Newmarket Council Highlights April 24 2017

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Update on Metrolinx Projects: Newmarket Mobility Hub Study
Newmarket Council received a presentation from Metrolinx that focused on the Newmarket Station Mobility Hub Study and the Mulock Station Concept Plan.
The Newmarket Station Mobility Hub Study will examine land-use and transportation plans for the Newmarket GO Rail Station. The study will provide both short-term and long-term recommendations on the station’s functionality and aesthetics, road network, public realm and transit integration, which will include the potential grade separation of the rail line at Davis Drive.
A non-statutory public open house is being scheduled for early May by Metrolinx and the Town of Newmarket. This open house will provide residents with background information and preliminary findings from the analysis completed as part of the Mobility Hub Study.
The Mulock Station Concept Plan will address an updated site plan for the station lands. This on-going plan will refine the station concept in context with the grade separated Mulock Drive and determine a realistic design.
Harmonized Curbside Collection By-law
Newmarket Council adopted By-law 2017-19 for Establishing and Maintaining a System for Curbside Collection. The purpose of this By-law is to ensure that collection rules – such as size of acceptable containers, yard waste collection rules and acceptable and non-acceptable collection items – are consistent for all Northern 6 Municipalities (N6) while under contract with Green for Life (GFL).
Central York Fire Services: Consolidation Study
Newmarket Council have adopted a motion to not pursue a consolidation of Central York Fire Services (CYFS) with Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services (RHFES). A summary of findings indicates that consolidating these two entities would not improve efficiency and operational effectiveness of CYFS and its neighbouring municipalities. CYFS will continue to look for other options for continuous improvement within the fire service.

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, is available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit


Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:

An intimate evening with award-winning guitarist David Howard
Saturday, April 29: 
Guitarist David Howard is a classically trained and an award-winning Silver medallist from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto. Join David at Newmarket's Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) at 7:30 p.m. as he meshes intense guitar playing together with a strong flamenco/Latin improvisational strain. David’s spectacular concerts are very intense, dramatic and highly emotional - audiences are wowed by his performances. David’s sensual Latin Flamenco inspired guitar style will melt your heart and set your soul on fire! Tickets are $22 plus tax, all seats are general admission. Visit for more information.

Bill Culp Productions presents "ABBA Magic"
Sunday, April 30: For one night only, join us for "ABBA Magic" at 7 p.m. at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent). This performance will feature outstanding musical performances that celebrate all of ABBA's top hits, combined with a dazzling 1970's style costume and choreography. This fun-filled, interactive performance will have you singing along and dancing to all your ABBA favourites. Dust off your 1970's dancing shoes and get your tickets for $35 plus tax today at

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar at Old Town Hall
Friday, May 5: Come to Newmarket's Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) at 8 p.m. for a performance by Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. They are sure to make you laugh, dance and cry with their four part harmonies and particular brand of blues, soul and gospel. Tickets are $35 plus tax. Get them today at

HollisWealth Story Pod Re-opening
Saturday, May 6: Stop by the re-opening of Newmarket’s HollisWealth Story Pod at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). The HollisWealth Story Pod is your new favourite place to read, learn, be inspired and engage with your community. Take a book to read at your leisure. Once you’ve finished enjoying it, please bring it back or bring another book you’d love to share with your community. The HollisWealth Story Pod, in design and function, encourages you to open your heart and mind to life’s possibilities similar to the way a book does. The Town would like to thank HollisWealth Newmarket along with the pro-bono design and building of the Story Pod by AKB, in addition to the support from Scholastic Canada and the Newmarket Public Library. The HollisWealth Story Pod is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather dependent). 

Newmarket Community Clean-up
Saturday, May 6: Help keep Newmarket clean and enjoy a day outdoors! Meet at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) at 8 a.m. Gloves, garbage bags and clean-up maps are provided for residents to clean surrounding streets and parks. Following the clean-up volunteers will enjoy a free ‘thank-you’ BBQ lunch from noon to 1 p.m., along with music, activities and fun for the entire family.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Saturday, May 6: Join us at the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive) for a murder mystery dinner, The Good, The Bad and the Unforgiven from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members and will include a catered meal by O'Malleys and a Murder Mystery presented by It's a Mystery to Me. For more information or to register please call 905-953-5325.

Newmarket Theatre presents the Toronto All-Star Big Band
Saturday, May 6: Come out to the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent) at 7 p.m. to watch a performance by the Toronto All-Star Big Band, one of the most exciting bands around. The Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit style and sound of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Armed with brilliant programming, choreography and engaging cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of the list of presenters throughout Ontario and in the U.S. Purchase your tickets for $40 for adults, $35 for children 12 and under and seniors 55+ and $30 for group sales of 10 or more. All ticket sales are subject to HST. To learn more or purchase your tickets, visit

VPAN Presents Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir
Sunday, May 7: Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket presents the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent) at 2 p.m. The choir draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs born of the mountains and valleys of Wales while emphasizing a multi-cultural content in its broad repertoire. Purchase your tickets today at for $30 for adults, $25 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for students.

Mother's Day Tea at the Museum
Saturday, May 13: Bring your mother and enjoy an afternoon in a historical setting at the Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South). There will be two sittings from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sandwiches and sweets will be served on vintage china. This event is suitable for ages 12 and up and tickets must be purchased in advance for $15 online at or in-person at the Elman W. Campbell Museum. This event is presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of the Museum. For more information please call 905-953-5314.

