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Calling all art nerds! Winged Canvas Art Hub is having its first contest. We’re searching for Markham’s Ultimate Art Nerd. If you’re a Markham student (age 10 - 16) we want to see your art that features your favourite place in Markham!

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Canada: Day 1

Canada: Day 1, a traveling exhibition from Pier 21 in Halifax,
on display from January 16 to June 7, 2015.

Location: Markham Museum
9350 Highway 48
(2 km north of Highway 7) 

Explore First Steps, First Impressions and First Experiences as a Newcomer to Canada

The immigration experience is marked by firsts. The first day in a new country takes shape with an individual’s first steps, first impressions and first experiences. Come explore immigrants’ diverse personal Day 1 experiences, from Confederation to present day. Visit the bilingual exhibition Canada: Day 1 from January 17 to June 7, 2015 at Markham Museum.

Newcomers’ unique and shared experiences—across time and cultures—are highlighted in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. Explore Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes.

Canada: Day 1 is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017 and supported by RBC Foundation.

The City Presents Markham Tree Talk

Friday, May 22, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Location: Woodhill Garden Centre, 320 Steeles Ave. E., Thornhill  

- Get FREE advice from a certified arborist on planting and caring for your trees and shrubs
- Learn about the trees Markham is replanting to strengthen the urban forest in your community
- Explore a model of the emerald ash borer
- See a City tree inventory and mapping technology demonstration
- Learn what you need to have to have the ash trees removed from your private property
- Receive a FREE seedling to plant on your property

Event Organizer: City of Markham
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Luminosity 2015
Juried Art Show & Sale

Wednesday, May 20 to
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Location: McKay Art Centre
197 Main Street Unionville map

The Bayview Watercolour Society will be holding their “Luminosity 2015” Juried Art Exhibition and Sale at the McKay Gallery, 197 Main Street, Unionville L3R 2G8, from Wednesday, May 20 until Sunday, May 24, 2015. Paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and mixed media will be displayed.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.

The exhibition will be open for viewing Wednesday to Saturday 10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Founded in 2002, the Bayview Watercolour Society is a non-profit organization that fosters a supportive environment for water-based media artists through exposure to regular demonstrations, workshops, critiques, and art shows.

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The Bayview Watercolour Society can be contacted at:

Student membership is $25.00, and annual adult membership is currently $75.00

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Coder Dojo Markham: Introduction to
 Programming with the Jade Robot

Saturday, May 23, 2015

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Location: Angus Glen Library
3990 Major Mackenzie Dr. E.  map

This CoderDojo Markham meetup will introduce youth (between the ages of 7-12) to robotics programming by engaging them in learning sensory input, control and decision making using the Jade Robot. Youth will be challenged to utilize the onboard programming interface to maneuver through an obstacle course. The session will be facilitated by the Logics Academy team, supported by CoderDojo Mentors and Volunteers, and is open to 20 participants. No laptops are needed for this session. All equipment (robots) will be provided. All participants must register with a parent.  | Facebook | Twitter

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A Day in the Life...
by The Dance Institute

Saturday, May 23, 2015
 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

& Sunday, May 24, 2015
2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Boulevard  map 

The Dance Institute's Gala Performance, featuring students age 3 to 18 years old performing routines in all styles of dance.

Cost: One show: $28; Both shows: $48

Event Organizer: The Dance Institute
Telephone: 905-305-7469

Information Session
On Children's Vision

Saturday, May 23, 2015

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: 9889 Markham Rd, #3  map

Topics of discussion include:
 Vision development from infant to pre-school
 What are the signs of eye and vision problems
 What happens during an infant eye exam

Free to attend.

Space is limited. RSVP to:

Light refreshments will be provided.


Harper Government Supports Canadian Organic Sector

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

MP Paul Calandra, Matthew Homes (Executive Director – COTA) and Steven Diakowsky (President and CEO – Taste of Nature) in Taste of Nature processing facility with Taste of Nature management team

Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham, Paul Calandra on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment of $785,660 to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) to help promote the Canadian organic sector and increase the visibility of the Canadian organic brand in international markets.

This investment will enable COTA to attend international conferences and trade shows and lead outgoing missions to raise awareness of Canadian organic products in key markets in Europe, United States, Asia and Latin America.

Quick Facts

  • Canada now ranks as the 5th largest organic market worldwide and is home to over 4500 organic farms, and more than 1,000 organic processors and handlers.

  • Canada’s organic exports have been valued at over $458 million, with most going to the U.S. and the European Union.

  • Canada has signed organic equivalency agreements with the U.S., EU, and Japan.

  • Since 2006, the federal government has invested over $20 million in research and innovation, market development and business risk management to support an adaptable, competitive and stable organic agriculture and agri-food sector.

  • This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, which is a five-year, up to $341 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework.


