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Finalists and Community Award Winners named for the 29th Annual Mississauga Arts Awards!

Tickets are on sale NOW for the biggest celebration of the arts in Mississauga!

Mississauga, ON – May 22, 2024 

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is pleased to announce that after much deliberation, our 9 juries (27 jurors) have released the names of the 76 finalists selected for the 29th Mississauga Arts Awards (MARTYS) across 10 award categories and named the 3 Community Arts Award winners. The esteemed MARTY Awards celebrate outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts and cultural activity in Mississauga in all artistic disciplines on June 26, 2024

“The arts in Mississauga are resilient. We have seen a 46% increase in finalists since our virtual MARTYS in 2021! We are impressed with the calibre of works demonstrated and we invite our arts community to come together to celebrate the achievements of these remarkable talents on June 26th, 2024 at the Mississauga Convention Centre,” says Mike Douglas, MAC’s Executive Director.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and community award winners! The list of award finalists can be found at the bottom of this press release.

MAC’s Board of Directors have reviewed outstanding leadership in the arts and selected the 2024 MARTY Awards Community Award Winners:

For his overwhelming support of community events including Twas the Bite Before Christmas, Feed Mississauga and arts events including the MACsquerade Ball and the Mississauga Arts Awards, The Laurie Pallet Patron of the Arts Award is presented to philanthropist and community activist, Colin Tyler, President of Century AV.

Mary Ellen Koroscil is recognized with the Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award for her exceptional leadership of the Courtney Park Writers Group, where she has been providing inspiration and mutual support to its 30 members consisting of fellow authors and poets for 14 years. In addition to her volunteer work, Mary Ellen operates a public-relations business, M.E.K. Specialty Services Inc., working with authors, editing manuscripts and assisting in book promotion.

For 46 years, Rob Boniface has served as the Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble’s band leader and corresponding Managing Director for 42 years. He is also the longtime keyboard player for the group. During this time, he has performed over 700 concerts with the group, worked with local jazz musicians to build their careers through performances and recordings, and won a MAC MicroGrant to help keep the band going during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this, and more, he is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award

This is a celebration of the arts in Mississauga that you don’t want to miss. This spectacular award ceremony begins at 6:00 PM with a Red-Carpet photo booth and cocktails, followed by a delectable four-course Dinner and Award show at 7:00 PM. There will also be exciting live entertainment featuring previous MARTY Winners including Radhika Baskar, Sarah Catharine, and Arlene & The People. There will also be a performance of Mississauga’s 50th Anthem by Mikey Bloom and O Canada performed by KHAY. 

Tickets are selling fast, the event has assigned seating at tables of 10. Tickets are $100 (MAC member rate $85). Don’t miss out! Get your tickets through

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29th Annual Mississauga Arts Awards – FINALISTS

(listed alphabetically by last name)

Community Arts Group of the Year
Mississauga Music
Portuguese Cultural Centre of Mississauga Inc.
Visual Arts Mississauga

Festival of the Year
Lakeview Village InSitu Multi-Arts Festival: The Lost Edition, presented by CreativeHub 1352
Living with Wellness Arts Festival
Mississauga Italfest Inc.
Mississauga Polish Day
Portugalo Fest

Film/Video Arts (Emerging)
Sabrina Narzoles Aly
Arjun Dinakar
Srinivas Kasturi
sARTaj Punia
Zain Rao

Film/Video Arts (Established)
Gordon Culley
Shazia Javed
M. H. Murray
Anubhav Singh

Literary Arts (Emerging)
Anjula Evans
Andrea Josic
Dr. Carol-Ann Lane
Tahira Rajwani
Caterina Sauro

Literary Arts (Established)
Paul Edward Costa
Sneha Subramanian Kanta
Susan Ksiezopolski
Sabyasachi Nag
Wali Shah

Performing Arts (Emerging)
Amlan Das
DDA Canada
Pardeep Kumar
Raúl A. Pinto
Meeka Shah

Performing Arts (Established)
Jade Jager Clark
Amanda Cleghorn
Andrew Gaboury
Shadow Entertainment

Music – Group (Emerging)
The Boneheads
The Pull of Planets (TPXPS)

Music – Group (Established)
The Savoy Band
U.N. Jefferson

Music – Instrumental (Emerging)
Adhithi Baskar
Natalie G Music

Music – Instrumental (Established)
Gaby Al Botros
Celebrity Symphony Orchestra
The Snake Charmer – Archy Jay

Music – Solo Vocalist (Emerging)
Hypre Holiday
Sangeet Mcan
Saumya Sharma

Music – Solo Vocalist (Established)
Bree Taylor

Visual Arts – Multimedia Arts (Emerging)
Shehzar Abro
Isabel Hughes
Sima Naseem
Ishleen Singh

Visual Arts – Multimedia Arts (Established)
Viraj Ponkshe
Sauga City

Visual Arts – Traditional Forms (Emerging)
Treasure Fatile
Hyunjung Lee
Sierra Peca
Sasha Shevchenko
Sofia Sue-Wah-Sing

Visual Arts – Traditional Forms (Established)
Katrina Abrahams
Angela Chao
Tina Ding
Tylor Key-Carr
Jangmee Park

Thank you to our 2024 MARTY Sponsors!

Champion Sponsors: Century AV, Daniels & Oxford, and HBNG Holborn Group
Resounding Sponsor: M-City
And to our 2024 MARTY Award Sponsors and Friends of the MARTYS

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 28 years, the MARTYS has been the city’s most distinguished red-carpet event for recognizing established and emerging artists. Learn more:

For more information about the 2024 MARTY Awards, please contact:
Sherri Parliament, Communications Manager
Mississauga Arts Council