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A New Age For Mississauga

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:49

2015 is a big year for the Mississauga cultural scene. If you grew up in or around the city, you know the name Mayor Hazel McCallion. The mayoral tour de force recently left her seat after 36 years, which means Mississauga has a new mayor in Bonnie Crombie, something many people are excited about despite their affection for Hurricane Hazel.

Massey Hall to Get Facelift

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:53

Did you hear about Massey Hall? They say they want to renovate the iconic Toronto venue that has housed some of the greatest names in jazz, folk, pop, rock and classical. The hall has also been used to record a selection of live albums for acts like Neil Young, Charlie Parker, Gordon Lightfoot, Dizzy Gillespie, Jethro Tull and Herbie Hancock. It's a special special place... so why renovate it?!

THE ODD COUPLE: JOHN & WALEED

Monday, 23 February 2015 14:34

That’s John and Waleed. John Millard and Waleed Abdulhamid, to be exact. Friends that come across as guys who are about to make a good-natured buddy film. Their biggest difference? John’s from Kitchener, Ontario, and Waleed’s from Khartoum in the Sudan. John’s a (as he would put it) “doubting Christian” and Waleed’s a practicing Muslim. But music is what they’ve built a firm friendship on, teaching each other their childhood songs and traditions and making music together. This week, they’re codifying that friendship by presenting it to an audience in a musical, visual, and partly documentary performance aptly (and simply) called John & Waleed. Here’s how it all began:

ARTIST TAKEOVER AT THE CNE

Friday, 20 February 2015 15:15

When you walk into the Better Living Centre, be prepared – it’s overwhelming. The Artist Project is an annual art fair that seems to only be getting bigger in its ambitions. Not limited to painting or sculpture, the works in this massive white space include installation and even elements of performance. Last night during their opening party, crowds braved the considerable cold to wander the aisles and visit the booths that are often managed by the artists themselves.

YOUR HOOD’S A JOKE

Friday, 20 February 2015 12:02

Your Hood’s a Joke is an event where comics take the gloves off and get down and dirty while they dog each other’s neighbourhoods. Take a listen to combatants Lianne Mauladin and Jesse Owens as they practice taking shots at each other’s ‘hoods, Cabbagetown and Bloordale (the claws come out a little bit as Lianne rips into some Cabbagetown myths!):

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