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Events, concerts and other super fun things to do in Newmarket this weekend

Newmarket gets Frozen on Fridays, visits with Santa, an ugly Christmas sweater party, and a dramatic reading of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, just a few of the things happening this weekend
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Frozen Fridays at Riverwalk Commons kicks off tonigth. Debora Kelly/NewmarketToday

Frozen Fridays 

It’s cool to be cold! Don’t miss the opening night of Frozen Fridays (to Jan. 3) tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. These fun-filled evenings for all ages feature outdoor skating, train rides, hot chocolate, DJ music, photos with Santa, fire/LED shows, giveaways with Jay Miller, fries and poutine by Wickedly Sinful, and more. Visit the mitten tree on display at this winter wonderland and donate new handmade or store bought hats, mittens, socks, and scarves for Inn From the Cold, Belinda’s Place, and Blue Door Shelters. Some activities vary based on the evening. For full schedules go to: 

Star Wars Ornament and Trivia Night

Are you an enthusiast of both Star Wars and Christmas? To celebrate the new movie in the popular franchise opening Dec. 13, Main Ideas Studio hosts a Star Wars Ornament and Trivia Night, tonight from 8 to 10 p.m., 245 Main St. Paint three starship ornaments to hang on your tree then test your Jedi knowledge with lots of fun trivia. Cost is $30 + tax per painter. To register call 905-235-1300

Cocoa and Cookies with Santa

Jolly Old Saint Nick stops by the Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St. S., Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. for Cocoa and Cookies with Santa. Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies, and photos. Event is free but donations for the Newmarket Food Pantry are appreciated. Register by Dec. 6 at 905-953-5314 or museum@newmarket.ca

Take a Picture with Santa

Say cheese! The Wasim Jarrah Real Estate teams invites you to the 3rd annual Take a Picture with Santa event, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr. This free event welcomes people and pets to pose with Santa for a special holiday keepsake photo. Mrs. Claus will be handing out treats and kids can also make crafts with the elves. Please bring a donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry.

Santa at New Roots Garden Centre

Santa makes a special appearance at New Roots Garden Centre, 17235 Yonge St., Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family and get some great holiday pictures. Donations for the Newmarket Food Pantry are welcome.

Finnish Christmas Carolling

Niemi Family Farm hosts a Finnish Christmas Carolling Evening, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 6 p.m., 18463 Hwy. 48. Join in the festive singing of traditional Finnish - and some English - Christmas songs around a warm, roaring bonfire. Admission is free, Finnish baking available for purchase. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

J&B’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., will be so much fun even the Grinch will love it. Sponsored by Lighthouse Legal Services, this 3rd annual event includes an exclusive cask release, door prizes, silent auction, Grinchiest sweater contest, live entertainment by The Jon Tanner Band, and lots of activities through the evening. Over the past two years this event has raised more than $20,000 for Inn From the Cold. Tickets are $25.

Ultimate Kitchen Sink Holiday Cookie Workshop

Leave Santa some creative cookies this Christmas Eve. Kids will learn how to make delicious holiday cookies at the Ultimate Kitchen Sink Holiday Cookie Workshop, Sunday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St. At this interactive, hands-on event, kids will get lots of tips and tricks to make easy baked goods including these sweet and savoury cookies featuring hickory smoked potato chips. Tickets are $20. Register at: 

CBC Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life with a special CBC Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Sunday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. at New Hope Methodist Church, 69 Davis Dr., presented by The Very Useful Theatre Company. This festive production features well-known dramatic personalities including Phil Dionne and Judi Cragg of Newmarket and Zara Stuart-Jones, Bruce Williamson, and Ken Lloyd from neighbouring Aurora. Take Note Vocal Ensemble performs traditional Christmas music to complement the readings. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Newmarket Food Pantry. Tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for seniors (over 60) and children over 12. Call 905-727-3290.

