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Mississauga to Assume Full Operation of Living Arts Centre

Today, Mississauga City Council passed a motion to end its relationship agreement with The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (LAC) on December 31, 2019 and assume responsibility for all operations and management of the facility.

“In order to grow our music industry, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a ‘Music City,’ we need to unlock the true potential of the Living Arts Centre,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today, Council took the first step by voting in support of a motion that will help realize that vision. In addition to their cultural significance, creative industries are an important driver of economic growth and employment. It’s important the City of Mississauga has the ability to strategically leverage City assets, including the Living Arts Centre, so that we can take our creative industries to the next level and grow it in a way that drives investment, creates jobs and ultimately puts Mississauga on the map as a ‘Music City’. On behalf of Council, I do want to thank the exceptional volunteer board members who have dedicated countless hours to the Living Arts Centre over the past 20 years; and I look forward to working with the current board during this transition.”  

Over the next six months, City staff will work with the current LAC Board to transition operations and management of the facility.  

“Today, the City owns, operates and manages several major entertainment and cultural facilities such as the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Celebration Square and the Meadowvale Theatre. Council has tasked staff with finding opportunities across all these municipal assets to better integrate programming, drive tourism and establish Mississauga as a creative music city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “It is business as usual for employees, customers and rental clients at the LAC as we transition into this new management model.” 

Baker added that the City’s Culture Division will play a key role in leading the transition along with other City staff.

LAC Presents: MOMIX Opus Cactus

Dance, Acrobatics & Illusions – Moses Pendleton Brings the American Southwest to Glorious Life

On October 12, 2018, the Living Arts Centre kicks off its Great Night Out series with MOMIX Opus Cactus at 8:00PM in Hammerson Hall. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at the Box Office (905-306-000) or online at www.livingartscentre.ca.

Known for their famous dance / acrobatic / contortionist skills, as well as for presenting works of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a world-renowned company of dancer-illusionists founded and directed by Moses Pendleton. Touring the world for the past 35 years, the company not only performs live in theatres, but has also been featured on television, feature films, commercials, and in large-scale world events, including Emmy award-winning specials and the 3D IMAX film, Imagine.

Director Moses Pendleton chose the name ‘MOMIX’ because it calls to mind the musical term, mix. “There’s no rule for these shows, just whatever kind of chemical way you can drop it, cook it, or spin it,” he stated in an interview with the Calgary Herald, 2018. “It’s a visual, physical dance theatre, but it’s not just dance.” he says, “It uses props and lighting and costumes and special kinds of music to create an otherworldly MOMIX world.” In this spectacular show, MOMIX creates thesetting of a desert. “I was very inspired initially by going down to the Sonora desert in southwest America,” Pendleton recalls. “I was very taken by the flora and the fauna of the desert and impressions of that as it’s translated into dance-theatre form.”

“Few theater artists today can achieve the level of visual splendor and theatrical magic that Mr. Pendleton can conjure from essentially the sparest of means.” – Robert Greskovic The Wall Street Journal

Each of the 18 vignettes in Opus Cactus is performed to Indigenous or Arabic music as well as to compositions from Brian Eno. Pendleton says the elements are arranged to have a narrative “curve,” as you make your way through a desert botanical garden filled with colour and movement, and wonder and surprise! This is a visual masterpiece not to be missed!

The LAC is also offering a sumptuous Dinner & Show Package, which includes dinner at our in-house LIVE restaurant at 5:30PM prior to the show. For more details, call the Box Office.