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Virtual and in-person events at this year’s Bollywood Monster Mashup Festival

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Business owner and community advocate

City: Ottawa

Country of origin: Pakistan

 Sadaf Ebrahim is a proud Pakistani Canadian and currently serving the community as president of the Canada-Pakistan Association (National Capital Region). Her elevating to the present status speaks volumes of her diligent efforts and commitment to the community. Initially, after immigrating, she did odd jobs and struggled with her husband for an honourable living, but now she is a successful business owner. She has been a strong supporter for local and small businesses and has promoted hundreds of small businesses in Ontario over past few years.

To help protect the environment from the disastrous effects of plastic, Ebrahim has started a movement by the name of Green Help not only to address climate change but also to empower newly immigrant women by providing them part-time jobs for making cloth shopping bags.

 During the difficult times of the pandemic, Ebrahim supported and promoted local small businesses through social media and her televised shows. She also made possible to deliver groceries to senior/elderly individuals in her community during the early days of the pandemic.

Ebrahim strives to utilize every available platform to raise awareness about various community issues and to organize fundraising campaigns via Canadian People’s Channel TV. She has raised mental health awareness in an annual Mother’s Day campaign for the last three years. She has also successfully raised funds organizations, such as Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Cure Women & Children in Bangladesh and CHEO Foundation.

As an active member of the community, Ebrahim attends as many events and functions as possible to remain close to the community. In recognition to her efforts, Ebrahim was the first Pakistani to receive the Order of Ottawa (2021). She has also been honoured with the following awards and recognitions:

  • Ambassador of PAGE (Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education)
  • Ambassador in Ontario for Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital
  • Appreciation Awards for raising funds for Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
  • Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by City of Ottawa in 2017
  • Canada 150 Award in 2017
  • CBET Appreciation Award by Canada-Bangladesh Education Trust in 2019

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Mississauga fireworks display, Canada Day


Published July 1, 2022 at 2:23 am

Mississauga fireworks display, Canada Day

Mississauga residents looking to see some impressive fireworks displays on Canada Day this Friday have several locations and shows to choose from in the city as they head out to join in the celebration.

After a two-year absence due to COVID-19, the colourful fireworks celebrations return to four locations across Mississauga.

In the downtown core, Canada Day is being marked at Celebration Square. The day’s events run from 4-10:30 p.m. and include live entertainment, food trucks, arcade machines, stilt walkers and much more.

The impressive fireworks display begins at 10:05 p.m. to round out the day’s activities.

On Mississauga’s waterfront, the annual Paint the Town Red Canada Day event in Port Credit offers up an array of fun activities culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at about 10:15 p.m.

The Port Credit celebration kicks off with a huge parade followed by family events and the fireworks display at Port Credit Memorial Park.

Paint the Town Red has attracted tens of thousands of visitors each year since its inception in 2003.

Farther north in the city, the Streetsville BIA hosts its annual Canada Day Celebration at Streetsville Village Square and Streetsville Memorial Park.

The square hosts several events and activities starting at 6 p.m. before the action shifts to Streetsville Memorial Park for some live music and the spectacular fireworks show.

Crafts, games, a Rotary barbecue, raffles and more are all on tap for the evening.

The Streetsville Pipes and Drums will lead everyone down to Memorial Park for the music and fireworks, the latter of which gets underway at about 10 p.m.

Up in Malton, in what Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish bills as Mississauga’s “largest and longest fireworks display,” Westwood Square Mall hosts its annual Canada Day show.

“Malton has had the city’s largest and longest fireworks display off the roof of Westwood Square Mall–outdoing even Celebration Square with a spectacular show set to music every year,” Parrish told residents via her newsletter.

The Malton fireworks also begin at about 10 p.m.

Admission to all Canada Day celebrations and the fireworks displays is free.

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Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga is hosting kid-friendly events every weekend in June

Published June 10, 2022 at 1:37 pm

Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga is hosting kid-friendly events every weekend in June

For parents looking for something fun to do with their children this month, a trip to Mississauga’s Dixie Outlet Mall may be in order.

The popular outlet mall is kicking off the summer with an exciting lineup of events every weekend in June. Between arts and crafts, workshops, and exercise activities, these events are perfect for the whole family and excellent for keeping the kids entertained.

Space is limited for each event, so be sure to register soon.

Here’s what’s happening and when:

Tie Dye | Saturday, June 11

Create a groovy one-of-a-kind sharpie tie dye pouch.

