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Project Literacy

Local author and member studentasim has launched;  Project Literacy is a new campaign for Syrian Refugees in Toronto.  “Imagine seeing your experiences reflected in a book that everyone get’s to read while settling into a new country, now that’s empowerment!” he says.

Don’t know English? No problem.  It’s all in the pictures and calligraphy!  He is donating his picture book, Khadijah goes to School along with a visual literacy poster he’s designed that showcases the word “Read” in 300 languages, including Arabic (pictured above).  He says the pictures, like Khadijah in hijab and art work create an emotional connection and a familiarity refugees can see without knowing English.  He thinks this is a great way to begin their Educational journey in Canada, walking alongside education literally.  “The book also has the Canadian flag, it’s talking to them directly,” he explains.

He reflects on his own experiences when  he was in grade 6.  “I remember reading a book in grade 6 that referenced a character who’s grandfather was from Pakistan. It was peculiar because you never saw anything of the sort.  It was a selected book for our entire class in English with all Western characters.  I can’t remember the name of the book, but I’ll never forget that good feeling.”

Both his book and poster espouse the values of literacy, education and giving, developed around the core message of “Helping Yourself and Helping Other People(TM)”, values he say’s align with the Human story, and that includes newly arrived Syrian refugees in Canada.

His goal is to provide a book and poster to one hundred refugee families in Toronto.  He has set up an online crowd funding project to gather $1000 for costs mainly for printing and distribution.  Some have already contributed.

“Education is the next critical step Syrian refugees need to tackle to ultimately be successful and give back.  If you start by literally seeing yourself in educational material, that’s uplifting and the human potential that can be unleashed can open up so many doors.”

50% of the goal remains.  Donate link: https://www.gofundme.com/LiteracySyrianTO

Cranberry Cocktail & Christmas Market

With the holidays just around the corner, the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) family would like to cordially invite you to rejoice in the festive and joyous season by being inspired at its annual Cranberry Cocktail & Christmas Market. This year’s event  will take place on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Cranberry Cocktail – 4pm to 7pm

The Mississauga Arts Council is proud to announce that Juno Award Winner Liberty Silver will perform at MAC’s Cranberry Cocktail on December 4 in the Great Hall, 300 City Centre Drive.

Liberty Silver has won two Juno Awards, one for Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and the other for Best Reggae/Calypso Recording. Both were in 1985. She also performed an opening act for Bob Marley when he opened Madison Square Garden.

The event will also feature a once-in-a-lifetime intercultural performance featuring guitarist Rob Tardik, Carnatic violinist Subhadra Vijaykumar, and jazz pianist Dionne Grant, all performing alongside Silver.

In the evening we have our original signature event – the 34th Cranberry Cocktail which is a great opportunity to network, connect, collaborate and celebrate the holidays with creative industry, corporate supporters, community and most importantly our talented artists!

Tickets are $35 and include one FREE drink coupon and hors de oeuvres.

We’ve finalized our menu!

Vegetable Samosas with tangy tamarind sauce
Hot and Tasty Spring Rolls
Spinach and Cheese Spanakopita
Chicken Kebab Skewers
Assorted Sandwiches – Cucumber, Chicken, Tuna, Egg
Tasty Tex Mex Tacos

Christmas Market – 10am to 7pm

Following last year’s successful holiday market – this year guests can fill up on all all of their gift giving needs whilst choosing from a variety of unique one-of-kind treasures! The market will feature artful creations from – original art, jewellery, make up, fashion, culinary treats, innovative home design & crafts, music, dance and many other treats for the holiday season. This will happen in the Great Hall from 10am to 4pm. This event is free for the public.

Interested in becoming a vendor? $99 includes the table, and a ticket to the cocktail hour. Email Yasmin at yasmin.farouk@mississaugaartscouncil.com to reserve you spot! Spaces are limited!


HURRY Call NOW 905-615-4278 to purchase your tickets or buy on line right here.

Check out more updates on the upcoming event visit www.mississaugaartscouncil.com

Venue: Great Hall,

Address: City Hall ,300 City Centre Drive. (Parking underground)

MACxStarbucks Art Exhibit

The MACxStarbucks Art Exhibit is the first youth art exhibit organized by the Mississauga Arts Council in collaboration with Starbucks. The chosen works reflect the talent and interests of young artists under the age of 29 in the greater Toronto area and will be on display from late September until the end of the year. The exhibit will be launching on September 24th from 5 – 7 PM at Starbucks in Streetsville. The artists will be present, so come out, meet and support young, local talent!

Our presenting artists are:

Tamara Thompson

Hannah Moffitt

Yalda Pashai

Christiana Cunha

Giovanni Lombardi

Josephine Condotta

Simi Adelynn

Sonia Trivedi

Tanya Petrina

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Train of Thought

The Mississauga Arts Council is all aboard the Train of Thought!

This page will be MAC’s online home for all your Train of Thought updates.

The Train of Thought is an evolving community arts journey from west to east coast, with on-board activities and over 20 stops along the way. At each stop, a travelling company will get off until the next train comes through. Local arts organizations will host interactive events, and add to creative tasks. Additional travellers will hop aboard to join in conversations and art-making en route.

The Train is the brainchild of Jumblies Theatre but will partner with arts groups across the country to offer local programming at each stop!

Train of Thought will ask many questions: What’s not on the map? What other forms of mapping are there? How can we see the places where we live through new eyes? What protocols are there of arrival, gathering and departure for the territories we pass through? What place names can we learn and imagine? What stories are important to pass across the country? How can we grieve and celebrate together in the shadow of colonialism? How can community-engaged arts help us enter into these questions?

