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The Mississauga Arts Awards (The MARTYS) are Mississauga Arts Council’s (MAC) annual awards celebration honouring outstanding creative contributions to the arts in our city. Each year we recognize honourees whose creative excellence helps transform Mississauga’s arts sector. The most comprehensive arts awards in Canada begin with cocktails on the red carpet at 6, and move into the ballroom for dinner and the entertaining MARTY Awards Show Gala at 7. Join us to salute the winners and finalists for their outstanding achievements in support of a more creative city.

Winners of the 2023 MARTY Awards

Listed in order of show appearance.

Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year
Elizabeth Banfalvi

Festival of the Year
Paint The Town Red Port Credit Canada Day Celebrations

Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts
Brightwater

Lifetime Achievement
Ron Cameron-Lewis

Literary Arts (Emerging)
Pujita Verma

Literary Arts (Established)
Manahil Bandukwala

Dance Arts (Established)
Candace Kumar

Film/Video Arts (Emerging)
Cullen McFater

Film/Video Arts (Established)
Vanessa Burns

Visual Arts – Public Art (Established)
Omar Hopkinson

Community Arts Group of the Year
Canadian Community Arts Initiative (CCAI)

Special Award for Theatre Resilience
City Centre Musical Productions (CCMP)

Music – Solo Vocalist (Emerging)
Sarah Catharine

Music – Solo Vocalist (Established)
Tennyson King

Music – Instrumental (Established)
Radhika Baskar

Visual Arts – Multimedia (Emerging)
Veronica Spiljak

Visual Arts – Multimedia (Established)
Victor Wong

Visual Arts – Traditional Forms (Emerging)
Karim Machado-Aman

Visual Arts – Traditional Forms (Established)
Stephanie Schirm

Congratulations to the 2023 Community Award Winners!

For their uncompromising commitment to the support of local arts initiatives in Port Credit, and creative community building efforts that support and employ Mississauga’s creative community, the Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award is presented to Brightwater.

Elizabeth Banfalvi is recognized with the Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award for her outstanding leadership of the Mississauga Writers Group and her relentless efforts to keep the 200 member group active and engaged. She connects deeply across the city through writing contests and events that engage writers from age 9 to 97.

Over his 45-year career, Ron Cameron-Lewis has produced over 100 theatrical works, he is recognized for his continued dedication to community support, including mentoring emerging artists, coaching productions, and even more profoundly for his role as a founding member of the Rainbow Sauga Alliance, for this and more, he is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Mayor Bonnie Crombie and sponsored by Lakeview Partners.

Announcing our 2023 Finalists!

(Listed Alphabetically by Artistic Category)

Community Arts Group of the Year
Blueheel Dance
Canadian Community Arts Initiative (CCAI)
City Centre Musical Productions (CCMP)
Portuguese Cultural Centre of Mississauga (PCCM)

Dance (Established)
Suzanne Aranha
Parth Dani
Candace Kumar

Festival of the Year
Mississauga Italfest
Mississauga Music Week
Paint The Town Red Port Credit Canada Day Celebrations
Portugalo Festival
The Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival

Film/Video Arts (Emerging)
Srinivas Kasturi
Cullen McFater
Film Paraiso

Film/Video Arts (Established)
Vanessa Burns
Cynthia Crofoot
Virinderpaul Singh

Literary Arts (Emerging)
Victoria Daley
Lisa Shen
Christina Somers
Pujita Verma

Literary Arts (Established)
Manahil Bandukwala
Kim Cayer
Susan Ksiezopolski
Olive Rose Steele
Zohra Zoberi

Music – Instrumental (Established)
Radhika Baskar
Sarath Kumarasinghe
David MacDougall
Denis Mastromonaco
Alexandra Petkovski

Music – Solo Vocalist (Emerging)
Sarah Catharine
Jasy
Vivek Mehmi

Music – Solo Vocalist (Established)
Cat Bernardi
Chris Gormley
Tennyson King
Mauve
Bree Taylor

Visual Art – Multimedia (Emerging) 
Natalie R. Chiovitti
Leah Kwak
Sima Naseem
Veronica Spiljak

Visual Art – Multimedia (Established)
Joseph Osei Bonsu
Victor Wong

Visual Art – Public Art (Established)
Nisreen Askar
Soon Cho
Désiré Betty
Omar Hopkinson
Lynn Taylor

Visual Art – Traditional Forms (Emerging)
Christi Anne Abraham
Karim Machado-Aman
Sofia Sue-Wah-Sing

Visual Art – Traditional Forms (Established)
Katrina Abrahams
Karlene Bland
Angela Chao
Jangmee Park
Stephanie Schirm

About the Awards

The MARTY Awards honour outstanding achievements in arts and culture city-wide through individual and community awards. Artistic Excellence Awards celebrate Emerging and Established artists in their specific discipline, while Community Arts Awards celebrate those who are committed to the our arts community – the Lifetime Achievement Award, Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award, Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award, and more.

History of the MARTYS

The MARTYS originally began with the former Mississauga Music Council and their annual award for Musician of the Year. In 1994, MAC picked up the tradition and expanded on it, holding the first ever Mississauga Arts Awards at Meadowvale Theatre. With only 5 award categories, the awards have grown significantly since they began over 28 years ago.

MARTYS News

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Tickets ON SALE for the 29th Annual Mississauga Arts Awards!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the 2024 MARTY Awards on June 26, 2024 – Get yours before they are gone!

Entertainment announced for the 29th Mississauga Arts Awards!

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) announces the host and performers for the 2024 MARTY Awards Show.

Celebrating the 2023 MARTYS Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Award Sponsors

Laurie Pallett
Mississauga Arts Council’s Board of Directors

Friends of The MARTYS

David Ho
Michael Spaziani

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