Vibrancy — A Pop-Up Arts Event!

Vibrancy is an artistic endeavor spearheaded by four friends – Karen Ferguson, Sharon Harvey, Ann Ivy Male and Mandy Orchard. They each bring their own creative talents; making this a unique pop-up event. Their collaboration was initiated in part, to pay homage to artist and friend, Beverly Tang-Kong who passed away recently. Bev owned and operated iMagemaker Gallery in Port Credit. She was a mentor and a huge advocate for bringing the arts into the lives of many individuals; especially those with special needs. The gallery serves as a space for artists, photographers, writers, poets and other creatives to showcase their talent – it is the cornerstone for the artistic community of Port Credit.

As a tribute to Bev – we bring you Vibrancy!

Show Highlights:
August 18, 2017 (7-11 p.m.)

  • Artist Reception – 7—11pm
  • #Vibrancy150 – Theatrical Photo Booth
  • Afro Jazz Jame – 9—10pm (hosted by Dance Artist Sharon Harvey)
    • Release, renew, and rediscover your verve!

August 19, 2017 (11am—7pm)

  • Dance Flow – 11am—12pm
    • Hosted by Sharon Harvey (space is limited)
  • Art & Artisan Boutique 12:30—7pm
  • #Vibrancy150 – Theatrical Photo Booth

August 20, 2017 (11am—4pm)

  • Art & Artisan Boutique
  • Poet’s Corner – our poet will write you a spontaneous poem – you just need to give out 5 words and voila!
  • Painting with Mila – 12—3pm a hands on experience!

Artists showing their work are : Beverly Tang-Kong, Mila Duric, Juliana Duric, Ann Ivy Male, Fernando Resende, Sandra Robson, Joanna Turlej, Janice Ykema

(A portion of the sales from this event will be donated in support of an Autism & Arts charity in honour of Beverly Tang-Kong)

For more information – visit
iMagemaker Gallery –
Karen Ferguson owner Port Credit Emporium Sharon Harvey – Dance Artist
Ann Ivy Male – Creative at
Mandy Orchard – Owner

Farewell, Rogers Community TV

In case you missed it—here you go. 

How will we ever be able to replace the benefits of Rogers Community TV?

Metalworks Scholarship Winner Announced!

On August 9th, Candice Mohacsi, Director of Student and Alumni Services for Metalworks Institute announced Lauren Michaels as the first winner of the Laurie Pallett Scholarship—a $5,000 tuition scholarship to the Music Business Program at Metalworks Institute.

Lauren will also receive a one year membership to the Mississauga Arts Council and will be a volunteer with MAC’s youth program, Limelight, during her 11 month program. Lauren lives in the city’s northwest corner and her application essay particularly impressed the scholarship’s namesake, Laurie Pallett, who was struck by Lauren’s mature understanding of artists and their impact on our world as she wrote of them in her winning essay. The bright 17 year old graduate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School has a vision—to make a difference. Bravo Lauren Michaels, Metalworks Institute, and Laurie Pallett!

Arts Reporter Job Position

Are you a Mississauga resident interested in the arts scene? Do you want to make a difference in the arts community in Mississauga? Well, the Mississauga Arts Council (that’s us!) have a job opportunity for you!

MAC is looking for someone with experience in writing, interviewing, photography and video production and editing. You would also have to have a thorough knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premier (After Effects is a bonus!). 

For the full job listing, you can click here.

Please send in your cover letter and resume with “Arts Reporter” as the subject line to by August 18 2017!

Ampitheatre Unplugged Open Mic

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Amphitheatre Unplugged Open Mics are back! Let’s Entertain! Calling all Mississauga musicians – join us every Wednesday for the month of August from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Celebration Square’s Amphitheatre for free Open Mic Nights. Presented by Mississauga Arts Council, Amphitheatre Unplugged showcases some of Mississauga’s hottest talent. 

Any local artists that would like to perform can contact Helen Harris at:


Tom Taylor August 2nd & 9th, 2017

Annie Medling August 16th, 2017

Gabriella Rodgers August 23rd, 2017

Arlene Paculan August 30th, 2017 

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!


Kanchan Quinlin: 



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Instagram: @SpectrumSquare

Twitter: @SpectrumSQ

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.

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 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.

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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 

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