Author: James Lawson

Markham retailers reflect on holiday readiness

For many Markhamites, it’s the most wonderful time of year. For retailers, it’s the busiest. From navigating when to unleash holiday décor on shoppers—too early and customers mourn the ‘Christmas creep,’ too late, and retailers miss out on early Christmas shoppers—to navigating what’s en vogue or passé when the holidays roll around, store owners have a lengthy to-do list this time of year. We caught up with a few Markham retailers—large and small—to get the good, the bad, and the tinselly about how they’re faring this year. Too Good General Store – Main Street Unionville Some stores have years...

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Rouge park closer to completion after transfer of land from Markham, province

When the Rouge National Urban Park is completed, it will connect Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine through parkland—a hard-to-come-by commodity in today’s urban landscape. That goal, spearheaded by Parks Canada, moved one step closer to reality this autumn with 1.1 square kilometres of land being transferred from the City of Markham, alongside 15.2 square kilometres of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority land, and 6.5 kilometres of the province’s turf. With these 1,600 acres now under Parks Canada control, it the federal park service can more easily include them in its educational and ecological programming centred around the...

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Bubbles everywhere as Latvian troupe floats to Markham stage

Imagine a moment in which your life stands still. No phones ringing, no one asking you for things, and not a care in the world. That dream awaits you when you step—or plunge—into the submerged world of bliss that is the Underwater Bubble Show. Coming to the Flato Markham Theatre Dec. 28 for matinee and evening performances, the Underwater Bubble Show tells a story about a man grappling with a reality with which we can all identify—busyness. Mr. B is a fast-paced professional, embroiled in the daily grind to such an extent that he doesn’t think of stopping to...

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Excellence in business to be celebrated by Markham Board of Trade

What distinguishes a good business from a great one? What makes a thriving business a true entrepreneurial success story? These are among the questions judges of the Business Excellence Awards need to answer. The results of this rigorous process will be unveiled this month at a gala hosted by the Markham Board of Trade. The Nov. 9 event, held once again at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Hotel and Conference Centre, rewards businesses and their owners for excellence in areas ranging from cultural enrichment to environmental leadership to innovation. Now in its 27th year, the awards have a track record...

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Markham Concert Band celebrates Canada 150th birthday—and its own 40th

The music will be blaring with patriotic tunes month as Canada herself is feted by one of the city’s treasures. The Markham Concert Band’s fall concert is all about our country, as its musicians celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial at the Flato Markham Theatre. Though Canada 150 was officially celebrated in July, Markham Concert Band president Heather Wardell says the significance of this national milestone makes it a year-round occasion. “It’s supposed to be,” Wardell said, when asked whether Canada 150 should be a theme that carries throughout the year. “Our theatre shows run from October to May, so we couldn’t...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Markham Museum

    November 5, 2017 - December 31, 2018