The fourth annual SoundBites, a celebration of musical talent and local food at the Mississauga Celebration Square, will feature some different things this year to tie into Ontario’s 150th birthday and invite people to submit recipes for a Mississauga cookbook.

Taking place September 2 from 5-11 p.m., the City of Mississauga is partnering with the ONtour concert series that is going on in communities throughout the summer in the province, celebrating 150 years of Ontario music talent. Grammy-winning rock and roll superstar Tom Cochrane, known for hits such as Life Is A Highway, No Regrets and Big League, heads up the lineup, which also includes Francesco Yates, whose song, Better To Be Loved By You, has received tremendous airplay. The 21-year-old has collaborated with German DJ/producer Robin Schulz on the song Sugar. Yates, who has previously played at Celebration Square, has also been noticed by Pharrell Williams (Happy). Anjulie, an Oakville native who has written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj and several other stars, has had several top songs of her own, including You And I.

More than 20 food trucks will be at the event, each one featuring locally-inspired dishes or locally-sourced flavours. The list includes: Alijandro’s Kitchen, Apple Fritter Factory, Arepa Republic, Bake Three Fifty, Beavertails, Born 2 Eat, Crazy Burrito, Delight Bite Inc., Dimkin Crepes, Dirty South BBQ & The Salted Pig, El Trompo Movil, Fidel Gastro’s, Fully Loaded TO, Jerk Brothers, Mustache Burger, Pappas Greek Food Truck, Polar Real Tropical Fruit, Smokes Poutinerie, Sushitto on the Road, The Food Dudes, Luchador Gourmet Streatery, Top Dog and Twistee Dairy.

“SoundBites is always the Labour Day weekend and it’s worked out really well,” says Karen Ferreira, Acting Manager for Mississauga Celebration Square. “We really try to tailor the activity and the music entertainment to what our audience in Mississauga wants. We collect feedback through social media and through surveys on site to help us determine what people want. Food trucks are a huge component of that as well as the music. This year we think we’ve put together a really good lineup, combining that with the food and some Canadian music superstars. We’ve had some great artists over the years, including July Talk and DJ Jazzy Jeff. When we found out about the partnership with ONtour, it just seemed like the perfect connection considering it is Canada’s 150th birthday.”

One new initiative this year will be open to residents who have the chance to submit their favourite recipes to be compiled in a cookbook called A Taste Of Mississauga.

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