Past Markham Event: VOL 19

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VOL 19

June 08, 2018
@ 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 artists, thinkers and innovators from Markham and beyond. 

Tickets available May 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 over 1000 cities holding these events around the world. 

Grab a glass of beer or wine (cash bar), and enjoy complimentary appetizers and music. At the break, enjoy a PechaKucha-style exhibition tour.

Stick around for the Post-PK party for more meeting and mingling! 


  • Athena Ko
  • Charlotte Kirby
  • Farshad Murtada
  • Hamid Shahi/Tara Korkmaz
  • Julia Sun
  • Kaleb/Fluffy
  • Mark-Wayne’s Cup
  • Mugabi Byenkya


Refreshments provided by:

My Little Pizzaria and Deli


Contributing Sponsors:



Community Partners: 

Design by mad Studios

Photography by Lous Li Photography

Communications support by Business & Office Centro

Creative production by Makerwiz

Live music and DJ by Platform for Youth Creativity

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Rapport, J'Adore!

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

Ever-curious about human connection, Athena reflects upon her path towards developing rapport and its profound importance in & beyond healthcare. Be ready to be inspired to reflect upon what rapport means to and to build strong rapport & connections in your own lives.

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Dismantling Loneliness through Collaborative Spaces

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

There is epidemic of loneliness in the world right now. In a world characterized by an abundance of virtual connections and weak ties, we are yearning for genuine interaction and connectedness. Charlotte, an entrepreneur who owns a coworking space at Markham talks about how important it is to build relationships and make genuine connections both personally and in business in this tech lonely world.

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Dear Philomena

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

“Mama how much trauma can I contain?”  - Mugabi Byenkya

A stroke survivor who was once facing his own mortality shares his journey of searching, surviving, and coping. 

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What I've learned as a first year that I hope I don't forget by the time I'm 40

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

Life is like a book with stories. Stories with many chapters and it’s important to revisit past chapters to be reminded of different lessons, morals, and ideas. Farshad shares a chapter that he just finished which is the first year of university. The best stories are the unpredictable and he shares this chapter that is full of surprises, fun and humour filled personal stories, from first-year, that all turned into life lessons

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Diversity & Literacy: The importance of drag performers reading to children

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

While you may have already heard about drag queen story times, it's important to hear about the impact it has had on families. Fay & Fluffy’s Storytime is an event that focuses around literacy and diversity that celebrates the differences. Listen to Fluffy’s talk to find out what impact it’s been made to the community.

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Wayne's Cup

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

If you are looking for a cup of coffee near downtown Markham, I’ve got a place for you! There are many things that makes this café special. Wayne’s Cup is fully operational café and life skill centre that provides supportive training. It is a not-for-profit organization dedicated for adults with developmental needs. 

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ENIA-type Drawings

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

ENIA-type drawing was developed by a UK architect, Shaun Murray. Ron explains ENIA-type drawings as he walks us through his architectural practices involving ENIA-type drawing. 

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Wander Often, Wonder Always

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

Life is filled with new beginnings, filled with uncertainty. That’s why you need to be curious, and why you need to wonder and wander. Use curiosity to taste new experience, meet different people, and use it to find out what you are passionate about. It’s never too late to experiment and don’t let the fear of unknown stop you from it. 

Amy Arsenio
Librarian, Markham Public Library in Markham
Julia Sun
CTA-er, Creativity Through Arts in Markham
Rachel D. Fell
Public Programs Coordinator, Varley Art Gallery of Markham in Markham
Athena Ko
Medical Student & Art/Educational Program Instructor, Varley Art Gallery in Markham
Farshad Murtada
Student in Markham
Ronak Gandhi
Architectural Designer
Mark Parker
in Markham
Charlotte Kirby
Owner/Founder/Queen Bee