Author: Andrew Lawton

Ancient Chinese opera to be staged at Flato Markham Theatre

An ancient Chinese love story is coming to the Markham stage. The Legend of the White Snake will be interpreted as an opera on Oct. 21 as part of a one-night engagement at the Flato Markham Theatre. The opera performance is produced and promoted by the Canada Chinese Opera Arts Centre, spearheaded by Yan-Yan Zhang. The story is about a female white snake who falls in love with a scholar and which was oppressed by the powerful heavenly beings,” according to a teaser from the opera company. “Much like in Shakespearean tragedies, the love between the two protagonists is met...

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My style is every style: Yuliya Marusina to host exhibit at McKay Art Centre

Artist Yuliya Marusina has a simple goal: for her to work to stack up like that of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo in generations to come. It’s a lofty target, but one she’s pursuing with passion. The Ukrainian-born artist is presenting an exhibit at the McKay Art Centre in Unionville, showcasing her wide variety of styles and subjects in a five-day run. It’s fitting that a woman inspired by famed Renaissance artists is, herself, a Renaissance woman. Marusina depicts portraits, landscapes, flowers, and angels, using a range of media. Even more impressive is the fact that she’s never taken...

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Culture and combat combine in Muay Thai championship

The fists will be flying and the knees knocking when Canada’s top Muay Thai boxing tournament comes to Markham. For the first time, the Pan Am Centre will play host to the Canadian championship from Oct. 19 to 21. Muay Thai boxing is the national sport of Thailand, but it has a rich history in Ontario going back to the 1980s. Of the combat sports, it’s one of the most fast-paced, making it as exciting for those watching as it is for the ones competing, according to one of its key organizers in Canada. “It’s a mix of Thai...

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Helping seniors has never been so fashionable

Walk the runway and strut your stuff, Markham. The Colours of Autumn luncheon and fashion show is back, and bigger than ever. The Markhaven Foundation is once again hosting the event to raise funds for the Markhaven Home for Seniors. The luncheon at the Crystal Fountain starts at 12:30 p.m., with boutiques opening up at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $75 each. The longstanding event has brought together community members and local businesses to improve quality of life for Markhaven’s residents. In particular, local clothing retailers Eleven Joseph Fashions, Hartman, Jillian’s and Peppertree Klassics have opened up their inventories to...

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Wu Lin Feng brings cultural exchange … through fighting

Who would have thought that fighting was a good way to learn about other cultures? It may be unconventional, but it seems to be working through Wu Lin Feng, a new, but immensely popular form of kickboxing in China that now has a home in Canada. On Oct. 13, the second-ever, Canada-hosted Wu Lin Feng tournament will take place, pitting Canadian amateur kickboxers against their Chinese counterparts at the Markham Pan Am Centre in the one-day East vs. West Battle Series. The tournament is the product of a partnership between Wu Lin Feng, a martial arts competition that launched...

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