History of the Festival

History of the Festival 2017-02-20T10:34:59+00:00


This year is a big one for the Markham Village Music Festival. We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary!  The Markham Kinsmen started the Markham Village Music Festival in 1978. Back then, it was simply called the Markham Village Festival. Since music is such a strong component of the Festival, the name was changed to the Markham Village Music Festival in 2001. At the Festival this year, we will be featuring a look back at our history with pictures and memorabilia.  Gordon Landon, one of the Festival founders and former Regional Councillor for the City of Markham, will be assisting to produce a display to recognize our past.

The Festival has always taken place on the third full weekend of June in Markham Village. Main Street Markham (a.k.a. Markham Road or Highway 48) is closed to traffic from Highway 7 north to Parkway/Bullock for this annual event.

Morgan Park will be a bit different this year. We have traditionally had carnival rides in the Park but this year, we will be having an Inflatable Village with great activities for the kids. There will also be a stage for entertainment, petting zoo, swimming in Morgan Pool and much more.

Volunteers are the backbone of any community organization and this is true of the Markham Village Music Festival. The enthusiastic residents that make up the Festival committee meet starting in January to prepare for this annual event. New members are most welcome and we encourage you to participate in your community! Along with the Organizing Committee, volunteers are needed for the actual weekend. If you are an adult or a student looking for your community volunteer hours, we can use your help. Please visit our Volunteer Page to find out how you can become involved.

The Festival is supported by donations from the Federal Government, Provincial Government, the City of Markham, many local businesses, as well as corporations and individuals. Extra funds are raised through the rental of craft and food booths. In-kind donations are gratefully received. It truly is a party supported by our community!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Festival!
Judi McIntyre, Chair