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Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Do you have a budding artist, talented dancer or digital designer looking for a fun way to spend their summer? Creative Summer Camps run from July to August for ages 6-17. It's a great way for youth to be exposed to specialty art forms while having fun and making friends!

Campers can choose from Animation, Dance, Digital Sculpture and Design, Drama, Guitar, Heritage, Painting and Drawing or Photography. Register today. 

Mother's Day High Tea
Saturday May 7 & Sunday May 8, 2016
12 pm & 3 pm

Spend this Mother's Day indulging in the high art of tea while exploring one of Mississauga's oldest heritage homes. Reservations required.

See details.

Public artwork unveiling of The Book
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
12:30 pm

You are cordially invited to celebrate the unveiling of a bold, contemporary public artwork titled The Book by Ilan Sandler.

The artwork has been generously donated to the City of Mississauga Public Art Collection by Hillside Media Communications Ltd. in collaberation with Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

See details.

The All-New The Best of Second City
Friday, May 27, 2016
8 pm

The Second City returns for an evening of outrageous laughs. Catch timeless comedy classics with the legendary comedy troupe that launched the careers of Hollywood heavy weights, Bill Murray, Martin Short, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Buy tickets now.

Summer is coming!

Stop by Celebration Square for fitness classes, movie nights, concerts, food truck rallies, festivals and more. You can also splash in the fountain, play on the lawn, or grab a bite to eat – the best part, it's all free. #mcssmr

See our full listing of summer events.

Open Call for Meadowvale Theatre Community Panel

This is a great opportunity to get involved with your community theatre. Meadowvale Theatre is creating a panel to provide feedback around what they do and how they do it.

An application is required and the deadline to submit is May 8 at 4 pm.

Find out more.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New AGM Exhibitions Explore Photography's Relationship to Identity, Belonging and the Material World

New AGM Exhibitions Explore Photography's Relationship to Identity, Belonging and the Material World

CANADIAN BELONGING(s) curated by Ellyn Walker, and Mark Kasumovic's Instrumental open May 5th

May 5, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Basil AlZeri, #7 from The Postcard Project II, 2015; Mark Kasumovic, CERN - Data Centre Wiring, 2014
(Mississauga) - This May, in celebration of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) invites visitors to delve into the world of photography with two new exhibitions. 

CANADIAN BELONGING(s), curated by Ellyn Walkerexamines the nuanced and complex ways in which personal identity and feelings of belonging are shaped and negotiated within Canada's rich cultural tapestry. Artists Basil AlZeri, Sonny Assu, Pansee Atta, Cindy Blazević, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Kristie MacDonald, Meryl McMaster, and Abdi Osman demonstrate their own unique relationships to the nation-state through distinct negotiations of material belongings. These artists speak back to dominant representations of national identity steeped in histories of colonialism and white supremacy, bringing their own unique perspectives to what it means to belong on this land.

In Instrumental, Mark Kasumovic's photographs of scientific instruments and facilities offer an investigation into how advances in technology have altered the previously symbiotic relationship of photography to the material world.

Members of the media and the public are invited to the Opening Reception on May 5, 6 pm, at the AGM. There will be a special performance by Basil AlZeri at 7 pm. A free bus will depart from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto) at 6 pm, returning at 8:30 pm. Space is limited and RSVP is required to agm.connect@mississauga.ca.

  • Performance by Basil AlZeri: Thursday, May 5, 7 pm
  • Artist talk with Abdi Osman: Thursday, May 26, 7 pm 
  • Curator's talk with Ellyn Walker: Saturday, May 28, 1 pm
  • Artist Talk with Mark Kasumovic: Sunday, June 12, 1 pm
  • Vanessa Dion Fletcher Performance: Friday, July 1, 2-6 pm


Engage. Think. Inspire. Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) connects with the people of Mississauga through the collection and presentation of works from a range of periods and movements in Canadian art. The AGM fosters innovative education, artist projects and other forms of dialogue to advance critical enquiry and community connection to the visual arts.
The AGM is a public, not-for-profit art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre right on Celebration Square across from Square One Mall. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.

For more information, call 905 896 5088 or visit artgalleryofmississauga.com


300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1 905 896 5088 artgalleryofmississauga.com  

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Matt Damon Is In Toronto and more!

