Featured Events in York Durham Headwaters

Jan 20

The Story of Babar the Elephant

Jan 20th, 2018 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts - Plaza Suite
10268 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 3B7

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Get ready to hear the classic tale of Babar the Elephant with narrator Jacques Arsenault and music by Francis Poulenc performed by Quintroversy Woodwind Quintet!

Quintroversy's mission is to introduce classical music to young people in a fun atmosphere! Past Performances include the Children’s Festival at Jane Mallet Theatre, lobby performances for the Toronto Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts at Roy Thomson Hall, and touring schools in the GTA with Prologue to the Performing Arts.

Cost: $25 general admission, $20 for students and children

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Jan 26

John Sheard presents A Tribute to Stuart McLean

Jan 26th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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John Sheard, Stuart McLean's Director & Pianist presents A Tribute to Stuart McLean.

John spent countless miles travelling across the continent with the legendary Stuart McLean. Join us for a special evening of backstage stories, tour bus tales, music and humour from 20 years on the road together creating memories for a lifetime.

With special guests Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite, Dennis Pendrith, and introducing Kalya Ramu.

EVENT DETAILS
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert, HST included.
Tickets are final sale – no refund or exchanges available

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

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Feb 3

AWBF BluesBash

Feb 3rd, 2018 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Highland Automotive Professionals
15783 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G1P4

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The AWBF BluesBash Festival Kickoff event is one of the MUST attend social events in Aurora. The annual fundraiser is a happening experience which hosts a live music stage, professional band, dancing, special appearances, silent and live auction, food stations, licensed bar, the Blues Brothers, live painting to the beat and many other fun activities. The featured band is Sons of Rhythm a high energy funk/soul group which will keep you dancing and entertained all evening along with our showcase of local youth musicians who'll provide an upbeat and memorable night of music. Don't miss out on this amazing night which sells out every year!

Thanks to our hosts the Highland Automotive Professionals Team who transform their dealership into one of the hippest pop-up clubs in York Region!

BluesBash Tickets
Aurora Winter Blues Fest 2018

Cost: $55

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Feb 10

THE WILL OF LIFE

Feb 10th, 2018 8:00 pm

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts
171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham ON L3R 8G5
Markham, Ontario L3R 8G5

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The beauty of music knows no borders, and unifies listeners in the tuneful sundry of our harmonious world. Award-winning Canadian composer Vincent Ho writes music for the stringed Chinese instrument the pipa, in an original composition performed by the Grammy-nominated Wu Man. The child prodigy Leonid Nediak takes centre stage with the rhythmically stirring Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Prokofiev. In the midst of the First Great War, Danish composer Carl Nielsen penned his “Inextinguishable” Symphony No. 4, a heroic reflection on the nature of humankind.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Vincent Ho | composer-in-residence
Wu Man | pipa
Yi Qin | narrator
Leonid Nediak | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m. Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk
Intermission discussion with Michael Berec, Wu Man and Yi Qin
Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne

Vincent Ho, Rejuvenation: A Taoist Journey
Prokofiev, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3, Op. 26
Nielsen, Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 "The inextinguishable"

To reserve your seats, go to www.MarkhamTheatre.ca or call 905.305.7469

Cost: $40 - $15

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Feb 11

Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest 2018

Feb 11th, 2018 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Vellore Village Community Centre
1 Villa Royale Ave
Vaughan, Ontario L4H 2Z7

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The City of Vaughan will host its 29th annual Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest event on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Vellore Village Community Centre. FREE family fun entertainment and activities include outdoor stage shows, an Official Welcome by Mayor and Members of Council, as well as midway rides and inflatables, face painting, arts & crafts, a photo booth, horse-drawn wagon rides, a free pancake breakfast, and so much more!

Cost: FREE

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Feb 15

Ken Whiteley & Freedom Blues

Feb 15th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend, with 7 Juno nominations, 16 Maples Blues Awards and a Canadian Folk Music Award in his toolkit. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues and gospel. Bringing along an 8-piece band tonight, the sounds will include the glorious harmonies courtesy of the Fabulous Levy Sisters, keys/organ, bass, drumkit – and a 3-piece horn section.

Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals, called “…a cross between Pete Seeger and Tony Bennett on 11!”

EVENT DETAILS
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert, HST included
All ticket sales are non-refundable.

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

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Feb 23

AWBF Journeymen Blues

Feb 23rd, 2018 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

St. Andrews College, Ketchum Theatre
15800 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 3H7

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The AWBF is thrilled to present on the same bill the talented and Award Winning Steve Strongman, Jack De Keyzer and Michael Schatte in our "Journeymen Blues" Showcase Night.

AWBF Journeymen Blues Tickets

Aurora Winter Blues Fest 2018

Cost: $57-$62

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Feb 24

AWBF Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tribute Show

Feb 24th, 2018 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

St. Andrews College
15800 Yonge St.
Aurora, Ontario L4G 3H7

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The AWBF is proud to present the tribute show "Mad Dogs & Englishmen - The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell" as our feature act. As the opening act, the AWBF is thrilled to bring you Dan McKinnon, one of the brightest up and coming artists on the Canadian Blues scene.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tribute Show Tickets

Aurora Winter Blues Fest 2018

Cost: $57-$62

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Mar 9

Hedley

Mar 9th, 2018 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tribute Communities Centre
99 Athol St. E
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1J8

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Canada’s favourite high-energy, platinum-selling chart toppers are back! Hedley has announced their highly anticipated 2018 arena tour in support of their seventh studio album, Cageless. Joining Hedley on the 32 city Canadian tour will be very special guests Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams. Hedley will be in Oshawa at the Tribute Communities Centre on Friday, March 9, 2018. Tickets on sale now.

Cost: $35.00, $55.00 and $75.00

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Mar 13

Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good

Mar 13th, 2018 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Tribute Communities Centre
99 Athol St E.
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1J8

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Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good have announced that they will be co-headlining a 20 date Canadian tour next spring including a stop at Oshawa’s Tribute Communities Centre on March 13, 2018. Tickets and VIP packages for the tour will be available through both artists' websites and fanclubs starting November 17th. The public on-sale starts November 24 at 10:00am. The dates with the two Canadian rock legends run from March 1, 2018 through March 31 and bring them from coast to coast.

Cost: $51.50, $61.50 and $81.50

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Mar 23

John Sheard presents Wendell Ferguson

Mar 23rd, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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Just when you thought it was safe to come out again… Guitar magician Wendell and piano maestro John push the boundaries of great music and good taste. Their special guest vocalist Terra Hazelton will keep it all respectable.
With Dennis Pendrith on upright bass.

Event Details
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert, HST included
Tickets are final sale – no refund or exchanges available

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

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Mar 28

Judas Priest

Mar 28th, 2018 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Tribute Communities Centre
99 Athol St E.
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1J8

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One of heavy metal’s most legendary acts will be hitting the road in 2018 in support of their new studio album, ‘Firepower.’ The ‘Judas Priest: Firepower 2018 Tour’ will stop in Oshawa at the Tribute Communities Centre on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The new album (which was produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom) is due in early 2018 and the tour will feature the line-up of singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.

Cost: $63.75, $83.75, $154.25

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Mar 30

TCHAIKOVSKY AND LISZT

Mar 30th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts
171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham ON L3R 8G5
Markham, Ontario L3R 8G5

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Two ostentatious works for the piano by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt lead the evening’s concert featuring prize-winning pianist Ricker Choi. Liszt’s demonic dance of death, Totentanz, conjures the Day of Wrath, while his Piano Concerto No. 2 displays theatrical feats of extravagance at the keyboard. Illuminating audiences is harpist Teresa Suen-Campbell, who performs a world premiere by the celebrated Chinese composer Chan Wing-Wah. The beautifully orchestrated Symphony No. 3 “Polish” by Tchaikovsky is sure to please the ears in its unconventional five-movement format.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Chan Wing-Wah | composer-in-residence
Ricker Choi | pianist
Teresa Suen-Campbell | harpist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m. Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Michael Berec, Chan Wing-Wah, Ricker Choi and Teresa Suen-Campbell

Liszt, Totentanz, S. 126
Liszt, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2, S. 125
Chan Wing-Wah, Concerto for harp and orchestra*
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 3, Op. 29 "Polish"

To reserve your seats, go to www.MarkhamTheatre.ca or call 905.305.7469

Cost: $40 - $15

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Apr 13

Great Artist Music Series presents Vlad Soloviev, piano

Apr 13th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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Vladimir Soloviev is a Toronto-based pianist, chamber musician and choral conductor. A musician of a versatile repertoire, he has championed the music of contemporary Canadian composers, as well as works of Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Over the course of his career Vlad has taken part in a number of competitions, winning the Pattison Piano Competition and the London Scholarship Foundation Competition, and the Western University Concerto Competition.

Apart from his recital activity, Vlad has been active as lecturer and a teaching artist. He has also been involved in arts advocacy as part of the Bradford Arts Center, and remains active as a collaborative pianist and a vocal coach in Toronto and New York City, while holding the position of a music director at the Trinity United Church in Newmarket.

