Canadian Music Week and Mississauga Music Award winner, Dani Kristina, releases her new disco-pop single entitled “Gambler”

The music video features TikTok sensation @katamogz, owner of EN FLIQUE Creative

Award winning artist Dani Kristina, releases her hot new disco-pop single entitled “Gambler” and the official music video featuring TikTok star @katamogz. Inspired by personal experiences and from those around her, “Gambler” reflects on the imagery of relationships depicting the idea of wondering whether or not the other individual reciprocates the same feelings. Produced by Grammy-nominee Trevor James Anderson and written by Dani Kristina, the new single is an energetic disco-pop track that sonically encompasses sounds similar to Dua Lipa, the “new” Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson. This past year Dani Kristina was named the Best New Solo Artist by Canadian Music Week and Mississauga Music. Her music video for “Drift Away,” won Best Pop Music Video at Dropout Entertainment’s Independent Canadian Music Video Awards.

The single is now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music Spotify and YouTube.

“Gambler” is an energetic disco-pop song inspired by the vintage synths of various influences, telling the story of a failed relationship when one person is more invested than the other. With the music video featuring TikTok star @katamogz (En Flique Creative), this song explores the risks of being “all in” to somebody without being aware of the risks. The music video was self-directed and edited by Dani Kristina, but she also worked with cinematographer Paul Persic to make the vision come to life. Taking place in a vintage casino, the symbolism of the lyrical story is shown through Dani Kristina and a girl playing blackjack, where the dealer represents the person they both have feelings for, and as the two “play” for him, he ultimately holds the cards that decides who wins.

The release of “Gambler” is just the beginning for Dani Kristina. In the coming months she will be releasing more tracks that explore the relationship presented in “Gambler,” and one’s feelings as they change over time. Be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up with new releases!

City of Mississauga enters Step One of Government of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Earlier this week, the Government of Ontario announced that province will enter Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, June 11 at 12:01 a.m.

“This is fantastic news. I’m excited to work with the Mississauga team to reopen additional services for our residents permitted under Step One. We know everyone has waited a long time for us to reach this milestone. I’m grateful to the team who will be working very hard over these next few days to safely reopen our outdoor pools, patios, outdoor fitness and much more. Thank you to the entire Mississauga community for doing their part by listening to the advice of public health and for getting vaccinated. It’s clear that these steps are working and I see a bright future ahead for our city.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Under Step One of the reopening framework, the following is permitted:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training with up to 10 people
  • Outdoor pools
  • Day camps for children
  • Outdoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on goods that can be sold; essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold

For a full list of what is permitted to open, click here.

Reopened City activities:

  • Libraries will reopen computer bookings at Burnhamthorpe, Malton and the pop-up location at the Living Arts Centre on Thursday, June 17.
  • Outdoor pools will be open this summer for lane and public swims. Capacity will be limited and participants will be required to reserve online at activemississauga.ca.
    • Lion’s Club of Credit Valley Outdoor Pool and Streetsville Outdoor Pool will open on Saturday, June 12 (reservations will open today at 10 a.m. and for bookings five days in advance reservations will be available at 6 a.m.)
    • The remaining outdoor pools will open on Saturday, June 19 (reservations available five days in advance at 6 a.m.)
  • Celebration Square Wading Pool will open on Friday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with capacity limits. Residents waiting to go into the wading pool will be required to line up and ensure they maintain a two-metre distance.
  • Outdoor permits for sport fields, outdoor fitness classes and picnics will be available as of Friday, June 11 for groups limited to 10 patrons (no games or scrimmages permitted). Those interested in booking a permit can contact the Customer Service Centre at 905-615-4100.
  • Limited outdoor registered programs will begin on Saturday, June 19, including instructional golf, tennis and fitness with limited capacities. Registrations will be available at activemississauga.ca starting today at 10 a.m.
  • Registration for Day Camps with limited capacities continues to be available.
  • Both BraeBen and Lakeview golf courses are open.

Mississauga residents are asked to continue to follow all public health measures put in place. The City continues to offer many online recreational activities for all ages.

 More information

For information about the City’s response to COVID-19:

Government of Ontario Maintains COVID-19 Restrictions Until Step One of Roadmap to Reopen Takes Effect

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced that all public health and workplace measures will remain in effect until Step One of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen is rolled out.

“I want to thank all Mississauga residents for doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the health and safety guidelines in place, and for getting vaccinated,” says Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our staff are busy ramping up to prepare for more activities to open in the coming weeks. We’ve come such a long way – I am hopeful knowing that the reopening framework is on the horizon. Keep it up, Mississauga!”

