Member News

CBC Searchlight Voting has started! Arlene Paculan has entered the CBC Music Searchlight contest and in order to advance, she needs your votes daily for her song, Home with You. To vote, you have to create a login and you must confirm your email address FIRST before you actually log in for the first time. Then after that it’s easy-peasy. Then you can vote – everyday if you can – This first round ends Monday, February 27, 2017, at 2:59 p.m. 

Visual artist Devon Ross will be showing some of his artwork at Studio 89 for the Black history month art show February 21st to the 23rd. 

The next meeting for the Mississauga Culture masterplan is Feb. 21 6:30-8:30 Clarke Memorial Hall. Theme: how do we address issues of diversity, accessibility and building a collective identity? RSVP

Arts on the Credit announces the artists participating in 2017 are now posted.  Go to the website to discover their bios and websites.  There also is a brand new slide show on our home page.

Vandana Taxali, art lawyer, art agent and advocate for artists, has joined the Board of the Art Gallery of Mississauga, as a Director and Board Secretary. A long-time resident of the city, Taxali is a legal professional practising in arts, media, technology, software and entertainment, with over a decade of experience in intellectual property, licensing, contracts and entertainment law through her firm Entcounsel.

One of the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) most popular publications has been updated to reflect the evolving field of community-engaged arts practice. Framing Community – A Community-Engaged Art Workbook provides guidance on how to develop projects and points to resources, references and funding sources and offers examples of recent artist-led projects in the province.

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / 2017 Artists’ Day Planner – Half Price Now! / Toronto, ON

Announcements / Art For Aid Project / Urgent Request For Art Supplies / Ottawa, ON

Announcements / Gallery 1313 / Artists Workshop / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Announcements / Mural Routes / WALS: Behind the Scenes (Workshop Series) / Toronto, ON

The Wine Ladies invite you to listen to their week’s radio show…Happy Valentine’s Day. Something for him and her!

Cathleen MacDonald invites you to view this short film, “Sal’s Auto” invites non-union actors to a script table read. Come out and exercise your characterization muscles. Women, 40-55 & men 22-55. For details, visit.

OTF and the Government of Ontario announce that they are investing more than $5 million in 93 non-profit initiatives that will help build strong social and cultural communities across the province. For more information, please see the news release here. OTF congratulates all the successful grantees in this round, and we look forward to seeing how these projects develop.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has launched a new website to support Nova, OAC’s new online grant application and management system, which is now live. The dynamic new website and Nova will make it easier for applicants to search for granting programs that best suit a proposed arts activity. With the launch of the website and the successful completion of Nova pilot testing, all OAC grant applications will now be submitted online. The new application process will be much easier for OAC’s approximately 12,000 applicants each year, and more cost-effective for both applicants and OAC. Download the 2017 Granting Program Deadlines CalendarView all 2017 program deadlines.

The OTF and the Government of Ontario announced that they are investing $25 million in 203 community capital projects through the Ontario150 Community Capital Program that are expected to result in almost 1.4 million square feet of renovated community space. For more information, please see the news release here.

The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant courtesy of the Ontario150 Community Celebration Program. The grant will allow the organization to move forward with its plan to document and display the history of community orchestras in Ontario spanning 150 years. Working with several partners, the exhibit and accompanying booklet titled, “The History of Community Orchestras in Ontario” will be on display at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga for one week in October 2017, reaching an audience of 10,000 people. Following the presentation, the exhibit will be made available to other communities in Ontario with hopes to engage a broader audience.

Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce Frank Lloyd Wright’s Jewels of the Prairie, a tour of architectural sites in Chicago and Racine, Wisconsin. The tour is by luxury motor coach from Guelph, and runs September 2 to 9, 2017. Participants will be escorted by Sharyn Seibert, noted Guelph artist and art educator, and Brian Lauder, a long-time architecture and Wright enthusiast. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Guelph Arts Council. Full itinerary details are posted at Tour reservations can be made by contacting Debbie Bath at Noecker Travel (123 Metcalfe St. N., Elora, Ontario) at 519-846-5307.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and Tamarack Institute have partnered to build capacity around Collective Impact. This is a webinar series that dives deeper into the conditions of Collective Impact. Click here to learn more or to register for the sessions. For more information please contact OTF Support Centre at  or 1.800.263.2887.

