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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 For more information visit: or call 905-799-1630.

PopUp Shorts Film Exhibit

Film is breaking out of theatres and coming to a public space near you. On May 4 – 5, PopUp Shorts will exhibit a curated selection of short films by award-winning filmmakers from Mississauga and Oakville. Enjoy free continuous animation, music videos, dramas, and documentaries in the spacious lobby of the Clarkson Community Centre, 2475 Truscott Dr, Mississauga. A special screening with popcorn and some of the filmmakers in attendance for a Q&A will take place Saturday, May 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

PopUp Shorts is co-hosted by the Oakville Festivals of Film and Art (OFFA) who organize the Willson Oakville Film Festival, and FILMHIVE – Mississauga’s creative hub for filmmakers and media artists.

“PopUp Shorts was inspired by the idea to present film as public art,” explains filmmaker and FILMHIVE founder, Cathleen MacDonald. “Mississauga and the region are home to many film and television professionals whose work wins accolades in Canada and abroad. PopUp Shorts showcases local talent to a hometown audience.”

Adds Wendy Donnan, Executive Director of OFFA, “We are proud to be working with FILMHIVE, and to have the support of a Mississauga Cultural Projects Grant and Oakville Cultural Grants to bring PopUp Shorts to Mississauga. Filmmakers in our communities are so talented and eager to show and talk about their work. We plan to grow this programme to give local filmmakers the opportunity to increase awareness of the power and incredible diversity of short films.”

“Mississauga is where it all began,” says participating filmmaker Sid Sawant. “A chance at a better life and a chance to explore the arts. My hopes are to inspire the next generation of film makers.”

The curated selection of 14 short films will screen continuously at the Clarkson Community Centre lobby Saturday May 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at

Freedom Pass Offers Youth Free Swims and Transit Rides this Summer

This summer, Mississauga youth aged 12 to 14 years can ride MiWay and access indoor and outdoor City of Mississauga pools for free with a Freedom Pass. The pass is valid from July 1 to August 31.

“Summer is a great time in Mississauga and with a Freedom Pass, youth can enjoy it with free rides to our pools, libraries and parks as well as to great events, festivals and attractions,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation.

How to Apply for a Pass

  • Application forms can be downloaded and printed by visiting or picked up at any City community centre.
  • Signed and completed application forms must be submitted in person to any City community centre, along with one piece of identification (parent/guardian signature is required) displaying proof of age.
  • Applicants will also need to have their photo taken by City customer service staff to create a personalized Freedom Pass. 

“The Freedom Pass provides youth with a great opportunity to learn about our MiWay transit system. Understanding how it works, how they can get around Mississauga and get where they want to go independently,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit.

The Freedom Pass program continues to grow in popularity since its launch in 2014 with more than 8,000 Freedom Passes distributed in 2018.

Freedom Pass cards will be available on May 1 (quantities are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis). Only valid Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free. All other riders must pay regular fares. To learn more about MiWay, visit Plan a trip with the online tool or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for route and schedule information.

For more information about the Freedom Pass, please visit

Out and About in Mississauga: Five Things to do This Spring

It’s time to get out of that winter hibernation mode and give your body some much deserved vitamin D. Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy spring-time activities in Mississauga.

1) Earth Days
Earth Days 2019 is taking place from April 15 to 27. It’s your chance to take action for the environment and help make Mississauga more sustainable and climate change resilient. There are a number of activities happening throughout the week that you can participate in like a tree planting or litter awareness sessions or a 20-minute makeover litter cleanup. Be sure to register for an event! 

If you’re planning to do a little spring cleaning before then, you’ll be able to drop off clothes for donation or recycle electronics at no charge throughout the week. Participating locations are Civic CentreCentral Library or any of the City’s community centres.

2) Cherry Blossoms at Kariya Park 
Did you know that Mississauga has cherry blossom trees? Kariya Park is truly a hidden gem right in the heart of Mississauga with meandering walkways, a quiet pond and hill garden and approximately 59 Cherry Blossom trees. It’s a nice place to walk around with your friends or family to enjoy the beautiful blossoms this spring.

If the trees aren’t in bloom, you can also visit one of the City’s other parks, trails and woodlands too.

3) Catch a Performance at the Meadowvale Theatre 
If you’re interested in the theatre or dance, you can catch a performance this spring. At the Meadowvale Theatre, you can see Curtains or the In The Garden & Alice dance pieces.

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4) Stroll through Different Villages 
On a nice sunny day, it’s worthwhile to take a stroll through Mississauga’s villages with your friends or family. Visit Streetsville if you’re looking for something quaint that’s home to a number of historic buildings. Port Credit is Mississauga’s entertainment hub for shopping, events, music and dining on the waterfront. Clarkson is Mississauga’s oldest community and would interest history buffs with its historic treasures. You can also visit the City Centre for a performing arts centre, public square and art gallery. Whatever village you decide, you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and services.

5) Visit Benares Historic House or the Bradley Museum 
Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the 1800s? Mississauga has a few historic sites where you can take a tour of the Bradley Museum, Benares Historic House or the Leslie Log House. Take a walk through the two-acre Bradley Museum Complex and experience Long Division, a contemporary art installation by LeuWebb Projects. You can also treat Mom to a fabulous High Tea at Benares Historic Housefeaturing That’s Cool! Fashions that Ruled 1965-1975. This presentation is curated by Norma Shephard, founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum. Reservations are required, so book early by calling 905-615-4860 Ext 2110.

