. Red carpet reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

We have an amazing line-up of entertainers including previous MARTY winners like David O’Hearn’s pop rock band, Time Trip, sweet jazz stylist Arlene Paculan, young opera star Anna Wojcik and award winning dancers and instrumentalists to entertain along with a special surprise guest!

“We hope you join the popular movement to recognize excellence in the arts and help turn Mississauga into a creative city.” – Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC

MARTYS Tickets can be purchased at the office, online at www.mississaugaartscouncil.com/martys or by calling 905-615-4278. Ticket prices are $75 for members, $90 for non-members and $700 for a table of 10. Please note: tickets will not be sold at the door.

Countdown to AGM Annual Fine Art Auction, Thursday, April 27

The Big Night is fast approaching! The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to have the generous support of Lead Sponsor Square One for the 14th Annual Fine Art Auction on Thursday, April 27.
Here’s Greg Taylor, General Manager, Square One speaking about the upcoming art auction and the continuing partnership between Square One and the AGM, which has grown the Gallery’s audience through the presentation of dynamic contemporary art exhibitions and programming that engages the local community and beyond.

Do you have your tickets?
AUCTION PREVIEW
Public Preview Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 – 8 PM @ AGM
All artworks can be viewed in person during the public preview weekend at the gallery from Friday, April 21 – Monday, April 24 during regular gallery hours.
JOIN US FOR AUCTION NIGHT!
C Banquets, 12th Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre,300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Doors Open at 6:30 PM for Cocktail Hour + Live Entertainment | Live Auction at 8 PM!
Tickets: $75. Phone: 905-896-5088 or via artgalleryofmississauga.com
The Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction is a spectacular, not-to-be-missed art event in Mississauga, featuring a curated selection of original artworks by emerging and established regional and national artists.This stellar fundraising event offers a fantastic line-up of auction artworks, cocktail hour and live entertainment, with Stephen Ranger as our dynamic auctioneer again this year!
To mark our 30th Anniversary, we are also offering a selection of special Limited Edition pieces by Canadian artists who have had exhibitions at the AGM over the years. As the AGM’s primary fundraiser, the Annual Fine Art Auction is the Gallery’s biggest event of the year with all proceeds supporting award-winning exhibitions and innovative programs, all with free admission.
WITH ARTWORKS BY:
Diyan Achjadi, Peter Adams, Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Jaime Angelopoulos, Kotama Bouabane, Gil Caldwell, Patrick Cruz, Karen Darling, Jason Deary, Bonnie Devine, Soheila Esfahani, Fausta Facciponte, Heather Grindley, J.C. Heywood, Robin Hollingdrake, Warren Hoyano, HyunRyoung Kim, Lila Lewis Irving, Erin Loree, Kristie MacDonald, Charles Pachter, Ed Pien, Ester Pugliese, Claire Scherzinger, Margaret Stawicki, Tamara Thompson, Paul Tom, Youngo Verma, Chih-Chien Wang, Leszek Wyczolkowski, Lynn Wyczolkowski

Check out available works in our 

30TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION ARTISTS
Libby Hague | Panchal Mansaram | Andrew McPhail | Howard Podeswa
“It continues to be our mandate to bring unexpected and culturally relevant experiences to Square One,” says Square One Shopping Centre General Manager Greg Taylor. “With the Art Gallery of Mississauga, we have been able to showcase artwork from many engaging voices of the art world, and unveil exhibitions that enhance our guests’ shopping experience while exposing them to the work of national and international world-class artists. We are proud to be their partners, thrilled to be a lead sponsor of their upcoming Annual Fine Art Auction, and excited to celebrate their impressive 30-year history of bringing arts and culture to Square One and the wider community.”
– Greg Taylor, General Manager, Square One Shopping Centre
“Happy Birthday AGM! 30 years strong and building! For the past 14 years, the AGM has proudly offered the only high-level fine art auction experience in the Mississauga area, with a mission to bring together artists and people who love art.

The AGM’s Auction offers a diverse selection of contemporary art and celebrates the institution’s 30th year of award-winning and critically acclaimed exhibitions by both emerging and established artists. With the generous support of our Lead Sponsor Square One Shopping Centre, the AGM is expanding its audiences and engaging our community in new and innovative ways. The auction presents a great snapshot of Canadian art and reflects many of the incredible artists who have exhibited with the AGM during its past 30 years. I invite you all to come and fall in love and ensure that all of these incredible works of art go to new collections in support of the AGM’s powerful curatorial and educational programmes.”

– Mandy Salter, Director/Curator, Art Gallery of Mississauga

 

Creating a Vibrant Downtown

City staff presented the Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP) report yesterday to the City’s Planning and Development Committee.

The Downtown CIP aims to attract new office development to the downtown. New office development has not occurred in the downtown for decades because of the high costs of building underground parking. The CIP will allow the City to consider providing financial incentives to eligible projects to offset these high costs.

The report takes into consideration public input received on four proposed incentive programs with recommended changes. Once the CIP is approved, all of the programs will come into effect if no appeals are brought forward.

  • Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) – a grant equal to a portion of a municipal property tax increase that relates to a development or improvement.
  • 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.

“The Downtown CIP is a toolbox of incentives where applicants can choose to apply for one or a combination of programs,” said John Kovac, Ward 4 Councillor. “However, the CIP offers no guarantees of any loans or grants, but rather, applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for loan and grant considerations.”

The report also recommends a by-law authorizing the City Manager to approve the Development Processing Fees Grant and Tax Increment Equivalent Grant. In addition, the City is asking the Region of Peel to develop a Regional Community Improvement Plan to support office development.