Holiday Community Candlelight Vigil

Remember loved ones who have passed away at a Holiday Community Candlelight Vigil at Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S., Sunday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. This special evening includes light refreshments followed by prayers and poems shared in the Playter Chapel. RSVP and order your complimentary Christmas memory ornament by Dec. 7 at 905-895-6631 or juli@roadhouseandrose.com

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Nov. 30 to Dec. 1

Movember Party at Market Brewing Company 

Help support cancer research at Bloms & Harps Stash Bash at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. tonight from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Hosted by Mark Blommers and Jon Harper, who have dedicated lots of time and effort over the last decade to raise money for Movember Canada, the party features live music by The Grady Brothers, prizes for Best Stashes, raffles, and a 50/50 draw.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus invite you to join them for breakfast Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Newmarket Optimist Club, 55 Forhan Ave. This special event features a pancake buffet, games and crafts, and a take-home gift for each child. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Proceeds support youth initiatives in Newmarket.

A Claus for Celebration Christmas Concert

Enjoy an evening of a cappella singing with York Harmony Chorus at A Claus for Celebration Christmas Concert, Saturday, Nov. 30 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan. This fun-filled afternoon also features performances by a variety of musical guests, holiday raffles, refreshments, sweet treats and more. Tickets are $20. Contact Martha at grant.martha601@gmail.com or 905-616-6436.

Cookie decorating and outdoor Christmas fun 

Don’t miss the delicious Cookie Decorating and Outdoor Christmas Fun event at Niemi Family Farm, 18463 Hwy. 48, Saturday, Nov. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy decorating a gingerbread cookie, hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows, wagon rides, and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for kids 3 to 12 years. Children under 3 get in free. 

Black Sheep Comedy at Arch Brewing 

Laugh out loud with Black Sheep Comedy Saturday, Nov. 30 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Arch Brewing Company, 110 Pony Dr., featuring a talented line-up of stand-up comedians: headliner Christophe Davidson, whose credits include performing at Just For Laugh festivals in Montreal, and recording his first televised set for CBC’s Punching Up Gala at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, as well as special guests Rush Kazi, Matt Keenan, Jordan Trafford, and Andy Argueta, and hosted by Cathy MacPherson and Darcia Armstrong. Advance tickets are $18 (includes one 12 oz beer or pop) or $20 (cash only) at the door (if available).

Author signing and pooch meet and greet 

Looking for a unique gift for a dog enthusiast? Pick up Joanne George’s book, Smiley A Journey of Love, Sunday, Dec. 1 from noon to 3 p.m. at Good Vibes on Main, 254 Main St. S. This tale of the blind service dog who teaches us to see with our hearts is perfect for the Christmas season or anytime of year. Also, meet and fall in love with blind dog Sunny.

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Nov. 23 to 24

Matilda the Musical

Marquee Theatrical Productions presents Matilda the Musical tonight through Sunday at NewRoads Centre for the Performing Arts, 505 Pickering Cres. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book, the multi-award winning musical tells the story of the imaginative and gifted young Matilda who uses her power of telekinesis to fight back against her unkind parents and evil principal. Tickets for this adult-cast adaptation are $29, $27 for seniors and children. 

Derrick Zuber live at Market Brewing tonight

Toronto native Derrick Zuber performs tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. The accomplished singer/musician has played guitar for artists such as Juno nominee Blaise Pascal, Jason Grills and Marion Drexler, as well as having his own solo career. Derrick has a unique sound that incorporates a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, mandolin, and banjo. He has released two albums, Like a Song, and Road Less Travelled, and is currently in the studio working on his third.

Pat Dowds performs at The Grey Goat Pub & Grill

Pat Dowds brings his solo acoustic rock show to The Grey Goat Pub & Grill, 74 Main St. S., tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Fire When Ready frontman performs classic rock, contemporary rock, and country hits from the ‘60s through today.

