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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Opening reception of Charles Pachter and Margaret Atwood: THE JOURNALS OF SUZANNA MOODIE at Museums of Mississauga

Opening reception of Charles Pachter and Margaret Atwood: THE JOURNALS OF SUZANNA MOODIE at Museums of Mississauga

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tanzanian Girl Was Not Stripped Says Karnataka Home Minister

"According to prima facie reports, the Tanzanian student was not stripped and paraded naked," Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said on Thursday (February 4). "The attack on the Tanzanian student was a not a racial attack. It was in response to an earlier incident," the minister said. The minister said that five accused are being interrogated by police officials in connection with the case and added that the state government has informed the ministry of external affairs about the incident.

"There are 12,000 foreign students in Bengaluru, their protection is our duty. These kinds of incidents should not happen," home minister G Parameshwara said while addressing a press conference in Bangalore. The 21-year-old girl Tanzanian girl had alleged that a mob of locals attacked and stripped her on Sunday. The girl's nightmare unfolded around 7.30pm on Sunday when she and her three Tanzanian friends were going in a car in Ganapathinagar, off Hesaraghatta Main Road. Almost 2km away and about 30 minutes hour earlier, a car driven by a Sudanese student had run over Shabana Taj, 35, who had been walking with her husband, electrical contractor Sanaullah. A mob allegedly comprising locals, who were rioting following the accident, stopped the girl's car. "We got out of the car and there were many people around. There was a policeman standing nearby and I asked him what had happened.

He said nothing. A friends rushed to me and asked me not to walk around. By then, the mob started hitting him," she said. "They pushed me around and hit me. I was wearing a T-shirt. They tugged at it and tore it, leaving me literally without anything. They continued to thrash us and we ran for our lives. My friends and I hopped onto a bus. The driver didn't move and the other passengers threw us out. We were at the mob's mercy. A passerby who offered me a T-shirt was also attacked. They thrashed us again till we took shelter near some shops," she said.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mississauga Culture e-News

We are excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website. Use our new interactive calendar to discover events and activities for your whole family at Celebration Square and Meadowvale Theatre. Learn about our City's past, present and future through the Museums of Mississauga. With a bold new look and enhanced navigation experience, we invite you to explore Culture at the City of Mississauga.

Head to MississaugaCulture.ca today.

Love to Write Poetry?
We are looking for the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate

If you're 25 or younger, write amazing poetry or spoken word and live in Mississauga, apply to be the City's first Poet Laureate.

Deadline to apply is March 18, 2016.

See details.

Africville Stories
Sunday, February 7, 2016
2 pm

Award-winning Canadian singer, Jackie Richardson and musician/composer, Joe Sealy take you on a musical journey through the poignant and uplifting stories of Africville, one of Canada's oldest black communities. Join us at 1 pm for Theatre Eats with FREE appetizers in the lobby. First come-first served.

See full season line-up.

Family Day Skate
Monday, February 5
Noon - 4 pm

This event is proudly presented by RBC.

Celebrate Family Day at Mississauga Celebration Square. Grab your skates and head to the City’s largest outdoor skating rink.  It’s an afternoon full of festivities, with roaming buskers, face painting, and more.

Open Call for Public Art Selection Commitee Members

Are you interested in participating in a public art jury? Are you an experienced artist or art/design professional? The City's Public Art Selection Committee needs you.

Previous projects include: "Contemplating Child" by Ferruccio Sardella located in Community Common Park and "The Lifeline Project" by Michael Simon, Taline Jirian and Marisa Gallemit located on the oak trees along Hurontario at Burnhamthorpe Road West.

Apply now.

March is Maple Magic Month

Maple Family Sundays
February 28March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3, noon - 4 pm

Canadiana rules supreme on Sunday afternoons this spring atBradley Museum as we celebrate the Maple harvest. Every Sundayfeatures a unique theme with entertainment and interactive activities for all and is focused on experiencing our great nation. Pancakes with maple syrup are in the Sugar Shack; souvenirs & syrup can be purchased in the Maple Souvenir Magasin.

Maple Magic March Break | Drop-in Fun
March 14–19, 2016noon - 4pm

Mississauga’s favourite maple tradition returns for March Break. Learn how to tap a tree and follow the sap lines to the Bradley House kitchen where maple treats await. Enjoy an afternoon of truly Canadiana themed fun.


