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MAC’s Programs

We spark the growth of the arts by creating opportunity and connection between artists and residents in Mississauga and beyond. Our programs help creatives build their artistic and entrepreneurial capacity and connect artists to more audiences and each other.

MAC’s programs serve the interest of all major creative arts categories supporting opportunities for professional artists in Mississauga. From professional development webinars and workshops to live performance opportunities, from visual art exhibitions to dance films, and spoken word performances to song writing contests, we aim to build programs that will help the city’s arts sector thrive!

Our programs are designed to:

  • – Support professional creatives across all artistic disciplines
  • – Build ongoing interest, participation, and support for the local arts sector
  • – Initiate career development programs aimed at developing arts business skills
  • – Assist in transitioning artists online and enabling their digital capacity growth
  • – Deliver more publicly accessible In-person and virtual creative events.

Current Programs

Martys HUB

Martys HUB is an online destination for artists and the public, featuring artist profiles in a searchable directory, news, events, articles, videos, and more. Founded in 2021, and initiated by the Mississauga Arts Council, Martys HUB offers engaging online encounters between professional artists in Mississauga and the community.

Murals with MAC

Murals with Mac is a neighbourhood beautification project. Facilitating relationships between artists and community partners, MAC is helping to redefine traditional approaches to public art and provide paid opportunities for local artists, to create, connect, and celebrate unexpected spaces throughout the city of Mississauga!

MAC MicroGrants

MAC’s dynamic and impactful MicroGrant program provides financial support and opportunities for artists to create projects which have a pronounced and impactful connection to the public, and bring recognition and increased awareness to the arts across the city.

TD Culture Lab: Professional Development Series

Sponsored by TD Bank Group and presented by Mississauga Arts Council, TD Culture Lab is a series of professional development webinars and workshops designed specifically for the creative sector in Mississauga. The series feature leading professionals and will cover topics like Brand Development and Marketing, Finances for Artists, Grant Writing, Movie Making on a Budget, and Music Promotion.

Sauga Music NOW

The Sauga Music NOW series are online concerts and interviews created to highlight emerging musical talents in a live-production format, streamed and/or premiered on MAC’s YouTube channel.

Cranberry Christmas Market

Cranberry Christmas Market is Mississauga Arts Council’s (MAC) annual Holiday Market featuring local Mississauga artisans, craft, and food vendors. Join us at Clarke Memorial Hall (161 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5H 1G3) on Saturday, December 10, 2022 to shop local for holiday gifts, enjoy some festive entertainment, and celebrate the return of our in-person holiday market!

Sauga’s Summer Song Contest

Mississauga Arts Council and Metalworks Studios, present Sauga’s Summer Song Contest, with media partner Mississauga Music. This contest looks for musicians to share their hot new summer song for a chance to win a recording and mixing session at Metalworks Studios, Canada’s premium recording studio.

Amphitheatre Unplugged

Brought to you through a partnership between Mississauga Arts Council and Mississauga Celebration Square, Amphitheatre Unplugged is Mississauga’s Outdoor Open Mic. Featuring emerging and established Mississauga talent including singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists, poets, comedians and more performing for thousands of spectators.

Sauga Teens Got Talent

Sauga Teens Got Talent is a yearly juried singing competition for teenagers aged 13-19 hosted by Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival, produced by Mississauga Arts Council, sponsored by Metalworks Studios and Metalworks Institute.

MAC Arts Cafe – Online Open Mic

Since July 2020, our monthly MAC Arts Cafe – Online Open Mics – hosted by award-winning singer/songwriter, Heather Christine – have been a great opportunity for performers to showcase their talents during the COVID-19 pandemic. MAC Arts Cafe features emerging and established Mississauga talents including singers, musicians, spoken word artists, poets, and more. Arts Cafe reaches over 23,900 people with over 7,200 views across Facebook & YouTube.

Artists Online: Transitioning to Digital Marketing

This program enable artists to develop their professional stories through engaging artist introduction videos. Participants will learn scriptwriting and film basics through masterclasses, and will write and direct their own artist introduction videos to be premiered on Martys HUB in fall 2021. Applications are now open!

Program News & Updates

Mississauga Arts Council announces the winner of the Arts for Mental Health Award

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Arts for Mental Health Award, family physician and advocate for social justice and mental health, Dr. Colin Saldanha. Sp…

Mississauga News: Mississauga Arts Council invites artists, groups to apply for second round of MicroGrant program

Mississauga New feature: The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) will be holding the second round of its 2022 MicroGrant program this fall and is inviting Mississauga artists and unregistered arts groups/c…

TD Culture Lab Workshop – Media Masterclass

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Panelists: Jay Kana, Paige Williams Cost: $10 – Join MAC as we sit down with a panel of experts to find out how to write press releases, and get your engaging stories noticed…

Mississauga Arts Council Announces Fall 2022 MicroGrants

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) invites Creatives to apply for the fall 2022 MicroGrants, offering seven different funding streams for artists of all disciplines.

MBOT Connect Magazine: Arts for Business Directory Feature

An article by Mike Douglas on MAC’s Arts for Business Directory was recently featured in MBOT’s Connect Magazine, Fall 2022 Edition.

Past & Seasonal Programs

Beauty of Bees Art Exhibit at Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival

TD Culture Lab:
Explore Publishing Workshop

April 17 & 30, 2021

MAC @ West Edge
Open Mic

Open Mic LIVE

Sweetheart Saloon – Country Music Showcase event


Metalworks Institute

Paint Your Passion