That the Government of Canada amend the Income Tax Act and the Copyright Act in order to provide for artists’ resale rights in Canada. Read the full report here.

Do you need financial support for professional development or a “change of direction” in your career? Theatre Ontario is now inviting applications for the March 1, 2017 deadline for our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). Learn more about Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program

Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2016 Youth Opportunities Award will be shared by two applicants who will offer opportunities for Guelph and Wellington County children and youth to become engaged in the arts. The recipients are artist/educator Jessica Jang and Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures. For more information about the award program, contact Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280 or

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AGM PERMANENT COLLECTION: In conjunction with VAM39, this exhibition presents works by four senior female artists: Shirley Erskine, Lila Lewis Irving, Eileen Oswald and Doreen Renner, who have made significant contributions of both Visual Arts Mississauga and the Mississauga arts community over the last 30 years. Changing with each exhibition period, these thematic groupings from the collection, are accompanied by educational resources and activities. With this space, the AGM hopes to provide opportunities for deeper engagement between visitors, art and the community. Generously supported by the Pendle Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga.

This winter, the theme for DISPATCH is Draw More $ncome. Featuring an interview with Meera Sethi, and an article on earning income through eCommerce. You can access the newsletter on our website: here or on scribd

As a public agency, the Ontario Trillium Foundation wants to ensure we are directing our resources to where there is the most need, so that we can have the greatest impact. We wanted to take an evidence-based approach, so that we could demonstrate the value of our investments.  Using an index like the Canadian Index of Wellbeing allows us to make granting decisions that will make the biggest positive change to individuals and to communities. Watch OTF’s CIW explainer video: How are we really doing?. That is why OTF used the Index in the creation of our Action Areas – the areas in which OTF focuses its investments. As OTF accumulates more data, these reports in tandem with other sources will help establish the best measure for OTF’s accumulated impact over the next decade.

FIRST. NEW. NEXT. is the framework for an innovative programming and growth strategy. This framework has been supported through several AGM community engagement exercises and inspired by the cultural and historical fabric of the community, as well as the AGM Permanent Art Collection. First Peoples, newcomers and the next generation make up the diverse community of the AGM and feature prominently in its newly focused vision. The AGM provides platforms for exhibitions, collections and experimentation in contemporary culture with a recent focus on artists and cultural producers from Indigenous, newcomer and youth communities. Through a broad range of educational programs, artist projects and other forms of critical dialogue, the AGM seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide spaces where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways. For further information, please contact The AGM welcomes all feedback and inquiries

Studio 89 has reached some great milestones in the past few years and it’s all because of our community and supporters. Your communication, comments, and contributions have allowed us to create a lively community hub full of impact related activities. As you can see you are very important to us, and that’s why we would love to know more about our wonderful community and what we can provide that will be of most interest to you. Our survey takes less than five minutes to fill out, and it would mean the world to us! Give us your feedback and spread the word so we can spread the love in 2017! Tell us what you think by clicking HERE!

Privacy Law Matters: This is the first newsletter of a series entitled “Privacy Law Matters” which will provide updates on recent developments in privacy legislation and case law. This newsletter will provide an update on the enforcement of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”), a brief summary of the new Digital Privacy Act (“DPA”) and an update on the Personal Health and Information Protection Act (“PHIPA”). Read more here (online version).

OTF is announces new granting application deadlines for 2017. This announcement builds on the successful outcomes-based investment strategy launched last year and reflects feedback from key stakeholders including community organizations from every region and community in the province. The most important change concerns the number of times our individual investment streams will accept grant applications each year. Effective in 2017, OTF will shift to one deadline per year for three of its four investment streams: Seed, Grow and Capital. Applications for Collective Impact grants will continue to be accepted year-round. Consequently, the new 2017 calendar will be as follows: Seed: February 22; Grow: June 28; Capital: October 25; Collective Impact:Year-Round Acceptance. In addition, the two other programs administered by OTF – the Youth Opportunities Fund and the Local Poverty Reduction Fund – will continue to be available to eligible community organizations. These programs are unaffected by these changes and their 2017 deadlines will be announced at a future date. In addition to the new deadlines, we are also announcing that OTF will now deliver enhanced support to community organizations across Ontario, helping them create and submit stronger and more competitive grant applications. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if we can help in any way at 416.963.4927 or

Studio.89 is a fair trade cafe and community hub in the heart of Mississauga offering a free space to empower each one of us to build a better community. They invite you to help support their community and become a monthly trooper! Monthly gifts provide Studio 89: An income to sustain its space that provides each one of us a FREE area to hang out, attend events and host events;Create more programs and educational programs for our youths; Keep the community active; Assist with tackling more social justice issues! Your monthly donation is in your control. Any amount you would like to donate per month – $10, $25, $50, $100 – is completely up to you and brings even more awesomeness to our awesome community hub! You can easily start, change or stop your gift at any time online. Visit us online or email for more information.

