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Mississauga Arts Council announces The Art of Wellness Initiative

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) wishes to catalogue the ways in which creative experiences help to improve mental wellbeing in Peel. 

Today MAC announces The Art of Wellness Initiative, led by Susan Ksiezopolski, award-winning poet and founder of WriteWell. Susan is an experienced art practitioner who has developed, Write to Heal, Creative Resilience and Write Your Story workshops helping people explore creative writing as a path to wellness. 

“Expressing ourselves through artistic creative processes has many tangible health benefits, reduces isolation, gives us a sense of connection and lifts our spirits”

Susan Ksiezopolski

“Gathering evidence about the impact of the arts for improving health and wellbeing of those with moderate mental health issues points the way to better using creative experiences in healthcare protocols,” says Mike Douglas, Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council. “Cataloguing mental health services provided by artists in Mississauga and the Region will show these mental health benefits in action.” Through a Trillium Foundation Seed Grant, MAC is hosting the Arts for Mental Health Conference in the spring of 2021. 

“The Art of Wellness documentary will spotlight the important role the arts can play in effectively treating people with high stress, anxiety and depression,” says Dr. Colin Saldanha, member of the Arts for Mental Health Steering Committee. 

“This is a good news story,” says Committee Chair, Anna Silgardo, founder of Artists in Momentum, adding that, “The effects of mental illness are malignant and damaging – it can destroy individuals and families. It knows no boundaries. We need to mobilize a defence mechanism to halt and uproot its advance. What better means than art!”

The project begins next week and MAC is calling on all local artists who are currently leading arts programs for mental wellness goals, to please contact the video producers using the subject line Mental Wellness and the email:

Help Shape our City! Planning for a Vibrant and Connected “Uptown Node”

The City’s Uptown Node is growing rapidly. Located around Eglinton Avenue and Hurontario Street, the Uptown Node has several buildings under construction with new mixed-use developments on the horizon. The Uptown Node will also be served by a stop on the future Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT). To help guide this growth, the City of Mississauga is preparing an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for the Uptown Node. We want to hear your feedback on the draft policies we’ve developed to address:

·       Retention of office and retail space

·       Affordable housing as part of new developments

·       New street locations

·       Block sizes

·       Future park locations

How to Have Your Say:

There are many ways to share your feedback on the draft Uptown Node policies:

1.     Attend the Virtual Community Meeting: On Monday, October 5, at 12:30 p.m., our planning team will walk through a live presentation and moderated Question-and-Answer session. Register here to attend.

2.     Share Your Comments: Between October 9 and October 23, review the proposed draft policies for the Uptown Node on and share your feedback using our Comment Box.

3.     Attend the Statutory Public Meeting:  On Monday, October 19 at 6 p.m., the draft OPA will be presented to the City’s Planning and Development Committee. The report will be available one week prior to the meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public are encouraged to participate online. Advance registration is required to attend the meeting in person due to limited seating. Read the official public notice to learn more.

Learn more about the Uptown Node, sign up for email updates, share a comment or ask a question anytime by visiting the Uptown Node engagement website.

The City’s Official Plan provides policies that guide and direct the physical change of the city. It manages the effects on Mississauga’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment.

First-Ever Online Mississauga Comic Expo Touches Down October 9

It’s back in a new virtual format! The annual Mississauga Comic Expo (MCX) returns this October. Event activities take place on October 9, 16, 23 and 24 as part of Ontario Public Library Week. Admission is free with registration.

MCX features local Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) graphic artists, novelists, creators, designers and developers. Hosted by Mississauga Library, this family-friendly, all-ages event celebrates the diverse culture of comics, gaming, anime, cosplay and art.

This year’s online event highlights comic artists and authors, along with guest speakers from publisher Manga Classics and a panel from the Honours Bachelor of Game Design Program at Sheridan College.

Other guest speakers include authors Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart, Jillian Tamaki, Johnnie Christmas and Sam Maggs. There will also be sketch challenges featuring Jamal Campbell, Sanya Anwar, Marcus To, Paris Alleyne, Anoosha Syed and Megan Huang. 

Visit Mississauga Comic Expo on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

To register for the event, visit

Event Details

Mississauga Virtual Comic Expo

Friday, October 9 & 16         7 – 8 p.m.

Friday, October 23                5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 24           1 – 4 p.m.

Online Event

Register at


This program is made possible with funding provided by the Friends of the Mississauga Library System. Follow Mississauga Library on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe

Government Reinforcing the Importance of Following Public Health Advice to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health experts, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to tighten public health measures in response to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19.

Over the past five weeks, Ontario has experienced an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases. Private social gatherings continue to be a significant source of transmission in many local communities, along with outbreak clusters in restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, including strip clubs, with most cases in the 20-39 age group. To ensure the continued health and safety of Ontarians, reduce the risk of transmission, and limit future outbreaks of COVID-19, the amended order will apply province-wide effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 and will:

  • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
  • Close all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

“Last week our government took immediate action to respond to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, by setting new limits for certain social gatherings and organized public events across Ontario. As the number of cases have continued to rise, it is evident that despite the tremendous efforts of Ontarians further action is required to prevent the spread of the virus. On the advice of Ontario’s public health officials, we are moving forward with these measures to help keep Ontarians safe by limiting the potential for exposure in locations where the current risk of transmission is higher, and to avoid future lockdowns. Protecting the health and wellbeing of Ontarians will always remain our top priority.”

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
Lower Limits for Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto Regions (September 17, 2020)

In addition, the province will work with the municipal sector and other partners to encourage increased enforcement of existing businesses, facilities, workplaces, etc. to comply with all public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in the Stage 3 regulation. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise if public health measures need to be further tightened.

MAC Micro Grants – Dance and Visual Arts Winners Announced

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is happy to announce the remaining winners of their 2020 Micro Grants Program. 19 artists and group projects have been awarded a total of approximately $7,800 for their works, benefitting artists and residents.

This is the second announcement about winners of MAC’s expanded 2020 Micro Grants Program, 34 artists in total have been awarded $28,700 for their works benefitting artists and residents.

Congratulations to all of the recipients! Here are the Dance & Visual Arts winners:

Colleen Snell, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Frog in Hand Productions, was awarded the Dance as a Movie Grant of $4,000 for their four-video series about the wonder and wellbeing of walks in nature during the pandemic. They will be creating four site-specific dance films shot in scenic landscapes around Mississauga, featuring talented, professional dancers.

Emily Roman from Elite Dance Companyalso won a Dance as a Movie Grant of $2,000 for their dance video performance, “The Moments That Define Us’ (working title), an original piece that is a coming-of-age story about innocence lost and real-life realized. This piece will feature local Mississauga based dancers, directors and videographers. 

18 Mississauga-based visual artists; Ashley Beerdat, Grace Miah, Jackie Gallagher, Cathy Clark, Debby de Groot, Sandra Robson, Joanna Turlej, Rosemary Broos, Sujata Chander, Shobha Wagley, Adriana Rinaldi, Laura Beaton, Sue Archibald, Gabby Tutak, Sjon de Groot, Noelle Hamlyn, Sofia Berger and Raheel Patel were awarded a Grant for expenses to participate in the first Mississauga Invitation Fine Art Show. This free art show and sale will feature a winding spacious path through artists’ exhibits in the sparkling Luxe Ballroom at the newly opened Hyatt Place Hotel on Hurontario south of Britannia. Unfortunately, due to recent updates from the Provincial Government regarding COVD-19 gathering limit restrictions, the show is postponed, pending a safer time for all of those involved. Stay tuned for more information. 

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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