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Karim Machado-Aman is a Mississauga-based visual artist specializing in figurative and portrait paintings. He features his friends and family in his work, showcasing a community that he has grown up in, and showing appreciation for people he doesn’t see portrayed in the glorious sense that he wishes were the case. He guides the ideas of what he thinks his muses really are to him versus how they portray themselves to the world outside of his bond with them. His heritage of half-Portuguese and half-Afghan circulates in his work, often referencing the impact it had on his father growing up in Afghanistan, which is part of a series of 9 paintings he is working on funded and supported by the Ontario Arts Council, through the emerging Visual Artists Creation Projects grant.
Click here to learn more about him.

You can follow Karim's artistic process and journey through his series of 9 paintings on his Instagram page located here.
Happy Monday,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend! It's April so that means NEW creative events you can add to your calendar and enjoy this month! Here are some highlights taking place this week: Get the latest happening this month by scrolling down below!
  Sherri Murray   
  Communications Manager, MAC
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Tickets for the 28th Mississauga Arts Awards (MARTYS) are on sale NOW! 🎟

Join us for the most comprehensive arts awards show in Canada - the MARTYS! Each year, MAC recognizes honourees whose creative excellence helps transform Mississauga’s arts sector. Enjoy a red carpet reception, live entertainment from past winners, a four-course dinner, and more on May 11th, 2023 at Mississauga Convention Centre. Learn more and get your tickets here.

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🎭 Theatre

  • SAWITRI Theatre Group's Shorts Theatre Festival | April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 and May 6, 7, 13, 14
    📍Maja Practice Theatre 
    Get your tickets to the return of SAWITRI Theatre Group's Shorts Theatre Festival! Taking place on multiple dates in April and May at the Maja Prentice Theatre. This is an expanded festival this year to celebrate linguistic diversity and talent in Mississauga through short theatre plays ranging from 10-45 minutes in duration. 
    Click here to learn more and get your tickets.

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang presented by Theatre Unlimited Performing Arts | April 21-30 
    📍Meadowvale Theatre
    “The most phantasmagorical stage musical in the history of everything”, is coming to Meadowvale Theatre! Get your tickets to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang presented by Theatre Unlimited Performing Arts as part of the Encore Series running from April 21-30! The last show of five classic Broadway hits as a part of this stellar series! Encore is the most successful community theatre series in Canada, presenting fully mounted musicals with local actors, singers and dancers performing with an orchestra.
    Click here to learn more and get your tickets.

🎶 Music

  • Irish Shebeen All Ages Open Mic Hosted by Matt Zaddy | April 6
    📍Irish Shebeen 
    Enjoy live local music at the Irish Shebeen All Ages Open Mic hosted by Matt Zaddy! Taking place on April 6, 8 PM, come out for this community get-together of live music. Looking to perform? Email for more details. 
    Click here to learn more.

  • Big Band Open Mic presented by Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble | April 15
    📍Cooksville United Church
    Join Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble for their Big Band Open Mic night taking place April 15, 7 PM at Cooksville United Church. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Contact Rob at (905) 270-4757 for more information and to purchase tickets. 
    Click here to learn more.
  • Junia-T with RUNXGUN at the Living Arts Centre | April 22
    📍Living Arts Centre
    Get your tickets to a special night with Junia-T the Studio Monk. Junia-T is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ. 'Sauga native Junia-T has become a world-renowned producer for his Polaris Short-listed album ‘Studio Monk’. The night will be accompanied by Mississauga’s own RUNXGUN. J.O. Mairs from RUNXGUN. Taking place on April 22, 8 PM at the Living Arts Centre.
    Click here to learn more and get tickets.
  • Grand Veena Concert presented by Radhika Baskar | April 22
    📍Sampradaya Dance Theatre
    Get your tickets to a Grand Veena Concert presented by Radhika Baskar! Taking place April 22, 5 PM - 7 PM, this concert will be an evening of peaceful, calm, and relaxing Indian classical instrumental music with Veena, Tabla, and Mridangam. Featuring Radhika Baskar, Kiran Morarji, and Sriram Suryanarayanan. 
    Click here to learn more and get tickets.
  • Handel and Bach presented by Mississauga Chamber Singers | April 29
    📍Christ First United Church
    Join Mississauga Chamber Singers for their performance of Handel’s ‘Entrance of the Queen of Sheba’ and ‘Chandos Anthem #9’ and Bach’s seldom performed ‘Missa in g minor’. Mississauga Chamber Singers provide the opportunity for listeners to experience the differences between two iconic composers of classical music – JS Bach and GF Handel. Taking place on April 29, 7:30 PM at Christ First United Church. 
    Click here to learn more and get tickets.
  • In Concert with the Ambiance Singers | May 13
    📍RBC Theatre - Living Arts Centre
    The Ambiance Singers directed by Danny McErlain, invite you to a Mother's Day weekend concert in memory of Bobb Todd, a long-time talented member and friend of The Ambiance Singers. This concert will feature a variety of musical styles from show tunes, jazz, pop and gospel. Taking place May 13, 8 PM at the RBC Theatre in the Living Arts Centre.
    Click here to learn more and get tickets.

