2016 MARTY AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is excited to announce it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 MARTY Awards! The MARTYS are presented to artists across all disciplines, and MAC has made some big changes this year to reflect the diversity of arts practiced in the city.
 
2016 MARTY AWARD CATEGORIES INCLUDE:
  • LiteraryArts (Emerging and Established)
  • Media Arts (Emerging and Established)
  • Music (Emerging and Established)
  • Dance (Emerging and Established)
  • Theatre (Emerging and Established)
  • Visual Arts (Emerging and Established)
  • Creative Community Award
  • Fashion and Beauty (New Category!)
  • Culinary Arts(New Category!)

“These new categories have been added to expand and showcase the local artistic talent in our everyday life that add meaning and beauty to our world,” Anu Vittal, Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council, explained. “We believe art touches us every day whether it’s music in the car, a beautifully decorated cupcake or your favorite movie. A perspective shift is all it takes to realize the value of art in our daily lives at the same time realizing  that these are important contributions to our economy and the social currency of our community. “
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City Programs and Activities Offer Something for All Ages and Abilities

Have a family? Are you a new resident, student or older adult? The City of Mississauga has a variety of exciting spring and summer programs and activities for you to explore. If you’re looking to register for a program, buy a membership, develop a skill or are interested in trying something new, there is something for everyone no matter your age, interest or ability.

Recreation

On February 10, residents can visit activemississauga.ca to browse a wide variety of spring and summer programs like swimming, group exercise classes, health and wellness, sports activities, leagues and creative classes. Starting February 20, residents can register for programs online. Activemississauga.ca is easy to use, mobile-friendly and provides simple search, bookmark and registration features. In addition to the website, residents will continue to have access to in-person customer service support from knowledgeable staff at all local community centres and the Recreation customer service centre.

Library

Many of the City’s 18 libraries are located with or near community centres. They are an excellent place to find a cozy spot to read the newest novel from your favourite author, catch up on some work or spend time between programs. Library patrons can participate in a variety of programs like story times, Maker Mississauga, 3-D printing, reading clubs, crafts, shows, films and much more. City libraries also provide new and innovative ways to connect with digital resources and online services available in Mississauga. To see what’s happening at your local library, visit: mississauga.ca/library.

Culture

In addition to the visual art classes currently offered, the City recently introduced a new series of digital art classes. Explore the world through the lens of a digital camera and make a virtual mess with digital paint. Find a class that’s right for you based on your age and skill level. Classes are affordable and use free open source software for app & web design, graphic design, animation and more. For more information, visit: mississauga.ca/culture.

For more information about City programs, activities and services, visit mississauga.ca.

Double Your Shakespeare at Theatre Erindale!

Theatre Erindale is about to try something totally unique. “The Blackfriars Project” (named after one of Shakespeare’s theatres) gives you a chance to double your pleasure with not one but two related Shakespeare productions: The Comedy of Errors and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.  Choose the farce or choose the adventure, but catch them fast, because they play for only five performances each! And on one very special occasion, audiences have the chance to catch them BOTH in one day! The double production starts with Comedy February 11-13, continues with Pericles February 25-27, and ends with performances of BOTH shows February 28th at the Erindale Studio Theatre.

The project features two extraordinary tales set (freely!) in ancient Persia. Two families torn apart by the wrath of Neptune and reunited – after a lifetime of trials – by the intervention of a goddess. One comes from the beginning of the bard’s career, the other from near the end.

David Matheson’s production of The Comedy of Errors is set in the early Christian era. The lunacy mounts as a straight-laced master and his servant arrive in a town famous for its piracy and black magic, only to be completely baffled by the demands and accusations of the locals – who put them in danger for their very lives! Not until the last minute do they discover what the audience has known from the start: that each of them has a resident identical twin who is prone to getting into a lot of trouble! The play is often thought to be Shakespeare’s first; it is certainly his funniest!

