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“Mississauga” by emerging rapper, Mikey Bloom wins the 50th Anniversary Anthem Contest!

By Announcement, Music, Stephen’s Initiatives

Watch 50Th Anniversary Anthem Press Conference Highlights

Mississauga Arts Council (MAC), Metalworks Studios, and SoundsUnite are pleased to announce the 50th Anthem Anniversary Contest winner, an emerging rapper who grew up in Mississauga, Mikey Bloom with his anthem “Mississauga”.

“I am truly honoured and thankful for this opportunity to be a part of Mississauga’s history,” says Mikey Bloom, 50th Anthem Anniversary Contest Winner. “This song is our collective celebration and is shared by us all. To those hearing my music for the first time, this is the greatest introduction I could ask for and I’m glad we could meet this way. Mississauga made me and now I made “Mississauga”.

“Some time ago, I had a vision to do something exceptional and special to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the City of Mississauga, this is where the 50th Anniversary Anthem Contest idea came to life,” says Ward 1 Councillor, Stephen Dasko, “My initiative was received with open arms by Metalworks Studios, SoundsUnite, Mississauga Arts Council, and the creative industries at the City of Mississauga, who collectively came together to host this song contest. I am very excited with the song selected and my heartfelt congratulations to the artist Mickey Bloom who will now be a part of Mississauga’s history.”

“As we mark five decades of growth and unity in Mississauga, our 50th Anniversary Anthem stands as a testament to the city’s evolution,” notes Gil Moore, Founder and CEO of Metalworks Studios, “By weaving the unique narratives of each neighbourhood into a dynamic composition, Mikey Bloom’s song is a timeless reflection of our shared history. This anthem is a musical celebration and a statement of Mississauga’s boundless potential.”

Jurors Murray Daigle, Music Producer, Songwriter, and Mixer; Demetrius Nath, Owner of antiskeptic entertainment and Mississauga Music, and Liberty Silver, Juno-award winning singer, were collectively impressed with Mikey’s demo, stating that it had clever songwriting, a great hook and that they can see audiences singing along to it.

“Mikey Bloom has connected many Mississauga neighbourhoods and even the spelling into a story song that represents our city’s new era at 50 years young,” says Mike Douglas, Executive Director MAC,” Congratulations Mikey if this is just the beginning of your introduction to Mississauga, we can’t wait to see where your career goes from here!”

“Mississauga” by Mikey Bloom is available on all streaming platforms as of January 20, 2024.

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About Mikey Bloom

Mikey Bloom is an emerging musician who grew up in Mississauga. He creates a diverse range of music, including pop, dancehall, R&B and hip-hop, with his main focus being a rapper. Mikey is also a producer and songwriter, crafting all of his music and writing for others. He was inspired to write music after it helped him through difficult times in his life and he aims to create music that can help others in the same way it has helped him. Learn more: instagram.com/mikeybloom

About 50th Anthem Anniversary Contest

In 1974, the year of the City of Mississauga’s incorporation, the great Country singer/songwriter Tommy Hunter wrote and recorded “Mississauga”, a song to celebrate and uplift the newly formed city. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the City of Mississauga, the 50th Anniversary Anthem contest searched for an iconic anthem for a new era to celebrate community pride. Inspired by a vision by Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, it was hosted by Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) in partnership with Metalworks Studios and SoundsUnite. Juried by a panel of music business peers, winner, Mikey Bloom, received a free recording and mixing session at the prestigious Metalworks Studios and had his anthem named “Mississauga’s 50th Anniversary Anthem”. Learn more: macarts.ca/anthem

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Port Credit Memorial Park Skating Trail Opening Friday January 19th

By Announcement, Events, Parks, Stephen’s Initiatives, Ward 1

Councillor Stephen Dasko is pleased to announce the opening of an initiative that is near and dear to his heart.

Port Credit Memorial Park Skating Trail
will open starting
Friday January 19th at 4:30 pm

Enjoy a special, inaugural skate and hot chocolate with Councillor Stephen Dasko!  Check out and test the new skating trail prior to the Official Grand Opening.

