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What's On in Markham Oct 12th - 18th

Hello Markham! This week we have a great list of events for you going on in and around Markham. Lots of arts, music, museums and more! Scroll down for the full list of What’s On in Markham Oct 12th – 18th!

Artist Talk - Shantel Miller - Varley Art Gallery
Oct 18th - 12.30pm

discover the work of Markham-based artist Shantel Miller. Miller’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery, A Legacy Unfolding, examines the nuanced relationship between faith, spirituality, and the church, as well as the way these concepts are expressed in her Jamaican-Canadian community. During this talk, Miller will discuss her evolving artistic process and how her community contributes to it.
About the artist
Shantel Miller is a Jamaican-Canadian visual artist living in Markham. She received an MFA in Painting at Boston University and a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2021, she received the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture, the Elizabeth Greenshield Award, the Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Fund and is currently the Ujima Boston Project Artist Fellow for 2022-2024.
Miller’s figurative paintings represent lived and imagined experiences that often situate the body in moments of vulnerability and introspection. As part of her creative process, she uses body language symbolically to suggest relationships of tension and intimacy, often depicting interior spaces with isolated moments of realism, alternating perspectives, and high-contrast color relationships. Working in this way, Miller negotiates notions of a public and private self and explores ideas relevant to spirituality and existentialism in ordinary depictions of Black life.
Lunch and Learns are supported by TD Bank and the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham
For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Samajam - YOU are the show! - Flato Markham Theatre
Oct 14th - 2pm

Your family will not want to miss SAMAJAM You are the Show!, a fun, and highly engaging musical experience featuring SAM & AJAM, a dynamic and humorous duo of musical superheroes. With their unparalleled musical talents, they guide you on an immersive adventure that transforms everyone into the music star of the show. Equipped with a SAMAJAM Music Bag containing three percussion instruments to play at key moments, you create collective rhythms and songs, participate in musical games, and celebrate cultural diversity by learning rhythms from 8 regions of the world. Presented more than 1,500 times in 8 countries in front of one million people, SAMAJAM is the ultimate musical participatory show for the whole family!

For more details click here. Price: from $15.00

Hiromi's Sonicwonder - Flato Markham Theatre
18th Oct - 8pm

Globally celebrated jazz sensation Hiromi has electrified audiences with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop. Her new upcoming album and tour Sonicwonderland features an electrified 4-piece band, featuring Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Hadrien Feraud on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. Japanese native Hiromi has earned the deep respect of jazz icons like Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. Her live performances are legendary for their energy and jaw-dropping improvisation. Join us to experience Hiromi’s extraordinary virtuosity!

For more details click here. Price: from $15

Rouge River Brewing Company - Special Music Event
Oct 12th - 7pm

Dave Nachmanoff 
Partnered event with School of Rock, come listen to well-known artist Dave Nachmanoff. 

Not many people get to realize their early dreams – Dave Nachmanoff has toured the world both on his own, and as the guitarist and opening act for Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”, “Time Passages”), at venues as far ranging as the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, to The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. From performing with folk legend Libba Cotten at the age of 9, to playing in a rock band with his two brothers, Dave went on to earn a PhD in Philosophy at UC Davis and slowly built a grassroots following touring all over the world. In addition, he writes and records custom songs for clients and uses his recording studio to produce other artists. A truly independent musician, Dave’s career is varied and never predictable. 

For more details click here. Price: $10

DanceSport Grand Prix Canada - Pan Am Centre
Oct 14th & 15th

Watch the biggest dance competition in Canada! 

For more details click here. Price: from $30

Concert: David Myles - Nineteen on the Park Stouville
Oct 12th - 7.30pm

Award-winning and critically acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter David Myles might be an undercover musicologist. Within his eclectic artistic continuum, he`s reverentially explored jazz, blues, pop, holiday music, French pop, rockabilly, country, folk, gospel, and even hip-hop.  His work has always featured strong song craft and musicianship —no matter what genre, David has never sacrificed substance for style.   David has released three records in the last three years – Leave Tonight, Juno award winning That Tall Distance, and 2022’s It’s Only A Little Loneliness.  2023 will see David roll out more new music from his upcoming album. 