Albino Galloro offers a full range of financial services and products to help people achieve their financial goals with Investors Group. Those interested in learning more please email to place you on a list to contact.

Looking to Volunteer with VAM’s creative community? Email Eldiana to apply and learn of upcoming opportunities with VAM’s programs, events, and exhibitions.

Albino Galloro is searching for the following instruments for purchase: Alto flute Haynes or Powell, Selmer alto Mk Vi or balanced action circa 1960, Tenorsemer Mk Vi or balanced action circa 1960, Flute b foot Haynes or Powell. If you have any of these for purchase please contact Albino at (905)  813-9849

Members of Theatre Ontario save 50% on E-Learning Courses from WorkInCulture. You love theatre, but the abilities that first sparked your love of the stage aren’t the only talents you need. Putting on a show or starting a theatre company takes a whole lot more. That’s why we’ve partnered with Work in Culture to offer Theatre Ontario members 50% off a selection of e-Learning courses that will help you produce like a pro! Here is just one of the six courses available: Partnerships and Collaboration – Create your dream team! Collaboration is essential to personal and professional success, but it’s not always as straightforward (or free from conflict) as we expect. This course will help your next collaboration run smoothly. Learn more about e-Learning courses from WorkInCulture

The City of Mississauga wants to make Clarke Memorial Hall more accessible for arts, culture and heritage activities.  Clarke Memorial Hall is available Sunday to Thursday before 4 pm for closed rehearsals for a $50 flat rate fee.  It is also available for events in the evening for $20/hour.  The space can be booked by calling Customer Service at 905-615-4100, 2.  It is booked on a first come, first serve basis and users must agree to standard rental terms and conditions.  For more information, please call Lisa Abbott at 905-615-3200 Ext 4914.

Nisreen Askar has opened up a new studio in Port Credit, offering art classes and workshops for kids and adults. For more information call 647-241-1141.

Announcements / Ontario Arts Council / Indigenous Arts ProtocolsThe Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has commissioned a video called Indigenous Arts Protocols. This video addresses cultural appropriation and highlights how Indigenous arts protocols can guide artistic practices and ensure respect for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge.

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Past Webinars / Toronto, ON

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / TOTAL Museum and Fine Arts Services / Member Discounts

Announcements / Government of Ontario / Launch of Ontario’s First Culture Strategy

Announcements / Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) / Make It Fair

Announcements / Work In Culture / Biz Smarts – Free Webinars / Toronto, ON

 Announcements / Pro Bono Clinic / Connect Legal / Toronto, ON

Announcements / 4elements Living Arts / Northereastern Ontario Surveys

ARTSY PARTIES ARE BACK! Throw your kids a party they’ll never forget! Join our artist-instructors as they lead young artists through exciting art projects in our professional studios! Each Artsy Party includes one complementary large cheese pizza from 3 Brothers Pizza.  For details.  Book while supplies last.

Do you have a senior in you life that lives in a senior residence? Tell them about VAM’s ArtReach for Older Adults program which enriches the lives of seniors through engagement in the creative process.

Seeking Community Theatres for Trial Adjudications. Trial adjudications are our opportunity for us to “audition” new adjudicators – and we need eager community theatres to participate in the process. Learn more about volunteering for Theatre Ontario’s trial adjudications

How to Prepare Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter Arts Grant Applications. Support material documenting your art work is usually the most important part of an effective grant application for the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) programs. To help you, we are launching Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter Arts Grant Applications,  a video featuring tips and advice for the best possible grant application.Topics covered include: How to select and organize the support material for your application; Guidelines around the use of still images and video; What type of support material not to include; How to present examples of dance, theatre and performance-based multi- and inter- arts work, etc