Summer in Mississauga means an incredible array of diverse events taking place throughout the city. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate culture, art, music and everything in between. Celebration Square in particular comes to life in the Summer, with events taking place every single week, often multiple times a week.

One of the most exciting upcoming events is Made In Mississauga, which takes place on June 11, and then again on July 30th, from 8 PM to 10 PM.

Made In Mississauga celebrates local art and artists in a variety of mediums. This event is a city-produced event that sees the huge screens in Celebration Square showing some incredible art shows that are, of course, free for all to come and watch. The event has been spear-headed by Amanda Strong; an indigenous filmmaker and media artist, who grew-up right here in Mississauga.

The list of art installations on display are shown below:

Driven by a haunting, yet progressive sound design, two characters Spider Woman and Thunderbird act as vessels, composing and carrying the story of an Indigenous youth named Thunder, navigating her way through a colonial flood. Spider Woman battles against an old Ghost Judge who frenetically writes history from the side of oppression and displacement. The Ghost Judge fills the entire world with his writings and law.

Four Faces of the Moon
Four Faces of the Moon follows the animated journey of an Indigenous photographer as she travels through time. She witnesses moments in her family’s history and strengthens her connection to her Metis, Cree and Anishnaabe ancestors. This is a personal story, told in four chapters through the eyes of director and writer Amanda Strong. The oral and written history of her family reveals the story — we witness the impact and legacy of the railways, the slaughter of the buffalo and colonial land policies.

The main character Mia’ struggles to return home, as she traverses through polluted waters and skies, witnessing various forms of industrial violence and imprint that have occurred upon the land.

How to Steal A Canoe 
How to Steal A Canoe is the story of a young Nishnaabeg woman and an elder Nishnaabeg man rescuing a canoe from a museum and returning it to the lake it was meant to be with. On a deeper level, we witness the act of stealing back the precious parts of us, that were always ours in the first place as Indigenous people.

Indigo is a stop motion animation story of confined woman who is liberated by Grandmother Spider while their opaque memories are projected in the background, in an effort to restore her spirit as their life nears the end.

The award-winning Amanda Strong brings these award-winning art shows to the screens of Mississauga on June 11th, free of charge. It’s a pretty cool event that will help to educate everyone on art and Indigenous culture, and it only lasts two hours! So come out on Monday night, or wait until July 30th for the second showing.