Newmarket Council Highlights June 6th 2017


Restricted Area Bylaw for Driving Schools and Instructors

Newmarket Council approved the implementation of a Restricted Area By-law with the intent to mitigate the increase in traffic on residential streets near the Newmarket DriveTest Centre located on Harry Walker Parkway. Many of the streets in the area surrounding the DriveTest Centre are used as part of the designated driving test routes. For this reason, the Town of Newmarket proposed a Restricted Area by-law encompassing the streets within the borders of: Gorham Street, Prospect Street, Bayview Parkway, Traviss Drive, Leslie Valley Drive and Leslie Street. Permanent signage will be posted at the entrances of the streets mentioned above showing that driving school instruction is not permitted. The Town of Newmarket will be educating residents and driving school businesses regarding the new By-law. Information will be posted on the Town’s social media account and on the Town’s website at Brochures will be distributed at the Newmarket DriveTest Centre location and mailed to driving school businesses in York Region, advising them of the Restricted Area. The Town of Newmarket will conduct enforcement blitzes in the Restricted Area, and will monitor and record complaints received regarding driving school/instructor vehicles operating in the area.

Marketing Newmarket’s Urban Corridors
Newmarket Council approved a staff report that will see the implementation of a marketing plan to help accelerate growth and development along Newmarket’s Davis Drive and Yonge Street corridors. Newmarket’s Secondary Plan acts as the road map for future growth in the community and aligns with the growth targets outlined in the Province’s Places to Grow Act. The Town will continue to focus growth efforts and upward development in identified urban corridors while preserving existing neighbourhoods wherever possible.  The proactive Marketing and Community Investment Strategy will focus on three primary objectives:

  • Establish Newmarket as a preferred market within the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) for intensification investment
  • Brand Newmarket at the local and regional level as a leader in creative, urban, suburban design
  • Engage key stakeholders who share the Town’s vision for growth along the corridors with compelling messaging to attract investment to the community.

Heritage Art Awards
At the Council meeting on June 6, the Heritage Art Awards coordinated by the Elman Campbell Museum were announced. The arts scene continues to flourish in Newmarket as a result of the efforts of many talented artists in the community. Special thanks to everyone who submitted artwork this year.
Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • First Prize Winner: Jason Wighton – Main Street Past vs. Present

Honourable Mentions:

  • Steve Silverman – Old Newmarket
  • Helen Simpson – Toth Laszlo Century Barn
  • Bill Giannos – Train Station
  • Robert Locke - Remnants

The Heritage Artwork submissions are on display until July 21 at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive).

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:
Music Series & Pub Night – Flailing Shilaleighs
Saturday, June 17
: Come out to the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive) from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and enjoy great music, food and a few drinks, in a welcoming and enjoyable environment.he Flailing Shilaleighs are well known for their East Coast and Traditional Irish music. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Sponsored by the Oak Ridges Retirement Community. 

Fallsview Casino Bus Trip
Tuesday, June 20: 
The Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place offers adults 55+ a bus trip to Fallsview Casino. The trip is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. The bus leaves the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West) at 9:45 a.m. and will return at 7 p.m. Please call 905-953-5325 for more information.

Oh Canada Eh? Lunch Show
Wednesday, June 21:
 Join the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place for a two-hour show featuring all-Canadian music; from maritime folk songs to modern pop. Come meet our singing Mountie, Hockey Player, Anne of Green Gables, Klondike Kitty and more. Full of laughs, this musical celebration of Canada will delight audiences of all ages. While you're enjoying the show, our performers serve our famous all-Canadian, family-style meal: French Canadian Pea Soup, Garden Salad, Fresh Bread, Alberta Grade Eh? Roast Beef, Lightly Battered and Fried Atlantic Haddock, Manitoba Roast Chicken, New Brunswick Vegetable Medley, PEI Potatoes and Maple Chocolate Cake for dessert. At what other restaurant are you served your dinner by a singing Mountie? A new, re-imagined version of the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show is now on stage. This high-energy production features over 65 songs from all-Canadian artists including music from Celine Dion, The Bare Naked Ladies, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne & Paul Anka.

