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Jill Barber 

Wednesday April 23, 2014, 8 p.m.

FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd   map
(northwest corner of Warden Ave and Highway 7)

Barber’s career has taken off since her breakout hit album Chances (2008) propelled her onto the international stage by elegantly channeling the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf. 

She followed it up with the lush Mischievous Moon (2011), singing in French and English.

Tickets: Prime $54, Regular $49 

Click here to order tickets online or please call the Box Office at 905-305-SHOW (7469) or 1-866-768-8801.

Event Organizer: Flato Markham Theatre
Telephone: 905-305-7469
Email Contact:
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Talented young Markham composer
 offers free download of his compositions

Local Markham songwriter Adam Kulju is only 10 years old, and yet he has already written dozens of songs. This prolific young composer now shares his songs with his fans, young and old, on his personal blog where he makes his compositions available for free download. You can find his songs at

Fundraising Event for SOS Children's Villages

Tanya Virk, who will be representing Markham in the Miss Universe Canada pageant, will be holding a fundraising event for SOS Children's Villages.

From now up till May 3rd, 2014, she will be selling raffle tickets at $10 each for a grand prize of an iPad Air.

The raffle will be held on May 3rd at Mainly Mac, 34 George St. (map), from 12 p.m. to around 3 p.m.

The money will be donated to SOS Children's Villages for their school project in Nicaragua.

The charity will build new schools, and provide computer labs to pre-existing schools for children in need.

To purchase tickets, email Tanya Virk at

Tickets can be bought on that day as well.

For more information about the SOS Children's Villages, visit

Change 4 Change

Thursday, April 24, 2014

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Castlemore Public School
256 Ridgecrest Rd.  map

On Thursday April 24, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Aboriginal Youth Partnership (student run organization) will be hosting a free admission community event at Castlemore Public School. The purpose of this event is to bring the community together for an initiative that brings to light the issues happening to Aboriginal Canadians.

This event will include speeches from community organizations such as One Laptop Per Child Canada, Books With No Bounds, and YRDSB members. There will be educational and interactive booths organized in the school such as Jeopardy, Arts and Crafts, Story Telling, Traditional Games such as lacrosse and hockey, and a raffle draw.

There will also be workshops for parents and students on community involvement, educational awareness, and guitar and singing tutorials.

All donations funded through the event will go towards One Laptop per Child. Canada.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn cultures, make connections, and give back to the community.

Ultimately by fundraising together for OLPC Canada, we will be assisting Aboriginal youths who lack resources to effectively learn and grow.

Castlemore Public School is the first school in Canada to fund raise for Aboriginal youth in providing them with electronic tablets.

An initiative of the Markham Arts Council, Markham at the Movies is a partner of the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit. 

It is a non-profit group run by volunteers and film enthusiasts who focus on bringing award-winning Canadian and international films to our own doorstep.

 Our film choices are made with an eye to entertain and enlighten audiences. 

Spring Screening:


Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Cornell Community Centre
3201 Bur Oak Ave.  map

Admission: $10

Philomena has won 20 awards and was nominated 43 times including 4 Oscar nominations.

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Starring: Judy Dench and Steve Coogan

Just Add Texture! Painting Workshop

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Paintlounge, 3603 Highway 7 East  map

Ever wondered how acrylic paintings get their bumps and ridges?
 Think: Texture Paste!

For this special evening, we’re throwing in something special
 to make your masterpiece that much more awesome.

Learn how to apply texture paste with the palette knife
and add it to your painting to sculpt peaks and ridges.

12×12″ $20
16×20″ $30
18×24″ $40
24×30″ $45
24×36″ $55

Register at

Discover Taoist Tai Chi Arts - 3 Day Program

Location: Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism
124 Dixon Hill Road  map

Raise your spirit-improve your health.

Explore a unique way of health and harmony improvement in one weekend.

3 day program to introduce a system of training intended to develop a body
 that is strong and supple, and a mind that is clear and calm.

Program begins Friday evening of April 25, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.,
and continues Saturday April 26, 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
and Sunday April 27, 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.



