Category Archives: City Centre

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.

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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