Member News

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:

Nancy Kay Clark has an article featured int the Commuter Lit.  Just search her name on the site and enjoy the read!

AGO has recently redone their membership website to promote their benefits. One we would like to highlight is that on Aug 29 and 30th, AGM members receive free admission and discount at the Aga Khan Museum.

Spousal Election: Rights of a Surviving Spouse. It is a common misconception that we are at liberty to simply do with our property anything we wish upon death. ‘Freedom of Testamentary Disposition’ refers to the freedom to dispose of property upon death as one sees fit. While the relevant laws of Ontario provide significant “Freedom of Testamentary Disposition”, and the Courts go to considerable lengths to honour the wishes of the deceased, there are restrictions on our ability to successfully direct how our assets and property will be distributed after death. In Ontario, one of these restrictions is the right of a surviving spouse to property as set out under the Family Law Act, R.S.O 1990, c.F.3 (the “FLA”). Read more here.

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.
Winner – The Mississauga South ‘ Rising Star Award ‘ 2014
Media Affiliate – The Beach Celtic Festival, Toronto, ON,  2015
Media Affiliate – The Neely G Festival Of Music, New Brunswick 2015
Sponsor of The British Blues Awards ‘ Best Festival ‘ 2015
Sponsor and Media Affiliate – The Australian Celtic Music Awards 2014
Partners with International publications Fatea Magazine UK, and Festivals Of Australia
Member of The Mississauga Arts Council, Folk Music Ontario, The Toronto Blues Society, Folk Alliance International, SOCAN.
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.

Tangled Art and Disability Presents Cripping The Arts Symposium, a three-day symposium from April 28-30th, 2016, which seeks to advance Deaf and Disability arts in Canada by addressing the question: How do Deaf, disabled, and Mad people access the arts both as audience members and creators? Cripping the Arts will bring together artists, academics, curators, arts council officers, and community members invested in Deaf and Disability – Arts and culture.  This symposium will be organized around two main themes – Accessible arts practices and Deaf and Disability aesthetics – and will culminate with summary notes offered by a symposium discussant. Tangles is currently accepting submissions for symposium participants and round table discussion leaders. For more information please contact  Deadline for applications is September 15, 2015.

The Riverwood, Chappell House and Visual Arts Mississauga will be the beneficiaries of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program funding recently awarded to the City of Mississauga. A total of $1,491,260 in federal and municipal funding will go to much needed improvements in public access to Riverwood facilities, expansion of classroom space, installation of energy efficient windows and natural gas furnace, and structural improvements at Chappell House and Visual Arts Mississauga.  Work is expected to begin in April, 2016 and will be completed within two years.  These capital improvements will allow Riverwood to better service the community and allow more people to participate in their education programs.

Each week on Sunday Morning Soul we try to bring you the best in Brand New Blues, Roots & Soul music……we give you Blues News & CD Giveaways and we endeavour to let you hear what is the new sounds in Our Blues! You can hear all of this at anytime, you don’t have to wait until Sunday mornings, anymore…you can hear us at your convenience on all of our syndicated radio station  partners…..such as – – – Hunter’s Bay Radio 88.7 – 97.7 The Beach FM – CHLY 101.7FM – DAWG 101.9FM  – – –

Do you have a legal issue relating to your artistic practice?  Through the Visual Artists’ Legal Clinic of Ontario (VALCO), CARFAC Ontario and Torys LLP have partnered to provide summary advice to artists about their legal rights and responsibilities. If you have questions relating to copyright, commercial contracts, labour law, commercial leases (for studio and gallery spaces), tenants’ rights, or incorporating as a business, let CARFAC Ontario and Torys LLP help by providing approximately one hour of free summary legal advice. Contact CARFAC Ontario for further details or to arrange an appointment to meet with a representative of Torys LLP. This is not a drop-in clinic and is by appointment only, subject to availability. We are unable to accommodate artists who have not made arrangements through the CARFAC Ontario office. If you would like to take part in the next clinic, please email Victoria at with a brief description of the legal issue for which you are seeking advice and include the subject line “VALCO.” You will be sent an intake and waiver form, which we kindly ask that you return to us no later than Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Once we receive your completed forms, Torys will vet your case for any conflicts of interest. If none are found, a representative from Torys will be in touch to arrange a meeting. For artists wishing to attend the meeting in person, the location of the Torys offices will be provided when you receive confirmation of your appointment. Artists outside of Toronto will be accommodated by telephone. Please indicate your preference in your initial email and on your intake form. VALCO is an exclusive service for CARFAC Ontario members.* For further information please contact CARFAC Ontario at 1-877-890-8850 toll free (416-340-8850 in Toronto) or

NEW at iMAGEMAKER Gallery. We now have a gorgeous glass cabinet to display some fine craft. In August Jan Krutzelmann will show some of her silver handcrafted chainmaille jewellery, Laurie Lemelin will show her amazing hand beaded and embroidered cuffs, Alison Syer will have some beautiful silk clutches and Frans Rood will have some of his smaller raku pieces. This incredible work will all be for sale. Drop by the gallery, 1 -5, daily.

