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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.

LIVING ARTS CENTRE UNVEILS 2018-2019 SEASON

The Living Arts Centre unveiled its 2018-19 Season to an excited and enthusiastic invite-only crowd on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Guests were treated to entertainment by some of the artists performing in the new season and received an advance window to purchase tickets to the much anticipated shows.

The LAC’s Arts for Life Patron Club Members, Board Members, Supporters, Sponsors, Special Guests, Mississauga City Councillors, and former Mayor Hazel McCallion were on hand as the 2018 Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Awards were awarded to Pujita Verma, Selena Xu, Sereen Aziz, and Mason Victoria by members of the Lenyk family. Last year’s winner, William Leathers, who is on his way to The Julliard School, was invited back to showcase his virtuosity and talent on the piano and trumpet.

CEO Natalie Lue took the audience through the full lineup of the season which starts in September 2018 through to May 2019. She said, “It is definitely a season worth celebrating with incredibly exceptional talent and some of the best music, dance, spectacle, comedy, and, theatre available anywhere! We’ve packaged them in a way that provides some insight into why we programmed what we did. You’ll also see some familiar shows in the season because you’ve told us to keep bringing them back!”

The presentation included exciting giveaway prizes for audience members, as well as brilliant performances that gave the public a real taste of what’s to come. It was no surprise that everyone in the audience fell in love with The Dreamboats bringing back good ol’ Rock n’ Roll. , and jaws were dropping once UnCovered singer Sara Farb’s voice echoed through the hall. Meanwhile, OKAN, with their unique blend of Cuban music, Jazz and world rhythms, wrapped up the show and the party continued at the post show reception.

Great Night Out!

The LAC provides the perfect excuse to get off the couch and book a babysitter! Indulge in breathtaking, unforgettable performances where audiences will be transported to fantasy worlds in an extravagant multimedia adventure with MOMIX: Opus Cactus. Or follow the high jinx of a lovers’ triangle in the Wild West in Cirque Éloize: Saloon. The high octane of Get the Led Out returns for a fourth time by popular demand, while fast-rising stars and JUNO award-winners A Tribe Called Red, celebrating Indigenous culture with cutting-edge electronic music, grace the LAC stage for the first time! Don’t missthe electrifying voice of JUNO nominee Basia Bulat. For a night of laughs versus logic, catch this almost two-hour joke- fest: The Debaters Live on Tour from the hit CBC Radio program.

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Seven Impressive Citizens to be Honoured at 5th Annual Legends Row Mississauga’s Walk of Fame Ceremony

On Saturday, November 4 at 1pm, in Erin Mills Town Centre’s Centre Court, seven worthy citizens will be inducted into the prestigious Legends Row Mississauga’s Walk of Fame.

Legends Row Mississauga’s Walk of Fame is a celebratory ceremony recognizing special residents who have made impressive contributions to the betterment of Mississauga, the country, and in some cases, the world. It is the highest honour a resident, or former resident can receive. Past honorees include: Oscar Peterson, Don Cherry, Johnny Bower and Tommy Hunter and NHL legend Paul Coffey.

In attendance to welcome the Class of 2017 will be several dignitaries, past inductees and many proud family members.

This year’s inductees are: Hazel McCallion, longest serving mayor in Mississauga who ushered unprecedented growth and prosperity to the city; George Stroumboulopoulos, respected television and radio broadcast veteran; Visionary Willson McTavish who spearheaded the creation of the Living Arts Centre and Mississauga Arts Council; three-time Olympian John Wood (posthumously); community leader Dr. Ruth Hussey (posthumously); prolific Canadian science fiction author, Robert J. Sawyer; and community leader Gary Clipperton.

Legends Row Mississauga’s Walk of Fame inductees will have a descriptive plaque of their accomplishments on a six foot high, four-sided vertical unit called a ”Totem”, located in Celebration Square in the heart of Mississauga’s downtown.

BIOGRAPHIES:

Hazel McCallion is the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, having served for 36 years at the time of her retirement in 2014. Her supporters gave her the nickname “Hurricane Hazel” because of her outspoken political style. McCallion guided the new City of Mississauga through an unprecedented period of growth and prosperity.

George Stroumboulopoulos is a broadcast veteran in television and radio, He has earned a reputation for being authentic and relatable and is one of the most trusted and respected broadcasters in Canada. Malton born, George is also a passionate advocate of many social and environmental issues worldwide and has been an active supporter of numerous causes throughout his career.

Dr. Ruth Hussey (1915-1984) was the driving force behind the 14-year long, public campaign that eventually resulted in the acquisition of most of Rattray Marsh in the mid-1970s and saved it from being developed.

Gary Clipperton founded and directed the Streetsville based charity choral group JUSTUS which performed throughout Mississauga, Canada and abroad for 40 years. He spent his life serving his community as founding director of the Bread ‘n Honey Festival, as well as helping create the Meadowvale Theatre among many other endeavours.

Robert J. Sawyer is one of Canada’s most prolific authors and has been called the dean of Canadian science fiction. He is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honours for best novel of the year.

John Wood (1950-2013) A three-time Olympian, John was the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal on Canadian soil and the first Mississaugan to win an Olympic medal, all in an era rampant with East Bloc doping. Training out of the Mississauga Canoe Club, he is credited with inspiring other athletes and kickstarting Canada’s run of success in the sport of canoe/kayak.

Willson McTavish Among his many contributions to the Arts in Mississauga, Willson was the Founding Chair of the Mississauga Arts Council, President of the Mississauga Symphony and the visionary who spearheaded the creation and development of the Living Arts Centre, spending five years of research and writing reports for City Council in order to get this important community project off the ground.

For more public information, please call 905-569-1981 or visit erinmills.ca or Guest Services.

Great news for museum-lovers, culture-lovers and free-stuff lovers!

The City of Mississauga is celebrating Canada 150 and Bradley Museum’s 50th Anniversary this summer and you get the gift!

To further strengthen the City of Mississauga’s commitment to making heritage accessible and enjoyable for everyone, the  Museums of Mississauga will offer FREE Admission at all sites from Friday, May 5 through Tuesday, August 22.

Donations will be graciously accepted.

17 MUST-ATTEND AWARD-WINING THEMED & CULTURAL FESTIVALS & EVENTS!

Family and friends are summoned to flock to Ontario streets

Streetsville Bread & Honey FestONTARIO (May 10, 2017) There’s no better place to flock the streets this year than at an Ontario festival. Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is happy to highlight a subset of FEO’s award-winning festivals – each of these themed and cultural festival has something distinctive and unique to offer its guests! The kaleidoscope of festivities lying in wait for you range from bush planes to sheep dogs to cacti and everything in between. It’s just so easy to be captivated by anyone of these festivals and events and there’s something special for everyone.

This year’s Themed and Cultural Festival Highlights include:
Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival     May 1 – 31  (Toronto)  scotiabankcontactphoto.com  CONTACT is the largest photography festival in the world devoted to celebrating the art and profession of photography with over 1500 artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues throughout the GTA. Continue reading 17 MUST-ATTEND AWARD-WINING THEMED & CULTURAL FESTIVALS & EVENTS!