Whites Studios Opens Second Location in Mississauga

William F. White International Inc. (Whites) has announced their second studio location in Mississauga – Whites Studios Cantay.

“Mississauga is a city in demand, and we are quickly becoming known as Studio City North. With the addition of Whites’ second studio in Mississauga, our City’s filming activity is at an all-time high. This investment will not only support jobs and attract talent from coast to coast; it will also boost economic growth and further raise Mississauga’s profile in the film sector. Now home to six major film studios, Mississauga is the ideal place for Canada’s film and television sector to thrive, given our strategic location, proximity to the airport and competitive business environment. Mississauga’s creative industry is on the rise.”

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie

The first Whites Studios location, Whites Studios Edwards Blvd., recently opened in January and features more than 150,000 square feet of space split between four soundstages. The new Whites Studios Cantay location features 181,000 square feet of space also and is divided between four stages, adding to the first Mississauga location. Whites Studios Cantay is slated to open its doors in early 2021. This will bring Mississauga’s total studio square footage to almost 900,000 square feet.

“The City’s commitment to growing Mississauga’s film sector is helping to advance the City’s Strategic Plan, achieve our economic goals and attract new jobs,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO, City of Mississauga. “This expansion continues to position Mississauga as a hub for film and television across North America with aspirations to attract more international production companies. Mississauga’s ability to accommodate small to large production facilities makes it ideal for further film industry investment.”

Whites Studios adds to Mississauga’s diverse, vibrant and creative scene, which has attracted numerous award-winning film and television hits such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Umbrella Academy, Schitt’s Creek, Black Mirror, The Shape of Water, Room and many more.

“Whites Studios is continuing its Canada-wide expansion to support increasing production needs. There is a severe shortage of studio space in Toronto in particular. Our primary Toronto location, Whites Studios Edwards Blvd., is already booked solid and our clients require additional stages. To that end, we’re doing our part to reinforce the incremental business Toronto is gaining from both Canadian and American producers.”

Paul Bronfman, Co-Chairman/CEO, William F. White International Inc.

City Provides Community and Cultural Groups Grant Funding for 2020

Today, Mississauga City Council approved $3.8 million in grant funding to support community and cultural groups in Mississauga.

“The City of Mississauga’s grant programs empower our local not-for-profit organizations while supporting the diverse needs of our community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The support provided through these grants enhances the quality of life for our residents. They also expand our cultural and recreational offerings to different communities and support environmental protection initiatives throughout the city.”

Community Grant Program

This program assists local, not-for-profit community groups by providing multi-year, annual operating and project grants. The program aligns with the strategic priorities of the Recreation, Parks & Forestry and Environment Divisions. 

A total of 16 organizations will receive funding through the Community Grant program in 2020.

Approved Grants:

  • Active Adult Centre of Mississauga*: $275,257
  • Backyard Farm and Market: $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel: $10,000
  • Blooming Boulevards: $4,350
  • Boys & Girls Club of Canada: $10,000
  • Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled:$10,000
  • Erin Mills Youth Centre*: $72,888
  • Global 180 Students Communications Inc.: $9,957
  • MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families: $4,949
  • Mississauga Sports Council*: $114,595
  • Nexus Youth Services*: $42,615
  • Safe City Mississauga*: $132,730
  • The DAM: $10,000
  • The Riverwood Conservancy*: $331,859
  • Volunteer MBC: $38,200
  • Ecosource*: $109,683

Arts and Culture Grant Program

Grant funding for this program supports emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.

A total of 25 organizations will receive funding through the Arts and Culture Grant program in 2020. 

Approved Grants:

  • Art Gallery of Mississauga*: $325,000
  • Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $5,000
  • Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $15,000
  • Chamber Music Society of Mississauga: $85,000
  • Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters: $7,500
  • Fashion Circuit Series: $7,500
  • Frog in Hand: $15,000
  • Heritage Mississauga*: $244,000
  • Living Arts Centre Mississauga*: $100,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council*: $269,670
  • Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $4,400
  • Mississauga Children’s Choir: $25,000
  • Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $21,500
  • Mississauga Choral Society: $57,300
  • Mississauga Festival Choir: $20,000
  • Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $17,000
  • Mississauga Potters Guild: $18,000
  • Mississauga Symphony Orchestra*: $150,000
  • Sampradaya Dance Creations*: $130,000
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $60,000
  • Small Arms Society: $25,000
  • Streetsville Historical Society: $4,000
  • Theatre Unlimited: $15,500
  • Visual Arts Mississauga*: $165,000
  • Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $25,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grants

Cultural traditions and celebrations are important for Mississauga residents and visitors. Grant funding in this area supports cultural programming and helps event attendees enjoy clean and safe venues.

