Author: James Lawson

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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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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Calendar of Events

  1. Halloween in the Village

    October 29
  2. Markham at the Movies

    October 30
  3. Markham Little Theatre

    November 15 - November 18

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