What is Limelight?

You’ve heard the buzz….it’s all over the city and beyond. The hottest wave of new artists have come together to join the Limelight Association of Young Artists. Limelight is an exciting community of young artists under the umbrella of the Mississauga Arts Council.

Limelight’s mission is to: connect aspiring young artists and provide them with the support, recognition and opportunities required for them to thrive. Limelight is instrumental in the production of exciting projects including MAC’s youth showcases, travelling open mics, the Singfest Competition, workshops and more! Members include visual artists, filmmakers, dancers, singer/songwriters, writers, graphic designers and more!

Initiative Description

Art Exhibits

aveenOn a quarterly basis, the Mississauga Arts Council is proud to showcase original artworks created by a local youth artist for its Limelight Art Exhibit. Launched in early 2012, the Mississauga Arts Council is please to collaborate with the Mississauga YMCA to present its art exhibit where between 1900 and 2300 members have the opportunity to enjoy this original art on a daily basis. Bringing fine art into a non-conventional setting is the goal of this new program, exposing fresh artworks to a new and receptive audience.

Limelight Magazine

LimelightOriginally created by emerging writer Natalie D’Urbano, MAC’s Limelight Magazine is the premiere showpiece for Mississauga’s community of young artists. The full colour magazine is published bi-annually and is distributed to over 8,000 arts minded individuals. MAC’s Limelight Magazine features original stories, artist profiles, poetry, graphics and photography of youth, by youth. The publication enables young artists to publish their original work, helping them to build the confidence and experience to move forward in their artistic careers and reach their goals.
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Limelight Youth Committee

limelight committeeNine of Mississauga’s leading young artists proudly sit on the Mississauga Arts Council’s Limelight Youth Committee. The youth committee meets on a monthly basis and is integral in the creation of and production of Limelight events, marketing, programming and event co-ordination. Artists on the committee come from various backgrounds including theatre, music, media arts, visual arts, poetry and literary arts. Their passionate contribution to Limelight’s programs and events is the secret to the success of the association.

Media Arts Mash-Ups

Media Arts Mashups Youth and established filmmakers meet on a monthly basis to explore the challenges and opportunities involved with being a media artist at MAC’s Media Arts Mash-Ups. These events give artists an opportunity to get together every month and share their projects and discussions on topics relating to the field of film. It enables youth filmmakers to screen their works and receive constructive feedback on their creative pursuits.

Mentorship Program

Mentorship program This program pairs youth with mentors working in the creative and cultural industries to help build their experience and prepare them for a career in the arts/creative industries. Recently launched by the Mississauga Arts Council, youth are paired on a case by case basis with businesses, festivals, events, artists, and arts professionals. Examples of mentorships include: Pairing artists with youth studying in the same discipline; creating volunteer opportunities for youth at arts events etc.

Open Mic Nights

The Mississauga Arts Council’s monthly Open Mic Nights are an extremely successful program which provides youth with a safe and relaxed environment to build confidence performing on stage. Open Mic Nights are open to participants of all ages however at least 80% of participants are youth. Past hosts include established artists such as Mike Celia and Chris Graham. Open Mic events are held at various locations across the city including the Mississauga YMCA, JAM NOW Mississauga, the Maja Prentice Theatre, Mississauga Celebration Square and more!

Volunteer Training Program

volunteer committee The Mississauga Arts Council’s Volunteer Training Program provides comprehensive volunteer training to youth. Delivered by MAC’s Youth Coordinator, youth have the opportunity to graduate from the program with a certificate marking their completion of the course offered by MAC. The Mississauga Arts Council is set to launch this program in April 2012.

Youth Showcases

Youth Showcase Youth have the opportunity to showcase their emerging talents at numerous special events and showcases organized by the Mississauga Arts Council. Whether performing, reciting poetry, showcasing their films or creating graffiti or visual art, MAC’s showcases enable youth to demonstrate their abilities. Past showcases include the Official Mississauga Talent Show, MAC’s Limelight Block Party, the Green Youth Arts Showcase, The “What I Am” Youth Arts Showcase and more!

Vocal Competitions

vocal competitions Bringing young artists to the forefront is the primary goal of MAC’s Limelight Association of Young Artists. To achieve this goal, MAC is proud to collaborate with fellow organizations to produce annual events such as vocal competitions. In past years, MAC partnered with the Mississauga Waterfront Festival and Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production to present the Mississauga Future Star Competition. In 2012, MAC is thrilled to partner with the Mississauga Rotaract Club to present Singfest, a free vocal competition open to all youth singers under the age of 24.


Workshops MAC provides youth specific workshops that create networking opportunities as well as safe and encouraging environments for kids/youth to explore their craft/discipline. These workshops are delivered throughout the city and will focus on providing youth with the tools and skills to practice, develop and promote their craft/discipline. Workshops are delivered by practicing artists and professionals working in Mississauga. Upcoming workshop topics include “How to Write a Grant Proposal,” “Financial Management for Artists,” “the Science of Successful Freelancing,” “How to Get a Gig,” “Poetry Performance” and more!