Catching up with Arlene Paculan: Mississauga Music Expo

Fiesta ng Kalayaan 2016

Translating to a “Celebration of Freedom” in Filipino, Fiesta ng Kalayaan is the largest family-oriented cultural event west of Toronto celebrating the Philippine culture. Entertainment will include performances by well-known local and international performers, dance troupes, bands, comedians and other artists. Filipino food, pastries and desserts will be on hand, and the trellises of Celebration Square will be adorned with arts and crafts from a variety of vendors from the Philippines.

Host – Arlene Paculan

She will be taking pre-registrations at and on the spot.

Date: Saturday, July 30

Venue: Amphitheatre at Mississauga Celebration Square  (300 City Centre Drive)

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


For more information visit:

TD MACArts Festival 2016

The TD MACArts Festival was a great success! On May 21st 2016, the weather was awesome and so were our performers! Great talent, interesting artist vendors, and tasty food to compliment the sunny day. Thank you to all who came out and participated!

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MARTYS 2016 – The Winners!

The 2016 MARTYS Award Winners are:

Emerging Literary Arts – Peter Whelan

Established Literary Arts – Jasmine Sawant

Emerging Media Arts – Mathew Murray

Established Media Arts – Maggie Habieda

Emerging Music Arts – Anna Wojick

Established Music Arts – David O’Hearn

Emerging Theatre Arts – Sid Sawant

Established Theatre Arts – Sawitri Theatre

Emerging Visual Arts – Fatima Fasih

Established Visual Arts – Noelle Hamlyn

Emerging Dance Arts – Joann Wanda Rossiter

Established Dance Arts – Ashmina Suri

Culinary Arts – Massimo Capra

Fashion and Beauty – Tabi-G

Creative Community Award – Randy Persaud

Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year – Fatima Fasih

Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement in the Arts – Ron Lenyk

People’s Choice Award – Harbir Singh

Congratulations to all who won a MARTY Award this year and Thank You to all who participated!

Carassauga 2016

CARASSAUGA will come alive this weekend from May 27-29 in Mississauga! With 28 Pavilions showcasing over 70 countries throughout the festival displaying food, music, entertainment, fashion, art and history from many countries and their cultures. Founded in 1985, Carassauga will celebrate its 31st Anniversary this year!

Ride the MiWay and Carrassauga shuttle FREE between Pavilion locations with a Carassauga Passport! Children 12 and under also ride free while accompanied by an Adult with the Passport. A “Kids Zone” will be inside Indoor Soccer Arena at the Hershey Centre for children of all ages. Also enjoy FREE parking at all Pavilion locations! Carassauga Welcome and Information booths will be located at the Hershey Centre entrances. The festival schedule will be from Friday, May 27th till Sunday, May 29th at various Mississauga locations. Learn more at or call 905-615-3010 for more details.

Carassauga Passports purchased in advance are $10 each and $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are FREE. Carassauga Passports are sold at various locations in Mississauga, including City Libraries and online at


Annual General Meeting – 2016

Last night’s Annual General Meeting was a great success!

We wished farewell to 4 of our MAC Board Members whom have decided to move on from their positions:

  • Ken Jones
  • Christine Nalborczyk
  • Ara Arzumanian
  • Tam Boyko

Each were awarded a work of art to remind them of how grateful MAC is to have worked with them and their legacy throughout the organization!

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MACLimelight Youth Council Positions – NOW AVAILABLE!

These are volunteer positions with huge exposure/opportunity to make a difference and empower youth. Also, some positions will be eligible for project based honorariums from time to time!


Vice President

  • Assistant to President
  • Able to cover a council related task[s] for President when unavailable (e.x. Including temporary team management if necessary)
  • Respond to emails and other forms of communication when needed
  • MUST attend at least 1 Mandatory meeting


Events and Communications Coordinator

  • Arrange ticket sales (e.x Creating E-Ticket links for event[s] and broadcasting as needed via social media platforms)
  • Perform certain social media broadcasting about upcoming event[s] (e.x. E-Ticket distribution)
  • Informing people interested in the event(s) when asked
  • Respond to emails and other forms of communication when needed
  • MUST attend at least 1 Mandatory meeting


Programming Coordinator

  • Formulate event concepts, duration of event (time-line of program)
  • Must produce detailed information about how the event should run
  • Respond to emails and other forms of communication when needed
  • MUST attend at least 1 Mandatory meeting


Logistics Coordinator

  • Set up venue for upcoming event[s] (e.x Putting out tables, chairs, whatever needed, etc.)
  • Also set up of AV equipment or any other required items for event (e.x. AV cables, booths, etc.)
  • Respond to emails and other forms of communication when needed
  • MUST attend at least 1 Mandatory meeting

If interested in any position, please submit your Resume and contact info, along with the role you are interested in inside the email subject line, to “” by April 4th!

Thank you.

See tomorrow’s Stars: Open Mic, April 28, Sirius Theatrical Company

MAC Open Mic – Hosted by Andy Pacheco


MAC Open Mics serve to portray Mississauga’s talent, cultural richness, and the spirit of the community. Open Mics gives opportunity and welcomes singers, spoken word artists, comedians, dancers and actors to showcase their work on a professional stage in front of a large audience. It is a great melting pot of cultures and an effective medium to strongly connect with your fans and educate them about your art. Free event, open to the general public and MAC members. Registration required to perform.

To register, email OR call Jane at 905.615.4446.

WHEN: April 28, 2016 from 7pm-9pm

WHERE: Sirius Theatrical Company – 119 Mimico Ave, Toronto, Ontario M8V 2V8

Be ready to provide us with your name, contact phone/email, genre of your set, approximate set length! Thank you.

Click here for the Facebook event page!

MAC Coffee Night – Marbling Art EBRU

MAC Coffee Night – Marbling Art (EBRU)
Presentation by Hacer Atar-Ozcan!


EBRU, a unique art form of Turkish Water Marbling, is created by drawing designs with dye on the surface of water, and then carefully placing paper on the water surface in order to absorb the dye; thereby, imprinting the dye pattern on the paper for a beautiful image!

Hacer Atar-Ozcan, a renowned traditional Turkish Marbling artist, will be covering:
– The history of Marbling Art presentation with detailed explanation of materials
– Understanding the Brush
– Understanding the Pigment

Hacer will also provide a DEMONSTRATION of abstract Marbling techniques, such Battal, Gelgit (Come and Go), Tarakli (Combing) and Wavy Flower techniques; Tulips, Daisys and Violets.

Click here for the Facebook event page!

April 11, 2016 from 7-9pm
WHERE: Studio.89
1065 Canadian Place – Unit 104
Mississauga, Ontario

MAC Munch with The App Labb

Today at noon, we learned so much from our MAC Munch with The App Labb workshop today! Kundan Joshi was teaching us how artists should digitally platform themselves for business success. As the room was filled with aspiring “Artrepreneurs”, Kundan explained proven methods to market one’s artistic passion using technology. For example, he explained which apps and online platforms are better for Visual artists to display their work and reach out to their audience more effectively. Overall, a very comprehensive workshop!

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