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

Newmarket is taking a blast to the past this weekend with an old-fashioned harvest picnic, a vinyl record and collectibles show, classical music concert, and tribute to David Bowie and Alice Cooper
Maybe not 'super fun' but important: Leslie Davis Animal Hospital hosts its annual low cost walk-in rabies clinic this weekend. File photo/Village Media

Kids Night Out: Sugar Skull Skills

Main Ideas Studio, 245 Main St. S., hosts Kids Night Out: Sugar Skull Skills tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will create their own unique pottery sugar skull (sugar skulls are edible or decorative symbols used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) or if they prefer, a 12x16 canvas version, followed by watching a movie and having pizza. $30 + tax per painter. Reserve your child’s spot at 905-235-1300 or 

The Flailing Shilaleighs at Market Brewing tonight

The Flailing Shilaleighs bring their celtic sound to Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight. This talented group from Bradford specializes in East Coast and Irish music by artists like Great Big Sea, The Rankins, The Irish Rovers and Rita MacNeil, as well as uptempo original songs that will have you jigging the night away.

Low-cost rabies clinic

Leslie Davis Animal Hospital hosts its annual low cost walk-in Rabies Clinic this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1065 Davis Dr. Cats and dogs must be at least three months old. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. Cost is $30 for rabies vaccine, certificate and tag. Cash only.

Car Seat Safety Information & Workshop

Did you know that approximately 80 per cent of child car seats are installed incorrectly? You can make sure yours is not one of them by attending the safety workshop at NewRoads Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 17615 Yonge St., Saturday, Oct. 19. From rear-facing to forward facing to booster seat to seatbelt, learn about all the stages of child car seat safety from the experts at St. John Ambulance, York Region Branch. Call 905-773-3394 to book your 30-minute appointment between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Workshop is free but donations to help assist volunteer divisions are welcome.

Newmarket Block Party - Fall Edition

The Real Estate Team invites you and your family to a free block party at 705 Hans Pfaff Court Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. Come view this newly finished home and enjoy refreshments, face painting and balloon twisting. Dress up in your favourite costume and meet Batman and Frozen’s Princess Elsa. RSVP here. 

David Bowie tribute at Big Daddy’s

Diamond Dogs present the music of David Bowie at Big Daddy’s Bar, Grill & Entertainment, 446 Davis Dr., Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Bowie fans will recognize Diamond Dogs as the name of the legendary British artist’s eighth studio album released in 1974. The tribute band also performs songs by another ‘70s icon, Alice Cooper. Special guests, opening act, Junction Jukebox Junkies. Tickets are $5. 

York Chamber Ensemble brings classical music to St. Paul’s

York Chamber Ensemble presents its first concert of the 2019/2020 season, Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 227 Church St. Forces of Nature features renditions of pieces by esteemed composers Beethoven, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Handel, conducted by new music director, Michael Berec. York Chamber Ensemble has been bringing classical music performances to York Region since 2001. Tickets available at the door. $20/adults, $10/children.

Those Handsome Hooligans at Bar97

Those Handsome Hooligans bring their high-energy rock show to Bar97, 16640 Yonge St., Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. This talented GTA foursome came together in 2011 with two goals in mind: to play great music and have fun doing it. Those Handsome Hooligans 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.

Black Sheep Comedy at Arch Brewing 

It’s an evening of hilarity with Black Sheep Comedy Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Arch Brewing Company, 110 Pony Dr. The evening features a talented line-up of stand-up comedians, including headliner Cathy Boyd, whose list of credits include being one of five finalists in the 4th annual Absolute Comedy Prove You’re a Comic Competition, as well as special guests Ethan O’Reilly, Jennifer Hsiung, Amethyst Barron and Ryan Zeits, and hosted by Cathy MacPherson and Darcia Armstrong. Seating is limited, get your advance tickets for $18 (includes one 12 oz beer or pop) here or $20 at the door (if available).

Mulock Property Harvest Picnic

Take a step back in time with an old fashioned afternoon social at the Mulock Property Harvest Picnic, 16780 Yonge St., Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. This free event features lots of fun for the whole family including heritage games and activities, guided nature walk, harvest photo booth, scavenger hunt, live music, stage competitions, Mulock house tours, harvest treats, and more. Bring your own blanket, picnic lunch, and reusable water bottles. Parking is not available on the site, shuttle bus provided at Ray Twinney Recreation Complex on Eagle St.

LOL at Grey Goat’s Comedy Night

You’ll be laughing out loud at the Grey Goat Pub & Grill’s first Comedy Night Sunday, Oct. 20 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 74 Main St. S. The talented comedic line-up includes Colin Brown, Joey Gine, Daniel Shaw, A-Hassan Chandry, Lars Classington, Mike Payne, Rob Cornelis, Fraser Moore and Geoff Simpson. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show

Long live LPs and turntables! The Record Vault presents the 4th annual Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. The event features an extensive collection of new and used records, music related art and collectibles, record cleaning products, record storage accessories, CDs, miscellaneous collectibles, and books perfect for music lovers and collectors. Admission is $4. 

Fall Harvest Soups

The only thing better than hot soup on a cool fall day is hot homemade soup. Experience the art of making soup at the Fall Harvest Soup workshop Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Upper Canada Mall’s Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St. At this hands-on event hosted by Ma’s Best Soups and chef Julian Pancer, you will learn how to prepare delicious pumpkin soup and hearty corn chowder from scratch. Participants will get to take home finished soups and accompanying recipes as well as receive 25 per cent off all regular priced items at Ma’s with class registration receipt.  Tickets are $25 here.


Oct. 12 to 13

Newmarket’s first annual juried art show

Calling all art enthusiasts! The first annual Newmarket Juried Art Show runs today through Oct. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Serpa Galleries at Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. The exhibit features 47 pieces of work by 29 artists from around southern Ontario in a variety of creative mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, and mixed media. The public is also welcome to enjoy refreshments and the presentation of awards at the opening reception Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Harry Potter Trivia Night on Main 

Expelliarmus! Love the magical world of Harry Potter? Join other wizards at Main Ideas Studio, 245 Main St. S. for Harry Potter Trivia Night tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. Begin the evening by making your own custom wand out of raw clay, then see how much you really know about the popular franchise with lots of fun and interesting trivia. $30 + tax per person. Please note, your wand will be left to dry for two weeks, then kiln baked so you can come back and paint it. Reserve your spot at or call 905-235-1300.