“Canada’s organic sector is thriving, and as it continues to grow and diversify it is also becoming a core part of our country’s economy. Our government is proud to be able to support this sector in its efforts to increase its competitiveness and sustainability by creating economic opportunities and market growth in domestic and international markets.”
- Paul Calandra, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham

"This significant investment in Canada’s organic sector will allow our farmers and businesses to be more strategic and more impactful in how they go to market, both here at home and abroad."
- Matthew Holmes, Executive Director, Canada Organic Trade Association

Associated Links
Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) (Canada Trade Organic Association)

 Sound of Dragon

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Location: All Saints Anglican Church
           1100 Denison St.  map

Bringing the spirit of the acclaimed SOUND OF DRAGON MUSIC FESTIVAL from Vancouver! Traditional, world, fusion, improvisation and contemporary music performed on Chinese and Western instruments by small and large musicians in a ground-breaking collaboration.

Tickets: Prime: $25 available in advance and at the door (one hour prior to the performance).

Buy Tickets

"The United National of Music..." ~CBC Radio

Markham Guild of Village Craft

Location: 11 Church St. map

Pottery Classes

This course covers essential handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques for creating both decorative and functional pieces. You learn how to use slabs, molds, coils, pinch pots, handles, decorative effects and more to create bowls, serving dishes, mugs or decorative objects.

(Classes are ongoing)
Saturday classes, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday classes, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $245 + $20 supplies fee + $15 for clay.

For more information and to register please call Wai-Yu at 416-219-9708.

For more information about the Markham Guild of Village Crafts and other craft classes, visit

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hilton Suites Toronto Conference Centre & Spa

In its 25th year raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario Sing for Your Heart is a glamorous black tie fundraising gala which embraces musical talents, a delicious dinner, spectacular prizes and auction items. This annual gala is the biggest fundraising event organized by the Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario.

Individual Tickets are $198 each or $1,980 per table.
Corporate and VIP tables are available for $2,800.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Musical Showcase

Click here for more information.


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Carefect Home Care Services

Kimberly Clark, Broker

Direct: 647-293-8632
Office: 905-471-2121

Sher's 5 Star Catering

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Your Choice Realty Corp.
Direct: 647.828.0448
Office: 416.479.4241

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Ron Beer's Family Self Defense
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John Procenko Real Estate Team
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Alliance Francaise
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Insecure jobs trap young workers into poverty, OECD finds
       New studies from the OECD and the United Way of Toronto are exposing how precarious work is hurting economies and blocking opportunity for an entire generation of young people. >> full story
Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware
       Canada and its spying partners exploited weaknesses in one of the world's most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows. >> full story
Canada Post says profits won't save door-to-door delivery
       Despite raking in millions of dollars in profits, Canada Post says it can't afford to back down on its controversial plan to scrap door-to-door mail delivery in towns and cities across the country. >> full story
Could Canadian cities try L.A.'s $15-an-hour minimum wage?
       Los Angeles has become the latest U.S. city promising to raise its minimum wage, but a city-specific approach would be unlikely to work in Canada for reasons both practical and political. >> full story
Takata airbag recall involves millions of vehicles in Canada
      Several million vehicles in Canada could be affected by a widening recall of Takata airbags, but finding an exact number of how many is next to impossible in part because of byzantine regulations and a lack of clarity from the regulator that's supposed to cover such issues in Canada.  >> full story
'We're not losing to ISIS,' despite setback in Ramadi, defence minister says
       The seizure of Ramadi by ISIS is a regrettable setback, Defence Minister Jason Kenney says, but no indication that coalition forces are losing the battle in Iraq against the militant organization. >> full story
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Babcock out to put Leafs 'back on the map'
      Mike Babcock took over as Toronto head coach Thursday, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada's team and they need to be put back on the map. The 52-year-old Babcock becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs' history. He cautioned the journey will be a long one, but promised it will be a lot of fun. >> full story
Dickey goes the distance as Jays top Angels
       Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey threw his first complete game of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays dumped the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 on Thursday night. >> full story
James, Cavs take Game 1 from Hawks
       LeBron James scored 31 points and J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. >> full story
Gretzky says McDavid will thrive in Edmonton
       Wayne Gretzky made his name with the Edmonton Oilers. He expects top prospect Connor McDavid will have a similar impact with the same team. Gretzky, who led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s, spoke on Wednesday night about McDavid's potential. >> full story
Kadeisha Buchanan - Unshakable
       Kadeisha Buchanan isn't the biggest household name on the Canadian women's national soccer team, but she might be soon. Her incredible potential has prompted her coach to label her ''the Christine Sinclair of defenders''. >> full story
Raonic to miss French Open
       Milos Raonic will not be playing the French Open, which begins Sunday in Paris. The Canadian tennis star, who underwent foot surgery earlier this month, announced the news on Twitter Thursday. >> full story
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