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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

Free Seminar: Accessibility (AODA)
Requirements for Business

Wednesday April 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Markham Convergence Centre
7271 Warden Ave.  map


Hosted by: Markham Small Business Centre
                & Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

Accessibility by the numbers

In the next 5-10 years approximately one quarter of Markham’s population will be past retirement age. That’s 1 out of every 4 customers walking into your business. These people are seniors, and could develop disabilities as a result of the lifestyle changes that come with age. There are currently 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities. This number will increase across the province as Ontario’s population ages.

What does this mean for businesses in Markham?

Your business will need to be accessible in order to reach this consumer group. Accessibility doesn’t always mean building ramps and accessible doorways. It also means training your staff on how to understand the needs of people with disabilities so they can provide customer service in an accessible way. It’s good for business, it’s the right thing to do, and in Ontario—it’s the law.

Join us at the Markham Small Business Centre for an informational session conducted by the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

The session will help you:

Learn about your legal requirements and ensure your business is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (AODA)
 - Create an accessible customer service plan
 - Learn to recognize barriers to customers with disabilities
 - Session attendees will walk away with useful tools and templates to assist with AODA compliance.

If you need any assistance or accommodation to attend this event, please contact the Markham Small Business Centre: or 905-477-7000 ext. 6722.

Guest Speaker: Geordie Gibbon

Geordie Gibbon is a Program Advisor at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, working in the Public Education and Partnerships Unit. The Public Education and Partnerships Unit is responsible for increasing awareness and understanding of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (AODA), 2005. Through the Enabling Change Program, the unit develops educational tools and special projects to help our province reach its goal of an accessible Ontario by 2025.

Cost: Free

Online Registration

We also have a number of other great topics lined up, visit for more details.

Please feel free to contact us for more information, or if you’re interested in speaking to one of our consultants for professional, free and confidential information and advice about your small business or start-up business.

Markham Small Business Centre
Economic Development Department
City of Markham
Markham Convergence Centre
7271 Warden Avenue
Markham | ON | L3R 5X5
Tel.: 905.477.7000 Ext.6722
Fax: 905.477.2706

Canadian Federation of University Women,
Markham Unionville Chapter Meeting

CFUW Guest Speaker - "Poor Nancy Malone"

Wednesday April 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: At. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
143 Main Street Markham North  map

Mr. Cameron Knight, historian at the Richmond Hill Public Library
will tell us all about Poor Nancy Malone who was a Markham Village resident
with family problems in the mid 1800's.

Edmund Prior: Mystic Algonquin Art Exhibit

Wednesday, April 16 to Sunday, April 20, 2014

Location:  McKay Art Centre
197 Main Street Unionville. map

A show of oil sketches by Edmund Prior, inspired by Algonquin Park, the quintessential wilderness, a mystic land of pristine lakes, trees like cathedral spires, cliffs and rapids.

The McKay Art Centre features works for sale from talented community artists and is the perfect spot to visit on your next trip to Unionville.

Once the home and studio of Fred Varley, the historic house is on picturesque  Main Street Unionville.

Admission: Free

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Alzheimer Society of York Region
Caregiver Support Groups

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
D.A.Y. CENTRE, 10 Harlech Court  map

3rd Wednesday of each month

Anyone familiar with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders (ADRD) knows the significant impact it can have on family members of the impaired person, especially the primary caregiver. At the onset of the illness, only those close to the person with Alzheimer's disease may begin to notice slight behaviour changes which they may not understand. The afflicted person may become forgetful, quick tempered or withdrawn. As the disease progresses these behavioural changes become more pronounced, and by the time diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is made, the family may feel frustrated, alone and trapped.

Support groups help families and caregivers of an impaired person maintain and increase feelings of self-worth and control by sharing common problems. Through trained and competent leadership, members of the group can experience emotional relief, develop greater self-awareness and understanding, and acquire new and more positive attitudes. People learn to share problems, and help each other to cope more effectively in a safe caring environment. Groups help people to form new and meaningful relationships, and make them aware of various community services. By working together, people feel less helpless. Support Groups provide a forum to learn and understand how to cope with and care for people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.