Patrick Young’s production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is set several hundred years earlier in the same area of the world. In the age when Phoenicians ruled the Mediterranean waves, a young Prince sets out to find a wife. But his hard-won beloved dies in childbirth during a violent storm. The babe must be left to be reared in the next port, but is kidnapped by pirates. Can father and daughter survive the extremities life continues to throw at them to find each other again? Wildly popular in its day, this “limpidly beautiful” storybook adventure tale of trial and redemption, death and rebirth, initiates the final phase of Shakespeare’s career: the Romances.

The Comedy of Errors and Pericles Prince of Tyre together star the third year class of the Sheridan-UTM Theatre & Drama Studies Program. Both shows are complemented by Lumir Hladik’s beautiful projections. They each run for FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY between February 11 and 28 at the Erindale Studio Theatre on the UTM campus. Single tickets are $12 or $18. Mississauga Transit Routes 44 and 110 will take you to the campus, and Parking in the CCT Garage is $6.00. For further information, call the Box Office at 905-569-4369 or visit Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window www.theatreerindale.com

R.I.D.E. Spot Checks Scheduled for Super Bowl Weekend

The Super Bowl will be taking place on Sunday, February 7, 2016, and Peel Regional Police will be deploying a complement of officers to be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

Super Bowl weekend is often associated with an increase in alcohol-related activities and get-togethers.  Peel Regional Police will be conducting R.I.D.E. spot checks in Brampton and Mississauga during the evenings of Saturday, February 6, 2016, and Sunday February 7, 2016.  These officers are in addition to other patrol officers who will also be out looking for drinking and driving-related offences.

Inspector Paul Pogue of Road Safety Services states “We want fans and citizens to enjoy the game, but plan ahead.” Drivers are reminded that the penalties for drinking and driving are severe.  They include licence suspensions and criminal charges, plus the potential for serious injuries or death.

For more information regarding impaired countermeasures and fines please click here.

Peel Regional Police are counting on you to do the right thing.  If you’ve had too much to drink, use a designated driver, call a cab, call a sober friend, or use public transit.  If you see a driver you think might be impaired, call 9-1-1 and help us take that driver off the road.

If you believe an intoxicated individual is about to drive, and cannot be dissuaded from doing so, Peel Regional Police urge you to immediately call 9-1-1.

Road safety is a shared responsibility and, by working together, we can continue to make our roadways safer for everyone.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.

City of Mississauga to Co-Host First Open Data Idea Jam

Code and the City

The City of Mississauga will co-host “Code and The City”, an idea jam, in partnership with Sheridan College and I-CUBE (University of Toronto Mississauga) to mark International Open Data Day on March 5, 2016.

As an early adopter of open data in 2010, the City of Mississauga was one of the first 12 public sector agencies in Canada to publish open data, on the City’s website. The website describes the purpose of open data and provides accessible data sets.

“We are inviting the best and the brightest – students and seasoned professionals – to participate in our inaugural Code and the City Mississauga event,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “Participants will mine through mountains of open data and it is our aim that this greater access to information will empower participants to use City data sets for software and website development. Participants will help ignite new applications that have the potential to deliver smarter, effective and more efficient community services,” Mayor Crombie added. “With open data, our next big idea is in the hands of Mississaugans.”

“The City of Mississauga is a digital innovator. Code and the City is one of many initiatives to advance our community through digital,” said Shawn Slack Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. This event will create a greater awareness of Mississauga’s open data sets and educate the community on how the City’s information and services can be accessed through the use of technology.”

At Code and the City, 75 developers, designers, mappers and information analysts will gather to share, discuss, network and collaborate on ideas through the use of open data. Participants will have the opportunity to attend open workshops led by industry professionals and instructors.

All teams will present their submissions to fellow participants and judges. The event aims to create actionable solutions for improving how Mississauga can gain greater awareness and engagement with the community in a digital environment.

The winning solutions can earn up to $6,000 in cash and prizes.

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