This summer, Canadians across the country celebrated Canada 150 and in the City of Markham, the celebration continues!.

On September 9 and 10, the city’s biggest event of 2017 is taking place in celebration at the Markham Civic Centre. The mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti, wanted to showcase Markham and highlight the city’s motto, “leading while remembering”. Markham is one of Canada’s most diverse city’s and holds a great influence in many areas including the arts, culture, and sports. While the major Canada 150 celebration has already taken place this summer, “Markham 150 Expo is Markham’s chance to celebrate our diverse history and its exciting future all in one big celebration” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. 

In celebrating the past 150 years of Canada, this weekend is also about celebrating and honouring Markham’s history as well. During the expo, a book of Markham’s vast history will be unveiled. On Saturday, at 2pm there will be an official dedication to William Berczy, who was given land to create farms and businesses and greatly contributed to the founding of Markham. Sunday will include a community parade, reflective of the history, diversity, community spirit, community groups, sports groups, and bands that make up Markham. Then an opening ceremony, ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’,  will have performances, presentations, and a fashion show through the years, showcases the city’s history and diversity. In addition, there are performances by homegrown artists including Julia Gartha, Jonathan Michael, and Michelle White, and international artists including Jessica Mitchell, Tyler Shaw, and The Barenaked Ladies. Also included, is a number of food, business, and community group vendors featuring all the diversity this city has to offer 

While the Mayor is particularly excited about the Markham 150 Expo, throughout the rest of the year more events honouring Markham’s history will take place. Some of these include creating another tribute to the veterans, a statue to honour Benjamin Throne whom Thornhill was named after, a brand new Markham entrance feature on the NorthEast corner of HWY 48 and Steeles, and the Stiver Mill renovation continues including the extension of the boardwalk. 

While there is much more detail to come very soon, one thing is evident as the Mayor tweeted “@frankscrapitti ‘Markham Expo 150 will be the biggest city event of 2017 #Ontario150’.” So be sure to come and celebrate Canada 150 and Markham Expo 150 as we highlight Markham’s history, culture, and most importantly to have fun together as a great community! 

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