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Markham Ice and Snow Festival coming this weekend

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON – February 7, 2018 Take in the stunning display of intricate, hand-carved ice sculptures at the Markham Ice and Snow Festival this weekend! Join the City of Markham and the Centre of Sustainable & Integrated Design (CSID) at the Markham Civic Centre on Saturday, February 9 for a live ice sculpting demonstration at the opening ceremony

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival will be available for free to the public from February 9 to 18, 2019 outside the Markham Civic Centre. Visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

"We are thrilled to welcome these talented artists to Markham and we thank them for creating mesmerizing works of art," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "This inaugural festival speaks to our friendship with communities across China. Markham is a global destination for arts and culture, and our strong diversity is on full display in this winter wonderland."

Xiaodong Zhu is one of ten award-winning artists from Harbin, China who has travelled to Markham to be a part of this special event. Among his many titles, Xiaodong has been called the "Master of ice and snow art" by the Harbin People's Government. Ten international artists have carved 14 ice sculptures with a theme of "A Romance of Ice and Snow". There will also be an outdoor maze carved entirely from ice for children to explore.

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 Festival, known around the world for its stunning display of breathtaking ice sculptures.

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.


What:
Markham Ice and Snow Festival Opening Ceremony

When:
Saturday, February 9, 2019

  • Media Availability: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. (Canada Room)
  • Opening Ceremony: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Council Chamber)

Where:
Markham Civic Centre
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 – February 7, 2018 Take in the stunning display of intricate, hand-carved ice sculptures at the Markham Ice and Snow Festival this weekend! Join the City of Markham and the Centre of Sustainable & Integrated Design (CSID) at the Markham Civic Centre on Saturday, February 9 for a live ice sculpting demonstration at the opening ceremony

The Markham Ice and Snow Festival will be available for free to the public from February 9 to 18, 2019 outside the Markham Civic Centre. Visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

"We are thrilled to welcome these talented artists to Markham and we thank them for creating mesmerizing works of art," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "This inaugural festival speaks to our friendship with communities across China. Markham is a global destination for arts and culture, and our strong diversity is on full display in this winter wonderland."

Xiaodong Zhu is one of ten award-winning artists from Harbin, China who has travelled to Markham to be a part of this special event. Among his many titles, Xiaodong has been called the "Master of ice and snow art" by the Harbin People's Government. Ten international artists have carved 14 ice sculptures with a theme of "A Romance of Ice and Snow". There will also be an outdoor maze carved entirely from ice for children to explore.

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 Festival, known around the world for its stunning display of breathtaking ice sculptures.

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.


What:
Markham Ice and Snow Festival Opening Ceremony

When:
Saturday, February 9, 2019

  • Media Availability: 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. (Canada Room)
  • Opening Ceremony: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Council Chamber)

Where:
Markham Civic Centre
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.