The City of Mississauga is preparing to reopen outdoor dining, outdoor fitness classes and pools when the Government of Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen. Until then, Mississauga residents are asked to continue to follow all public health measures put in place. The City continues to offer many online recreational activities for all ages and the following services are currently available:

·       Book a Golf tee off time

·       Find a spray pad or park

·       Stay active with virtual activities

·       Register for summer camps

While many of our outdoor recreational amenities are open, residents are reminded that team sports are not permitted at this time and gatherings (with those outside of your household) must be limited to five. The following outdoor recreational amenities in Mississauga are open:

·       Spray pads

·       Baseball diamonds and batting cages

·       Lawn bowling and bocce

·       Golf courses and driving ranges

·       Tennis and basketball courts

·       Soccer and other sports fields

·       BMX and skate parks

More information

·       Information on the Province’s Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

·       For a full list of the restrictions and enforcements, visit ontario.ca/covid19

·       For information on City Services, visit the City Services Status page

City Announces New Director of Tourism/CEO of Tourism Mississauga

The City of Mississauga has selected Victoria Clarke as its new Director of Tourism effective May 31, 2021. The Director of Tourism has also been appointed as the CEO of Tourism Mississauga, a position previously held by Shari Lichterman, the City’s Commissioner of Community Services. The position of Director of Tourism was developed to provide dedicated executive leadership for the tourism portfolio in Mississauga and to lead Tourism Mississauga in supporting a strong recovery from the pandemic for the tourism and hospitality sectors.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Victoria as she joins us at a critical time for our hard-hit tourism industry. As we begin to reopen our City, it will be crucial for us to focus our energy on helping our tourism industry recover from the effects of the pandemic. Victoria brings the skills and experience to work with Tourism Mississauga’s Board of Directors and support our tourism industry as we build back better.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Clarke brings extensive leadership experience in the tourism sector, most recently spending six years as Executive Director, Discover Saint John. In this role, Clarke worked with her team and Board of Directors on a highly successful #SaintAwesome campaign which transformed the City’s reputation and led to an all-time high for visitation and visitor spend in Greater Saint John.

“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Victoria Clarke on being selected to represent Mississauga as our new CEO of Tourism Mississauga. Victoria’s previous experience has shown us that she leads with strength, innovation, determination and confidence.  Victoria is going to be a fantastic tourism leader and a brilliant addition to the team!”

Toni Frankfurter, Chair, Tourism Mississauga

Prior to her work with Discover Saint John, Clarke was Associate Director at the Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick and held leadership positions at Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation where she led the organization’s major gifts program. Clarke has a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and is set to complete the Certified Destination Marketing Executive (CDME) designation from Destinations International later this year.

Clarke has extensive volunteer experience with many charitable and professional organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Atlantic Capital Campaign. She served as Campaign Chair with the United Way of Greater Saint John and has chaired the Destination Marketing Association of Canada and served as Advisor with the Wallace McCain Institute, as well as Director on the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association.  She received the InSpirit 2020 Outstanding Business Award from the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, the Trailblazers and Innovators award from BMO Celebrating Women, and earned industry recognition from SeaTrade Global, the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

“I’m very excited to welcome Victoria to the City of Mississauga. We created this position because we recognized the need for a dedicated focus on moving our tourism industry forward and realizing the goals of our Tourism Master Plan. With the addition of Victoria to our talented tourism team, we have the pieces in place to move our tourism industry forward as we recover from the devastating impacts of the past year. I look forward to working with Victoria and the Tourism Mississauga Board of Directors to enhance Mississauga’s position as a tourism destination of choice. ”

Shari Lichterman, Commissioner of Community Services

In her position, Clarke will work closely with Tourism Mississauga’s Board of Directors, who provide strategic direction to tourism activities and initiatives in Mississauga.  Tourism Mississauga, the City’s destination marketing organization, was formed in 2020 with a mandate to implement the City’s Tourism Master Plan. The Plan provides a vision for tourism in Mississauga and articulates guiding principles to align the strength of the city with the opportunity for tourism development. Tourism Mississauga is funded by a dedicated Municipal Accommodation Tax reserve.

Victoria Clarke, Director of Tourism,
City of Mississauga

“I’m excited to be coming home to Ontario. And like everyone in this industry, we can’t wait to be open for business for our neighbours as we get ready to welcome back the world. Mississauga has unique communities that together make an incredible and formidable whole. I can’t wait to get started.”

Meadowvale Theatre Closing for Renovations Until Summer 2022

The stage is set for Meadowvale Theatre to receive a much needed makeover. Starting May 21, the theatre will close temporarily for renovations. The renovations will help transform the theatre into a more modern, inspiring and accessible space. The theatre is planned to reopen in summer 2022, after renovations have been completed.

“Meadowvale Theatre is a vibrant hub that has been a part of Mississauga’s arts and culture scene for over 30 years,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I’m so glad that the theatre is getting updated and enhanced, so that it can better serve theatregoers as a place to experience our vibrant performing arts community.”

The renovation will help modernize Meadowvale Theatre. It also supports the goals of the City’s Culture Master Plan to enhance and improve cultural spaces, grow and support the creative industry and enable high quality cultural experiences.

“Meadowvale Theatre is an important part of the Ward 9 community and has been a cultural hub for all of Mississauga for more than three decades. It has offered affordable, accessible arts and cultural events to the community,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor and member of the Meadowvale Theatre Community Advisory Panel. “Thank you to the community stakeholders who were part of the engagement process. We listened to your feedback and are excited to create a new space that will provide access to increased and diversified events, including educational workshops and performances.”

Meadowvale Theatre has been closed for over a year, due to the pandemic. This will be the first update to the theatre since it opened to the public in 1989.

“We are excited that this renovation will help to expand access to the theatre and create more opportunities for performing arts in the city,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Arts and Culture. “This renovation also addresses the aging state of the theatre, including improving accessibility, facility signage and energy efficiency.”

To learn more, visit: https://www.mississauga.ca/projects-and-strategies/city-projects/meadowvale-theatre-renovation/.