Calls for Artists

The 22 Annual MARTY Nominations are here! We’re looking for Mississauga’s best and brightest! Announcing New Categories! Fashion and Beauty – We’re looking for the next Karl Lagerfeld or Jay Manuel! Is your art meant to be put on for a night on the town? This category is for you! Open to clothing designers, makeup artists, jewellery makers and more! Culinary Arts – Ready to give Jamie Oliver and Chef Massimo Capra a run for their money? We’re looking for local chefs to take home the culinary arts award!  We’ll need you to submit a nomination form, with your resume bragging about your mastering of the personal and professional kitchen. Become a member today to enter these exciting new MARTY Categories! We’ve made some big changes this year due to membership demand! Our Performing Arts Category and Performing Arts Group Categories have been redesigned as: Music Award, Dance Award and Theatre Award. Individuals and groups will compete in the same category. Enter your nomination now for the MARTYS! Reminder: all nominees must be members! Click here to renew or join!

Call for Submission for the Youth Poet Laureate. If you’re 25 or younger, write amazing poetry or spoken word and live in Mississauga, apply to be the City’s first Youth Poet Laureate.  Deadline to apply is March 18, 2016. For details visit.

Open Call for Public Art Selection Commitee Members. Are you interested in participating in a public art jury? Are you an experienced artist or art/design professional? The City’s Public Art Selection Committee needs you. Previous projects include: “Contemplating Child” by Ferruccio Sardella located in Community Common Park and “The Lifeline Project” by Michael Simon, Taline Jirian and Marisa Gallemit located on the oak trees along Hurontario at Burnhamthorpe Road West. Apply now.

The Halton Newcomer Strategy is now accepting nominations for the Halton Newcomer Recognition Awards.The Halton Newcomer Strategy (HNS) annually recognizes immigrants who have provided significant contributions to the Halton community. The awards and the ceremony highlight and reflect what immigrants can achieve from settlement to establishing their lives in Halton. The Newcomer Recognition Awards create awareness about immigrants who live or work in Halton by recognizing their successes and contributions to our community. HNS welcomes and encourages nominations in the form of Halton Newcomer Success Stories. Stories can profile a wide range of individuals from various backgrounds, countries of origin, labour market sectors and occupations and who have had significant achievements in one of the following three categories: Business / Culturally Diverse Workforce: An immigrant who has achieved success in the development or operation of a business or entrepreneurial venture in Halton with a focus on providing a diverse work environment; Community: An immigrant who strengthens community awareness about and advocates for newcomer equity and the celebration of cultural diversity in Halton; Youth: An immigrant youth in secondary or post-secondary education who is dedicated to supporting immigrant integration and cultural awareness in Halton. If you would like to put forward a nominee please see the attached application form and submit to by Friday, March 25th at 4:00 pm.

Lifted Music Group Presents: Acoustic Open Mic Night at Fionn MacCools Clarkson on Tuesday, Febuary 23rd is looking for 40 artists who will be performing 2 songs each to a capacity crowd! We normally get 100+ performers that try to register so don’t hesitate if you’d like to sign up! If you’d like to perform, you can register by sending an email to or sending a DM to Edward Bose or Lifted Music Group (tag both names on Facebook with an @)

Calling all Artists and Community Organizations! OAC’s Artists in the Community/Workplace Grant deadline is fast approaching (March 1, 2016). If you have an idea/proposal for a Community Engaged Art making project get in touch with Sharada K Eswar, Cultural Animator.  Grant details.

The City of Waterloo is inviting experienced, professional artists or a team of professional artists to submit their qualifications for the opportunity to develop new public art work. The total all-inclusive budget for all components of this public art project is $16,000. As part of the City of Waterloo’s Public Art Policy, the piece will be installed as part of the Waterloo Service Centre expansion. City of Waterloo Service Centre is the home to the operations divisions responsible for roads, water & sewers, parks and fleet operations and will house the data centre of the Information Management Technology Services as well as the Emergency Control Centre for the city. Included on the property are administrative offices, workshop and storage areas, fleet maintenance and storage, winter salt storage building, and the future home of the Rainwater Harvesting Project. The city’s objective of the current redevelopment is to undertake a major upgrade to address issues of accessibility, maintenance requirements, space deficits, and to allow for future growth and expansion. The artist(s) selected for the project will be responsible for developing and implementing an artistic work for the City of Waterloo Service Centre. The ideal installation will blend function and form while also reflecting the use of the Waterloo Service Centre. Found objects from or representing the Waterloo Service Centre can be incorporated, but is not necessary. As with all pieces in the Public Art collection the goal of this project is to enhance current collection, connect citizens to the use and purpose of the building, and function as wayfinding or signature object to denote the way to/purpose of the Service Centre.Site Tour and Application Briefing: February 16, 2016, 2:30 p.m. at City of Waterloo Service Centre, 265 Lexington Court, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 4A8. Request for Pre-Qualification Application Deadline:  February 26, 2016 prior to 2:00 p.m.To request Pre-Qualification package/application, please contact

