Living Arts Centre

ARTward Bound 

The Living Arts Centre’s ARTward Bound Community Outreach Program will be on the road again this summer bringing FREE visual and performing arts to communities across Mississauga!

July & August Events
Join our friendly Outreach Team and create one-of-a-kind artworks while experimenting with paint, sculpture and mixed media. Learn some new moves in our upbeat Hip-Hop workshops (select venues only) and enjoy an interactive live performance!
This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 12 and participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pre-registration required; drop-in for part of the program or stay for the full day!


10:30am  3:00pm:

             Daily Schedule (Subject to change)
             10:30am – 2:00pm – On-going Visual Arts activities
             11:30am – 12:15pm – Hip Hop Workshop (at select venues indicated by *)
             2:00pm  3:00pm – Live Performance

July 14: Churchill Meadows Library, 3801 Thomas St, Mississauga ON L5M 7G2 (*)
July 18 & 19: Malton Library, 3540 Morning Star Dr, Mississauga ON L4T 1Y2
July 24: Forest Ridge Community Housing, 3420 The Collegeway, Mississauga, ON L5L 5T2 (*)
July 26 & 27: River Grove Community Centre, 5800 Rivergrove Ave, Mississauga ON L5M 4R8 (*)
July 30 & 31: Cooksville United Church, 2500 Mimosa Row, Mississauga ON L5B 1P7 (*)
August 1 & 2: Britannia Glen Co-op, 5995 Glen Erin Dr. Mississauga, ON, L5M 5P7 (*)
August 9: Sheridan Centre, 2225 Erin Mills Pky, Mississauga ON L5K 1T9 (no lunch)
August 14: Port Credit Library, 20 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga ON L5G 1C8

1:00pm  4:00pm:

             Daily Schedule (Subject to change)
             1:00pm – 3:00pm – On-going Visual Arts activities
             3:00pm – 4:00pm – Live Performance

August 16 & 17: Courtney Park Library, 730 Courtneypark Dr W, Mississauga ON L5W 1L9

A free lunch prepared by Eden Food for Change will be provided at select venues.

Summer Activities in the Park

The Living Arts Centre in partnership with Bridgeway Family Centre and EarlyON Child & Family Centre is bringing Visual Arts & Live performances to Jack Darling Memorial Park! Join us rain or shine on the following Wednesdays:

July 4: Visual Arts (10:00am - 12:00pm)
July 11: Soli & Rob Sing Along Concert (10:30am - 11:15am)
July 25: Scott Dietrich Magic Show (10:30am - 11:15am)
August 8: Visual Arts (10:00am - 12:00pm)
August 15: Puppet Show with Applefun Puppetry (10:30am - 11:15am)
August 22: Drumming with Njacko Backo (10:30am - 11:15am)

Location: Jack Darling Memorial Park, Picnic Spot A, 1180 Lakeshore Rd W

Artist Profiles

Dufflebag Theatre Company

The “Nearly World-Famous” DuffleBag has been performing since 1992 starting at the London International Children’s Festival, in London, Ontario, Canada. Now based in Toronto, DuffleBag performs over 600 shows a year, across Canada, the U.S., and internationally.

Alex Pollard - City Centre Dance

Alex is a professional dancer and choreographer with years of experience in Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz-Funk, and Modern dance styles. He is the Artistic Director and Owner of City Centre Dance, Mississauga’s newest drop-in dance studio. Alex has been nominated for various awards such as the Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award, The Glenn Gould Prize, and was a top-three finalist for the 2017 MARTYS Life Time Achievement Award through the Mississauga Arts Council. Alex is also a passionate teacher and enjoys sharing his love for dance with students of all levels and abilities. He is an ongoing guest teacher for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, a dance instructor for the Town of Oakville, and a dance teacher at StageCoach Performing Arts Schools.

Join Alex Pollard and his crew from City Centre Dance for a 45 minute Hip Hop workshop!

Magic Wij

Wij the Magician has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years. Wij combines clever magic with carefully scripted patter that leaves audiences young and old both amazed and howling with laughter. His unique magic and comedy have made him an award winning performer. Wij was featured on Discovery Channel & City TV and is recognized as GTA's Funniest Magician for Kids. Wij’s Fun Family Magic Show is 40 mins in length and is geared for the whole family; for kids and adults. Most of the magic will be slanted to delight the little ones but the adults will have just as much fun with this show. There is definitely magic for the moms and dads, they will be just as amazed as the kids and will be scratching their heads wondering how he did that.

Scott Dietrich

Scott Dietrich is widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier children’s magicians, and has been voted the Greater Toronto Area’s “Best Children’s Entertainer” by the readers of City Parent Magazine for 6 consecutive years. Scott was born into a family magic troupe and has performed magic since he was a toddler. Kids are the stars of all Scott's shows, and wonder and laughter are guaranteed, so come on out!

Mike Harding: Applefun Puppetry

Mike Harding of Applefun Puppetry has been performing for nearly 20 years. He has conducted thousands of shows at libraries, schools, and birthday parties. Mike studied Improvisational Comedy at Second City which adds a unique and spontaneous flavour to his shows. Applefun Puppetry Puppet Shows are characteristically interactive with a high degree of audience participation. Join Applefun Puppetry for 45-minutes of puppet show fun!

Soli & Rob

Touted by Toronto Life magazine as “One of Toronto’s biggest names in Pint-sized entertainment” and past winner of the Parent’s Choice Award for children’s entertainers (City Parent Magazine), Soli & Rob have a knack for putting on that rare show that leaves adults and kids smiling for the same reason – it’s great entertainment. Come and sing along with children's entertainers Soli & Rob. This song-singin', guitar-strummin' duo lead the audience through a mix of original and traditional songs in a fully interactive concert that is fun for 2 - 6 year olds and their families.

Njacko Backo

Njacko Backo creates joyful African-influenced “world music” that instantly evokes images of sun-drenched music festivals, ecstatically-dancing crowds and the spirit of peace, love and social harmony found within. His infectiously joyful music and open-hearted performances leave audience-members of all backgrounds dancing in a spirit of togetherness. From his early days as a marginalized youth in the village of Bazou, Njacko has risen above circumstance to become a living testament to the transformative power of music; an award-winning musician, a beloved music educator; an evangelist for the idea that wealth is to be found in community, not in worldly possessions; and a generous philanthropist who is currently rebuilding a school in the very same town that once treated him as an outcast.

Visual Arts Projects

Explore the wonders of the visual arts with the Centre’s Outreach team. Participants will create one-of-a-kind artworks in painting, sculpture, mixed media and more. Projects will encourage creativity while working with a variety of techniques and materials. Due to popular demand, we will have more variety of arts activities this year!

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