Mississauga to Bid on 2020 Ontario Summer Games

On the heels of hosting a successful 2016 Ontario Summer Games, Council has approved the City of Mississauga’s bid to host the 2020 Ontario Summer Games.

“Mississauga continues to cement its reputation as a leading destination to plan, organize and host national and international competitions of athleticism. – Mayor Bonnie Crombie

“Mississauga continues to cement its reputation as a leading destination to plan, organize and host national and international competitions of athleticism. We still feel the pride and legacy of the 2016 Ontario Summer Games. Council and staff are energized about the opportunity to once again showcase our civic pride and celebrate our community spirit as hosts of the 2020 Ontario Summer Games,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “The Games are an opportunity to encourage volunteerism, contribute to local tourism and economic activity and help communities build their experience and resources to host large-scale events. Investing in local athletes is at the heart of city-building. This is especially true in a diverse community like Mississauga. Sport transcends language and culture. It is truly a unifying force for good,” Mayor Crombie added.

Mississauga was selected to host the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, which attracted more than 4,000 young athletes and officials competing in 32 sport events over four days. This was the largest sporting event ever hosted in Mississauga, achieving an estimated economic impact of $6 million according to an assessment conducted by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

“As a destination for sport tourism, we are excited to place a bid on the 2020 Ontario Summer Games,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “To host the Games again would give us another opportunity to showcase our outstanding sport facilities and welcome thousands of athletes and visitors to Mississauga.”

The Ontario Summer Games is the largest multi-sport event in the province, with 3,200 young athletes expected to compete in 23 sport events in 2020. The preliminary operating budget is projected to be $1.652 million. The City’s contribution of $250,000 will offset staffing and administration requirements for the Games.

Hosting the 2020 Games would advance the City’s Sport Plan and Sport Tourism strategy. The strategy provides a focused approach and vision for the future of competitive sport events in Mississauga.

In addition to bidding for the 2020 Summer Games, Mississauga will also host the 55+ Ontario Summer Games in 2018.

The Ontario Summer Games are supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games, the Ontario ParaSport Games, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and the 2017 Invictus Games.

The City will submit the bid to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) by June 15, 2017 and will be notified of the outcome of the bid in the fall.

Mississauga Selects Studio of Received Ideas to Create Canada 150 Legacy Public Art

The City of Mississauga has commissioned Hadley Howes & Maxwell Stephens (Studio of Received Ideas) to create a public art installation onMississauga Celebration Square in recognition of Canada 150.

Conference at the Council House will draw attention to the rich Indigenous history of the area and region that is now known as Mississauga. The artwork will feature an artistic replica of the tower that tops the historic Council House, built 132 years ago, on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Reserve in Hagersville. Thirty birds cast in bronze and painted in vivid colours will be placed on and around the tower to signify the diverse community that inhabits the area today.

Conference at the Council House highlights this significant part of our history in both a meaningful and impactful way,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Canada 150 and the support of the Federal government provided an exceptional opportunity to learn more about our past and to foster deeper relationships with our community.”

Mayor Crombie added, “Public art brings people together and enriches neighbourhoods, residents and visitors. This new artwork will be another important way Mississauga pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.”

An open Call to Artists was issued in late summer 2016. The selection process involved an independent Art Selection Committee and feedback from more than 600 residents who participated in an online survey.

Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens are co-creative directors at the Studio of Received Ideas (SRI) based in Mississauga and Toronto. Their work has been exhibited around the world including Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam and Vancouver.

“Mississauga Celebration Square is an ideal site for this legacy piece,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “As a thriving location, it provides easy access and high visibility to this notable addition to the Square.”

The artwork is supported through a contribution of $199,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The funding supports the City’s Canada 150th anniversary program with the theme of “Brilliance Together”. It will be used to support community programs encouraging residents to share their story about being Canadian and understand the importance of Reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Notably, the artist announcement comes at the beginning of National Aboriginal History Month.

“Canada 150 celebrates our diversity, encourages inclusion and continues our reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The City of Mississauga’s Brilliance Together project will showcase the region’s cultural diversity through a piece of art and community involvement. I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to strengthen the ties that unite us and to reflect on what it means to be Canadian.”

Residents can be part of the design process and are encouraged to submit drawings of their favourite birds. These submissions will be used to create the artwork and will be accepted until Friday, June 30, 2017. More information is available on the Culture page of the City’s website.

An official unveiling will take place in November 2017.

