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Community Foundation of Mississauga supports Mississauga Arts Council with new grant awards. The Mississauga Arts Council sends a big “Thank-you” to the Community Foundation of Mississauga for their support of the MACArts Festival and the upcoming MACLimelight Youth Festival.
The Mississauga Arts Council gratefully acknowledges receipt of $10,000 in financial support from the Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture & Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga. These funds will be used to support the MACArts Festival’s free entertainment programming in Celebration Square on May 21. “The Community Foundation of Mississauga is thrilled to put our donors’ philanthropy to work in the community through the grants made from their funds.” Eileen MacKenzie, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Mississauga, said. “We know the Mississauga Arts Council does a great job advocating for and promoting the arts in Mississauga and we are pleased that our community will benefit from the important work they do.” A second grant from the Community Foundation of Mississauga will support the MACLimelight youth festival on June 25. The Gabriel Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga is donating $3000 to support a series of workshops dedicated to youth learning the skills they need to succeed in an arts career. “Pulling together insightful pros to tell it like it is for youth looking at arts careers is tremendously valuable and that’s what Limelight is doing,” said Mike Douglas, Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council. MAC is grateful to the Community Foundation of Mississauga for their continued support of arts projects in Mississauga.

Theatre Ontario regretfully announces that Rebecca Ballarin, Professional Theatre and Education Manager, will be leaving Theatre Ontario at the beginning of June. At the same time, we are also pleased to welcome Rachel Kennedy as Professional Theatre and Education Manager. Rachel is a recent graduate of York University’s theatre program, where she developed a passion for arts administration. Since graduating she has produced, directed, and stage managed for various theatre companies in Toronto while working as the Outreach and Development Coordinator for Playwrights Guild of Canada. Rachel is excited to join the team at Theatre Ontario and looks forward to fostering opportunities for professional development to both established and emerging artists across the province.

Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of roles at Quilt Canada 2016over the four days of the conference (June 15-18) and set up on June 14. You chose the volunteer role, date and shift(s) that works for you and submit the on-line volunteer registration form. Volunteers are needed to help supervise the quilt shows, do ticket sales and other front desk tasks and to set-up and take-down the show. If you volunteer for 4 hours in a single day, you get free admission to visit the quilt shows and vendors that day. You do not have to be a quilter or member of CQA/ACC to volunteer. If you have questions about volunteering please email

The music video Joel Martin’s new single “The Notebook Song” was released last week! You can watch it HERE! I’m also excited to announce that the music video for my last single “Discount Sugar Daddy” has hit 3000 views! You can watch it HERE! If you enjoy either video…please subscribe to my channel, leave a comment on their Youtube pages and share them on your social media! Both songs are off my newest album “The Tipping Point” which can be purchased in physical form HERE for $9.99 or in digital form HERE for $7.92!

Mississauga Music has selected Joel Martin’s epic acoustic open mic night at the Cock and Pheasant in Streetsville tonight as one of its top 3 events of the week! You can see their post HERE and get all the details for tonight’s event HERE!

Studio.89 needs your INPUT on something HUGE! Being an impactful, needed and totally awesome community space is all that we strive for here at Studio.89 & we need your help to make sure that persists in the years to come! If you could, we ask that you please take 5 minutes out of your day to fill out this survey AND, in exchange, be entered in a draw to win a $20 Studio.89 gift card!THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! IT MEANS THE WORLD TO US

Khaula Mazhur’s painting is up on exhibit and received special recognition. You can see it here on Youtube

Filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany’s new film A Director’s Journey is an official selection at Miami Independent Film Festival.

Filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany won a Gold Remi directing award at WorldFest Houston. Check out her new demo reel here

Spence v. BMO – An Update Pallett Valo LLP: In our December 2015 Wills, Estates & Trusts Newsletter, we discussed the controversial decision of Spence v. BMO Trust Company. You might recall that this case had two important aspects in that the Court looked outside the will at extrinsic evidence of motive and then determined that extrinsic evidence of a motive that was contrary to public policy could void an otherwise valid and unambiguous will that was not discriminatory on its face. The highly anticipated appeal was released in March 2016 and the Court of Appeal reversed the findings reported in our last newsletter. Read more here.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Tamarack Institute have partnered to build capacity around Collective Impact. In March and April, we hosted 20 Collective Impact 101 workshops across Ontario.Over a 1000 people participated! Building on those introductory workshops, we will be hosting 10 webinars over the next few months to go deeper on specific Collective Impact topics. You can register for these free webinars here.You can sign up for as many as you’d like. If you missed the Collective Impact 101 workshop in your area, we will present an abridged version during the May 9th webinar. For more information please contact Nahouolo at or 1.800.263.2887 x 303.