 🖼 Exhibitions, Art Shows and Sales

  • In Black & White - Sherry Prenevost Solo Exhibition presented by Areej Artists Centre | April 15-30, Opening reception April 15
    📍Areej Artists Centre
    Mark your calendars for In Black & White - Sherry Prenevost Solo Exhibition presented by Areej Artists Centre, taking place April 15-30. Opening reception April 15, 6-9 PM. This photography exhibition features Sherry Prenevost's works that are riveting, capturing human experiences in places some of us only hear about but may not have had the opportunity to see. 
    Click here to learn more.

  • Why do you create? presented by Visual Arts Mississauga | January 9-June 30
    Visual Arts Mississauga's Why do you create? Juried Exhibition gave artists an opportunity to consider how they create and what brings meaning to their art-making practice. View this new exhibition featuring over 50 selected works online January 9 - June 30.
    Click here to learn more.
  • The Ones We Met: Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition | January 19-April 16
    📍Bradley Museum
    Experience The Ones We Met: Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition, developed by the Canadian Museum of History, in collaboration with the Inuit Heritage Trust, is an exhibition exploring the historic Franklin Expedition through the lens of Inuit traditional knowledge. On now till April 16 at Bradley Museum. 
    Click here to learn more.
  • The Further Apart It Seems presented by Art Gallery of Mississauga and Contemporary Calgary, the University of Waterloo Art Gallery | February 7-April 9
    📍Art Gallery of Mississauga 
    In The Further Apart Things Seems presented by Art Gallery of Mississauga and Contemporary Calgary, the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, artists follow distinct paths that invent strategies of resistance, often pushing against logic to explore areas of connection between things that might initially appear unrelated or in opposition. The exhibition runs from February 7 - April 9. 
    Click here to learn more.
  • Lila Lewis Irving: A Retrospective presented by Donna Child Fine Art Gallery | March 1-April 8
    Don't miss Lila Lewis Irving: A Retrospective on now at the Donna Child Fine Art Gallery till April 8! 
    Click here to learn more.
  • Flourish VAM Member Show presented by Visual Arts Mississauga | March 20 - April 9 
    📍VAM Gallery
    Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) invited artist members to share artwork exploring the idea of growth. These could be representational, or an abstraction of feelings, memories and stories. Join them in the VAM Gallery from March 20-April 9 to experience the different aspects of growth.
    Click here to learn more.
  • Jorian Charlton: Between Us presented by Art Gallery of Mississauga | April 25 - June 25, Opening reception April 27
    📍Art Gallery of Mississauga 
    Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) invites you to Jorian Charlton: Between Us available for viewing in the AGM gallery April 25 - June 25. Straddling the worlds of fashion photography and intimate portraiture, Jorian Charlton’s work emphasizes the beauty and style of her subjects while exploring contemporary modes of Black representation. This expansive solo exhibition by the Mississauga-based artist is grounded in interpersonal connections, reflecting varied expressions of cultural and individual identity. Join them for the opening reception on April 27, 6 PM. 
    Click here to get tickets to the opening reception and learn more.
  • Fine Arts Show 2023 presented by Arts on the Credit  | April 28, 29 & 30
    📍Waterside Inn
    Arts on the Credit's annual fine art show is excited to return to the Waterside Inn for another season to showcase fabulous art from local artists throughout the GTA. Join them on April 28, 29 and 30 from 11 AM - 5 PM at the Waterside Inn for their highlight anticipated show. Entry fee is $5. More details to come!
    Click here to learn more.
  • Spring Handmade Market presented by Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre | April 29
    📍Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre
    You are invited to the Spring Handmade Market presented by Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre taking place April 29, 10 AM - 4 PM a Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre! Get your mothers day shopping with gifts made by local artisans!
    Click here to learn more.

