Member News

OAC is moving as of January 4, 2016, our new address will be: 121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3M5. If you are dropping off an application in person, please note new deadline date policy: 5 p.m. sharp! With the move comes a new deadline time on deadline day for grant applications delivered in person. Our new landlord will not allow us to receive packages after 5 p.m. This policy will remain the same once our application process is online. For more information contact: Kirsten Gunter, Director of Communications, Ontario Arts Council, 16-969-7403 | 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403 |

Culture Talks: A live webcast will be available to allow Ontarians from across the province to participate in the Kingston Culture Talks town hall on Wednesday, November 25 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Please note that webcasting will not be available for the Windsor Culture Talks town hall, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd. You can access the webcast from the Culture Talks website or by following the link.

December 1 through December 21, Studio.89 is collecting gently used clothing, canned goods, and children’s toys as part of our community in-kind donations project and Mississauga Gives. All items will be donated to charitable organizations before Christmas. Feel free to come by during our open hours, to drop off your in-kind donation!

Craftadian BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Enjoy 50% off any Craftadian online courses in our Etsy Shop from now until November 30th as part of our Black Friday Sale. CRAFTADIAN ETSY SHOP,use promo code blackfriday.

Help needy kids this Christmas: Please remember our homeless teens this holiday season. They are often a forgotten group. Once again Drew’s Benefit Fund is putting together 200 holiday gift boxes for teens in need at 3 local youth homeless shelters. It’s hard to believe that 3 in 100 youth in our local communities are homeless. Please help us put these gift boxes together. Just review the list below of the most requested items and start a box in your home, school, or workplace. Donations will be accepted Fri Dec 11 to Sat Dec 19. New items only please. Feel free to attach a card and let them know that you care! Drop off locations in Mississauga, Oakville, and Stoney Creek. The holidays are a tough time for teens in these shelters. Any donation will bring a smile! No time to shop, you can make a onetime online donation and Drew’s Fund will do the shopping for you.  We also need volunteer gift wrappers for Saturday Dec 19 from 10-4 pm in Mississauga. Volunteer hours and lunch provided. Email us at if you can volunteer your time.

What is Heritage in the City of Mississauga? What is cultural heritage in our modern world? We want your input on a Strategic Plan to evaluate our existing heritage services. This process includes identifying Mississauga’s heritage and how heritage is relevant to residents and visitors.
Take our survey for a chance to WIN AN iPAD (32 GB). View contest rules and regulations
For more information about the Heritage Strategic Plan, contact Stuart Keeler at, 905-615-3200 ext. 2106.
To learn more about Heritage Planning, click here.
To learn more about the Museums of Mississauga, click here.

LIFT’s 2015 Production/Post-Production Grants – Deadline: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 5:00pm. In an effort to foster independent filmmaking, LIFT has made up to $16,000 in equipment credits available to eligible General and Production LIFT members. Full details.

Congratulations to award-winning director Katarzyna Kochany, whose work was honored at 20th annual International Family Film Festival in Hollywood.  A Director’s Journey: Hurricane McLean made it to top 2 in the documentary category; Do What You Love top 3 music films. Both projects screened at historic Raleigh Studios, the longest continuously operating studio in the USA, with early work by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and westerns such as Gunsmoke and Hopalong Cassidy.  Raleigh Studios is 100 years old.  It goes back to the silent film era, and was home to one the world’s first sound stages.  Great venue for the US premiere of A Director’s Journey.

Carfac invites you to Share Your Voice! Take the Artists, Public Galleries & Exhibitors Survey Today! Survey is open until Friday, November 27th at 11:59pm EST.  Artists and exhibitors, we need your thoughts! CARFAC Ontario is working with a network of artists and organizations to develop an “Artists, Public Galleries & Exhibitors” toolkit which addresses selling, exhibiting, collecting, and the conservation of artwork from living artists. It’s a big topic, with many perspectives and diverse models of work and negotiation. Research findings will be aggregated and published by CARFAC. The resulting tools will be available, free, on our website. By responding to this survey, you are directly contributing to the research that will inform the content for this Code of Practice. This toolkit is a part of CARFAC Ontario’s project: Strengthening the Province: Resources and Codes of Practices for the Visual, Media and Craft-Based Arts Sector. The ultimate goal of the project is to establish a set of best practices to advance industry standards through a consultative, consensus building process. The resulting ethical and practical professional standards and best practices developed will provide guidance in areas where regulation and agreements currently do not exist. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time. You may withdraw your participation at any time by simply exiting your browser or closing the survey site.

