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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

Theatre Ontario invites all members to join us at our Annual General Meeting on Monday May 9th at 7:00pm at the Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto (Bathurst subway station), and immediately afterward as our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) presents “Now What: The Emerging Artists’ Guide to the Theatre Universe.” Learn more about Theatre Ontario’s Annual General Meeting

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

Ontario Heartland Chorus won 1st place standing in Division A (small chorus 15-30 members on stage) on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in Syracuse, New York.  Ontario Heartland Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International and part of Region 16 that encompasses barbershop choruses around Lake Ontario (southern Ontario and north New York State).  Ontario Heartland Chorus is a chorus of women who sing a cappella in the barbershop style. The chorus rehearses every Tuesday evening and will be hosting free vocal workshops in May.  Participants may participate in the chorus’ annual show in June 2016.

In partnership with City of Guelph, Downtown Renewal and Downtown Guelph Business Association, Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce three new HATCH [pop-up art-space] projects. The installations and exhibitions will pop up in vacant and transitioning spaces in downtown Guelph this spring. Selected projects include local artist Carolyn Meili’s Ever Black & White, which will transform a vacant transit shelter at St. George’s Square with a series of interlacing cutout black silhouette shapes based on children’s drawings and texts. The second project, Sliding Door, is an installation of an ongoing photographic project by Polina Teif and Shannon Garden-Smith. It returns images taken from storefronts back to the surface of the window. Using a photograph digitally printed on adhesive vinyl, Sliding Door overlays the 10 Carden St. window with an image of a domestic sliding glass door. In a vacant commercial unit in Old Quebec Street Mall, collaborative local artists Amanda and Kiel Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) will be exhibiting their ongoing series of work, which documents the changes in Guelph’s urban landscape. The artists will post hours and be onsite throughout the exhibition to share their collaborative process with the community. HATCH projects in this round will run from April 15 to May 15, 2016. Guelph Arts Council would like to thank Old Quebec Street Mall, City of Guelph, Guelph Transit and 10 Carden for the donation of these creative spaces. More information:

Please visit Elaine Au Yeung’s signature collection link for her custom-made works on-live at VIDA web site,

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!  

Mileena Sobreira  released a new song on her Soundcloud. The song is called Three is a Crowd and is available for listening and downloading here. Other songs of mine are available here.

The theme of the spring issue of DISPATCH is The Artist’s Resale Right. This issue features: Executive Director’s Report and President’s Report; The Artist’s Resale Right and its Effect on Canadian Artists; The Artist’s Resale Right: Advocacy for Fair Compensation; Tax Tip – Your Tax Questions Answered! You can access the newsletter on our website: or on Scribd

Eseme Elango won a Toronto Independent Music Award for “best Urban” artist and was selected to play at the Canadian Music Week festival in Toronto this coming May. Eseme will be at The Nest on May 4th alongside some other talented artists.(423 College St. W. TO. To buy tickets and see the schedule:

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 1700s 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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Square One Older Adult Centre and Square One Seniors Wellness Services are pleased to announce that the organizations have joined forces and resources under the leadership of one Board of Directors to deliver a wide variety of programs and services address the high-priority needs of Mississauga’s growing older adult community. The amalgamated organization will continue to operate under the name: Square One Older Adult Centre. According to the organization’s President, Alice Dods, the amalgamation is good news for Mississauga’s older adult and seniors’ community. “Together, we will be stronger, more effective and efficient. As a leading registered charitable organization in our city devoted exclusively to nourishing the mind, body and spirit of Mississauga’s aging population, our mission is to provide a welcoming place that celebrates individuality and diversity, inspiring older adults to embrace their vitality, optimize their health and well-being, and broaden their horizons.”

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

Andy Pacheco started a band with Tropic Funk you can find them here &

Enforcing Judgments through the Sale of Real Property: Modern Solutions to Traditional Impediments. The Traditional Model: Enforcing Judgments through the Sheriff’s Sale Process. So you’ve obtained a judgment against a debtor that owes you a significant amount of money but refuses to make payments. In traditional fashion, you obtain a writ of execution with the understanding that the sheriff will seize and sell the judgment debtor’s house or any other real property owned by the debtor as a means of satisfying the judgment. Obviously, this situation represents a worst case scenario to an extent, but is often the only avenue available to a creditor when faced with an uncooperative debtor. Read more here.

Studio.89 is putting together teams for #REBEL16. If you want to put together your own event and need some help OR want to join up on ours, send us an email!

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

Announcements / The Canada Council for the Arts / Information Session and Webinar  / Toronto, ON and online / Event Date:April 29, 2016. Are you an artist who identifies as being Deaf, having a disability or living with a mental illness? Join us for an information session on the Cultivate Programs and the New Funding Model at the upcoming Cripping the Arts Symposium. Participate in person or join us online! 

Announcements / Theatre Ontario / Upcoming Workshops / Toronto, ON / Event Date: Monday, April 25 and Saturday, May 7, 2016

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 / CARFAC National & IMAA /Toronto Focus Group: IMAA CARFAC Harmonized Fee ScheduleIMAA and CARFAC would like your input as we harmonize our fee schedule: Local Media Artists and Presenters, please join us for a Focus Group on April 17th from 3 to 6 pm. Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) and the Independent media Arts Alliance (IMAA) are engaging in a national community consultation process in order to evaluate their respective fee schedules in relation to the needs, practices and activities of the Canadian media arts community. The goal of this community consultation process is to develop a harmonized fee schedule structure for media artists. The consultation began in March with an online survey on the subject of artists’ fees. The online survey is now closed. The next phase of the consultation with the community is a series of in-person focus group sessions held across the country to gather specific input from artists and organizations in the media arts community. For more information about the process, please contact Emmanuel Madan, IMAA National Director ( or Marcia Lea, CARFAC National Acting Executive Director ( 

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

Sistema Mississauga needs your help to continue providing free music instruction to children in Mississauga!
Their current funding ends in May 2016 and they don’t want to stop their program before the end of the 2016 school year. They need your help to keep the music going! This time around, they are running a crowd funding campaign over at RaiseHope that will reward you with perks while helping them achieve their goal. Perks include Sistema Mississauga memberships, social media shoutouts, a personalized jingle, and gift cards from iTunes, Cineplex and Starbucks. If they can raise enough money to continue providing this program until the end of the 2016 school year, this will provide them with more time to continue raising money through grants for the 2016/2017 school year without interrupting the program. The campaign ends on Feb 24th, so please visit our crowdfunding page and make a contribution today!’t-Stop-The-Music

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. 

VAM ON FILM! Creativity in the third chapter! Check out VAM’s new ArtReach for Older Adults promotional program video.

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

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

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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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

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