Markham

Ice sculpture festival coming to Markham

Monday, January 21, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON – January 21, 2018 – On Wednesday, January 23, you are invited to join the City of Markham and the Centre of Sustainable & Integrated Design (CSID) at the Markham Civic Centre for a special announcement.

“The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has to be seen to be believed and we are excited to host some of its world renowned artists and organizers here in Markham," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "The bitterly cold temperatures are just right for this first time festival. This is your chance to take in stunning ice sculptures and what promises to be an awe-inspiring display of creativity and art. Markham is proud to be a global destination for residents and tourists alike.”

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival, presented in co-operation with the City of Markham and the Harbin People's Government, is inspired by the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, known around the world for its stunning display of breathtaking ice sculptures.

In 2007, the Harbin festival featured a Canadian themed sculpture, in memoriam of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune. It was awarded a Guinness World Record for the world's largest snow sculpture, measuring 250 metres in length, 28 feet high and was made from over 13,000 cubic metres of snow.

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival will be hosted outside the Markham Civic Centre from February 9 to 18, 2019.

Not only will the Festival introduce Markham and the Greater Toronto Area to one of the greatest winter festivals around the world, it will also provide a platform for Canadian and Chinese artists to display their work, and further promote the municipal friendships between the City of Markham and the City of Harbin, China.

Join us on Wednesday to learn more about this exciting festival and sponsorship opportunities.

What:
Markham Ice and Snow Festival News Conference

When:
Wednesday, January 23, 2018
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Where:
Markham Civic Centre, Canada Room
101 Town Centre Boulevard

Who:
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Honourary Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Diane Duo Yu, Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Councillor Alan Ho, Co-Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Bill Zhang, Co-Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Zoe Li, Secretary General, Markham Ice and Snow Festival

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416-671-2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416-737-2684

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About CSID: CSID is a non-profit organization dedicated to designing and building sustainable cities and communities, and promoting the coordinated development of environment and culture. We focus on low-impact development training, green infrastructure design and implementation, academic research on green building design based on ecological urbanism concept.


MARKHAM, ON – January 21, 2018 – On Wednesday, January 23, you are invited to join the City of Markham and the Centre of Sustainable & Integrated Design (CSID) at the Markham Civic Centre for a special announcement.

“The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has to be seen to be believed and we are excited to host some of its world renowned artists and organizers here in Markham," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "The bitterly cold temperatures are just right for this first time festival. This is your chance to take in stunning ice sculptures and what promises to be an awe-inspiring display of creativity and art. Markham is proud to be a global destination for residents and tourists alike.”

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival, presented in co-operation with the City of Markham and the Harbin People's Government, is inspired by the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, known around the world for its stunning display of breathtaking ice sculptures.

In 2007, the Harbin festival featured a Canadian themed sculpture, in memoriam of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune. It was awarded a Guinness World Record for the world's largest snow sculpture, measuring 250 metres in length, 28 feet high and was made from over 13,000 cubic metres of snow.

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival will be hosted outside the Markham Civic Centre from February 9 to 18, 2019.

Not only will the Festival introduce Markham and the Greater Toronto Area to one of the greatest winter festivals around the world, it will also provide a platform for Canadian and Chinese artists to display their work, and further promote the municipal friendships between the City of Markham and the City of Harbin, China.

Join us on Wednesday to learn more about this exciting festival and sponsorship opportunities.

What:
Markham Ice and Snow Festival News Conference

When:
Wednesday, January 23, 2018
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Where:
Markham Civic Centre, Canada Room
101 Town Centre Boulevard

Who:
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Honourary Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Diane Duo Yu, Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Councillor Alan Ho, Co-Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Bill Zhang, Co-Chair, Markham Ice and Snow Festival
Zoe Li, Secretary General, Markham Ice and Snow Festival

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416-671-2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416-737-2684

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About CSID: CSID is a non-profit organization dedicated to designing and building sustainable cities and communities, and promoting the coordinated development of environment and culture. We focus on low-impact development training, green infrastructure design and implementation, academic research on green building design based on ecological urbanism concept.