It’s Time to Start the New Year with the 2016 Artists’ Day PlannerPre-sales of the 2016 Artists’ Day Planner on NOW! The Artists’ Day Planner comes equipped with dates for opportunities to can submit your work and apply to various funding bodies. It has a sleek look, plenty of calendar space, and easy listings to follow! Members’ Price: $18.60, Non-Members’ Price: $23.85. Plus: first 100 orders will receive a complimentary pen or “Has the Artist Been Paid?” button!

SUSAN COLLACOTT , MFA, Runner up for Artist of the year, is having a MOVING SALE – 50% OFF, 10-5 pm everyday, until November 30 . At her studio; 139 Pinewood Trail, call before coming 905-274-8976. View new artwork and digital images at SUSANCOLLACOTT.COMPhotography for Arts sake and travel images.

Brianna Corona has just been chosen to be one of three to open a show for Tyler Shaw at a fundraiser for children and families with brain cancer.  It is the LivWise Foundation fundraiser on November 14 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, in memory of Olivia Wise, who passed away 2 years ago from brain cancer.  Olivia, who was 16 yrs old, had a love for singing also and recorded Katy Perry’s song “Roar” 6 weeks before passing away.
Brianna has just completed recording her first original, professionally produced single, The Bright Side, with singer/producer/songwriter Roy Hamilton III.  The song is in its final production stages and will be released soon.

Theatre Ontario’s Next Generation Showcase will be held on January 17 and 18, 2016 at Native Earth’s Aki Studio Theatre at Daniels Spectrum. Showcase is our annual event that provides graduating students of post-secondary conservatory theatre training programs across Ontario with the opportunity to audition for industry professionals. Learn more about Theatre Ontario’s Next Generation Showcase

Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank matches organizations (particularly community theatres and educational organizations) with professional theatre teachers and trainers for workshops, adjudications, and short-term consulting contracts. We are now inviting applications for new members.  The deadline is January 15, 2016. Learn more about Applying for Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank

Seeking Volunteers for the 2016 Youth Advisory Committee. We are currently seeking members for our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). The YAC will be responsible for establishing and implementing a plan of action for the next twelve months with the aim of creating greater accessibility to youth interested in a career in theatre, or youth passionate about fostering the next generation of theatre artists. Apply to volunteer for the Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee

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:The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Women’s Directorate have launched the $2.25 million Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario. This multi-year funding program will nurture important relationships between the arts and social service sectors across the province. Artists and arts organizations will have the opportunity to collaborate with organizations or experts working to prevent sexual violence and harassment. It will ensure that Ontario communities have access to artistic projects that deal effectively with issues of sexual violence and harassment, such as consent, rape culture and gender equality. The arts community can develop innovative strategies to help people better understand the issue and stop the violence. Fifteen per cent of the Creative Engagement Fund is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal projects. The Creative Engagement Fund is open to Ontario-based community not-for-profit organizations, arts not-for-profit organizations, and arts ad hoc groups and collectives. Click here for guidelines and application forms. The deadline for this program is December 15, 2015 at 12 p.m. (noon). Successful applicants will be announced in March 2016.

CMHFoundation Project is currently looking the volunteers to become involved with our organization. As our mission is to provide accessibility of music education to all members of the community, the volunteer will be helping our partners incorporate music learning into their after school activities through workshops and one-on-one music tutoring. We are looking for volunteer music mentors who would be comfortable leading small workshops to youths or taking on a child solo, around 4-5 per group. Some might have learning and physical disabilities. Here is our volunteer application:

Keep yourself updated. “Be Tech Savvy” with a little help from Century Audio Visual, their new Audio Visual Technology “News of Interest” #74 – October 1, 2015 is now available.

Joel Martin has written an article on “How To Run A Successful Open Mic Night” which includes 11 tips on how to take your event to the next level! I’ve also written an article on “5 Albums Worth Your Time In November 2015” where you might find your new fav album!

