About The MARTY Awards

Celebrating the Greatest Achievements in Mississauga’s Arts Sector

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.

The Artist Awards

Artist Awards are given to individuals in specific Artistic Practice Categories and recognize the outstanding work of both Emerging and Established artists. Artist Award Categories include: Creative Community, Dance, Literary Arts, Media/Digital Arts, Music – Solo Instrumental, Music – Solo Vocal, Music – Group, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. MAC also recognizes the Festival of the Year with a MARTY Award. All Artist nominations and the Festival of the Year award are evaluated by an independent jury comprised of discipline-specific artists, arts professionals, media and community leaders involved in the arts and culture community in Mississauga.

Awards for an Emerging Artist

The objective of the MAC Emerging Artist Award is to encourage Mississauga’s valued, next generation artists (18 years or older) who, in the early stages of their careers, have demonstrated exceptional talent and accomplishments, as well as a unique artistic expression and commitment to the arts in the City of Mississauga.

Awards for Established Artist

Recognizing the outstanding achievement of an artistic leader or performer in an arts discipline, actively working in the Mississauga arts and culture sector. An established artist is an individual who has been practicing professionally for five years or more.

Festival of the Year Award

This award recognizes Mississauga-based cultural and music festival events for their outstanding accomplishment in the field of event production and presentation, while providing artistic opportunities to Mississauga artists during their event. The event must have been open to the public and existed for a minimum of three years. In 2021, the category was adapted to Virtual Festival of the Year to recognize the pivot taken by Festivals during the COVID pandemic.

The Community Awards

Each year MAC recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations that have impacted the arts sector in our city. The Community Award winners are selected by the Board of Directors of the Mississauga Arts Council.

Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award

Recognizes and celebrates a Mississauga resident who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the arts by volunteering and dedicating their time and energy to one or more arts organizations. In doing so they have contributed substantially to enriching the arts and the cultural life of their community and our city.

Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award

This award recognizes a person or organization who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to sponsoring the arts in Mississauga through sustained investment in artistic activity in Mississauga.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizing an individual who, for at least 20 years, has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Mississauga. This contribution is primarily through their chosen artistic discipline but they also may be recognized for outstanding work in support of arts generally in Mississauga.