For more details click here. Price: FREE


Thornhill’s Westside Stories: The Store – The House – The Fam - Thornhill - until Oct 15th

This exhibition explores the history of Robert West’s General Store, The Robert West Heritage House and the West Family.
This House was in the West Family’s possession for four generations (1843 – 2008) before it was bequeathed to the Thornhill Heritage Foundation.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Dinos in Motion - Ontario Science Centre - until Jan 7th

Explore biomechanics, robotics, kinetics and more in an interactive exhibition featuring life-sized dinosaur sculptures

How do you make a T. rex chomp? Visit Dinos in Motion, our new interactive exhibition, to find out.

Get ready to dig into a world where art, science and innovation meet! Explore an incredible collection of metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by real fossils and built using recycled materials. Use levers, pulleys and other controls to make the massive dinosaurs move while learning about the fascinating science behind these kinetic creations. Plus, get to know more about the life and times of some of your favourite dinos, like Ankylosaurus, Diplodocus and Struthiomimus and many more.

This exhibition is created and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc. The sculptures are the creations of John Payne and Studio Properties LLC.

Want more dinosaurs? Join scientists on a quest to unearth a prehistoric world lost to ice in Dinosaurs of Antarctica, playing now in our OMNIMAX® Theatre.

For more details click here. Price: from $13

Where Dark Things Dwell - Black Creek Pioneer Village
Oct 13th

Stopping in the sleepy village of Black Creek for a night’s rest, you and your fellow travelers find yourselves trapped as ancient evil stirs. Black Creek is surely doomed – unless you can lift the curse!

Now it’s up to you to save the cursed villagers, discover the great incantation, and stop the evil from rising before the final bell tolls. Guided only by your wit and your lantern, do you have what it takes to journey where dark things dwell?

Where Dark Things Dwell is played in teams of four.

For more details click here. Price: from $40

In-Person That's What She Said: Soulful Stories - Thornhill
Oct 13th - 7pm

TWSS is an amazing night of women telling stories! It occurs monthly and each month we explore an exciting new theme / topic! Join us for a night of stories, connection, and new friends! Courtney will facilitate the evening so that it’s super easy to meet other fabulous women.

This event is highly interactive as after each preselected speaker shares her personal story on the topic, participants will get a chance to share their thoughts about the talks and discuss questions posed around the theme. It is a great way to chat with and get to know other amazing ladies.

We are committed to creating a loving, positive, supportive environment for everyone to enjoy. All you need to bring is your amazing self.

Several stories will be shared by preselected speakers and you will walk away with new insights and inspiration. This is our chance to do something fun and different!

Sharing our stories is powerful (think about Ted Talks and hearing stories as a kid). Stories build empathy and open our eyes to new perspectives and possibilities, allowing us to move forward in a new way in our own lives.

Plus, there will be snacks and refreshments.

It really is a magical night of connection and realizing that you are not alone.

Street parking available.

For more details click here. Price: $27.96

Cineplex Family Favourites - The Secret Life of Pets - Cineplex Downtown Markham - Oct 14th - 11am

For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. That’s when the pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own nine-to-five routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners, or auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks.

The building’s top dog, Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), a quick-witted terrier rescue who’s convinced he sits at the center of his owner’s universe, finds his pampered life rocked when she brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills.

When this reluctant canine duo finds themselves out on the mean streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who’s building an army of Ex-Pets abandoned by their owners and out to turn the tables on humanity…all before dinnertime.

For more details click here. Price: $2.99

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Howloween Party - The Bernese Barista - Oct 22nd - 1pm

Halloween is coming up… you know what that means! A doggy costume party!

Come join us on October 22nd between 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and dress your pup up for our annual Howloween Doggy Costume Party!

-Puppy walk
-Lots of fun!

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

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