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.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding area residents and visitors of Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to keep all pets on a leash when visiting the park. While pets are allowed in the conservation area, they must always be kept on a leash six feet or less.
“We’re reminding visitors that our conservation areas are beautiful, natural spaces shared with wildlife. There are areas that you don’t want your dog to get into,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager for CVC. “We ask that visitors always keep their pet’s on-leash for their own safety and for the safety of wildlife. It’s also important to give personal space for other park visitors who may be afraid of wandering dogs.”
Dogs on-leash is a long-standing rule at all CVC properties. It’s important that visitors follow park rules to protect their pets. Dogs off-leash are exposed to several hazards because of the unpredictable nature of shared natural public spaces. When a dog roams off-leash it can be exposed to:
Poisonous plants (such as poison ivy)
Wildlife (coyotes, skunks and porcupines)
Ticks (Lyme Disease)
Other dogs that aren’t dog-friendly
Rattray Marsh is home to a variety of wildlife, including species-at-risk. These species can be in danger when dogs are loose. This time of year, young animals are also growing and a very vulnerable stage of life. Please keep dogs away for their safety.
CVC asks everyone to be a good neighbour and follow park rules. Not all park visitors can or wish to be exposed to dogs due to allergies, fears or beliefs. Visitors who disregard the on-leash policy may be putting themselves and their dog at risk of liability. CVC is working with City of Mississauga By-law officers at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to enforce by-laws at the park.
The City of Mississauga has eight leash-free zones around the city for residents who want to give their dogs an off-leash experience.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Film is breaking out of theatres and coming to a public space near you. On May 4 – 5, PopUp Shorts will exhibit a curated selection of short films by award-winning filmmakers from Mississauga and Oakville. Enjoy free continuous animation, music videos, dramas, and documentaries in the spacious lobby of the Clarkson Community Centre, 2475 Truscott Dr, Mississauga. A special screening with popcorn and some of the filmmakers in attendance for a Q&A will take place Saturday, May 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
PopUp Shorts is co-hosted by the Oakville Festivals of Film and Art (OFFA) who organize the Willson Oakville Film Festival, and FILMHIVE – Mississauga’s creative hub for filmmakers and media artists.
“PopUp Shorts was inspired by the idea to present film as public art,” explains filmmaker and FILMHIVE founder, Cathleen MacDonald. “Mississauga and the region are home to many film and television professionals whose work wins accolades in Canada and abroad. PopUp Shorts showcases local talent to a hometown audience.”
Adds Wendy Donnan, Executive Director of OFFA, “We are proud to be working with FILMHIVE, and to have the support of a Mississauga Cultural Projects Grant and Oakville Cultural Grants to bring PopUp Shorts to Mississauga. Filmmakers in our communities are so talented and eager to show and talk about their work. We plan to grow this programme to give local filmmakers the opportunity to increase awareness of the power and incredible diversity of short films.”
“Mississauga is where it all began,” says participating filmmaker Sid Sawant. “A chance at a better life and a chance to explore the arts. My hopes are to inspire the next generation of film makers.”
The curated selection of 14 short films will screen continuously at the Clarkson Community Centre lobby Saturday May 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at filmhive.org/events
Submissions for the 20th Annual Lakeshore Art Trail are now being accepted from artists within the Mississauga Area. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019. For more information on the jurying process, contact Lead Juror Gabby Tutak firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Lakeshore Art Trail is an artistic-community based art show tour. The show will run from October 19 – 20, 2019, the weekend following Thanksgiving. The tour features local, visual artists exhibiting and selling their artwork out of various venues – artists’ studios, local businesses and libraries – located throughout the scenic Mississauga villages of Clarkson and Port Credit.
Arts on the Credit is delighted to announce that in September, art lovers will be able to purchase art from selected artists that have participated in the AOTC shows – all year round – another chance to purchase from our outstanding artists! https://www.artsonthecredit.ca/art-shop
“Arts on the Credit is an art tour like no other”, says founder and organizer, Marie Payne, “The entire Port Credit business community gets involved and local artists are hosted by generous shop owners along Lakeshore Road. Our tour is walkable and accessible, with fantastic restaurants all along the route, making it a complete experience of original art, fabulous food and refreshments, and live music at some locations.”
The Arts on the Credit art tour includes fine art, paintings and photography, and 3-dimensional work such as blown and fused glass, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, and wood carving. Arts on the Credit carefully juries and selects quality work, attracting participation from both local and GTA artists who will be available to chat and explain the stories behind their creations, there is always a story to be told!
The tour takes place along Lakeshore Road in the east, central and west village of Port Credit. As always, the tour is FREE, and is walkable and accessible with thousands of quality art-related gifts available just in time for the coming holiday season. For those visitors who complete the tour & submit their “tour passport” there are also fabulous draw prizes. A map is available at http://artsonthecredit.ca/arts-on-the-credit-tour/ with detailed information about this year’s participating artists.