Calls for Artists

Open call for submissions for their Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). The Mississauga Arts Council would like to invite you to take advantage of this offer, please see the excerpt below and click on the link for more information. The deadline for Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) is approaching. The program offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline except performance. The next deadline is October 1st, 2016. For more information on the new expanded eligibility, program guidelines and how to submit an application, visit our websitePlease contact as we would like to be of more service to theatre companies.

Express your love for singing. Join the Ambiance Singers women’s ensemble starting Sept 9th, as they practice to prepare for performances at a variety of venues singing an eclectic collection of musical styles, from show tunes to gospel, from jazz standards to rock, from country to swing.

Monitor 12: South Asian Experimental Film + Video: Monitor 12 is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by/and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world. We invite independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. Monitor 12 encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer’s active engagement. Monitor 12 will be programmed by Oliver Husain (Toronto), Yuki Aditya + Otty Widasari (Jakarta, ARKIPEL International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival). Deadline: September 30, 2016, 5 PM

MFYC is having their intake for their 2016-17 Season. Interested in joining the MFYC?  They will be hosting auditions at 1389 Cawthra Rd. on August 31st and September the 7th. Please fill out the form to book your appointment!

John Victor Lennon Singers-Songwriters Recording Contest will take place on November 12, 2016 at the Maja Prentice Theatre at 7:30pm. Please note that only selected contestants who sign-up on-line will be allowed to audition and will be submitted to the online audience voting ballot box. Selected contestants must be able to perform songs that will be selected by our online review panel. All selected contestants must arrive at the live auditioning before 7:30 pm. The judging panel will be presiding  at 8:30 pm. Only online sign-up contestants will audition in the order that they signed up.  Sign up now. The best three selected contestants out of Canada will perform at the grand finally in NYC. The contest deadline for all entries has been extended to Oct. 8th, 2016. Please download, fill out and email us the Singer/Songwriters contest signup form below to sign up to our upcoming Audition. The grand finale  will take place in New York City.
The location, date and time – to be announced.

Request for Proposals for an Artist Design, Fabrication and Installation of a Re-Purposed Pylon sign.  Lamenza Corporation wishes to commission an artist or artist team to develop, fabricate and install a design for an existing pylon sign that is to be re-purposed as a public art piece. Artists proposals should highlight the building’s new name, Co-Lab Mississauga. The winning design should also incorporate a design for the logo.  The selected submission will become the sole property of Lamenza Corporation. Please contact Carmela for more details on how to apply.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: WHY DO YOU CREATE? Why do you create? VAM’s new exhibition will run from November 21 until December 4, 2016 at The VAM Gallery. The new exhibition and accompanying workshops asks artists and artisans what inspires them to get creative. Is it a person, place, or thing? Share with us in a medium of your choice, your creative inspiration. Contribute to the conversation among artists and artisans in the city about their creative process. Get connected and join us on social media to vote for your favourite artwork and promote your work. Applications are due by September 30, 2016 at 5 pm. Application Forms are available online at:  Why do you create? Application

Music Expo Mississauga is looking for music and exhibitors! Let’s Make Good Productions has partnered with Toronto Jobs and Modern Mississauga to create The Mississauga Music Expo which will be held on Saturday October 1st at Clarke Hall. Check out the website at  We are looking for singer-songwriters/bands to perform and exhibitors to take part of the event. The event will have two components:10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Trade show/Speakers. The trade show features exhibitors and sponsors who would give attendees information about the history of music, learning a new instrument, renting or buying new equipment and more. We will also have speakers talking about topics that are all about music throughout the day! Admission is FREE for attendees! Early bird exhibitor tables start at only $99 plus HST for the day! Want to sponsor or exhibit at the event? Please visit the following link:
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Bands. Mississauga bands with at least 80% original music will be playing 30 minute sets each hour! Come check out local musical talent!
If you’d like to be considered to perform, please complete the submission formTickets are available for both portions for the Mississauga Music Expo. For more information about exhibiting, attending, volunteering, speaking, performing or donating a prize, please email or call 905-783-1777. We are also looking for agents, music industry representatives, promoters, etc. to come to the event.

Artist participants are needed for the Port Credit Living Gallery, a Culture Days event. Artists will paint plein air during the Port Credit Farmers Market, giving audiences a chance to meet local artists and watch the creative process – as well as get creative themselves. Please complete an Application Form if interested. For more details, check out our Facebook Event Page. Please contact if you have any questions.