A total of 18 festivals will receive Cultural Festivals and Celebrations funding in 2020.

Approved Grants:

  • Arts on the Port: $7,500
  • Bollywood Monster Mashup*: $100,000
  • Canada Day Together Festival: $12,500
  • Carassauga Festival*: $120,000
  • Dragon Lion Dance Festival: $5,000
  • Egyptian Coptic Festival: $7,500
  • Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $27,000
  • Mississauga Italfest: $19,999
  • Mississauga Latin Festival: $19,000
  • Mississauga Polish Days Festival: $10,000
  • Mississauga Waterfront Festival: $100,00
  • Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival: $80,000
  • Muslimfest: $50,000
  • Paint the Town Red Port Credit: $70,000
  • Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,000
  • Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival*: $100,000
  • Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $12,500
  • Streetsville Founder’s Bread and Honey Festival: $60,000

Culture Project Grants

This grant supports cultural events, projects or activities in the community.

A total of 11 groups will receive Culture Projects funding in 2020. 

Approved Grants:

  • Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia: $5,000
  • Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation: $4,949
  • Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters: $5,000
  • Ink Movement: $3,500
  • Meadowvale Music Theatre: $5,000
  • MEHAR: Mental & Emotional Health Awareness Renaissance: $5,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council: $5,000
  • MonstrARTity Creative Community: $5,000
  • Riverwood Conservancy: $5,000
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $5,000
  • Visual Arts Mississauga: $5,000

* Represents multi-year funding

For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit mississauga.ca/grants.

STEELHEADS TEAM UP WITH TRILLIUM HEALTH PARTNERS FOR NEW SCHOOL NIGHT

Steelheads set to host 2nd Annual New School Night Friday March 13, 2020

On Friday March 13th, the Mississauga Steelheads host the Niagara IceDogs in the club’s 2nd Annual New School Night in support of Trillium Health Partners. The hockey club will be welcoming in the next-generation of hockey fans as seven lucky kids will get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the hockey team. 

With a successful New School Night last season, the hockey club has partnered with Trillium Health Partners and added some unique elements to make the game even more memorable. Steelheads players will be wearing specialty jerseys designed by a child from the paediatric unit at THP. The team will also be extending tickets to patients and their families. 

“We are so excited to partner with the Mississauga Steelheads and Niagara IceDogs this year for the 2nd annual New School Night” says Debra Carson, VP, Patient Care Services, Trillium Health Partners. “We are so thankful that our paediatric patients and their families are given the opportunity to be a part of this amazing initiative and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Once again, there will be SEVEN positions available for the next wave of kids to take on during New-School Night:

·       Warm-Up Coach: Look your best because you will be standing with the Steelheads coaches on the bench for pre-game warm-up and make sure players are ready for puck drop!

·       PA Announcer: Your voice will be heard around the arena as you announce goals, penalties and more!

·       DJ/Goal Horn Operator: Do you have a passion for music? Do you enjoy entertaining people with some great tunes? Sign up to be our DJ and Goal Horn Operator!

·       Social Media Side-Kick: Do you like what you see on our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok? Become our Social Media Side-Kick for the day and help us connect with our fans!

·       Junior Reporter: Are you the next great hockey reporter? Help us keep our fans updated with a pre-game and post-game hit about all the Steelheads news!

·       Junior In-Game Host: Do you like being in front of a camera? Join our In-Game host to help with all of our game-day contests!

·       Junior Radio Announcer: Do you have the next best hockey voice? Help our radio team call the game with in-game reports during play and give us your thoughts at the intermission!

To sign-up and be part of the next wave, fill out the form HERE!