Mark your calendar

Official Grand Opening Event
will take place on
Saturday February 17th 4:30 to 7 pm 

This FREE event will feature Figure Skating Club performances, ribbon cutting, Fire & Ice demonstrations, ice sculptures, interactive children’s activities, a DJ playing favourite tunes, food vendors, skate rentals, contests and much more!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Motion to Request Review of EMZO for 1082 Lakeshore Road East – Lakeview Village

By Announcement, Planning & Development, Stephen’s Initiatives

On October 25, 2023, at the City of Mississauga Council meeting, I put forward a Motion that was passed to direct the Acting Mayor and Staff to formally request the Minister of Municipal Affairs to review the MZO (EMZO) Enhanced Ministerial Zoning Order for 1082 Lakeshore Road East, known as Lakeview Village.

The City and I have been working collaboratively with the Lakeview Partners and all stakeholders over the last five (5) years to bring this Master Plan community to life.

My motion, which was passed, is to have the Minister of Municipal Affairs review the EMZO as it was against the Community’s, Council and City’s wishes as we do not believe the decision was justified.

Below is my Motion and my letter to the Minister.  The Acting Mayor’s letter to the Minister is also attached for further information.

Ward 1 Community Excellence Awards – Thursday October 26th – Photos 2023

By Events, Stephen’s Initiatives, Ward 1

The Ward 1 Community Excellence Awards were a huge success and a wonderful celebration of just some of the amazing people and businesses we have in our Ward.

We celebrated at the Mississauga Senior’s Centre on Thursday October 26th and had a great turnout of nominees along with many of their family and friends.

Here are a few pictures from the evening:

 

Best Pizza – Pizza e Dolci

Best New Business – Carlo’s Bakery

Entrepreneur of the Year – Brad Baumgarten

Best Real Estate Agent – Jim Chu

Excellence in Customer Service – Zest for Living

Best Patio – The Crooked Cue

Best Restaurant – Ice N Spice

Artist of the Year, Music – Heather Christine

Artist of the Year, Dance – Colleen Snell – Frog in Hand

Artist of the Year, Visual Art – Stephen Uhraney

Environmental Stewardship – Jeanne McRight

Volunteer of the Year – Jeff McPhee

Lifetime Acheivement Award – Ron Duquette

All the 2023 Winners!

Congratulations again to all the nominees and our winners from 2023.  We are already looking forward to next year!

Resolution – Regional Council – October 26, 2023

By Issues, Planning & Development, Stephen’s Initiatives

Agenda Number: 8.1

Date: October 26, 2023

Moved by:  Councillor Dasko

That the Regional Chair and local municipal Mayors write a letter, on behalf of Regional Council and local municipal Councils, to the provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the provincial Minister of Infrastructure and the federal Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, to request a meeting in person, to present the required Infrastructure Plan to Support Bill 23 Housing Targets.

4th Annual Ward 1 Excellence Awards – Winners 2023

By Announcement, Stephen’s Initiatives, Ward 1

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who was able to participate in the 4th Annual Ward 1 Community Excellence Awards.

I also want to extend my appreciation to those who dedicated their time to nominate individuals and to those who graciously accepted the nominations.

This year, we were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of nominations, with almost 200 submissions!

This truly reflects the exceptional qualities of our residents and businesses in Ward 1.

 

Here are all the 2023 winners:

New Business Award
The recipient of this award has been in business for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years. This award recognizes outstanding achievement as a new business in some or all of the following: Research & Development, Company Growth, Products & Services, Market Development, Sales & Marketing, Community Service.

Winner: Carlo’s Bakery

Entrepreneur of the Year Award
This award recognizes the endeavors of an exceptional individual or company who creates the products and services that keep our local economies moving forward.

Winner: Brad Baumgarten

Best Real Estate Agent
This award recognizes a real estate professional who goes above and beyond for their clients and makes important contributions to the community.

Winner: Jim Chu

Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award recognizes a business for their outstanding dedication, loyalty and achievement to exceptional service standards in our community that consistently exceed customer or guest expectations.

