By Declan Finucane. Published July 29, 2022 at 11:57 am

“Lakeview Village, an award-winning 177-acre community planned to take shape along the east Mississauga waterfront, won’t welcome its first inhabitants for at least another year.

But there’s already some action taking place at the soon-to-be more vibrant spot–musical action, to be precise.

For the second summer, a free concert series featuring local musicians welcomes people of all ages each Wednesday evening until Aug. 17. 

The Sunset & Sounds concert series is hosted on the grounds of the new Discovery Centre at Lakeview Village, which earlier this year received the Award of Excellence for Sustainable Development at the 2022 National Urban Design Awards.

Those who attend will enjoy access to various local food establishments and a licensed lounge/bar in addition to the music.

Each concert event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and those who attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.

Although tickets are free, they must be reserved. Reservations will be held until 6:15 p.m., at which point walk-ins will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, organizers say. 

The Lakeview Village Discovery Centre is located at 985 Hydro Rd.

Next up on the concert stage are The Sattalites, a two-time Juno Award-winning Canadian band described as “a mainstay of the Canadian reggae scene” since their formation in 1980. 

Known for their energetic live performances, The Sattalites take to the stage next Wednesday (Aug. 3).

“It’s dance time once again with The Sattalites,” organizers say. 

On Aug. 10, award-winning piano player, singer and composer Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm is scheduled to perform. 

Also a Juno Award-winner, Yarema has played on more than 50 albums ranging in genres from blues and jazz to reggae and pop. And last year he joined the legendary Downchild Blues Band.

Rounding out the concert series on Aug. 17 is Canadian icon and “Canada’s Queen of R&B/Soul” Jully Black. 

CBC Music named Black one of the “25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever.” 

Among her other credits, the platinum-selling recording artist has won Juno and Gemini awards and is a Canada Walk of Fame inductee.

For tickets and information, visit here

Lakeview Village is a mixed-use waterfront development of 8,050 new homes that’s also expected to bring some 9,000 long-term jobs to Mississauga. 

Construction is to begin this year, and will take about a year to complete the first phase. The community will then be built out over the next 15-20 years.

The plan calls for five per cent of the new homes, or about 400 units, to be affordable housing. 

Additionally, Lakeview Community Partners Limited (LCPL), which is developing the site, says the community will feature a state-of-the-art innovation district that aims to become “the largest hub for technology, innovation and research in Canada.”  

LCPL says the ambitious project, which will also feature the longest pier on Lake Ontario, will serve as a model for sustainable mixed-use developments across the country. 

The huge site was once home to the Lakeview Generating Station, which was shut down in 2005 complete with the controlled demolition of the iconic smokestacks known for decades as “The Four Sisters.”

Before it was shut down, the plant was considered one of the greatest contributors to pollution in southern Ontario because of its coal-fired energy generating process.

The former Lakeview Generating Station lands sat vacant for years until LCPL purchased them in 2018 and began creating a vision and master plan for the site. 

The ambitious development will feature transit-connected housing, office space, retail, restaurants, trails, parks, greenspace, and cultural and recreational amenities.   

The community will also be connected to the nearby 64-acre Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, named for the late city councillor who worked to bring the project to fruition. 

Once complete, the community will also feature:

  • 180,000 sq. ft. of commercial space
  • 67 acres of waterfront land dedicated to the City for parks, employment and cultural use
  • 27 acres of overall parkland
  • more than 14 acres of employment lands
  • as much as 1.5 million sq. ft. of employment space
  • more than 5.5 kilometres of new bike lanes including a new waterfront trail connection

Some residents remain opposed to the development, insisting the new community—in addition to the nearby 3,000-home Brightwater development in Port Credit—will create traffic chaos on an already-busy Lakeshore Rd. “