Mississauga selected to host Ontario’s top country music awards in 2024 and 2026

By Announcement, Events

The City of Mississauga is thrilled to share that the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) has selected Mississauga to be the host city for the CMAOntario Festival and Awards in 2024 and 2026.

“Mississauga is honoured and excited to welcome the 12th annual CMAOntario Festival and Awards,” said Acting Mayor and Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca. “As Canada’s seventh-largest city and 2023 Music City of the Year, we are home to world-class, diverse musicians and a vibrant live music scene that attracts visitors from across Canada. I want to thank CMAO for choosing Mississauga to hold this prestigious music festival. We look forward to celebrating Ontario’s artists and welcoming them to our city next summer.”

CMAO has partnered with Visit Mississauga and the City of Mississauga to bring a weekend of live music, concerts and activities to the city from May 31 to June 2, 2024, with a spectacular awards show planned for Sunday, June 2 at the Living Arts Centre.

“Hosting these prestigious awards in our city truly highlights that we have great spaces to share and enjoy music while advancing our Music Strategy,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “As a City, we’re focused on amplifying Mississauga’s music scene and helping advance local artists and talent. I want to acknowledge Victoria Clarke and the Visit Mississauga team for their sponsorship role and for working to bring this fantastic event to our city, and thank CMAO for selecting Mississauga to host this event first in 2024 and then again in 2026.”

Earlier this year, Mississauga was named the 2023 Music City of the Year and was recognized for its efforts in establishing a Music Strategy with a goal of positioning the city as an incubator for top musical talent and national destination for live music events and festivals.

In 2022, the City announced its first Music Strategy: 2022-2026, which identifies 32 actions over the next five years to support the growth and development of Mississauga’s music industry. It focuses on four guiding principles, which include amplifying Mississauga’s artists, creating a favourable environment for live music, supporting underrepresented people and groups, and celebrating Mississauga’s history and success.

For more information about the 12th annual CMAOntario Festival and Awards, visit

December Events #WinterINthePort

By Events, Ward 1

Port Credit BIA is excited to present a number of events throughout the month of December!

On December 3, 2023 the Lighting of the Lighthouse kicks off #WinterINThePort with

  • Lighting of the Lighthouse
  • Band
  • Face painting
  • Holiday treats
  • Holiday characters

From December 3 to December 17, 2023, #WinterINThePort the Window Wonderland Contest is on.  We will ask the community to vote on best holiday window to identify top three.  More details to come.

Do all your shopping #INthePort from December 3 to December 24, 2023 to win the #ShopthePort Contest:

  • Shoppers enter to win by uploading their receipts from Port Credit businesses
  • Grand prize dinner and overnight stay at Waterside Inn
  • Second Prize Gift Certificate $100.00
  • Third Prize $50.00 Gift Certificate

On December 9, 10, & 17, 2023, the McGregor Carolers will be roaming through the Port

December 16, 2023, don’t miss photos with Santa at the Lighthouse. Santa Max returns for an afternoon of photos at the Lighthouse with kids, adults, and dogs!

Plan your day out on December 16 & 23, 2023 for Sweet Stops #INThe Port.  Holiday treats will be available for shoppers #INTheport in front of participating stores!

Watch Port Credit BIA website for more details.


TRCA 2023 Holiday and Christmas Programs and Events

By Events

As a member of the TRCA, I’m delighted to share the upcoming events which you and your family may have an opportunity to enjoy:

Please note that all events require pre-registration. 

Kortright Centre for Conservation

Magical Christmas Forest
Escape into the Magical Christmas Forest at the Kortright Centre! This self-guided experience includes a winter wonderland filled with lights, displays, a horse drawn wagon ride through the forest, Santa in his cabin, festive music, bonfires, children’s activities and hot chocolate for the whole family!

Dates: Various from November 24 – December 23

Times: Wednesday – Saturday 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Sundays 3:00 – 8:00 pm

There are outdoor components to this event so dress for the weather. The suggested age of children attending is toddler to pre-teen. 

Event dates, ticket availability and registration can be found here:


Tommy Thompson Park

Winter Solstice Series

Light up the dark! Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a series of events at Tommy Thompson Park. Create your own dreamcatcher, craft lanterns, explore the night sky, and get up close with winter animals! Join us to explore scientific and cultural perspectives surrounding the Winter Solstice as we usher in the longest night of the year!

Event Dates & Times:

Dec 2, 1- 3:30pm: Wildlife Wonderland

Dec 9, 6- 9pm: Solar and Lunar Wonders

Dec 10, 10am- 12pm and 1- 3pm: Weaving Dreamcatchers

Dec 16, 10am- 12pm and 2- 4pm: Lantern Making Workshop


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Santa at the Village

Santa Claus is coming to town! Jingle all the way to the Village and take part in festive fun.  Try your hand at toy making and test your skills at Reindeer Games.  Sip hot cocoa while listening to traditional festive tales, and then take in an old-time puppet show. Be sure to snap an “elfie” or two while visiting the jolly old man himself. He’s ho-ho-hoping to welcome you this December to the Village!

