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

Steel Magnolias on stage, The Coldest Night of the Year walk, a plant based diet workshop, and cupcakes to support local animals in need, just some of the fun things happening in Newmarket this weekend
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You can support Ontario SPCA animals in need on National Cupcake Day at two Newmarket locations this weekend. Supplied photo/Ontario SPCA

Steel Magnolias at Royal Canadian Legion stage

Newmarket Stage Company presents the dramatic comedy Steel Magnolias at the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St. tonight at 8 p.m. This version of the play chronicling the special bond of a group of women in a small Southern town is directed by Teri Hallett and produced by Sue Meacock. Steel Magnolias continues its run Feb. 22, 27, 28, and 29 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 22, 27 and 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets $18. Call 289-500-2114 between 2 and 4 p.m. daily.

LIFE 100.3 movie night

LIFE 100.3’s Overcomer Movie Tour comes to River of Life Church, 1260 Journey’s End Circle, tonight at 7 p.m. The Kendrick Brothers film tells the story of a basketball-turned-cross country coach, an asthmatic runner and the people God places in their lives for a purpose. Tickets $5 at the door. Gift card donations for Shine Thru The Rain Foundation appreciated.

Plant-based diet made easy

Are you interested in switching to a plant-based diet? Join certified nutritionist Danielle Wiens for a two-hour interactive workshop Plant Based Made Easy tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St. Learn how to cook a delicious and healthy vegan nacho feast using meat alternatives black bean tempeh, a creamy cashew ‘cheese’, and more. Tickets $35.

The Orangeman Band live at Fionn MacCool’s

Vitamin C, OJ, Twist, and Squeeze, better known as the The Orangeman Band, bring their energetic show featuring party songs from the ‘80s and ‘90s to Fionn MacCool’s, 17315 Leslie St., tonight from 9 to 11 p.m.

Daze Gone By performs tonight at Ten Gallon Bar & Grill

Daze Gone By takes the stage tonight at Ten Gallon Bar & Grill, 446 Davis Dr., tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. performing a variety of vintage rock and roll tunes.

Cupcakes for critters

Enjoy some sweet treats and help animals in need! On Feb. 24, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society present National Cupcake Day, a campaign that has raised $3.5 million to date. Support the cause at two Newmarket cupcake parties this weekend.

Mary Berg’s Cupcake Party

The star of Mary’s Kitchen Crush hosts a cupcake party Saturday, Feb. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at Upper Canada Mall, 17600 Yonge St. featuring a decorating demonstration, cupcake decorating, book signing and photos, and more.

PetSmart Cupcake Celebration

Yummy cupcakes for sale to support local animals Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 18126 Yonge St.

The Coldest Night of the Year walk

Bundle up for The Coldest Night of the Year walk hosted by Inn From the Cold Saturday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. starting at Riverwalk Commons and Lions Hall, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. Choose from 2, 5, or 10-km routes. A warm, light meal provided. Registration begins at 4 p.m. $25 registration fee or raise $75 (youth ages 11 to 17) or $150 (adults). Kids 10 and under free. To register online go to:

LadyStrange at Bar97

LadyStrange entertains at Bar97 Sports Bar & Grill, 16640 Yonge St., Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The GTA band covers metal, pop rock, alternative and hard rock by popular artists from the past five decades.

Easy Money Band at Market Brewing

Toronto’s Easy Money Band delivers a high-energy funk, blues, rock, and soul show at Market Brewing Company, 17775 Leslie St., Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.









Feb. 15 to 16

Be my Glamentine Soiree

Enjoy a parents night out while your kids have a blast at the Be My Glamentine Soiree at Glama Gals Kids Spa, 253 Main St. S., tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This fun evening for ages 5 to 12 includes a strawberry-scented mini manicure with massage, chocolate candy heart face mask application, hearts eye and lip shimmer application, Valentine photo booth with props, take-home heart-shaped bath bomb, cookie decorating, dance party, and more. $49 per person or $90 for two (plus HST). Register here.

