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On Saturday, The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra was proud to celebrate the impact of a $148,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The grant has allowed the MSO to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 through key investments in artistic supports, robust marketing and advertising activities, enhanced fundraising efforts, and community outreach.

“Mississauga is home to creative and talented artists, who all contribute greatly as our community is transforming into a vibrant world-class city. This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation is great news for many in Mississauga Centre,” said Natalia Kusendova, MPP of Mississauga Centre. “By supporting the local creative and artistic economy, we are strengthening the social and cultural foundation of our society and motivating people to pursue their passions. I welcome the investment of a $148,400 to support the MSO in recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.”

With the support of this grant, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra has invested in key advertising opportunities such as radio, transit and digital; enhanced their online presence through a critical redesign of their website; purchased Keela – a complete fundraising and donor management tool for non-profits; and most importantly, invested in the quality of their concerts via enhanced sound and lighting, hiring world-class guest artists, commissioning original compositions by new Canadian composers, and the ability to livestream from the concert hall.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant is enormous” said Eileen Keown, MSO Executive Director. “It has allowed the orchestra to re-engage with our community and rebuild the tradition of symphonic music in Mississauga through inspirational performances of iconic orchestral works”.

With a combination of 100 community musicians and professional section leads, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has earned the reputation as the best hybrid orchestra in Canada. Based out of Hammerson Hall, a world-class performing arts facility located within the Living Arts Centre, the MSO provides performance opportunities and personal development to talented amateurs while combining the strands of excellence and education by assisting young professional performers and composers through solo performance opportunities, commissions, and mentoring.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit to learn more.