📚 Literary 

  • Mississauga's 4th Annual Poetry Slam | April 19
    📍Living Arts Centre
    Come out and show your support for the talented performs at Mississauga's 4th Annual Poetry Slam taking place on April 19, 6 PM at the Living Arts Centre. At Mississauga’s 4th Annual Poetry Slam, poets and spoken word artists will compete in front of a panel of judges and a live audience, for a chance to place in the top three to win prizes. Tickets are free!
    Click here to learn more and get tickets.

  • Creative Writing Workshop with Kim Cayer | April 13
    Join Community Wellness Program for a creative writing workshop. In this workshop, author and entertainer Kim Cayer is going to be teaching creative writing styles in a fun and engaging way. Taking place online, April 13, 1 PM - 3 PM. 
    Click here to learn more. 
  • Mississauga Library - Author Talks | Various dates and times, next event April 19 
    Mississauga Library’s Author Talk series features a wide range of talented writers. Hear authors read from their books, ask questions, learn about the writing process, and find out more about their craft of telling captivating stories. Don't miss their next event on April 19, 7 PM with Madhur Anand!
    Click here to learn more and view the authors featured.
  • Ramadan Community Storytelling Initiative presented by @studentasim founder of | Ongoing till April 21
    "Not even water?" is the most famous question on the planet about Ramadan. But Ramadan is so much more than not eating and drinking. presented by @studentasim is looking for memorable stories you might have of Ramadan to foster a greater understanding. is a space that widens the narrative of Muslim communities through digital storytelling. They have 300 stories already submitted by the public in a collective pursuit to create better understanding, and counter Islamophobia. Big or small, share your story! Your stories will help decipher Ramadan and foster new understanding. You might even change the most famous question about it!
    Share your story here.
  • Mississauga Writers Group: Quarterly 2023 Write On E-Zine! | Winter 2023
    Mississauga Writers Group has launched their Winter 2023 Write On E-Zine! Published seasonally, check out this collection of prose and poetry written by talented local authors. 
    Read it here.

🎬 Film 

  • National Canadian Film Day: Richie Mehta Double Bill presented by Oakville Festivals of Film and Art (OFFA) | April 19
    Join Oakville Festivals of Film and Art for a FREE Richie Mehta double bill with a live Zoom Q&A with director Richie Mehta on National Canadian Film Day on April 19, 6 PM! They will be screening Siddharth as well as I'll Follow You Down!
    Click here to learn more and get tickets.

🎨 Creative Activities

  • Art Night Out featuring Amphitheatre All-Star Performers presented by Visual Arts Mississauga  | April 21, May 5 and June 2
    Sign up for an Art Night Out event from Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM)! This is a fun and social way to end your work week. Each event offers the opportunity to meet new people, make art and enjoy learning from a different instructor. After the workshop, enjoy music from an Amphitheatre All-Star Performer! Taking place April 21 (Needle Felt Bee Planter Decor with Catherine Gava as the musical guest), May 5 (Ceramic Birdhouse with Nissar Kumar as the musical guest) and June 2 (Ceramic Textured Serving Bowl, musical guest to be confirmed). 
    Click here to learn more and register.

  • Senior's Wellness Series - Wellness with Visual Arts presented by V Serve Canada | April 22-July 22
    Get into creative arts this spring! Join V Serve Canada and renowned artist, author and educator Meena Chopra for segment 2 of Seniors Wellness Series, 'Wellness by Visual Arts', taking place April 22-July 22 (various dates and times), online. Explore your creative side with 12 online workshops designed to nourish your mind and body!
    Click here to learn more and register.
  • Spring Registration - Visual Arts Mississauga | Multiple dates and times
    📍Various Locations
    Visual Arts Mississauga is excited to offer new and returning courses for adults, teens and kids this season! Choose from watercolours, acrylics, drawing, ceramics, mixed media and more. Experiment with a new medium or dive deeper into your favourite!
    Click here to learn more and view the full list of programming.

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