Category Archives: Culture

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.

Calling All Poets – The City is Looking to Fill its Top Poetry Post

If poetry is your passion, serving as the City of Mississauga’s next Poet Laureate may be the job for you.

The honorary position recognizes a poet who writes poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are relevant to Mississauga residents. The position will begin in April 2017 and run through March 2019.

The successful candidate will focus on three key objectives:
• serve as a literary ambassador for the City of Mississauga to audiences both within and outside of the city;
• raise the profile of writers in Mississauga; and
• create an artistic legacy through public readings and civic interactions.

The position is currently held by the City’s first Poet Laureate, Anna Yin. Anna was introduced during a General Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Anna will continue in the role until March 2017.

“Anna has done an amazing job representing Mississauga as our first Poet Laureate,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga. “It has been an honour working with her and it is with great gratitude that we thank her for helping to elevate the status of arts and culture in the city.”

As part of the Poet Laureate program, the candidate will also provide mentorship to the City’s Youth Poet Laureate. The youth position is currently held by the City’s first Youth Poet Laureate, Rebecca Zseder.

Nominations
Nominations will be accepted from Wednesday, February 1 to Friday, March 17, 2017 by 4:30 p.m.

In order to be considered, candidates must:
• be a published poet or spoken word artist;
• be a current Mississauga resident;
• have an established body of work or have been recognized for notable contributions to the literary arts;
• some of their work should be relevant to Mississauga and/or subjects that reflect the life of the city; and
• have the ability to represent the values of the City in a professional manner.

A complete overview of the submission requirements can be found on the City’s Culture website.

The Poet Laureate will receive $5,000 per annum. Additional project funds may be available to support Laureate activities dependent upon available financial resources.

The Poet Laureate will make their first public appearance at the City’s 2017 Canada Day official ceremony on Mississauga Celebration Square.

Approved: 2017 Culture and Community Grants Program Funding

Mississauga City Council today approved funding for its arts, culture and community grant programs. Funding was approved in the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture Grant Program;
  • Cultural Projects Grant Program;
  • Cultural Festivals & Celebrations Grant Program; and
  • Community Grant Program and Multi-Year Agreements.

“Many of the organizations that sought and received grant funding this year are the heart and soul of our community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The City of Mississauga is proud to support the economic, social and city-building impacts these groups and businesses have on our city by investing in such a robust grants program.”

The 2017 Culture and Community Grants Program opened on August 18, 2016 and closed on October 14, 2016.

In anticipation of the Canada 150th anniversary events expected to take place throughout Mississauga this year, the City offered a project grant for 2017 that focused specifically on this celebration.

Details of all grant programs and recipients can be found below. Continue reading Approved: 2017 Culture and Community Grants Program Funding

What Can Culture Be? The City is Looking to Residents for the Answer

Starting this month, the City’s Culture Division, guided by the Arts, Culture and Heritage Steering Committee, will begin meeting with residents and art groups to create a new Culture Master Plan.

“The Culture Master Plan will establish strategic direction and identify specific actions that will grow and evolve Mississauga’s arts and culture scene to reflect the emerging global City that we’re becoming” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga.

The first Culture Master Plan was approved by Council in 2009 and provided recommendations to create a division focused on art, culture and heritage. The new plan will provide the City with a 10-year plan that will grow and strengthen arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga.

“Listening to residents and understanding more about what they think culture in Mississauga can be is vital to the success of this project,” added Damaso. “This project gives the community the chance to be heard so we are encouraging residents to be bold and let their voices be heard.”

The Culture Division will host focus group meetings with key stakeholders in January and two in-person public meetings and one digital meeting in February. Continue reading What Can Culture Be? The City is Looking to Residents for the Answer