Six Ways to Sunday live at Market Brewing

Newmarket’s own Six Ways to Sunday rock Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight, covering popular songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ’90s. The band’s high-energy show has become a favourite with audiences at everything from large outdoor festivals to small private parties. 

Dylan Wallace at Grey Goat tonight

Holland Landing’s Dylan Wallace takes the stage tonight at the Grey Goat Pub & Grill, 74 Main St. S. from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Along with bandmates Dave Mordak on guitar and Matt Del Grosso on drums, Dylan performs a variety of country and rock covers, as well as a few original songs, including the single Caught Me Lookin’.

Pinot & Pints Paint Party

Sip a glass of your favourite wine or beer while creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece at the Pinot & Pints Paint Party hosted by Rustik Rehab on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Sneakers Sports Bar & Restaurant, 18025 Yonge St. Choose from a variety of painting projects, including a wood sign, canvas sign, welcome sign, lawn stake, canoe paddle, serving tray, Scrabble tile, Christmas stocking hanger and more, for your home or to give as a gift. Rustik Rehab is a DIY design business that follows new trends and shares them through interactive events and workshops. Prices vary based on item selection. Register here.

Craft beer, the ‘90s,  Brazilian cuisine

Spice and Bites Brazilian Cuisine present Dance, Craft Beer and Brazilian Savouries at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., Saturday, Oct. 12 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Big Shiny ‘90s  perform many of your favourite songs spanning a wide variety of genres from the decade that introduced us to grunge, Friends, butterfly clips, Playstation, Tickle Me Elmo, and the first Toy Story movie. The fun-filled evening also features tasty craft beer and delicious Brazilian treats.

Thanksgiving pumpkin giveaway

Nothing says fall like pumpkins! The 6th annual Pumpkin Giveaway in support of the Newmarket Food Pantry takes place Sunday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (or until pumpkins are gone) in the parking lot at the intersection of Woodspring Ave. and Harvest Hills Blvd. Bring non-perishable food to receive your free pumpkin at this fun event that also includes free coffee, treats, balloon twister, and more. The Pumpkin Giveaway is hosted by The Nikolay & Tatiana Real Estate Team, Right At Home Realty Investments Group Brokerage.

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Oct. 5 to 6

Randy Brethour and the Hoodoo Too tonight at Market Brewing

Modern meets traditional as Randy Brethour and the Hoodoo Too bring their distinct sound of blues, funk, soul-jazz and ‘60s garage rock to Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight. Since 2016, the Newmarket band has been entertaining audiences at music festivals, ribfests, corporate functions and backyard parties, and released two original songs Run Angel Run and The Voodoo Jump on major digital platforms and 7” 45 rpm vinyl in 2018.

2019 Newmarket Art Walk and Studio Tour

Stroll historic Main Street and view the unique works of 36 local artists at the Newmarket Art Walk & Studio Tour Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Newmarket Group of Artists, this 11th annual juried art show features a variety of creative mediums such as photography, painting, ceramics, mixed media, pottery, jewelry and more, at 16 downtown venues, including Old Town Hall, Newmarket Community Centre, Main Street businesses, restaurants, and home studios. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work and process. Admission is free. For more information and an interactive art walk map, click here.

The Stereo Pilots at Bar97 

The Stereo Pilots rock Bar97, 16640 Yonge St., Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. This four-piece alternative/rock cover band from York Region and North York perform songs from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘2000s by artists like Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Matthew Good, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blacks Keys, and Oasis.

RUSH tribute 

Experience the music of one of Canada’s premier rock and roll bands as My Favorite Headache presents A Tribute to RUSH, Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Big Daddy’s Bar, Grill & Entertainment, 446 Davis Dr. My Favorite Headache truly capture the sound of the popular band that sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Lots of food available at special prices during the show.

Pet food launch party

People and pooches are invited to the Juno Whole Pet Foods Launch Party at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Juno Whole Foods specialize in producing healthy gently cooked dog food using human grade whole meats and vegetables. Working with certified pet nutritionists and veterinarians, this local start-up business has designed nutritionally complete and balanced recipes for all breeds and ages of dogs. Take home a free sample of Juno’s Whole Dog Food, and enter to win a month’s supply. Pet owners get a free 6 oz sample of beer. Laos-C-Chef will be serving delicious food at their pop-up kitchen. The afternoon also features dog and owner photos, raffle and prizes. Admission is free.

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Sept. 28 to 29

Rock the MRKT

Pembridge Insurance hosts Rock the MRKT tonight from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at EventMRKT, 352 Doug Duncan Dr. This fun-filled evening features a DJ, dancing and silent auction. All proceeds go to Bridges to Community Canada to support building efforts in the Dominican Republic. Tickets are $65 and include a welcome drink and snacks. Cash bar.


Let the good times roll at Hot Tub Jam’s annual Rocktoberfest tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. This five-piece band from Holland Landing covers, you guessed it, classic rock, new rock, and Southern rock, as well as blues and new country, from artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, U2, Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, Van Halen, Lenny Kravitz, Big Sugar, Bad Company, Eric Clapton, BB King, Johnny Cash, Buddy Guy and more.

The Kingfishers live at Fionn MacCool’s tonight

The Kingfishers perform old and new favourites tonight at Fionn MacCool’s, 17315 Leslie St., from 8 p.m. to midnight. This rock and roll trio, with members from Newmarket, Aurora, and Uxbridge, play a wide variety of songs by artists like Neil Young, The Tragically Hip, Johnny Cash, and The Kinks.

