Culture Days


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) & Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)
10 a.m. to Noon, 1 to 4 p.m.

Free admission. Suitable for all ages!

On Saturday, September 29, the heart of Newmarket's cultural core invites you to explore, share, listen, create and collaborate in a one-day celebration of Culture Days, 2018!
With every voice, with every beat, Newmarket becomes a stronger move inclusive and diverse community. Come celebrate the creative flow that beats within us all!

Old Town Hall will host a variety of drop in activities including workshops and demonstrations on: 

  • Spoken Word
  • Open Mic
  • Adding Beat to Prose
  • Blackout Poetry
  • Community Cypher and Hands-On Drumming Circle for the whole family. 

You can also voice your ideas through adding to the interactive iWonder art installation in the atrium. 
All activities are free. Spaces in some programs are limited. Pre-registration recommended where noted on the schedule below.

Join Arduino and Raspberry Pi Beat Boxes and learn how to play a new instrument with guidance from a music expert. Create music with Makey Makey technology, 3D print your own guitar pick and join them for interactive Karaoke!  

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Celebrate Newmarket's heritage during our open house. See the current exhibit, Warmth Through the Generations, featuring quilts made by Elman W. Campbell's mother and grandmother, a Quilt of Valour, Dresden Plate, Colonial Lady, Double Wedding Ring, Underground Railroad and more! Explore the museum with a history hunt and learn about the types of artifacts collected in your local community museum. 

Learn more about the museum at


Event Descriptions

10 to 10:45 a.m. (Drop In)
Opening Ceremony and Chamber Music Concert with York Chamber Ensemble
The Old Town Hall is pleased to present a mini morning concert. The York Chamber Music Ensemble will perform popular Classical Favourites: with a blend of old and new.

11 a.m. | 12 p.m. | 1 p.m. | 2 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
Open Mic with Nanci M. Pattenden, MJ Moores, Writers' Community of York Region
Bring us your stories, your poems, your rants, your love letters, your simple acoustic music, your song and your spoken word. Bring a five-minute piece (we will have a timer!) Never performed? Perfect! We’re nervous too. Register at

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
Write Now: Write for the Open Mic with Vicki Pinkerton, Writers' Community of York Region
For new and experienced writers: you will be guided on how to write on the spot. Paper and pens will be provided. Register at

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
Self-Publishing 101 with Kim McDougall, MJ Moores, Writers' Community of York Region
Learn the real business of self-publishing from two experienced book publishers, MJ Moores and Kim McDougall. Explore options for pre-press book design, publishing and distribution. Bring your questions and find the answers you need to get your book into the marketplace. Register at

12 to 1 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
Adding Beat to Your Prose Through Dialogue with Kim McDougall and MJ Moores, Writers' Community of York Region

Poor dialogue practices can quickly turn a great story into silly one. An experienced editor or agent knows to look at dialogue as a marker of a writer’s skill. Improve your story with a few quick edits. In this one-hour seminar, learn the tips and trick to polish your dialogue until it sings. Register at

1 to 2 p.m. (Pre-registration required)
Intro to Spoken Word & Performace with Sterling Dillinger, Spoken Word Artist
Create your own poem, tell your personal story, use literary devices, presentation skills and perform in your own unique style. Gifts and prizes will be included! Ages 13+. Register at 905-953-5300 ext. 2844 or

2 to 2:45 p.m. (Drop In)
Community Djembe Circle & Teaching with Mo Guzman, Creative Director, Golden Boy Music

Join facilitator Mo Guzman for our Culture Days Drum Circle, providing fun for the whole family and community! All ages are welcome, no experience necessary. Stick around for our live performance, guaranteed to get you grooving in your shoes with a wide range of top hits, classic oldies and favourite tunes across many genres and generations.

All Day Drop in Activities 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Drop In)
iWonder Art Installation & Interactive Art Table

Drop by and contribute your ideas in the Atrium!

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Drop In)
All Day Perpetual Community Story Board with Writers' Community of York Region

We will begin the story and you can add a line or two! As it progresses, the Writer’s Community of York Region will blog it. Have fun and put your creative touch on this imaginative event.

10 to 3 p.m. (Drop In)
Black Out Poetry and Writing with Writers' Community of York Region
Find a story or poem in printed newspaper. Find inspiring words and blackout or colour the words. Inspire your thoughts and create a work of art. 

Event Presenters and Moderators

Sterling Dillinger Photo.jpgSterling Dillinger, Spoken Word Artist
Sterling Dillinger is a new era slam poet eager to entertain with a voice that commands attention. He brings a wicked smile to faces using his sharp wit and silver tongue to weave stories together. Shining a light on issues often neglected through comedic confessions this is a performer who will not disappoint.  

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Mo Guzman, AKA Golden Boy Drummer performer
Mo Guzman has 10+ years' experience as a multi-instrumentalist musician. Mo is a self-taught percussionist, singer and guitarist who plays full-time as a TTC Subway Musician. He has been featured on Breakfast Television, CBC News, The Toronto Star and Rogers TV.

Kim McDougall Photo.jpgKim McDougall
Kim McDougall, author, fiber artist and photographer. Kim writes children's and YA fiction under my married name, Kim Chatel. Her evil twin, Kim McDougall, writes dark fantasy fiction. 

Melissa Moores Photo.jpgMJ Moores
Living in rural Ontario, Canada, MJ divides her days with writing, editing, reviewing, chasing her young son around and running a website, to help new and emerging authors, cut their teeth on great writing.

Nanci M. Pattenden
Nanci M. Pattenden is a genealogist and a fiction writer, with non-fiction articles in Indyfest, The Attic, Ancestors, and Site Lines. She is currently working on a collection of detective stories set in Victorian Toronto, a New Adult novel, as well as a novel based on an 1891 murder involving a young relative.

Vicki Pinkerton
Vicki Pinkerton is a writer and writing facilitator an Amherst Writers and Artists certificate and roots in narrative coaching. The combination makes her a dynamic facilitator who will bring your writing to places it has never gone.  

17 05 YCE.jpegYork Chamber Ensemble
The York Chamber Ensemble is a dynamic String, Winds/Brass Ensemble which began in 2001. The YCE performs works from the Baroque to the Contemporary Eras in Newmarket, Aurora and throughout York Region. We also perform large-scale Choral works such as Handel's Messiah, Faure and Mozart Requiem to name a few. We have featured talented young artists from York Region as soloists with the YCE. The YCE supports youth in York Region by inviting students to be part of our Educational/Mentorship program for select Youth Concerts.

Thank you to our partners and community groups:

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