Steve Wallace at Arthur’s Landing

Steve Wallace of indie/pop rock group Gap 33, returns to Arthur’s Landing, 17600 Yonge St., tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. with Matt Del Grosso on acoustic percussion. Come out and sing along to some of your favourite classic hits.

Atomic Revelry at The Sociable Pub

Atomic Revelry brings its upbeat mix of classic rock, alternative rock, country, pop, top 40, and dance to The Sociable Pub, 17380 Yonge St., tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. The dynamic duo comprised of Georgina’s Debra Polvi on vocals and keys, and Holland Landing’s Perry Aabo on vocals and guitar, cover songs by popular artists including Alanis Morissette, Maroon 5, Kid Rock, Bryan Adams, Zac Brown Band, and John Mellencamp.

Jingle Bell Blitz for the Newmarket Food Pantry

Enjoy a free breakfast to the sounds of live Christmas carols while helping those in need at the 11th annual Jingle Bell Blitz for the Newmarket Food Pantry hosted by Valleyview Alliance Church, Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. outside Dickie’s No Frills (event partner), 17255 Leslie St. Since its inception more than 4,000 pounds of food has been donated annually to assist local families.

Pet photos with Santa 

Join the Ontario SPCA education and animal centre Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Paws & Claus holiday market and pet photos with Santa. Photos by a professional photographer, vendor marketplace and bake sale at 16586 Woodbine Ave., Newmarket.

Holiday Craft Workshop at the Museum

Kids ages three to 10 will get into the holiday spirit as they make a gingerbread stuffed toy and holly bell decoration at the Holiday Craft Workshop at Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St., S., Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. Beverage and gingerbread treat after craft time. Cost is $5/child (cash at the door). Adult supervision required. Pre-register today, Nov. 22, at museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314.

Canada Music Week Recital

Celebrate Canadian music at the Canada Music Week Recital Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 227 Church St. Hosted by Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association Newmarket & Area, the jam-packed show features ORMTA students and is free to the public.

Hot new country band, the Daybreak Moonshine Band

York Region’s hot new country party band, The Daybreak Moonshine Band, plays at Colonel Mustard’s Bar & Grill, 16925 Yonge St., Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Boasting dual male and female singers, as well as a variety of instruments including the banjo and fiddle, this seven-piece group performs a wide variety of contemporary and classic country tunes from artists such as Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Johnny Cash, and Luke Bryan.

Homemade soups cooking class

Learn how to make delicious soup perfect for keeping warm this winter at the Homemade Soups Cooking Class, Saturday, Nov. 23 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St. At this hands-on workshop you will prepare from scratch wild mushroom soup with a parmesan crisp and a hearty minestrone to take home to enjoy. Cost is $25. Register here.

Home for Christmas

Teen Challenge Choir presents Home for Christmas, a unique presentation sharing a message of hope through music, drama, and inspiring life stories Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cedarview Community Church, 1000 Gorham Dr. Teen Challenge helps individuals ages 18+ overcome addictions by developing the whole person at a residential facility through character, leadership, health and life skills. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, kids under 12 free. Call Kyra at 1-800-480-6553 for information.

Augusta Ray at Fionn MacCool’s 

Toronto native Augusta Ray brings her country-rock show to Fionn MacCools, 17315 Leslie St., Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. Augusta has made her mark on the country music scene, winning numerous awards including North American Country Music Association International awards for New Country Female Vocalist, New Country CD, New Country Song Writer, and Female Entertainer. In 2016, she released her debut self-titled EP of six original songs.

The Crew at Market Brewing Company

The CREW performs at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Enjoy a craft beer while listening to the sounds of popular covers by artists such as, The Kinks, Pearl Jam, The Lumineers, U2, The Black Keyes, and more.