Culture Days 2019

Celebrate your creative spirit Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Share, create, listen, explore, and collaborate in a variety of free activities for all ages taking place at three locations: Riverwalk Commons and Newmarket Community Centre (200 Doug Duncan Dr.) Wellness and Wonder, participate in a variety of activities designed to get you moving and de-stress; the Consensus Bus departs noon from Riverwalk Commons to take you anywhere you want to go if you can get your fellow passengers to agree; and at Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main St.) Messages and Music (bookmarks, scrapbooking, thinking rocks, positive talk flowers), jigsaw puzzles (pre-register or call 905-953-5314) and enjoy the Borealis Big Band from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Museum.

Etsy Made in Canada Market

York Region Craft Industry Association presents its 4th annual Etsy Made in Canada Market this weekend at Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. This two-day, two-floor event features 50 plus vendors showcasing a wide array of handcrafted, vintage, and supply items, giveaways, contests and coupons. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will also be on sale. Admission is $2 or free with a food donation. Market runs Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Feel Good Women’s Expo

Grab your girlfriends for a special ladies night at the Feel Good Women’s Expo at the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St., Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. This fun-filled evening includes many exhibits featuring jewelry, makeup, apparel, skin care products, spa services, fitness and health products, gourmet foods, and more, plus a fashion show, door prizes, swag bags, demonstrations plus lots of networking opportunities. Admission and parking are free.

Oktoberfest 2019 at Market Brewing

The world’s largest beer celebration is back at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., Saturday, Sept. 28 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. To commemorate the German-inspired festival, the brewery will be releasing Maßkrug Festbier, just one of 12 beers that will be on tap, plus cider and wine will be available. Evening festivities include games and prizes, delicious Oktoberfest food by Wickedly Sinful, and live music by the Happy Wanderers.  

Master the Montreal Bagel - Rainbow Style

Since going viral a few years ago, the rainbow bagel has become a favourite on Pinterest. Discover the proper techniques to creating this delicious and colourful sensation Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St. Farm Organic Bakery head baker Jorge Canelon leads this hands-on workshop where you will learn how to hand roll a bagel, how to top your bagel, and the art of the captivating rainbow effect. Cost is $20 and includes lesson, creating bagels to take home, all ingredients and supplies, one of your handmade bagels with Western Cream Cheese, and 10 per cent off your same-day purchase at Our Farm with class registration receipt.


Sept. 21 to 22

Kids Night Out: Splatter Party

Looking for something fun for the kids to do tonight? Main Ideas Studio, 245 Main St. S., hosts Kids Night Out: Splatter Party from 6 to 9 p.m. At this drop-off event, kids ages five and up will paint a 12x16 splatter canvas followed by pizza and a movie. If splatter painting is not your child’s thing, they can choose from more than 20 cute pottery figures to make instead. Cost is $30 + tax per painter. Register online or call 905-235-1300.

Emberly at Market Brewing tonight

Barrie’s Emberly perform tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. Dan Volchok and Melissa Ellis cover a variety of Top 40 songs from the ‘60s to today by artists like Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Carrie Underwood, Drake, Chris Stapleton, and more. Formed in 2017, the duo’s catchy sound combines sultry R and B vocals with John Mayer-like guitar playing, complemented by electronic percussion.

The Opening Act at The Sociable Pub tonight 

Keswick duo The Opening Act bring their acoustic show to The Sociable Pub, 17380 Yonge St., tonight from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Ken Carleton and Tamara Ward perform cover songs from the ‘30s to today in a wide range of musical genres including blues, country, rock, pop, soul, bluegrass, folk, and Broadway, as well as showcasing original songs. 

Newmarket Folk Society presents David Francey

David Francey, one of Canada’s most revered folk singer/songwriters, comes to the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St., Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8 to 11 p.m. kicking off the Newmarket Folk Society’s 14th season. Working as a carpenter for years, Francey began sharing his songs with the public in his 40s at the encouragement of his wife, artist Beth Girdler. His authentic lyrics about real people and places resonated with audiences and he released his first album Tom Screen Door in 1999. Since then, Francey has released 11 albums, had his songs covered by The Rankin Family, The Del McCoury Band, Tracy Grammer, and James Keelaghan, and has been the recipient of a number of awards, including three Junos, the SOCAN Folk Music Award, two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the Grand Prize for both the International Acoustic Music Award and John Lennon Songwriting Award. Doors open at 7:15. Come early to enjoy coffee, tea, butter tarts and brownies by The Maid’s Cottage. Tickets are $32.50. 

Super Saturday Carnival 

Everyone is welcome to a free Kids Carnival and Family Fun Day hosted by Crosslands Church Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 47 Millard Ave. W. This enjoyable afternoon event features carnival themed games, bouncy castle, magician, food, and a special visit by Reptilia Reptile Zoo, including snakes, turtles, lizards, and more. 

Craft Chippery Blind Tasting Challenge

Craft Chippery and Chef Julian Pancer invite you to test your taste buds at a free Blind Tasting Challenge at Market & Co. in Upper Canada Mall, 17600 Yonge St., Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Contestants will be given a sample of all that Craft Chippey has to offer to taste while blindfolded. Special prizes to the winners of the culinary challenge. Participants will also receive 10 per cent off same-day Craft Chippery purchases.

Dave Ryan Trio presents The Stevie Ray Vaughan Experience

Celebrate rock and blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan at Colonel Mustard’s Bar & Grill, 16925 Yonge St., Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. as the Dave Ryan Trio present The Stevie Ray Vaughan Experience, a high-energy Las Vegas style tribute show. The Toronto band performs many Stevie Ray favourites, including The House is Rockin’, Pride and Joy, Cold Shot, Empty Arms, Little Wing, and Tightrope, as well as his renditions of Jim Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile, and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, plus many more.

Charity hoedown for learning centre

Put on your cowboy boots and head to the 4th annual Charity Hoedown hosted by John Cooper Learning Centre, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at Meanwhile Blueberry Farm, 2779 Herald Rd. The evening features live music, square dancing, silent auction, live auction, cash bar, raffle prizes, dinner, and more. John Cooper Learning Centre, a charitable organization in nearby Gormley, provides full and part-time programs for youth ages six and up who are dealing with learning disabilities and other challenges. Proceeds from the event will help families with tuition fees and specialized teaching materials. Tickets are $60 and include admission and dinner. 

