Member News

Clarke Memorial Hall opens up in partnership with City of Mississauga.

Exciting news for MAC members…. Clarke Memorial Hall is open Saturdays and Sundays through July and August to MAC members for booking on a first come first served basis.  Free main floor space.  You must pre-book your times through the MAC office!  Call us at 905-615-4278.  It is recommended that you put in your request 3 weeks prior to the date requested.  Spots are subject to availability.  You can serve food free of charge, no selling permitted!  Absolutely NO ALCOHOL permitted on the premises!  Clarke Memorial Hall is a landmark in the Old Port Credit Village Heritage Conservation District of Mississauga.  Its soaring ceilings, architectural detail and performance stage make it a dramatic space for all kinds of artistic events.

2015 MAC Summer Podcast launched on May 20th

Join your host Isaac Daniel Eng Wednesdays for Mississauga Arts Council Summer Podcast!
Tune in for live artist interviews, community arts news, events listings, local music features, MAC member Q&A’s and much much more!
The podcast will be available via streaming or direct download next week on the MAC website at or listen in at
Episode 1 – Meet Your Host: Isaac Daniel Eng” premiered May 20th.
QOTW (Question of the Week) 1: “What do you want from MAC this Summer, and more specifically, what do you want to hear from the MAC Podcast?”
Episode 2 – Artist Spotlight: MARTY Winner Peta-Gaye Nash”  premiered May 27th.
Episode 3 – Nepal Benefit recap and The Dam Poet Society” premiered June 3rd.
Episode 4 – Dead Penny’s Sam Morton – Marty 2015 Emerging Performing Group Winner
Episode 5 – Sharada Eswar on The Train of Thought”and Darren Anthony on his play “Secrets of a Black Boy” premiering June 17th.
Episode 6 – Meet MAC: Directors of MAC Limelight, Aida Mohammad and Domenic Mitchel premiering June 24th.
Episode 7 – Comedian Michael Morrison premiering July 1st

M.A.C. member Sarah Rideout, Singer/Songwriter and Musician has been preparing for over 16 months to travel to Orlando to sing a collection of her original music for some of the top A & R record label executives in the US including Universal Music and Sony BMG Nashville scouts. With three trips to New York for professional development with industry coaches including a full professional photo shoot now under her belt, Sarah is only days away from flying out Orlando for this once in a life time opportunity! To view photos and video clips from her professional development trips to New York and read all about her journey and experience in the industry thus far, you can read her blog and check out her bio on her website at  Feel free to follow along on her fan page as well for regular updates.  (all links are located on her website) She leaves on June 29th!

Arlene Paculan has been nominated for Best Songwriter in Toronto’s popular newspaper, NOW Magazine! Arlene is up against some incredibly talented songwriters around the GTA, including Hayden and Ron Sexsmith.  Please help her win the title by simply clicking HERE and voting for her.

The Streetsville Literary Circle group will be holding a book launch as part of its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15.  The launch will be held at the Streetsville Library in Mississauga (Queen St), in the Fireside Lounge.  It runs from 5 pm – 8 pm and the audience will be able to meet the local authors, perhaps buy their book, and hear some interesting readings. A few of the authors have books that came out recently, and this will be the first “event” from this group. Local authors include Kim Cayer, Tasnim Jivaji and Cheryl Aratao-Xavier.
Lights! Camera! Dissatisfaction…Now available!!  A new fictional novel by Kim Cayer.  Paperback and e-book!
DIRTY NUMBERS (an e-book) still available on Amazon and Smashwords, a non-fictional expose of a very disturbing business….BY Kim Cayer.

Sagar Maria, aka Ayydos, would like to share a project of his that he’s been working on for a few months now. It’s a rap piece that starts out really negative and disheartening until the mid-point of the song where the beat and the same lyrics are flipped backwards. At this point the message is also turned into one of positivity. Here’s the Facebook link. Here’s the YouTube link.

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.

