Calls for Artists

Call for artists

The Mississauga Arts Council is proud to announce its partnership with Starbucks Streetsville on an art exhibit. Applications will be accepted until August 26th. Selected artists will be contacted by the 31st. Download submission guidelines and email your submission to Aida at Call 905-615-4212 or email her for any questions.

India Rainbow is planning a silent auction as part of their Fundraiser Gala on Aug. 28th, at the Pearson Convention Centre, and would be delighted to showcase the talent of local community artists as items for bidding at the silent auction which would help raise funds at the Gala.  The silent auction is being managed by a professional company – The Silent Auction Company who specializes in such events. The artist can quote a reserve bid price for their work, and anything raised above the bid price will go as a donation to India Rainbow.  The reserve bid will help set a standard for artist’s work.  For more details interested artists can contact 

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are holding a photography contest to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt!  Take your camera-either traditional or your mobile phone’s- and snap photos of the diverse people, scenic places and irreplaceable wildlife of the nearly two million acres of the world’s largest permanently protected Greenbelt.  Submit your phots online at for a chance to have your entry exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, home to artwork of some of Canada’s most well-known artist, and to be taken on tour across the Greenbelt in early 2016. Submission deadline is Oct. 15th. For full contest rules and regulations please visit

Call for Expressions of Interest Ontario Culture Days Youth Arts Ambassador Program (YAAP) Ontario Culture Days is now accepting expressions of interest from young and emerging, community-engaged artists working in any artistic discipline in all regions of Ontario to participate in the inaugural Youth Arts Ambassador Program(Pilot Project 2016-2018).  Deadline to apply is Sept.10, 2015

“Tailgate Art” is looking for musicians to Busk at the last two tailgate art events. Interested artists should contact Marie Payne for more information.

Urjo Kareda Residency Grant for an emerging Theatre Artist: Deadline, Monday, October 5th, 2015. The Urjo Kareda Residency Grant supports the training and artistic residency of an exceptional emerging theatre artist each season at Tarragon Theatre.  The successful applicant will spend twenty weeks at Tarragon Theatre pursuing their own training and artistic goals by working in collaboration with professional artists in their chosen field(s) of interest.  The grant is valued at $15,000 and made possible by an annual donation from the Youssef-Warren Foundation.  See full eligibility and application process here.

Sirius Theatrical Company is looking for volunteers for My Lakeshore – My Home, a multi-generational, multi-cultural,  multi-disciplinary festival that will celebrate the cultures, languages and creativity of the people who call Etobicoke their ‘home’.  It will be created by, and feature, local residents of all ages and backgrounds.  As the audience follows the action along Lake Shore Blvd. W. from Mimico to New Toronto, performance pieces will “pop up” in the most unexpected places. All aspects of the festival are inclusive and open to everyone. We require volunteers to guide patrons through the walking tour, front of house volunteers, information guides, and backstage helpers. The festival will run from October 1 – 4.  For more information go to their website:

Dixie Bloor is hosting their Volunteer Appreciation Awards on September 29, 2015, 5:30pm-8:30pm at Applewoods Heights Secondary School. The event is being held for previous volunteers who have given their time to Dixie Bloor Neighborhood Centre. They are looking for an artist or artists to perform an instrument such as the guitar, saxophone, piano or sing. There is no restrictions on the type of performer we have. This performance will range for 10-15 minutes. Unfortunately since we are a non-profit organization there will be no payment for the performance but there will be food provided. Must bring own amplification equipment, stage with power available.  Please contact Alana.

#SaugaSeries, an InstaMeet event that the AGM and the Living Arts Centre are hosting. We’re looking to invite local photographers and Instagram lovers to join us for tours of the various arts and cultural sites surrounding Civic Centre and Square One. We will also be giving away prizes to the photographs selected by our jury which includes having your work shown in the Live Restaurant for sale at the Living Arts Centre, a photography course at the LAC, or an AGM Membership. The event will take place from 1-4 pm on August 22.

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

Call for entry (group show) “Harmonic Connection” – taken from the quote by Robin Williams describing what music is……….“A little reminder that there’s something else besides us in the universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars.”
Open to all fine art media, including photography. Cost to participate is $100. 5-6 works may be submitted for jurying. September 1 – 30, opening reception September 3, 7-9 Contact: Imagemaker Gallery, Marie Payne, for registration form and more information – or

Diaspora Dialogues is excited to announce an open call for our 2015-16 Long-Form mentorship program, focusing on the creation of long-form manuscripts and offering emerging writers an in-depth opportunity to hone their craft and prepare a book-length project for publication. Diaspora Dialogues invites submissions from emerging writers who currently have a full or near-full draft of an original full-length novel, or collection of short stories, or collection of poems. Please note that we do not accept works intended for children or young adults. Full or near-full draft means that the writer has up to 85,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages of prose; or up to 25 poems (50 pages maximum).

