Month: February 2017

Behind the scenes of the Friendly Giant

Look up—way up, actually! Going back a generation or two, you’d know the Friendly Giant as a staple of children’s television shows. The impossibly tiny props that captured the hearts of Canadian youngsters were the making of Ivan Harris. At the beginning of every episode of the Friendly Giant, viewers were taken on a scenic tour through rambling greens and into Friendly’s village of perfect little houses, churches, barns, and animals. Then, Friendly would lower the drawbridge and open the doors into his fairytale castle. Every painstaking detail—from the blades on a windmill to a little car parked in...

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Amazing Race comes to Stouffville

Calling all teens—tie up your laces and get ready to race across the town to victory in the annual Amazing Stouffville Race. On Mar. 16, the popular race returns for another year of fun-filled challenges for youth aged 13-18 years. Inspired by the hit reality television show of the almost same name (minus the Stouffville, of course) teams of two will test their skills to the limit with challenges throughout the different checkpoints in downtown Stouffville. All checkpoints will have clues leading each team to the next activity. The pair that races back to the Leisure Centre and crosses...

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Bands set out to break musical record

There’s a marathon coming to town, but it doesn’t require any running. Local artists are plugging in at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub starting Mar. 17, looking to smash the Guinness World Record for longest concert with multiple artists, a show expected to run until Apr. 2. All proceeds of the event will go to charities such as Sick Kids Hospital, the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, Markham Stouffville Hospital, North Toronto Cat Rescue, The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjac Fund, Artscan Circle, 360 Kids and more. The event was coordinated by Kevin Ker, owner of Epidemic...

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Cathedral hosting mass once again

After years in the making, Markham’s Cathedral of the Transfiguration is holding regular services. More than 30 years after construction kicked off and a cornerstone was blessed by then-Pope John Paul II, the towering structure, which anchors the Cathedraltown subdivision, is still incomplete. Though, after 10 years of vacancy during which the space was only used for special events, the cathedral has now been playing host to regular church services from a displaced congregation. Thornhill’s Jesus the King Greek Melkite Catholic Church has been holding weekly mass at the cathedral since its own church was damaged by fire in...

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March Break fun at Latcham Gallery

Calling all young artists, The Latcham Gallery’s art studio is the place to paint, draw, sculpt and print-make this March Break. Camp days will guide kids ages 5 to 11 in exploring their creativity and making their ideas come to life with paint, paper, clay and mixed media. The Latcham Gallery is offering five days of camp taught by professional art educators in the art studio. Each day is different, so you can register for one or two days, or all five. The cost is $50/day and pre-registration is required. Artist educators Jessie Jakumeit and Anna Bouzina are sure...

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