MISSISSAUGA, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood working in collaboration with The Open Gallery is shining the spotlight on young emerging visual artists! VAM will be hosting its new exhibition,The Art of Dialogue, running from February 5, 2018 to February 18, 2018 at The VAM Gallery located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.

The Art of Diaolgue will support emerging artists working in experimental processes using a combination of traditional and new media. The Art of Dialogue will feature over 25 emerging artists from the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.The exhibition is proudly sponsored by TD Bank.

VAM is pleased to host a public Opening Reception on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7 pm. The evening will include performances by emerging spoken-word artists Tisania Smith, Tobi, Kaiya Crawford. vocalist Shope and DJ ROSEMIGHTY.

“The Art of Dialogue is an opportunity for youth artists from Mississauga and the GTHA to share their artistic process, stories, and perspectives through a visual statement,” explains VAM Exhibitions and Events Coordinator Eldiana Begovic. “We are excited to host this youth exhibition in conjunction with a show by The Open Gallery, a youth led mobile gallery based here in Mississauga. We invite you to take in the art and see what our next generation of artists have to say.”

VAM will present cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Opening Reception on Friday, February 9 at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend the Opening Reception, admission is free. Please click here for additional details.

VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Please call 905-277-4313 or visit for more. Follow VAM on Twitter @VisualArtsMiss, on Instagram @visualartsmississauga and Facebook.

City Announces New Director of Economic Development

The City of Mississauga has selected Bonnie Brown as the new Director of Economic Development effective February 13th, following a national hiring competition. Brown has been the City’s Manager of Sector Development and Economic Partnerships since 2012 and replaces Susan Amring who retired in 2017.

“Bonnie is committed to delivering excellence in professional services in collaboration with the Mayor and Council, City leadership and staff, and with industry and community partners,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.  “I am delighted to have Bonnie leading the City’s economic development efforts.  She brings with her strong people and leadership skills and an experienced understanding and knowledge of local, national and international Economic Development strategies.”

Reporting to the City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Brown will be responsible for managing all business functions of the Economic Development Office. This includes overseeing the City’s international marketing strategy, the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC), market research and analysis and business attraction, growth and retention.

Brown joined the City’s Economic Development team in 1999 as a Client Account Manager. She progressed through several leadership positions and became the Manager of Sector Development and Economic Partnerships in 2012. Over the past five years, Brown has been instrumental in promoting the local and international competitiveness of the City’s key economic clusters and has led projects to stimulate economic growth. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Laurentian University, a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and received her Economic Developer Certification from the Economic Development Association of Canada.