Member News

2015 MAC Summer Podcast to launch on May 20th

Join your host Isaac Daniel Eng Wednesday May 20th for the very first 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” premiering 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” recording May 19th, premiering May 27th

Carassauga’s Charity & Community Challenge

MAC is excited to announce our involvement in Carassauga’s Charity & Community Challenge (aka CC Challenge) on May 22, 23 and 24, 2015.  This is an innovative way to raise funds and awareness for our organization.  We cordially invite you to participate as your involvement would allow us to increase or funds. By participating in the CC Challenge, you would visit the Carassauga Festival of Cultures, Ontario’s largest multicultural festival, and complete fun tasks/challenges.   If you successfully complete a minimum of 5 tasks in different pavilions, then you will be entered into a draw to win some really cool prizes!

Singfest Voting for the top 20 Finalists is now open!

Different pages for each contestant have been created on our website and are now encouraging online voting to help determine the top 20 finalists. Please visit for a link to the voting website. The 10 contestants with the most votes will move on to our Finals. At the moment over 1,000 votes have been cast! The remaining 10 Finalists will be selected after the voting is complete by a selection committee.
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.


Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Artworks & Charitable Fundraisers: Sector-wide Survey! / Deadline Date: Friday, May 22, 2015  

The survey will take approximately 15-25 minutes of your time. You may withdraw your participation at any time by simply exiting your browser or closing the survey site. The survey will close on Friday May 22nd at 10:00pm EST.
Please take some time to complete this quick survey:


Announcements / CARFAC National / A National Conversation on Negotiation for Visual Artists / Saskatoon, SK / Event Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015  

You’ve been offered an exhibition, but the fee is lower than you hoped. Maybe your work was posted online, and you weren’t offered anything… What’s your next move? Do you ask for more or keep your head down?
Fees and contracts are negotiable more often than you might think. This panel series will explore ways to ask for more without damaging the working relationships you count on.
Starting in Saskatoon with CARFAC’s National Annual General Meeting, the conversation will travel across Canada, with panels in most provinces.
Watch for details on our website


Announcements / Canada Council for the Arts / 2016 Governor General’s Awards in Visual & Media Arts / Deadline Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 

The nomination period for the 2016 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts is now open!
Deadline: June 15, 2015
The #GGarts are Canada’s foremost distinctions for excellence in visual and media arts.
Do you know a remarkable Canadian artist who deserves to be recognized?
Honor them for outstanding artistic achievement and contributions by nominating them now!

For more information, visit

Announcements / CBC / City Increases Hamilton Artist Grants for First Time in 15 Years


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:



Moving People and Goods Across the Border Seamlessly:  The Challenges presented and the Opportunites available

On Wed., June 10th, AmCham’s Toronto-GTA and Peel-Halton-Niagara Chapters will hold this stimulating program which will feature speakers providing their expert insights on: Immigration issues; the process of relocating employees to, and hiring employees in, another country; the role of site selection in formulating cross-border transportation plans, and some strategies for addressing cross-border logistics and supply chain management.
If you operate a manufacturing or distribution business or if you want to know about how to optimally position your personnel, products or resources throughout North America, this program is not to be missed.


An update to Income Tax Folio S4-F7-C1, Amalgamations of Canadian Corporations has now been published on the CRA Internet site.

Its effective date is May 8, 2015.


Income Tax Folio S4-F16-C1, What is a Partnership?  has been published to the CRA Internet site.
Its effective date is May 5, 2015.


Mississauga Festival Choir announcing “Restoring voices”- a program developed in partnership with Alzheimer Society of Peel and funded by artsVest and Benefit Plan Administrator (BPA)Funding was made possible through the generous sponsorship of $5000 from BPA and a matching grant from artsVest Ontario. This $10,000 in funding will support the development and implementation of a program that has the potential to add to the quality of life for those struggling with the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s |Disease and other forms of dementia.



The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Salter as its new Director /Curator. With twenty years of success in museums, academia, and the private sector, including experience as a chief curator, collections manager, project manager, and private consultant, Salter brings a new level of expertise to the AGM.
Salter graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.A. in art history and classical civilizations from the University of Miami (Florida) in 1996, after having received a Recruitment Scholarship (1994-1996) and the Bass Museum Teaching Bursary (1994-1996). Her B.A. Honours in studio and art history is from the University of Windsor in 1994. Salter’s experience includes strategic and curatorial work for the city of Windsor regarding their public art collection and cultural heritage holdings and with the Art Gallery of Windsor where she was recently the Chief Curator and Collections Manager. Previously, Salter was the Manager of Exhibitions at the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto and the Gallery Director at George Adams Gallery, NYC, where she was an agent for the first Art Miami/Art Basel (2002).  Prior to her work in museums and galleries, Salter was on the faculty at Nova Southeastern University and The University of the West Indies and was an Educator/Programmer with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Anne Tannenbaum Gallery School. A certified appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers, Salter founded and directs her own boutique consulting agency. She provides public and private clients with collection management consultation services and has appraised and directed the restoration and conservation efforts for extensive collections of Canadian Cultural Property.
Salter will relocate to the GTA area from Tecumseh and will begin her new role in early June.


Theatre Ontario regrets to announce that Anne Mooney, Community Theatre Coordinator, will be retiring from Theatre Ontario at the end of June.


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.
Homelessness – June 3rd
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.

Changes to Estate Administration Tax Regime and Duties for Estate Trustees

In our previous newsletter, we outlined key changes to the Ontario estate administration tax (commonly referred to as “probate tax”) regime. At that time, we reported on the legislative changes and were waiting on regulations which would set out the specific reporting requirements of estate trustees under the new system. These regulations, and the related Ministry of Finance forms and guidelines, were introduced on December 22, 2014. It is very important that estate trustees in Ontario take note of these changes as they impose new duties on an estate trustee to accurately report information about the deceased’s assets and update incorrect and incomplete information with the Ministry of Revenue. Failure to perform those duties may lead to payment of hefty fines and even incarceration.
Read more here

Volunteer and recruitment positions available

Consider Joining Sistema Mississauga

Memberships with Sistema Mississauga are $20 and help provide funding for the organization. All members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and members will be given up to date information about Sistema Mississauga via an email newsletter.
You can start your new membership with us on our online membership form at:
or by downloading and filling out our membership form and mailing it in with your membership fee from our website.
We thank you in advance for your support of our program!


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)

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants

The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial assistance, by way of grants, to students and artists in the early or developmental stage of their career  who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking and demonstrate a commitment to making art a lifetime career.
For detailed information to apply to The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for grant opportunities for artists please click here.


Sunday Morning Soul

Each and every Sunday morning, afternoon and evening (all throughout the week, for that matter) you can hear the Best in Brand New Blues & Roots Music”…Come on over “To The Blues Side” ‘This Is Where Good Music Lives!”
Please send all promo to:Sunday Morning Soul, ℅ Johnny Max
2165 Stir Cres.,Mississauga, Ontario


An online language learning system with over 60 courses for English speakers and several ESL courses.
Mango languages is also available for mobile devices through the App Store and Google Play.


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.

Ongoing – The Kendall Hurley Collection:

(St. David’s Bench Room & Paul Bosc Tasting Room). Chateau Des Charmes Wines, 1025 York Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake. Open to the public Monday to Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm.