Who will have their MARTYS moment this year? Join us as we celebrate the best and brightest talent in Mississauga!

The MARTY Awards are May 7!

This year’s event features a cocktail hour with an extravagant street fair scene featuring local artists across all the disciplines of art, delicious dinner, exciting entertainment and some very special guests.

This year’s host is Rogers Television Talk Show personality Randy Persaud! Join us and meet the best and brightest talent Mississauga has to offer. Be interviewed like a star on the Red Carpet during the Cocktail Reception.

MAC is delighted to be presenting the “Lifetime Achievement in Arts Award” to the Honorable Madame Hazel McCallion who has contributed tremendously towards Arts and Culture during her tenure as mayor.

Did you know that we’re feeding our guests this year?

Red Carpet – Spring Rolls, Veg samosas, beef wellington,California Rolls, Mini Pita with Smoked Chicken and California Rolls

Dinner –  Salad – Mixed Green, Couscous

Main course – Thai Chicken,Spanish Rice,Penne Pasta Primivera, hot medley of Vegetables

Dessert – Assorted cookies and Brownies & Squares

Coffee and Tea

Event coverage by Rogers TV.

Purchase your tickets here!

This year’s MARTYS also feature the Arts in Community Conference featuring speakers from across Ontario covering topics such as community art, and why public art is good to enhance our neighbourhoods!

At the conference we will also present opportunity for community artists to compete for additional mentorship for their projects with the “The MAC Open Pitch”. Shortlisted community artists will have 5 minutes to convince a panel of judges to support their project and the winners will be announced at the MARTYS Red Carpet!




The 2014 MARTYS were handed out on May 8, 2014, in a ceremony at the Living Arts Centre Hammerson Hall

Photos are here. We’re still adding new photos, so check back soon.

Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year

 Arlene Paculan

Arlene Paculan

Randolph Academy graduate Arlene Paculan creates soulful jazzy pop. Her recent album, “Everything Begins with Love” has been embraced by CBC Radio 1.
Selected past events: 2012 TD Toronto Jazz Festival, opening for Jill Barber, Beaches Jazz StreetFest. Her company, LMG Productions, produces WonderFest, which aims to spread empowerment through art.

Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts


Eleanor Calbes

Eleanor is a world renowned opera singer and voice coach. Her appearances include The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, lead roles in many of the finest opera houses around the world and Broadway roles in shows such as South Pacific and The King and I. She became a matriarch of the local cultural scene, founding Opera Mississauga, City Centre Musical Productions and Fiesta Filipina Dance Company.

People’s Choice


Monster Rock Orchestra

The Monster Rock Orchestra (MRO) is the signature act of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival (MWF). The vision of Artistic Director and Mississauga resident Vikas Kohli, produced by Mississauga-based MonstrARTity Creative Community (MCC), it was designed as a one-of-a-kind attraction exclusive to Mississauga.

Emerging Literary Arts


Larissa Fleurette Ho

Larissa Fleurette Ho is a fourth-year English and Professional Writing and Communication student at the University of Toronto. She loves to play the piano and travel. Above all, she loves to write. Writing has allowed her to discover more about herself and the world than she ever thought she could learn.

Established Literary Arts


Anna Yin

Anna Yin has published five poetry books and won the Ted Plantos Memorial award (2005), a MARTY award (2010) and a Professional Achievement Award from CPAC (2013) etc. She was a finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011/2012 and is the current Ontario Representative for the League of Canadian Poets.

Emerging Visual Arts


 Amanda Baron

Amanda Baron is a mixed media artist who blurs the distinction between painting digital mediums. Born in Mississauga, ON she graduated from OCAD University with a BFA in Drawing and Painting, and pursued a self-directed study in Florence, Italy for one year under the OCAD Off-Campus Studies. Program.

 Established Visual Arts


Irene Monique Salehi

Irene Monique Salehi, was born in Paris, France and currently lives in Toronto. She has modernized silk painting by using lines for details and vivid, saturated colours for creating her unique artworks. The themes of her paintings are nature, social issues, and her personal experiences. She had several solo exhibitions and group shows.

Emerging Media Arts


Nick Name (aka Nick Londono)

Nick Name’s work as Sound Designer, Audio Engineer and Film Composer has been featured in many international film festivals. Over the last few years he has also been recognized for his music production with numerous upcoming Canadian artists, while recently making his ‘music-video’ directorial debut.

Established Media Arts


Michael Kennedy

Michael has directed 14 feature-length films & over 200 episodes of prime-time network TV including the pilots for 12 different series & the entire first season of the hit comedy, Little Mosque on the Prairie. He has directed shows in Canada, US, Mexico, Belize, Germany, Hungary and India.

Emerging Performing Arts Group


BallRoom Babies

The BallRoom Babies are an indie rock trio hailing from Toronto.  The chemistry of the three brothers ignites instantly on stage as a result of a love for their trade and years of experience performing together. The brothers have delivered a powerful new release containing 15 organic and innovative songs. Released in 2013, their new CD, Change to Silver contains power driven riffs, dynamic harmonies and well crafted lyrics.

Established Performing Arts Group


Clarkson Musical Theatre

Clarkson Music Theatre, established in 1945, is a non profit organization & now one of the largest and most respected community theatre groups in the province. It provides a variety of shows to its theatre community (e.g. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, Hairspray). Its mission is to enrich the cultural community of Mississauga.

Emerging Performing Artist


Frank Anthony

Hailing from Mississauga Frank Anthony is an R&B/Pop artist with a collection of hit-driven Pop, R&B, dance, and Hip-Hop influenced songs. Influenced by ‘90s Hip-Hop and R&B sound as well as his Italian heritage, Frank Anthony’s repertoire of music and collaborations is what emerging artists could only dream of coming out of the gate.

Established Performing Artist


Carol McCartney

Port Credit’s Carol McCartney has performed across Canada, the U.S., Hong Kong and Japan for three decades. Her CD’s are a favourite of jazz radio, as are her recordings with Peter Appleyard, Guido Basso and Chase Sanborn. She has soloed with over 30 symphony orchestras and was vocalist for the JUNO-nominated recording Taking Flight.

Creative Community


Frog in Hand

Sisters Noelle Hamlyn and Colleen Snell founded Frog in Hand to create multi-disciplinary community performances in unusual spaces. With support from the Ontario Arts Council, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga, National Youth Arts Week and City of Mississauga we have brought our thoughtful, fun, spontaneous stories to the streets.


Ernie Singleton, CEO Singleton Entertainment

Ernie Singleton

Ernie Singleton, successful music executive and CEO of Singleton Entertainment Corp, presented a keynote at the MARTYS. Singleton has worked with superstars like Cher, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Prince and Quincy Jones and has been instrumental in creating successful careers of many other artists generating billions of dollars in entertainment revenue. Singleton has personally earned over 140 Gold and Platinum Records, and his love and appreciation for music keeps growing.

Recommended by Singleton for young artists:
Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition.
By Dennis N.T. Perkins