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Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates its first Hammershøi painting with exhibition from the National Gallery of Denmark Exhibition of 24 paintings by Danish ‘painter of tranquility

Art Gallery of Ontario

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Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates its first Hammershøi painting with exhibition from the National Gallery of Denmark

Exhibition of 24 paintings by Danish ‘painter of tranquility’ makes its only Canadian stop in Toronto

TORONTO — A rare painting by one of Denmark’s most renowned artists, Vilhelm Hammershøi (b.1864), has been acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario, marking the first time a work by the Danish master has entered a public collection in Canada. To celebrate, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will host a critically-acclaimed exhibition of Hammershøi’s work this spring, organized by the National Gallery of Denmark. Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi runs from April 16 to July 3, 2016.

Originally curated by the National Gallery of Denmark’s senior research curator, Kasper Monrad, the installation will be overseen by Lloyd DeWitt, the AGO’s curator of European art. At the centre of the exhibition is the recent AGO acquisition, Hammershøi’s Interior with Four Etchings, from 1905. A portrait of the artist’s wife in their Copenhagen apartment, this painting has been largely unseen since its creation, and held in a private collection. The AGO was able to delay the painting from being exported and purchased it in early 2015. It’s the first work by a Scandinavian avant-garde artist to enter the AGO’s European collection, and its acquisition was made possible with the assistance of a Moveable Cultural Property grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, 2015.

Widely celebrated during his lifetime, Hammershøi’s reputation declined rapidly following his death a century ago in 1916. Rediscovered in the 1980s, he is again in ascendance, internationally acclaimed by critics and collectors alike for his strikingly modern interiors, haunting landscapes and distinctive portraits.

“The works in this exhibition clearly show us the exacting skill and serene poetry that made HammershøiDenmark’s most famous artist,” says Lloyd DeWitt. “It is a wonderful opportunity to have the remarkable works from the National Gallery of Denmark travel to Canada, and we are delighted to supplement this exhibition with our own exciting new work. The acquisition of Interior with Four Etchings has been a great accomplishment for the AGO, and we are grateful for the assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage who worked with us to keep this extraordinary artwork in Canada.”

Born in Copenhagen in 1864 and trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Hammershøi painted everyday scenes, lacking in detail and narrative, but rich in light and atmosphere. At odds with his contemporaries, his works on canvas and in charcoal include unpopulated landscapes and cityscapes, portraits and spare, sunlight-infused interiors for which he earned the title “de stille stuers maler” (the painter of tranquil rooms). Described by the National Gallery of Denmark’s Director Mikkel Bogh as a “painter of pauses, silences and in-between spaces,” Hammershøi’s reclusive personality and contemplative works made him a favourite amongst poets and writers. Highlights of the exhibition include Interior. An old Stove (1888); View of Christenborg Palace. Late Autumn (1890-92); and A Room in the Artists Home in Standgade, with the Artist’s Wife (1902).

The exhibition is accompanied by a soft cover 48-page illustrated catalogue, featuring an essay by Dr. Kasper Monrad of the National Gallery of Denmark.  The catalogue arrives at shopAGO in April and will be available for $65.95.

AGO members and AFSMK patrons receive free admission to this exhibition. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at http://www.ago.net/general-membership and about AFSMK atwww.afsmk.org.

Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark is organized by SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark and AFSMK – the American Friends of SMK.

Presentation of the exhibition at the AGO has been made possible by the generous support of Ron and Gitte Granofsky.

Additional support for the exhibition at the AGO has been made possible by the Oak Foundation, the Ahmanson Charitable Community Trust, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Møbeltransport Danmark, SAS Cargo, ArcusGruppen, Sotheby’s, Henning Larsen Architects, VisitDenmark, The Consulate General of Denmark in New York, and the AFSMK – American Friends of Statens Museum for Kunst.