Concert Repertoire at: http://auroraculturalcentre.ca/events/vladsoloviev/

Individual Concert Tickets:
$35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert
HST Included on all tickets

All ticket sales final; no refund or exchange

This series is made possible through the generous support of Bonnie and Norbert Kraft.

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Apr 20

The Ennis Sisters | Keeping Time

Apr 20th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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With multiple accolades – a Juno Award, SOCAN Award, multiple East Coast Music Awards and Music NL Awards – The Ennis Sisters, Maureen, Karen and Teresa Ennis are a world renowned, celebrated Celtic/folk group from St. John’s, NL. With their closely knit harmonies and voices and powerful as the North Atlantic, it’s in their bones to sing. Their live show features breath taking harmonies, humourous stories, step dancing, Celtic instrumentals and original material that leaves audiences feeling thoroughly entertained.

Their latest CD, Keeping Time, was produced by highly acclaimed musician, author and fellow Newfoundlander, Alan Doyle. Set for release in the spring of 2018, Keeping Time is a concept album about the passing of time, the loss of traditions, the things we do to hold on to what matters most and what we’ve done to preserve it.

EVENT DETAILS
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert, HST included.
Tickets are final sale – no refund or exchanges available

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

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May 4

Great Artist Music Series presents James Campbell and Friends

May 4th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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James Campbell is Canada’s premier clarinetist; Member of the Order of Canada and Juno Award winner. Cameron Crozman will be joining him, playing a Stradivarius cello on loan through the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition. Joining on piano is Leopoldo Erice.

Repertoire
Beethoven Trio for clarinet, cello, piano
Ravel: Habanera,
Fauré: Sicilienne, Papillon
Saint-Saens: The Swan
Weiner: Hungarian Dances
Brahms Trio for clarinet, cello and piano

Individual Concert Tickets:
$35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert
HST Included on all tickets

All ticket sales final; no refund or exchange

2017/18 Concert Great Artist Music Series
Feb. 22/18 Stewart Goodyear, piano
April 13/18 Vlad Soloviev, piano
May 4/18 James Campbell & Friends, clarinet, cello, piano
3 – Concert Subscription Series: $100

This series is made possible through the generous support of Bonnie & Norbert Kraft.

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May 5

Peppa Pig Live!

May 5th, 2018 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Tribute Communities Centre
99 Athol St E.
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1J8

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A big surprise is in store for Peppa Pig fans throughout the U.S. and Canada! The newest North American Peppa Pig Live tour, “Peppa Pig’s Surprise,” will visit an additional 33 cities in 2018. Following a 60-city leg this fall, “Peppa Pig’s Surprise” will stop at Tribute Communities Centre on May 5, 2018. Peppa Pig Live, based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing daily on Nick Jr., is one of the most successful family theater tours in U.S. history.

Cost: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50

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May 11

The Pick Brothers Band

May 11th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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With albums Pink Lemonade and Blue Days under their belts, Aurora’s Pick Brothers Band are enjoying success on the national stage, opening with the likes of The Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells and Houndmouth. We loved hearing them last summer at the Aurora Music Festival, and are proud to welcome The Pick Brothers Band back to Aurora for a memorable night.

Event Details
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert, HST included.
Tickets are final sale – no refund or exchanges available

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

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May 19

WRATH AND REVOLUTION

May 19th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts
171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham ON L3R 8G5
Markham, Ontario L3R 8G5

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From the most woeful and sinister themes emerge the most moving melodies. Camille Saint-Saëns’ energetically haunting Danse Macabre evokes the Devil in music, featuring the Kindred Spirits Orchestra’s own concertmaster, Jing Ye, on violin. Grammy-nominated composer and flutist Ron Korb performs Taiwanese composer Ma Shui-long’s thrilling Bamboo Flute Concerto. The bloodbath of “The Year 1905” in Russia’s revolutionary past is masterfully illustrated in Shostakovich’s fierce and impassioned Symphony No. 11.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Jing Ye | violinist
Ron Korb | flutist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m. Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Michael Berec andRon Korb
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne

Saint-Saëns, Dance Macabre
Ma-Shui Long, Concerto for bamboo flute and orchestra
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 11, Op. 103 "The Year 1905

To reserve your seats, go to www.MarkhamTheatre.ca or call 905.305.7469

Cost: $40 - $15

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Jun 8

John Sheard presents The British Invasion

Jun 8th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4

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From Beatles to Hollies, Stones to Kinks; Petula to Dusty, Animals to Peter and Gordon…
Take a musical ride down memory lane…on a double-decker bus. The (English) will be on fun.