Matt Damon Is In Toronto

Yes, that's right – our favourite space pirate has come back from Mars and has made a stop in Toronto. Matt's here on business, however, shooting scenes for Downsizing, which is currently...
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11 Ontario Ice Cream Shops That Are Worth The Drive

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There are many mouth-watering ice cream parlors outside of the city that are worth taking a road trip to. Several of these places are unknown to Torontonians but we cannot...
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23 Free Things To Do In Toronto This May To Get You Excited For Summer

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It's been a tough spring so far with all this cold weather and rain. There's no need to worry though, because May's looking to be a little bit better and a little bit...
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16 Surreal Waterfalls You Can Visit In Ontario

It was in 1994 when the girls from TLC first told us not to go chasing waterfalls. Though, such advice is prone to objection because several people can attest to the fact...
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Statement by Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Moody’s Credit Rating Announcement/ Déclaration du ministre des Finances, Charles Sousa, au sujet de la cote de crédit attribuée par Moody’s



Ministry of Finance



Statement by Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Moody's Credit Rating Announcement


Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance has issued the following statement in response to Moody's improvement of Ontario's outlook to Aa2 stable:


"Following a thorough review of our government's economic and fiscal plan, Moody's has just announced an upgrade of the Province's outlook to Aa2 stable.


You can read Moody's press release by clicking here: https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-Affirms-Ontarios-Aa2-Ratings-Changes-Outlook-to-Stable--PR_347841.


Moody's outlook change reflects its confidence in our government's plan to grow Ontario's economy and create jobs for Ontarians.


In Moody's own words, "the stable outlook on the Province of Ontario's ratings reflects our opinion that the province has presented a budget plan with little risk that the debt burden will exceed recent levels." They also forecast Ontario's debt to "fall marginally across the medium-term and, as importantly, for interest expense to remain manageable as well."


Our government remains on track to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18, and remain balanced in 2018-19. Ontario is once again projected to beat its deficit target for the seventh year in a row. By continuing to beat our fiscal targets, Ontario's accumulated deficit is $30 billion lower than it otherwise would have been.


We will continue to reduce the deficit through a fair and balanced approach. The 2016 budget is focused on strategic investments that stimulate economic growth and job creation including investing over $160 billion in infrastructure projects across the province over the next 12 years. Even with these investments, our government has the lowest program spending per capita of any province in Canada.


Furthermore, between 2010-11 and 2014-15, our government has held program expense growth to an average annual rate of 1.4 per cent, while still supporting the vital public services that Ontarians rely on, like health care, education and social services. We have achieved this by finding new and more efficient ways to deliver the best value for Ontarians.   


Moody's is the first of the rating agencies to release its rating. Ontario has always valued the input of third-party analysis as an important checkpoint in ensuring that our fiscal plan is credible, reliable and transparent. While the news from Moody's today is indeed positive, it is important to remember that it is just one assessment among many third-party analyses. Across the board, private-sector economists are forecasting Ontario's economy to be among the top two growth leaders in Canada. In fact, Ontario's most recent economic accounts for the fourth quarter of 2015 showed that Ontario's real GDP increased 2.6 per cent in 2015.  And, just yesterday, University of Toronto revised its real GDP forecast for Ontario up by 0.7 points in 2016 (+3.1 per cent) and 0.1 points in 2017 (+2.8 per cent) stating, "the near term outlook for the province looks very bright."


As we continue to implement our plan to balance the budget, grow the economy and create jobs, Ontarians will continue to see measurable results." 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

AGO to present first museum retrospective of famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in September 2017

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Art Gallery of Ontario

AGO to present first museum retrospective of famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro in September 2017

Major exhibition organized with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Minneapolis Institute of Art to make its only Canadian appearance next year