ABOUT Statens Museum for Kunst/The National Gallery of Denmark
Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, SMK/The National Gallery of Denmark is the country’s largest art museum, and displays international artwork from the early Renaissance through to the present. The extensive SMK collections originate from the holdings of the 17th and 18th century Danish kings, particularly those of King Frederik V who, in the 1760s, established a large collection of Old Masters which he housed at Christiansborg Castle. Since the opening of the Royal Picture Gallery to the public in 1827, SMK has had an obligation to collect contemporary Danish art, and, thus several Hammershøi paintings were acquired directly from the artist. Christiansborg Castle burned in 1884, but nearly all of the paintings were miraculously saved. The surviving collections became the founding collection of SMK. SMK now presents between six to eight special exhibitions a year, always based on new research. For more information, visit smk.dk

With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to find out more.

March 12 – May 29, 2016:        Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s–1980s

July 1 – Sept. 11, 2016:            The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Great tribute to a multifaceted legend E. Alkazi

Great tribute to a multifaceted legend Mr Ebrahim Alkazi by his daughter Amal Allana who herself completely emulates her...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Toronto Dancing Superstars Competition LOVE BIRDS 2016

The Five Semi-Finalists Dancing ‘Duets’ who have made it for the Toronto Dancing Superstars Competition
Five Dancing Superstar Duets to perform on February 6 at Verdi Banquet Hall in Mississauga
Five duos have made it to the final stage and qualified for the semi-finals in the Search for the Toronto Dancing Superstar Duet competition held in Toronto.  Making the announcement at a press conference held in Mississauga on January 20, organizers said the auditions held presented an assortment of dance forms included Hip Hop, Salsa, Brazilian, Bollywood, Bhangra and Gidda amongst others. 
 The five semi-finalists include:
  1. Daniel Galicia & James Gibbs
  2. Briia and Sean Quinlan
  3. Lloyd Williams and Melina Damian
  4. Anusha Bhakthan & Jisha
  5. Vanessa Mangar and Deepta Bonik
 The five duets were finalized after extensive LIVE auditions were held for more than 40 duets at TAG TV Studios in Mississauga on December 19 where they were judged by a panel of stalwarts from the Performing Arts Industry.    Ten duets plus one wildcard entry then entered the Viewer’s Choice Audience Poll segment when their videos were uploaded on YouTube and social media and selected by Lovebirds2016 online judge Ruchi Kumar, trained Bollywood jazz instructor with SHIAMAK Toronto and former first runner up in Miss India Canada.
  “We are delighted to see diversity of dance forms from several communities.   There was dynamism, vitality, oomph and zest from participants,” say Tahir Khan, Tabi Moazzam, Ratika Atwal and Sharan Kaur, directors at TK Connections.   “We wanted to bring this one of a kind dance competition to the Greater Toronto area where duets and partners came up with unique and superb talent and expressed their creativity though coordination and collaboration.”   
The five duets will now perform to win the coveted title at LoveBirds2016, The Valentine Night on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Verdi Banquet Hall, 3550 Derry Rd E, Mississauga in front of an audience of over 500 people. The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $1500 and one lucky duet will also get the opportunity to be part of a music video in an upcoming artist’s album.
Organizers also announced a range of exciting and powerful entertainment at the February 6 event.
“Entertainment at the Valentine Night event on February 6 will be provided by renowned world artists including Vikas Khanna, Kate Todd, Shyamala Ram and R&B United Band.  We will also present Shahvir Jafri who is the king of social media with a million plus following and Jay Martin, king of comedy.  The event will be hosted by Samantha Tajik, former Miss Universe Canada and Waseem Shaikh, actor, best known for his role in SABC 1 TV Series Bay of Plenty.
“This event will be magical that will celebrate the excitement of love, the exuberance of life and the indulgence of luxury with a competition of professional dancers, a live band, a gourmet continental menu and an array of exciting games and contests,” say organizers.  Tickets for the February 6 event can be purchased from Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lovebirds-2016-the-valentine-night-tickets-20099495131?aff=es2 Or call: 647-896-7210 or /647-896-9637.”

Organizers of LoveBirds want to bring forth this creative and ingenuous event especially in the month of February to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
“We want to tell our audience that we want this event to belong to all ethnic communities.   LoveBirds2016 is for all of us to celebrate peace, love and humanity,” say organizers. 

Event Flow:
November 9, 2015: Registrations
December 19, 2015: Auditions in Mississauga
January 4, 2016: Videos uploaded on YouTube / Viewer’s Choice Audience Poll begins
January 20, 2016: Announcing the five finalists
February 6, 2016: Finals held at Verdi Banquet Hall, 3550 Derry Rd E, Mississauga.