Joel Martin is the booking agent for The Dreamboats! They’re a really popular band who perform 50s and 60s style covers and originals with an energetic live show which always erupts in an epic old school dance party. They receive hundreds of show offers a year and needed professional assistance to stay on top of the demand and to take them to the next level. You can check out a professional video of them performing “Hippy Hippy Shake” HERE and you can see a fan filmed video of them performing a medley of popular songs to a huge dance party HERE.

Nominations for the Government of Ontario’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are open. These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize the leadership, innovation, creativity and talent that Ontario’s professional artists and arts organizations bring to communities across the province. You know how arts and culture breathe life into communities across our province and how the arts contribute to Ontario’s economy, vitality and well-being. Shine a spotlight on this activity – nominate an artist or arts organization. The awards are conferred in two categories: an individual artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. Nominations can recognize a candidate engaged in any art form or artistic practice. Nominations are due December 1, 2015. Your nomination package must be postmarked by Canada Post or a courier company on or before the deadline. Details about the awards and nomination forms are available on the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) website.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is proud to announce a cultural partnership with Art Toronto, Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art. As a Cultural Partner of Art Toronto, AGM Members will receive a 20% discount on regular admission online tickets.
Contact the Gallery at to obtain your discount.

VAM AT RIVERWOOD SHARES ART EXPERIENCES WITH OLDER ADULTS. Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is proud to launch its innovative ArtReach for Older Adults program. VAM is pleased to share the magic of the arts with older adults across the City of Mississauga through its subsidized pilot program. ArtReach for Older Adults offers exciting art workshops under the guidance of qualified instructors to the Region of Peel’s Malton Village, Peel Senior Link and South Common Community Centre. Seniors at these locations will take a creative journey as they explore four months of subsidized art classes.  It is estimated that hundreds of seniors will be impacted by the program which brings VAM’s popular art experiences out into the community.
VAM is pleased to partner with the Mississauga Senior Council (MSC) to launch the program. Representing more than 50 senior groups across the City of Mississauga, the MSC has offered its guidance and support of the program which will inspire and build confidence in individuals that might not have regular access to VAM programs. Participants will explore a variety of creative practices including painting, drawing, sculpture and more!
ArtReach will encourage social participation and inclusion for older adults while promoting volunteerism. VAM has enlisted a team of senior volunteers to help deliver the workshops alongside VAM’s professional teaching staff. These giving individuals have been through rigorous training to prepare for the delivery of the program. Check out ArtReach for Older Adults in the press! Click here to view our feature in Goodlife Magazine and on Rogers TV Peel.
Groups or senior centres that are interested in booking an ArtReach workshop are asked to contact VAM at 905-277-4313 or email The ArtReach for Older Adults Pilot Project is made possible with generous funding provided through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has launched a province-wide consultation to develop the first Culture Strategy for Ontario.  From October through December, people in Ontario can participate in the consultation in various ways: At town hall sessions in 11 communities from October 13 to December 3, 2015. By sharing ideas via the Culture Talks website or on Twitter using #ONCulture. By responding to a discussion paper by December 7, 2015 (further details on how to submit comments on the discussion paper are posted on the government’s online Environmental Registry).Consultations, which will include conversations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, will run until December 7, 2015. Cultural Strategy Town Hall Schedule – Venues and Times TBC. Cultural Strategy Town Hall Schedule Online . A Culture Strategy Advisory Group will provide expertise and diverse perspectives on the role of culture in Ontario and the development of the culture strategy. If you’d like more information about Culture Talks contact

The JMB were selected, by The Great Lakes Blues Society(London) in their “Road To Memphis” Competition and are going to Memphis for The International Blues Challenge in January 2017….stay tuned for news about our fundraisers, in order to cover some of the travel costs for a 5 piece band, find it all at

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / 40th Anniversary DISPATCH – Call for Testimonials / Deadline Date: Friday, December 4, 2015Anyone interested in submitting a testimonial for our 40th anniversary issue of DISPATCH is welcome to use the following prompts as a starting point: How has CARFAC Ontario positively impacted your career as a practising visual or media artist?; Do you have any specific anecdotes or memories about CARFAC Ontario over the past 40 years?; Any additional comments and/or well wishes for the next 40 years welcome! Submissions can range in length — a sentence to a couple of paragraphs is great. However, please note that all submissions are subject to be edited for grammar, clarity, and length. Please send your testimonial to Venessa Harris at by Friday December 4th, 2015.

