City of Mississauga Launches 2020 Culture and Community Grant Programs

Starting today, applications are being accepted for the City’s 2020 Culture and Community Grants Program. Mississauga-based arts, culture and community organizations that require financial support for 2020 are encouraged to apply. 

Organizations are encouraged to review the Culture Program Guidelines and Community Grant Program Guidelines before applying. 

All applications must be submitted online at mississauga.ca/grantsportal by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

2020 CULTURE AND COMMUNITY GRANTS

Arts and Culture Grant Program

This program provides funding for Mississauga-based, not-for-profit cultural organizations. The grant helps organizations advance knowledge and develop outstanding programs and services that further participation, understanding and the appreciation of culture and heritage for Mississauga residents. 

Culture Festivals and Celebrations Grant Program

This program assists Mississauga-based organizations by providing funding for costs associated with providing clean and safe venues for the presentation of arts, heritage and cultural festivals and celebrations.

Culture Projects Grant Program

This program supports cultural events, projects or activities taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2020. 

Community Grant Program

This program assists Mississauga-based and active, not-for-profit community groups; it provides one-year operating and project grants. This grant focuses on facilitating the delivery of recreation and sport, parks and forestry and environment programs as well as projects which improve the quality of life for Mississauga residents.

INFORMATION SESSIONS
Information sessions are available for organizations interested in applying for the City’s grant programs. Sessions are mandatory for organizations that have not received funding from the City within the last two years.

Information SessionsDate and TimeLocation
Arts and Culture Grant Information Sessions 
[In person only]    
Wednesday, August 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.         Mississauga Central Library, Noel Ryan Auditorium301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.Mississauga, ON[MAP] For more information and to register, contact 905-615-3200 ext. 5476 or emailgrantsinfo@mississauga.ca. Applications and guidelines are available at
mississauga.ca/grants.All applications must be submitted online. 
Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grant 
[In person only] 
 
Thursday, August 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Mississauga Central Library, Noel Ryan Auditorium301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.Mississauga, ON[MAP] For more information and to register, contact 905-615-3200 ext. 5476 or emailgrantsinfo@mississauga.ca. Applications and guidelines are available at
mississauga.ca/grants. All applications must be submitted online. 
Community Grants Webinar [Online only] Wednesday, September 11 at 2 p.m.  A link will be provided once registration is complete.

For more information and to register, contact 905-615-3200 ext. 5476 or email grantsinfo@mississauga.ca. Guidelines are available atmississauga.ca/communitygroups. All applications must be submitted online.

STEELHEADS RELEASE INDIVIDUAL TICKETS, TICKET OFFERS AND PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

Mississauga Steelheads launch tickets, fan offerings and promotional schedule

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that individual tickets are officially on sale and fans can now book in their seats to see future NHL stars here at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. 

There is more to look forward to this year than any prior season at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Theme nights, specialty jerseys, winning nights, bobblehead giveaways, post-game skates, fan experiences, autograph sessions and unique weekly promotions highlight the hockey club’s 2019-20 promotional schedule.

Steelheads VP, Director of Business Operations, Dach Hiller comments on the club’s approach to enhancing fan experience this season, “We have one of the best facilities in the Ontario Hockey League for watching hockey, but excellent lighting, sound and sightlines are only part of it. We know we’re going to be putting a great product on the ice this season and want to make sure we’re complimenting that with a top-notch fan experience. Whether it be unique ticket offers, giveaways or theme nights, our goal is to make sure our fans leave the rink raving about the time they had.” 

The schedule kicks off with our Home Opener on Friday September 20th when the Steelheads host the divisional rival, Niagara IceDogs. Fans will have much to look forward to prior to the game and a list of those festivities will be released later this month. 

