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ARTSY BIRTHDAY PARTIES. Throw your kids a party they won’t soon forget! Join our artist-instructors as they lead young artists through exciting art projects in our professional studios! Price includes one large cheese pizza from 3 Brothers. You bring the cake and guests, VAM brings the rest! Please call VAM for additional details at 905-277-4313 or visit.

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

Joel Martin is looking at a late March or early April time frame to shoot the music video for “The Notebook Song” following our amazing videographer Ryan Nolan’s busy schedule. You can check out some of the amazing stuff he’s done HERE!

Joel Martin is very proud to have launched my blog last year and publish several articles that could be of service to others.

Ontario Arts Council announces New Director of Finance and Administration and New Associate Director of Granting at the Ontario Arts Council. Jerry Zhang and Kerry Swanson have joined the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) as Director of Finance and Administration and Associate Director of Granting, respectively.

Announcements / City of Hamilton / 2016 Arts Award / Hamilton, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, February 12, 2016

Announcements / Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network / Major Conference for Senior Artists / Toronto, ON / Event Date: Monday, April 18, 2016

Audio Visual Technology “News of Interest” #77 – January 1, 2016 now available. Be Tech Savy with Century AV.

Mississauga Festival Choir (MFC) is excited to announce the beginning of a new young adult choir Resonance , the latest member of the Mississauga Festival Choir family. As part of MFC’s commitment to providing lifelong singing opportunities for the residents of Mississauga, Resonance joins MFC, Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir and its latest group Raising Voices, along with partner organization Mississauga Festival Youth Choir to fulfill that mandate. Leading the ensemble of 15-25 year olds will be Bob Anderson, conductor of the renowned Cawthra Park SS Chamber Choir. The non-auditioned choir will be open to all singers.  Membership in the choir would be $60 per term with two terms per year. Rehearsals will be held Monday nights from 7-9 pm, starting on Monday Feb 22 at First United Church, 151 Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit. For more information and registration, please visit or email.

After the success of this pilot program, VAM is pleased to now offer ArtReach for Older Adults to senior clubs and groups throughout the Region of Peel. Groups can book a one-time session (for up to 12 people) for $180, a mini-series (4 sessions) or a full-series (8 sessions). Senior clubs and groups are welcome to visit, or call 905-277-4313 or email  for more details. See the youtube video.

SHOWING UP-BECOMING THE ME I WANT TO BE! Aligning Your Life and Work for True Success. By Christine Wunder Patton. Life is an interesting puzzle and you are an important piece—the world needs you. You have a purpose and when you align with it, you are an unstoppable force. Potential is the key ingredient that is deep within you. By picking up this book, you have chosen to tap into your potential and unlock your wild success. By approaching the contents here with an open mind and a willing heart, you will begin the most amazing adventure of your life. The journey to a successful livelihood starts with the right attitude. Available at Amazon. Or, contact chris@christinewunderpatton.com. Join the empowerment movement and shine!

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 apply: March 1, 2016 and November 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 This weekend, Sunday Morning Soul honoured the winners of Canada’s national Blues Music awards program, The Maple Blues Awards. With over 80 nominees, we tried to squeeze the list in just after Christmas and now we give you the winners…Artists from across the country came out to Toronto’s Koerner Hall and celebrated with an amazing show.www.sundaymorningsoul.comwww.bluesradiocanada.comwww.thehazefm.cawww.4cornersradio.ca www.chly.ca  101.7FM – www.muskokaonline.com 88.7FM – www.kconlineradio.comwww.dawgfm.com  101.9FM – www.bluenorthradio.com/sundaymorningsoulFor 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 BluesandRootsRadio.com.
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 www.FEAMedia.com ( Ontario ),  www.67music.net ( USA ), www.fatea-records.co.uk (UK) and www.festivalsofaustralia.com ( Australia ).

With immediate effect FEA Media have acquired an interest in Blues and Roots Radio with a significant financial investment. The securing of this investment will enable the Guelph based media company further platforms to support independent artists. Mississauga based, award winning Blues and Roots Radio, a leader in innovative online radio programming, have created a global network of shows and partnerships that have brought great prominence for Independent music in Canada and around the world, establishing great respect from the artists and boutique Indie labels alike. With hubs in Canada, Australia, the Pacific Northwest and the UK, major plans are under way for a collaboration of ideas which, given the funding now available, will further help artists to ensure their music is heard on a truly global scale.

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: jay@jayboehmerjazz.com

AGM PERMANENT COLLECTION. You are invited to stop by and check out a selection of works from the Art Gallery of Mississauga Permanent Collection on display in The VAM Gallery from January 18 until February 12, 2016. Please call 905-277-4313 or visit for further details. Performance in Winterscape immerses one’s self in captivating winter landscapes – colloquially known as a “winterscape.” One not only beholds these select works, but also experiences the surrounding environs of Riverwood.

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

Creative Strategies Incubator Program 2016: Letter of interest deadline: on or before March 7, 2016. The 2016 focus issue is: providing greater opportunities for artistic work to achieve its potential. More information on the program can be found here.

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 / CARFAC Ontario / 2016 Day Planner

Announcements / Theatre Ontario / New Year, New Workshops from Theatre Ontario! / Toronto, ON  

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

Announcements / University of Toronto Art Centre & OAAG / Workshop: Transportation of Cultural Property & Artwork, Inside & Outside Canada / Toronto, ON / Event Date: Monday, February 8, 2016One-day Professional Development Workshop at the University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7. Presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries with Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre. To register, call (416) 598-0714, or email members@oaag.org. The workshop will explore professional knowledge, skills and practices needed for managing collections and exhibitions while they travel. We will look into transporting artworks from collections within Canada and to/from Canada, including customs procedures. The workshop will address the complexities of cultural property. We will look into how to handle a variety of artwork so that the conservation of high value Canadian artwork is maintained during transportation, ensuring Canadians continued access to these artworks. The workshop will look into case-by-case studies of touring exhibitions and registrants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.

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

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:

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

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: authornormanicholson@gmail.com. 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.

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 BluesandRootsRadio.com  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.

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

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.