With John Sheard at the keys, along with David Celia (guitar & vocals), Mia Sheard (vocals), Ryan Graville-Martin (drumkit), Steve Briggs (guitar) and Dennis Pendrith (bass).

Event Details
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Concert, HST included
Tickets are final sale – no refund or exchanges available

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

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Jun 16

L'HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT. KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA.

Jun 16th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave
Markham, Ontario L6B 1E3

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Markham’s 2018 Contemporary Music Festival is pleased to present a provocative concert of mesmerizing modern music, dance and drama. A bargain with the devil leads a soldier to a life of hardship and heartache in Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du Soldat.

Kristian Alexander | conductor

Actors, dancers, narrator

Stravinsky, L'Histoire du soldat

Tickets $10 at the Door

Cost: $10 at the door

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Jun 21-24

Cirque du Soleil - Corteo

Starts: Jun 21st, 2018 7:30 pm
Ends: Jun 24th, 2018 5:00 pm

Tribute Communities Centre
99 Athol St.
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1J8

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After thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide, CORTEO will embark on a new journey next March as the same enchanting production but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town. The show will visit Oshawa at the Tribute Communities Centre for a limited run of six performances, from June 21 to 24, 2018.

Cost: Tickets start at $25

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Jun 28

LOVE AND FAITH

Jun 28th, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts
171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham ON L3R 8G5
Markham, Ontario L3R 8G5

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Maestro Kristian Alexander unites the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in their concluding concert of 2017-2018. Ravel’s most celebrated work, Boléro, is a cleverly crafted rising orchestral crescendo through the use of brilliant ever-changing instrumental colours and texture. Intriguingly annotated “Herein is enshrined the soul of…..” makes Elgar’s Violin Concerto, a truly touching piece where “love and faith meet.” Taken from motives from his sinfully immoral opera, The Fiery Angel, Symphony No. 3 by Prokofiev unquestionably rouses our darkest emotions.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Andrew Sords | violinist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m. Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Andrew Sords
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne

Ravel, Boléro
Elgar, Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 61
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 3, Op. 44

To reserve your seats, go to www.MarkhamTheatre.ca or call 905.305.7469

Cost: $40 - $15

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Jul 1

Vaughan Celebrates Canada Day 2018

Jul 1st, 2018 Noon to 8:00 pm

Boyd Conservation Area
8739 Islington Ave
Vaughan, Ontario L4L 1A6

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The City of Vaughan will celebrate Canada’s 151st anniversary of Confederation at its award-winning annual Canada Day event on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 12 - 8 p.m. at the Boyd Conservation Area. This fun-filled event will feature FREE admission, activities and entertainment for the whole family including live performances, inflatables, face painting, arts and crafts, a business zone, and a food zone to make for a very exciting day!

Cost: FREE

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Jul 1

UNIONVILLE CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

Jul 1st, 2018 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Unionville Bandstand
157 Main St Unionville b1, Unionville, ON L3R 2G9
Unionville, Markham, Ontario L3R 2G9

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Celebrate Canada Day with entertainment by Kindred Spirits Orchestra and prepare for a dazzling display of light, colour, and sound as the sky alights with the magnificent flowers of the fireworks

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Jing Ye | violinist
Jesse Dietschi | contrabassist

Michael Berec | host

Beethoven, Overture to King Stephen, Op. 117
J. Strauss, Radetzki March
Ravel, Boléro
Bottesini, Concerto for contrabass and orchestra No. 2
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 1
Saint-Saëns, Dance macabre
Tchaikovsky, The year 1812, solemn overture, Op. 49

Cost: Free admission

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Jul 14-15

Culture Bridge Festival

Starts: Jul 14th, 2018 4:00 pm
Ends: Jul 15th, 2018 8:00 pm

Riverwalk Commons
200 Doug Duncan Dr.
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y0C1

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Imagine! The exciting colourful diversity of world cultures. Leave your passport at home and experience your neighbour’s culture here in your own community. CULTURE BRIDGE FESTIVAL, with past attendance of 5000, plans a variety of social experiences for everyone, children through to grandparents, that will bring them out of their homes and into the community to sing, dance and eat together.

Experience an exciting, inviting intercultural exchange with a marketplace, music, dance and food (so come hungry) that reflects the rich artistry and cultural expressions that contributes to Canada’s welcoming mosaic.

Admission to all events is FREE. Attendees are encouraged support our annual FOOD DRIVE and bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Food Pantry.

Cost: Free admission

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