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Local Arts Stars Awarded – Tickets on sale NOW for the 27th Annual Mississauga Arts Awards!

Live and in-person, Mississauga Arts Council (MAC)’s 27th Mississauga Arts Awards (The MARTYS), takes place on Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Tickets are now available to attend The MARTYS, the most comprehensive civic arts awards program in Canada.

“There is no better time to celebrate the achievements and the resilience of professional artists than now.” says MAC’s Executive Director, Mike Douglas. “This MARTYS will be emotionally packed and more important than ever before. Our City’s artists are recovering from two terrible years, adapting and prevailing through the pandemic. This community revival will spotlight the finalists and winners with much deserved recognition.” 

Hosted by award-winning folk rock singer/songwriter, Matt Zaddy, with co-host jazz singer/songwriter, JACELYN the event features performances from Ukrainian artist, Marta Shpak singing the Ukraine national anthem and O Canada. Guests will enjoy Canada’s Got Talent stars Shadow Entertainmentand musical performances from Gabriela Rodgers and fusion instrumentalist band Five and Tens

The MARTYS kicks off at 6:00 PM at the Mississauga Convention Centre, with a red carpet photo gallery and cocktails, followed at 7:00 PM with dinner, presentations, entertainment and the Awards wrapping up by 10:30 PM. To learn more about the awards, watch a recap of our last in-person MARTY Awards from 2019 here:

Tickets are selling fast, there are less than 400 left. Tickets are $90 (MAC member rate $75) and a full table of ten is only $800. Get your tickets

The 2022 MARTY Awards will follow all provincial COVID-19 guidelines and precautions. For your protection, masks are strongly encouraged and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue. Social distancing options for seating are available upon request. Contact Susan Durnin, MAC’s Administration Lead, for more information.

About The Mississauga Arts Awards: 
The Mississauga Arts Awards (The MARTYS) are the Mississauga Arts Council’s annual award celebration honouring outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts and cultural activity in our City. Each year we seek to recognize honourees whose work helps transform and advance our communities through art. For the last 26 years, the MARTYS has been the City’s most distinguished red carpet event for recognizing established and emerging artists. Learn more

About MAC:
Mississauga Arts Council is a registered charity, dedicated to accelerating progress toward the attainment of our Vision of Mississauga, as a vibrant cultural community where arts and culture thrive! Our mission is to empower the Arts Economy by Creating more opportunities & capacity; Connecting artists to audiences and each other; and Celebrating artists’ achievements. Learn more at

Mississauga Potters’ Guild Online Registration for our 2022 Spring Session Goes LIVE Sunday, March 27th at 9am

We are pleased to offer Beginner/Intermediate spring sessions:

  •    10-week Tuesday or Wednesday classes begin April 26-27
  •    8-week Monday classes begin May 9

Beginner/Intermediate Classes will run:

  • Monday AM:          May 9 – Jul 4        9am to 12pm
  • Monday PM:          May 9 – Jul 4        7pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday AM:         Apr 26 – Jun 28    9am to 12pm 
  • Tuesday PM:         Apr 26 – Jun 28    7pm to 10pm
  • Wednesday PM:    Apr 27 – Jun 29    7pm to 10pm

All levels are welcome. No experience is required for Beginner/Intermediate classes. 

Once registration is LIVE (March 27, 2022), click HERE to register, to review class options, or to access more information about our programs.

Note: Our COVID-19 Protocol remains in place for the 2022 Spring Session. 

All class Participants and Instructors who enter the building must be fully vaccinated, and proof of vaccination is required to attend class. 

We anticipate high interest in our classes this session, so don’t delay in signing up!

Questions about classes? Email or go to

We hope to see you in one of our classes this Spring!

Mississauga Seeks New Poet Laureate for 2021 to 2024 Term

The City of Mississauga is searching for its fourth Poet Laureate to fill a 31-month term, starting this September until March 2024.

The selected candidate will take over for the current Poet Laureate, Paul Edward Costa, as his term comes to an end this year.

This honorary position is well suited for a poet who is skilled in poetry, spoken word and public speaking. They must also be able to speak and write on themes that are important to Mississauga residents. The position grants the opportunity to give back to the city while creating an artistic legacy.

What: Mississauga Poet Laureate recruitment

Where: Submit your application online

When: Applications close on Sunday, August 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Mississauga Arts Council’s Annual General Meeting hears from leaders and shares strategic priorities for the future of the arts

“Congratulations MAC, on this most valuable and important year in your history as our city’s leading arts organization. I’m truly looking forward to enjoying creative events again with the wonderful talents we have here, when Mississauga artists can shine again,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie shared best wishes with all attendees at Mississauga Arts Council’s Virtual Annual General Meeting on April 14, 2021.

