Author: Jeff Jones

Markham to be backdrop for new film

This fall, Elegoa Productions is partnering with the Varley Art Gallery in the creation of an upcoming film. Cameras roll on the production, titled The Call, this October, and the community itself will be the stars. Taking its inspiration from the short story One, by Daniel Foucard, filmmaker Oliver Bosson will explore the suburban culture that is unique to North America. His film will tell the stories of five families living in a suburban area that comes together, in an attempt to further perfect suburban living and form a micro-nation unto themselves. The plot revolves around the political realities...

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Markham Little Theatre launches show in new venue

Few theatre companies can mix new and old as well as Markham Little Theatre. One might expect a company that’s been around for more than 50 years would struggle to keep things fresh. With much of its long-time audience connected to tradition, this can come even more challenging. This September, Markham Little Theatre will present the newest work of classic Canadian playwright, Norm Foster. No stranger to his work, the company has presented his plays dozens of times, but this time they’ll do it in a brand new venue. About 10 years ago, MLT acquired a space on the...

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Varley Art Gallery readies for diverse exhibitions

Despite another busy summer, Markham’s own Fred Varley Gallery is showing no signs of slowing down for the fall. The Gallery, which sits at the northwest corner of Unionville Main Street and Carlton, has more new exhibitions and installations for art lovers to enjoy. “Our priorities are always to mount the best exhibitions we can,” says gallery director Niamh O’Laoghaire. “There is always something to see and do.” The gallery actually goes out of its way to build its schedule around content, rather than the time of year. Curator Anik Glaude organizes the year’s schedule as a series of...

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Organics farm has been growing naturally for 10 years

Crops roll across gentle hills that disappear into the countryside and there is a small market set up by the side of the road. The farm situated at the corner of Reesor Rd. and Nineteenth Ave. is quite picturesque, similar to many others. What sets this farm apart from many others, is its dedication to health benefits and the environment rather than profits. It is certified 100 per cent organic. “After growing fruit conventionally for decades, we decided to make the transition to organic back in 2001,” says farm owner Annice Passafiume.  This is not as simple a process...

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Varley marks twenty years with new exhibits

For two decades, the Fred Varley Art Gallery has been a true cultural hub for the City of Markham. In addition to housing an impressive collection of Varley’s work, it’s featured an ever-rotating collection of renowned work by international, national, and local artists. If its mission was to integrate the Markham community with the art of the world, then by any measure this gallery has been an enormous success. To mark the occasion, the gallery has been running Present | Perfect | Continuous, a year-long rotation of the most popular works by the gallery’s namesake, F.H. Varley. The title...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Markham Museum

    November 5, 2017 - December 31, 2018
  2. Geared for Growing exhibit

    March 7, 2018 - January 1, 2019
  3. From the Ground Up exhibit

    March 7, 2018 - January 1, 2019
  4. Community Innovation Hub

    April 29
  5. Seniors Advisory Committee Craft Show and Hobby Fair

    June 19