Community and Culture Groups in Mississauga to Receive Grant Funding for 2019

The City of Mississauga is investing more than $3 million to support community and culture groups in Mississauga. Mississauga City Council approved the grant funding for various community and cultural organizations and projects throughout the city.
A total of $3,816,595.56 in grant funding was approved to support the following programs:
• Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreement: $1,217,670.56
• Arts and Culture Grant Program: $1,837,925
• Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program: $761,000
“Art, culture and community programs play a significant role in creating a vibrant and engaged city,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The City supports communities and organizations that impact the public in meaningful ways – whether they are organizations that foster community development through learning opportunities, or creating a sense of cultural pride. Supporting local talent and organizations through investment also helps attract visitors, who in return invest back into the local economy.”

Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreements
Eighteen groups have been recommended to receive grant funding, including eight as multi-year funding agreements and 10 as one-time grants. The City is funding these organizations to support the growth and development of neighbourhoods within communities that these organizations represent. 
Funding will also be set aside for the Small Project Matching Grants which supports projects that reach vulnerable target groups such as seniors, youth and newcomers.
Multi-year Agreements:
• Active Adult Centre of Mississauga: $275,256.81
• Erin Mills Youth Centre: $72,888
• Mississauga Sports Council: $114,595
• Nexus Youth Services: $42,615
• Safe City Mississauga: $132,729.75
• The Riverwood Conservancy: $331,859
• Volunteer MBC: $38,200
• Ecosource: $109,683

One-time Grants:
• Applewood Centre for Adult Learning: $6,695
• Backyard Farm and Market: $10,000
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel: $6,500
• Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled: $10,000
• I Can We Can Incorporated: $3,500
• Indus Community Services: $5,000
• MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families: $4,949
• North Mississauga Soccer Club: $5,000
• Senior Tamils Society of Peel: $6,200
• The DAM: $10,000

Small Project Matching Grant: $32,000
Arts and Culture Grant Program 
Funding for this grant program supports emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.
A total of 35 organizations received funding as an established organization or a new and emerging organization. Funding was also approved to organizations based on specific projects. Six of these organizations are part of a multi-year funding agreement.

Established Organizations:
• Art Gallery of Mississauga*: $325,000
• Chamber Music Society of Mississauga: $80,000
• Frog in Hand: $10,000
• Heritage Mississauga*: $237,000
• Living Arts Centre*: $100,000
• Mississauga Arts Council*: $269,670
• Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $4,400
• Mississauga Children’s Choir: $21,000
• Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $18,500
• Mississauga Choral Society: $57,300
• Mississauga Festival Choir: $38,000
• Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $18,000
• Mississauga Potters Guild: $15,000
• Mississauga Symphony Orchestra*: $150,000
• Sampradaya Dance Creations*: $150,000
• Sawitri Theatre Group: $40,000
• Small Arms Society: $20,000
• Streetsville Historical Society: $4,000
• Theatre Unlimited: $15,500
• Visual Arts Mississauga*: $160,000
• Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $15,000
* Represents multi-year funding

New and Emerging Organizations:
• Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $5,000
• Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $15,000
• My School Rocks: $5,000

Project Grants:
• Chamber Music Society (Carnival of Animals): $5,000
• Frog in Hand (Summer Intensive): $5,000
• Heritage Mississauga (Commemorating the Anniversary of the Mississauga Miracle): $5,000
• Hispanic Canadian Arts & Culture Association (Latin American Arts & Crafts Workshop): $5,000
• Meadowvale Music Theatre (Mary Poppins): $5,000
• Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble (Production of CD): $3,750
• Mississauga Pops Concert Band (Summer Concert Series): $5,000
• Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (First Bi-annual Composition Competition): $5,000
• Mississauga Writer’s Group (Creation and Printing of Anthologies): $2,500
• MonstrARTity Creative Community (Mississauga Cultural Impact): $5,000
• Oakville Festival of Film and Arts (Short Film Exhibition): $3,305
• Small Arms Society (Recreation of Local Dance Café): $5,000
• The Story Garden (Celebrating the heritage & arts of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation): $5,000
• Visual Arts Mississauga (Culture@Riverwood): $5,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant
Grant funding supports various events, that reflect Mississauga’s many cultural traditions and practices, to ensure that Mississauga residents and visitors enjoy clean and safe venues.
A total of 16 established festivals and new and emerging festivals will receive funding, with three receiving multi-year funding.
Established Festivals:
• Bollywood Monster Mashup*: $95,000
• Canada Day Together Festival: $7,500
• Carassauga Festival*: $120,000
• Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $23,000
• Mississauga Italfest: $19,500
• Mississauga Latin Festival: $15,000
• Mississauga Waterfront Festival: $97,500
• Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival: $60,000
• Muslimfest: $60,000
• Paint the Town Red Port Credit: $70,000
• Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,000
• Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival*: $100,000
• Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $10,000
• Streetsville Founder’s Bread and Honey Festival: $52,000
New and Emerging Festivals:
• Dragon Lion Dance Festival: $5,000
• Egyptian Coptic Festival: $7,500
* Represents multi-year funding 
For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit