Spectrum SQ unveils it’s Canada 150 Installation by Kanchan Quinlin!

Yesterday at 11:00 AM, Spectrum SQ hosted a wonderful event celebrating Canada’s 150th! Spectrum SQ invited local residents and employees of all ages to join in its, commemorating Canada’s past, present and future. The exciting grand art reveal took place on Tuesday, June 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Spectrum SQ’s Water Feature, bringing community together in celebration of the national pride and love for the arts. The unveiling of the art piece kicked off the Faces Of Canada contest where shoppers were encouraged to take a picture with the installation and post it to their personal social media channels!

“First of all, I had an amazing time designing this piece, it was really fun! I wanted to design something interesting but also attractive.” Kanchan Quinlin says in her acceptance speech.

Original drawings by Kanchan Quinlin

This interactive installation captures what it truly means to be Canadian. The design is inspired by the maple leaf, which is Canada’s national symbol. An abstract version of the maple leaf, comprising of multiple geometric shapes hovers above the forest of maple trees.

The focal point of the design is the maple tree that protrudes its branches up and roots outward to provide support and beauty to the structure. The use of materials including maple wood and the traditional colours of red, white and grey all intertwined with the concept of the maple leaf collectively define Canada’s history and heritage.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary, the installation also features 150 words chosen by Canadians that describe what “My Canada Is…” These words capture our land’s unity, pride, and natural beauty. The future of Canada is its diversity. This notion is illustrated by the towering mirrored panels, which reflect the Canadian people and the generations to come as they approach the installation.

Original drawings by Kanchan Quinlin

The movement under and around the hovering maple leaf is meant to create a dynamic yet contemplative experience for the visitors. This space allows all Canadians to identify with their homeland.

Quinlan is not only an artist but also an architect. She received her BA from the University of Toronto and has since worked in several architectural positions. She received a Masters of Architecture in 2013 and has since been working in the Architectural field.

“Kanchan Quinlan’s #CANADA150 art installation came in first out of six amazing applications, It was really difficult to decide the winner.” Says Nidhi Gaur of Spectrum SQ Team.

The installation will remain a permanent piece at the Spectrum Square complex at: Spectrum SQ, Water Feature, 5023 Spectrum Way, ON L4W 0E4. Check it out anytime and make sure you take a picture with the beautiful piece!


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CALL FOR AUDITIONS! Sawitri Theatre presenting new show: Grandma, based on Jane Fraser’s history!

Sawitri Theatre is presenting a new show: Gramma , based on Jane Fraser’s history.  It opens on July 20. http://www.sawitri.ca/

For a PDF version of this blog post click HERE!

SAWITRI Theatre Group Auditions for GRAMMA!

GRAMMA – English play by award-winning playwright Jasmine Sawant, inspired by Dr. Jane Fraser’s book GRAMMA about her family’s history in the Meadowvale Area of Mississauga.

Director: Christina Collins & Producer: Nitin Sawant

Production Design: Joe Pagnan

Looking for strong actors!!! Professional actors required.

***Auditions this Sunday***  in Toronto – Sun 28th May 2017 – 7-30 to 9 pm at the theatre at – 2121 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto.

Synopsis – Based on the local history of Dr. Jane Fraser’s family in the Meadowvale Area of Mississauga, it provides glimpses of the past through the story of Lillie Carberry (1865-1919) and of the present through her great great grand-daughter Samantha Fraser who takes another look at the past through a lens provided by Raj Nilan. 

Cast Breakdown 

Lillie Carberry – female – open ethnicity – playing an age range from 17 to 50 years. The older years will require special make-up and hair.

Has to be able to sing hymns. Ability to play the piano an asset. Spirited in her younger days, she becomes quiet homemaker and a protective mother.

Henry Brown and Luther Emerson – male – open ethnicity – playing both roles in an age range of late 20s to 30s.

Henry Brown is a farmer and an enterprising businessman. Luther is a teacher who enlists during WWII and returns to take up farming.

Grace Emerson – female – open ethnicity – playing age range from 15 years to 40 years.

She’s very independent, smart and able to take her own decisions whether it’s her career choice, marriage or life. She’s also a bit plump. Ability to play the piano an asset.

Samantha Fraser – female – open ethnicity – playing age 22+ years but under 30 years.

A feisty young woman not afraid to speak her mind. Has a lot of opinions and yet open-minded. Ability to learn new choreography and dance an asset.

Raj Nilan – male – South Asian – playing age 25+ but under 30 years.

Product of a mixed marriage. Sensitive to his parents’ past. Philosophical with a sense of fun.

Rehearsals – 15th June and 19th July 2017 as per schedule.

Performances – From 20th July to 4th August 2017 as per schedule.

Performance Venue: Sampradaya Theatre, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 5Y6

Rehearsal Venue: To be advised.

To Apply: Email headshot and resume to jasmine@sawitri.ca by ASAP clearly stating the role applied for in the subject line.

Paid opportunity. Non-union rates apply. No phone calls please!

SAWITRI Theatre Group – Winner of 2016 Marty Award for Best Established Theatre, SAWITRI, founded in January 2003, is an incorporated not-for-profit theatre organization, presenting original, challenging and exciting works, of established as well as emerging artists. Highlighting issues prevalent in the South Asian community, SAWITRI Theatre Group is known to take risks, bringing unique theatre experiences every year to its audiences; producing plays in some of India’s many languages, including English.

Website –   www.sawitri.ca 

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/sawitritheatregroup


Teens Got Talent!

Hello Everyone!

The Mississauga Arts Council’s Limelight Youth Association in collaboration with Rotary’s Roteract Youth Group is looking for talented teens to audition for

“Teens Got Talent” juried singing contest! 

The contest takes place on: 

Saturday June 3, from 2-6 pm at the Streetsville Bread ‘n Honey Festival in Streetsville Memorial Park and for the finalists, an encore and prize presentations on Sunday June 4th.

If you would like to be involved please send us the following! 

  1. Link to an Audition video on YouTube or OneSong
  2. Short 50 word bio
  3. Contact information

Please send us all information by Friday May 26th, 2017.

We will select the top 30 performers from the audition clips and send them their appearance schedule and details about playback.

The top 3 finalists will be selected to perform on Sunday June 4, 2017 on the Main Stage at the Bread and Honey festival. The grand prize winner will automatically be placed in the finals of Singfest at Ribfest on the weekend of July 16th, 2017 they will also receive a free recording session at MetalWorks Studio. 2nd and 3rd place will also receive valuable prizes.

Please forward your audition link to media@mississaugaartscouncil.com 

For more information please contact: 

Nansy Khanano 
Communications Producer & Arts Reporter

Rogers TV 10 Closes Production Programming to Follow August 31


The fond home of community television in Mississauga is closing its doors. Rogers TV studios on Wolfedale Road have ceased to produce the varied community TV programming that made minor celebrities of a few and educated many more in TV production over 30 years of broadcasting. 15 full-time staff were laid off this week and Rogers broadcasts of local news and views will cease at the end of this summer.

The Mississauga Arts Council was fortunate enough to land production slots just prior to the closing and have enjoyed seeing four one hour programs exploring Mississauga as a Creative City produced and broadcast each Monday night and Tuesday morning at 11 for the last two weeks and hopefully for the next two weeks.

Called “Creative City” these programs featured MAC President Brian Crombie interviewing leading cultural lights and community leaders about building a creative city and exploring what’s coming up from the wonderful festivals that bring our city to life throughout the summer. This was typical programming for Rogers, making room for local events and giving them the attention they deserve.

Without Rogers so many stories about what takes place in Mississauga and why it matters will not be seen. We are grateful for what they have done under the leadership of Jake Dheer and sad that we will not enjoy the added buzz and excitement that Rogers on location in Mississauga, brought to so many special events. Production stopped this week and programming goes off the air at the end of August.

Thank you Rogers! You will be missed by many of those who try to make things happen in Mississauga.

Young Playwright? Here’s the info you need to know and act on RIGHT NOW!

RBC Emerging Playwright Award

An award that will give up-and-coming playwrights the opportunity to win a 6-month mentorship with a professional playwright of their choice, from our 600+ playwrights roster as well as a $2000 cash prize. The award will be presented at the 2017 Tom Hendry Awards and the winner will be provided with a special event featuring a live reading of their work in their province of residence.”

Submissions are open for any supporting or student member of Playwrights Guild of Canada who has never had a professional production and have never been full members of PGC. Must submit a full length play (see applications form for details)

Past recipients: Rafael Antonio Renderos, and Rhiannon Collett. 

Funding for the award was generously sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Fund.

DEADLINE: May 16th, 2017 at 11:59pm

Submissions are now open


The Robert Beardsley Award

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation proudly announces The Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights. This award is to be granted to a full-time secondary or post-secondary student within the GTA for the creation of a one-act play script.

 An entrant to the competition will be a student, under the age of 25 at time of submission, who is enrolled as a full-time student in an educational institution recognized by the Ontario Department of Education (Secondary or Post-Secondary) within the Greater Toronto Area. The submission selected shall be awarded a monetary prize of $500.00. Applicants for this award DO NOT need to be PGC members. If you are applying for this award and are not a member, you will receive a PGC Student Membership once your submission has been received. Past Recipients for this award include Luke Reece, Remi Long, Elizabeth Ransom, Rosamund Small, John Rowntree, Aviva Philipp-Muller, and Erum Khan (Honourable Mention).  

DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by May 16th 2017 at 11:59pm

Submissions are now open


Art Battle March 15, 2017

Another full house on Wednesday night’s Art Battle at the LAC, and what a battle it was. 11 registered artists and 1 wildcard competed for the chance to advance to the regional finals on June 21, bragging rights and some cash of course. Most of the artists were first time Art Battle competitors. Remember folks, they only have 20 minutes to complete their masterpieces! Advancing from the first round were Denise Smith for her serene landscape and Michael Huggins for his very blue portrait. The wildcard, Jack Cooper, only 10 years old, competed in round 2. Jack’s dad, Mark, competed in round 1, looks like Jack’s following in his dad’s footsteps. Jack didn’t advance to round 2, but I think we will be seeing a lot more of him in the future. Advancing from round 2 were MAC’s own Khaula Mazhar with her magestic lion and Bonnie Wu with her painterly portrait. Congratulations to all the participants and to the evening’s winner Bonnie Wu. See you at the next Art Battle on May 17th, LAC

VAM Necessary Gestures Winners announced!

Congratulations to the winners of VAM’s Necessary Gestures exhibit. 

First place: Kelly Zantingh

1st Honourable Mention: Linh Thai

2nd Honourable Mention: Yoon Jin Jung


Linh Thai accepting her Honourary MAC membership

VAM is shining the spotlight on emerging, youth visual artists! VAM is pleased to welcome to the public it’s first-ever youth art exhibition, Necessary Gestures! This exhibition features 11 emerging artists from the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Sponsored by TD Canada Trust, Necessary Gestures showcases artists ranging in age from 18-30. 

Necessary Gestures provides a platform for artists working in experimental processes using a combination of traditional and new media. The exhibition will run from February 6 until February 19, 2017 at the VAM gallery located at 2170 Riverwood Park.

Participating youth artists include: Zana Kozomora, Amanda Baron, Kelly Zantingh, Amrita Virdi, Kenneth Jeffrey, Allison Henry, Amanda Foulds, YoonJin Jung, Tamara Thompson, Linh Thai and Elvin Velasco. 


MAC’s Coffee Night at Studio.89 was a big success!

As many of you already know MAC and Studio.89 have partnered up to bring you Coffee Night! A night of singing, spoken word, acoustic music and all around sharing!

I had the awesome opportunity of meeting some talented people:


Shelly Sarkar performed a wonderful tale on the ups and downs of life. She was bold and brave, and she did a great blend of serious and comedic lines that the audiences appreciated with “ooos”, “awwws”, and “hahas”!

Zain Shah entranced the audience with his acoustic rendition of Coldplay’s Adventure of a Lifetime. His finger-work on the guitar was superb, we could all tell he’d been practicing because the sound he produced was silky smooth.

Priyanka Stellinga recited two poems of her own creation titled, Mixed and More Than This. I know her performance got me thinking about my life and it seemed to have the same effect on everyone in that café.

Mileena Sobreira-Yousufyb sang a beautifully lyrical r&b song. She revealed to us that she had only written this particular song a couple days prior to the event and that it would be the first time she performed it. Her voice was absolutely fantastic. She harmonized beautifully with the mix of her track!


And of course we can’t forget about our host, Matt Stellinga, who hosted the entire show! He contributed to the event by playing an original song Lost at Sea and Time of your Life, an oldie but a goodie!

Thank you to all of you who came out to support our awesome performers at Studio.89 last night! It was a great success and we look forward to seeing you at the next Coffee Night on February 23rd 2017!

Watch out for a new Google form for February 23rd Coffee Night with MAC and Studio.89!


And the Curators Choice Award goes to…

Last week I was able to speak with the Curator of the AGM, Kendra Ainsworth, about the big opening night of VAM39.

Since the gallery has been in operation, the AGM and Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) have collaborated in bringing the annual juried show to Mississauga residence and every year it seems to grow larger.

Ainsworth tells me that this has been the first year that a video format has been granted the first place prize. Shazia Javed’s video piece, Can You Hear Me?, 2015, features a young woman changing her appearance in order to grab the attention of, presumably, society.

The young woman calls out “can you hear me?” Some people listen but others did not, the young woman is told that it’s because of her hair that she was only grasping the attention of a portion of society.

She reappears with a head scarf and shouts once again “can you hear me?” Once again she only receives a portion of the attention she requires.

Next she appears fully covered except for her eyes and shouts one more time “can you hear me?” The response is even less.

Finally, she decides to rid herself of her hair entirely by buzzing it off. The video performance cuts to a black screen and the young woman’s voice asks “can you hear me now?”.

A marked offence against society’s constant concern with the outward appearances of women as opposed to looking beyond the exterior and into the skills, qualifications, and inner qualities that are constantly over shadowed.

I was truly moved by the performance; as were many others, according to Ainsworth.

Besides the juried awards there are two other awards that are given out, The Curator’s Choice award and The People’s Choice award.

The Curator’s Choice was awarded to Chizu Nakajima’s work Romeo and his Twisted Juliets, 2016.


“Having been the one to set everything up and really focusing on how to tie all the pieces together, I didn’t have a chance to jury the show. So I took a couple of days to digest what I’ve seen to come to a decision on who to pick for the Curator’s Choice award.” – Kendra Ainsworth

Nakajima’s work stood out to Ainsworth because the entire piece was done in coloured pencil. The amount of work and detail that went into this large-scale tapestry-like work is phenomenal for someone of such a young age.

You can see Nakajima’s Romeo and his Twisted Juliets and the rest of the VAM39 art work at the AGM until February 18, 2017!


You may also vote for your favourite piece by visiting the AGM’s Facebook page and liking the work you wish to vote for. The People’s choice award will be announced on the last day of the exhibition: February 18, 2017. Make sure to cast your vote A.S.A.P.!