Past Markham Event: VOL 12

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VOL 12

September 30, 2016
@ Markham Village Library

Connect with Markham’s creative communities at PechaKucha Markham! We know what you’re asking: What is a PechaKucha? PechaKucha (the Japanese word for chit-chat) is not your typical slide show: presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each, no exceptions. Speaker Boxing returns to a pack some fun punches. 

The Markham Public Library and the Varley Art Gallery have partnered to host Markham’s PechaKucha nights, featuring 8 artists, thinkers and innovators from Markham and beyond. The event is the official launch to Culture Days in Markham and a celebration for Markham Reads

Culture Days is a non-profit organization that raises the awareness, accessibility, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. 

Markham Reads is an annual celebration that gets everyone in Markham reading (and discussing!) the same book. Pick up your copy (announced September 6th) and join us for some amazing workshops and events throughout October. 

Admission is Pay What You Want so please give generously!

Grab a glass of beer or wine (cash bar), and enjoy complimentary appetizers and music. Stick around for the Post-PK party for more meeting and mingling! 

Refreshments provided by local fine food stores and restaurants.  


Supporting Sponsors:

Bansal & Giga - Chartered Professional Accountants

Jerome Chan - Unionville Family Chiropractic


Community Partners: 

Design by mad Studios

Photography by Louis Li Photography

Communications support by Business & Office Centro

Live music presented by Creativity through Arts youth council.

Speaker Boxing presented by Speakerbox 

For more information and to see past presentations, visit 

PechaKucha is devised, supported and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture

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@ VOL 12 ON SEP 30, 2016

Claire Tansey is a chef, teacher and food expert. She has over 20 years experience in restaurants, education and media, notably as Food Director at Chatelaine and on Cityline. She thinks life is complicated; cooking shouldn't be. 

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What I Learned Making My First PechaKucha

@ VOL 12 ON SEP 30, 2016

Faiz Ahmed is a local librarian and basketball coach. After attending a couple PKs in the past he decided he must present his own. What he will be presenting today are his findings while creating his first PK.

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@ VOL 12 ON SEP 30, 2016

A writer and editor all her life, Christie Day worked in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Singapore before returning to Toronto to run her own freelance firm. When it comes to creative writing, punctuation can make a huge difference in how your message is understood. Find out how! 

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This is Your Creative Wake Up Call!!!

@ VOL 12 ON SEP 30, 2016

Fueled by pixels, pantones & peanut butter, Nadiya Virani is a creative, multidisciplinary Graphic Designer with an eye for innovation & passion for typography. She recalls her first Creative Wake Up Call and how it propelled her into a career that assists others in bringing their own creative visions to life. 

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Walk Through the Trees

@ VOL 12 ON SEP 30, 2016

Jessica Del Sole is an illustrator and Educator residing in Toronto. Her illustrations explore our complex relationships with the natural world. Her talk explores the relationship between nature, symbols and themes in storytelling. 

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Creativity of World Heritage Sites

@ VOL 12 ON SEP 30, 2016

Peter Lau is a Life Scientist, Entrepreneur, Maker of Things. His talk highlights 20 World Heritage Sites, positing that they are sites of human creativity. Enjoy his 3D printed models of each site! 

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Virtual Artifacts/Internet Art Culture

@ VOL 12 ON SEP 30, 2016

Stephanie Wu is a new media artist examining the role of escapism in today’s society and creates imaginary spaces using digital animations and installations. Digital arts have shifted our ideals of what art looks like and how it should be experienced. Her talk questions if the Internet can be an art medium. 

Christie Day
Freelance Writer / Editor / Instructor in Markham
Claire Tansey
Teacher & Entrepreneur, Claire Tansey's Kitchen in Markham
Jessica Del Sole
Illustrator/Educator in Markham
Stephanie Wu
Digital Artist in Markham
Faiz Ahmed
Librarian/ Coach, Markham Public Library in Markham
Peter Lau
Maker-in-Chief, Makerwiz in Markham
Amy Arsenio
Librarian, Markham Public Library in Markham
Nadiya Virani
Graphic Designer and Creative Entrepreneur in Markham