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  • Greetings from Markham's Canada Day Committee Co-chair, Councillor Amanda Collucci

    Video greetings

    Letter of Greetings

    Greetings from Markham's Canada Day Committee Co-chair, Councillor Khalid Usman

    Video greetings

    Letter of Greetings


    Greetings from Markham's Canada Day Committee Co-chair, Councillor Amanda Collucci

    Video greetings

    Letter of Greetings

    Greetings from Markham's Canada Day Committee Co-chair, Councillor Khalid Usman

    Video greetings

    Letter of Greetings


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    The City of Markham has partnered with snapd inc. to launch a spectacular virtual fireworks experience across Markham on Canada Day. Powered by the snapd hub app and Augmented Reality (AR), Markham residents can enjoy this innovative and uplifting experience from the comfort of home (in your living room, backyard or balcony - your choice) anytime after 6 p.m. on July 1.

    How it works:

    1. Download the snapd HUB app for free on the App Store or Google Play
    2. Select the “Markham’s Virtual Canada Day” event listing
    3. Select the “Virtual Fireworks” button 
    4. Follow the prompts and enjoy

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    The City of Markham has partnered with snapd inc. to launch a spectacular virtual fireworks experience across Markham on Canada Day. Powered by the snapd hub app and Augmented Reality (AR), Markham residents can enjoy this innovative and uplifting experience from the comfort of home (in your living room, backyard or balcony - your choice) anytime after 6 p.m. on July 1.

    How it works:

    1. Download the snapd HUB app for free on the App Store or Google Play
    2. Select the “Markham’s Virtual Canada Day” event listing
    3. Select the “Virtual Fireworks” button 
    4. Follow the prompts and enjoy the show
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  • Doo Doo the Clown - Video 1

    Markham's own Doo Doo the Clown helps us celebrate Canada Day virtually.


    Doo Doo the Clown - Video 2

    Doo Doo the Clown performs magic from his studio to help celebrate Canada Day this year.


    Aaron Matthews - Son of Doo Doo the Clown

    Doo Doo's son Aaron Matthews joins us this year to perform virtual magic and slight-of-hand tricks.


    Doo Doo the Clown - Video 1

    Markham's own Doo Doo the Clown helps us celebrate Canada Day virtually.


    Doo Doo the Clown - Video 2

    Doo Doo the Clown performs magic from his studio to help celebrate Canada Day this year.


    Aaron Matthews - Son of Doo Doo the Clown

    Doo Doo's son Aaron Matthews joins us this year to perform virtual magic and slight-of-hand tricks.


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  • Hello art friends! 

    Join Ms. Joyce and Arty the Art Bus as they teach us how to draw the Canada Flag, a Canadian beaver, or, for the more experienced artists, a scene from Markham's own Milne Park Trail.

    Click any of the videos below to watch Ms. Joyce's step-by-step instructions on how to draw your own Canada Day masterpiece. Be creative, and have fun!


    Learn to Draw the Canadian Flag – Easy Sketch

    In this video you will learn to draw the Canadian Flag. Ms. Joyce from Kreative Kidz Art Bus will provide instructions for artists to follow along step-by-step

    Hello art friends! 

    Join Ms. Joyce and Arty the Art Bus as they teach us how to draw the Canada Flag, a Canadian beaver, or, for the more experienced artists, a scene from Markham's own Milne Park Trail.

    Click any of the videos below to watch Ms. Joyce's step-by-step instructions on how to draw your own Canada Day masterpiece. Be creative, and have fun!


    Learn to Draw the Canadian Flag – Easy Sketch

    In this video you will learn to draw the Canadian Flag. Ms. Joyce from Kreative Kidz Art Bus will provide instructions for artists to follow along step-by-step to create our country’s National Flag.

    Recommended ages: 4-6 

    Materials needed: Pencil, paper, and a black marker. Crayons or markers are optional to colour in your creation!


    Learn to Draw a Canadian Beaver Cartoon – Intermediate Sketch

    In this video you will learn to draw the Canadian Beaver cartoon style. Ms. Joyce from Kreative Kidz Art Bus will provide instructions for artists to follow step-by-step to create this cute and friendly Canadian beaver cartoon.

