Author: Andrew Lawton

Immortal Chi hits the stage Apr. 20 to 22

From high-flying stunts and stunning dance to timeless costumes and fearless martial arts, eastern culture meets the western stage when Immortal Chi comes to Markham.   The Immortal Chi company will bring its show, A Warrior’s Quest for Balance, to the Flato Markham Theatre Apr. 20 to 22, hoping to dazzle audiences—but also tell a story.   The production focuses on a master of Tai chi, a five-century-old Chinese martial art, as he tries to take control of his “inner energy and life force.”   Though it may sound like an exercise in meditation, the show features bold displays...

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Laila Biali returns to Markham

When Canadian singer-songwriter Laila Biali returns to the Markham stage this month, she’ll be bringing the world with her. The Toronto-based artist’s trio will perform at the Flato Markham Theatre, April 19, on the heels of an international tour. Biali is performing a series of shows in Scandinavia and the United States this month, and will head off to Borneo in May. Beyond being a boon to her career, Biali also said her sound improves when she has the chance to engage with different types of audiences. “We’re definitely becoming an increasingly international act, which is really exciting,” she...

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No more papertrail for Unionville heating business

  From tap debit cards to Apple Pay and e-transfers to direct withdrawals, cash is playing less and less of a role in commerce today.   One Markham business is looking to do the same thing with paper.   After a two-year long migration process, Unionville Heating and Air Conditioning has gone completely paperless—an effort spurned by a desire to reduce both the company’s carbon footprint and operating costs.   Now in its 32nd year, the award-winning residential heating and air conditioning installation and service company has eliminated its paper trail not only for invoices and purchase orders—but even...

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Keep eyes on RRSP and TFSA numbers in 2017

  With the new year upon us, tax time is soon approaching, but there’s another financial deadline creeping up even sooner—the RRSP contribution cut-off.   For those with Registered Retirement Savings Plans, Mar. 1 marks the last day to make contributions that you want to deduct on your 2016 income tax return, which is due at the end of April.   Though there used to be a grace period, a Markham finance professor says many people forget or don’t know that that is no longer the case. Missing the deadline is one of two key mistakes RRSP-holders make. The...

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Epilepsy groups mark milestones and look to the future

  From donor fatigue to funding uncertainty, the not-for-profit sector has its challenges. For two Markham-based charities sharing a similar cause, milestone anniversaries observed this year present philanthropic success stories. Epilepsy Ontario and Epilepsy Canada are celebrating 60 and 50 years, respectively, in existence this year, looking back at decades of achievement, and the promise of more. “It is quite a number,” said Epilepsy Ontario’s executive director, Paul Raymond. “It is quite an achievement in the not for profit world considering budget restraints, cuts, and the economy…. That (an organization) that depends on donations has been around for sixty...

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