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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.


BizBaz Bazzar would like to thank their partners and artisans for their role in BizBaz receiving the 2015 Arts & Culture Award for Community Impact by a Business.

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

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

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.

The Mississauga Blues Roots Association has a bunch of brand new shows coming to The Riverview Room this fall, The Maple Blues Award winners Blackburn(Sat Oct 31) & Blues Music Award winner Tad Robinson(Nov 20)….This is part of The MBRA & The Port Credit BIA’s Fall Concert Series…we are sponsored by Sunday Morning Soul & The Port Credit Foundation. You can purchase tickets for all 3 shows for $60 through our paypal account at and show tickets are $25 Advance & $30 at the door & all other information can be found at our website.

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.

Entire Agreement Clauses are Not Foolproof. The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued fair warning to commercial parties that they need to be mindful when making representations to contractual counterparties after entering into an agreement, even where the contract at issue contains an express entire agreement clause. Commercial parties often include clauses in their contracts to the effect that there are no other representations and warranties that form part of the agreement other than what is specified therein. These clauses, referred to as entire agreement clauses, are intended to ensure that the terms of the agreement are defined within the four corners of the contract. However, a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision has cast doubt upon the enforceability of entire agreement clauses in certain situations. Read more here.

For three intensive days in July, Sampradaya Dance Creations hosted a national dance symposium for South Asian dance in Canada titles Beyond Boundaries from July 24-26, 2015 in Mississauga, Ontario. envisioned as a forum for networking and to share collective strategies on how South Asian dance can further strengthen its place in Canadian Dance, the symposium offered attendees the opportunity to take part in topical panel discussions, film screenings, dance workshops and performances

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.

Theatre Ontario’s blog’s most popular posts last month included: A Lifelong Love of Adjudication – Let’s have a conversation about adjudication and “what’s next?” ONstage Openings for the week of August 10 – Thirteen openings in five regions made for a popular week. Browsing Our Bulletin Board on August 12 – Our Fall workshop dates, a playwriting academy in Toronto, OTF deadline reminders, and volunteer calls for stage managers, lighting designers, and set designers – seemed to be most popularly shared in August. Visit their blog at

Vote for The Riverwood Conservancy’s Enabling Garden: TRC’s Enabling Garden is one of three finalists for the National Garden Bureau’s Therapeutic Garden Grant.  We are up against some heavy competition in this final stage:  Green Chimneys in New York State and the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in North Carolina.  It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Jane New, TRC’s Enabling Garden Coordinator, TRC staff and volunteers that our relatively new garden can compete with such well-established entrants. You can help us win by voting for our video at: “The Enabling Garden is the only therapeutic garden in the Greater Toronto Area,” says Jane New.  “Our programs help children and adults overcome physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties.  They build confidence, self-esteem, strength and mobility and inspire a deeper connection to nature through hands-on activities.  Winning this contest will help us establish a sensory trail for children with vision loss.” Please vote for our video and help support local programs for people with special needs. For more information, visit

Funding Youth Theatre Training Projects. Does your organization want to undertake a unique youth training project, led by professional theatre artists?  The next deadline to apply for our Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP) is October 15, 2015.
Learn more about Theatre Ontario’s Youth Theatre Training Program

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

Are you a local emerging artist searching for a unique space? The City of Mississauga is offering local emerging artists and organizations from all disciplines the opportunity to rent Clarke Memorial Hall at a reduced rate. This special pilot project will run during the months of September and October 2015. Click here for more information.

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!

The Fall Winter 2015/2016 Culture Guide is out!
Tell us what you think? Take a brief survey and join our mailing list to be entered into a draw to win a prize! You could win:An Apple iPad Air 23 GB with WiFi, 2 tickets to see Amanda Martinez on Oct 8, 2015 at Meadowvale Theatre, Tea for two at the Museums of Mississauga. Click here to take the survey now!

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

Announcements / Ontario Arts Council / Exhibition Assistance / Windsor, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, November 20, 2015We are accepting applications through November 20, 2015 until funds are depleted. Visit OAC Exhibition Assistance for application forms and guidelines. For more information, visit

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Wanted: Volunteers to Test a New Online Fee Calculator / Toronto, ONCARFAC Ontario is working with RAAV, CARFAC National, and CARCC to create an online fee calculator for artists, curators, galleries, artist-run centres, and anyone else wanting to determine the minimum level of artist fees to be paid out for a specific project. We plan to beta-test this online tool in September and are looking for volunteers to help us eliminate any glitches and optimize usability before our official public launch later in the fall. If you have a future, current, or even past exhibit, grant application, or other project involving artist fees and are interested in trying out the calculator and providing constructive feedback, please contact Executive Director Sally Lee at

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!

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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.