This year’s New School Night also marks the last Winning Night during the 2019-20 campaign. If the Steelheads secure 2 points on March 13th, fans in attendance will have an opportunity to redeem their ticket for a free ticket to the club’s game against the Barrie Colts on March 20th.  Additionally, the Family Pack is available for purchase with 4 tickets, 4 drinks, 4 bags of popcorn and 4 programs for an unbeatable price of $67.

To secure your seats and support Trillium Health Partners, follow this link: www.trilliumgiving.ca/steelheads

If you are interested in learning more about Trillium Health Partners please visit https://trilliumgiving.ca/

Join us on Friday, March 13th to see the New-School of Hockey Fans take over…again!

ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE LAUNCHES UNIQUE INDOOR GOLF EXPERIENCE

Shoppers can “hit the links” at THE GREEN for a round of family fun 

Erin Mills Town Centre is pleased to invite Mississauga shoppers to enjoy its newest interactive attraction, THE GREEN, a one of kind 9-hole miniature golf course located in centre court.

 “This is a true mini golf experience” explains Francesca Bourré, Erin Mills Town Centre’s Marketing Director.  “THE GREEN offers rolling hills, varied turfs and fun breaks that will offer a new experience each time.”

The course’s putting greens are designed to approximately 1/10th the scale of a regulation golf course in partnership with golf pro Dave Pelz.  Pelz is considered an expert and has published writing on the art of the short game, in particular putting.  Pelz was named by Golf Digest magazine as one of the 25 most influential instructors of the 20th Century.

THE GREEN AT ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE

For a budget friendly cost of admission ($5 general admission, $3 seniors), golfers will enjoy a unique activity that is challenging and fun for all skill levels, conveniently located within the shopping centre.  THE GREEN will be open from 12pm-8pm on weekdays and 11am-5pm on weekends. 

A variety of perks will be offered while THE GREEN is in place such as themed activities, prizes, free treats and more.  Daily offers and group deals are also available.

Mississauga residents are invited to join THE GREEN’s Grand Opening on Thursday, February 6 at 11am to enjoy: 

  • Play & Win– Best score of the day wins a $500 Gift Card plus Erin Mills Town Centre will donate 
    $500 to Mississauga ErinoakKids which provides support and care to children with a wide range of physical and/or developmental disabilities
  • Shop & Putt – receive a free round of golf with every $50 purchase from that week  
  • Free $10 Food Court gift card to the first 100 groups to complete a round
  • Complimentary green refreshments at the 9th hole (sponsored by Freshii) 

“As a community-centred shopping centre, Erin Mills Town Centre is proud to create a fun and family friendly attraction that will enhance the shopping experience for visitors” said Bourré.  “We are pleased to leverage our Grand Opening to help raise funds for ErinoakKids and support their important work.”

YOUTH HOST “NOW STREAMING” EXHIBITION AT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA

Leading emerging visual artists from the City of Mississauga are set to present Visual Arts Mississauga’s (VAM) latest exhibition, Now Streaming. Co-curated by VAM’s Creative Residency Group (VCR), the exhibition will run from February 3 to 23, 2020. The VAM Gallery is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. 

Proudly sponsored by TD Bank, Now Streaming will showcase artists ages 18 to 29, from the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. The youth-led exhibition supports emerging artists working in experimental processes using a combination of traditional and new media. Audiences can expect a mix of photography, installation, digital and traditional mediums.

VAM welcomes art enthusiasts to the free Opening Reception to be held on Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Prizes will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Live entertainment including Spoken Word Artists and music will be presented by the Open Gallery.

“Co-curated by VAM’s Creative Residency, Now Streaming is an opportunity for this collective to collaborate with their creative peers in the region,” explains VAM Cultural Development Manager Eldiana Begovic. “VAM is happy to be a leading platform for young creatives in the city. Our annual youth exhibition is an opportunity for the artists to showcase their skills for innovation and creativity with their peers and the city.”

VAM’s Creative Residency (VCR) include Ashley Beerdat, Jenny Chen, Jasmine Canaviri and Soka Lazara, four up-and-coming youth artists. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, this residency is an opportunity for emerging youth artists in Mississauga to participate in a 6-month exhibitions program with a focus on mentorship and professional development. Click here for more details.

VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Please call 905-277-4313 or visit http://www.visualartsmississauga.com for more information. Follow VAM on Twitter @VisualArtsMiss, on Instagram @visualartsmississauga and Facebook.