2019-20 Promotional Schedule highlighted by: 
2019-20 Home Opener – Friday, September 20 vs. Niagara IceDogs*
8th Annual Pink at the Rink – Thursday November 21st vs. London Knights
8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss – Sunday December 8th vs. Soo Greyhounds*
Toys for Tots – Sunday December 15thvs. Kingston Frontenacs
Food Drive Game – Sunday December 29th vs. Kingston Frontenacs
Inaugural Superhero Night – Sunday January 26th vs. Kitchener Rangers
Pucks ‘N’ Paws – Sunday February 2ndvs. Sudbury Wolves
Family Day – Monday February 17th vs. Erie Otters*
2nd Annual New School Night – Friday March 13th vs. Niagara IceDogs
Fan Appreciation Night – Sunday March 22nd vs. Ottawa 67’s

Skate with the Steelheads Games: 
Player appearances at post-game skates will take place after the final buzzer on the following dates: 

Sunday October 6th: World Girls Hockey Weekend Game
Sunday, December 8th: 8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss
Monday, February 17th: Family Day Game 

Marquee Matchup Package: 
Secure your seat for 4 premium games this season at a discounted rate with the Steelheads Marquee Matchup Package. This four-game package includes the 2019-20 Home Opener (September 20), our World Girls Hockey Weekend Game (October 6), the 8th Annual Teddy Bear Toss (December 8), and the annual Family Day Game (February 17). 

Fans can secure their seats for all 4 of the games at the following rates: 
Red Level: $60 
Gold Level: $70 
Platinum Level: $80 

Winning Nights: 
A new initiative the club will be launching this season are “Winning Nights”. What does this mean for fans? If the Steelheads win on a “Winning Night” fans will be able to redeem their ticket at the Box Office for a free ticket to the pre-determined redemption game. Winning Nights and the corresponding redemption nights are as follows: 

Home Opener – If the Steelheads win on September 20th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on November 1st.

Pink at the Rink – If the Steelheads win on November 21st, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on December 13th.

Toys for Tots – If the Steelheads win on December 15th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on January 5th.

Superhero Night – If the Steelheads win on January 26th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on January 31st.

New School Night – If the Steelheads win on March 13th, fans will receive a free ticket to the game on March 20th.

Additional Promotions: 
• The Family 4 Pack will also be back once a month during the season with applicable dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
• As always, there will also be an autograph session after the Fan Appreciation Game on Sunday, March 22, 2020
• Bobblehead Giveaway Game – presented by Smart Stop Self Storage to be announced at a later date. 
• Specialty Jersey Nights to be announced at a later date.
With all of these great events, the value has never been better. For more information on our promotional schedule and how you can become a FINatics Member, please contact Brandon Reischl at 905 502 7788 ext 238 or breischl@mississaugasteelheads.com

UP NEXT: The Steelheads will be announcing the home exhibition game locations on Monday, August 12, 2019. Follow us on social media (@ohlsteelheads) for up to the minute news. 

Mississauga to Assume Full Operation of Living Arts Centre

Today, Mississauga City Council passed a motion to end its relationship agreement with The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (LAC) on December 31, 2019 and assume responsibility for all operations and management of the facility.

“In order to grow our music industry, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a ‘Music City,’ we need to unlock the true potential of the Living Arts Centre,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today, Council took the first step by voting in support of a motion that will help realize that vision. In addition to their cultural significance, creative industries are an important driver of economic growth and employment. It’s important the City of Mississauga has the ability to strategically leverage City assets, including the Living Arts Centre, so that we can take our creative industries to the next level and grow it in a way that drives investment, creates jobs and ultimately puts Mississauga on the map as a ‘Music City’. On behalf of Council, I do want to thank the exceptional volunteer board members who have dedicated countless hours to the Living Arts Centre over the past 20 years; and I look forward to working with the current board during this transition.”  

Over the next six months, City staff will work with the current LAC Board to transition operations and management of the facility.  

“Today, the City owns, operates and manages several major entertainment and cultural facilities such as the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Celebration Square and the Meadowvale Theatre. Council has tasked staff with finding opportunities across all these municipal assets to better integrate programming, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a creative music city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “It is business as usual for employees, customers and rental clients at the LAC as we transition into this new management model.” 

Baker added that the City’s Culture Division will play a key role in leading the transition along with other City staff.

Dogs welcome at Rattray Marsh: keep them on-leash

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding area residents and visitors of Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to keep all pets on a leash when visiting the park. While pets are allowed in the conservation area, they must always be kept on a leash six feet or less.