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Nov. 16 to 17

Holiday Entertaining by Stonewall Kitchen tonight

Love to entertain during the holiday season? Stop by the free drop-in holiday entertaining event at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St., tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. Sample a variety of delicious and easy to prepare recipe ideas from the Stonewall Kitchen collection featured at Newmarket Olive Oil Co., including maple bacon jam, garlic onion jam, red pepper and cranberry jellies, roasted garlic and chipotle aioli. Take home recipes will help make your get-togethers a festive hit with guests.

Main St. BIA Candlelight Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony tonight

Kick off the holiday season with friends, family, and neighbours at tonight’s Main Street BIA Candlelight Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. featuring music by the Newmarket Citizens’ Band. March in the parade, sing your favourite carols, and help light up the tree in Newmarket’s historic downtown core.

Glenn Marais and The Mojo Train at Market Brewing tonight

Catch a ride on the Mojo Train! Aurora’s Glenn Marais and The Mojo Train perform tonight from 9 to 11:30 p.m. at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. This musically diverse 5-piece band blends blues, rock, reggae and funk into its high energy show featuring original songs from their 2017 self-titled album, as well as covers of classic tunes. 

Pickering College Holiday Home Tour and Boutique

Limited tickets, $40, are available at Select Art Gallery and at Pickering College for the annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kicking off the holiday season each year, the Holiday Home Tour features homes decorated in holiday splendour each to a unique theme, chosen in collaboration by a team of the region’s finest designers, decorators and florists. During the tour, designers are on hand in each home to answer questions about their designs, and to provide exciting design tips to inspire. The Seasonal Boutique and Café is open to public, without charge, Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 16945 Bayview Ave. in Newmarket. 

Museum Holiday Gift Shop Sale

Check some gifts off your holiday list at the Museum Holiday Gift Shop Sale Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St. S. This is the perfect place to find unique items, antiques, glassware, holiday decorations, home decor, and more. All proceeds benefit the museum. Cash only.

Scoring Goals for the Community

The 3rd annual Scoring Goals for the Community hockey charity event happens Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4:45 to 7 p.m. at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr. This year, 32 weekend warriors will lace up their skates to raise money for Kerry’s Place Autism Services. The afternoon also features a Kids Zone arts and crafts area, raffles, silent auction and 50/50 draw. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Home Grown Apples benefit concert

You are invited to enjoy an evening of local musical talent at Home Grown Apples, a benefit concert in support of Inn from the Cold, Saturday, Nov. 16 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. The show features hosts The Aspiring Legends ,as well as John Lemme, Dave Toms Piano with Carla Walker, and The Miles Twins. Tickets are $20. 

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade

Newmarket welcomes Jolly Old Saint Nick for the 109th Santa Claus Parade Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bundle up and watch the festive floats along the parade route on Eagle Street, Lorne Avenue, Main Street, or Ontario Street. Kids, bring your letters for Santa to be picked up by Canada Post elves. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Go to: www.newmarket.ca/santa for complete route details and road and parking closures.

Harvest Dinner Dance

The North Newmarket Lions Club hosts its annual Harvest Dance Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Newmarket Optimist Club, 55 Forhan Dr. This entertaining evening features a delicious roast beef dinner, dancing to the live music of Lou Moore with a DJ between sets, prizes, silent auction, cash bar, and more. Tickets are $30. Proceeds to various local Lions Club initiatives. For tickets, call 905-898-4725 or northnewmarketlions@yahoo.ca

Christmas Market

Looking for some unique gift ideas? Shop more than 25 local vendor booths at Market Brewing Company’s 2nd annual Christmas Market Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,17775 Leslie St. The bazaar also features live acoustic Christmas carols and classic hits by Oli Graham, a variety of beers plus wine and cider, and food by Laos-C-Chef. Admission is free with food item for the Newmarket Food Pantry.

Keynotes Seniors’ Choir presents Cool Sounds

Keynotes Seniors’ Choir presents Cool Sounds at Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place, 474 Davis Dr., Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., featuring special guest Harrison Vandikas. Free will offering followed by refreshments. 

Music on Main presents Opera Meets Broadway

Support up-and-coming young performers at Music on Main’s Opera Meets Broadway, Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 461 Main St. The concert features Trinity Scholars singing selections from plays, including The Marriage of Figaro, Les Miserables, Dear Evan Hanson, and more. Suggested admission of $20 (or pay what you can) with all proceeds to the Trinity Music Fund.

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Nov. 9 to 10

Holiday Entertaining Culinary Workshop

If you love hosting holiday festivities then tonight’s Company’s Coming Holiday Entertaining Culinary Workshop at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is perfect for you. This interactive event, led by world-renowned Italian chef Dario Tomaselli, and Rich Life Strategist and health advocate, Anita Heidema, will teach you how to execute simple but fabulous entertaining ideas including appetizers, marinades and drinks. $60. Register here.

York Region Festival of One-Act Plays

The 3rd annual York Region Festival of One-Act Plays presented by The Very Useful Theatre Company and Rotary Club of Newmarket continues today and tomorrow at Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The three evening event features six plays on one stage - two each night - including tonight’s performances of the comedic The Next Ivan Sharansky and the dramatic Out, as well as Saturday’s Junie B Jones is not a Crook, for young audiences, and the comedy Under the Bright Sun, by Newmarket’s own Norm Foster. Tickets are $15/night. Purchase here.

LadyStrange live at Market Brewing tonight

LadyStrange makes its debut at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight. This GTA cover band blends metal, pop-rock, alternative and hard rock in its high energy show featuring songs by popular artists from the past five decades.

Between the Static

If you enjoy a wide range of musical styles spend tonight with Between the Static at Big Daddy’s Bar, Grill & Entertainment, 446 Davis Dr., from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. This powerful trio performs top 40 hits from many genres and decades including today’s Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, and Maroon 5, classics by Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, The Police, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, plus with a lead singer hailing from Ireland, there is also some Celtic pop in the mix. 

Jingle Bell Christmas Market

Bare Canvas Event Management presents its 2nd annual Jingle Bell Christmas Market at Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for holidays gifts at vendor booths including home decor, makeup, jewellery, skincare, and more, take kid’s holiday photos on-site with JZ Creations Photography, and purchase raffle tickets to support Cause 4 Paws.

St. Andrew’s Church Bazaar

Check some gift ideas off your list at the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 484 Water St. The festive event features something for everyone including baked goods, cookie cafe, books, puzzles, knitting, crafts, jewellery, accessories, and much more. Cash sales only.

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Women’s Guild Christmas Bazaar

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Women’s Guild hosts its annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 17955 Leslie St. The event features lots of great gift items by local crafters, bake table, penny raffle table, hourly turkey draws, pictures with Santa, hot lunch, and more.

4th Annual Jelly Bean 5K

Newmarket Road Runners host the 4th annual Jelly Bean 5K in support of Community Living Central York, Saturday, Nov. 9 starting at 10 a.m. at Fairy Lake Park. This event is sold out but come on out and support the participants as they run/walk along Tom Taylor Trail. Volunteers are still needed by emailing marlene@newmarketroadrunners.com and donations can be accepted here.

Newmarket Optimist Club 70th Anniversary Open House

Celebrate 70 years of the Newmarket Optimist Club at an Open House Saturday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 55 Forhan Ave. Stop by for some refreshments and presentations and relive memories of what the club has done for local youth over the last seven decades.

The Royal Pains at Olde Village Free House

Newmarket’s The Royal Pains perform at Olde Village Free House, 196 Main St., Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Specializing in rock hits from the ‘90s and later by artists such as, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Collective Soul, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Pearl Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins, this four-piece band, has been entertaining audiences around southern Ontario with their high energy up-tempo show.

