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

Supporting Arts, Heritage, Creative Industries Fundamental to City-Building: Mayor Crombie

Mayor Crombie with Mike Douglas, Executive Director, Mississauga Arts Council.

The following keynote address was delivered by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie during the Annual General Meeting of the Mississauga Arts Council which took place yesterday, March 29, 2017:


“Good evening, everyone. I want to begin by acknowledging Mike Douglas, Executive Director, and my husband, Brian Crombie, President of the Mississauga Arts Council, along with all staff and volunteers.

“Through your ongoing commitment to supporting the arts and local artists, Mississauga continues to cement its reputation as a leading arts and festivals destination.

“I also want to acknowledge the team of professionals from the City of Mississauga – and principally our Community Services Department – who work closely with the Mississauga Arts Council to deliver on our shared strategies, goals and efforts.

“Because of staff, today, we proudly announced that Festivals & Events Ontario named Mississauga as the Municipality of the Year!

“Mississauga earned this recognition because of our many, popular community, cultural, music and artistic celebrations, like the much anticipated TD Mosaic South Asian Arts Festival!

“Congratulations to everyone involved in earning this province-wide distinction.

“Let me also recognize MPP Bob Delaney who is bringing greetings on behalf of Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Eleanor McMahon.

“Earlier this month, Minister McMahon announced that 87 different local community groups in Peel would receive close to $350,000 in funding as part of the Ontario 150 Partnership Program.

“Mississauga-based not-for-profit MonstrARTity – which produces the immensely popular Bollywood Monster Mash-Up at Celebration Square – is one of the community groups in the province receiving financial support in celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary.

“Mississauga Council is also funding $70,000 toward this year’s Bollywood Monster Mashup.

“Mississauga has a robust grant program for community festivals and internationally-recognized events. City council has approved $710,000 in grant support for 19 festivals in 2017.

“Carassauga, Mississauga Waterfront Festival, Southside Shuffle Blues and BBQ Festival, Paint the Town Red – are some of our top funding recipients.

“Partnership is fundamental to ensuring any city has a thriving, accessible and celebrated arts scene.

“The Mississauga Arts Council is truly the heart and soul of our arts community. MAC was first founded in 1981 by a City Resolution.

“This began the road to a long, strong and enduring relationship between City Council and the Arts Council.

“And each year Council reaffirms its funding commitment to help MAC achieve and exceed its mission to offer workshops, classes, camps, the MACArts Festival and a variety of different platforms to showcase local artists and their talents.

“Through the Culture and Community Grants Program, City Council awarded the Mississauga Art Council nearly $270,000 dollars.

“In Mississauga, we are building a complete city – a place where people can raise a family, earn an education, find a well-paying job, access regionally-integrated transit and enjoy an unrivaled quality of life.

“Investing in the arts enhances the quality of life of all people – no matter a person’s age or culture – each and every one of us is enriched by the arts.

“A thriving arts scene is also central to our efforts to diversify our economy and ignite new local economic development opportunities.

“Under the leadership of Paul Damaso who heads our Culture Division, we recently launched our Creative Industries Strategy.

“The strategy also focuses on outlining actions and tactics for attracting, developing, retaining and growing the creative industry sector.

“Mississauga is proudly home to the world renowned Metal Works Recording Studio.

“And there is more we can do to attract businesses like Metal Works to choose Mississauga to work.

“Film and television, interactive digital media and live music are the areas that we will focus on moving forward.

“The total economic impact of live music in Ontario’s economy is $1.2 billion.

“The Film and TV industry contributes $1.5 billion to the provincial economy each year.

“The creative industry cluster has emerged as a major, and growing, source of GDP in Ontario that now generates approximately $12.2 billion dollars annually for Ontario’s economy.

“Council’s new Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee, formed last October, will work with staff and stakeholder representatives, like Mike Douglas, to ensure we turn ideas set out in this report, into results.

“Through the work of our Community Service Department we are transforming historic sites into hubs for creativity.

“Clarke Hall in Port Credit is one of many rental spaces available for all types of creative activities.

“The Small Arms Building in Mississauga’s southeast Lakeview neighbourhood is going through a game-changing transformation.