Kids Night Out: Valentine’s edition

Attention parents, how does a three-hour date tonight sound? Drop off your kids at Main Ideas Studio, 245 Main St. from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Kids Night Out: Valentine’s Edition. Kids ages 5 and up will paint a fly away hearts canvas, followed by pizza and a movie. Or they can choose from more than 20 pottery figures to paint. $30 plus tax. To register, call 905-235-1300 or visit

Shuckin’ with your honey

Bring your special someone and learn about oysters from Guinness World Record holder Patrick McMurray at Shuckin’ with your Honey at Pier 87 Fish Mrkt & Grill, at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St., tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The local celebrity dubbed ‘Shucker Paddy’ will teach you about different varieties of oysters and how to shuck them properly — he should know, he holds the record with 39 in one minute. You’ll sample 12 delicious seasonal oysters, and enjoy a gin punch beverage, chocolate-covered strawberry, and official Shucker Paddy Oyster Knife. $29 each or $50/couple.

Carley Hope and friends Valentine’s show

Sunderland’s Carley Hope performs a variety of love songs and popular covers at Ten Gallon Bar & Grill, 446 Davis Dr., from 8 to 11:30 p.m. The singer/songwriter is joined by fellow musicians Bodan Mulholland, Julian Vai and Brendan Doan to showcase a full band experience with a mix of both up-tempo and romantic tunes for a special Valentine’s night out.

Valentine’s evening at Cachet Supper Club

Join pianist Dave Toms with special guest vocalist Steve Romolo at Cachet Supper Club, 500 Water St., tonight from 7 to 11 p.m. This special evening features music perfect for Valentine’s Day by artists including Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, The Commodores, Van Morrison, The Eagles, and more. Reservations suggested, call 905 836-5007 or visit OpenTable.

Live music with Shane Coultier tonight at Fionn MacCool’s

Orillia native Shane Coultier brings his acoustic show to Fionn MacCool’s, 17315 Leslie St., tonight from 7 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. 

Newmarket Winterfest

Beat the February blahs at Winterfest Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. This free all-ages event features lots of outdoor and indoor activities, including skating, ice sculpting demonstrations, learn to curl and play sledge hockey (bring your own helmet and gloves), mini tube slide, Ice Lounge featuring DJ Tyler Stevenson, children’s games, vendors, arts and crafts, museum activities, sports zone, kids spa. $2 pancake breakfast provided by Newmarket Lions Club (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Rotary Club hotdogs and hot chocolate, Corinthian Masonic Lodge popcorn and cotton candy and Commons Coffee & Catering. 

Mamma Mia the Musical

Broadway North Youth Theatre presents Mamma Mia the Musical for two shows only Saturday, Feb. 15 at the NewRoads Performing Arts Centre, 505 Pickering Cres., featuring the music of ‘70s Swedish pop group ABBA. This global hit set on a small Greek island tells the story of Sophie’s dreams of having the perfect wedding and her quest to find out who her father is so he can walk her down the aisle. When she invites all three potential ‘dads’ things get interesting. Show times are 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22.

Rave On! Newmarket rock and roll party

Do you enjoy the early rock and roll sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s? The Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley St., hosts Rave On! A Newmarket Rock and Roll Party Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. featuring music by Buddy Holly and other artists influential in shaping one of music’s most popular genres. Tickets $10 in advance at the legion or at the door. Doors open at 7. For information call 905-895-5481. 

Rolling Thunder III

Rolling Thunder III rolls into Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford St., Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8 to 11 p.m. showcasing some of the best musical talent in Canada. This popular revue features George St. Kitts, Glenn Marais and the Mojo Train, Jerome Godboo, Dan McKinnon, Randy Brethour, Lou Moore and the Wranglers, Ryan Ainsworth, and Erin Blackstock. Advance tickets $28.25 or 4 for $90.40. Day of $33.90.

A Magical Breakfast with the Ice Sisters

Kids are invited to dress up in their finest Frozen attire for a Magical Breakfast with the Ice Sisters at Market & Co., 17600 Yonge St., Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 am to noon. Chef Julian Pancer will help youngsters make snowflake pancakes, Sven reindeer spiced bacon, and Frosty smoothies, followed by a performance by the Ice Queen and Ice Princess and photo session. Tickets $38.

Ward 7 New Year’s gathering 

Councillor Christina Bisanz hosts the 6th annual Ward 7 New Year’s Gathering Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ray Twinney Complex. This free afternoon includes crafts, face painting, refreshments, skating (2 to 3 p.m.), community groups with information about services and activities. 

Family Day fun

There are lots of fun Family Day activities to enjoy at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Dr., and the Recreation Youth Centre & SK8 Park, 56 Charles St., Monday, Feb. 17. including skating, swimming, basketball, badminton, skateboarding, and more. $2 admission for all activities. Event schedules here