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Pumpkins are a fall favourite for making pies and Jack o’ Lanterns. If you like pumpkins and art, come to Pumpkin Painting at the Barn at Country Cut Flowers, 970 Miller’s Sdrd., Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join flower farmer Janet and artist Mona for a fun afternoon of pumpkin picking and creativity. Tickets are $60 and include one pumpkin with entry for an adult and child age 6+, or an adult on their own, and all materials and a snack.

Kids Breakfast Making Workshop

Tweens and teens, find out how to prepare the most important meal of the day at the Kids Breakfast Making Workshop Sunday, Sept. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Upper Canada Mall’s Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St. Step into the kitchen with Sugar King and Chef Julian Pancer for this hands-on cooking experience designed to help you learn how to make delicious omelettes, pancakes, and fruit smoothies. It’s never too early in the day to satisfy your sweet tooth so Sugar King will provide something tasty at this morning event. Cost is $20 and includes professional instruction and direction, basic culinary techniques, and all supplies and ingredients. Exclusive 20 per cent off same-day Sugar King purchase with class registration receipt. 



Sept. 14 to 15

Yeehaw, it’s the 31st annual Magna Hoedown

The Magna Hoedown, running today, Friday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 11:45 p.m., at 375 Magna Dr., Aurora, supports 20 area charities. Friday evening features food trucks and craft beer, the Hoedown Showdown finals, last year’s Showdown winner Vicky Biersteker, and fan favourite Alan Doyle. The Newfoundland born folk-rock musician, who initially became known as the lead singer of Great Big Sea, has gone on to have a successful solo career. Saturday night highlights include the Showdown Showcase with performances by past winners including Brad Battle, Mac Shepherd, John Anderson and Vicky Biersteker, country tribute artists Shania Twin and Vegas McGraw, and returning favourite, the James Barker Band. The Juno and CCMA award-winning group, which has had each of their six singles make it to the top 10 on Canadian country radio since forming in 2013, is currently promoting its second album Singles Only. Both There are also door prizes, silent auction, Texas-style barbecue dinner, Prospector’s Raffle, and more. Ticket price options vary.

Socialable fall menu launch party

There’s never been a better time to be social than at the Sociable Pub’s Fall Menu Launch Party happening tonight from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 17380 Yonge St. After the 6 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony with Newmarket Mayor John Taylor, stay and try the venue’s new dishes and signature drinks while enjoying live music by Rubber Tire Peep Show. Amsterdam BrewHouse and Holland Marsh Wineries will be on-site giving out wine and beer samples.

The Royal Pains at Olde Village Free House 

Newmarket’s the Royal Pains perform at Olde Village Free House, 196 Main St., tonight 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, Gin Blossoms, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and Smashing Pumpkins, this four-piece band has been entertaining audiences around southern Ontario with their high energy up-tempo show.

Live music by Shane Coultier at Fionn MacCool’s

Orillia native Shane Coultier performs at Fionn MacCool’s, 17315 Leslie St., tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. The singer/songwriter has been playing guitar since age 12, pursued his education in music in Toronto, and now calls Collingwood home. Coultier will be showcasing original songs from his debut 2012 album, Scars, as well as music from his recently released sophomore effort, In Light, featuring the first single Shape of Me. 

Memorial Butterfly Release 

Watch the beauty of hundreds of butterflies being released into the sky at the 12th annual Memorial Butterfly Release Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Fairy Lake Park’s main gazebo. Hosted by Bereaved Families of York Region, this meaningful event is held to help you express grief for lost loved ones and honour their memory. The morning also features live music and readings, colouring activities for kids, and a barbecue lunch provided by the Optimist Club of Aurora with proceeds going to Bereaved Families of York Region.

Newmarket Card & Comics Show 

From Superman to Archie, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to Pokemon, the Newmarket Card & Comics Show, running Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., has something for every collector. This free all-ages event, hosted by the Toronto Card Show, features the best selection of back issue comic books, trading cards, collectibles, and memorabilia from high standard vendors from across Ontario. The show also offers comic and card grading and trading, as well as reputable vendors with cash to buy your unique assortment if you are looking to sell.

York Region Good Food Campaign

Do you want to eat healthier but do not think you have the time or money to do it? Stop by the York Region Good Food Campaign event at Market & Co. in Upper Canada Mall, 17600 Yonge St., Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn how to make nutritious meals that will not take too much time or break your budget. At this free drop-in workshop you will be educated about the Good Food program, including tips and tools to help you efficiently plan, prepare and enjoy healthy meals, sample smoothies made from ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables, as well as receiving zero waste take-away items and resources on other York Region health, nutrition, and agriculture services. 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Calling all kids and tweens! If your favourite sandwich is the kind that is filled with ice cream, then the Ice Cream Sandwich Making Workshop at Upper Canada Mall’s Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St., on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. is perfect for you. Join the Bake Three Fifty crew for this hands-on event where you will learn how to make your own premium vanilla ice cream, add toppings to make your own unique flavour, then fill it between two Bake Three Fifty cookies of your choice. Tickets are $20 and include all ingredients and supplies as well as 20 per cent off your same-day purchase at Bake Three Fifty. 

The Liverpool Sessions - Abbey Road LIVE at 50 

Man had just landed on the moon when the Beatles released Abbey Road, their eleventh, and what turned out to be final, recorded studio album with all four members. To celebrate, tribute band The Liverpool Sessions, the Beatles from Studio to Stage, presents Abbey Road Live at 50, performing the entire 1969 record including, Come Together, Here Comes the Sun, and Something, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St. The 10-piece orchestra also plays other Beatles hit singles like, Hey Jude, and other favourites. Tickets are $35. Call 905-953-5122 or go to: 

Community Street Festival 

Dawson Dental Centres host a Community Street Festival Saturday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. This free, fun-filled event for all ages features live music, food trucks, face painting, photo booth, giveaways, local artisans, and more. 