    Recommended ages: 7-9 

    Materials needed Pencil, and a black marker. Crayons or markers are optional to colour in your creation!


    Learn to Draw Milne Park Trail – Expert Sketch

    In this video you will learn to draw a scene from Markham’s Milne Park Trail.  Ms. Joyce from Kreative Kidz Art Bus will provide instructions for artists to follow step-by-step to create this beautiful wooded trail that is in our own backyard. We may not be able to get together at Milne Park this year as we usually do each year for Canada Day, but this virtual art class will help bring the park to you.

    Recommended ages: 10+ 

    Materials needed: Pencil, ruler, paper, and a black marker.  Pencil crayons or markers are optional to colour in your creation!

    Download the photograph of the Milne Park Trail to help guide your sketch.


    The City of Markham thanks Ms. Joyce from Kreative Kidz Art Bus for sharing her artistic talents with us to help celebrate Markham's Virtual Canada Day.

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  • Hello dancers,

    Join Kari from Markham's own Recreation Department as she teaches us the dance moves to a selection of songs you many recognize!

    Put on your dancing shoes, and do some gentle stretches, and then click any of the videos below to learn from and dance along with Kari. Get up, get moving, and have fun!

    All of the 'Learn to Dance' videos below are suitable for all ages. No prior dance experience is required.

    Helpful tips:

    • Find a safe, flat, open space - indoors or outdoors
    • Click to start the video 
    • Watch the 'Dance Demo' first - Kari

    Hello dancers,

    Join Kari from Markham's own Recreation Department as she teaches us the dance moves to a selection of songs you many recognize!

    Put on your dancing shoes, and do some gentle stretches, and then click any of the videos below to learn from and dance along with Kari. Get up, get moving, and have fun!

    All of the 'Learn to Dance' videos below are suitable for all ages. No prior dance experience is required.

    Helpful tips:

    • Find a safe, flat, open space - indoors or outdoors
    • Click to start the video 
    • Watch the 'Dance Demo' first - Kari will show you the dance before providing step-by-step instructions
    • Then follow Kari's instructions to learn the steps to the dance
    • Practice the dance with your siblings, family members or others in your household to help celebrate Canada Day in Markham
    • Watch another video and learn another dance!

    Dance #1 - 24K Magic by Bruno Mars


    Dance #2 - Better When I'm Dancing by Meghan Trainor


    Dance #3 - Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake


    Dance #4 - Happy by Pharrell Williams


    Dance #5 - September by Earth, Wind and Fire


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  • “This land is your land / This land is my land / From Bonavista to Vancouver Island / From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lake waters / This land was made for you and me.”

    Does this song sound familiar?

    If you attend elementary school in Canada, you may have learned it! 

    “This Land is Your Land” is a well-known Canadian folk song about the land, geography and beauty that is Canada.

    The song was written in 1954 by Canada's first Folk group, The Travellers.

    One of the founding members of The Travellers is 15-year Markham resident, Dr. Jerry

    “This land is your land / This land is my land / From Bonavista to Vancouver Island / From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lake waters / This land was made for you and me.”

    Does this song sound familiar?

    If you attend elementary school in Canada, you may have learned it! 

    “This Land is Your Land” is a well-known Canadian folk song about the land, geography and beauty that is Canada.

    The song was written in 1954 by Canada's first Folk group, The Travellers.

    One of the founding members of The Travellers is 15-year Markham resident, Dr. Jerry Gray.

    In 1961, The Travellers played “This Land is Your Land” as the premier attraction at the first ‘Concert on the Hill’ celebrations in Ottawa. In 2010, Dr. Gray conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir playing the song in the final encore of their performance at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

    To celebrate the Markham connection to this well-known song and piece of Canadian history, Dr. Gray has given the City of Markham permission to share this story and the link to the video of The Travellers playing “This Land is Your Land” below.


    “This Land is Your Land” performed by Canadian Folk Group - The Travellers (2009)


    “This Land is Your Land” Song Lyrics


    This land is your land,

    This land is my land,

    From Bonavista

    To Vancouver Island,

    From the Arctic Circle,

    To the Great Lake waters,

    This land was made for you and me.