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Artists, Public Galleries, & Exhibitors Survey / Deadline Date: Friday, November 27, 2015

Announcements / Government of Ontario / Open Government – Ontario’s Culture Strategy

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Fall Issue of Dispatch / Toronto, ON. The fall issue of DISPATCH has arrived! This issue’s theme is Negotiation for Visual Artists which coincides with CARFAC National’s 2015 conference theme Empower Yourself: Confident Negotiation for Visual Artists. This issue features: The Art of Negotiation: Interview with Adam Freedman of Torys by Bri Salmena, Overcoming Cognitive Biases While Negotiating in the Arts by Venessa Harris, Keeping you connected … Local News from Across the Province

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / 2015 Webinar Wednesday Series / Toronto, ON. Webinar Wednesdays are back! CARFAC Ontario is presenting a new series of lunchtime webinars starting Wednesday November 4th and we’re pleased to announce this year’s line-up of session leaders below. Just $10 for members and $20 for non-members, with deep discounts for all five sessions! If you have any further questions please contact us at the CARFAC Ontario office: 1-877-890-8859 or 416-340-7653 or email

Announcements / Province of Ontario / Help Develop Ontario’s First Cultural Strategy

Announcements / Canada Council for the Arts / Understanding Canadian Arts Through CADAC Data

Sistema Mississauga is seeking individuals who have an interest and/or experience in fundraising to join our fundraising committee (Volunteer Position). The main purpose of the committee is to initiate and support sustainable funding. Duties include: Generate ideas for fundraising activities, Create, maintain and update a database of current and prospective donors; Research companies/individuals to approach for funding; Assist with contacting companies/individuals for funding; Research possible grant opportunities; Assist with grant applications; Explore social marketing opportunities; Attend fundraising committee meeting. Contact – with your resume.

Honoured as the 2010 Wind Instrumentalist of the Year, saxophonist Carson Freeman keeps a low profile on the Toronto music scene while tending to a busy performance schedule. Carson has performed around the world alongside several well known artists including Gino Vannelli and Grammy winners Randy Brecker, fellow saxophonist David Sanborn, and platinum selling rapper MC Hammer. You can hear Carson play every Wednesday night in his neighbors of Port Credit (Mississauga ON) at Shore Grill & Grotto.

Rashmi Pluscec releases her second poetry book, “Desolate World”. Available on Amazon, this collection of poetry is based on themes of uninhibited anguish and unbridled fury. Paperback EditionKindle Edition

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

Ontario Arts Council Recommender. Did you know that the AGM is an Artist Recommender for Exhibition Assistance Grants? We accept applications on an ongoing basis and provide support to artists who live and work in the 905/Peel region, in particular Mississauga. Applications are reviewed twice a year: September 6, 2015 & January 15, 2016. Visit our website for additional details.

Canadian Small Business Women has lots of information to offer to help you with your business ventures. Listen to their top 3 blogs for the month of August: Act Like A Lady, Think Like A BossCan Your Brand Become A MovementThe Beauty In Business – 5 Reasons Why Looks Matter Take advantage of Canadian Small Business Women’s member benefits and join our business community by clicking HERE.  Membership starts at only $20/month! HELP US HELP YOU!! Take their short survey for your chance to win a Tim Horton’s gift card. TAKE OUR SURVEY. Are you in need of capital to start a new project or to take your business to the next level? Get Money for your Business. Contact our representative at Business Development Bank of Canada. Kelvin Odurukwe, 905-615-2829 and reference Canadian Small Business Women

Book Suite 350’s Boardroom for Your Next Meeting in Toronto. The tenants of Suite 350 invite organizations, groups, and committees to book the boardroom at Suite 350 for their next meeting, workshop, or small event. Centrally located at historic 401 Richmond Street West, the room is a beautiful, large, and quiet space in the heart of downtown Toronto. Learn more about booking our suite boardroom

Save the Date for Festival 2016. Theatre Ontario Festival is a destination for theatre lovers from across the province. Mark your calendar now to join us on May 18 to 22, 2016 as we travel to North Bay – “the gateway of the north” – for Theatre Ontario Festival 2016. Learn more about Theatre Ontario Festival 2016

Young Lives on the Line: You can make a difference. Authored and published by Norma Nicholson RN BA MA (Ed) is available for sale. Obtain your copy at Mississauga Art Council for $15.00. It can also be downloaded from Amazon and from the author at: This book brings new perspectives and solutions to the problems and challenging behaviours seen in underserved youth in our society. Throughout the book are concrete examples of root causes unexplored.