Spring Mom-to-Mom Sale

Biggest Sale for gently used baby and kids' items in the GTA!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Markham Fairgrounds,
10801 McCowan Road map

Get great deals on second hand baby clothing, kids' clothing, toys, games, furniture and gear.

Admission: $3/adult

Free Parking

Strollers Welcome!

Visit for additional buyer tips and details.


Taoist Tai Chi Open House

You can give Taoist Tai Chi a try at our open house

 Wednesday, April 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,

see and try this ancient, peaceful art, enjoy refreshments

and learn more at Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism,
124 Dickson Hill Rd., Markham
(northeast corner of Highway. 48 and 19th Ave.).  map

Call 905-640-0117, e-mail or visit

Apprenticeship Information Session

Thursday, April 24, 2014

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade, that can lead to a rewarding career in a high demand market. 

This session discusses some of the skilled trades in Ontario, and the process for becoming an apprentice.

Location: Job Skills' Markham - 4961 Highway 7, suites 100 - 101 map

Call 905-948-9996 to book your Workshop. Pre-registration is required.



Markham Guild of Village Crafts

Location: 11 Church St. map

One of the very few multi-media craft guilds in Canada, the Markham Guild of Village Crafts offers the opportunity for fellowship, classes and workshops for those living in Markham and the surrounding areas.  Started in April of 1971, as an organization to encourage the preservation of handcrafts, it has grown to become one of the leading edge leaders in the advancement of modern day crafting.  The Markham Guild of Village Crafts continues to support traditional crafts and embrace new methods and techniques.

The Guild offers ongoing classes in many areas in addition to offering workshops and drop-in sessions for the sharing of ideas and the procurement of assistance with member's projects.  Currently our popular classes are sewing, quilting, stained glass, knitting, crochet and jewellery design. 

Open Studio Painting Group

Come and paint with The Village Palettes Art Group. We meet every Thursday from September to mid-June. Bring your paints, brushes, canvas, paper and whatever else you might need and join us!

Our day runs every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The idea of the Open Studio concept is that you can drop in anytime within the 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. time frame. This makes the atmosphere very "easy going" and less rigid and confined.

There is a $15 per Thursday fee which helps cover the cost of the facility. New members are welcome to try the Open Studio Painting Group free of charge for the first time.

Guest artists are brought in throughout the year to inspire new ideas and teach new techniques. We also host an Art Show each year.

Studio Fee: $15/week
Contact: Marg
Contact Number: 905-477-0774

Pottery Handbuilding and Wheelthrowing

This is an on-going class for beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students. The student acquires technical skills in Hand-building and Wheelthrowing. Practice both techniques with stoneware clay and porcelain. The experiment in glaze, kiln loading and firing will be discussed as the student advances in knowledge and experience. There is a maximum of 6 students per class to allow for individual attention.

Classes are ongoing. Contact teacher for start dates.

Dates & Times: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                       Sunday, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $245.00 plus material fee $20.00 and clay $15.00

Instructor: Wai-Yu
Contact Number: (416) 219-9708


Marleigh Fashion Show

Thursday, April 24, 2014

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: The Marleigh
34 Main Street Unionville  map


Change the world youth volunteer campaign hosts a fashion show at the new Marleigh.
Peppertree will have seniors model its fashions.

Students will be helping with the event for their community hours.

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GOT MILK BAGS? Turn your milk bags into something that are useful for others.

Join a FUN , CREATIVE and MEANINGFUL activity in Markham area.
Get together. turn your MILK BAGS into something NEW!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Markham South Welcome Centre
7220 Kennedy Road  map
(South of Denison St. / North of Steeles Avenue East),
(Kennedy Fields Plaza)

Let's get together as a community to LEARN something NEW in a FUN and CREATIVE way.

Contact Emilia

905-770-7040 ext. 226

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The 9th Annual Mending Hearts...Creating Dreams Gala

 is coming up on Friday, April 25th, 2014

 in Markham at Angus Glen Golf Club and Conference Centre
10080 Kennedy Road  map

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