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Festival of Lights on Main Street Markham

Friday, November 24, 2017

Join us on Friday, November 24th, 2017, from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. for the 33rd Annual Festival of Lights, Markham Village's traditional kick-off to the holiday season. Performances and entertainers you can look forward to seeing this year include:
 - A Fire show
 - Jack Frost and Bella Snow
 - The Candy Cane Carolers
 - The Beresfords
 - Phil & Debbie
 - The Markham Concert Band!

Opening ceremonies will begin at 8 p.m. with Santa, the tree lighting, and an announcement for the winner of the Best Dressed Storefront. Fireworks to follow.

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Friday, November 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard  map

Canadian rock icon, Lawrence Gowan, rocks the stage with hits like Strange Animal, A Criminal Mind and Moonlight Desires for one night only.  Gowan enjoyed an internationally acclaimed solo career before joining the mega group, Styx after opening for them in 1997. Since then, his stardom has only skyrocketed playing sold out shows around the world.

Tickets: Prime: $105
            Regular: $95
            Youth: $15
Event Organizer: FLATO Markham Theatre 
Telephone: 905.305.7469 
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45th Annual Markham Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The 45th Annual Santa Claus parade takes place on Main Street Markham North starting at 11 a.m. from Highway 7 to 16th Avenue. map

Featuring floats, marching bands and of course Santa!!

2017 Parade Theme: Canadian 150 Heritage Christmas

The City of Markham is honoured to name Corporal Phil Badanai, Team Canada athlete at the 2017 Invictus Games, as our Parade Marshall for the 45th Annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 25.

Don't miss the small candy canes giving out to onlookers of the Markham Santa Claus Parade!

Markham Concert Band - A Seasonal Celebration

Sunday, November 26, 2017

2:00 p.m.  to  4:30 p.m.

Location: FLATO
Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd 

Please join us to kick off the holiday season in musical style. The combination of our joyous sounds and your voices is a guaranteed good time. It wouldn’t be the holidays without our traditional "Sleigh Ride" and "Christmas Festival", and there might even be a visit from Santa!

$25 Adults
$20 Seniors / Students
$15 Children under 12

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Holiday Art Show 2017: Opening Night Party

Friday November 24, 2017

7:00 p.m to 10 p.m.

Winged Canvas Art Hub Gallery
185 Bullock Dr., #1

As the Holidays approach, Winged Canvas will be hosting our annual Holiday Salon Show to help spread festive cheer through the joy of art!

On display will be artwork from talented York Region and GTA artists working across various mediums, including abstract, landscape, figurative, and three dimensional. Stop by for the Opening Reception to meet the artists, watch interactive demos, as well as enjoy music and refreshments, all while spreading the festive cheer through art!

Free Admission

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Interview Strategies Workshop

Friday, November 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

You will learn the secrets of making a great first impression, how tosell your skills to employers, and develop effective ways to answer themost frequently asked interview questions. Ample time will be devotedto practicing interview techniques.

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

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

York Basketeers

York Basketeers

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Unionville Presbyterian Church, 600 Village Parkway map

 To most people, an empty laundry hamper is just that. But to Basketeers, a laundry hamper represents Hope…hope for a woman leaving a shelter with few possessions, hope for women for a fresh start, a new life.The shelters that many of us were already supporting said it was fairly easy to find groups willing to buy or sponsor Christmas gifts for children, but their mothers seemed to have been forgotten. Basketeers supports the women by purchasing a laundry basket and filling it with items a woman would need when starting over and is given the basket upon leaving the shelter.

Each year, violence and abuse drives more than 100,000 Canadian women and children out of their homes and into shelters. Basketeers is a generous group of around 3,500 volunteers with large hearts. Our mission is to provide some of the simple necessities and niceties of life, bundled in a "New Beginnings Basket" and gifted to women as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

More than more than 10,000 women have received a “New Beginnings” basket since 2000, and we continue to grow. In 2014, many individuals, families, friends, clubs, neighbourhoods and businesses created approximately 100 baskets for distribution to women ready to leave the York shelters that we represent. Last year, approximately 200 beautifully wrapped baskets were donated. It is the overwhelming generosity of people living and working in our Region that has given us the ability to reach out to help more women, and last year, a new shelter joined us. Attached is a photo of some of the baskets from last year's donations in Unionville...a truly amazing day!

York Basketeers’ Drop-off Day is Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at  Unionville Presbyterian Church, 600 Village Parkway, Markham. Everyone is invited to be part of this special day, bring your basket(s), stay for a while, enjoy some refreshments, visit with other Basketeers and meet representatives from our Region's four shelters. So mark your calendars and start spreading the word. For those who would like to give a basket, please register on the website: through the Give a Basket page. We are not a registered charity, every donated basket is a gift of encouragement and support for a woman as she transitions back into the community. 100% of your gift is passed on to a woman identified by one of our shelters. Fill a basket, fill your heart and send a powerful message of support to these courageous women.

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         Daytime High: 8°C   Overnight Low: 6°C
         Chance of Precipitation: 30%
         Wind: 22 - 30 km/h SW
         Sunrise: 7:24 a.m.   Sunset: 4:43 p.m.

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Passage to Bollywood

Passage to Bollywood

  November 28 & 30, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
                 171 Town Centre Blvd. map

Direct from India, A Passage to Bollywood is a vibrant stage musical with foot tapping music, colourful costumes and a gripping plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat, covering various aspects of the Indian Bollywood culture. It comprises of old classics as well as the latest Bollywood songs. The audience can expect to experience drama, action, romance, and dance just like a typical Bollywood Film.  Presented by Navdhara India Dance Theatre.

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Justice League


The Star

Daddy's Home 2

Murder On The Orient Express

Thor: Ragnarok

A Bad Moms Christmas

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