“The future of this building is about preserving the heritage integrity of the structure.

“The renovations will ensure safe, flexible and purpose-built facilities for a wide range of environmental sciences and technology, arts, heritage, and cultural endeavours.

“It’s also an opportunity to commemorate, preserve and promote the history and heritage significance of the building and site including the continuing role of women today.

“This year we just marked the 40th anniversary of Visual Arts Mississauga – one of Mississauga’s most dynamic creative centres.

“And what better place to inspire artists, showcase their talents and reach the broader community, then at Riverwood – the heart of our community’s beautiful, natural greenspaces.

“And finally, I’m honoured to serve as the Honorary Chair for the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s Annual Fine Art Auction taking place on April 27.

“This year, we are very excited to be celebrating the AGM’s 30th anniversary, which makes this event even more special.

“Join us in ushering the gallery into its next 30 years, and take home a unique reminder of the amazing art and artists that have made the AGM the respected institution that it is today!

“We look forward to the ongoing growth of the AGM and how we can best accommodate that growth with new space.

“During my campaign for mayor, I placed a great emphasis on investing in public art.

“I was honoured to serve as vice-chair of the Arts Taskforce under Hazel McCallion and committed to carrying on her work, as mayor of Mississauga.

“Public art brings people together and enriches neighbourhoods, residents and visitors.

“The Contemplating Child sculpture is in the heart of our downtown core, located at Community Common Park.

“In Churchill Meadows Councillor McFadden and I unveiled the Heaven and Earth Sculpture as part of the new residential development at Winston Churchill and Eglinton.

“This new piece of art is helping further unite and give the Churchill Meadows community a unique identity. 

“Last year, we unveiled The Book by Ilan Sandler to be part of the City of Mississauga Public Art Collection.

The Book – a painted steel sculpture – was donated by Toronto Pearson and is also on display at Celebration Square not far from Central Library. And it came at no cost to taxpayers.

“It’s unveiling coincided with the 25th anniversary of Central Library, home to a vast collection of art publications.

“In October, Minister Navdeep Bains announced funding of nearly $200,000 to the City of Mississauga to commission artwork that will have a permanent home at Celebration Square.

“Celebration Square is where residents come together to share and celebrate their culture for everyone to experience, appreciate and enjoy.

“This new artwork will be another important way Mississauga pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.

“The new piece will focus on the themes of diversity, inclusion and reconciliation with Indigenous Communities.

“What better year to celebrate the important role art has in telling the story of our nation’s proud history and promising future then in 2017, the year we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

“And just this past week I joined Council, Chief Beckett and first-responders from Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services as part of the ongoing efforts to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

“We have launched a mural to recognize this occasion and it will be officially launched on April 9.

“Of course, we cannot forget the much anticipated Do Your Homework Exhibit about the life and legacy of the legendary Hurricane Hazel McCallion.

“The Museums of Mississauga will be highlighting the life and times of Hazel McCallion in an exhibition held April 12th to 26th at the Mississauga Civic Centre.

“As part of the exhibit, artists were invited to apply with works that are paintings, drawings or sculptures of Hazel McCallion.

“On April 12, join Hazel McCallion in Council Chambers for an intimate “In Conversation with Hazel” where she discusses leadership lessons and learnings from building the sixth largest city in Canada.

“I want to close by once again thanking the volunteers, members, artists and leadership of the Mississauga Arts Council for all they do year-round.

“Investing and supporting the arts, heritage and our creative businesses is fundamental to city-building.

“Working together with the City of Mississauga, Council and staff, we will continue to ensure that Mississauga enjoys an unrivalled reputation as an emerging, world-class arts community.

“Thank you!”

Welcome back to the MAC Couch!

Do you have talent you would like to showcase to the world? Submit your application to be featured on MAC’s youtube channel and be able to share your talents with your community! You may transform your feature to demonstrate your craft whichever way you would like. Discuss, represent and perform on the MAC Couch today!

This is an exclusive opportunity for MAC member only! Make sure to renew your membership if you have not already.

Click Here to submit your application!


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:

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 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

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

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

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