“We’re reminding visitors that our conservation areas are beautiful, natural spaces shared with wildlife. There are areas that you don’t want your dog to get into,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager for CVC. “We ask that visitors always keep their pet’s on-leash for their own safety and for the safety of wildlife. It’s also important to give personal space for other park visitors who may be afraid of wandering dogs.”

Dogs on-leash is a long-standing rule at all CVC properties. It’s important that visitors follow park rules to protect their pets. Dogs off-leash are exposed to several hazards because of the unpredictable nature of shared natural public spaces. When a dog roams off-leash it can be exposed to:

  • Poisonous plants (such as poison ivy)
  • Wildlife (coyotes, skunks and porcupines)
  • Ticks (Lyme Disease)
  • Other dogs that aren’t dog-friendly

Rattray Marsh is home to a variety of wildlife, including species-at-risk. These species can be in danger when dogs are loose. This time of year, young animals are also growing and a very vulnerable stage of life. Please keep dogs away for their safety.

CVC asks everyone to be a good neighbour and follow park rules. Not all park visitors can or wish to be exposed to dogs due to allergies, fears or beliefs. Visitors who disregard the on-leash policy may be putting themselves and their dog at risk of liability. CVC is working with City of Mississauga By-law officers at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to enforce by-laws at the park.

The City of Mississauga has eight leash-free zones around the city for residents who want to give their dogs an off-leash experience.

For more information about Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, please contact 1-800-367-0890 or recreation@cvc.ca.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

HARLEY SELECTED 18TH OVERALL BY THE DALLAS STARS

Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley taken with the 18th overall pick by the Dallas Stars in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

As the first round of the NHL Draft took place in Vancouver, anticipation was high among many prospects in the crowd. With the 18th overall pick, it was the Dallas Stars turn at the podium.

“With the 18th pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Dallas Stars select from the Mississauga Steelheads, Thomas Harley.”

Harley, a native of Syracuse, New York impressed NHL personnel and drew praise from multiple scouting sources with his development throughout this past season. NHL Central Scouting had Harley 9th amongst North American Skaters in their Midterm rankings and 11th in their final prospect rankings. TSN’s Bob McKenzie had Harley 17th on his list prior to the draft; the highest amongst any OHL player. Fellow TSN analyst Craig Button ranked the left-shot defenceman 11th and Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet had him being selected at 22nd overall.

Harley had a tremendous year on the ice leading to a rise in his draft stock. In October, the 17-year old was one of only ten defencemen selected to represent team OHL in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series. At the conclusion of the 2018-19 regular season, he was awarded MVP of the Steelheads for his lead role on the blue line. After his first season earning 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists) in 62 games, the sophomore’s offensive output drastically improved finishing third on the team with 58 points (11 goals, 47 assists) in 68 games. Harley also finished 8th among all defenceman in the OHL for overall points and 4th among defencemen in total assists. Most recently, Harley was also named a Third-Team All-Star by the Ontario Hockey League.

In April, Harley was also selected to represent Canada at the U-18 World Championships. The Steelheads defenceman wasn’t new to wearing a Team Canada jersey, having suited up with Team Canada Black at the 2017 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. Harley’s free-wheeling and smooth skating style translated well onto the large ice surface in Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden. He registered 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) over 7 games finishing tied for 7th in scoring amongst Team Canada skaters for the tournament.

To compliment his on ice accomplishments, Harley was the recipient of the Bobby Smith Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year. He earned the honour for his academic achievements in the classroom combined with his on-ice excellence for the Mississauga Steelheads.

Harley in his interview mentioned the influence both his parents have had in getting him to this point. First he was asked about his father. “He’s been huge for me. He was my coach growing up and my role model. He’s taught me almost everything I know about the game and he’s one of my best friends so its great.” Harley was then asked about his mother. “She’s the anchor in our house…she’s been there for me my entire life and been one of my biggest supporters if not the biggest…”

Along with Thomas Harley getting drafted at pick number 18 by the Dallas Stars, two other Steelheads draft picks were selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Jack Hughes was taken first overall by the New Jersey Devils and Trevor Zegras was selected ninth overall by the Anaheim Ducks.

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