About TK Connections:
TK Connections is a full service ‘Event Management' company with a mandate to create tailor-made innovative solutions to suit client needs.  Clients are provided with turnkey professionally organized events, ensuring “House Full” attendance every time. The TK Connections team consists of energetic minds with 15+ years of experience in Entertainment, Fashion, Interior Design and Public Relations industries. TK Connections are known for introducing new, trendy and professional standards with the ability to pull from a huge roster of entertainers and vendors to meet client needs, exceed expectations and ensure that the event – be it a fashion show, product launch, fundraiser, charity gala or trade show – is a huge success.

About LOVE BIRDS2016:
Love Birds celebrates the magic of love, the mystery of life and the exuberance of luxury with a competition of professional dancers, a live band, a gourmet continental menu and an array of exciting games and contests.  The vision is for “LOVE BIRDS 2016” to be known as one of the premier multicultural events of the year for businessmen and corporate executives alike.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Mississauga, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors from across the City of Mississauga who have recently participated in the organization’s acclaimed ArtReach for Older Adults Program. VAM is hosting several art exhibitions this week that showcase the creative works of senior groups including the Region of Peel’s Malton Village Adult Day Centre, Peel Senior Link and Credit Valley Seniors. All are welcome to the Credit Valley Senior’s art exhibit happening today, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1pm, at South Common Community Centre located at 2233 South Millway, Mississauga, Ontario.

“VAM has had fantastic support for our new program which is designed to enrich the lives of older adults with visual arts,” explains VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “We were pleased to offer four months of subsidized art workshops to seniors with Peel Senior Link, The Region of Peel’s Malton Village Adult Day Centre and the Credit Valley Seniors. We are completing our pilot program by celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors with exhibits at each of our centres.”

ArtReach for Older Adults offers exciting art workshops under the guidance of professional artist instructors to older adult centers across the City of Mississauga.  This program has brought the creative experiences offered at VAM out into the community and has inspired and built confidence in individuals that might not have regular access to VAM’s programs. ArtReach for Older Adultsencourages social participation and inclusion for older adults while promoting volunteerism.

Check out our new ArtReach for Older Adults Video on Youtube! Click image below:

After the success of this pilot program, VAM is pleased to now offer ArtReach for Older Adults to senior clubs and groups throughout the Region of Peel. Groups can book a one-time session (for up to 12 people) for $180, a mini-series (4 sessions) or a full-series (8 sessions). Senior clubs and groups are welcome to visit http://www.visualartsmississauga.com/education/artreach-for-older-adults/, call 905-277-4313 or emailartreach@visualartsmississauga.com for more details.

ArtReach for Older Adults is made possible with generous funding provided through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.  ArtReach for Older Adults is presented with support from the City of Mississauga, Mississauga Seniors Council, Peel Senior Link and the Region of Peel.

ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA AT RIVERWOOD:  VAM was founded in 1978 and strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM offers a variety of studio arts courses for adults, teens and children as well as summer camps, school programs, exhibitions, Artsy Parties and ArtReachfor schools and corporate team-building. Please visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details.


Heather Brissenden Community Engagement Coordinator
Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood
4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, ON  L5C 2S7 905.277.4313
outreach@visualaartsmississauga.com www.visualartsmississauga.com

VAM celebrates the accomplishments of the Region of Peel's Malton Village Adult Day Centre. 
Malton Village Adult Day Centre seniors explore working with watercolour.
"Learning a new creative skill later in life is important for a sense of health and well-being...I hope the program can and will continue!" -P.Z.
“Art is so good for the heart and soul. No matter what your ability or lack of” – O. J.
Credit Valley Seniors have a great time exploring working with clay.
"When you're painting it's impossible to think of anything else.  Very relaxing.  Keeps me out of mischief and happy...Just what seniors need; chews up time (a major enemy of seniors).  Older people need hobbies and interests to keep active, young in mind, and therefore happy." Gordon

Peel Senior Link Older Adults explore working with acrylics.
"Let me begin by saying how exciting it was to be a student again, and to learn something new.  Everyone around the table was eager and engrossed." P.A. 
“Artreach For Older Adults provides a voice for those who may well have difficulty expressing themselves in many other ways, it is much needed."  – Lynelle
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