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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 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.


Pack up the family and your appetite and savour the season’s culinary delights

Streetsville Bread & Honey Fest

ONTARIO (April 6, 2017) Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to announce this year’s mouth-watering top 100 festivals that will delight your taste buds!  Tickle your taste buds at any one of the delicious award-wining festivals and events this year!

This Year’s Food Festival Highlights include:

Eat & Drink Norfolk    April 6 – 8 (Simcoe)  Come Savour the Flavours of Norfolk County.  Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.  Sample from up to 50 separate food and beverage displays!  Come for the FUN, Come for the FOOD!  Mix and mingle with Friends!

Streetsville Founders Day Bread & Honey Festival    June 2 – 4  (Mississauga)  This is a fun-filled family festival featuring a huge parade at 10am on Saturday live entertainment on 2 stages, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s inflatables, crafts, souvenirs and much more. Continue reading TOP 12 FOOD and FOOD THEMED SUMMER FESTIVALS in ONTARIO!

City of Mississauga Wins FEO’s “Municipality of the Year” Award

The City has been recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) as the 2017 Municipality of the Year. This award acknowledges the best in municipal leadership, festivals and event partnerships in Ontario.

“The City of Mississauga is committed to offering our residents the highest quality of events, programs and experiences possible,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are honoured to receive this award which further emphasizes our dedication to becoming a dynamic, global city focused on creativity and innovation.”

The City’s Culture and Recreation Divisions submitted an application to FEO for the Municipality of the Year Award in November 2016. The award was accepted by City staff during an awards gala in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, March 3, 2017.

“We believe festivals and events allow us to celebrate our traditions, share our unique culture and enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “In 2016, Mississauga’s outdoor venues operated at maximum capacity while we hosted many hugely successful events including the 2016 Ontario Summer Games. So, to be recognized as Municipality of the Year by Festivals and Events Ontario is an award we are most proud of.”

FEO offers this award in three population categories: less than 50,000; 50,000 to 150,000; and more than 150,000. The City won in the 150,000+ category.

Front row: (L to R) Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services; Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division; Ward 9 Councillor, Pat Saito; Ward 10 Councillor, Sue McFadden; Sonja Banic, Manager, Culture Operations; and Karen Ferreira, Manager (A), Mississauga Celebration Square. Back row: (L to R) Ward 3 Councillor, Chris Fonseca; Ward 5 Councillor, Carolyn Parrish; Ward 2 Councillor, Karen Ras; Ward 11 Councillor, George Carlson; Ward 8 Councillor, Matt Mahoney; Ward 4 Councillor, John Kovac; Ward 6 Councillor, Ron Starr; Ward 1 Councillor, Jim Tovey; and Ward 7 Councillor, Nando Iannicca.

“With the opening of Mississauga Celebration Square in 2011Streetsville Village Square in 2015, our Festival and Celebrations grant program and an ongoing commitment to Sport and Tourism, the City is working to maintain an environment in which festivals and events can thrive,” added Mitcham. “This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the event organizers who produce amazing events throughout the city. There are several that were also honored with FEO awards and many more that continue to add to the vibrancy and popularity of the high quality festivals and events held in Mississauga.”



Organizers of Mississauga ITALFEST™ – Ferragosto in the City – are excited to announce details of the 4th annual festival including a headline performance by renowned Italian pop group I Cugini di Campagna.  Presented by Solmar Development Corp, the festival will take over Mississauga’s Celebration Square on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 12:00pm to 11:00pm offering attendees a taste of Italian arts, culture and heritage.

“We are thrilled to bring I Cugini di Campagna – one of Italy’s most glamorous bands from the 70s – to Mississauga ITALFEST™,” said the Co-Chairs of the event, Tina Cole and Patti Jannetta. “Every year, we strive to provide our audience – young and old – with an exceptional entertainment lineup. Thanks to our headline entertainment sponsor CHIN Radio, we are able to do that and have the privilege this year to present a band direct from Italy in their first Canadian performance in several years.”

Along with I Cugini di Campagna, this year’s line-up includes a variety of family-oriented entertainment including: international stand-up comedians Frank Spadone and Pino Pirillo as well as local favourite Riccardo Backyardo; vocalists Antonella Vizzini and Enzo Gusman; violinist Daniele Monticelli; dance band Frankie Cole and The Four Wanderers; Las Vegas style performer Al Ross; singer songwriter Mary Panacci; organetto player Enzo DiPalma; father daughter duo Alessandro and Roberta Battaglia; the Children’s Folk Choir; classical crossover soprano Alessandra Paonessa; and IT Dance Factory, spanning all areas of music, comedy, and dance. Tickets to access a limited quantity of reserved seating in front of the stage and in the VIP lounge will be made available for purchase in the coming weeks through the festival website at Continue reading ITALIAN SENSATIONS I CUGINI DI CAMPAGNA TO HEADLINE MISSISSAUGA ITALFEST™ 2016