The 2016 Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition is now underway.  The competition challenges high school students in grades 9 to 12 to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video.  Students must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant enrolled full-time in an Ontario high school in Grades 9-12.  The video submission deadline is March 23, 2016.  Online Voting for the best video pitches runs from March 28 to April 14, 2016.  Twenty finalists will receive a trip to Toronto (including transportation and hotel for the finalists and their chaperones) to present their ideas to a judging panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery Conference in Toronto May 9 to 10, 2016. For more information on the program, competition details and highlights from last year, please visit. If you have any questions about Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch, please contact Ontario Centres of Excellence at (416) 861-1092 ext. 1049 or

Seva has a call out for dancers, singers and musicians. Sat. Feb. 13th at the Seva Food Bank Wolfedale location from 10:00 am  to 2:00 pm. For an audition, please email

Dancing Damsels is looking for FEMALE MUSICIANS to be part of a new initiative. They are forming an “All Women Music Band” to be launched on March 5th, 2016 during our International Women’s Day celebrations. Interest parties can email or phone 416-788-6412

Studio.89 is looking for volunteers who want  to get some extra volunteer hours or give back to your community in a meaningful way? We’re always looking for more help! Click here to fill out an application & we’ll be in touch with you shortly

Vendor Spaces are now OPEN for the Small Business Seminar at the Glenerin Inn & Spa on Aug. 24th, 2016Limited vendor spaces are available now for our Small Business Seminar.  MBOT members will receive an exclusive rate of 15% off our regular price of $150 + HST.  Vendor spaces include: 8 foot table; table cloth; 2 chairs; food will be available throughout the day; 10 complimentary tickets to the event; business name listed on the event website; business name listed in our event program; social media promotion (twitter, facebook)Craftadian is switching back to one-day markets, offering shows in more cities and adding pop-up markets. This means that they are able to offer exhibitor spaces at lower fees (in comparison to 2015), with some shows starting at $125 plus HST.  All of the venues chosen for 2016 have FREE PARKING. We are excited to announce four events (so far) for 2016.  We hope you will join us as an exhibitor at our Craftadian Shows/Markets. Applications for all markets are now open.  To save you time we have a multi-show application which would allow you to apply to multiple shows in one application.  Craftadian is excited to bring back the Etsy Made in Canada Marketplace.  New this year, the Etsy Made in Canada Market will be a part of the Craftadian Show on September 24, 2016 (more details to come).  Applications for the Etsy section will open in May 2016. Learn more about our membership options …VIP Members save 10% off your booth fees, SILVER members save 5% off booth fees. Application Deadline: February 27, 2016. for the April 23rd show at the McMaster Innovation Park.

If you missed an audition opportunity or have been wanting to get on stage for this seasons thrilling musical, Jekyll & Hyde. Now is your chance! CCMP is looking for 2 more male cast members for the ensemble of Jekyll & Hyde The Musical. If you’re interested in this excellent opportunity we would love to meet you!  The creative team will take booked auditions. Bookings can be made privately through associate producer, Troy De Four, or Producer, Marlene Taylor. Email as soon as possible to confirm an audition. To book your audition please email, attention to: Troy De Four. Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Immediate Start). Show Run:  March 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2016 @ 8:00pm, Matinee Performances: March 13, 19, 20, 2016 @ 2:00pm at Meadowvale Theatre 6315 Montevideo Road Mississauga ON (Corner of Battleford and Montevideo Road)