One of the train’s final stops will be at the MACArts Festival on September 19. This final stop will feature the stories learned on the train, the lessons learned and unlearned, and the opportunity for Mississauga’s citizen’s to contribute to the train!

Sharada Eswar, MAC’s cultural animator begins her travels this Thursday! Follow her here or on her personal blog!

Check out other posts here:

Nippissing – I Carry a Piece of You with Me

Manitoulin Island – Great Spirit

We belong to the land, the land does not belong to us

Miss the train so far? Catch up with travelers from across the country here.

Pan Am IGNITE Open Mics

Get IGNITEd! The Mississauga Arts Council is bringing the diversity of the Pam-Am Games to your doorstep with six open mics across the city!

The goal of the IGNITE program is to inspire communities throughout Toronto, the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Ontario and Canada, to come together and build excitement around the Games and bolster community spirit. What better way than to get together with friends from all cultures and perform!

This is a once in a lifetime chance to perform on the world stage with the Mississauga Arts Council!

Join us as we celebrate the diversity of this city by opening up its stages!

June 18, 7-10 p.m.
at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West,
Hosted by comedian Jeff Estrela
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June 26, 7 – 10 p.m.
Hosted by Matt Zaddy
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July 10, 7 – 10 p.m.
MAC PAN AM Singfest Open Mic
C-Cafe, 300 City Centre Drive
Hosted by Selyne Maia
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July 17, 7 – 10 p.m.
YMCA Mississauga, 325 Burnhamthorpe Road West
Hosted by Cat Bernardi
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July 24, 7-10 p.m.
Metalworks, 3611 Mavis Rd
Hosted by Michael Ursini
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July 30, 7 – 10 p.m.
Studio.89, 1065 Canadian Place – Unit 104
Hosted by spoken word group We Flip Tables
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MAC Coffee Night – with Chris Patton

Our next MAC Coffee Night is March 21st, starting at 7 p.m. Join author and motivational speaker Chris Patton.

She will present her new book; SHOWING UP-BECOMING THE ME I WANT TO BE: Aligning Your Life and Work for True Success

From the author: “Life is an interesting puzzle and you are an important piece—the world needs you. You have a purpose and when you align with it, you are an unstoppable force. Potential is the key ingredient that is deep within you. By picking up this book, you have chosen to tap into your potential and unlock your wild success. By approaching the contents here with an open mind and a willing heart, you will begin the most amazing adventure of your life. The journey to a successful livelihood starts with the right attitude.”

This event is FREE and will feature Chris hosting a reading of her work.

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Interested in presenting or becoming a host coffee shop? Contact member@mississaugaartscouncil.com

Workshop with the Music Quadrant

Join us February 20 at CCafe for a free workshop with The Music Quadrant, presented by Tina Cole.

The Music Quadrant is an intensive 360 academic program that offers mentorship and education in the business of music.

The curriculum is designed and delivered to provide the aspiring artists with the skills, tools and knowledge required in creating, marketing, and commercializing their talent on a local, national and international level.

The program is facilitated by a passionate group of business and creative professionals. Guest facilitators include legendary music executives as well as Grammy-award-winning song writers, producers and taste makers. All participants are committed to ensuring the success of Canadian talent.

The Music Quadrant will present an hour long workshop titled “The Music Industry has Changed…Have You?”, which will detail the business skills needed for a career today.

Tina will also be holding auditions for the full program, and are a prerequisite to participate.  Auditions will be one original song, auditioning artists must register, there will not be open slots the day of the show.  She will also be sharing the details of the upcoming “Dream Tour”

To pre-register call or email Sarah-Jean at 905-615-4446 or email program@mississaugaartscouncil.com

………….The Music Quadrant is a game changer!”  – Ernie Singleton CEO, Singleton Entertainment Corp.







Open Mic Night at Studio 89

Open mic : an event in which anyone may use a microphone to sing, read poetry, tell jokes, etc., for an audience

MAC Open Mic Nights are an opportunity for new artists to take the stage! We provide the stage, you bring the talent! Each performer pre-registers for a 5 minute performance slot, then they can use their time to share whatever they’ve been working on. Join us!

This Open Mic is at Studio.89, 1065 Canadian Place – Unit 104 . More information on the venue is available here.

February’s host is David O’Hearn, he has over 30 years experience using various styles and instruments. Listen to his work at http://www.playd.ca/

Pre-register at design@mississaugaartscouncil.com to reserve your slot! Join us on Facebook.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2015 MARTY Nomination Forms Are Here

2015 MARTY Nomination Forms Are Here


The 2015 MARTYS Ceremony is on May 7 at 7 p.m. This year’s event features a cocktail hour with a street fair, dinner, entertainment and special guests Hazel McCallion and the Honorable Bonnie Crombie. Join us and meet the best and brightest talent Mississauga has to offer!

Nominations are available in all arts categories!

Each nomination package contains everything you need to know to be nominated! This includes how many pieces of your work to include, supplementary materials and publicity materials. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

If you are interested in performing at the ceremony, you MUST be a nominee.

The same forms are used for both emerging and established artists, it is up to the nominee to self-select.

2015 Creative Community Award

2015 Literary Arts Award

2015 Media Arts Award

2015 Performing Arts Group Award

2015 Performing Arts Individual Award

2015 Visual Arts Award

2015 Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award

2015 Hazel McCallion Arts Volunteer of the Year Award