Tickets must be purchased online.


Festive Nights

Experience all the joys of the season on a moonlit adventure at the Village. Wander the candlelit Village, enjoying live entertainment and sampling traditional holiday treats, from roasted chestnuts to gingerbread cookies.

Tickets must be purchased online.


Bruce’s Mill | Claremont | Claireville

Holiday Wreath Making Workshops

Kick off the holiday season by creating a fresh, fragrant wreath with TRCA. Wreath making is a fun and simple activity that anyone can do; all it takes is a little creativity to transform natural materials into a masterpiece!

Upcoming Workshops:

Tickets must be purchased online.

City holds public meeting on increasing housing choices in neighbourhoods

By Events, Planning & Development

Mississauga needs more housing options for families, older adults, students and others who want to live in low-rise neighbourhoods. Increasing the supply and variety of homes across Mississauga through gentle density is a primary action in the City’s Housing Action Plan.

The City is holding a statutory public meeting at Planning and Development Committee to present draft regulations to allow residents to build up to four residential units on low-rise residential lots.

Meeting Details

When:  Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Where:  Council Chambers, City Hall

Participate:  Watch the live stream on the City’s website (without registering) or join in person at City Hall. Instructions on how to register for the meeting are included in the meeting agenda.

Note: The housing information session planned for December 6 has been postponed until 2024.


Mississauga City Council has long supported exploring policies to introduce gentle density and build more housing.

  • The City’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods (IHCN) work, which began in 2021, established new zoning and Official Plan regulations for additional residential units such as garden suites, garage conversions and laneway suites and allows up to three residential units on a lot.
  • IHCN stemmed from Mississauga’s 2017 Making Room for the Middle affordable housing strategy. At the time, the City was one of the first municipalities in Canada to develop a housing strategy focused on middle-income earners.

Read Growing Mississauga: An Action Plan for New Housing to learn more about the City’s efforts to help get more homes built, streamline building approvals and make homes more affordable.

3rd Annual Mississauga Festival of Trees

By Events, Ward 1

The Festival of Trees promises a unique and enchanting atmosphere, featuring twinkling light displays and live music from local musicians. Witness the beauty of carefully curated art installations while indulging in light refreshments. Explore the Artisan Market, and have the first chance to shop a delightful array of handcrafted treasures made by local artisans.

Don’t miss the opportunity to create lasting memories at this year’s Mississauga Festival of Trees.

Festival Dates

December 8-17, 2023

Artisan Market

December 8-10

Culinary Market

December 15-17

Public Hours –

Tree Installation Viewing

December 12-14

See website for a complete list of events and times


Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Rd. E. Mississauga, ON.

Free Parking

Wheelchair Accessible

Mississauga Library to hold first Human Library event on November 25

By Events

Do you like meeting new people and hearing their life stories? Be a part of the conversation at Mississauga Library’s Human Library event on Saturday, November 25. The Human Library creates a safe space to connect with individuals in their community whom they might not normally engage with, where topics can be discussed openly between ‘human books’ and their readers. Borrow a ‘human book’ from a curated collection of topics and have one-on-one conversations to learn about the diversity of lived experiences.

There will be various titles to choose from during the following sessions:

11:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Event details


Mississauga Library’s Human Library


Sunday, November 25
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Erin Meadows Library
2800 Erin Centre Blvd
Mississauga, ON L5M 6R5




Drop-In Program, Ages 18+

More information

For more event information, visit the Human Library webpage or follow @mississaugalib on X (formerly Twitter). To learn more about the Human Library, visit their website.


By Announcement, Events, Ward 1

As part of the Queen Elizabeth Way improvement from east of Cawthra Road to West of Etobicoke Creek, the contractor will be replacing Ogden pedestrian bridge which will require the closure of North Service Road, South Service Road and QEW between Dixie Road and Cawthra Road.

  • Eastbound and Westbound traffic on the QEW will be diverted to the off ramps where the traffic will be detoured to the north through Queensway and to the south through Lakeshore Road.
  • North Service Road and South Service Road will be closed and detoured to the north through Queensway and to the south through Lakeshore Road. Local access will be maintained.
  • MiWay will be detouring their transit services.
  • The attached notice was distributed to residents and businesses in advance of the planned closure.

Nov 25, 2023 (10 PM – 9 AM) – QEW Closure for installation of the main bridge section (across QEW)

Dec 2, 2023 (10 PM – 6 AM) – SSR Closure for installation of the second bridge section (across SSR)

This work is planned to occur between 10 pm on Saturday November 25th and 9 am on Sunday November 26th. Additionally, on Nov 25, 2023, a smaller bridge section crossing NSR will be installed together with the main bridge section crossing QEW.