Grady Brothers live at Colonel Mustard’s

The Grady Brother perform at Colonel Mustard’s Bar & Grill, 16925 Yonge St., Saturday, Nov. 9 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Siblings Andrew and Matt have been entertaining audiences across southern Ontario for over a decade with their renditions of a wide range of popular songs from country to Celtic, classic rock to today’s hits.

Atomic Revelry at The Sociable Pub

Atomic Revelry brings its upbeat mix of classic rock, alternative rock, country, pop, top 40, and dance to The Sociable Pub, 17380 Yonge St., Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The dynamic duo comprised of Georgina’s Debra Polvi on vocals and keys, and Holland Landing’s Perry Aabo on vocals and guitar, cover songs by popular artists including Alanis Morissette, Maroon 5, Kid Rock, Bryan Adams, Zac Brown Band, and John Mellencamp.

Guns N’ Roses Tribute Night

Pay homage to one of the greatest bands in rock n’ roll history with Guns N’ Roses tribute band, Gunslingers, Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Big Daddy’s Bar, Grill & Entertainment, 446 Davis Dr. The Toronto based band covers all your favourite G N R songs including Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City, You Could Be Mine, and Patience. Tickets are $5. Purchase here or $10 at the door.

New Rule at Bar97

Simcoe County’s New Rule performs at Bar97, 16640 Yonge St., Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. This up-and-coming quartet covers songs by artists such as Pink, Lenny Kravitz, Jet, The Cult, and AC/DC.

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony

Lest we forget. Honour the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today at Newmarket’s Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony, Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning at 200 Doug Duncan Dr. Refreshments to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St. For route details, visit here.

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Pumpkin Parade at Riverwalk Commons tonight

See Newmarket’s jack-o-lanterns lit up one last time at tonight’s Pumpkin Parade from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. along the pathway at Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. Pick up a ballot and vote for your favourite carved pumpkins in a variety of categories, including scariest, cutest and most creative. Drop off carved pumpkins between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and register to enter this spooktacular contest. Battery-operated lights provided by the Town of Newmarket.

Elton Joan Band Halloween dance party

Celebrate the timeless tunes of the Rocket Man with The Elton Joan Band’s Halloween Dance Party at Big Daddy’s Bar, Grill & Entertainment, 446 Davis Dr. This Canadian all female tribute band to Sir Elton also plays other favourite rock, pop, and soul tunes from the ‘70s, 80s and today. Tickets are $5.

Psychedelic ‘70s Halloween party

From bell bottoms to tie dye, celebrate the psychedelic ‘70s tonight from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at The Sociable Pub, 17380 Yonge St. Dress up for this fun-filled Halloween event that features prizes for best male, female, and couples costumes as well as a cross section of the decade’s hits performed by Blackstock-Magee. Erin Blackstock and Paul Magee’s acoustic show incorporates a unique mix of rock, country, roots, and pop. No cover.

Holiday entertaining sample discovery

Do you like to entertain over the holiday season? Stop by the Holiday Entertaining Sample Discovery event at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St., tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. to learn about appetizers and desserts that are simple to execute and taste delicious. At this free drop-in evening you will sample a variety of Divina culinary collection recipes such as cocktail olives, roasted tomatoes, fig and olive spreads, flatbreads, and more, featured at Newmarket Olive Oil Co. and take-home recipes to delight your guests.

Bernadette Connors live at Market Brewing

Keswick native Bernadette Connors takes the stage tonight at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie S., from 9 p.m. to midnight. The talented singer/songwriter has been performing for more than two decades since her childhood beginnings alongside her family. Her most recent releases  Don’t Forget about Faith and Sleeping Through the Hard Times showcase her signature powerful vocals and intellectual and emotional lyrics.

Shop 2 End Stigma, support youth mental health

Support youth mental health at Shop 2 End Stigma Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. The 5th annual event features more than 40 vendors, silent auction, and a pampering area with make-up sessions, hair services, massages, manicure, psychic readings, and more, with proceeds to Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe. Entrance is $2 - pampering services $30 each. Tickets here. Donations of toiletries for Kevin’s Place Youth Shelter (part of Blue Doors Shelter) appreciated.

