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Mississauga Arts Awards Celebrate 25 Years of Excellence

“Nominations are now open for the Mississauga Arts Awards, the most comprehensive arts awards in Canada. This year the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is putting together our best show ever to celebrate 25 years of recognizing excellence in the arts in Mississauga. Nominations begin the process to ultimately receiving the coveted MARTY Award,” says MAC President, Jeannette Chau.   

In the last 25 years, Mississauga Arts Award (MARTY) winners include national and international stars including Ill Scarlett, Billy Talent, Eric Walters, Robert Sawyer, Lata Pada, Lila Lewis Irving and Chuck Jackson. Many past winners are expected to be on hand for this year’s celebrations on Thursday, May 23 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Anyone can nominate a Mississauga artist, performance or exhibition that moved them in any of the nine arts categories. There are also four prestigious community arts categories presented by dignitaries including Mayor Crombie for Lifetime Achievement and former mayor Hazel McCallion for Volunteer of the Year. 

“It’s easy to nominate an artist, just visit the MARTYS nomination page online, check out the sample submission form and requirements for the category you want to nominate. Once you’re ready with the required submission materials, you can fill out the online form in a few minutes,” says Amrita Chopra, who will be managing nominations at MAC. 

Ensure that Mississauga’s finest are recognized by nominating a deserving artist for the MARTY Awards. Guidelines, criteria and nomination forms can be found online at www.mississaugaartscouncil.com/the-martys/nominate/

Mississauga artists, art lovers and supporters; it’s your turn to make a difference and put a nomination together for your favourite artist or creative experience of the year. The arts nominations are reviewed and judged by a jury of professionals, experienced in that category. 

The winners of the Patron of the Arts, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement categories are decided by the diverse 17-member MAC Board of Directors. The Festival of the Year category is juried by the Mississauga News.

This is a night from which lifelong memories are made. Nominations for all MARTY Awards and Certificates of Excellence are now open and you can nominate outstanding creative performers in the following categories:

Emerging and Established Categories:
Fashion – Emerging and Established
Music: Group – Emerging and Established
Music: Solo Instrumental – Emerging and Established
Music: Solo Vocalist – Emerging and Established
Visual Arts – Emerging and Established
Digital Arts – Emerging and Established
Literary Arts – Emerging and Established
Theatre Arts – Emerging and Established
Dance – Emerging and Established

Creative Community Awards:
Lifetime Achievement
Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year
Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts
Festival of the Year

Which talented and creative spirits will be on stage to receive a coveted MARTY Award this May? Both emerging and established artists contribute creativity, ideas and innovation to Mississauga. The Mississauga Arts Council urges the city’s creative community to thoughtfully consider who deserves to be nominated and recognized for their achievements. Nomination submissions close on April 1, 2019.

“We’re at the front end of a people movement to make this a more arts-friendly and creative city,” adds Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC.

 “Arts make a big difference in people’s lives and it’s vitally important to tell our artists that we see you, and appreciate what you do.” 

The Mississauga Arts Council is the registered charity advocating for and representing the best interests of Mississauga’s arts communities and with nearly 70 diverse groups and 350 individual artists as members. For 38 years, MAC has been the lead voice for nearly 3,000 creative souls in Mississauga. 

For more information, visit www.mississaugaartscouncil.com/the-martys.

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.

MAC Hands out MARTY Awards

The Mississauga Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 MARTY Awards. The awards were presented on Thursday May 19, at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

“Each year when we celebrate the MARTY Awards we recognize winning performances from all the major arts disciplines in Mississauga. This year we had 84 nominees in 19 categories, the ballrooms at Mississauga Convention Centre were sold out with their supporters and their lasting contributions will add to the cultural identity of our city,” said Mike Douglas, Interim Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council. “Congratulations to you and thank you for lifting our spirits with your winning efforts.”

This year’s award winners are:

Emerging Literary Arts – Peter Whelan
Established Literary Arts – Jasmine Sawant
Emerging Media Arts – Mathew Murray
Established Media Arts – Maggie Habieda
Emerging Music Arts – Anna Wojick
Established Music Arts – David O’Hearn
Emerging Theatre Arts – Sid Sawant
Established Theatre Arts – Sawitri Theatre
Emerging Visual Arts – Fatima Fasih
Established Visual Arts – Noelle Hamlyn
Emerging Dance Arts – Joann Wanda Rossitter
Established Dance Arts – Ashmina Suri
Culinary Arts – Massimo Capra
Fashion and Beauty – Tabi-G
Creative Community Award – Randy Persaud
Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year – Fatima Fasih
Laurie Pallet Patron of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement in the Arts – Ron Lenyk
People’s Choice Award – Harbir Singh

MAC Artepreneur Program

The Mississauga Arts Council is thrilled to announce the MAC Artrepreneur program. The program was formally announced at the organization’s Cranberry Cocktail on Dec. 4.

The goal of the MAC Artepreneur program is to educate artists on the tools and tactics they will need to turn their art into a successful business enterprise and life long career. This program will be integral to MAC’s 35th anniversary.

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Liberty Silver will perform at MAC’s Cranberry Cocktail

The Mississauga Arts Council is proud to announce that Juno Award Winner Liberty Silver will perform at MAC’s Cranberry Cocktail on December 4 in the Great Hall, 300 City Centre Drive.

Liberty Silver has won two Juno Awards, one for Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and the other for Best Reggae/Calypso Recording. Both were in 1985. She also performed an opening act for Bob Marley when he opened Madison Square Garden.
The event will also feature a once-in-a-lifetime intercultural performance featuring multi-award winning “eclectic” guitarist and contemporary pop/jazz/world/fusion instrumental musician Rob Tardik, Carnatic violinist Subhadra Vijaykumar, and jazz pianist Dionne Grant, all performing alongside Silver.

The Cranberry Cocktail is a great opportunity to network, connect, collaborate and celebrate the holidays with creative industry, corporate supporters, community and most importantly our talented artists! The Cranberry Cocktail will run from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Great Hall (at City Hall) Friday December 4.

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