Pallett Valo is on the Shortlist as One of Ontario’s Top Regional Law Firms. We are delighted that we have been voted as one of Ontario’s Top 10 Regional Law Firms over the past few years.We would like to continue this trend and would appreciate your support in voting for us. Please click here to access the Canadian Lawyer survey.As this survey is open to anyone who wishes to vote, please feel free to forward this email to a friend or colleague. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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

This is the second in a series of newsletters which we have named “Construction Bits and Bites”. The series addresses legal topics of interest to the construction industry in a short, ‘bite sized’ format.This newsletter describes three types of ‘certificates’ that may be encountered during the life of a construction project.* Certificate of Substantial Performance* Certificate of Completion * Notice of Intention to Register a Condominium
Read more here.

In 2015-2016, Theatre Erindale will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its home base, the Sheridan-UTM Theatre and Drama Studies Program – a professional actor-training partnership still unique in Canada. Recent grads are co-starring in productions that won multiple Dora Awards in Toronto this week – to say nothing of those who are directing, writing, teaching and running theatre companies across the country. So this year the company is planning to make some whoopee! As this is the Silver Anniversary, of course this had to be “The Silver Season”.
To celebrate its 25th, Theatre Erindale has planned a line-up so polished that it gleams. First off the block is an extraordinary romp by one of the originators of theatre as we know it, in the doubly extraordinary (and sometimes savagely funny!) new translation by famed Canadian poet Anne Carson. The sequel to Stratford’s sell-out Elektra is directed by special guest Autumn Smith. Euripides’ Orestes (which sounds like a tragedy but isn’t) runs from October 22nd to November 1st. November 1st is also the date of a special Anniversary Reunion for all those years of graduates. So grads, mark your calendar! Theatre Erindale is the best entertainment buy in Mississauga. Season Memberships for the 2015-2016 Silver Season will go on sale in August. For further information or a free colour brochure, call the Erindale Studio Theatre Box Office at 905-569-4369 or visit

Keep yourself updated. “Be Tech Savvy” with a little help from Century Audio Visual.
Audio Visual Technology “News of Interest” #70 – June 1, 2015 now available.
Century Audio Visual is proud to have been nominated again this year by the readers of the Business Times as Top Performer for Audio Visual Services!  At Century Audio Visual, everything we do is driven by your satisfaction. We hope to be worthy of your votes to maintain our status at the coveted Platinum spot! In fact, this year Century is hoping for a ‘grand slam’: a four-time consecutive win! Simply click on the Business Times link below. Please vote for us! Share with co-workers and friends. Voting starts now! Thank you so much for your support. It truly means the world to us!

The Johnny Max Band are coming to your neighbourhood this summer!..
Thornbury to play at The Jazz By The Bay on the shores of Georgian Bay (Sun July 5) 5PM
Then we are off to Mt Tremblant Blues Festival for a series of shows on July 10-11 and then back to Port Credit where The Heart Attacks will play at the Port Credit Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo in Memorial Park (5-8PM)
The JMB will again be at the Beaches International Jazz Festival on the street (July 23-25), in front of our favourite Gabby’s Pub
We are also happy to announce that we will  be playing a wonderful Music Series , The Etwell Concert Series on Sun July 26 3PM
Don’t forget that we will be at The Midland Cultural Centre on August 1…this will be our first time playing in Midland and we hope that we can get a great house for this wonderful series! tickets can be purchased at
Johnny will be part of The Last Waltz: A Tribute to The Music of The Band” at The CNE! Sunday Aug 30….This show has been selling out across the province and will again come to Cobourg and many other theatres in the fall….you won’t want to miss it on The Bandshell stage at The EX!….
The JMB are back playing The Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle in Port Credit Friday Sep 11(we were rained out last year)….. More shows are coming in the fall with An End of Summer Shindig with Chuck Jackson in Gravenhurst….Plus look for Sunday Morning Soul Blues-y Christmas show with special guests and all Christmas Blues songs!!!

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!