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood’s Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 lineup of high-quality visual arts courses is now up online at Search for your perfect creative outlet by Day of the Week or Medium. Lots of new and exciting courses and workshops for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Artists as well as Children and Teens. Treat your creative spirit each week by spending a few hours with one of VAM’s accomplished artist-instructors!

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 from Port Credit, Mississauga, across Canada and around the world playing the best music from independent local, regional and international artists on  We encourage local artists to get in touch for music submissions and interviews. 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 Personalities – 20 of which are exclusively produced for Blues & Roots Radio in Mississauga – streaming 24 /7, we reach the listeners and parts others cannot.

Sunday Morning Soul brings you brand new Duke Robillard, Monkeyjunk, Joe Moss, John Mayall, the 20th Anniversary of AJ Croce’s “That’s Me In the Bar’, new Buddy Guy & Sugar Brown, among many, many other great new Blues, Roots & Soul Artists…This week’s Sunday Morning Soul we bring you a small tribute to John Bride, who is being inducted into The Mississauga Walk Of Fame, during the Southside Shuffle. We also played brand new Eugene ‘Hideaway” Bridges, John Mayall, Tom Lockwood, Amanda FishJoe Moss & some Jools Holland w George Benson….plus more great music That You’ve Never Heard!….We do it each and every week, specifically on a Sunday morning, afternoon and evening across this country and anytime online….You can listen on these, our syndicated radio station partners across this continent: – www.bluesradiocan – – Hunter’s Bay Radio 88.7 – 97.7 The Beach FM – CHLY 101.7FM – DAWG 101.9FM  – – – Morning Soul plays you the Best in Brand New Blues, Roots & Soul , each & every Sunday morning, afternoon & evening, all across the country…..Celebrating our 11th year broadcasting ‘The Best Music You’ve Never Heard!” From Hank Mowery to Pat Temple, Grant Dermody to Steve Goldberger & Betty Fox, It’s all right here on Sunday Morning Soul We will bring you Blues or Roots, Soul or Jazz, no matter, it’s all just plain old Good music!

NEW at iMAGEMAKER Gallery. We now have a gorgeous glass cabinet to display some fine craft. Drop into iMAGEMAKER Gallery and discover some fabulous work by our local Mississauga crafts people. This incredible work will all be for sale. Drop by the gallery, 1 -5, daily.

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

Maya Saggar has successfully started a business and wanted to share it with Mac Members. You can purchase a magnet for your car that says new driver. The goal of the company is to create a more comfortable learning environment for new drivers. To support this young new entrepreneur, click on the website for more information and how to order yours.

Are you interested in volunteering in your community? Perhaps you are interested in a career in the visual arts or education fields? Are you looking to add to your resume, complete your community service hours, gain valuable work experience, give back to your community…and have a lot of fun in the process? Visual Arts Mississauga has the perfect opportunity for you! Visual Arts Mississauga is currently looking for both adult and youth volunteers. Interested applicants are asked to visit, or for more details call 905-277-4313

The Youth Advisory Committee is also looking to plan other valuable events and initiatives for youth 14 to 29, and are gathering more information about what theatre resources you use, which you have trouble accessing, and what resources you would like to see made available to you.
Take the survey and you can participate in a monthly draw for a surprise pack of 5 free plays!

ANNOUNCING Craftadian online courses:
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Our launch includes these online courses:
BONUS first 100 people to purchase any e-course will save an additional $5 off their total – use promo code firstcourse

Show your work and get paid to exhibit it
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

OAC’s Cultural Animator Pilot Project Has Moved to Mississauga
Sharada K. Eswar is the newest Cultural Animator contracted to help support the development of community-engaged arts projects. Working with the Mississauga Arts Council, Sharada is raising awareness about OAC’s Artists in the Community/Workplace program and is guiding artists and organizations through the grant application process.

Need a Music Manager?
If you want to be taken seriously as a musician have a listen to this.