The Week Ends at Bar 97

The Week Ends perform at Bar 97 Sports Bar & Grill, 16640 Yonge St., Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The five-piece pop-rock band consisting of members from Newmarket, Holland Landing and Barrie, plays familiar, up-tempo party music from the ‘90s to today from artists like Bruno Mars, Portugal. The Man, The Weeknd, No Doubt, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, and The Killers.

In Person: Nikole Goncalves

Join author Nikole Goncalves as she signs copies of her book, The HealthNut Cookbook, which features more  than 100 easy, healthy and delicious meals, at Chapters Newmarket, 17440 Yonge St., Sunday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. Nikole is also the founder of the popular YouTube channel and blog, HealthNut Nutrition. 

Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope 

In April,1980, 22-year-old Terry Fox showed the world that there were no limits to what an amputee could do when he began his Marathon of Hope run across Canada raising money for cancer research — his goal was to collect $1 from every Canadian. Terry, who had lost his leg to cancer when he was 18, began his courageous journey in St. John’s, Nfld, and became a hero to us all as he persevered through harsh weather and intense physical pain determined to achieve his goal. In September of that year, after more than 5,000 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop his run near Thunder Bay when he discovered cancer had spread from his legs to his lungs. Terry died on June 28, 1981. He never realized his dream of completing his marathon in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, but his legacy lives on and to date, over $750 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research through annual runs in his name, including over $1 million from Newmarket events. Join the 39th Newmarket Terry Fox 5 Km Run/Walk Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, 100 Eagle St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and start time is 9 a.m. Participants will also enjoy a barbecue, refreshments, music, kids’ corner with face painting, and prize draws. No minimum pledge amount needed and no registration fees, just come and make a donation or collect pledges and bring to the event.



Sept. 7 to 8

Black Suit Devil tonight at Market Brewing

Toronto singer/songwriter Andy Du Rego brings his Black Suit Devil project to Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight. Audiences will be entertained by his acoustic sound that blends the musical genres of soul, folk, roots, blues, southern rock and indie. Du Rego, who got his start as a singer and lead guitarist in a variety of metal and blues bands, uses thought-provoking, heartfelt lyrics to deliver a socially conscious message through his Black Suit Devil songs.

Newmarket goes to the dogs

Newmarket’s family-friendly dog festival is back for another weekend of fun-filled activities and booths. Now in its 11th year, Newbarket presented by Global Pet Foods, runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Newmarket Lions Park, 424 D’Arcy St. Bring your dog for a swim at Gorham Outdoor Pool ($5 per pooch), watch exciting Aqua Dogs dock diving shows, let your dog try a lure course with Dog Lovers Days, visit dog-related vendors and more. Youngsters will enjoy the kids zone featuring inflatables and face painting. All proceeds from the Pooch Plunge go to the CARE (Creating Accessible Recreation for Everyone) fund, which offers assistance to Newmarket residents of all ages for Town-registered recreation and culture programs. For a full schedule of events, parking and event rules go to

Campaign office official opening

With the federal election just six weeks away, Newmarket-Aurora Conservative candidate Lois Brown and her team welcome you to the official campaign office opening at 120 Harry Walker Parkway N. Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by for some refreshments and meet Lois, campaign manager Peter Seemann, and other volunteers who have been canvassing the community since February.

Sneaker Culture makes tracks to Newmarket

Explore the worldwide phenomenon of sneaker culture with the Art On Sneakers Installation and Competition this weekend at Upper Canada Mall. Martk’d brings together emerging influencers, artists, cultural enthusiasts to express creativity. The event features an interactive installation 100 one-of-a-kind sneakers by local artists. You’re invited to view the creations, share your own experience, take pictures, and explore the exciting creativity of sneaker culture. Plus, enjoy onsite complimentary tattoos by Chronic Ink Tattoo Shops (first come, first serve basis).

LOL with Black Sheep Comedy 

Black Sheep Comedy will have you laughing out loud Saturday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Arch Brewing Company, 110 Pony Dr. The evening’s headliner, Todd Graham, has performed at a number of clubs and festivals, including Hollywood Improv Main Stage and The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, opened for comics like Todd Barry, Aparna Nancherla and Dana Gould, as well as being showcased on CBC Radio LOL and Sirius XM Canada Laughs. The night also features stand-up acts sure to tickle your funny bone by Alice Rose, Marissa Christiano, Nicholas Fernandes, AJ Bate, Jesse Ralph, and hosts Cathy MacPherson and Darcia Armstrong. Tickets are $18 or $20 at the door and include one beer or pop at entry.

The Judy Belanger Band at Colonel Mustard’s

Newmarket’s own Judy Belanger Band perform Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Colonel Mustard’s Bar & Grill, 16925 Yonge St. The talented group of musicians bring the best rock, blues, and country hits from yesterday to today, including, Bonnie Raitt, Gretchen Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox, Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Elle King, Bruno Mars and more.


Aug. 31 to Sept. 1

Grady Brothers live at Market Brewing tonight

The Grady Brothers perform tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. Siblings Andrew and Matt have been entertaining audiences across southern Ontario for more than a decade with their renditions of a wide range of popular songs from country to Celtic, classic rock to today’s hits. 

Discover your inner artist

Learn how to paint with watercolours at Green Lion Art Studio’s free watercolour master class for parents and kids Saturday, Aug. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. At this artist-led session, you will learn the five things every beginner needs to know about the popular art form and why it is important to know them. All necessary materials are provided. To create your own watercolour masterpiece, register at 647-204-7844.

Those Handsome Hooligans live at Old Village Free House

Those Handsome Hooligans bring their high-energy rock cover show to the Old Village Free House, 196 Main St., Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The talented GTA foursome came together in 2011 with two goals in mind — to play great music and have fun doing it. Those Handsome Hooligans 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.

Meet local corporate intrigue author Gary D. McGugan 

Businessman turned author Gary D. McGugan, will be signing copies of his bestselling corporate intrigue trilogy, Three Weeks Less a Day, The Multima Scheme, and his latest release, Unrelenting Peril, Saturday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chapters Newmarket, 17440 Yonge St. After years working in the corporate world, McGugan, a Newmarket resident for more than 15 years, is enjoying international success penning fast paced stories of suspense about high-level executives and the lengths they will go to for power and control.