    As I was walking,

    That ribbon of highway,

    I saw above me,

    That endless skyway,

    I saw below me,

    That golden valley,

    This land was made for you and me.


    I've roamed and rambled,

    And I've followed my footsteps,

    To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,

    And all around me a voice was sounding,

    This land was made for you and me.


    The sun comes shining,

    As I was strolling,

    The wheat fields waving,

    And the dust clouds rolling,

    The fog was lifting a voice come chanting,

    This land was made for you and me.


    As I was walkin',

    I saw a sign there,

    And that sign said no tress passin',

    But on the other side,

    It didn't say nothin'!

    Now that side was made for you and me!


    In the squares of the city,

    In the shadow of the steeple,

    Near the relief office,

    I see my people,

    And some are grumblin',

    And some are wonderin',

    If this land's still made for you and me.


    Nobody living can ever stop me,

    As I go walking,

    That freedom highway,

    Nobody living can make me turn back,

    This land was made for you and me.

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  • The City of Markham will be showing our Canadian pride by lighting up a selection of buildings and landmarks throughout the city in red and white lights on July 1.

    Help us light up our collective Canadian pride by lighting your Markham residence or business in red and white lights on July 1.







    Ways you can light up your Canadian pride:

    • Turn on your white porch light – or change the light bulb to red!
    • Wrap red or white decorative lights such as holiday lights around a balcony railing, on a fence, or in your garden.
    • Shine a red or

    The City of Markham will be showing our Canadian pride by lighting up a selection of buildings and landmarks throughout the city in red and white lights on July 1.

    Help us light up our collective Canadian pride by lighting your Markham residence or business in red and white lights on July 1.







    Ways you can light up your Canadian pride:

    • Turn on your white porch light – or change the light bulb to red!
    • Wrap red or white decorative lights such as holiday lights around a balcony railing, on a fence, or in your garden.
    • Shine a red or white spotlight on your house or trees in your yard.

    The following City of Markham buildings and landmarks will be lit up in red on July 1:

    • Aaniin Community Centre library and gazebo
    • Angus Glen Community Centre
    • Armadale Community Centre
    • Centennial Community Centre
    • Cornell Community Centre
    • Crosby Community Centre
    • Fire Hall 91, 7801 Bayview Avenue (at Green Lane)
    • Fire Hall 92, 10 Riviera Drive (at Woodbine Avenue)
    • Fire Hall 93, 2930 Major MacKenzie Drive (at Woodbine Avenue)
    • Fire Hall 94, 7300 Birchmount Road (at Denison Street)
    • Fire Hall 95, 316 Main Street, Unionville (Birchview Lane at Kennedy Road)
    • Fire Hall 96, 5567 Fourteenth Ave. (at McCowan Road)
    • Fire Hall 97, 209 Main Street, Markham (at Ramona Boulevard)
    • Fire Hall 98, 650 Bur Oak Avenue (at McCowan Road)
    • Fire Hall 99, 3255 Bur Oak Avenue (at Church Street), next to Markham-Stouffville Hospital
    • Heintzman House
    • John Daniels Park water feature
    • Main Street Markham evergreen tree
    • Markham Civic Centre, Mayor's balcony
    • Markham Pan Am Centre
    • Markham Village Community Centre
    • Milliken Mills Community Centre
    • R. J. Clatworthy Arena
    • Rouge River Community Centre
    • St. Roberts Sports Dome
    • Thornhill Community Centre
    • Unionville Library pond fountain
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  • Dig out your Canada Day t-shirt and hat! Hang a Canada flag on your balcony! Put a red and white scarf on your pet!

    Show Markham your best Canada Day decorating and dress-up designs on July 1 by posting a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MkmCanadaDay.

    Don't forget to follow @CityOfMarkham and use #MkmCanadaDay for a chance to have your picture featured in the next edition of Markham Life online.

    Dig out your Canada Day t-shirt and hat! Hang a Canada flag on your balcony! Put a red and white scarf on your pet!

    Show Markham your best Canada Day decorating and dress-up designs on July 1 by posting a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MkmCanadaDay.

    Don't forget to follow @CityOfMarkham and use #MkmCanadaDay for a chance to have your picture featured in the next edition of Markham Life online.

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