Winner: Zest For Living

Automotive Services Excellence Award
This award honours an Automotive Services establishment with outstanding service, provided to Ward 1 residents with consistent high standards and integrity.

Winner: Xtreme Tire

Best Patio Dining Experience Award
The best patio dining experience award is presented to a restaurant that has created a patio that provides the most enjoyable overall guest experience, setting high standards for food quality, while providing guests with excellent customer service that enhances the dining experience.
This local favourite provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy a delicious meal and a great atmosphere.

Winner: The Crooked Cue

Best Pizza Shop Award
Recognizing a local pizza shop – takeout or delivery that provides the best tasting pizza and customer experience.

Winner: Pizza e Dolci

Best Coffee Shop Award
This award recognizes a coffee shop in Ward 1 that has a loyal following that provides great quality coffee, tea and snacks. It also creates a clean memorable atmosphere that keeps customers coming back for more.

Winner: Back Road Coffee Roasters

Restaurant of the Year Award
This award is presented to a restaurant that provides the most enjoyable overall guest experience, setting high standards for food quality, offers a well-priced meal, while providing guests with excellent customer service that enhances the dining experience. This local favourite may also provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy a delicious meal in a great atmosphere.

Winner: Ice N Spice

Artist of The Year Award – Music Performance
The Ward 1 Artist of the Year – Music Performance award recognizes the musician or musical group that has consistently delivered exceptional live performances, captivating audiences with their talent, stage presence, and artistic expression throughout the year.

Winner: Heather Christine

Artist of The Year Award – Dance Performance
The Ward 1 Artist of the Year – Dance Performance award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a dancer or dance troupe who have demonstrated exceptional artistry, creativity, and skill in their dance performances throughout the year.
Winner: Colleen Snell – Frog in Hand
Artist of The Year Award – Visual Artist
The Ward 1 Artist of the Year – Visual Artist award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions within the field of visual arts over the past year. This category celebrates artists whose exceptional creativity, skill, and innovation have made an impact on the art scene locally and inspired audiences through their visual creations.
Winner: Stephen Uhraney
Environmental Stewardship Award
Whether helping to protect our climate, reduce waste, support local food or enhance our natural spaces, this individual is recognized as an environmental leader who has made significant contributions to improving our environment.
Winner: Jeanne McRight
Volunteer of the Year Award
Our city is built by those who give their time and expertise selflessly and expect nothing in return. This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in volunteering to make Ward 1 a better place to live, work, and play.
Winner: Jeff McPhee
Lifetime Achievement Award
Ward 1 would like to honour with great respect and admiration, an Individual for their lifetime of support, promotion and vision for our community.
Winner: Ron Duquette

ANNOUNCING Mississauga 50th Anthem Competition – Deadline Extended until November 13th!

By Announcement, Events, Music, Stephen’s Initiatives

Leave your mark on Mississauga’s music history!

Mississauga songwriters, submit an original anthem about Mississauga to Mississauga Arts Council and SoundsUnite in honour of the City’s 50th anniversary for your chance to win a recording and mixing session from Metalworks Studios and have your song named “Mississauga’s 50th Anthem”! 

“On the upcoming 50th anniversary of the City of Mississauga, I had a vision to create an anthem for Mississauga,” Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko says. “My initiative was received with open arms by Metalworks Studios, Mississauga Arts Council and the creative industries at the City of Mississauga, who collaboratively came together to host this song contest for the most unique and fitting song to help celebrate the City of Mississauga’s milestone.”

“Mississauga’s 50th anniversary is a milestone that should be celebrated and what better way than recording a new city anthem,” mentions Gil Moore, Founder and CEO of Metalworks Studios, “Metalworks and SoundsUnite are excited and proud to record the winner and share the joy of music with our community.”

“A winning local singer-songwriter can make themselves a part of our history. Write the anthem heard across the city in 2024, and be part of every celebration of our City’s 50th Anniversary. The legendary Tommy Hunter wrote the first one, now who will write the next one?” asks Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 13 at 11 AM.

Get More Details and Apply