Playwright-in-Person with Vern Thiessen
We welcome Vern Thiessen as our Playwright-in-Person at our 2015 Summer Theatre Intensive in Waterloo on August 10.
He will be reading excerpts from his plays, followed by a Q&A.
This event is free and open to the public (it is not limited to those who are participating in the Summer Intensive) – but it will especially worthwhile for the playwriting students, studying with Maja Ardal.
Find out more about Theatre Ontario’s Playwright-in-Person with Vern Thiessen

PepperBrooks announced today that she has been named Best Blogger for ​her b​log ‘The PuRRR’ ​at the Black Canadian Awards. The awards show was hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on Saturday on June 6th 2015.
“My alter ego, PepperBrooks is everything I wanted to be when I couldn’t. Being nominated and winning Best Blogger has propelled the opportunity to share my story of racism, depression and domestic violence to a bigger audience!
During my recent interview with CBC Radio One, I discussed my experience growing up black in Northern Ontario. Since then, I’ve had an emotional and overwhelming response from people reach out to me
, ​sharing their own personal stories of bullying and abuse.”— PepperBrooks

 Announcements / Artscape Lofts / PACE Condominiums / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, July 17, 2015

Announcements / Canada Council for the Arts / New Funding Model

Announcements / Ontario Nonprofit Network / New Police Record Checks Legislation Introduced!

Announcements / Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network / Mentorship: Calling All Ontario Professional Artists  /  Deadline Date: July 1, 2015 

Announcements / Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network / The Seniors’ Care Advisory Program 

ANNOUNCING Craftadian online courses:
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Our launch includes these online courses:
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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


Rotaract Singfest is a solo singing competition for youth between the ages of 14 to 22 that will be held at the Amacon Rotary Ribfest on July 18th, 2015.
The event is organized and sponsored by the Rotaract Club of Mississauga (RCM).
The competition will consist of two rounds. During the first round the top 20 contestants will be chosen through a combination of judging and online fan voting.
Top 20 will compete in the Singfest finals on Saturday, July 18th during the Amacon Rotary Ribfest in Mississauga.

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.

Katarzyna Kochany’s Video wins GOLD REMI Award!

Filmmaker Katarzyna Kochany’s video for Bost Family Traditions “Do What You Love” won the Gold Remi Award for Best Country & Western Music Video at Worldfest Houston, one of the oldest film festivals in the world.
You can watch a clip from the video here:

Alex Wichert to be on INSIGHT TV

Featured in a series on social justice and activism.
He will be  performing his spoken word pieces on poverty, homelessness, and, soon, transformative social justice.
Transformative Social Justice – August 12
INSIGHT AIR DATES on Rogers Cable 10
Original show airs on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. on Rogers Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon). Each show also airs: Original is Wed at 10pm; Thursdays at 0400, 10:00, 1600; Fridays at 2100; Sundays at 1500.

Need a Music Manager?

If you want to be taken seriously as a musician have a listen to this

OAC’s new strategic plan, Vital Arts and Public Value, identifies Deaf artists and artists with disabilities as a new priority group.The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has established resources for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities.

A number of initiatives have been established to support this group.
Support for costs to prepare applications
Support for accessibility costs for applicants
Deaf and Disability Arts Projects program
OAC has established a new program dedicated to Deaf artists and artists with disabilities.
Program guidelines and application forms will be available in Spring 2015.
The deadline for this program is July 3, 2015.
Contact:  Janice Lambrakos, Information Services Coordinator 416-969-7429,(toll-free at 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7429),
Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager, 416-969-7407, (toll-free at 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7407)

Sunday Morning Soul

Ladies & Gents, if you are looking for your Blues & Roots fix, look no further than Blues Radio Canada! This Is Where Good Music Lives! Blues Radio Canada is your one stop Blues & Roots Music Shop, where you can listen to some of the finest Blues radio programs from across the Country(with new international shows coming very soon) and including Sunday Morning Soul….Join us on The Blues Side and become a sponsor or advertise your festivals and events on our show and our station
Don’t forget our new season for the Port Credit Concert Series with a whole new bunch of shows coming in the fall with The Weber Brothers & Blackburn and a new show in November, too…come to the website for more information    

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 streaming 24 /7  We encourage local artists to get in touch for music submissions and interviews.