Why Do We Have Deposits? When buying real property, purchasers typically submit a deposit with their offer to purchase. The deposit is considered part of the purchase price and is ultimately credited towards the purchase price on closing. In this way, a deposit is a down payment, but it is also a sign of good-faith. The deposit acts as an incentive for the purchaser to complete the agreement of purchase and sale. Without a deposit, the buyer will not feel the immediate pain of improperly failing to comply with its obligations under the contract. While it is true that a vendor could sue on the agreement of purchase and sale for damages even in the absence of a deposit, this typically involves a long, drawn-out and costly litigation process. Accordingly, a vendor should be satisfied that the amount of a deposit covers possible damages such as subsequent sale at a lower sale price. On the other hand, a prudent purchaser’s solicitor will include a clause in the agreement of purchase and sale limiting the buyer’s liability to the amount of the deposit. Read more here.

Joel Martin is currently host open mics in Mississauga and Streetsville and on June 16th he’ll be expanding to host one in Oakville at St-Louis Bar & Grill as well! It’ll be a great opportunity to allow musicians from Oakville and Burlington to start performing at my events!

Cdn Small Business Women are excited to announce some new partnerships with our friends.  These OFFERS are exclusive to us and will be posted as they develop.  Some of these offers include business development tools, signs and banner discounts, SEO tools and much more.  New offers in the works include printing (t-shirts, bags, etc), and other promotional products.  CLICK HERE for more details. Limited amount of spaces being offered at 20% OFF the listed price for one week only. Take advantage of this bonus opportunity to have your business showcased to thousands of our followers. We are seeking vendors/exhibitors for our upcoming events:May 27th, Niagara Falls.  $120 + HSTAugust 24th, Mississauga. $120 + HSTOctober 2nd, Ottawa. $240/440 + HSTNovember 6th, Toronto. $240/440 + HST

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) is proud to share news of the successful applicants that have received funding for the 2015-2016 granting round. Youth facing multiple barriers across Ontario will benefit from 31 initiatives totalling $7,751,500 in funding from YOF. View a list of the YOF Grant recipients for 2015-2016 and media release. Learn more about the Youth Opportunities FundLearn more about the Ontario Trillium FoundationAfter the success of its work in the Greater Toronto Area, YOF expanded its reach to serve youth across Ontario since June 2015. The 31 organizations are the first group of grantees to benefit from the program’s expansion. The YOF received 234 applications in this round, and it was a highly competitive process. We are preparing to launch the fourth round of YOF funding. The two-step application process will remain the same for the new funding round, with the Expression of Interest as the first step. Stay tuned for 2016-17 deadlines.

OTF announces that the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, announced that Ontario’s public benefit sector, including Indigenous organizations, can submit proposals for the second round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is proud to partner with the Government of Ontario to administer the fund. Organizations have until May 30, 2016 to register for the June 29, 2016, LPRF deadline. More information about the application process, timelines and resources is available on the Local Poverty Reduction Fund website. Organization already registered and verified as eligible to apply for OTF grants are automatically registered and eligible to apply for the LPRF. Beginning May 30, 2016, LPRF applications will be available to those organizations in the OTF application portal. They will simply be given the ability to apply for the LPRF, as well as OTF grants. OTF in collaboration with the Treasury Board Secretariat will host outreach sessions in April and May across Ontario to promote the Local Poverty Reduction Fund. Please visit the Outreach Calendar to register for an information session in your area.

OTF is happy to announce that Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has officially announced the second cycle of grants awarded across the province under our new Investment Strategy. In the second cycle, OTF is investing in 314 initiatives totalling $48 million that will bring positive change to nearly two million people in Ontario. These investments will focus on measurable outcomes that benefit local communities. The list of grants is available on our website.

Port Credit Yarn Bliterz’s are looking for any Yarn or gently used Afghans to be donate. You can drop them off at:Port Credit Branch Library- 20 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga; Ladybug Harbor – 7 Mohawk Ave, Mississauga; Linda’s Craftique- 237 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga

WonderFest-West Artist Call. We are heading to Mississauga on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 to spread empowerment through art and we’re looking for ALL types of artists to showcase their creativity at Clarke Hall in Port Credit.  If you create music, stories, poetry, spoken word, visual art, sculptures, dance routines etc…- ANY art form, we encourage you to apply!! This is for locals in Mississauga, however, we’re always looking for talent year round for future events. We’d love for you to submit HERE!  

