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Happy New Year! Mayor and Members of Council Welcome Residents to the Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee

Dec 21, 2010

Meet Mayor Hazel McCallion and Members of Council and celebrate the start of a new year with free entertainment for the whole family at the annual MayorÂ’s New YearÂ’s Day Levee.

“This is our 32nd Levee and with several major projects on the horizon, including the opening of Mississauga Celebration Square, 2011 promises to be an exciting year for Mississauga,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion.  “We invite residents to come together on New YearÂ’s Day at the Civic Centre for an afternoon filled with free fun and family entertainment as we ring in the new year.”

Event

What:             
MayorÂ’s New YearÂ’s Day Levee

When:            
Saturday, January 1, 2011
2 – 4 p.m.

Where:              
Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive
(Burnhamthorpe Road West and Duke of York Boulevard)

Who:              

Mayor Hazel McCallion and Members of Council
Residents

Photo Opportunities

Photo-Op #1:

Photo-Op #2:

What:              Procession

What:          Cake Cutting

When:             2 p.m.

When:         2:15 p.m.

Where:           Mississauga Civic Centre
                     Great Hall (Ground Floor)

Where:      Mississauga Civic Centre
                Council Chamber
                (2nd Floor, beside Council Chamber

Who:              

Mayor Hazel McCallion

Members of Council

Knights of Columbus

Who:           

Mayor Hazel McCallion

Members of Council

Levee Entertainment Line-up:

  • Sarah Weidman, Harpist
  • Hans Munoz
  • Mississauga ChildrenÂ’s Choir
  • Justus
  • CanAfric Theatre CanAfrique
  • Marie Ann Longlade School of Dance
  • Peel Aboriginal Network
  • Culture Philippines of Ontario
  • Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization (MCAO)
  • SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations

Refreshments donated by Pizza Pizza and Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre.

Levee Historical Background

The tradition of the MayorÂ’s Levee began in the 18th Century during the reign of King Louis XIV.  To show the sovereign belonged to the people, the King would invite only gentlemen to enter his bedroom on New YearÂ’s Day and watch him awake to begin serving the public in the new year.  The Royal Governor of New France later brought this custom to Canada. 

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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