By: Chris Clay – Mississauga News

May 10, 2016


Mississauga’s arts community is gearing up to celebrate the best artists and performers the city has to offer when the 22nd annual MARTY Awards happen May 19 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

More than 80 Mississauga artists, performers and arts groups have been nominated in 19 different categories at the Mississauga Arts Council-organized awards gala. Two of the categories are new this year – culinary arts plus fashion and beauty.

As well, the Performing Arts and Performing Arts Group categories have changed. They are now Music, Dance and Theatre with individuals and groups competing in one category.

Said categories are further broken down into both emerging and established awards.

Awards are also given out to those who have helped nurture the arts in Mississauga through the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award.

Ron Lenyk, both the former CEO of the Living Arts Centre and publisher of The Mississauga News, will be honoured that evening with the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. The award will be given to Lenyk posthumously for his work as the head of the arts centre and also for his lifelong dedication to volunteerism in the community.

“I think what gets celebrated defines a city,” said Brian Crombie, MAC’s new board of directors’ president. “The MARTYS is our time to celebrate the critical and magical contribution the arts make to Mississauga’s livability and community.”

There will be seven performances at the event, which will be hosted by TV host Tania Kolar.

Tickets to the awards show and dinner cost $65-$75. It begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m.

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