Birdhouse Painting | Sunday, June 12

Paint your own birdhouse and let your imagination run wild!

Science Experiment | Saturday, June 18

Bring out your inner scientist by creating a bouncy ball, tasting astronaut food, and making slime.

DIY Slime | Sunday, June 19

Mix up a batch of transparent slime and fluffy slime to play with.

Unicorn Party | Saturday, June 25

Channel your inner magic with crafts like unicorn tear perfume, unicorn poop, and unicorn sparkle tattoos.

Family Yoga | Sunday, June 26

Take a deep breath and relax with some easy yoga for all ages.

Each activity session is one hour (except Family Yoga which is 45 minutes) and will take place at the Plan Dixie Room beside Treasure Hunt near Entrance 9.

Residents interested in any of these events should be sure to register soon, as space is limited.

All proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, a youth centre offering programs and mentorship for Brampton and Mississauga youth.

Conveniently located at the QEW and Dixie Road, Dixie Outlet Mall is one of Mississauga’s best shopping centres for great deals (called #DixieDeals) at a wide variety of stores, as well as being a regular host for exciting events all throughout the year. Everything is here, from food to fashion to fun.

Keep up with all Dixie Outlet Mall news via their website and on Instagram and Facebook.

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Mississauga launches Pride Month, plans several events | inSauga

Published June 1, 2022 at 5:14 pm

Mississauga has raised the Progress Pride Flag and is lighting the clock tower to recognize the 2SLGBTQ+ community and launch the beginning of Pride Month in the city.

Earlier today (June 1) the Progress Pride Flag was raised at City Hall and the clock will be lit in rainbow colours to mark the occasion.

“Pride Month acknowledges and focuses on the history and rights of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Mississauga. Equality, freedom, tolerance and respect are foundation values that make Mississauga a safe and inviting place to call home,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The Pride Progress flag will fly proudly at City Hall for the month of June, and the City will also be changing its logo to the Pride colours, to acknowledge our commitment to diversity, equality and respect.”

The mayor also said she will bring a new motion to City council next week to reaffirm Mississauga’s commitment to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community and protect civil rights and the ability to “live openly, equally and without fear.”

Throughout June, the City and other community organizers are offering programs, activities and events in an effort to promote the values of diversity and inclusion for all, some of which include:


Library Author Talks – Wednesday, June 1, 7 to 8 p.m.                                                                                                                            Featuring writer, photographer and activist Samra Habib. As a journalist, Habib has covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Their writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and The Advocate and their photo project, “Just Me and Allah,” has been featured in Vice, The Washington Post and other media. They work with 2SLGBTQ+ organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world. We Have Always Been Here is their first book.

Presented in partnership with Brampton Library.

Register: EventBrite or Active Mississauga


Peel Pride Book Club (Online) – Thursday, June 9, 7 to 8:30 p m.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
This Pride Book Club is a collaboration between Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon Public Libraries. It is a way to meet readers from all three communities and talk about books you may not have discovered on your own.

All are welcome to join this virtual book club featuring titles written by 2SLGBTQ+ (2 spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) authors. In this book club, diverse ideas can be communicated while following a collective responsibility to uphold safer spaces for all community members.

Register: Eventbrite or Active Mississauga


Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services – Pride Toronto Parade – Sunday,  June 26
For the first time, Mississauga’s Fire and Emergency Services team will show their “Pride” and commitment to inclusivity and diversity within Mississauga’s Fire Services by participating in the Pride Toronto Parade and marching with a Pride coloured wrapped fire truck.

“I am very proud to be a part of this year’s Pride celebrations with our wrapped fire truck which I hope will be a strong symbol for the importance of breaking down barriers and promoting equity. We are working hard as a Fire Service team to ensure everyone can be free to be themselves, feel safe and enjoy acceptance,” said Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, Deryn Rizzi.

Helping to further raise awareness regarding the journey to equity and inclusion by the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Mississauga has a rainbow ground mural located in Streetsville by artist Vivian Rosas and a Rainbow Pride Bench donated to the City by the Pride Committee of Peel and installed in downtown Mississauga’s Scholar’s Green Park in partnership with Sheridan College.

In addition, for the duration of June, the City’s social media channels will display the pride colours as a demonstration of its commitment to continued learning, awareness and creating an inclusive, equitable and safe city where all are welcome.

Mayor Crombie added, “To close off Mississauga’s Pride celebrations, I will be hosting a Pride Social on Wednesday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stonehooker Brewery in Port Credit. There will be live performances and refreshments. Watch my social media for invites and more details but I hope to see everyone there!”

The City will be using the hashtag #mississaugapride and tag @citymississauga during the month and encourages others to recognize and further the cause of inclusivity and diversity in Mississauga.


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Events and concerts galore as Mississauga marks June as Seniors Month & Recreation and Parks month


Published May 31, 2022 at 9:53 pm

Events and concerts galore as Mississauga marks June as Seniors Month & Recreation and Parks month

There are numerous ways for Mississauga residents to get out and about when the city marks noth Seniors Month & Recreation and Parks Month this June

Numerous events are coming to Mississauga throughout the month of June in celebration of two simultaneous initiatives; Seniors Month and Recreation and Parks month.

Seniors Month

Seniors Month is a provincial celebration of the contributions older Ontarians make in their communities. The theme of the month for 2022 is to Stay Active, Stay Safe and Say Connected.

On the Provincial level, and resident can nominate someone for a Senior Achievement Award. The award recognizes 20 people across the province for “significant contributions to their communities.” The nomination deadline June 15.

The city itself has organized several events across the city in recognition of Seniors Month. First, they’ve launched a virtual conversational French course. For four weeks the course will run every Monday for one hour at 10 a.m.

Secondly, Mississauga is wrapping up it’s fiftieth anniversary concert season in bombastic style with with a fireworks show accompanied by the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra.

The Orchestra will play Ottorino Respighi’s tone poem Pines of Rome (1924), George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Fireworks (1749) and Joseph Haydn’s Fire Symphony (c. 1765). The show is set of June 4 at 8 p.m. at Hammerson Hall tickets are going for $45 to $75 with discounts for seniors.

Next, The Zombies are coming to Hammerson Hall as well on June 22 to celebrate their 2019 induction into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the those unaware these British psychedelic rockers climbed the charts starting in 1964 with their single “She’s Not There.”

The Zombies followed up quickly with “Tell Her No” (1968), and the iconic “Time of the Season” (1968), which hit number three on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and number one on Cashbox a year after release. The latter song is frequently used in film to represent the swinging Sixties featuring in films such as The Conjuring (2013), All the Money in the World (2017), and Cruella (2021).

Their album Odessey and Oracle (1968), recorded at Abbey Road Studios, remains one of the era’s most acclaimed records ranking 100th on Rolling Stone’s 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and 243 on the 2020 updated list.

Tickets for the show run $60 to $90.

Mississauga is also hosting three free Music & Mingle events with performers Alison Melville and Colin Savage. They’ll first hit Woodlands Library on Saturday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. then Meadowvale Library on Saturday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. and finally the Port Credit Memorial Pop Up Library on Tuesday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.

There are also virtual events scheduled for each day of the week.

This city has numerous brick and mortar fitness opportunities at  Erin Meadows Community CentreChurchill Meadows Library and Older Adult CentreFrank McKechnie Community CentreMississauga Seniors’ CentreMississauga Valley Community Centre.

All together they offer a variety of lessons including;

  • Low and Tone Cardio
  • Gentle Pilates
  • Drumming Fit
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Community Walks

Recreation and Parks Month

Throughout June Mississauga will also mark Recreation and Parks Month. They’ll host numerous events inculding; Outdoor Community Walk, Cycle and Tone, Bollywood Fitness and a TRX Circuit (cardio and strength training).

Every Tuesday until August 30 they’ll also host Fresh Air Fitness at Mississauga Celebration Square. There’s no fee or registration for these events just don’t forget to bring a towel and a yoga mat.

There are opportunities to get out and get fit all across the city. Residents can sign up for registered or drop-in programs like swimming, Pilates, total body workouts, cardio, yoga, spinning, Zumba®, kickboxing and more.

There is also outdoor amenities like  skateboard parksBMX parksbatting cages, basketballtennis, and cricket courts as well as  soccer, and softball fields.

Those looking for a nature walk can find a green space throughout the city to explore like; Riverwood Conservancy, Burnhamthorpe Trail, Lake Aquitaine Trail, Meadowvale Conservation Area and Sawmill Valley Trail.

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Published May 3, 2022 at 3:31 pm


Festivals, movie nights and various other events are planned in the coming months at Mississauga Celebration Square as city officials welcome people back to some “summertime magic” after two years of pandemic-related cancellations.

City of Mississauga officials say beginning this month and continuing into October, live and in-person events are back at the square, which is presenting the lineup under the theme “Summertime Magic.”