On behalf Heritage Mississauga and Sanborg Productions, Port Credit BIA would like to share this video with you….Discover the incredible history of “The Jewel In The Crown of Mississauga” in:175 Years of Port Credit. In this short video, you’ll learn about: What happened in the 1700’s in Port Credit? The different industries that took place along Lake Ontario throughout the years. The history of Port Credit through old photos, faces, and landmarks.

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Due to OTF budget changes and the upcoming launch of a new $25 million community capital program that OTF will administer on behalf of the government of Ontario, we are suspending the investment stream for capital grants. We will release a new deadline at a later date when details of the new community capital program are finalized. What this means: The April 6 deadline for Capital grants is cancelled. Registered applicants no longer have access to the application form to apply for a Capital grant. OTF will follow up directly with applicants who have already submitted a Capital grant application or have a Capital grant application in draft form in our online system. This decision does not affect any other streams or granting programs at OTF. The April 6 deadline for Seed grants is still in effect. Registered applicants can still apply for a Seed grant. We regret the inconvenience it may cause to our applicants. Stay tuned for more details in the Spring

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.

Mississauga artist Daegan McNeaney is holding a draw to give away one free, limited edition painting reproduction. To enter the draw, complete his brief online survey here. Good luck!

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Former Executive Director Swims for CANVAS / Toronto, ON

Announcements / The Hnatyshyn Foundation / Kim Nguyen Receives Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art / Vancouver, BC

Announcements / Ontario Arts Council / New Report Demonstrates the Economic Importance of Arts and Culture in Ontario

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / CARFAC Ontario Merchandise – The 2016 Artists’ Day Planner is now 50% off! / Toronto, ON

Announcements / CARFAC / 2016 National AGM / Ottawa, ON / Event Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016CARFAC’s 2016 National Annual General Meeting will take place on June 4, 2016 in Montreal. Further details to follow.

 Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / DISPATCH – Spring Issue Now Available

Announcements / Canada Council for the Arts /  Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts / Deadline Date:  Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Announcements / The Hnatyshyn Foundation / REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards / Ottawa, ON

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

Announcements / CARFAC / Draw More IncomeA pan-Canadian conversation coming to a city near you! This national conversation will travel across Canada, with presentations held in most provinces. Watch for registration details on our website.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is now a part of the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM)! ROAM is a program that allows the AGM to offer reciprocal admission to over 288 museums across the United States and Canada! This benefit is available to patrons of our Friend level memberships and higherMore on ROAM.

Canadian Small Business Women is excited to announce that they have added another stop on their Seminar tour!  This May, they will be in Niagara Falls hosting their popular Small Business Seminar. The event will take on the same format of vendors and workshops with one twist…we are crossing borders!!  We are inviting our American friends to take part in our Seminar and we already have two American and two Canadian guest speakers on the roster.  This will be a unique opportunity to promote your business to our neighbors across the border.  Hope to see you there! Now on to our Expos.  Exhibitor and Sponsorship spaces are now open!  Join us in Ottawa on October 2nd and the prestigious Westin Ottawa or in Toronto on November 6th at the Marriott.  We are seeking vendors/exhibitors for our upcoming events: May 27th, Niagara Falls.  $150 + HSTAugust 24th, Mississauga. $150 + HSTOctober 2nd, Ottawa. $300 + HSTNovember 6th, Toronto. $300 + HST. Register for 2 events: 10% off. Register for 3 events: 15% off. Register for 4 events: 20% off. This offer is only available for a limited time!

Museums of Mississauga are looking for great Volunteers for new positions. Docent Programme – The Docent Program is ideal for those seeking work experience and learning through the Museums of Mississauga.  Ambassador Programme – The recruitment of volunteer Museums of Mississauga Ambassadors is ongoing for the 2016-2017 seasons. Internships Course Credit with University or College Co-op Education Program
The experience is fast paced and requires thinking on your feet! It is an opportunity to learn about our mission, gain practical and theoretical training, while contemplating the role of a municipal heritage house and the function of Museums of Mississauga. The goals of the Volunteer program at The Museums of Mississauga:to provide exposure to the inner workings of museums and share professional practices; to promote an awareness of museum and cultural careers; to offer experiences not typically available through an academic setting; to create a multi-layered learning experience for participants; to offer hands-on, team focused learning environment. Volunteer Application Form | How it works! Fill out the online application form and email your resume in Word or PDF format to with the subject: Volunteer Application | Your Name | Type of Volunteer Programme. Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis. Applicants will be asked for an interview with the Volunteer Co-ordinator. All positions require a letter of agreement and time commitment to the training to be signed. Commitment of Time:Ambassador Program – commit to a 3 Museum events and/or a minimum of 40 hours; Intern:  Dependant on the Education Program requirements. For more information or to apply for a volunteer position, please contact: Community Program Supervisor: Kelly Kubik,
905-615-4860 x 2111

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. 