“Downtown Mississauga has not seen significant office development in over 20 years,” said Nando Iannicca, Ward 7 Councillor. “Application of the CIP will help create incentives and attract much needed new office development in our downtown.”

The goal of the Downtown CIP is to create more job opportunities that will help balance growth and create a complete community that includes:

  • a lively, pedestrian and transit-oriented urban space
  • support for existing and planned transit infrastructure
  • support for arts, culture, recreation, entertainment and other employment uses

“With population growth, intensification and the upcoming Hurontario Light Rail Transit, Mississauga’s downtown is poised to transform significantly in the coming years,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “By stimulating private sector investment and office development, increased job opportunities can attract talent and create a vibrant downtown and complete community.”

The Downtown CIP is a five-year pilot and will be implemented the day after the adopting by-law is approved, subject to no appeals. The report will go to City Council for approval on April 26.

Celebrate and Support 30 Years of Art at the Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction on April 27!

The Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Fine Art Auction is the not-to-be-missed art event in Mississauga, featuring a curated selection of original artworks by iconic and up-and-coming regional and national artists. Once again, with the generous support of Lead Sponsor Square One Shopping Centre, the AGM is thrilled to host a stellar fundraising event at C Banquets on the 12th Floor of the Mississauga Civic Centre, offering a fantastic line-up of auction artworks, cocktail hour and live entertainment with Stephen Ranger, Vice President Business Development at Waddington’s as our dynamic auctioneer! We’re also celebrating the AGM’s 30th anniversary, which makes this event even more spectacular!
To mark our 30th Anniversary, we are offering a selection of Limited Edition pieces by Canadian artists who have had exhibitions at the AGM over the years. The Annual Fine Art Auction is the biggest event of the year for the AGM and also its primary fundraiser, in support of nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative programs, all with free admission at Mississauga’s public gallery. Get your tickets!
WITH ARTWORKS BY:
Diyan Achjadi, Peter Adams, Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Jaime Angelopoulos, Kotama Bouabane, Gil Caldwell, Patrick Cruz, Karen Darling, Jason Deary, Bonnie Devine, Soheila Esfahani, Fausta Facciponte, Heather Grindley, J.C. Heywood, Robin Hollingdrake, Warren Hoyano, HyunRyoung Kim, Lila Lewis Irving, Erin Loree, Kristie MacDonald, Charles Pachter, Ed Pien, Ester Pugliese, Claire Scherzinger, Margaret Stawicki, Tamara Thompson, Paul Tom, Youngo Verma, Chih-Chien Wang, Leszek Wyczolkowski, Lynn Wyczolkowski
Check out available works in our  ONLINE GALLERY!
30TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION ARTISTS
Libby Hague | Panchal Mansaram | Andrew McPhail | Howard Podeswa
AUCTION PREVIEW
Public Preview Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 – 8 PM @ AGM 
All artworks can be viewed in person during the public preview weekend at the gallery from Friday, April 21 – Monday, April 24 during regular gallery hours.
JOIN US FOR AUCTION NIGHT!
C Banquets, 12th Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre,300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Doors Open at 6:30 PM for Cocktail Hour + Live Entertainment | Live Auction at 8 PM! Tickets: $75. To purchase: 905-896-5088 or via artgalleryofmississauga.com

A Tourist’s Guide to Mississauga

Explore the top five unique neighbourhoods of the city.

Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to explore what Mississauga has to offer. From the spectacular waterfront to the exciting downtown core, Mississauga has many communities with their own distinct identity. Take the time to visit these five districts filled with heritage houses, modern construction and beautiful parks that shape the city.

  1. Clarkson
Benares Historic House
Benares Historic House in Clarkson

Clarkson is the oldest Mississauga community and features a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services. Just a short distance away is Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, where the trail leads you through mature forests, floodplain features and a green ash swamp. To learn more about the history of the area, travel back in time with a visit to the Bradley Museum and the Benares Historic House.

  1. Downtown
Mississauga Civic Centre
Mississauga Civic Centre in City Centre

At the heart of the city, Mississauga’s downtown is home to the Civic CentreCelebration Square, the Central Library, the Living Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Ontario’s largest shopping mall, Square One Shopping Centre. It’s always buzzing with activities, festivals and concerts for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love shopping, entertainment or learning, downtown Mississauga has it all.

  1. Meadowvale
Meadowvale Theatre
Meadowvale Theatre

Meadowvale is one of the most active communities in Mississauga, filled with many parks and trails. To get your body moving, stop at Lake Aquitaine Park for stunning views of a man-made lake and get your workout on at the six exercise stations around the pathway loop. If you love live performances, check out Meadowvale Theatre to experience all aspects of the performing arts, including music, drama, comedy, dance and musical theatre.

  1. Port Credit
Port Credit Harbour
Beautiful Port Credit Harbour on Lake Ontario

As one of the city’s top cultural, entertainment and culinary districts, Port Credit’s old fashioned atmosphere is an incredible experience in Mississauga. With over 400 shops and exceptional restaurants as well as exciting festivals and events, this lakeside neighbourhood is a place you can’t miss. For nature lovers, the Waterfront Trail runs through Port Credit and offers popular paths for walking, cycling and rollerblading in the city.

  1. Streetsville
Streetsville Village Square
Streetsville Village Square

Streetsville has a small town charm that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood with many restaurants, bakeries and cafés that offer an assortment of dining options from formal afternoon tea to casual fish and chips. This lively area is a great place to discover, whether you are meeting for a coffee, enjoying an ice cream or listening to a musical performance.

Pick up a map, grab a friend and go explore these wonderful parts of Mississauga. To learn more about what the city has to offer, visit discovermississauga.ca.