Mississauga’s Culture Master Plan came into sharper focus as Council approved the City of Mississauga’s Cultural Districts Implementation Plan. The plan introduces six cultural districts in Mississauga, each attributed with distinct themes, as the City looks to enrich cultural spaces to improve the quality of life for residents and the economic success of Mississauga.
“How we shine as a city has so much to do with our arts and culture, and I truly believe our residents and visitors will all benefit from improved cultural spaces throughout Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “From entertainment venues and art galleries to dining out and connecting in green spaces, cultural districts are designed to offer people a wide range of experiences all within a concentrated and well-designed community space.”
“Many cities are known for their distinct neighbourhoods, which is why we have benchmarked ourselves to other thriving cities around the world,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “The plan meshes the entrepreneurial spirit of business and creative passion of the arts and culture community together in a collective path to success in Mississauga. Cultural districts will attract visitors to the city to support local businesses, while the arts and culture community will have improved, innovative spaces to showcase their craft. This is about creating vibrant neighbourhoods and community hubs as destinations for locals and visitors alike.”
The history, heritage and future plans of each neighbourhood were explored. The six districts include:
Port Credit – exploration, entertainment, the arts and cultural heritage
Streetsville – cultural heritage, entertainment and exploration
DowntownCore – arts and innovation, entertainment and food
Cooksville – food, cultural heritage, music and entertainment
Clarkson – sustainability, cultural heritage, arts and entertainment
Malton – cultural heritage, community and exploration
As noted in the staff report, public consultation will take place between February and July 2021 and will help identify and prioritize the cultural needs within each district.
Do you drive, walk or cycle in Downtown Mississauga? Your input can guide future transportation projects in this area of the city by visiting our on-demand virtual open house for the newly launched Downtown Movement Plan. The best part is it can all be done from the comfort of your own home.
The Downtown Movement Plan (DMP) is part of the larger Downtown Strategy project that is building on the success of Downtown Mississauga. The project will make sure that Downtown Mississauga continues to be a vibrant place to live, work, learn, be entertained, raise a family, and a place to choose to be.
The DMP will identify the transportation infrastructure and policies required to support and guide the continued development of Downtown Mississauga in two phases:
· Phase 1 (Summer 2020): Review what works and what doesn’t in Downtown Mississauga’s transportation system today
· Phase 2 (Fall 2020 – Winter 2021): Identify and evaluate ways to make getting to, from and around Downtown Mississauga easier via transit, walking, cycling or vehicle.
Throughout both phases there will be an opportunity for engagement. The public engagement portion of Phase 1 begins Monday, August 17, 2020 in the form of a virtual open house that is available 24-7, whenever it best fits into your schedule. Visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/downtown until Monday, September 21, 2020 to share input, submit questions, provide feedback, and click on the “Stay Informed” icon to join the mailing list.
Work Scheduled for Completion by Fall, 2021; Elevator to be Out of Service from April to July, 2020
In February, the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT) will undergo a complete interior renovation to transform the City’s busiest facility into a modernized space with improved accessibility and services for MiWay customers. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2021.
“Exciting things are underway this year. The CCTT was built in 1996 and is a 23-year-old facility. It is located in downtown Mississauga with more than 45,000 commuters accessing it every day. The building requires upgrades to meet the growing needs of our community,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit. “This facility is an important part of the customer experience for many MiWay riders. Every effort will be made to ensure disruption is minimal and that fare and customer information services will continue to be provided onsite.”
During the renovations, the CCTT will remain accessible to the community with some areas temporarily out of service. It is anticipated that the elevator will be temporarily out of service from April until July 2020. Customers are encouraged to look for directional signage indicating access points. Customer service for the information booth and fare booths will be relocated, but will remain onsite throughout construction to serve commuters.
For more information about the CCTT renovation, visit miway.ca/cctt.
North American Tour Kicks Off at Square One with Immersive Interactive Attraction
New Rooms Revealed Tied to Dr. Seuss Classics “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “The Sneetches”
With tickets officially on sale today at 12:00 p.m. EST at www.experienceseuss.com, Dr. Seuss fans from across Southwestern Ontario will have the chance to be the first in the world to visit “The Dr. Seuss Experience.” This imaginative and interactive immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss will premiere in a standalone space at Mississauga’s Square One on Saturday, October 26.
“The Dr. Seuss Experience” is brought to life by Kilburn Live, the Live Events division of Kilburn Media, a leading entertainment company focused on producing content with an emphasis on quality and originality, in conjunction with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, a global leader in educational entertainment. The 15,000-square-foot Seuss-tacular, sensory spectacle will feature multiple rooms with immersive installations themed after some of the iconic author’s timeless works.
Access to affordable housing, the growth of cities and the power of cultural food experiences will be explored at the Our Future City: Urban Film Forumon Saturday, November 2 at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Central Library. The City, in collaboration with Hot Docs, will present this special day of documentary films to generate thought-provoking discussions about issues related to city building. The film event marks the start of the public engagement phase of Mississauga’s Official Plan Review which officially began in June.
Our Future City: Urban Film Forum features:
Internationally-acclaimed documentary films
Opportunity to participate in post-show discussions with notable influencers
Showcase of city-wide projects and the Downtown Strategy with opportunities to provide feedback
Food trucks on Mississauga Celebration Square
Aisha Jamal, a Toronto-based film programmer, independent filmmaker and college professor is the event moderator. Her documentaries have screened at festivals and venues worldwide, and this fall on the Documentary channel. Ms. Jamal is a Canadian Film Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival and Programming Associate of Canadian and Nordic Features at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).