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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.

Continue reading LIVING ARTS CENTRE UNVEILS 2018-2019 SEASON

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.


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 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.


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)  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!

Mississauga Celebrates the Arts at the MARTYS

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Mississauga Arts Council is thrilled to announce the 23nd annual MARTYS!

“This is the biggest and best arts connecting, networking and awards celebration of the year!” – Brian Crombie, President of the Board of Directors of MAC

2017 will mark the 23rd year of recognizing local emerging and established talent within the arts in Mississauga via the MARTYS; the Mississauga Arts Awards.

Monday April 17 was the last day to send in MARTYS nominations! Thank you to all of the nominators who sent in all the information that was necessary on time! We have a roster of fantastic nominees, the judges will definitely have a hard time deciding the finalists.

This year the Mississauga Arts Council has brought an air of exclusivity to the MARTYS like never before. By establishing some changes to the rules and guidelines, MAC has elevated the MARTYS into a highly coveted award. The most significant changes to the MARTYS rules and guidelines were:

  1. Self-nominations are no longer accepted
  2. Nominees may only be nominated in one category
  3. 5 finalists will be featured in the MARTYS program

During this year’s MARTYS, MAC will unveil a brand new, distinctive, crystal award that will be a sought after and cherished prize for anyone in the arts. Designed by Crystal Sensations, the people who created Canada’s Juno award, this unique piece will remain the same for years to come, establishing recognition as the highest arts award available in our city.

“It is with great pleasure and pride that we have accepted the responsibility to create and manufacture the Mississauga Arts Council MARTYS Award” – Jerome Bacchus, Vice President of Crystal Sensations 

“We’re excited about this year’s new award, honouring the Festival of the Year, as judged by the Mississauga News. It’s especially timely as Mississauga has just won the award for being the best festival city in Ontario!” – Ron Duquette, Producer of the MARTYS

For the last two years the Mississauga Convention Centre has graciously hosted the MARTYS providing an elegant venue, delicious food and exceptional service. Red carpet reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

We have an amazing line-up of entertainers including previous MARTY winners like David O’Hearn’s pop rock band, Time Trip, sweet jazz stylist Arlene Paculan, young opera star Anna Wojcik and award winning dancers and instrumentalists to entertain along with a special surprise guest!

“We hope you join the popular movement to recognize excellence in the arts and help turn Mississauga into a creative city.” – Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC

MARTYS Tickets can be purchased at the office, online at or by calling 905-615-4278. Ticket prices are $75 for members, $90 for non-members and $700 for a table of 10. Please note: tickets will not be sold at the door.