West 50 Pourhouse and Grill is looking for a Latin style band to perform multiple sets at their restaurant every Thursday evening from 9 – 1 am, starting July 23rd.  To arrange for an audition please email or call Roger at 647-999-0000.

CALL FOR OLDER ADULT VOLUNTEERS: Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood is currently seeking volunteer applicants with an interest in visual arts, crafts, teaching, writing, photography or film to assist in its new ArtReach for Older Adults Program. This innovative new program is designed to build confidence and foster well-being in older adults. Interested applicants are asked to send a letter or email explaining their interest to VAM by August 7, 2015. Emails can be sent to and letters can be posted or dropped off to 4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, ON L5C 2S7

Call for Submissions / University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies / Artist Proposal – MOOC / Edmonton, AB / Deadline Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Call for Submissions / City of Burlington / The Spirit of Sport / Burlington, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Call for Submissions / Rotunda Gallery / 2016 Exhibition Season / Kitchener, ON / Deadline Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Residency / Warbler’s Roost / Artist Residency Program / South River, ON

Residency / Sparkbox Studios / 2015 Artist Residency Program / Picton, ON

Call for Submissions / Thames Art Gallery / 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition / Chatham, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, September 21, 2015 

Residency / Open Studio / Visiting Artist Residencies / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 

Call for Submissions / Open Studio / Annual Exhibitions / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Call for Submissions / Lakeshore Arts / 2015-2016 Exhibitions / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, August 31, 2015

Residency / Independent Museum of Contemporary Arts / International Artists’ Residencies


Residency / Ontario Heritage Trust / Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015The Ontario Heritage Trust is now seeking applications for 2016 residencies to the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program. Professional artists working in all disciplines are invited to apply for short term residencies to live and work at Fool’s Paradise, the serene and picturesque former home and studio of Canadian artist Doris McCarthy. The residency program, supported by the RBC Foundation, embraces the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts, strives to demonstrate the positive and restorative influences of landscape and the environment, and fosters excellence in contemporary art. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the program coordinator, Sam Wesley at 416-314-4907 or

Craftadian has added a second jury date for the Craftadian Fall Show happening October 17-18 at the International Centre.  The second jury deadline is September 1st deadline.  Click Here to Apply or download the PDF application. Already applied?  We will be notifing applicants before August 15, 2015.  Don’t forget to join our affiliate program and earn $5 per exhibitor referral.

Craftadian Christmas
ShowThe Craftadian Christmas show is one of our favourites.  We invite you to join us as an exhibitor at our Christmas Show, December 5-6, 2015, Hamilton Convention Centre
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Apply Nowdeadline to apply September 1, 2015

Looking for Workshop Hosts
Are you a MAC Member? Would you like to host a workshop? If you answered yes to both of these questions please email an outlined proposal of what you would like to do for your workshop to

Looking for Hosts at MAC Open Mic Nights
Are you a MAC Member? Would you like to host a MAC Open Mic? If you answered yes to both of these questions then please email Sarah-Jean Villa with your picture, bio and a link to your work to be considered at

Looking to Host a MAC Affair
Are you a MAC member? Are you working in an art studio towards an art show, having a rehearsal with your band, performing at a hospital or doing something creative in the community that you would like MAC to come out and have a MAC Affair at your event? If you answered yes to both of these questions then MAC would love to come out to support you and have a MAC Affair with you. Please email Sarah-Jean Villa at with you bio, picture and link to your work.

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!

Call for MAC Ambassadors! The Mississauga Arts Council is looking for arts and culture lovers to spread their enthusiasm across the city while also promoting MAC and Limelight through our Ambassador Program. Being an Ambassador means attending events like Open Mic Nights, arts workshops, exhibits, and concerts to create a positive environment, represent and promote the Arts Council, distribute MAC swag, and promote membership sales. Training is provided, and all Ambassadors will be paid for every membership they sell at the events they attend. For more information, please call 905-615-4446 or email

MAC Coffeehouse looking for its next artist: 
Every other Monday for the next 6 months, we’ve got space for artists to showcase their work at Studio 89. MAC will have artists of different disciplines display their work and/or perform for 1-2 hours to entertain guests and promote MAC. We’re accepting painters, dancers, singers, and artists of all forms! Exhibitions will be starting mid-November, and run for 1-2 hours in the evening. Contact Aida at to sign up for a slot. Studio 89 is at 1065 Canadian Place – Unit 104,  Mississauga, Ontario.More information on the space go to