TORONTO — The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present the only Canadian appearance of a new exhibition that offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters makes its Canadian debut at the AGO on Sept. 30, 2017 and runs to Jan. 7, 2018.
Co-curated by Britt Salvesen of LACMA, Jim Shedden of the AGO, and Matthew Welch of Mia, Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters brings together elements from del Toro's films, objects from his vast personal collections and objects from the permanent collections of all three institutions. The diverse range of media featured in this exhibition—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad and alluring scope of del Toro's inspirations. 
"This exhibition embodies the AGO's commitment to timely projects that explore the creative imagination in its many forms, across time and place, and will immerse visitors in the fantastic spaces of Guillermo del Toro's mind," says Stephanie Smith, the AGO's Chief Curator. "We are delighted to be organizing this important project and bringing it to our audiences as part of a dynamic exhibition schedule over the coming years."
"Guillermo del Toro believes that we need monsters," says Jim Shedden, co-curator and the AGO's Manager of Publishing. "To him, the imperfections of monsters are found in all of us, whether we see them or not. At the same time, despite his empathy for the tragic monster, del Toro is fascinated with truly terrifying and invulnerable monsters. By witnessing his incredible creative process, we can make unexpected connections among different genres and narratives, high art and pop culture, and blur boundaries between fantasty and reality."
"To find beauty in the profane. To elevate the banal. To be moved by genre. These things are vital for my storytelling," says Guillermo del Toro. "This exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life. It's a devotional sampling of the enormous love that is required to create, maintain, and love monsters in our lives."
The exhibition is organized into eight thematic sections, including:
  • Childhood and Innocence, exploring the central role children often play in del Toro's films;

  • Victoriana, loosely referencing the Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian ages and latter-day interpretation of the Victorian era;

  • Rain Room, a recreation of a favourite spot in del Toro's personal residence ("Bleak House") where he installed a false window with special effects to simulate a perpetual thunderstorm;

  • Magic, Alchemy, and the Occult, exploring the many puzzles, talismans, secret keys and quests for forbidden knowledge that appear in del Toro's films;

  • Movies, Comics and Pop Culture, delving into the scope of his obsession with cinema, from B-movies and horror films to Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel;

  • Frankenstein and Horror, revealing del Toro's lifelong love affair with the tale of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster;

  • Freaks and Monsters, considering del Toro's fascination with monsters of all types, from those found in horror movies to those in nature, literature, myth and art; and finally

  • Death and the Afterlife, which speaks to the disturbing confrontations with death that del Toro experienced growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the late 1960s and '70s.
Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Insight Editions. The 144-page volume is edited by Britt Salvesen, Jim Shedden, and Matthew Welch, with contributions by Guillermo del Toro, Keith McDonald, Roger Clark, and Paul Koudounaris. The hardcover catalogue will be available in shopAGO upon the exhibition's opening.
This exhibition was organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It will open in Los Angeles on July 31, 2016 and in Minneapolis on Feb. 26, 2017.
Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964) is one of the most inventive filmmakers of his generation. Beginning with Cronos (1993) and continuing through The Devil's Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015), among many other film, television, and book projects, del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Working with a team of craftsmen, artists, and actors—and referencing a wide range of cinematic, pop-culture, and art-historical sources—del Toro recreates the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico. He now works internationally with a cherished home base he calls "Bleak House" in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
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's 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 offering great value, and the AGO's Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to learn more.
Mar. 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
Oct. 22, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017:  Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more
April 22 – July 30, 2017: Georgia O'Keeffe
Sept. 30, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018: Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters
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 contributionsfrom AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opens early for 25th season

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opens early for 25th season

Mild winter means record-setting early start for Niagara River jet boats

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. (April 26, 2016)Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has kicked off its 25th anniversary season by setting a new record — launching earlier in the year than ever before.

The unusually mild winter means the Niagara-on-the-Lake tour operator has already begun to hit the turbulent waters of the Niagara River, launching its season about three weeks earlier than usual.

"We're really pleased to get back out on the water and give passengers the thrill of their lives," said Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours president John Kinney. "It's fantastic that Mother Nature is giving us this head start on the season to start celebrating such an important milestone."

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours officially opened its doors to the public in 1992 with a single boat, taking passengers for thrilling white water rides from the mouth of the Niagara River in Niagara-on-the-Lake, through the Class 5 Devil's Hole Rapids and to just below the incredibly powerful Niagara Whirlpool.

Twenty five seasons later, Whirlpool has a fleet of eight 50-passenger jet boats that take passengers on adrenalin-filled trips from three departure locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Niagara Glen Nature Centre check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, New York.

Passengers can choose between two types of trips — wet or dry. Guests in open-topped jet boats are guaranteed to return to the dock soaking wet, doused with gallons of water while their boat pilot powers them through the rapids at high speed and expertly spins them through the chop in a complete 360-degree turn. Passengers in the covered Jet Dome get the same thrill ride, minus the splash, and return as dry as they were at the outset.