Aug. 24 to 25

Poutine, eh?

Move over bacon and maple syrup and make room for poutine, which, in recent years, has become one of Canada’s favourite dishes. Experience more than 50 variations of the comfort food at Newmarket Poutine Feast this weekend at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr. Poutine originated in rural Quebec in the 1950s, but the french fries covered in cheese curds and gravy didn’t become widely popular across the country until the 1990s. The event features some of Ontario’s finest poutine vendors catering to meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike with toppings such as slow-roasted pork, fresh vegetables and even lobster, as well as gluten-free options. Other treats include fresh lemonade, ice cream and doughnuts. There will be games for the kids, music and a poutine contest Sunday at 2 p.m. Bring your own reusable forks to help reduce plastic waste. Admission is free. Poutine Feast runs Aug. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Happy Pants: Classic fit, classic music

Happy Pants perform tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. The classic rock party band has been filling dance floors in the GTA for a decade, covering music from the ‘60s to the present. Happy Pants love to play songs that you may not have heard for awhile from artists including Cheap Trick, The Killers, Foster the People, The Romantics, Elton John, The Stray Cats, Rod Stewart, The Band, Kings of Leon, Rick Springfield, and Cake. Enjoy some tasty craft beer while listening to great tunes by a band that prides itself on wearing happy pants.

Pop Up Vintage Vinyl Record Sale 

For years, vinyl records took a back seat as cassettes, CDs and then digital music had their time in the spotlight. In recent years, LPs have made a resurgence and are popular again not only in vintage shops but in mainstream music stores. If you are a new record enthusiast, or a longtime collector, stop by the Pop Up Vinyl Record Sale Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lion Pub & Grill, 1091 Gorham St. Hosted by Newmarket’s Jamhog’s Vintage Vinyl, this event showcases thousands of vintage high-quality Japanese pressings, jazz, rock, and blues albums and more.

YA authors meet and greet

Young adult writers E.K. Johnston, Lindsay C. Smith, Margaret Owen, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Faith Boughan discuss their latest books at In Conversation: YA Extravaganza Saturday, Aug. 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Chapters Newmarket, 17440 Yonge St. There will be a book signing to follow, on a first-come, first-served basis, for book purchasers. 

Car Club Crazy Car Show

Although styles, quality and performance have evolved through the decades, one thing that has remained the same is our passion for automobiles. From Ford Thunderbirds to Pontiac Firebirds, take a walk down memory lane with some of the most iconic cars at the Newmarket Car Club Crazy Car Show Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairy Lake Park, 520 Water St. The Newmarket Car Club, one of the longest running car clubs in York Region, just celebrated its 45th anniversary, growing from 16 members when it began in 1974, to 30 members today. Admission to this fun, all ages event is free.

Playing with brooms

Considered one of Canada’s most popular sports, curling is usually played inside an ice rink during the winter, but York Curling Club has got creative and is bringing the game to Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St. Saturday, Aug. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. Experience curling on an outdoor sheet of ‘ice’ at this free event. All ages are invited to learn the game by the pros from York Curling Club, or show your skills if you already know how to play. Enjoy a craft beer and some delicious food, too. 

Dog Days of Summer

Calling all dog lovers! Don’t worry about leaving your favourite pooch at home, spend the day together at Dog Days of Summer at Pfaff Volkswagen at 16885 Leslie St. Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. At this fun and informative event in support of the OSPCA, you will learn about dogs available for adoption, affordable clinic services, and dog care techniques, enjoy tasty refreshments for both canine and owner, meet special guests like Herb, an OSPCA rescue dog, and hear his remarkable recovery story, and much more. 

Help end hunger one laugh at a time

Newmarket Garage Doors presents An Evening in Your Town hosted by comedian David Cornel Sunday, Aug. 25 from 8 to 10 p.m. upstairs at the Grey Goat Pub & Grill, 74 Main St., S. The live, unscripted, late night comedy talk show featuring all local talent — think Newmarket’s version of The Tonight Show — sets out to not only have audience members rolling in the aisles with laughter, but to end hunger one laugh at a time, with all proceeds going to the Newmarket Food Bank. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Drinks and doors open at 7 p.m.

It’s all about ribs, bibs and sauce at Aurora Ribfest

Come see why this weekend’s Aurora Ribfest is known as the tastiest event of the year. Try some of the finest ribs and sauces cooked to perfection by the pros on the final stop of the provincial ribfest tour. Food vendors will also be serving up roasted yams, corn on the cob, beaver tails, churros and more. The weekend also features live entertainment including Honeymoon Suite Friday at 9 p.m. and The Spoons Saturday at 9 p.m., beer garden, inflatable midway and activity zone for the kids, mobile escape experience, and backyard battle axe league. Admission is free. Aurora Ribfest takes place at Machell Park, 2A Machell Park Dr. Friday 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


Aug. 17 to 18

Bubble art fun for the kids tonight

This is one time you will want your kids to get into trouble — bubble trouble that is — at Kids Night Out Drop Off Bubble Trouble Party tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Main Ideas Studio at 245 Main St. South. Kids ages five and up will have fun and get messy with bubble art, painting on a canvas or a bowl. If bubble art is not your child’s thing, he or she can choose from more than 20 cute pottery figures to paint instead. The cost is $30 per painter. When the artists are done, they will have pizza and watch a movie. Register here or call 905-235-1300. 

Music therapy session at the Newmarket Farmers Market

Enjoy some of your favourite rock ‘n’ roll music from yesterday and today performed by the Therapy Seekers Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newmarket Farmers Market at 200 Doug Duncan Dr. This talented group, established in 2014 by John Beaudrow of Sutton, has been entertaining audiences at clubs, festivals, weddings, parades, markets and private functions with upbeat renditions of popular songs from artists such as the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, the Lumineers and the Violent Femmes. 

Lots of bargains at museum’s garage sale fundraiser

Whether you are looking for antiques, a one-of-a-kind find, or items to up-cycle, the garage sale fundraiser at Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main St. South Saturday, Aug. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. has something for everyone. All proceeds from the annual multi-family event, hosted by the Friends of the Museum, will go to the museum. Cash only. Rain or shine.