During the closure, Emergency Services (Fire, Police & Ambulance) will NOT be maintained.   

Variable Message Signs have been installed in advance of the closure and MTO has advertised the planned QEW closure.

North Service Road, South Service Road and QEW between Cawthra Road and Dixie Road – Temporary Road Closure

  • Starting Saturday, November 25th at 10 pm until Sunday November 26th at 9:00 am.

Mississauga receives Active Transportation funding for vital waterfront trail connections

By Announcement, Events, Parks, Ward 1

Today, it was announced that the City of Mississauga will receive $17 million for active transportation through the federal government’s Active Transportation Fund (ATF). This is a funding partnership between the Government of Canada ($17 million investment) and the City of Mississauga ($12 million investment) to expand and enhance trail connections along Mississauga’s eastern shoreline.

“I was so delighted to be part of today’s announcement for the funding of the vital waterfront trail connections…. a huge milestone for our Ward 1 residents and throughout the community”, says Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko.

“Today’s announcement turns a long-held vision of a vibrant, accessible waterfront into a reality. This shoreline trail will provide a year-round connection between Mississauga and Toronto, and an outdoor space that promotes active living,” said Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Lakeshore, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our government is committed to helping communities develop the infrastructure they need while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By investing in a trail network in the redeveloped and restored Lakeview community and Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, we are creating a healthier, sustainable environment for everyone to enjoy.”

Charles Sousa, Acting Mayor and Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, and Stephen Dasko, Councillor Ward 1 and member of the Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors, announced funding that will support two major projects – the Mississauga Waterfront/Trans Canada Trail ($17 million) and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area trail owned and operated by Credit Valley Conservation ($4 million).

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome this active transportation funding announcement and thank our federal partners for this investment,” said Acting Mayor and Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca. “Investing in active transportation is an investment in the health, well-being and future of Mississauga. By prioritizing walking and cycling infrastructure, we create safer streets, reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and promote a more connected, vibrant, and sustainable city. It’s an investment in our residents’ quality of life, our environment and the long-term economic vitality of our city.”

Mississauga’s Waterfront/Trans Canada Trail will provide key trail connections to destination parks within the Lakeview Village. It will also connect to Lakefront Promenade Park to the west and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area to the east. Highlights of the project include:

  • Development of more than 2.5 kilometres of paved, lit, cycling and pedestrian trails to close the gap in the Trans Canada Trail and Regional Waterfront Trail systems.
  • Bridge connection to allow safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Development of community recreation and tourism connections that include access to the Western Pier and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.
  • Rest stations with washroom facilities.
  • Bicycle parking areas along with bench and bike repair station facilities.

“Active transportation is about all forms of movement. So along with the transit services and smart traffic management systems we are implementing in Mississauga, we also need to ensure we are planning for and building robust cycling and pedestrian networks that are safe, comfortable, connected and convenient. Today’s announcement and funding investment helps enable us to do just that,” said Shari Lichterman, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.

This funding serves to aid Mississauga in increasing its active transportation infrastructure while supporting the City’s Climate Change Action PlanTransportationCycling and Pedestrian Master Plans, as well as Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy.

Learn more about Mississauga’s Waterfront Parks Strategytrailscycling infrastructure and the Lakeview Village development.

From left to right: Jodi Robillos, Commissioner Community Services, Mississauga, Chris Fonseca, Acting Mayor and Councillor Ward 3, Mississauga, Quentin Hanchard, Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation, Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Lakeshore, Lee Tovey, Stephen Dasko, Councillor Ward 1 and Member of Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors
Mississauga’s Waterfront (current)
Mississauga’s Waterfront (planned trail upgrades)

See you at the MACsquerade Glam Ball

By Events

Watch Councillor Dasko’s message – MACsquerade Glam Ball

MAC needs you to join the movement to make this a more appealing and creative city. The semiformal dinner and dance is hosted at Le Treport on Thursday November 30, 6 pm for the red carpet.

Dance to award winning Alessia Cohle band, network with political, business and arts leaders at the opening champagne reception. Enjoy jazz stylist Dionne Grant, as Shirley Wu makeup artists add dazzle to glam looks. Help celebrate local Arts Hero, Sybil Rampen, founder of Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, this year’s recipient of the Arts for Mental Health Award.

For tickets and to learn more click here.

P.S. Your ticket is your exclusive access to our rejuvenated and enriched live and silent auctions where you can bid on more than 50 items, including a 5 star stay in Italy, up in the air adventures, dinners and more dinners, including one with the Mayor, deluxe village packages for Port Credit, Streetsville and Clarkson. Here’s the latest link to auction items we are adding to each day.

We hope to see you there. Please contact us today to reserve your table for 10 at The Ball!