Kanata Summer Festival: Canada Day
Saturday, July 1: Acknowledge Canada’s 150th birthday and celebrate Canada Day at the annual Kanata Summer Festival with neighbours, family, and friends. Enjoy the vendors and stage entertainment at the Newmarket Farmers’ Market at Riverwalk Commons. At Fairy Lake Park, enjoy entertainment for all ages. Children can enjoy rides on the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, rock climbing wall, face painting, inflatables, balloon twists and more. Other entertainment suitable for all ages includes BMX stunt show, live musical performance by Summer of 69’ (tribute to Bryan Adams) and Bon Jovi Forever (salute to Bon Jovi), beer garden presented by the North Newmarket Lions (for adults 19+ years with photo ID) and much more. Finish your Canada Day with a bang at George Richardson Park (off Bayview Parkway) starting at 7:30 p.m. Come celebrate with snacks and musical entertainment by the Newmarket Citizens’ Band and a special guest performer before an amazing fireworks display at approximately 10 p.m. Current sponsors include TD Bank, DAVIDs TEA, Cobs Bread and Cachet Restaurant & Bar.

Kids Downtown
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Join us on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for Kids Downtown. This child-oriented entertainment show allows you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to delight in the evening’s entertainment. Check closer to the date to check out the children’s entertainment! Sponsored by Peter Geibel – Main Street Realty Ltd., TD Bank and DAVIDs TEA
Kids Downtown will take place on the following Tuesdays in July at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive):

  • Tuesday, July 4 
  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Tuesday, July 18 
  • Tuesday, July 25

In the case of inclement weather conditions, the show will be moved inside the Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Hall.

Music in the Park
Come out to Fairy Lake Park (Water Street) every Thursday and Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) every Sunday starting in July for Music in the Park, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This event will feature free musical performances from local entertainers showcasing their talents. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. This event is sponsored by Jay Miller Real Estate.
Sunday’s shows will be at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

  • July 9 – After Hours Big Band (Jazz/ Contemporary)
  • July 16 – York Harmony Chorus (Acapella harmony singing)
  • July 30 – Connie Scriver Band (Rock, pop with a dash of country)
  • August 13 – The Newmarket Citizen’s Band (Concert band)

Thursday’s shows will be at Fairy Lake Park (Water Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

  • July 6 – performer to be announced
  • July 13 – Aspiring Legends (Country Rock)
  • July 20 – Melissa, Michelle & John Lemme (Easy Listening)
  • July 27 – The Glenn Marais Band (High energy blues, rock and reggae)
  • August 3 – Jason Maxwell (Country/new country)
  • August 10 – The Flailing Shilaleighs (Celtic, East coast & Irish)
  • August 17 – performer to be announced

Classic Car Show and BBQ
Saturday, July 15: 
Enjoy a variety of classic and exotic cars and trucks, great music & a delicious BBQ on our patio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive). Additional visitor parking available across the street at The Tannery Mall. The event is weather permitting. Free admission and cash BBQ. Sponsored by Taylor Funeral Home

Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival
Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23: 
To acknowledge Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Town of Newmarket is creating a National Theatre Festival admiring our country’s diverse voices and perspectives. The Town of Newmarket offers artists from across this great country; a national “new market” for their stories, and a national stage for their regional perspectives. ates for the inaugural festival are Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 23, with a Fundraising Gala kickoff on Friday night, July 21st. Twenty-four original ten minute plays are packaged into four “pods” of six shows each playing at Pickering College Theatre (16945 Bayview Avenue) and Newmarket's newly refurbished Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) Theatre. Plays will be selected from submissions nationwide, with cash awards presented to the top three plays submitted. The festival features “Main Street” attractions such as Festilicious menus in local restaurants, art galleries, street markets, historical walking tours, and festivities at Riverwalk Commons. Festival goers can view up to three pods in one day. Cost is $15 per performance, with discounts offered for the purchase of three or more pods. Ten minute plays are not “sketches.” They demand, just like full length plays, fully realized characters that make us laugh and weep, and stories that touch us to the core of our being. The challenge to the playwright is to create a world in 600 seconds that keeps each audience member fully committed to the truth of the story being told. For more information concerning the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival, play submission, auditions, volunteering, and more.