New Ontario Arts Council grants supporting arts managers. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s Compass program has two new components. Compass is the program that funds capacity-building for organizations and professional development for individuals. Both of the program’s existing components remain.The new categories are:Micro-grants: Professional Development for Arts Managers and Individual arts managers can apply for micro-grants to support management skills training. Deadline to applyNovember 1, 2016. Your activity must begin after the application deadline you are applying to. Also, the activity cannot finish before the results of the program are announced (approx. two months after the deadline). Arts Management Internships Organizations that receive OAC operating funding can apply for a grant to host an arts management intern who is Aboriginal, of colour, Deaf and/or has a disability. Deadline to apply: July 5, 2016. Your activity cannot begin before being notified of whether your application was successful (approx. three months after the deadline).For more information on these new program components – including eligibility criteria, program guidelines and application forms – please visit the Compass page of OAC’s website. For further information contact: Pat Bradley, Theatre, Major Organizations and Compass Officer, 416-969-7433, toll free 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7433.  or Lizzy Braoudakis, Program Administrator, 416-969-7412, toll free 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7412

Sunday Morning Soul:Well firstly we will congratulate Harrison Kennedy on his JUNO Award for Blues Album of The Year! Congratulations go to Jesse O’Brien & Andrew Galloway at Electro-fi Records, too. This week’s Sunday Morning Soul – – we bring you some excellent and brand new Steve Dawson, Janiva Magness, Delta Generators. Sean Pinchin, The California Honeydrops, as well as Angel Forrest, Fiona Boyes and so much more brand new music, you won’t know what to do with yourself! It’s all here, every Sunday morning, afternoon & evening(and all week ,too) For more information on where to send your discs…Johnny Max, C/O Sunday Morning Soul, 2165 Stir Cres., Miss. On, L4Y 3V2 416 902 9801.

Blues & Roots Radio are an Award Winning Global Radio Station streaming 24/7 from Port Credit, Mississauga. Blues and Roots Radio brings you the very best in Blues, Soul, Celtic, Folk, and Roots music streaming across Canada and around the world playing independent artists on
What the media is saying : ” Blues & Roots Radio have changed the landscape of internet radio on a Worldwide scale. The amazing team that they have put together on a global basis is growing. Indie music is being given a chance …. Just great music…… It truly is radio the way it used to be. ” – Cashbox Magazine Canada . ” Blues & Roots Radio is probably one of the ‘ hottest ‘ international stations now along with BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio for supporting and promoting independent musicians and finding new music…. There are so many great shows it is very hard to single out only one ” – Laurel Canyon Music. With over 50 shows from Canada and across the globe, with some of the world’s top Radio Hosts – 20 of which are exclusively produced for Blues & Roots Radio in Mississauga – streaming 24 /7, we reach the listeners and parts others cannot. Global Partners with ( Ontario ), ( USA ), (UK) and ( Australia ).

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

The Rhythm Team – Jay Boehmer and Charlie Cooley present a unique, dynamic and exciting presentation featuring two drumsets and other percussion instruments. Contact:

Performing Arts Internships 2016: Deadlines for 2016 are: May 2, 2016 and October 31, 2016. More information can be found here. Click here to view a September 2015 webinar that outlines the application process and offers suggestions about how to make the strongest case in a competitive process.

Announcements / TRACES / Visual Arts Symposium / Municipality of L’Ange-Gardien, QC / Event Dates: Tuesday, September 6 to Sunday, September 11, 2016

Announcements / ​4elements Living Arts​ / Northereastern Ontario Surveys

The ONE Gallery is launching a program for artists, both emerging and established, to exhibit work at our gallery alongside internationally renowned artist, William Ho, whose work is in the international arena. The program is called The ONE Program for Artists, or TOP Art for short. This is a great opportunity for all artists to show and sell their work. We are delighted to offer this to your art members so that they may have the unique opportunity to participate in our program. Please see our website for more details:

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

Profiles of Projects from the Professional Theatre Training Program. Neil Silcox, training in directing with Matjash Mrozewski at Canadian Stage in Toronto. Alexis Scott, training in artistic producing with David Whiteley at Plosive Productions in Ottawa. Alysse Rich, training in dramaturgy with Brian Quirt at Nightswimming in Toronto. Mary Elizabeth Willcott, training in directing with Kelly Thornton at Nightwood Theatre in Toronto. Learn about these Professional Theatre Training Program projects

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

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If you are an artist, or know artists, want to show your work and get paid to exhibit it, please do check out this link and consider attending this symposium

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