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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.

City Council Commits to Stronger Support for Arts and Culture Through New Steering Committee

During its meeting this week, Mississauga City Council committed to a deeper investment and focus on the city’s arts and culture community through the creation of a new steering committee.

The steering committee will work in conjunction with Culture Division staff and members of the arts and culture community; focusing on the new Culture Master Plan which is scheduled for completion mid-next year. Terms of Reference for the steering committee are expected to come before Council in the coming weeks.

“The Arts, Culture and Heritage Steering Committee will help us champion the arts community and identify additional culture opportunities in Mississauga,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “We are focussed on enhancing culture in the city and look forward to the valuable input of this new group as we build our new Culture Master Plan.” Continue reading City Council Commits to Stronger Support for Arts and Culture Through New Steering Committee

DJ Jazzy Jeff Headlines SoundBites on Mississauga Celebration Square

It’s not every weekend DJ Jazzy Jeff performs on Mississauga Celebration Square but lucky for Square visitors, it’s happening next Saturday, making the Square a summer bucket list destination that can’t be missed this Labour Day long weekend.

The third annual SoundBites festival and AwesTRUCK Food Truck Awards starts at 5 p.m. with live preshow entertainment. The food truck awards will be presented throughout the night by event hosts James Cunningham, of Food Network Canada’s Eat St. and Ross Hull, Weekend Meteorologist, Global News Toronto.

More than 30,000 visitors are expected to follow their noses to the tasty food truck eats on the Square. The best food truck creations from all over the country are voted on by the public and awarded throughout the night as part of the AwesTRUCK Food Truck Awards.

In addition to the awards and more than 25 gourmet food trucks, there is also a spectacular free concert featuring the one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff starting at 10 p.m.

Not ready for the evening to end? No problem. Weather permitting; the event will close with a spectacular fireworks finale starting at 11 p.m.

Thrilling cultural fusion acts make exclusive premiere at Bollywood Monster Finale Aishwarya Nigam performs Bollywood hits on a Canadian stage for the first time

Bollywood Monster Mashup (BMM), the largest South Asian festival in Canada, is known for bringing never before seen cultural fusion acts to the GTA. The festival takes over not one, but two stages at Mississauga Celebration Square on Saturday July 23rd for free, family-friendly fun. Bollywood Monster Mashup is proud to announce Culture Shock Toronto and Bollywood Monster Orchestra: Symphony Nights, which will perform exclusive acts created specifically for the festival.

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WINDMILL THEATRE PRESENTS, “MUSIC OF THE 70’s – A CREATIVE DECADE”

MISSISSAUGA, ON – It’s time to let your hair down and make some noise! Windmill Theatre Productions Inc. is pleased to announce tickets are now on sale for “Music of the 70’s – A Creative Decade“. Back by popular demand, the musical presentation will take place on May 6 and 7, 2016 at The Great Hall located at 84 South Service Rd (QEW and Hwy 10) Mississauga.The Windmill singers are set to perform a vibrant tribute to this unforgettable era.
“We rocked the roof off last May with the 60’s Music,” explains Artistic Director Brian Pritchard. “We fully expect the same to happen when we present The Music of the 70’s. When you consider the ton of material available who could resist grooving the night away. We’re going back to an era when the creative juices were really flowing with a constant source of great music. The key words are fun and singing along and the joy of remembering those days when it all happened. So, let’s have a ball. It’s the 70’s time to come alive!”

Music of the 70’s features a powerhouse cast of vocalists including Kevin Baker, Heidi Cyfko, Raylin Marcotte, Blair Barnsdale, Heather Brissenden, Sarah DaCunha, Lindsay Rolland-Mills, Chris Burke, Jason Hales, John Stephen and Erin Boyle under the musical direction of Joshua Tamayo. The show will also feature Dave Barnes on guitar, Alex Furlott on bass and Fraser McEvoy on drums.
Don’t miss this unforgettable salute to 70’s music! Tickets are $30 and may be purchased on the Windmill website, by emailing windmilltheatre@mail.comor by calling 905-483-5702.
ABOUT WINDMILL THEATRE: Based in Port Credit, Mississauga, Windmill Theatre is a flourishing theatrical organization known for its innovative cabaret performances. The Windmill Theatre stage has served as a launch for numerous prominent Canadian artists including Darryn De Souza (Musical Arranger for The Tenors), Evan Alexander Smith (Broadway and Shaw Festival), Brianna Palmer (Wizard of Oz National Tour). Please visit www.windmilltheatre.com for more details.
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