Family Camping
Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 23:
 The Town of Newmarket invites you to our summer Family camp out. Whether you are an experienced camper or this is your first time, come spend the night in the Town's Environmental Park (off Woodspring Avenue). Pop your tent, eat a traditional camping dinner, have fun, play games, sit around the campfire eating s'mores and sleep under the stars beginning at 1 p.m. for only $15 per person. Finish your camping experience by waking up with the sunrise and enjoy breakfast around the campfire. In partnership with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. 

Boost your Newmarket event experience with the 150 Days of Summer campaign
In acknowledgement of Canada 150, the Town of Newmarket has launched a 150 Days of Summer Campaign to help boost your Newmarket event experience! Residents and friends who wear a 150 Days of Summer Button will gain access to extra activities, promotions and perks at all Newmarket events beginning now until the end of September 2017.

150 Days of Summer buttons can be purchased for $10 each and will include access to, but not limited to the following promotions:
• Upgraded large popcorn at Moonlight Movies event
• Rides on the Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round at the Kanata Festival (new this year) and other perks!
• Treat at each of the Kids Downtown event (new this year)
• Refreshment(s) at each Music in the Park event (new this year)
• Admission for your dog to the Pooch Plunge (outdoor pool) at New’Bark’et ($5 Value)

150 Days of Summer Buttons can be purchased at the following Customer Service Kiosk locations during operating hours:
• Newmarket Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)
• Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive)
• Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West)
• Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
• Newmarket Recreation Youth Centre & Sk8 Park (56 Charles Street)

Please note that button-wearers must present or wear their button to receive special promotions.

Don’t forget to use the #Newmarket150 on social media @TownofNewmarket on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and show your Canadian pride! For more information on other Newmarket events, visit For more information on other Canada 150 events, visit

Public Information Centre: Living with Wildlife - Coyotes
The Town of Newmarket has been made aware of unusual coyote sightings in the community. Changes in land use, agricultural practices, weather, and natural food shortages may contribute to increased coyote sightings in rural and urban settings. Residents are invited to a Public Information Centre (PIC) for a formal presentation to learn about living with coyotes on Wednesday, June 21 at the Town of Newmarket Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) inside the Council Chambers from 7 to 9 p.m. The purpose of this PIC is to educate residents on how prevent encounters with coyotes and ensure that their family and pets remain safe. A representative from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR),Town of Newmarket staff from the Legislative Services department and Animal Control will be available to answer inquiries. For more information, please contact the Legislative Services department at 905-953-5300 ext. 2206.

Outdoor patios open for business in the downtown
With summer just around the corner, there is nothing better than getting outside and sitting on a patio to help forget about the long days of winter. The Town of Newmarket is once again working with local businesses on the 2017 downtown patio program, which permits on-street patios in the downtown area. All patios are now open for business.This year’s participants include; Hungry Brew Hops, Lil’ Brew Hops, Made in Mexico (all located on Main Street) and Unika (on Botsford Street).  Some updates for the 2017 year include accessibility enhancements and an extension of hours. The participating patios will now be open until 11 p.m. consistent with other Main Street businesses and the Town’s noise bylaw. Launched as a pilot project in 2015, this is now a permanent program in downtown Newmarket over the summer months, as a result of positive feedback received from patrons. Surveys of patrons from previous years indicate that the patios are drawing more visitors to the downtown, the visitors see the patios as an improvement to the downtown and the patio patrons also visit other downtown businesses during their stay. The Town has also received feedback from residents and visitors that the design of the patios has enhanced the appearance of the downtown.