Category Archives: Art

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.

Heritage Mississauga Hosting the Work of Internationally Renowned Artist Proshanta Karmakar Buddha

Heritage Mississauga will be hosting “Open Doors” Art Exhibition from Proshanta Karmakar Buddha December 10 to December 20, 2019. Opening reception: Tuesday December 10, 2019 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This visually striking exhibition is an initiative of Cross Currents – Indo Canadian International Arts and the show is being organized in partnership with Heritage Mississauga. The exhibition is being curated by Meena Chopra and co-curated by Nain Amyn Lalji.

Proshanta is one of Bangladesh’s most celebrated artists. Currently residing in Dhaka, Proshanta’s work has been exhibited in over 32 solo exhibitions within Bangladesh and around the world.

Proshanta’s work is focused on human rights issues and international affairs. His printmaking and acrylic paintings have been nationally and internationally recognized for their ability to speak to people; receiving the award for the best printmaker at the national young artist exhibition held in Shilpokola Academy in Dhaka and the Okamoto award by the Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO held in Tokyo.

His work is held in many public collections across the world such as: the National Museum in Dhaka, The Fukuaka Asian Art Museum in Japan, the New Orleans Museum of the Arts and in many private collections around the world.

The exhibit is open from Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 a m– 5:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on December 17, 2019. Admission is FREE.

The opening reception coincides with Heritage Mississauga’s annual Christmas Open House and Carolling at The Grange on December 10, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Toronto Biennial of Art is wrapping up soon

The Biennial of Art is 72 days of FREE art! In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programs aim to inspire individuals, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives.

Did you know that the Biennial of Art 2019 can be viewed right here in Mississauga at the Small Arms Building?

Now that the Biennial is in full swing (it opened September 21 and is on view until December 1), we’re circling back to see if you might be interested in touring the sites and installations, interviewing the organizers, curators, or artists or previewing some upcoming programs. 

Biennial exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public at more than 15 locations in the GTA.

A couple of upcoming program highlights for November include:

Jumblies Theater & Arts Workshop

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 9, 16, 30

Performance time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Torontoat Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Combat Ready Kitchen

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road, Mississauga

November 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat(2015), discusses the military’s role in the technological development of processed foods and the distribution, commercialization, and effects of packaged goods within society. The author will have bags of Made Ready to Eat (MRE) foods for the audience to try. There will also be a set of everyday groceries for the audience to “unpack” including things like energy bars, instant coffee, powdered cheese snacks – quotidian foods originally created by the USA military that can be found in regular grocery stores. 

VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA (VAM) LAUNCHES FESTIVE SEASON WITH ‘HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKETPLACE’

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood will launch the festive season in Mississauga with its annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace on November 9 and 10, 2019. The celebrated event offers an incredible array of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by Mississauga’s top artists and artisans.  VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace will feature a café by Kate’s Town Talk Bakery, live music treats and more!

The event will run from Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 10 am until 4 pm. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Admission is free. Attending the event is a great way to support local artisans while getting a head-start on your holiday shopping.

VAM will also present live musical performances by emerging Jazz vocalist John Amato on Saturday, November 9 at 12:30pm and by flamenco guitarist Mark Harry on Sunday, November 10 at 12:30pm.

The VAM Holiday Artisan Marketplace offers a warm holiday experience for the whole family and a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping,” explains Event Coordinator, Eldiana Begovic. “Our event showcases over 20 artisans selling their high-quality art and handmade gifts including smaller paintings, fashion items, jewellery, woodwork textiles, sculpture, glass, crafts and more. Grab a fresh baked good from Kate’s Town Talk Bakery and listen to our live musicians.”  

VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace is one of the first artisan crafters shows (of the 2019 season) presented in the Greater Toronto Area.

The event provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to explore VAM’s magnificent art centre, meet local artists “face to face” and to purchase a hand-crafted Made in Canada gift for someone special. You’ll be feeling the holiday spirit by the time you leave.  

Please visit visualartsmississauga.com for more details or call 905-277-4313.

“the Credits” take place next friday

the Credits is an annual spectacle that honours the contributions of individuals, groups and businesses that contribute to the celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the city of Mississauga. 
The theme for the evening will be the historic “Mississauga Miracle” train derailment of 1979. The evening will also honour those who responded to the call of the largest peace time evacuation in North American history.

The program has been amended to allow for a true celebration of the evening as attendees are invited to dress in 1970’s attire and dance to music of the 70’s. A prize will be awarded for the best dressed.

Please join us on Friday November 8, 2019 at the Mississauga Grand Banquet and Event Centre (35 Brunel Road Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E8). Registration: 5:00 p.m. Program Begins (Dinner & Awards): 6:00 p.m. Tickets:$75.00 each or $650.00 for a table (10 attendees)