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Recognize and reward Mississauga’s finest creatives – nominations for the 27th Mississauga Arts Awards are now OPEN!

Mississauga, ON – February 3rd, 2022

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is excited to announce that the 27th Mississauga Arts Awards (The MARTYS), the most comprehensive City arts awards program in Canada, takes place on Thursday, May 19th, 2022, and nominations are now open!

“The MARTYS are a remarkably accurate mirror of excellence in the arts in Mississauga with notable previous winners such as; Billy Talent, Robert J. Sawyer, and Gil Moore. As we mark a second pandemic year, we are inspired by the achievements shown by professional arts communities across the City in 2021,” says Mike Douglas, MAC’s Executive Director.

Douglas continues, “Being able to come together and celebrate our belonging, our resilience and our promise to excel in the future makes this MARTYS more emotionally packed and important in terms of our existence than ever before. It’s with excitement, and some anxiety, that we plan the in-person return of the 27th Mississauga Arts Awards on May 19th, 2022 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Professional artists who are residents of Mississauga, have a significant connection to Mississauga or have made a major contribution to the arts within Mississauga are eligible and encouraged to submit their nomination with a letter of recommendation from their official nominator. Mississauga residents are also encouraged to nominate their favourite artist, arts supporter, or creative experience of 2021. 

“Mississauga artists, art lovers, and supporters, this is your chance to make a difference in the lives of our City’s creative community,” says Sherri Murray, MAC’s Communications Producer. “Your recognition as a nominator encourages and rewards the outstanding talents of Mississauga arts sector.”

Nominations are due Monday, March 21, 2022, by 5:00 P.M. Guidelines, criteria, and nomination forms are located at:

2022 MARTY Award categories are as follows:

  • Artistic Excellence Awards – Established and Emerging Categories:
    • Dance
    • Fashion/Beauty
    • Film/Video Arts
    • Literary Arts
    • Multimedia Arts
    • Music – Group
    • Music – Instrumental 
    • Music – Solo Vocalist
    • Theatre Arts
    • Visual Arts
  • The Community Arts Awards:
    • Virtual Festival of the Year Award
    • Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award
    • Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award

Nominations are reviewed and judged by a jury of professionals in that category. The winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award are decided by MAC’s diverse Board of Directors. Virtual Festival of the Year Award is juried by Mississauga News. 

About the Mississauga Arts Awards

The Mississauga Arts Awards (The MARTYS) are the Mississauga Arts Council’s annual award celebration honouring outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts and cultural activity in our city.  Each year we seek to recognize honourees whose work helps transform and advance our communities through art. For the last 26 years, the Martys have been the city’s most distinguished red carpet event for recognizing established and emerging artists. Learn more:

About MAC

Mississauga Arts Council is a registered charity, dedicated to accelerating progress toward the attainment of our Vision of Mississauga, as a vibrant cultural community where arts and culture thrive! Our mission is to empower the Arts Economy by Creating more opportunities & capacity; Connecting artists to audiences and each other; and Celebrating artists’ achievements. Learn more at

Questions regarding 2022 MARTY Nominations can be directed to:
Sherri Murray
Communications Producer
Mississauga Arts Council