Connecting Cultures Film Series: Indian Horse

Watch the highest grossing English Canadian film of 2018, Indian Horse, Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Ave., part of the Connecting Cultures Film Series. Based on Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese’s novel, the movie, shot in Peterborough and Sudbury, tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, a First Nations boy who survives the Canadian residential school system and goes on to become a successful hockey player. Admission is free.

The Classy Wrecks

Catch Toronto ska, reggae, and rocksteady band The Classy Wrecks at Colonel Mustard’s Bar & Grill, 16925 Yonge St., Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. In 2018, this talented group played Montreal Ska Fest, shared the stage with reggae legends The Wailers at London Music Hall, and released its debut 10-track album Bedrocksteady, available on Spotify.

Music teachers’ awards gala

The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association Newmarket & Area Branch presents an Awards Gala evening showcasing the exemplary musical talents of award-winning students on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. Tickets are $10/person or $20/family (3 to 5 people) online or at the door. Proceeds go to the ORMTA scholarship fund.

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Oct. 26 to 27

Optimist Club Euchre tournament tonight

Did you know euchre is the game that introduced the Joker into modern card packs? Whether you are an experienced or novice player, you can join the Newmarket Optimist Club’s Euchre Tournament tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at 55 Forhan Ave. Prizes awarded to top players and snacks provided. The $10 entry fee supports local youth initiatives. No partner necessary to sign-up. Register at sandraballard.sandra@gmail.com.

Life 100.3 movie night tonight

See the inspiring film Breakthrough tonight at River of Life Church, 1260 Journey’s End Circle. Based on the true story of 14-year-old John Smith, who fell into a frozen Missouri lake and was trapped underwater for more than 15 minutes, the movie chronicles the young man’s fight for his life in hospital as doctors and others fear the worst but his mother (played by This is Us’s Chrissy Metz) won’t give up hope and asks God for a miracle to save her son. Doors open at 7:30, movie starts at 8. Admission $5 at the door. Food drive for the Newmarket Food Pantry. 

PJs and Knit Night

Grab your favourite flannels and a current knitting project and head to Unwind Yarn House, 232 Main St., tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for PJs and Knit Night. This drop-in event is perfect for anyone who wants to relax, socialize and craft. The evening is free but guests are asked to bring donations such as deodorant, body wash, soap, shampoo, socks or slippers for Belinda’s Place.

Halloween Bash tonight at Market Brewing tonight

This Halloween party isn’t for the kids! Come in your favourite costume to Market Brewing Company’s Halloween Bash tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 17775 Leslie St. The fun-filled evening features live music by The Slime Dogs, one of Toronto’s top party-rock bands.

Patrick Dowds live at Fionn MacCool’s tonight

Patrick Dowds brings his solo acoustic rock show to Fionn MacCool’s, 17315 Leslie St., tonight from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The Fire When Ready frontman performs classic rock, contemporary rock, and country hits from the ‘60s through today. No cover.

The Hit Disturbers at The Olde Village Free House tonight

2013 Southern Ontario Battle of the Bands grand champions The Hit Disturbers, bring their classic rock cover show to The Olde Village Free House, 198 Main St. S., tonight from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Curbside Giveaway Day

You can find a new home for your unwanted items or pick up a treasure for yourself at the Region of York’s Curbside Giveaway Day Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Place unwanted items marked ‘free’ at your curb for other residents to browse and take for their use. york.ca/yrcurbalert

Kids Halloween Pumpkin Carving Workshop

It’s a spooktacular jack o’ lantern celebration at Market & Co.’s Kids Pumpkin Carving Workshop Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 4 p.m., 17600 Yonge St. Vince’s Market provides the pumpkins, supplies and guidance needed to create scary or silly pumpkins. Small pumpkins available for kids 4+ to paint, while youngsters 13+ can carve larger pumpkins with kid-friendly tools. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 to $10 depending on pumpkin size. Register here

Halloween Fun at the Museum

Join in some Halloween fun Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St. S. Suitable for ages four to 10 with adult supervision, with crafts, scavenger hunts, prizes, games and loot bags. Costumes encouraged. Admission is $3 per child (cash at door). Pre-register by Oct. 25 at 905-953-5314 or museum@newmarket.ca

Newmarket Halloween Party

Kids are invited to dress up in their favourite costumes at the Town of Newmarket’s Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr. This exciting family event includes crafts, activities, stage shows, and treats. Admission is $5 per child, parents, guardians, children under 1 admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the customer service kiosk on event day or here

Big Spooky ‘90s Rock Halloween at Colonel Mustard’s

Celebrate Halloween at the Big Spooky ‘90s Rock Halloween event at Colonel Mustard’s Bar & Grill, 16925 Yonge St., Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Established in 2015, Big Shiny ‘90s is southern Ontario’s premiere ‘90s cover band playing the best rock and alternative hits of the decade from artists like Collective Soul, Stone Temple Pilots, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and Green Day.

Boos and Booze Halloween Party at Bar97

Bar97 Sports Bar & Grill kicks off its first halloween bash Boos and Booze Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 16640 Yonge St. with live music by Toronto rock ’n’ roll quartet Floral Park. Come dressed in your favourite costume (no weapons or metal/sharp objects) for a chance to win prizes. No cover. $5 drinks all night.

Big Daddy’s Costume Party

Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill presents a Halloween Costume Party Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 446 Davis Dr. featuring live music by Aurora band Tangent. Since 2010, this five-piece rock ’n’ roll cover band has been playing classic rock hits and a few country songs from the ‘50s through today. Tickets $5. 

Kids Halloween Party

Magnum Opus Creative Learning Centre, 17665 Leslie St., hosts a spook-tacular party Saturday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. This fun-filled event features music, face painting, arts and crafts, and trick or treating. $5 per child, free for existing students. Dress up or come as you are.

Newmarket Card & Comics Show “XL” Edition

The Newmarket Card & Comics Show “XL” Edition is Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. This edition of the show features more vendors from across Ontario who are buying, selling, and trading the best selection comic books and trading cards, plus an artist alley, MNT grading on-site, #CosplayforaCause. Admission free.

An evening of bluegrass gospel music

You are invited to an evening of bluegrass gospel music with southern Ontario’s award-winning Rhyme ’n’ Reason at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 484 Water St., Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office. 

Those Handsome Hooligans at Olde Village Free House

Those Handsome Hooligans bring their high-energy rock cover show to Old Village Free House, 196 Main St., for a Halloween celebration Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The talented GTA foursome will take you through the decades with classic songs from The Beatles and Del Shannon to more modern artists like U2, Radiohead, and Neil Young. Come as you are or in costume.

Hugs4Hope Guinness World Record Breaker 

Share the power of a hug! Help Newmarket set the Guinness World Record for the most hugs in 60 minutes at the first Hugs4Hope hugathon for charity Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Ave. (at Main St.) The eight-person team looks to break the current mark of 2,450 hugs in an hour and to do it they need to hug over 400 people. The afternoon also includes live music, dancing, art, and more. All proceeds from Hugs4Hope go to Youth Speak and Global Strides. Official hugging runs from 2 to 3 p.m. Find more information here.

Meet Canadian artist Robert Bateman

Meet renowned Canadian nature and wildlife artist Robert Bateman Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Select Art Galleries, 16686 Yonge St. This art show and sale features a wide selection of limited-edition prints, as well as his most recent book, Robert Bateman’s Canada. Bring your camera for this free meet-and-greet with one of Canada’s most iconic painters.

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