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.

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Mayor Crombie’s one bag challenge

The arts community accepts Mayor Crombie’s one bag challenge in a big way.

Mississauga’s arts and culture community delivered groceries and more to Fairview Fire Station 101 destined for the Mississauga Food Bank..

Paul Damaso, Director of Mississauga’s Culture Division declared, “It’s obvious that anything is possible when you work together. The future of arts and heritage in Mississauga is very bright under your collective leadership.”

Thanks Paul and thanks to everyone for participating.

New Leader takes MAC!


New Leader takes MAC!

October 5, 2016, Mississauga

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is delighted to announce the beginning of a new era in the development of arts and culture in Mississauga with the selection of Mike Douglas as the new Executive Director of MAC. Mr. Douglas was serving as Executive Director on an interim basis while the thorough search for a permanent ED was underway. After the interviews of top candidates were concluded, Mike was the unanimous first choice for this pivotal position.

“We’re delighted,” said MAC Board President, Brian Crombie. “Mike has a marvelous knowledge of Mississauga, our diverse and emerging arts scene and he’s familiar with the City’s key decision makers.” Douglas’ resume covered a long career in television directing and recently he spent five years as founding editor/co-publisher of the arts and culture oriented MississaugaLife – Spirit of the City magazine.

“Creative, community minded and connected, combine that with his positive energy and communications talents and we feel fortunate to have Mike on board and steering the ship as we renew our progress towards creating greater appreciation, participation and support for the arts in Mississauga.” Crombie concluded.

Why take on such an exhausting job?

Asked and answered Douglas replied – “It’s about purpose, most of us crave a special purpose in life. And there is high purpose here in enabling more talents to succeed in our city. As Mayor Crombie has said, ‘our city shines when our artists shine’. And it’s true.”

What’s on top of his priority list? Douglas holds up a mask and smiles, we’re making magic he says, referring to the new Magical Masquerade Ball coming on Saturday October 29 it’s his first fundraiser for the 35 year old institution working for Mississauga’s changing arts scene.

For more information and interviews contact:

Brian Crombie


Tel: 416-409-5102

Email: briancrombie@rogers.com

Website: www.mississaugaartscouncil.com


Mike Douglas

Executive Director

Tel: 905-615-4215

Email: mike.douglas@mississaugaartscouncil.com

Website: www.mississaugaartscouncil.com

About MAC:

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is a 35 year-old not-for-profit organization that includes hundreds of individual artists and over 200 arts organizations. MAC acts as a catalyst to inspire, engage and connect artist and performers with opportunities to work and grow. MAC aims to create a Mississauga that is a vibrant, creative, city where arts and culture thrive.

Catching up with Arlene Paculan: Mississauga Music Expo

Fiesta ng Kalayaan 2016

Translating to a “Celebration of Freedom” in Filipino, Fiesta ng Kalayaan is the largest family-oriented cultural event west of Toronto celebrating the Philippine culture. Entertainment will include performances by well-known local and international performers, dance troupes, bands, comedians and other artists. Filipino food, pastries and desserts will be on hand, and the trellises of Celebration Square will be adorned with arts and crafts from a variety of vendors from the Philippines.

Host – Arlene Paculan

She will be taking pre-registrations at arlenepaculan@gmail.com and on the spot.

Date: Saturday, July 30

Venue: Amphitheatre at Mississauga Celebration Square  (300 City Centre Drive)

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


For more information visit: http://www.fiestangkalayaan.ca/

Carassauga 2016

CARASSAUGA will come alive this weekend from May 27-29 in Mississauga! With 28 Pavilions showcasing over 70 countries throughout the festival displaying food, music, entertainment, fashion, art and history from many countries and their cultures. Founded in 1985, Carassauga will celebrate its 31st Anniversary this year!

Ride the MiWay and Carrassauga shuttle FREE between Pavilion locations with a Carassauga Passport! Children 12 and under also ride free while accompanied by an Adult with the Passport. A “Kids Zone” will be inside Indoor Soccer Arena at the Hershey Centre for children of all ages. Also enjoy FREE parking at all Pavilion locations! Carassauga Welcome and Information booths will be located at the Hershey Centre entrances. The festival schedule will be from Friday, May 27th till Sunday, May 29th at various Mississauga locations. Learn more at www.carassauga.com or call 905-615-3010 for more details.

Carassauga Passports purchased in advance are $10 each and $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are FREE. Carassauga Passports are sold at various locations in Mississauga, including City Libraries and online at www.carassauga.com.


See tomorrow’s Stars: Open Mic, April 28, Sirius Theatrical Company

MAC Open Mic – Hosted by Andy Pacheco


MAC Open Mics serve to portray Mississauga’s talent, cultural richness, and the spirit of the community. Open Mics gives opportunity and welcomes singers, spoken word artists, comedians, dancers and actors to showcase their work on a professional stage in front of a large audience. It is a great melting pot of cultures and an effective medium to strongly connect with your fans and educate them about your art. Free event, open to the general public and MAC members. Registration required to perform.

To register, email events@mississaugaartscouncil.com OR call Jane at 905.615.4446.

WHEN: April 28, 2016 from 7pm-9pm

WHERE: Sirius Theatrical Company – 119 Mimico Ave, Toronto, Ontario M8V 2V8

Be ready to provide us with your name, contact phone/email, genre of your set, approximate set length! Thank you.

Click here for the Facebook event page!

MAC Coffee Night – Marbling Art EBRU

MAC Coffee Night – Marbling Art (EBRU)
Presentation by Hacer Atar-Ozcan!


EBRU, a unique art form of Turkish Water Marbling, is created by drawing designs with dye on the surface of water, and then carefully placing paper on the water surface in order to absorb the dye; thereby, imprinting the dye pattern on the paper for a beautiful image!

Hacer Atar-Ozcan, a renowned traditional Turkish Marbling artist, will be covering:
– The history of Marbling Art presentation with detailed explanation of materials
– Understanding the Brush
– Understanding the Pigment

Hacer will also provide a DEMONSTRATION of abstract Marbling techniques, such Battal, Gelgit (Come and Go), Tarakli (Combing) and Wavy Flower techniques; Tulips, Daisys and Violets.

Click here for the Facebook event page!

April 11, 2016 from 7-9pm
WHERE: Studio.89
1065 Canadian Place – Unit 104
Mississauga, Ontario

MAC Munch with TheAppLabb – NOW FREE!

Our Second MAC Munch will be with TheAppLabb on March 9.

Presented by TheAppLabb’s CEO Kundan Joshi

TheAppLabb is a leader in Strategy, Design & Development of Mobile & Web Apps. A team of technology evangelists, designers and developers that fosters the transformative power of technology. They work with agencies, global brands and entrepreneurs, and contribute to their success by understanding their unique needs and creating business value through innovative solutions.

This workshop will cover:
1) How to leverage technology to sell/promote your art products and services
2) How to leverage technology to engage your fans & followers and enhance their loyalty
3) How to leverage technology to create your own art focused tech startup.

The workshop will be Wednesday March 09th, 2016 from
12pm – 1pm in the Central Library Board Room, 3rd Floor.

Lunch will be provided.


Get tickets here

Say you’re going to the event on Facebook here

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)