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COVID-19 Response: Reduction in Social Gathering Limits to 10 Indoors and 25 Outdoors

The City of Mississauga will be enforcing the reduction in social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors as announced by the Government of Ontario, in effect as of today. The amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 include:

  • Functions
  • Parties
  • Dinners
  • Gatherings
  • BBQs
  • wedding receptions held in private residences
  • backyards
  • social gatherings in parks.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held at facilities operated by businesses and organizations, such as:

  • Bars/restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Convention centres or banquet halls
  • Gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art venues.

Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

The City of Mississauga is continuing to review the impacts on services and programs and will be sharing updates through City channels.

“We are prepared and ready to enforce the province’s new limits on social gatherings and thank residents and businesses for continuing to work with us to reduce the severity of a second wave this fall,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Addressing the unique challenges Peel Region faces is the right thing to do. Exposure through social interactions and large social gatherings continues to be the driver with 80 per cent of all new cases in Peel being acquired in community or household settings. When interacting outside of your bubble of 10, it’s important to remember that the Core 4 still applies – stay apart, lather up, mask up and get tested. While I do not want to see Mississauga regress, it’s important that we work together across the Region to keep cases down, reduce the spread and keep Mississauga healthy and safe.”

A new offence for hosting or organizing a gathering that exceeds social gathering limits will come with a minimum fine of $10,000 and anyone attending the event may be fined a minimum of $750.

City Enforcement Measures

  • City By-law Enforcement and Security Officers will be enforcing the amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, in partnership with Peel Regional Police
  • Residents can call 3-1-1 to report non-compliance

Visit COVID-19 for the latest updates on the City’s response and service impacts

David Leask Announces New Record “Voyageur in Song” Created on Canada’s Most Historical Instrument

The Six String Nation Guitar is comprised of over 60 pieces from Canada’s diverse history and heritage. 

Upcoming Record Release: September 18, 2020

Voyageur in Song

A decorated artist with international acclaim, Leask has been dubbed “the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner” by Songwriters Magazine, having won in numerous contests including USA and International Songwriting Competitions. He was also a runner-up in the John Lennon 70th Birthday Song Contest. 

The first record to follow his 2018 release, “Six in 6/8”, “Voyageur in Song” was written and recorded on a uniquely Canadian instrument – the Six String Nation guitar nicknamed Voyageur – built from over 64 pieces of natural, indigenous, oral, recorded and contemporary history from every province and territory in Canada. These pieces include fragments of wood from one of Wayne Grezky’s hockey sticks, Canada’s Parliament, John Ware’s cabin, Nova Scotia’s Pier 21, Nancy Greene’s Olympic ski, and dozens more historical elements. The strap and case also contain numerous Canadian historical items, such as Col. Chris Hadfield’s mission patch, Karin Kain’s tutu, and pieces from Gord Downie’s final tour wardrobe. 

Four years in the making, “Voyageur in Song” is a record that honours both the pain and the beauty in Canada’s history, highlighting Leask’s poignant songwriting and vocals with original songs inspired by the stories built into the guitar. After crossing paths with the guitar’s creator, Toronto author, speaker, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, Jowi Taylor, Taylor offered the guitar to Leask to experiment with. Noting that he “had no idea what was going to happen” when he held the “priceless, guitar”, every musical idea Leask heard in the writing sessions became a song. 

From honouring the mythic and tragic story of the sacred Golden Spruce of Haida Gwaii in “Against the Grain” to telling the story of a Mi’kmaq father and fisherman from Lennox Island, P.E.I. in “The Legend of Joe Labobe”, the record is a musical journey across the country, introducing listeners to people and places that reveal the story of Canada through fresh eyes and ears. Also included are stories from coastal Labrador, rural Saskatchewan and Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall

The record’s feature track, “Les Chansons Du Voyageur” was written as tribute to the guitar and all its diverse and conflicting pieces of Canadian history and culture from coast to coast. “The piece of wood from Louis Riel’s school lives in the guitar right across from the wood from Sir John A. MacDonald’s sideboard.” Whether percussion, bass, lead or rhythm guitar, the musicians on the track each played their parts on Voyageur, creating a unique, full-bodied sound – another noteworthy aspect to an already remarkable project. 

The album was recorded with numerous veteran Canadian musicians including Justin Abedin (Jacksoul, Nelly Furtado), Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) and Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk). 

“Voyageur In Song” will be available everywhere on September 18, 2020. 

MAC Micro Grant Winners Announced

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is happy to announce the Phase One winners of their 2020 Micro Grants Program. Fifteen artists and group projects have been awarded a total of $21,000 for their works, benefitting artists and residents.

Here are the winners!

Jasmine Sawant, writer, is awarded the Theatre in the Park grant of $5,500 for their play “Pandemic Pandemonium”, an original work that will look at life during the COVID-19 lockdown and the experience of near and not-so-near family members over months. 

