Author: Markham Review

Canada’s top table tennis athletes to compete in Markham

Call it table tennis. Call it ping pong. Just don’t call it low energy. The plastic balls will be flying in March as some of the top table tennis players in Canada descend on the Markham Pan Am Centre for the 2018 Butterfly Canada Cup Finals—one of the top tournaments in the country for the growing sport. When the tournament convenes March 10 and 11, as many as 80 players from five or six provinces will be competing for points vital for those hoping to make the national team. The Canada Cup is a top-tier tournament, second only to...

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Laughter and coming of age—in India’s Red Light District

A bit of Markham will be transformed into a red-light district. For one night, anyway, when the Flato Markham Theatre transports audience members to a brothel in Mumbai, India. What some people may view as merely a home to questionable transactions is actually home to ordinary people. Specifically Rani, a fictional teenager experiencing a coming of age as she and her sex worker mother try to sort out their different plans for her life. Both characters—and all of the others in the show—are played by scientist, writer and performer Dipti Mehta. Her one-woman play, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai...

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From imprisonment to freedom: former Iranian political prisoner shares story

For Canadian teens, life is about school, friends, and fun. For Marina Nemat, it was about survival. At 16, the Iranian-born woman was sentenced to imprisonment for daring to criticize the religious rulers that rose to power after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. While in captivity, she was tortured and faced execution, but eventually, through a prison guard, escaped to freedom in Canada. On March 7, she’ll tell her story through a multi-disciplinary adaptation of her popular memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, at the Flato Markham Theatre. Nemat, now 52 and living in Aurora, will share her struggle for freedom while...

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Amateur badminton players to compete at Bujak Open

The shuttlecocks will soon be flying in Markham, as hundreds descend on the Pan Am Centre for the 2018 Bujak Open. The annual tournament is back, featuring cash prizes and bragging rights for the best amateur and recreational players of the popular sport from across the city and region. The tournament is hosted by the Bujak Badminton Club, a recreational group whose membership has ballooned from 14 to more than 100 during the last 12 years. At the helm is Deborah Tom, who founded the club when she was 28, out of a desire to have a fun and...

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Popping the cork on culture at the Varley

Get ready to swirl, sniff, and swig your way through the old world. The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham is calling on all oenophiles, connoisseurs and budding sommeliers for the fourth instalment of Vintages at the Varley, a fundraiser for the gallery’s exhibitions and programs. Markhamites can take a 16-wine journey through Spain, Portugal and Italy while tasting hors d’oeuvres and listening to ambient jazz music—all while exploring the Varley gallery itself. The idea of pairing wine with art is one that simply made sense, according to Francesca Dauphinais, Varley-McKay Art Foundation development officer. “Both wine and art evoke emotions and...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Markham Museum

    November 5, 2017 - December 31, 2018
  2. Unionville Theatre Company

    February 19 - February 25
  3. Markham at the Movies

    February 27