The City of Markham is set to host the largest festival in York Region history in celebration of the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games. GlobalFest, a free street festival, will span nine days from July 11-19 and will feature continuous stage entertainment, artisans and food from around the world. GlobalFest will be held outside the Markham Pan Am Centre, just a short walk from the core of Downtown Markham. The festival will be open Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Each of the nine days will have its own theme to reflect the various cultures and musical influences of the Americas. On June 18th, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced a diverse and impressive entertainment line-up for the event.
“The scope and multicultural diversity of Globalfest is fittingly a reflection of our diverse community and the importance and enormity of the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games coming to Markham, ” says Mayor Scarpitti. “Never has such a diverse and high profile street festival been offered in Markham. To top off the celebration, we will provide a spectacular fireworks show on each of the last three nights of Globalfest.”
Opening weekend, beginning July 11, will feature South American and Caribbean music, including Canadian R&B star Jully Black, Philosopher Kings lead singer Jarvis Church, and Tipica, a 10-piece Cuban orchestra. Closing weekend will feature Toronto-born singer Shawn Desman, singer-songwriter Devin Cuddy, and a New Orleans jazz orchestra to end the festival in style.
This incredible production with over 600 artists performing in nine days is being made possible through funding support by the Government of Canada and over 20 organizations, including The Remington Group.
MULTICULTURAL SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
Saturday, July 11: South American & Caribbean Extravaganza *Jully Black, 8.30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: South American, Caribbean and Fiesta Mexicana *Messenjah, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, July 13: Future Stars of York Region *Best of Celebration of The Arts, 8 p.m.
Tuesday July 14: The Best of York Region GTA Indie/Rock *Tribute to Motown, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15: Celebrate Markham Diversity: South Asia & India *Shiamak Davar Bollywood Dance, 8 p.m.
Thursday July 16: Celebrate Markham Diversity: Asia & China *Opening Ceremony, 6 p.m.
Friday July 17: Jazz & Roots Made in America: Louisiana *Mojo & Bayou Gypsies, 8:30 p.m. | Fireworks, 10 p.m.
Saturday July 18: I am Canadian! *Mojo & Bayou Gypsies, 8:30 p.m. | Fireworks, 10 p.m.
Sunday July 19: Family Day *Music of Hollywood & Tribute to Star Wars, 8 p.m. | Closing Fireworks, 10 p.m.