MISSISSAUGA POLISH DAY 2017

SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH FROM NOON TO 11PM AT CELEBRATION SQUARE

Mississauga Polish Day is Saturday, June 10th at Celebration Square

Visit Mississauga’s annual Polish cultural festival at Celebration Square! Expect live music, hearty traditional food, a beer garden, soccer tournament, exhibits, kids’ activities and more.

This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation as well as 150 years of Polish-Canadian  towards Canada’s rich cultural mosaic.

Entrance and parking are free. The event is accessible by public transit; it’s right near the Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1731460680515737/

Website: http://mississaugapolishday.ca/

An Evening Under the Stars with The Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Garden Soirée takes place June 9

Enjoy an evening under the stars in support of The Riverwood Conservancy at The Riverwood Garden Soirée.

An enchanting evening fundraiser under the stars, surrounded by the beauty of Riverwood. Guests will enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, valet parking as well as live and silent auctions.

When:
Friday, June 9, 2017
6:30 to 11 p.m.

Where:
MacEwan Terrace Garden
Riverwood Park Lane
Mississauga, ON
Map

Tickets:
$170 per person or $1,220 for a table of eight
Purchase your ticket today

Event Highlights

  • MPP Harinder Takhar will recognize The Riverwood Conservancy as the recipient of a 2017 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant
  • The evening’s menu includes a local asparagus and strawberry risotto courtesy of Capra’s Kitchen by celebrity Chef Massimo Capra
  • The live auction features unique items including a trip to India, a fly fishing adventure and a wheelbarrow full of hand-selected wines
  • Entertainment will be provided by the talented local 10 piece band TaterVox

The Riverwood Garden Soirée is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with friends, enjoy the beauty of Riverwood and network, all for an excellent cause. Proceeds from the event will support TRC community programs in environmental education, conservation stewardship, gardening, therapeutic horticulture and volunteerism.

Sponsors for the Riverwood Garden Soiree include Capra’s Kitchen, Cooksville and Streetsville Hyundai (Proud members of The Humberview Group), Classical 96.3 FM, Scotia Wealth Management, Metal Works Production Group, Innovo Tax Advisors & CPAs, Rutherford Construction, Treeline Catering and EOE Group. For a full list of sponsors, visit our website.

About TRC

TRC is a volunteer-based not-for-profit that provides programming in stewardship, gardening, environmental education and volunteerism to the Mississauga community. TRC is located in Riverwood, a natural green space in the heart of the city [map] and is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with free parking and admission.  For more information about environmental education programs, events and how to make a donation, visit: TheRiverwoodConservancy.org.

Arts on the Credit: Jewels

Arts on the Credit is launching an exciting event at the Waterside Inn, Port Credit, this June 18th, 11 – 5.

Arts on the Credit: Jewels will be the first show ever to focus almost entirely on original jewellery produced by jewellery artists in the area. The jewellers will present many different styles, using different metals, extraordinary beads and crystals and vintage components, in some cases.

Craig Ewing is a master at creating beautiful beaded pieces to wear. “Most pieces are built one tiny bead at a time,” says Ewing. Tammy Warren works in silver and says, “I want my jewellery to move with its wearer. It should always complement their style.

Along with stunning jewellery, there will be one of a kind fashion accessories, such as beautiful ostrich & fish skin leather handbags by Christine Vonbun. “I began an affair with handbags very early on and have always believed in an ethos of quality, beauty, balance, elegance and sustainability,” quotes Vonbun.

David Dunkley, official milliner to the Queen’s Plate, who studies regularly in Britain, is joining Jewels with his fabulous millinery creations. Dunkley will also be showing some of his bridal collection.

Joanne Jones will present handbags and other accessories, all from reclaimed personal items. All “mined reCREATIONS” are handcrafted and benefit young people in economically challenged countries, breathing in new life to create something wonderful. “Each bag holds a story and when you purchase one of my bags, it’s up to you to give that story many more chapters,” says Jones.

In total, Jewels on the Credit will present nineteen different art-based jewellers and makers of fabulous fashion accessories. These are pieces to embellish your wardrobe and last a lifetime.

Jewels on the Credit will take place one day only, June 18th, 11 – 5 at the Waterside Inn. Our launch this year will be FREE and we will be offering a fabulous draw prize donated by the Waterside Inn – a BFF weekend for two which will include a night’s stay in one of their 2-bedroom residential suites with breakfast or brunch the next morning.