Dani Strong featuring Bianca Rollo at Old Town Hall
Saturday, May 13: Come out to Newmarket's Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) for a musical performance by Dani Strong featuring Bianca Rollo at 7:30 p.m. Dani Strong is a singer/songwriter with an unparalleled stage presence. Her debut album, Time To Breath has already hit #1 on the country charts and #2 over all genres on iTunes. The new album is brewing a buzz around Dani, who is blazing her trail as an independent artist in both Canada and south of the border. Bianca Rollo has become a household name in the local music scene in York Region. As an emerging artist, her catchy melodies and inspired lyrics will capture your imagination. Get your tickets today for $35 plus tax for adults and $25 plus tax for youth 18 and under. Visit to get yours today.

Sir William Mulock Spring Concert 2017
Tuesday, May 16: Come out to the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent) for Sir William Mulock's Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, seniors and students and $8 for children 12 and under. Get your tickets today at

Spring Moonlight Movie
Sunday, May 21: Enjoy an outdoor movie on a large inflatable screen under the stars beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. (dusk) at Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Bring a lawn chair, blanket and snacks to enjoy a movie. Inclement weather location is inside the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall. Free popcorn will be provided by the Newmarket Scouts. Please check back closer to the date of the event for the movie title.

Touch-A-Truck and Community Open House
Thursday, May 25: This free, hands-on event is back for another year. Get up close and personal with cool vehicles and trucks of all different sizes at the Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court) from 5 to 8 p.m. Explore some of your favourite trucks such as a fire truck, Zamboni, backhoes, dump truck and more. Be sure to visit Town of Newmarket booths located throughout the Operations Centre to learn about current initiatives happened in and around Newmarket.

Kicks Dance Recital "Gotta Dance"
Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30: Come out to Mount Albert's Kicks Dance Studio third annual recital titled "Gotta Dance" at 6:30 p.m. at Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent).  Visit today for more information or to purchase your tickets for $26.50.

Newmarket Celebrates the Arts Grant Applications
Newmarket is committed to supporting aspiring artists, local groups and community organizations involved in arts and culture through the Newmarket Celebrates the Arts grants program. Newmarket residents are encouraged to apply for various grants available until Friday, April 28. For more information, please visit

2017 Newmarket Heritage Art Contest
Participate in the 2017 Newmarket Heritage Art Contest. All submitted artwork must be Town of Newmarket heritage focused. This may include but is not limited to Newmarket's culture, society, economy, history, significant events, architecture, or natural environment (past or present). The contest is open to all residents in the Province of Ontario. Entries must be original two-dimensional artwork and created in any medium. Artwork may be submitted to the Newmarket Recreation and Culture department and will be accepted until Friday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. A registration form must accompany the artwork and can be found at For more information call 905-953-5314 ext. 2831.

Kids Play Park at Ray Twinney Recreation Complex
Come out to the Kids Play Park brought to you by Upper Canada Mall located at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West). The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 10 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The play park is not supervised and parents/ caregivers must supervise their children at all times. For more information please call 905-895-5193.

Spring Initiatives in Newmarket Parks
Spring has arrived and there are a few initiatives that the Newmarket Parks division will be undertaking this season such as:

  • Playground and spot improvements this summer at the following parks: Drew Doak Park, Sunnyhill Park, Seneca Cook Parkette, Jacarandah Park and Newmarket Fairgrounds.
  • Permitted sport fields will be open during the month of May, maintenance will begin late April/May, weather permitting.
  • Tennis courts are expected to be open in April.
  • Flowers will be blooming around Town as part of our annual flower program during the last week of May and expected to be completed in early June.
  • Forestry staff will be pruning street trees throughout the year and will take part in two tree planting seasons - one in the spring and another in the fall

Water Main Spring Cleaning Program
The Town of Newmarket will begin its water main spring cleaning program in the central district of Town beginning in May (weather permitting) and is expected to last for approximately five weeks. The purpose of the water main spring cleaning program is to use a variety of techniques - including water main swabbing - to do a thorough cleaning of water mains, that over time, see a build-up of sediment and also to proactively maintain aging infrastructure. The program will also ensure the highest quality of water for residents. The Town will do its best to minimize the impact of water usage for residents and business during this time. For more information on the water main spring cleaning program, please visit

Hydrant Painting Program
Newmarket's Water and Wastewater division will begin their Hydrant Painting Program in June 2017 in Wards 6 and 7.

$500,000 grant received for Ray Twinney Recreation Complex
The Province of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation presented the Town of Newmarket with a $500,000 grant through the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program over a period of 11 months. The grant will be used towards building enhancements and upgrades to the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West) with repairs to mechanical systems and roofing, resurfacing floors, creating a family change room, washroom and lounge space updates and more.

Re-Paving your driveway or installing a landscape garden?
When you hire a contractor to help you repave your driveway or install a landscape garden, they are required to obtain a Road Occupancy Permit (ROP).

The purpose of this permit is to protect residents from negligent contractors. When contractors apply for a ROP, they must provide proof of insurance and agree to terms and conditions intended to serve the best interests of the Town, property owner and the public. With an ROP, should anything go wrong, the Town can deal with negligent contractors. Remember, ask to see your contractors ROP before they start working on your property. For more information, visit or call the Town at 905-895-5193.

Reminder: Furnace Filters belong in the Garbage
When changing and properly disposing of your furnace filters, bag them and place them in the garbage for collection on your scheduled collection day. Furnace filters are non-recyclable. Please remember to place all items for pick-up at the curb by 7 a.m., but not earleir than 5 p.m. the night before. For more information on what goes where and proper waste and recycling tips, please call 905-895-5193 or visit