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Announcing our 2021 MARTY Awards Finalists and Community Award Winners

Finalists Announced for 2021 MARTY Awards & Community Award Winners Named for 2021 MARTY Awards, as well as New Date for Virtual 2021 MARTY Awards

The Mississauga Arts Council is pleased to announce that after much deliberation, our jurors have released the names of all finalists selected for our 2021 Mississauga Arts Awards (the MARTYs) categories. The MARTYS celebrate the greatest achievements in the arts in Mississauga across all artistic practices. This year, we will present awards in 18 categories. The list of all finalists can be found at the bottom of this page. 

The Board of Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council deliberated on its three Community Awards weighing some outstanding contributors to the history of the arts in Mississauga.

Community Award Winners Named

For their unwavering commitment to the arts in our city, and financial support of creative initiatives, events, and infrastructure that add to the quality of life in this community and for the entire city, Port Credit Community Foundation is awarded the Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award for 2021.

For her abundance of volunteerism for many Mississauga-based organizations, and the numerous boards, committees, and fundraising activities that have benefited from her experience, knowledge, and dedicated contributions, Mary Miskic is awarded the Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award.

For his tremendous contributions over 40 years, as a musician, recording producer, teacher, mentor, and advocate for the next generation of musicians, Anthony Panacci is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

MARTYS Virtual date postponed 

Due to COVID-19 protocols and its restrictions on production, MAC is postponing the MARTYS, to Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00 PM. We want to recognize our outstanding artists with an exciting digital special, but creating a great production – and ensuring the health and safety of all those on camera – will take more time to produce.

All are welcome to watch this glittering production on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, at 7:00 PM on Mississauga Arts Council’s YouTube Channel. 

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Congratulations to the 2021 MARTY Award Finalists:


Dance Emerging:
Emily Roman
Purawai Vyas
Rohan Dhupar

Dance Established:
Alex Pollard
Lester Kofi Black Twumasi
Tobin Thomas

Digital Arts Award Emerging:
Shelley Jarrett
Virshub Merai 

Fashion & Beauty Established
Carlos Herrera
Maya Charbin
Nataliia Lunata

Literary Arts Emerging:
Anjula Evans
Carolyne Topdjian 
Christina Hamid
Qurat Dar

Literary Arts Established:
Anna Yin
Pratap Reddy 

Music – Group Emerging:
Five and Tens
The Boneheads
The Southdowns

Music – Group Established:
Bywater Call
Pink Leather Jackets
U.N. Jefferson

Music – Solo Instrumental Established:
Davor Jordanovski
Junior Santos
Mark Kelso

Music – Solo Vocalist Emerging:
Bree Taylor
Dani Kristina
Gabriela Rodgers

Music – Solo Vocalist Established:
Cat Bernardi
Heather Christine
Matt Zaddy
Mega Sean
Stephanie Braganza

Theatre Arts Established:
Andre Anthony
Jasmine Sawant
Prince Amponsah

Visual Arts Emerging:
Amanda Foulds
Karim Machado-Aman
Yen Linh Thai

Visual Arts Established:
Angela Chao
Luanga Nuwame
Meena Chopra
Raheel Patel
Sherry Prenevost

Virtual Festival of the Year Award
MonstrARTity – #BollywoodMonster Mashup
Rock the Coliseum
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival