Markham Village Music Festival

Music will be in the air this month as the Markham Village Music Festival returns June 17 and 18.


The festival, which takes place June 17 and 18, is an exciting display of colourful dances, delicious food and beautiful crafts, as described by its own entertainment director, Kevin Ker.


On the third weekend of every June, Main Street Markham is closed to traffic from Highway 7 north to Parkway/Bullock and music fills the air all day and evening.


“It’s an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate all that’s worth celebrating,” adds Ker. “The festival is a reflection of our city: Diverse, exciting and a wonderful display of the rich fabric of Markham.”


The majority of the live bands onstage at the festival are Markham-based bands who write and perform their own songs.


Los Moralitos, a Latino band featuring big, danceable, electric rhythms, first performed at the festival in 2012.


“Playing at the Markham Village Music Festival is always fun, the people are ready to have a good time,” says band member Richard Morales. “We even wrote a song named City of Friends dedicated to Markham. It was the beginning of our band.”


There will be five stages of entertainment this year at the festival. This includes the Kids Stage in nearby Morgan Park, complete with carnival atmosphere, petting zoo and crafts. Back on Main Street, the music touches every genre: rock, jzz, blues, multicultural dance troupes and more.


Of course, no party is complete without snacks. If you want a simple hotdog, they’ve got it. If you want a fine Italian bistro meal, that’s also available. Friday night and all day Saturday, you can enjoy a multicultural feast from the many cultures that make up Markham. All Main Street restaurants will be open and vendors will line the street. Even the Farmers’ Market will be open on Robinson Street, just in case you want grab some fresh fruit or vegetables.


“The variety of experiences on the street during the festival makes it one of a kind,” says festival chair Judi McIntyre. “From the multicultural performances to carnival rides in Morgan Park, there is something for everyone.”


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