We are currently working towards the release of our 2016 CARFAC Ontario Artists’ Day Planner and would like to invite you to place an advertisement or text listing. Now in its 10th year of publication, the highly successful Day Planner will be available to over 900 of our members in Ontario, as well as to the general public. Advertising in the Day Planner is an excellent opportunity to easily and effectively reach out to Ontario’s creative community, as well as your peers. Your advertisement will gain repeated exposure throughout the year and will be seen by professional visual and media artists, art patrons, arts organizations, and numerous stakeholders in arts and culture.  As always, we offer a wide range of advertising options, including an exclusive $35 member price for text listings! The advertising booking deadline is Friday, August 21, 2015. For more information, please visit the following link to learn about the 2015 Artists’ Day Planner. If you would like to book an ad or a text listing, please contact me at 416-340-8850 or

Keep yourself updated. Be Tech Savvy with a little help from Century Audio Visual. Audio Visual Technology “News of Interest” #72 – August 1, 2015. Visit our website at for information on Sales, Installation, Rental & Staging. Call us at 905-275-6010; the number clients have been calling for Integrated AV Technology for over 30 years. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and other useful information!

Theatre Ontario is pleased to unveil our new strategic plan that will provide direction for the next four years by establishing long range objectives for the organization. This plan will provide information for our members, funders, and Ontario’s theatre community, as well as guide our staff and volunteers in creating annual business plans, initiatives and budgets. It will also allow us to measure progress in meeting our objectives of serving theatre in Ontario. You may review Theatre Ontario’s Strategic Plan 2015-2018 here. Theatre Ontario relies on the feedback of the community and I welcome your comments.

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is proud to announce the launch of its innovative ArtReach for Older Adults program. VAM is ready to dazzle local ‘Zoomers’ with the program designed to enrich the lives of older adults. ArtReach for Older Adults will offer exciting art workshops under the guidance of qualified instructors to older adult centers across the City of Mississauga. VAM is pleased to partner with Peel Senior Link to offer this program.

Announcements / Toronto Star / Toronto Art Biennial Inches Closer to Reality

Conversations is a Community-engaged Arts Project facilitated by Mississauga Arts Council, in collaboration with Art Gallery of Mississauga and Visual Artist and Motivational Speaker, Shellyann Siddoo. For ten weeks, every Thursday in July, August & September participants will be exploring the theme of Healing through the different disciplines of art including, visual art, storytelling & poetry, movement and music. A workshop presentation will be performed/presented at the MACArts Festival on September 19th, 2015.

Carfac’s summer issue of DISPATCH has arrived! Legislation and Artists is this issue’s theme.This issue features:
Take Control – Know Your Rights, by Melissa Gruber, Artists’ Rights and Status Around the Globe, by Victoria Ward , Artist Profile: Laurent Vaillancourt, interview by Victoria Glizer , Keeping you connected … Local News from Across the Province . You will also get to know our new staff and board members! You can access the newsletter on our website: Or on Scribd:

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

Together At Last: Microsoft & Crestron Align Meeting Room Technology
One of the biggest names in the entire electronics industry is leveraging its large-table format tablet and integrating it with Creston’s meeting room technologies. Now, thanks to native compatibility with Crestron products, Microsoft® Surface Hub re-imagines the meeting experience so you can unlock the full power of the group and the meeting space too! Utilizing Crestron’s AV Framework platform, the Hub products can be configured from Crestron TSW touchscreens without the need for programming. Enjoy flexibility of control right from your conference room table! Available in two turnkey packages, Century AV can provide you with the right Crestron solution to organize your meeting room usages and increase your productivity. Call us today for your Crestron AV Framework solution!

Enterprise AV: How to Achieve Cost-Effective, Consistent AV Solutions
In an IT world, standardization is the name of the game. It helps staff more easily support enterprise systems. The focus is no longer on the room or the project, but instead on the platform. Business leaders, more than ever, are looking at standardized, scalable meeting solutions. In some business environments, AV ownership resides in the real estate or facilities division of an organization and IT is a separate entity. This segregation can lead to pitfalls or disconnects for major AV/IT investments. If we are describing the structure of your organization, there is no need to worry. Century AV can navigate the gaps between AV and IT ownership. We know and understand both sides of the business. After all, we speak your AV/IT language! Contact us today. Let Century AV be the GUI to your AV/IT convergence. It’s time to take that next step and bring your enterprise-wide AV solution to fruition.

Announcements / Toronto Star / City of Toronto Denies Claims in Community Arts Group Lawsuit

 Announcements / Toronto Star / MOCCA Finds a New Home

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 / The Seniors’ Care Advisory Program 

Announcements / CARFAC Ontario / Ads & Text Listings for the 2016 Artists’ Day Planner / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Announcements / Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery / 2015 RBC Award for Glass & Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics / Waterloo, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, September 14, 2015

Announcements / Canada Council for the Arts / Pierre Lassonde Appointed Canada Council Chair

Clarke Memorial Hall opens up in partnership with City of Mississauga.
Exciting news MAC members…. Clarke Memorial Hall is open Saturdays and Sundays through July and August to all emerging artists 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
Episode 8 – Featuring Mississauga indie rock band Perivale live at the MAC Limelight Jam in Port Credit, premiering July 8th
Episode 9 –  Is a special show all about Indian cuisine, premiering July 15th.

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.

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 Johnny Max Band are coming to your neighbourhood this summer!..
The Heart Attacks will play at the Port Credit Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo in Memorial Park (5-8PM)
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!

ANNOUNCING Craftadian 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

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.