“Enjoy a variety of free events from food festivals to outdoor fitness and live music, representing a mosaic of Mississauga’s cultural scene. There is something for everyone to enjoy,” the City said in a news release today (May 3).

In addition to several festivals and the hugely popular Movie Nights slated to take place at the downtown core outdoor venue, here are a few other events on tap at Celebration Square this summer:

Ontario Parasport Games Opening Ceremony: kick off the Games with the Opening Ceremony at Celebration Square on May 13. From May 13 to 15, Mississauga will host Ontario’s parasport athletes, who will be striving for gold while competing throughout the city

Ontario Summer Games Opening Ceremony: for the second time, Mississauga is proud to host the Ontario Summer Games. The Opening Ceremony will take place on July 21. From July 21 to 24, Ontario’s athletes will compete in a number of sports at various locations

Fresh Air Fitness: run, punch, dance and burn the calories away with Fresh Air Fitness. Instructors have crafted a season filled with various muscle-pumping, high-energy classes for people of all fitness levels and abilities

Open Air Story Time: brings stories to life through weekly interactive live readings of children’s books. Taking place in the Amphitheatre on Wednesday mornings, families are invited to join City librarians as they explore the wonderful world of imagination through books, crafts and activities

National Indigenous Peoples Day: a celebration on June 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. organized in collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Visitors can experience delicious food prepared by a lineup of Indigenous vendors, browse through the artisan market, then head to the main stage for a concert featuring headline performer Logan Staats

Canada Day: celebrate Canada Day from 4 to 10 p.m. in the heart of Mississauga with live entertainment, food trucks and a spectacular fireworks finale. The musical lineup features Canadian breakout artist JESSIA, multi-platinum performer Elijah Woods, Mississauga sensation Junia T, hip-hop star Zach Zoya and Juno Award-winning artist TÖME

Amphitheatre Unplugged: live performances organized in partnership with the Mississauga Arts Council take place every Wednesday night in August

Love Local Music: live music can be experienced under the night sky as local music curators present a series of concerts in the Amphitheatre. Tickets are required and seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis

The Porch: created for those with a sweet (or savoury) tooth, The Porch is Celebration Square’s outdoor patio. Located in the Market Trellis, food trucks will be cooking up fresh food for an affordable price

The Fountain: suit up and head to the biggest wading pool in the city. Enjoy an afternoon of fun in the sun steps away from the big screens, food trucks and exciting live events

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2022 Ontario Parasport Games and 2022 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga

Published April 28, 2022 at 10:03 am

2022 Ontario Parasport Games and 2022 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga

Mississauga residents who can’t get enough sports action and fierce competition are in for a treat – the 2022 Ontario Parasport Games and 2022 Ontario Summer Games are happening right here in our city this spring and summer.

Supported by the Government of Ontario, both events will see top athletes from all over Ontario come together to compete in a wide variety of sports at multiple venues across Mississauga. Admission to all events will be free for everyone to enjoy!

The 2022 Ontario Parasport Games will happen first from May 13 to 15, with hundreds of participants and volunteers contributing toward nine Parasport events:

  • 5-a-side Soccer
  • Boccia
  • Goalball
  • Para Athletics
  • Para Karate
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Sledge Hockey
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Tennis

2022 Ontario Parasport Games and 2022 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga

The event will kick off on May 13th with an Opening Ceremony at Mississauga’s Celebration Square, led by the parade of athletes and a headlining concert with Alex Porat, the Mississauga YouTube star-turned-pop artist.

The 2022 Ontario Summer Games happen two months later from July 21 to 24, featuring even more events and thousands of participants.

Competitors will strive to take home the gold in a variety of competitive sports, including athletics, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, and soccer.

Other sports include:

  • Archery
  • Box Lacrosse
  • Canoe Kayak Sprint
  • Field Hockey
  • Field Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball (Indoor & Beach)

2022 Ontario Parasport Games and 2022 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga

The 2022 Ontario Summer Games will also start off with its own Opening Ceremony at Celebration Square on July 21st, and headlining musical acts to be announced closer to the date of the event.

Both events are expected to bring a sizeable boost to Mississauga’s tourism sector and economy, with an estimated $5 million in economic activity from the 2022 Ontario Summer Games and an additional $500,000 from the 2022 Ontario Parasport Games.

Spectators from outside the city are encouraged to take the opportunity to explore the best tourism spots in all of Mississauga, which recently ranked among the top most-loved destinations in Canada for its restaurants and diverse culinary options.

