[November 7th, 2:45 PM to 5:00 PM]
Tour 1: Celebrating the Strip Mall I: A Taste of Mississauga
Location: Various Location
Mississauga’s hidden gems are often found in the most banal of places – the strip mall. Tucked away in these ubiquitous spaces are some of the most amazing examples of food from around the world. Through this experience we will showcase a small sample of the incredible diversity in this city.
Tour 2: Celebrating the Strip Mall II: Metalworks
Location: Metalworks, 3611 Mavis Rd
In a nondescript plaza sits one of North America's best recording studios. Metalworks has recorded some of the world's biggest superstars including David Bowie, Feist, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and The Arkells. It is also an educational facility that develops new talent. Metalworks has been recognized as Canada's Studio of the Year‚ for an unprecedented 17 times at the prestigious CMW Canadian Music Industry Awards. It is little wonder that Gold & Platinum record awards line the corridors at Metalworks. This tour will give you an insider’s view of this legendary studio.
Tour 3: Hidden Gems: The Art and Architecture of University Toronto Mississauga
Location: UTM Campus
The University Toronto Mississauga campus is a hidden gem in the city. Tucked away from main streets, the campus is home to The Blackwood Gallery, a contemporary art centre that is dedicated to open, public research and incredible architecture including University of Toronto Mississauga Terrene Donnelly Health Sciences Complex designed by Kongats Architects which won the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. This tour will provide insights into integrating contemporary art and architecture in unexpected places.
Tour 4: Museums of Mississauga
Location: Bradley Museum & Benares Museum
More than just heritage homes, the Museums of Mississauga are places where residents and visitors can share their own stories, learn from others stories and understand local history in a current context. This tour will explore a mix of traditional museum practices and contemporary methods for exploring our shared history.
Tour 5: Five & Dime: A Neighbourhood in Transition
Cooksville is a neighbourhood always in transition. Located at the intersection of highways 5 and 10, Cooksville is one of the cities original villages and was one of Canada's original wine regions. It is now home to a diverse population and is one of the city’s most urban neighbourhoods.
Tour 6: Riverwood – Art and Environment
The Credit River runs through the middle of the city and, through its conservation status, is able provide a green and vibrant valley that connects the city. Riverwood Conservation Area brings together art, the environment and thousands of years of human history. Located in Riverwood Conservation is Visual Arts Mississauga. VAM is a premier visual arts centre and gallery. The facility, owned by the City of Mississauga and built exclusively for VAM, is surrounded Riverwood, 150 acres of urban wilderness. Designed by architect Brian Brownlie and opened in 2003, the one-story Art Centre features Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture. This tour will showcase the local public art, the arts facility, and grounds, along with a First Nations storyteller.
[November 8th, 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM]
Tour 1: Celebration Square: Creating A Third Space
Location: Mississauga Celebration Square
Celebration Square has been a success by all standards with more than 700,000 visitors a year and over 140 events annually. Residents and visitors have really made this site their home away from home for weekly events such as movie and fitness nights, as well as for major events such as Canada Day that draws in from 50,000 - 100,000 every year and New Years that has a crowd of 30,000. Led by the staff that have built this success, this tour will give you an insider’s look at the ins and outs of developing successful outdoor event spaces.
Tour 2: Art Everywhere
Location: Downtown Mississauga
Downtown Mississauga is still developing growing from a sleepy rural landscape to a centre with towering buildings, a high end mall and a variety of cultural and event spaces in only 40 years. Public Art - both permanent and temporary - is a major part of the transformation of this urban hub into a livable and vibrant core. This tour will take you on a journey through the early work in the city's collection, up to our most recently installed works, including several temporary art projects that are currently installed.
Tour 3: Iconic Architecture of Mississauga
Location: Downtown Mississauga
Iconic Architecture creates a sense of place and can help define a city. Downtown Mississauga has three iconic buildings - The Marilyn Buildings (formally the Absolute Towers), the award winning Civic Centre and Square One Mall. Each of these buildings has created an impact on the lived experience and the reputation of Mississauga. This tour will give you special access to these three iconic buildings and a discussion of their place in context to the city.
Tour 4: Creative to the Core
Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga, Living Arts Centre, Sheridan College
Mississauga's downtown core is chock full of creative spaces full of creative people. The Living Arts Centre is dynamic and accessible gathering place for creativity, the Centre welcomes more than 400,000 visitors annually, has a thriving arts residency program, seven professional craft studios and a professional art gallery. The Art Gallery of Mississauga is the city's premiere public art gallery and is envisioned to energize the cultural producers of Mississauga and beyond. And, last but not least, is the newest addition to downtown's cultural landscape, the third of Sheridan College's Creative Campus Galleries, which are a critical component of Sheridan’s Institute for Creativity that mobilizes creative engagement and brings together people, disciplines and departments to make creativity a cornerstone of Sheridan’s institutional identity and its pedagogical approach. This tour will introduce you to each of these unique creative spaces