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Canadian soldiers marching into Hong Kong

The Battle of Hong Kong Photo Exhibition

October 15 to 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October 25, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Markham Village Library
6031 Highway 7  map

On October 27, 1941, a force of 1975 Canadian soldiers was sent to defend Hong Kong. The major units were from The Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers. They fought bravely alongside units of the British Garrison of Hong Kong, mainly from the 2/14 Punjab Regiment, 5/7 Rajput Regiment, 2nd Royal Scots Regiment, 1st Middlesex Regiment and Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps, later called the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers); 294 Canadian soldiers died during the Battle of Hong Kong and subsequently 264 more died in prison camp.

They gave their lives to make possible the freedom that we enjoy, the democracy by which we govern ourselves, and the justice under which we live. We are grateful to remember those who have sacrificed for Hong Kong.

With Remembrance Day in November and to raise public awareness of the Pacific War history in World War II, Vision Youth and Hong Kong Global Network jointly present the Commemorative service and public forum on the Battle of Hong Kong.

We will have Canadian veterans who served in Hong Kong, veterans from the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers), Hong Kong Ex-Servicemen and members from St. John Ambulance Chinese Fellowship joining the ceremony and saluting our veterans.

This is a photo exhibition to show the faces of those who defended Hong Kong in 1941. These soldiers included British, Canadian, Chinese enlisted in the British forces, Indian, Gurkha and Singaporean.


Lest We Forget

Jointly organized by:
Vision Youth Leadership Program
Hong Kong Global Network
The Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) Ontario Association
The Hong Kong Ex-Servicemen’s Association (Ontario Branch)

Countrye Faire 

TUC Annual Countrye Faire and Kids Carnival

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thornhill United Church
25 Elgin Street

The Countrye Faire is a 30+ year annual free admission fundraiser hosted at TUC where volunteers offer homemade pies, baked goods, preserves, gently used clothes, books and media, crafts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, toys and games in order to raise money for continued support for the underprivileged, including a breakfast club for children hosted at EJ Sand Public School, Christmas Assistance, 'Out of the Cold' homeless shelter, and a year-round club and camp for developmentally challenged adults. The funds also subsidize the annual 1st Thornhill Scout Group membership fees, as well as a visiting program to immobile elderly and/or shut-ins.  

***Again this year we are featuring an all-ages CARNIVAL, kidzone stations, and all-day breakfast. Visit our website, for a few free game tickets. Come out and join us for a day of fun!***

Cat Painting Party

Cat Painting Party for Charity 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

7 - 9 p.m.

Location: Winged Canvas Art Hub
185 Bullock Dr #1  map
Markham, Ontario L3P 7R4

Join us Saturday, October 20th from 7 - 9 p.m. for a Cat-astic Paint Night at the Winged Canvas Art Gallery in support of the Markham Cat Adoption & Education Centre. We will have 2 painting options for cat & art lovers, as well as refreshments for everyone to enjoy. Cost: $45/person or $40/person for groups of 2+ | All materials included, light refreshments provided.


Kristian Alexander

Kindred Spirits Orchestra
The Firebird
- Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts
171 Town Centre Blvd.  map

Join the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in celebrating the opening concert of the season. Start the evening off in style with an opening night gala followed by music that conveys the deepest of emotions. Influenced by the ostentatious ballrooms of days gone by and the aftermath of First World War Europe, Ravel’s La Valse is an enchanting choreographic poem for orchestra. Khachaturian weaves the rhythm and melodies of his Armenian heritage into his fervently dazzling Violin Concerto. Scored for ballet based on Russian fairy tale, The Firebird was the first large-scale work that launched the career of the prominent 20th century composer Igor Stravinsky.

Kristian Alexander | conductor

Crystal Ye | violinist

Michael Berec | host

7:00 p.m.   Silent auction begins in the foyer of Markham Theatre and closes at 9:30 p.m.
7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital) 
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk
                  Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Jing Ye
                  Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne 

Ravel, La Valse
Khachaturian, Concerto for violin and orchestra 
Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite (1945)

Tickets: $40 - $15



Weekend Warrior 12-hour Film Challenge

The Ovation! Performing Arts Academy launched the Weekend Warrior 12-hour Film Challenge. 

Filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 19 are invited to design, act in, direct and edit a short movie – but in only 12 hours, spread across 2 days.  Bonnie Craig, Artistic Director at Ovation! said “We’re challenging all the talented young people in York Region to make a movie.  We’ll supply one prop, one costume item, a short script, all the cameras and gear, and then just get out of the way.  The students will storyboard the movie, and direct it, and act it, and even do the editing.  Some of this will happen at our studio in Richmond Hill and some of it on location.  It all happens in 12 hours, on October 20 and October 21.  I’m looking forward to seeing what all those creative people come up with!” 

There is no cost to participate for current Ovation! students; non-students are asked to pay $99.  The final films will be posted on the Ovation! YouTube channel and screened at Ovation!’s “That’s a Wrap Film Festival” in June, 2019.  

This challenge is part of Ovation!’s ZOOM program, a series of professional workshops and special events, chosen to connect Ovation! students even further to the real world of SHOW BIZ!!  Details are available on the ZOOM! Webpage -

Sharon Yiying Zhu and Students Artworks Exhibit

Wednesday, October 17 to Sunday, October 21, 2018

Location: McKay Art Centre, 197 Main Street Unionville  map

Admission: Free

Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
          Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
          Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pop Culture and Zine Show

Pop Culture & Zine Show

Now until Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Location: Winged Canvas Art Hub, 185 Bullock Drive #1, Markham  map

The Pop Culture & Zine show includes artwork from local creatives, and is a celebration of all things pop culture!

Muaythai Canada

Muaythai National Championships

October 19 - 21, 2018

Location: Markham Pan Am Centre, 16 Main Street Unionville map

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as "the art of eight limbs" because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.

For more information please visit

Grace Church Rummage Sale

Grace Anglican Church will be holding a rummage sale.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Grace Church, 19 Parkway Ave.  map

Fall rummage sale with bargains galore on
household items, clothing, linens, books and toys.

National Chinese KungFu Culture and Wellness Expo

National Chinese KungFu Culture and Wellness Expo

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Location: Markville Secondary School
1000 Carlton Road  map

Creepy Crawlies Nature Walk

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m.  to  3:00 p.m.

Location: Markham Museum,
9350 Markham Rd. map 

Get in the Halloween spirit with this creepy crawly inspired nature walk! Love them or hate them, insects are all around us! From friendly honeybees, to slippery, shy earth worms, learn about some of the many insects and bugs that call Markham Museum their home. Discover what insects we like to encourage in our ecosystems, and ways to help them, and some insects we’d prefer pack their bags and move out. 

Age: 4-8 years old

Cost: $18.00

Event Organizer: Markham Museum
Telephone: 905-305-5970

Maker Club!
by Markham Public Library

October 21, 2018, 2 - 4 p.m.

Location: Aaniin Community Centre and Library
            5725 - 5735 14th Avenue 

Explore the world of STEAM and join the Maker Club! 

STEAM = Science Technology Engineering Art Math

Be an innovator and participate in hands-on activities guided by experts. You'll have the opportunity to work on creative projects, and get to use maker equipment like:

3D printers & 3D Scanners
Laser Engravers
High-Tech Media Lab
...and much more!

Free, drop-in, open for all ages!

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

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         Chance of Precipitation: 40%
         Wind: 33 - 50 km/h  W
         Sunrise: 7:37 a.m.   Sunset: 6:26 p.m.

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  More Upcoming Markham Event

Ultimate 80's Show

Ultimate 80's Show
with George St. Kitts

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8 p.m.

FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd.  map

The Ultimate 80’s Show is one explosive music extravaganza you don’t want to miss!

Buckle in for an eighties-encore montage celebrating the decade’s major dance anthems, hottest hits, and some of the biggest icons in the history of mainstream music: Michael Jackson. Madonna. The Pointer Sisters. Lionel Richie. Cyndi Lauper. George Michael. Men at Work. INXS. Janet Jackson. Def Leppard.

It’s an unforgettable 90-minute tribute. Brought to you by a sizzling cast of singers, musicians, and dancers.

Guaranteed to get you up on your feet calling out for more!

For more information about George St. Kitts, visit

Tickets: Prime $65 Regular $55, Youth $15

Telephone: 905-305-7469
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