From the old-school charm of Streetsville to the spectacular waterfront district of Port Credit, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to check out: Landmarks, parks, trails and some of the best local businesses and restaurants in the province.

2022 Ontario Parasport Games and 2022 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga

“Mississauga is proud to be hosting both of these Games, allowing us to welcome sports and tourism events back to Mississauga, while showcasing our world-class venues, staff and volunteers,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“I look forward to the Games and the opportunity for Mississauga residents and visitors to celebrate safely together, show their support and cheer on the province’s talented athletes.”

Residents who want to go above and beyond with supporting these events can apply to become a volunteer. While volunteer opportunities are finalized for the Ontario Parasport Games, a number of positions will soon be open for the upcoming Ontario Summer Games, ensuring the events run smoothly in all aspects from the sports themselves to transportation to food.

This will be the city’s second time hosting the Ontario Summer Games, having previously hosted them back in 2016.

For more information and upcoming announcements for both events, visit and keep an eye on Instagram and Twitter.

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Canada Day event and popular Mississauga festivals return to Celebration Square


Published April 27, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Canada Day event and popular Mississauga festivals return to Celebration Square

After more than two years of cancellations and virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several hugely popular festivals are returning to Celebration Square in Mississauga this spring and summer.

Also returning to the downtown core venue is the City of Mississauga’s annual Canada Day celebration, taking place July 1.

“For sure…there will be Canada Day. We’re looking at all the events and there may even be fireworks (on Canada Day), and there may be some entertainment. So, that’s great news,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in an Instagram interview Tuesday afternoon with publisher Khaled Iwamura.

Crombie noted the first festival to return to the downtown core this year is Mississauga Polish Day, taking place May 28 from noon to 11 p.m. at Celebration Square. Admission is free.

“Then, there will be festivals throughout the summer as well,” added an enthused Crombie, who has been optimistic since January that Mississauga’s summer festivals would return.

Mississauga Polish Day is the city’s annual Polish cultural festival, celebrating Polish-Canadian contribution towards Canada’s rich cultural mosaic, organizers say.

“Visitors of all ages and backgrounds are invited for an authentic European experience,” they add.

Festival highlights include live performances, traditional food, beer gardens, a children’s village/play area, and art and cultural exhibits.

The first Mississauga Polish Day was held in 2015, at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, and the event moved to Celebration Square the following year.

It attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Next up is the TD Mosaic Festival, which takes place July 22-23 at the square.

Organizers say this award-winning Mississauga festival “…brings you the best of art, culture and cuisine from South Asia. The two-day, free festival will feature music, dance, folklore, Bollywood, food and shopping in the heart of Mississauga headlined by popular artists and performers from India, Pakistan, Canada and the U.S.”

Also, children can enjoy free arts and craft workshops and learn to use a pottery wheel.

Additionally, “This year’s festival will present a film segment featuring South Asian cinema in a local theatre,” organizers note.

Rock the Coliseum, the independent music component of the Mosaic Festival, will celebrate its 15th year by presenting local youth bands as well as well-known independent bands from across the province.

Mississauga Italfest, taking place Aug. 12-13, returns to the square just in time to celebrate its 10th anniversary on the festival scene.

“Experience some of Italy’s finest in the heart of Mississauga” is among the themes of this year’s festival, also a free event to attend.

Attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year, Mississauga Italfest has consistently been named one of Ontario’s top 100 festivals/events over the years.

Celebrating “the beauty of Italian heritage and culture,” organizers say this event features delicious food and crafts from a variety of vendors and artisans, cultural and family-oriented activities, entertainment from local and international talent, a thriving “mercato” (market) and more.

On Aug. 20-21, Japan Festival Canada takes over Celebration Square as the largest Japanese cultural event in North America, according to organizers.

Some 90,000 people attended the 2019 event and organizers hope to exceed that number this year.

The festival’s goal, simply stated, is to “introduce and promote genuine Japanese food, culture and technologies,” organizers say, adding after two years of hosting the festival virtually, they’re looking forward to returning to an in-person, live event in the heart of the downtown core.

Japan Festival Canada, first held in 2016, also seeks to further improve Canadian-Japanese relations, organizers note.

To that end, they add, the festival will provide “…exciting entertainment such as traditional and modern performances, pop culture stage performances, as well as delicious Japanese foods and much more.”

For more information on these and other Mississauga events, visit the City of Mississauga website.

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