TD Culture Lab

A Webinar Series providing valuable professional development learning opportunities to Mississauga’s creative community.

Sponsored by TD Bank Group and presented by Mississauga Arts CouncilTD Culture Lab is a professional development webinar series designed specifically for the creative sector in Mississauga.

TD Culture Lab returns with brand new workshops!

Join MAC on September 21, 2021 to learn about writing impactful Artist Statements with Colleen Snell, and on October 5, 2021 as Breann Ritchie explores first steps to professionalize your Visual Art business!

Upcoming Events:

TD Culture Lab – White Walls: A Visual Artist’s First Steps

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Webinar Host: Breann Ritchie – Hey visual artists, what does success mean to you? Preparing your work to grow and professionalize your business can be daunting, but webinar host, Breann Ritchie will walk you through some of the steps needed for you to achieve personal success in the visual art sector.

TD Culture Lab – The Artist Statement: Writing About Your Work

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Webinar Host: Colleen Snell – Your Artist Statement: What it is? Why do you need one? When do you use it? Artist Statements aren’t just for visual artists, every creative needs to be able to write (and talk) about their work.

TD Culture Lab: Webinar Series – Winter 2021

Our winter 2021 series of FREE webinars featured leading professionals and covered topics like Brand Development and Marketing, Finances for Artists, Grant Writing, Movie Making on a Budget, and Music Promotion.

The 90 minute webinars were hosted on Zoom throughout February and March 2021. Check out the webinar recordings on MAC’s YouTube channel or scroll down to download the webinar resources below.


TD Culture Lab: Explore Publishing Workshop – April 2021

TD Culture Lab – Explore Publishing was a 2-day virtual workshop produced by MAC and presented by Courtney Park Writers’ Group and Mississauga Writers Group. The workshop engaged local writers through informational webinars, panel discussions, and networking opportunities on the topic of publishing. Both self-publishing and traditional publishing were explored and explained by knowledgeable individuals in the sector. The workshop videos are available on MAC’s YouTube channel.


TD Culture Lab: Webinar Series 2021 – Watch them Again!

Video Production on a Budge (February 11, 2021)

So you want to make a film… What will it cost? What things do you need to consider before/during and after filming? What can you do to elevate your film from good to better to best? Join Cynthia Crofoot and Jim Morrison IV for an in-depth exploration into the world of “Micro-Budget Film Making”.

Get Your Songs on the Radio (February 16, 2021)

Have you ever wanted to hear your song on the radio? Join Demetrius Nath of Antiskeptic Entertainment and recording artist Elyse Saunders for a crash course on how to get your music on the airwaves. Identify what works, why it works & how to make it on air. Understand why radio is still relevant at this day & age…and perhaps how you can cash in.

Effective Grant Writing for Artists (February 18, 2021)

This webinar will explore how artists can use existing grants to generate funds for their work and effective strategies for artists to stand out among assessors when applying for grants. Presenter, Rohit Mehta, is the Founder and President of DoGood Fundraising and has been active in the non-profit sector for 16 years. Special guest, Maura Broadhurst of the Ontario Arts Council will join Rohit to discuss OAC’s programs and best practices for grant writing.

Creative Journey$: The DIY Creative Career (February 25, 2021)

Interested in a career transformation? Pro Musicians have to do as much as they can themselves. Here’s how Michael (Crusty Media) Amaral went from catalogue photographer to playing guitar and recording songs with his band No Big Deal, to directing 70 music videos last year! Going from 1000 Instagram followers in 2019 to 3000 now helped. Next week he’s starting a podcast and it all began with being impatient. Refusing to wait for someone else – with magical money to appear. Host, singer-songwriter Arlene takes you through the evolving fortunes of the tireless creative obsessive, Michael Amaral.

Brand Building Tips for Creatives and Entrepreneurs (March 4, 2021)

Daniel Francavilla is a creative strategist and mentor making a positive impact through his agency, Now Creative Group. This informative webinar will cover how you can grow your audience through consistent and authentic content, defining your personal brand, and how to set yourself up for success online in today’s chaotic pandemic world. Join us and learn the basics on how to make things happen for business and artistic brand.

Creative Money (March 11, 2021)

Chris Enns is a certified financial planner (CFP) and opera singer. As the founder of Rags to Reasonable – an advice only financial planning & money coaching firm, he specializes in working with creatives and people with other non-traditional financial situations. The Creative Money Webinar will cover topics like: Setting financial goals; Mapping the cost of your life and figuring out irregular expenses; How to separate your business and personal life; How to manage variable income; The fundamentals of self-employed tax returns; and tools that can help manage your money.

Recording at Home…Like a Pro (March 23, 2021)

Stuck at home but still need to record a song? Is podcasting is your new pandemic hobby? Recording from home doesn’t need to be frustrating, and you can even build a great home set-up without breaking the bank. Join musicians Mark Kelso and Matt Zaddy for this webinar, and hear their tales of success, lessons learned, mistakes to avoid, and more at this webinar. Got questions about the best USB Microphone or the best software? Yep, they can help with that too!


TD Culture Lab: Explore Publishing Workshop 2021

TD Culture Lab – Explore Publishing
Self & Indie Publishing Webinar (April 17, 2021)

Led by Elizabeth Banfalvi (Mississauga Writers Group), this information session presents everything you need to know about self-publishing and allows writers to have all their questions about self-publishing answered.

Special guest: Belynda Wilson Thomas (self-published author of the book Secrets and Silence.

TD Culture Lab – Explore Publishing
Traditional Publishing Webinar (April 17, 2021)

Led by Mary Ellen Korosil (Courtney Park Writers’ Group), this informational webinar presents everything you need to know about Traditional forms of publishing and allows writers to have all their publishing questions answered.

Special guest: Pratap Reddy (published author of the books Weather Permitting and Other Stories and Ramaya’s Treasure).

TD Culture Lab – Explore Publishing
Self & Indie Publishing Panel (April 30, 2021)

This panel discussion featured industry professionals with advice and resources for writers interested in self-publishing.

Moderator: Elizabeth Banfalvi of the Mississauga Writers Group

Panelists: Doug Mackie (PointOne Graphics Inc.), Belynda Wilson Thomas (self-published author).

TD Culture Lab – Explore Publishing
Traditional Publishing Panel (April 30, 2021)

This panel discussion featured industry professionals with advice and resources for writers interested in traditional publishing.

Moderator: Mary Ellen Koroscil of the Courntey Park Writers’ Group

Panelists: Bala Menon (Tamarind Tree Books), Michael Mirolla (Guernica Editions), Kathryn Lane (Dundurn Press).


TD Culture Lab is made possible through the generous support of TD Bank Group.