Holiday Artisan Marketplace applications are now available. Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood’s will kick-off the winter season with the 2016 Holiday Artisan Marketplace taking place on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 10 am – 4 pm. This year’s event will have a special holiday tea room and more seasonal delights for your merry-making and shopping pleasure! VAM is currently accepting applications from artists and artisans for our annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace.  Applications are due by September 15 at 5 pm. Application Forms are available online at Holiday Artisan Marketplace 2016 Application or in the VAM office. Please contact Eldiana at

Studio.89 is looking for volunteer photographers to do event photography for Studio.89! Interested? Send an email to

Are you a local musician looking to share your talent? Studio.89 is looking to showcase & celebrate local talent! Every third Saturday of the month they host Live From The 905 where any kind of music is welcome and every third Sunday is Jazzy Sundays, more acoustic & jazz music. We have dates open through the summer & fall. Shoot us an email at if interested with some samples or link to your tunes!

Collaborative Fall Exhibition: How do you remember a loved one? This summer at the Museums we are encouraging community members to engage with us in the exhibition making process for a fall exhibition.   The public will explore the universal and culturally rich themes of loss and mourning.  Working together we will share our rituals and customs with one another to produce a riveting exhibition. The exhibition will include storytelling, creative responses, and artifacts on loan from residents. If you are interested in participating in the exhibition making process please contact Marnie Mandel at 905-615-4860 ext. 2115 (Mondays to Fridays 9:00am – 4:30pm). Please place in the email subject line: PARTICIPATORY EXHIBITION

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: There are multiple ways to showcase your art work at Neilson Park Creative Centre, and we are accepting proposals of exhibition in our spaces in 2017! To learn more about our exhibition spaces, please check out our website.

Call to Artists and Artisans! Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) invites artists and artisans to participate in ART IN THE PARK 2016. This unique art fair allows artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in the splendour of Riverwood and Visual Arts Mississauga’s Art Centre. Guests also enjoy talented local musicians throughout the day and select food vendors. This year’s event will be on Sunday, September 18. To download an application please visit:

Craftadian at McMaster Innovation Park. Applications close October 1, 2016
6′ Table $135 (Room) / 6′ Table $155 (Atrium) – APPLY ONLINE

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.

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

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 /Once Upon Water / Pico Island, Azores / Deadline Date: September 30, 2016

Residency / Ontario Heritage Trust / 2017 Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence / Scarborough, ON / Deadline Date: September 30, 2016

Call for Submissions / PAVED Arts Annual Call for Submissions / Saskatoon, SK / Deadline Date: September 15, 2016

Call for Submissions / City of Ottawa / Diversity in the Arts Fund 2017 / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 4pm

Call for Submissions / Public Art Management / Etobicoke General Hospital/ Etobicoke, ON / Deadline Date: September 10, 2016 by 7pm

Call for Submissions / Canada 150 Public Art Legacy for Mississauga / Mississauga, ON / Deadline Date: September 9, 2016 by 4pm

Call for Submissions /ENIGMA / The Cotton Factory, Hamilton, ON / Etobicoke, ON  / Event held: October 22,2016 11am-10pm

Residency / Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) / The Roberto Ariganello National Artist Residency / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Call for Submissions / City of Mississauga Public Art Program / Hurontario Street Tree Wraps / Mississauga, ON  / Deadline Date: Monday, September 5, 2016

Call for Submissions / Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre / A Handmade Assembly / Sackville, NB / Deadline Date: Friday September 9, 2016

Call for Submissions / Winnipeg Arts Council / National Call to Indigenous Artists / Winnipeg, MB / Deadline Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Call for Submissions / Aesthetica Art Prize / 2016 Call for Entries/ York, England / Deadline Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Call for Submissions / Cedar Ridge Gallery / Contemporary Art Exhibition / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, September 2, 2016

Call for Submissions / Rotunda Gallery / 2017 Exhibition / Kitchener, ON / Deadline Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016

Call for Submissions / Winnipeg Arts Council / National Call to Indigenous Artists / Winnipeg, MB / Deadline Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Residency / L’Atelier sur Seine / Île-de-France region, French / Deadline Date:  February 1, 2017

Call for Submissions / Hamilton Artists Inc. / Cannon Gallery Call for Submissions / Hamilton, ON

Residency / Open Studio / Visiting Artist Residencies / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date:  Deadline Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2016

Call for Submissions / Open Studio / Gallery Exhibitions / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2016

Call for Submissions / Centre for Addiction and Mental Health / Queen Street Redevelopment Project / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Residency / Toronto Animated Image Society / 2016-2017 Artist in Residency Program / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, August 26, 2016

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.