Paul Damaso, Director of the City’s Culture Division’s glowing words of support were shared with attendees, “There is a favourite expression of mine that ‘pressure makes diamonds’. That expression has never been truer than it has been for MAC this past year. I want to congratulate and thank you for your incredible efforts. We look forward to your continued leadership and partnership as we move towards recovery and ‘blaze new paths’ to an exciting Post-Pandemic future for the Arts in Mississauga.” Full letter:

The AGM kicked off with a video of O Canada performed by long-time MAC member and trumpeter, William Leathers, who now studies at The Julliard School in New York.

President Ron Duquette thanked the Board and staff their contributions and the work they did to support Mississauga artists during an unprecedented year. He also thanked MAC members who shape our strong and vibrant community. President Duquette noted that MAC developed a strategic plan that will inform our actions over the next 3 years. Strategic Plan:

MAC’s Executive Director, Mike Douglas provided an overview of what the Mississauga Arts Council did to support artists in 2020.

“2020 started with so much promise, we hosted both our MAC at West Edge Open Mic and Open Mic LIVE at the Living Arts Centre, we danced all night at a country music showcase, called the Sweetheart Saloon, then the world changed.” said Douglas.

“We put together a COVID-19 VS. the Arts page sharing COVID news updates and links to new resources for our community. With so many losses by professional creatives, we had to find more resources and inject some hope, some money into the community. And we did, thanks to the Government of Canada, and other generous funders we were able to support 27 micro-grant projects. Helping artists pivot online. We saw our webcast concert audiences grow by thousands, for Rise Up Mississauga, the Sauga Music Series, and MAC Arts Cafe.”

MAC Board Director Grant Clark conducted the Board’s online election and announced MAC’s new board members and new advisory board. 

Declared as 2021 Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council: Anna Adams (MBOT Appointee), Helen Almeida, Jason Chellew, Charles Chu, Grant Clark, Ron Duquette (City of Mississauga Appointee), Christine Griffin, Imran Hasan, Ken Jones, Marissa Mah, Filip Plaskota, Jaspreet Sandhu, Ron Starr, and Laurie Usypchuk.

MAC also introduced its new Advisory Board, consisting of Mark Almond, Sameena Eidoo, Linden King, Lynne Mack, & Isabella Vecchiarelli.

MAC’s Virtual AGM concluded with a presentation of the video, This Moment, by Emily Roman (Elite Dance Company), which was funded through MAC’s 2020 Micro-Grant Program. Viewers marvelled, “If this can be done during COVID, imagine what the future holds!” and shared their compliments on the stylish and touching work.

During the subsequent monthly Board of Directors meeting on May 11, 2021, the new Executive Committee of the Board was elected. Ken Jones was voted the new President of the Board, Ron Duquette as Vice-President, Charles Chu as Treasurer and Marissa Mah as Secretary of the Board.

President Ken Jones acknowledged outgoing President Ron Duquette for his significant contribution to MAC. “Ron’s tremendous leadership saw MAC through what might be the toughest year ever for the arts community. His accomplishments, like the Hazel A Celebration: 100 Years In The Makingmusical documentary tribute was an outstanding success, and these have contributed to Ron’s living legacy as one of Mississauga’s top arts leaders.”

The Mississauga Arts Council is a registered charity, dedicated to accelerating progress toward the attainment of our Vision of Mississauga, as a vibrant cultural community where arts and culture thrive! Our mission is to empower the Arts Economy by Creating more opportunities & capacity; Connecting artists to audiences and each other; and Celebrating artists’ achievements

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Finalists Announced for 2021 MARTY Awards & Community Award Winners Named for 2021 MARTY Awards

The Mississauga Arts Council is pleased to announce that after much deliberation, our jurors have released the names of all finalists selected for our 2021 Mississauga Arts Awards (the MARTYs) categories. The MARTYS celebrate the greatest achievements in the arts in Mississauga across all artistic practices. This year, we will present awards in 18 categories. 

The Board of Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council deliberated on its three Community Awards weighing some outstanding contributors to the history of the arts in Mississauga.

Community Arts Award Winners named

For their unwavering commitment to the arts in our city, and financial support of creative initiatives, events, and infrastructure that add to the quality of life in this community and for the entire city, Port Credit Community Foundation is awarded the Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award for 2021.

For her abundance of volunteerism for many Mississauga-based organizations, and the numerous boards, committees, and fundraising activities that have benefited from her experience, knowledge, and dedicated contributions, Mary Miskic is awarded the Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award.

For his tremendous contributions over 40 years, as a musician, recording producer, teacher, mentor, and advocate for the next generation of musicians, Anthony Panacci is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

MARTYS Virtual date postponed 

Due to COVID-19 protocols and its restrictions on production, MAC is postponing the MARTYS, to Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00 PM. We want to recognize our outstanding artists with an exciting digital special, but creating a great production – and ensuring the health and safety of all those on camera – will take more time to produce.

All are welcome to watch this glittering production on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, at 7:00 PM on Mississauga Arts Council’s YouTube Channel. 

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