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After years of preparation, Markham was Pan Am ready and welcomed over 40,000 attendees over the nine days of the free street festival. Globalfest was a cultural and entertainment extravaganza happening right next door to the Markham Pan Am Centre, where our own Michelle Li won gold in Women’s Singles Badminton, in addition to bronze in the Women’s Doubles competition. The spectacular street festival featured top Canadian and international artists and was billed as the largest festival of its kind to take place in York Region; over 600 artists were featured in 95 shows over 9 days


We would like to thank your GlobalFest Sponsors for their generous support.


Photo highlights from GlobalFest are posted on Markham's Flickr page




Opening Weekend: South American, Mexican and Caribbean Celebration

Globalfest crowd, Jully Black, and Jarvis ChurchThe city was buzzing as the Mayor and Members of Council officially opened the festival on Saturday, July 11, capping off the ceremony with a release of 41 white birds representing the 41 participating nations. Organizing a festival of this size was only possible with the support of hard working and numerous dedicated staff, volunteers and sponsors.

Opening night showcased South American, and Caribbean dance, and Cuban music with the soulful vocals of famed Canadian musicians Jully Black and Jarvis Church. Sunday was an exciting day of Mexican, South American and Caribbean entertainment. A Mariachi band and traditional dances, along with Latin and Caribbean music at its best, took over the Pan Am site with a performance by Quique Escamilla and reggae sensation Messenjah.



Monday: Future Stars of York Region

Future Stars of York RegionAttendees engaged in a fun jam session dedicated to showcasing the best of the region’s talent. The night was packed with non-stop local entertainment.





Tuesday: The Best of York Region: Indie Rock

Best of York Region: Indie RockExciting Indie and Rock music names joined forces to ignite the Globalfest stage.







Wednesday: Celebrate Markham Diversity: South Asia and India

South Asia & IndiaBollywood came to Markham in style! We celebrated our amazing diverse culture with an explosion of South Asia and Indian Music at Globalfest with a festive celebration.





Thursday: Celebrate Markham Diversity: Asia and China

South Asia and ChinaThursday was Markham Day where the diversity of the city was showcased. Entertainment included acrobatic events, circus shows, games, and prizes, and there was also fabulous food enjoyed by everyone.





Friday: Jazz & Roots Made in America: Cajun Style

Jazz & Roots - Made in AmericaMarkham took a trip to Louisiana with an unforgettable lineup of Cajun and New Orleans style jazz and roots music. Equinox Jazz Orchestra took listeners from the up tempo jazz of New Orleans to the smooth crooner style of New York City. Louisiana roots/rock band Mojo & Bayou Gypsies took the party to the next level with their energetic and uplifting original Cajun sound and rhythms. The night ended with a fantastic fireworks display!



Saturday: A Celebration of Canada!

A Celebration of CanadaCanada was the star of this last Saturday of entertainment! A true Canadian pop star, Shawn Desman stepped onto the Globalfest stage to an adoring crowd. In addition, the audience was entertained with performances by Kaha:Wi Dance theatre and the 10-piece French Canadian roots band, La Bottine Souriante.



Sunday: Family Day

Family DayGlobalfest was not just for adults—it was designed to be enjoyed by the whole family! Kids had fun in a zone just for them with face painting, and balloon making, and they got to play with some giant-sized board games. Splash’n Boots and Toronto Concert Orchestra delighted the audience.

This project has been made possible [in part] by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible [en partie] grâce au gouvernement du Canada.