High Court County release party

Grab your cowboy hat and boots and head to High Court County’s release party for their new single Make it Sing Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m at Colonel Mustards Bar & Grill at 16925 Yonge St. This country and roots rock band from Ontario released their debut self-titled EP of original material in 2017, followed recently by their sophomore effort Here We Go Again featuring Bonfire Friday Night. As well as original music, High Court County also performs covers of songs by country artists such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton, and more, along with favourite roots rock tunes. 

Big Band Brunch 

After Hours Big Band is performing at the Grey Goat Pub & Grill at 74 Main St. South Sunday, Aug. 18 from noon to 3 p.m. Established in 2006 by members of the Newmarket Citizens Band, the group’s repertoire includes swing music from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as contemporary jazz and popular artists. After Hours Big Band, led by educator and trombonist Dr. Michael Kearns, and featuring vocalists, Jessica Owen and George Marian, a trombone quartet, quintuple of saxophones, and trumpet and rhythm sections, has been delighting audiences at concerts, festivals, fundraisers and private events around Ontario for more than a decade. Come swing the afternoon away while enjoying some good food and cold drinks. Weather permitting the brunch will be held on the outdoor patio.

Motorcycles rev up for Southlake fundraiser

Black Gold Knife & Leather Co. host their One-Eyed Jacks Charity Poker Run and Show & Shine Sunday, Aug. 18 at 1228 Gorham St. Registration for the charity poker run begins at 9 a.m. with the race kicking off at 9:30. The entry donation fee of $20 for each driver and $10 for passengers will go to Southlake Regional Health Centre’s pediatric oncology centre. Registration for the show & shine start after the approximately two-hour run. The seventh annual show features a DJ playing classic rock music and a barbecue by Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill with burgers, hotdogs and sausages, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Newmarket Citizens Band performs at Riverwalk Commons

Newmarket Citizens Band presents Music at Riverwalk Sunday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at 200 Doug Duncan Dr. Grab your lawn chairs for this free family-friendly concert featuring Canada’s longest continuously running community band. Newmarket Citizen’s Band, established in 1872, is dedicated to providing an opportunity for community musicians of all levels to play music and improve their skills in a supportive environment.

Carrot Fest 2019

It is only fitting since the Bradford West Gwillimbury area has more producers of carrots than anywhere else in the country, that the popular root vegetable would become its mascot. Carrot Fest, established more than 20 years ago to celebrate the town’s agricultural roots, has become one of the most attended street festivals in Ontario. This year’s event runs Friday, Aug. 16 from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to midnight. Carrot Fest includes free outdoor entertainment like aerial performers, stilt walkers, BMX stunt tricks, and fire and magic shows, live music from artists such as Big Shiny 90s, Coming of Age, and Monkey Wrench, delicious food from Liko’s Hawaiian Barbecue, Mister Treats Ice Cream, Kensington Burgers, Sweet B’s Desserts, and La Mexicanada, a classic car show, 200 plus vendors lining the downtown streets, and a Kids Zone with inflatables, shows, games, entertainment, face painting, pony rides, ice cream eating contest, and carrot arts and crafts. Holland Marsh Growers’ Association will be handing out free bags of locally grown carrots to visitors. Carrot Fest runs along Holland St., Barrie St., and Simcoe Rd., with some events like Aqua Dogs, being held at the Bradford & District Community Centre at 124 Simcoe Rd. BWG Transit is offering free bus service on Saturday and free parking is available at the BWG Leisure Centre and Bradford GO station. For a festival map, event schedule, or more information, go to


Aug. 10 to 11

Live music with Kevin California tonight at Market Brewing

Kevin California brings his indie folk/rock musical style to Market Brewing Company at 17775 Leslie St. tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Ontario native, recognized by Grammy U for his outstanding songwriting abilities, has been performing throughout Canada and the United States showing audiences his versatility as he plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, and ukulele, as well as his unique singing voice. Kevin has been featured on Canadian Beats for his debut EP, his music has been played on CBC FM radio, and his videos have garnered almost 100,000 views on YouTube. Come see Kevin perform a few covers along with lots of original music, including songs from his upcoming second EP. 

Mini Putt Par-tee at Cardinal Golf Club

This weekend you can putt past a moose, along an abandoned railway track, and down the runway of a crashed plane for free to celebrate the newly renovated Northern Adventure Mini Putt at Cardinal Golf Club. The 18-hole outdoor miniature golf course, fully lit for evening play, is great fun for all ages. Enjoy one complimentary round, a hot dog and pop on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to Sunday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. 2740 Davis Dr. W., Newmarket. 

Shooting hoops for youth mental health 

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Centre is holding its second annual 5 on 5 Hoops for Charity Basketball Tournament for Mental Health Awareness Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dr. Margaret Arkinstall Park, 160 Sawmill Valley Dr. This community event raises funds for YouthSpeak Performance Charity, an organization that builds awareness of youth mental wellness through youth-led assemblies, conferences and workshops. In addition to watching great dribbling and dunking, you will enjoy live music, family games, basketball skills competitions, food and drinks, prizes, and a 50/50 draw. Admission is free. 

Under the stars at Fairy Lake Park

Whether you are an experienced camper or looking for a new family adventure, you can spend the night camping at Fairy Lake Park Saturday from 1 p.m. to Sunday at 9:30 a.m. You'll put up your tent, eat a traditional camping dinner, play games, sit around the campfire eating s'mores and then off to sleep under the stars. Wake up with the sunrise, enjoy breakfast, and then pack up your campsite and 'leave no trace'. Register for this Town of Newmarket event here.

Chefs with Hart tapas-style dining supports Sick Kids

Eventmarkt in downtown Newmarket is hosting Chefs with Hart Sunday, Aug. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit the GIFT (Group for Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment) program at Sick Kids Hospital. Guest chefs, including Steve Gonzalez of Baro/Petty Cash, Rossy Earle of Toronto Blue Jays Team Chef, Shahir Massoud (Guest Chef on Marilyn Denis) and Hans Vogels (Momofuku), will dish up a tapas-style dinner. To buy tickets, click here.

