Our Children: Reflections of Childhood
in Historical Canadian Art
On View from April 13 – June 23, 2019
Location:Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville map
From staged commissioned portraits to lighthearted scenes of leisure, this exhibition explores the portrayal of children by Canadian artists in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collectively, these works offer insight into the changing conceptions of childhood within Canadian settler societies, including family dynamics, gender roles and class structures. The exhibition features many prominent artists from this broad period including Paul Kane, Cornelius Krieghoff, Robert Harris, George Agnew Reid and Charlotte Schreiber. Consequently, these works also speak to the development of a Canadian artistic milieu, evidenced by the establishment of artist associations, the Royal Canadian Academy and the increasing professionalisation of the artist.
Curated by Anik Glaude and Charlotte Gagnier
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Image: Robert Harris, "The Unruly Guest (Portraits of Children of G. Stethem, Esq.)", 1880, oil on canvas, 91.5 x 122 cm. Private Collection. Photo: Frank Tancredi.
An entertaining and interactive family friendly exhibition exploring Markham’s rich agricultural history through the machines used in farming. Visit each exciting display guided by Pat the Horse! People of all ages can step into the role of a Markham farmer, with dress up, ride on tractors, innovation and more!
Learn about simple machines at the core of every tool used to plant, cultivate and harvest. Uncover the secret agricultural research facility that once operated in Markham. Identify the roles of science and engineering in the continuous improvement of farm practices in our community. Test your own innovations to support our local food supply in the future.
Brush up on your knowledge of simple machines in Geared for Growing. Hands on activities will lead you through all of our simple machines and show you how they can come together to make more complex machines. Learning has never been this fun!
Explore A Real Tractor
Explore machinery and innovations that have changed farming with some of our largest artifacts! With the help of our staff, try out our tractor. Find out exactly what a "threshing machine" is and does by seeing the artifact in person and a video of it in action.
Learn About Local Farmers
Did you know that the Morgan family designed and built implements in Markham? The profits supported Morgan Park and the first efforts to build a hospital for Markham! Get to know a few of the farmers around Markham as they share their work around the exhibition.
It's Not Easy Growing Wheat!
From bugs to hungry crows, our crops have quite the challenge to make from tiny seed to our table. Find out what challenges our farmers face in our wheat field, and how you can help!
Inventive Minds at Work
Let out your inner engineer and get your gears turning. Visitors can try their hands in our tinker areas to build their own inventions and machines. Do you think you have the next best idea for farming?
Tractor Test Drive
Discover Markham's Massey Ferguson Model Farm and its best kept secret. Find out how the secret test track paved the way for innovations in farming and machinery with the most hands on way possible... driving tractors yourself!
The Art of Abstraction Exhibition
April 5 to May 12, 2019
Location: Winged Canvas | Markham's Art Hub
185 Bullock Drive, Unit 1 map
Vibrant colours, bold brushstrokes and different perspectives abound in this exhibit. Abstract art inspires our imaginations and sparks our curiosity. Explore work by artists who experiment with textures, collage, paint, drawing and more. Don’t worry about “getting” it — this show invites you to consider how artists represent their ideas and the world through abstraction, and how we can make our own deeper emotional connections to their work.
Stamp collecting enthusiasts meet to socialize, trade and buy stamps, all year round. Anyone with interest in, or questions about stamps is welcome.
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Location: FLATO Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Boulevard map
“Nealon has a laid-back charisma that’s easy to be drawn into.” – Chicago Tribune
Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humour, dry wit, and likeable demeanour. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds. Nealon has also found great comedic success in his extensive film career. He has teamed up with fellow Saturday Night Live comedian Adam Sandler in several well-known films, such as Just Go with It, Anger Management, The Wedding Singer and Happy Gilmore. Kevin’s other film credits include Daddy Day Care, Roxanne and Grandma’s Boy.
Location: Bur Oak Secondary School
933 Bur Oak Avenue map
Free - Open to the public
On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the City of Markham and the Markham Race Relations Committee presents Many Faces of Markham. This annual event promotes the elimination of racial discrimination and celebrates the community’s ethno-cultural inclusiveness.
This year’s theme is “Everyone Welcome” - Empowering Markham Students as Emerging Champions in Equity. The event features student artwork, videos, dancing, and live cultural performances.
Pizza is available to be purchased for a suggested donation of $2 in support ofYellow Brick House.
Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission will be speaking at the event.
Renu Mandhane was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in October 2015. She is the former Executive Director of the award-winning International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She has an LL.M in international human rights law from New York University. Renu began her practice focused on criminal law, and in that capacity she represented many survivors of sexual violence and prisoners. Renu has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the United Nations. Most recently, Renu was recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of Canada’s most influential lawyers for her advocacy related to solitary confinement.
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