Past Markham Event: VOL 14

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VOL 14

February 24, 2017
@ Varley Art Gallery

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.

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.

Tickets available February 1 at and will sell out fast!

Admission is Pay What You Want so please give generously. $1 from each attendee's donation is contributed towards the Global PechaKucha Night fund to support the over 900 cities holding these events around the world. 

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:

Smash Kitchen and Bar

Mr. Black Coffee, Your Coffee Butler

The Cupcake Line

Chee Organic Bakery 

Contributing Sponsors:

Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong



Supporting Sponsors:

Bansal & Giga - Chartered Professional Accountants


Community Partners: 

Design by mad Studios

Photography by Louis Li Photography

Communications support by Business & Office Centro

Live music, Improv 144 and DJ presented by Creativity through Arts youth council.

Speaker Boxing presented by Speakerbox and York Region Arts Council



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Drugs & Discipline: How Artists Get it Done

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 24, 2017

Amy Arsenio has a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Information Studies. She has worked as a bookstore clerk, librarian (in five library systems!), and private investigator and is the mother of two little boys and lives in Toronto. Here she brings to us the strange and unusual habits which great artists used to drive their work.

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Lined Paper

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 24, 2017

Chris Cluff is an Educator and father based in Newmarket. He is questioning and challenging the traditional education system in hopes of finding improvements which will benefit our youth.

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Jennifer Pan, the Golden Child, the Murderer

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 24, 2017

Jeremy Grimaldi is a journalist and author based out of Markham. He brings us the curious case of Jennifer Pan, who plotted and hired others to murder her parents.

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So, What's the Big Mystery

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 24, 2017

Rajie Kabli is a well travelled journalist and creative video producer, who currently heads the video news department at Collective Evolution Media. 

She brings us her experience with mental self-healing through the use of alternative plant medicine.

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@ VOL 14 ON FEB 24, 2017

Sarid Layton is a Business Development Manager based in Newmarket. She brings to us her experience growing up as a Jehovah's Witness and an overview of the religion and practises.

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Empowering Our Youth

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 24, 2017

Shanta Sundarason is a social activist and runs The Giving Tree Unionville where she mentors youth to empower them into becoming positive change makers.

She seeks to bring attention to community involvement, volunteering, and teaching the youth these same things to create a better future.

Sarid Layton
Business Development Manager, Treefrog Inc in Newmarket
Amy Arsenio
Librarian, Markham Public Library in Markham
Jeremy Grimaldi
Journalist, in Toronto
Gaby Cameto
Life Coach, Life Changer in Toronto
Chris Cluff
Educator in Newmarket
Rajie Kabli
Video Journalist , Collective Evolution in Toronto
Shanta Sundarason
Social Activist, The Giving Tree Unionville in Markham