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Pints for Paws at Market Brewing Company 

Come enjoy a pint for a purpose at the 2nd annual Market Brewing Pints for Paws Sunday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 17775 Leslie St. This special afternoon is the perfect opportunity to check out the local brewery and win some great prizes while helping the community as all proceeds go to Fred Victor - Helping People Find Place & Purpose, a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive changes in the lives of homeless and low- income people and their pets in the GTA. Pints for Paws is hosted by Spears & Shears Pet Expo, Canada’s largest pet exhibition, which brings together communities with the mission of saving homeless dogs and cats. Pints and Paws welcomes any pet food and pet-related item donations. 

Tapestry of Taste showcases international cuisine, culture 

Tapestry of Taste International Food & Craft Beer Festival comes to East Gwillimbury Civic Square, 19000 Leslie St., Sharon, Aug. 9 to 11 presented by DUCA Credit Union in partnership with Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum. This family-friendly weekend offers the International Food & Entertainment Zone showcasing international foods and craft beer, wine, and cider, as well as concerts and shows featuring multicultural and local artists such as Juno- nominated blues artist Glen Marais on Friday at 8 p.m., and Juno-award winning Celtic musician Ashley MacIsaac on Saturday at 8 p.m. As well, at the Around the World Kids Zone, there are international crafts, sports and cultural activities, and at the International Market Bazaar,  artisans offer items from around the globe. Tapestry of Taste runs Friday, Aug. 9 from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 (age 13 and up), kids 12 and under are admitted free. Parking available at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex. 

From a midway to horse shows, there's something for everyone at 164th Sutton Fair

The Sutton Fair & Horse Show has been delighting visitors since 1855 — 12 years before Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick united as Canada. This year’s fun-filled event, presented by the Sutton Agricultural Society, runs this weekend at the Sutton Fairgrounds, 3 Fairpark Lane. Fun for the whole family, the fair features the World’s Finest Shows Midway, horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, an array of exhibits and demonstrations, pony rides, petting zoo, Aqua Dogs water agility competition, Zoo to You, Circus Jonathon, live music, dairy shows, cattle shows, tasty treats, beer garden, and much more. The Sutton Fair & Horse Show is open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and students, $7 for kids ages six to 12 and seniors age 65+, or purchase a family pass for two adults and two children for $30. Children age five and under get in free. 


Aug. 2 to 4, 2019

Matt Gunn brings Staring at Nothing to Market Brewing tonight

Matt Gunn performs tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight at Market Brewing Company at 17775 Leslie St., Unit 4, Newmarket. Influenced by artists like Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye and The Slackers, the talented Ontario native brings a modern touch to the musical genres of soul, motown and reggae. Matt released his second solo album Staring at Nothing last year, writing and playing the instruments on all tracks.

A day of bouquets — wine and fresh flowers

If you love flowers and wine this event is for you. First, stop by Country Cut Flowers at 970 Miller’s Sideroad, Newmarket Saturday, Aug. 3 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and fill a mason jar with beautiful, fresh, in-season flowers that you choose and cut yourself. Trimmers and buckets are provided for your use in the field. Tickets are $32. Then travel just five minutes to the Holland Marsh Winery to enjoy complimentary tastings of two hand-crafted wines. Just show them your ticket on your phone. Country Cut Flowers is open only through ticket sales and to subscribers. Purchase tickets here

Do your zumba moves at Newmarket Farmers Market

Start your weekend with a free zumba class at Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr., Saturday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. until the end of August. Zumba is a popular fitness program combining Latin and international music with dance moves incorporating interval training with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training. Zumba at Newmarket Farmers Market is led by The Move Fitness and Dance Studio and is sponsored by Peter C. Geibel, Broker, Main Street Realty Ltd. Meet next to the splash pad. Weather permitting.

1, 2, 3, 4, who are we for? Unity Relay Cheer Squad!

Always wanted to be a cheerleader? Well, here’s your chance, no tryout necessary. Join The Unity Relay Cheer Squad Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 a.m. at 912 Bosworth Ct., Newmarket. This cheer station is at a significant point along the three-person team relay run that covers 21 kilometres of Tom Taylor Trail. Hosted by Lululemon Newmarket, the Unity Relay began in 2018 to create a fun and inclusive race for any kind of runner. Just bring your energy, all other cheer supplies will be provided. First runners will be arriving by 7:45 a.m., so be there in time to practise.

Share your story at Project Semicolon mental health fundraiser

There is healing in sharing stories, so let’s talk about it at the Project Semicolon Mental Health Fundraiser & Awareness evening Saturday, Aug. 3 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Big Daddy’s Bar, Grill & Entertainment at 446 Davis Dr. The fun-filled event, hosted by Ashleigh Pixie Pineau, includes a barbecue, music, open mic, henna and raffle table, while raising money for a great cause. Project Semicolon is an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide through public awareness and community education, trying to equip everyone with the proper tools to help save lives. Bring a photo of a missed loved one who lost the battle for the special memory board. 

Dave Toms tickles the ivories at Jazz Brunch

Listen to the sounds of jazz standards and pop classics performed on piano by Dave Toms while enjoying a delicious brunch overlooking Fairy Lake at Cachet’s Jazz Brunch on Sunday, Aug. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. at 500 Water St. Dave will be performing at Cachet Sunday afternoons through Dec. 29. For more information see:

Storytime and tye dye fun at Fairy Lake Park 

Bring the kids and some old shirts to PJ at the Park - Storytime and Tye Dye Fun Sunday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. at Fairy Lake (entrance from Cane Parkway), hosted by PJ Library North - Jewish Families Aurora/Newmarket and surrounding areas. Children will hear the story “Joseph had a Little Overcoat” that will teach them about the mitzvah of preserving the planet and how to find ways for something to be used again and again. Children will enjoy a hands-on experience that reiterates the story message as they tye dye an old shirt into something new. PJ Library is an award-winning outreach program committed to increasing and deepening Jewish identity and connection by providing free resources like books and community and school programming.