"This early in the season the temperature of the Niagara River can be pretty cool, so passengers who prefer to stay warm and dry generally opt to ride in our covered boat," Kinney said. "Either way, wet or dry, they'll come back to the dock with a one-of-a-kind experience and a new appreciation for the beauty and power of the river."

Tours last approximately one hour. Along the way, tour leaders on the boats also give passengers highlights about the river's geology and fascinating history.

In addition to individual bookings, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours offers special rates for corporate groups, family groups and residents of Niagara. More information about tour packages, rates and reservations can be found at www.whirlpooljet.com.


About Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours:


Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has been giving passengers a taste of adventure on the white water of the Niagara River since 1992. Passengers experience a thrilling and educational one-hour guided tour, where they can take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Niagara Gorge, feel the rush of the Class 5 Devil's Hole rapids and marvel at the power of the Niagara Whirlpool. Headquartered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the tour company's fleet of custom-built jet boats depart from three locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Niagara Glen Nature Centre check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.

For more information, go to www.whirlpooljet.com.


Monday, April 25, 2016


The Stratford Festival's The Adventures of Pericles


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 11:30 A.M.,







A storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and another snatches it away. This magical production of Shakespeare's epic tale is a delight for the eye and ear. Filled with music and brilliant spectacle, it follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one of literature's most poignant reunions. Evan Buliung gives a sweeping performance, portraying the dashing young prince with verve and swagger, and taking him into his elder years with sorrowful tenderness. "Moving and fun from beginning to end," it is a story rarely told, and one you won't soon forget.













Stratford Festival's The Adventures of Pericles

premières May 7 at Cineplex theatres across Canada


April 22, 2016… Stratford Festival HD's 2016 film series culminates in the release of The Adventures of Pericles on Saturday May 7 at Cineplex theatres across Canada. It returns to cinemas on Thursday, May 12.


"The sweeping story of Shakespeare's Pericles translates beautifully to the screen," says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. "I'm thrilled that the remarkable production that Scott Wentworth created  for the stage will have a life beyond Stratford, making this rarely told epic accessible to people around the world."


Directed by Barry Avrich, The Adventures of Pericles is faithful to the 2015 stage version of the production but with an intimacy even greater than that provided by the famously intimate Tom Patterson Theatre.


The Adventures of Pericles was captured live with a full audience at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre on September 15, 2015, using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound production. Additional footage was captured on stage immediately following the performance, also with an audience present, allowing Mr. Avrich to create an unparalleled amalgam of live theatre and cinematic production.


The Adventures of Pericles features Evan Buliung as Pericles with Sean Arbuckle as Cleon, Deborah Hay as Thaisa, Marina and Antiochus's daughter, Claire Lautier as Dionyza, Brigit Wilson as Bawd and Antoine Yared as Lysimachus.


The production received outstanding reviews:


"One of the most resonant of the Great One's last plays and, at Stratford, an intimately staged font of poignant pleasure."

–Chicago Tribune

"Incest! Romance! Betrayal! And can you count on anyone to stay dead? It may sound like 'Game of Thrones,' but Shakespeare was around long before 'GoT' became the go-to fantasy adventure."

–Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Epic theatre"

–Hamilton Spectator


"Highly entertaining … Wentworth and this cast have made it a tale worth telling, and one well worth seeing."

–Sun Media


"A remarkably fluent, intelligent production."

–Hamilton Spectator


"Entertaining and satisfying."

–The Toronto Star

"Moving and fun from beginning to end … This story is an 'adventure' indeed and I encourage you to check it out."

–Broadway World

"Brilliant! … elements of fairy tale and myth, magic and mystery. This production embraces all of these to the deep enjoyment of those in search of the marvellous, the miraculous and the divine."

–The Record


Canadian distribution is through Cineplex Events, which specializes in bringing world-class events and performances to the big screen. Cinema screenings will be followed by a broadcast window on CBC-TV, Canada's national public broadcaster. Digital and on-demand release will follow.


U.S. and international distribution is through SpectiCast, the fastest growing event cinema marketing and distribution company in the world.


Stratford Festival HD is sponsored by Sun Life Financial, as part of their Making the Arts More Accessible® program. Generous support is provided by Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, the Jenkins Family Foundation, the Henry White Kinnear Foundation, Ophelia & Mike Lazaridis, Sandra & Jim Pitblado, the Slaight Family Foundation, and Robert & Jacqueline Sperandio. The Festival also acknowledges the generous support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.



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