Angela Chao, visual artist and filmmaker, was awarded the Artists on Film – South Asian Women Grant of $6,000 for “Mississauga Creates: South Asian Creatives”. This short documentary will highlight South Asian Women artists working in poetry, visual arts and filmmaking. Sharing their stories will provide motivation and encouragement to others and demonstrate some of the diverse talent in Mississauga. 

Wali Shah, speaker, poet, was awarded the Touring Words of Meaning Grant of $2,500 for their proposal to deliver a poetry anthology written on timely and relevant social issues (Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and immigrant/POC narrative) as well as pieces on Mississauga. This book will speak to the struggles and the blessings for diverse people in Canada. 

Qurat Dar, emerging author and spoken word artist, also won a Touring Words of Meaning Grant of $2,500 for their project, “Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam – Mississauga”. This tour will put on a series of poetry slams and workshops live in Mississauga or online, each including a featured LGBTQPIA2S+ poet in an open mic. 

Eleven Mississauga-based musicians; Dimitri Hyacinth, Tennyson King, Justin Moy, Paige Blossom and Danny Lwin, Cmagic5, Shan Fernando, Andrea Arthur, Abhishek (Abby V), Cat Bernardi, and Vivek Mehmi received a Musicians as Video Makers Grant, each receiving access to a 1-year subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro and 6 hours of free instruction in video editing, digital marketing and social media impact. Using this software and guidance, each musician will create their own music video that will then be presented and promoted in MAC’s online ‘Sauga Showcase on a date to be announced. 

Over the past year, MAC members have volunteered to work at the Rama Gaming Centre on Battleford Road, raising the Micro Grant monies as well as funds for Open Mics and other public arts programming. Stay tuned for the announcement of additional winners of Visual Arts and Dance Micro Grants. 

The Mississauga Arts Council is dedicated to enabling the growth of the arts by creating opportunities and connections between artists and residents in Mississauga and beyond. The Mississauga Arts Council’s programming offers no cost or low-cost opportunities to perform, learn, and engage.

Since its inception in 1981, the Mississauga Arts Council works to facilitate partnerships, encourage collaboration and provide awards for healthy competition between artists and performers, to strengthen our community and contribute to a more vibrant city. 

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Mississauga Arts Council wins $28,000 from Canada’s Emergency Support Fund to create a new online arts marketplace

“We are delighted to thank the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and The Community Foundation of Mississauga for the $28,000 we will be applying to the creation of the online arts hub” announced Mike Douglas, Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council. 

The emergency fund provides Community Foundations of Canada, the United Way, Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross with a total of $350 million for critical grants. 

“The Community Foundation of Mississauga has its fingers on the pulse of community needs in our city,” Douglas added, noting that, “we are relieved and grateful that the Foundation has seen the real value in supporting the creation of an accessible, online marketplace, in order to sell and promote artists’ works and services in a new digitally connected revenue channel.” 

MAC will be looking to the creative community for input into the design and operation of its digital marketplace, a creative hub for hosting online stores, websites and event news. All efforts are in line with MAC’s goals of creating opportunities for artists, helping them to excel and sustain themselves while connecting them with new audiences online.

“We are grateful to MAC for the role that you play in supporting our community as it continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.” offered Anne Marie Pierce, CEO of the Community Foundation of Mississauga “We know that the transition to new ways of delivering programs and services has not been easy.” 

Making the transition to digital will get a lot easier for the arts communities in Mississauga, thanks in large part to the financial help the new online arts marketplace has received. 

Further supporting the Marketplace, MAC will be launching a new educational program of digital workshops and tutorials this fall.

Erin Mills Town Centre Launches GetintheLoop Retail App to Enhance Customer Experience

Shoppers who sign up for the app will receive exclusive offers from retailers at the shopping centre. 

Erin Mills Town Centre of Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services has announced a new partnership with Canadian retail platform, GetintheLoop, to support its retailers to connect with customers. The app service is scheduled to launch September 2, 2020

“When our guests install the GetintheLoop app on their devices, they will essentially have Erin Mills Town Centre in their pocket. Retail operations and consumer habits are rapidly evolving, and we want to support our retailer partners in this evolution, extending beyond the physical space of our centres. Partnering with GetintheLoop allows us to enhance the guest experience, giving them a direct line on new arrivals, local promotions and sales, and much more.”

Molly Westbrook, Cushman & Wakefield’s Executive Managing Director for Canada

GetintheLoop will act as a convenient source for information and offers from a variety of local Mississauga retailers including those at Erin Mills Town Centre. Promotions will be delivered via the app, as well as through email, the mall’s website and mobile push notifications and will include gift card programs, delivery or curbside pick-up options, incentives and offers to support retail businesses now, when they need it most. National and local retailers will be featured on the app providing exclusive offers and news for members. 

Consumers can download GetintheLoop for free in the App Store and Google Play store and opt-in to receive curated, local offers.

“We’re thrilled to partner with an innovative, community-minded organization like Erin Mills Town Centre. We want our technology to help Mississauga and the Erin Mills community to stay connected and support local retail during this critical time.”

GetintheLoop’s Founder and CEO, Matt Crowell