The LAC is looking for Artists to participate in their upcoming Art Battle. Art Battle Canada returns in 2016! Step up to the easel, and become a part of the live competitive painting movement! Artists will be provided with acrylic paint, canvas, an easel, and an audience! Brushes, palette knives and other non-mechanical instruments are allowed. For more info and artist applications please visit

Let’s Make Good Productions is looking for ALL types of art forms to showcase at our grand WonderFest event, which will be in the spring of 2016.  We welcome all kinds of art, as long as the work is original.  Please email us with your bio, promo photo, short description of your art, links to your website/social media, and what empowerment means to you. We are also currently booking for music and comedy WonderFest Series events at Folly Brewpub which take place every Thursday. Email us at:! We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to share the information

Current Calls for Submission

Residency / The Banff Centre / Still Alive / Banff, AB / Deadline Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Call for Submissions / Haliburton Sculpture Forest / Together, We Explore the Wild / Haliburton, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Call for Submissions / Klondike Institute of Art & Culture / The Natural & The Manufactured / Dawson City, YT / Deadline Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

Call for Submissions / Edmonton Arts Council / Valley Line LRT – Churchill Station Connector / Edmonton, AB / Deadline Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Call for Submissions / Third Space Gallery / 2016-2017 Program / Saint John, NB / Deadline Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Call for Submissions / University of Saskatchewan / University Portraits / Saskatoon, SK / Deadline Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Call for Submissions / Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition / 2016 Exhibition / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Call for Submissions / Ottawa School of Art / 6th International Miniature Print Biennale Exhibition / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2016. Submission fees for the 6th international Miniprint exhibition are now being accepted through paypal! Entry Conditions: Entry Form:

Call for Submissions / Friends of Bon Echo / 21st Annual Bon Echo Art Exhibition & Sale / Cloyne, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

Call for Submissions / Osprey Valley Golf / BizBaz Art Festival / Caledon, ON. Exhibitors of all kinds are sought with an eye to offering the public access to products and services of high quality but not readily or routinely seen at such an event. BizBaz Art Festival is currently accepting applications from artists, craftspeople, and makers for BizBaz 2016. This is a structured, curated show and all that apply are individually reviewed. A provided, pre-installed, 10×10 tent is $400.  Click here for the link to the exhibitors’ page and application or please feel welcome to contact Heidi von der Gathen at 519.217.0348 directly. BizBaz is establishing a reputation of offering the public a carefully curated selection of applied and fine artwork of exceptional quality combined with immersive experiences that are both interesting and fun.  The considerations that have taken place regarding the selection of exhibitors include an emphasis on craftsmanship, innovation, interaction and exploration. Additionally, we sought originality in conception and execution, quality of workmanship and excellence of design. Lab reserves the right to decide about the appropriateness of all work or products to be included at BizBaz.  At the Osprey Valley Golf Course on August 6th & 7th, 2016.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: VAM’s Member Themed Shows. Calling all artists! VAM is now accepting submission for its Member Themed Shows. Exhibits will run throughout the year. You must be a VAM Member to enter Themed Shows. Entry fee is $15.00. VAM does not charge commission on sales. Please download the VAM Member Exhibit Guidelines in the link for full details.

Studio.89 is always looking to host different workshops/events and are looking for a variety of local talent/volunteers to either host workshops or headline events.  For more information please email Studio.89.

Be a part of a youth or professional Tap Company. Faculty of the Tap Dance Centre includes Professionals: David Cox, Ryan Foley, Kim Chalovich, Johnny Morin, Mackenzie  Greenwell, Dianne Montgomery, Jessica Westermann, and Samantha Baldwin and more! For more information on joining contact: Director: Kim Chalovich

Call for Student and Emerging Artists. Are you looking for a Gallery to showcase your art work or to sell your art work?  If you are a student or emerging artists, Paparartzy Gallery is the place for you. PaparARTzy Gallery is unique contemporary online gallery designed specifically for student and emerging artists to showcase and sell their artwork. Artists who are interested in showcasing and selling their artwork can register a profile at  Upon registering and creating a profile, artists may upload pictures of their artwork so that it can be viewed.  Artists get to price their own artwork.  For additional information, please contact Ethel Achampong at 416-433-3377 or at

Studio 89 is hosting live music every Saturday night, and they’re looking for artists.
Email Sheryl at to book a time slot for one of these exciting new opportunities!