Rouge Valley Retirement Presents Easter Concert

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Chartwell Rouge Valley
5958 16th Ave.  map

Spring is coming!

Join Rouge Family as we celebrate Easter with Timothy Clarke!

Refreshments to be served.

Kindred Spirits Orchestra
Anton Kuerti Plays Beethoven

Friday, April 18, 2014

Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd   map

Celebrate spring with a selection of music that symbolizes the season. Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 is a profound piece that was the composer’s fertile debut into symphonic repertoire.

It was sketched in an astonishing four days, and orchestrated in just under a month. Anton uerti, one of the most recorded pianists of our time,  lends his touch to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”, a powerful piece shrouded in history, as it is the last piano concerto Beethoven would ever compose. 

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture honours the holy holiday through resurrecting classical liturgical themes.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Anton Kuerti | piano
Alexa Petrenko | host (National Classical 96.3 FM radio)

Korsakov, Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36
Beethoven, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 5 "Emperor"
Schumann, Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 "Spring"

Concert enhancements:
7:15 p.m. Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Anton Kuerti
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne

Tickets: Adults, Boxes - $40, Orchestra Prime - $35,
          Orchestra Non Prime - $30, Balcony - $25

Seniors - $25, Orchestra Non-Prime or Balcony seats
Youth - $15, Orchestra Non-Prime or Balcony seats

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:
Website Address:

Come and Meet the Easter Bunny
 on Main Street Markham!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: 132 Robinson Street  map
( Markham Road, 2 lights north of Highway 7 by the big evergreen tree)

Wear your best Easter outfit and bring your camera
 to take a free picture with the Easter Bunny!

Easter Eggs with treats and stickers while quantities last. Crafts too!

SOS Children's Villages Fundraising Event

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


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. 

Quilting Classes

This course is an advanced level course where you will try all sorts of fun and challenging projects and some very unique techniques.

Ongoing Classes – 3 sessions per month

Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fee: $63.00 per month

Instructor: Peggy Kwan
Contact Number: 416-497-7340
or email

Visit for more information about the Markham Guild of Village Crafts and other classes.

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

MT Space - The Last 15 Seconds  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8 p.m.

FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd   map

Based on a true story, The Last 15 seconds explores the topic of terrorism- inspired by the tragic death of Syrian-American filmmaker Mustapha Akkad and his daughter Rima in Amman. 

The play constructs the imagined physical and verbal dialogue between Mustapha Akkad and Rawad Jassem Mohammad Abed, the suicide bomber who carried out the explosion. 

It also looks at the imagined lives and memories of both the victim and his killer during the Last 15 Seconds.

“…pulsating, unforgettable piece of theatre…”
– The Toronto Star

Tickets: Prime: $49, Regular: $44

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:
Website Address:


Classic Albums Live
Featuring Elton John’s Greatest Hits

Thursday, April 17 2014 at 8 p.m.

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

Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums
performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, using what Craig Martin refers to as ‘the world’s best musicians’, Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in Performing Arts Centers across North America. Note for Note, Cut for Cut. 

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:
Website Address:

Free Art and Design Portfolio Workshop

Thursday, April 17th, 2014. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Winged Canvas
91 Anderson Ave. Unit 12  map

Looking to improve your Art, Design or Photography portfolio?

Whether you’re applying to an institution or an amazing creative job,  we’re here to help.

Artist and award-winning art director Fei Lu will lead the workshop:

Beginning with a crash course on how to create a killer portfolio

Followed by five minute portfolio critiques — HURRY ONLY 15 SPOTS

Ending with an overview of the interview process and a Q&A session

 A free 2 hour workshop in our studio space!event-registration/c6i

Cantabile Chorale Good Friday Charity Benefit Concert

Friday, April 18th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Cantabile Chorale welcomes local church choristers in a return performance
 of Joseph Martin's Lenten cantata, "A Time for Alleluia",
 as a fundraiser for selected social service agencies in York Region

Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin St. (at Dudley Ave.), Thornhill  map

Entry by donation of a goodwill offering during the concert (no tickets)

Call 905-731-8318 for more information and/or visit

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