Open Art Contest 3: "Along the Waterfront Trail"

Note: this contest was cancelled. Please contact for more information.

An Art Contest from Heritage Mississauga & ALFEW

We are inviting artists and photographers to capture an image along the Waterfront Trail in Mississauga.

Completed artwork must be submitted at The Grange, offices of Heritage Mississauga, no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, June 22, 2013. This is a juried art show and prizes will be awarded to the winning entries. All the artworks will be part of the ALFEW show "Along the Waterfront Trail", which will run from July 9, 2013 to August 23, 2013 at The Grange. All works must be framed and ready to be hanged, and a minimum 15x18 inches and no larger than 21x28.5 inches (framed).

Capturing Mississauga's Heritage 2:
175th Anniversary of the Rebellion of 1837

Portrait of William Lyon Mackenzie

We are inviting artists and photographers to walk in the footsteps of history and to retrace and capture an image from the route of William Lyon Mackenzie's escape following the failed Rebellion of 1837, 175 years ago in 2012! Mackenzie's flight from authorities took him through historic Mississauga in late December of 1837, following the rebel uprising at Montgomery's tavern. Mackenzie's story, and the Rebellion of 1837, has become a famed part of Canada's history.


We are asking submitting artists to capture a scene along the route that was taken by Mackenzie through Mississauga; a modern scene or streetscape, nature, a historic house or setting, anything that might strike your fancy and in any format that you wish.

Full details, including a map of Mackenzie's likely escape-route through Mississauga, are here in this document [PDF] ...


Completed artwork must be submitted at The Grange no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, June 8th, 2012.


Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries, and all entries will be part of the ALFEW show "Celebrating Mississauga's Heritage 2: The 175th Anniversary of the Rebellion of 1837", which runs from June 19th, 2012 to August 24th, 2012. For more information on the contest, Mackenzie's historic route of travel, sites along the route, or information about the Rebellion of 1837, please contact Heritage Mississauga.

Details and fine-print

  • To enter the contest, artists must be members of Heritage Mississauga. There is no contest entry fee.

  • All types of media accepted (pencil drawing; pen and ink drawing; painting; photography; carving; sculpture; collage; weaving; macrame; embroidery, etc)

  • All submissions must connect to the route of Mackenzie's flight through historic Mississauga (see map ).

  • Completed artwork must be submitted at The Grange no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, June 8th, 2012.

  • Artwork to be hung must be a minimum 15 x 18 inches and no larger than 21 x 28.5 inches (framed).

  • Stand alone artwork such as sculptures cannot be larger than 4 by 3 feet and must have a secure stand upon which they can be displayed

  • All submissions must be framed and wired for hanging (please contact ALFEW for the appropriate types of frames)

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WLM: A Brief History

Portrait of William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie was a Canadian journalist, politician and rebel leader born March 12, 1795 in Springfield, Angus, Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in 1820. He died in Toronto, Canada August 28, 1861.

A man of high principals and beliefs; iron will; unruly temperment; relentless determination and strength of leadership, William Lyon Mackenzie was enraged by the tight-knit old-boys club that was the so-called "Family Compact" which ruled Canada during the early 1800s. He felt that immigrants were getting a raw deal and wanted to see change. He used the power of the pen to let his opinions be known, writing for various newspapers, and finally, founding his own newspaper where he was free to vent.

Mackenzie became involved in politics in effort to further his goals for reform in Upper Canada. He had many confrontations and made a lot of enemies for his outspokeness. He also inspired a lot of loyal followers, especially among the farmers.

Frustrated by his failure to force change through politics and rheoric, Mackenzie decided that an armed rebelion was the only way to wake up the powers that be of the time and get the message of reform to England and the Queen.

That fast-forwards us to 1837. Both Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Toronto region) were in a state of unrest at this time. In Quebec there was outright insurrection against British rule, with angry farmers attempting to overpower local government. These folks were quelled by British troops. Meantime, Mackenzie was pushing ahead with his own rebellion. Farmers of Upper Canada converted their ploughshares into pikestaffs and rebel supporters were given training. They were an enthusiastic, but motley crew, with few among them having any military training.

Events came to a head December 7, 1837 - Mackenzie and his followers gathered and stationed themselves in Montgomery's Tavern, located at what is now known as Eglinton and Yonge, and from that point they planned their coup. They would march down Yonge street and capture the armoury,and overpower Lt/Governor Sir Francis Bond Head and with him in custody they would negotiate with the British.

Excerpt of map of William Lyon Mackenzie's flight after the failed rebellion

Due to poor coordination, lack of training, internal squabbling and poorly thought out strategy, they lost the element of surprise, and Sir Francis Bond Head was easily able to rally Loyalist troops to defeat them. Thus, after a brave start, Mackenzies 1837 rebellion was over in less than 15 minutes, Montgomery's Tavern was up in flames and the rebels in flight.

It is the first three days and nights of the rebel's flight which we are addressing in our contest.


Heritage Mississauga's contest page
Getting to The Grange