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City of Markham to unveil nation’s first virtual drone show for Canada Day on July 1

Monday, June 29, 2020

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MARKHAM, ON – June 29, 2020 – On July 1, the City of Markham will unveil the country’s first virtual drone show – as part of its day-long virtual Canada Day celebrations.

"It’s a point of pride when we come together as a community, joining Canadians from coast to coast to coast to celebrate our nation’s birthday,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This year we are doing things differently, but in true Markham style, we are celebrating in a big way. This one of a kind show is another innovative way to show our pride and love for this country, all while staying safe and still connected as one, united community – Canada’s most diverse community!”

Delight in watching the grace and precision of 90 drones taking flight to form animated images in the night sky that celebrate Canada and Markham.

To produce this first-of-its-kind virtual drone show, the City of Markham worked closely with North Star Drone Shows, to storyboard, design, program and film the video. The show was designed using 3D modelling software and each drone was programmed using algorithms to ensure accurate positioning and altitude to ensure when in the air each drone would collectively contribute to creating each specific pattern in the sky. Four cameras were used to film the video - including a drone camera for aerial shots. Each of the 90 drones were individually programmed to fly a different flight path at a pre-determined speed, and each one communicated with ground control and a network of satellites.

“We’re excited to bring this virtual drone show to the entire Markham community,” says Canada Day Organizing Committee Chair, Councillor Amanda Collucci. “You’ll be able to enjoy this video from the comfort of your own home as we all celebrate our nation’s 153rd birthday together online. Watch carefully because you just might recognize some familiar illustrations!”

“North Star is proud to offer drone light shows as of this year, and we’re thrilled the City of Markham is the first in Canada to use this new entertainment medium virtually,” says Jeff Clarmo, CEO, North Star Fireworks Entertainment. “These shows will no doubt continue taking the entertainment industry by storm and we look forward to showcasing a glimpse of Markham through this unique and exciting show.”

Markham’s virtual drone show will be shared online on Canada Day on July 1. We hope you will tune in to watch at markham.ca/CanadaDay.

In addition to the custom-made virtual drone spectacle, Markham is pleased to also announce the release of its ‘O Canada’ community compilation video to mark the 40th anniversary of Canada’s national anthem. This montage of community members singing ‘O Canada’ together - while apart - features audio and video clips submitted by Markham families, friends and familiar faces that reflect our diversity and collective joy for Canada.

We invite you to celebrate with us virtually on July 1 at markham.ca/CanadaDay, and we encourage you to participate in our all-day programming and family-friendly activities.

Don’t forget to light up your home, balcony or business in red and white lights, or decorate yourself, your family or your pet in Canada Day attire, and share your photos using the hashtag #MkmCanadaDay.

Capping off our Canada Day celebrations will be virtual fireworks sponsored by Kylemore, accessible via the Snapd Community Hub App. Learn more at markham.ca/CanadaDay.




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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:

Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

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 1,500 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 North Star Drone Shows: North Star Drone Shows is Canada’s first and only drone show provider. An industry leader in research and development of new and exciting mass media technologies, North Star is leveraging innovative, environmentally friendly drone technology for entertainment, storytelling and branding. The company is an offshoot of North Star Fireworks Entertainment, a 25-year fireworks presenter.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.


MARKHAM, ON – June 29, 2020 – On July 1, the City of Markham will unveil the country’s first virtual drone show – as part of its day-long virtual Canada Day celebrations.

"It’s a point of pride when we come together as a community, joining Canadians from coast to coast to coast to celebrate our nation’s birthday,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This year we are doing things differently, but in true Markham style, we are celebrating in a big way. This one of a kind show is another innovative way to show our pride and love for this country, all while staying safe and still connected as one, united community – Canada’s most diverse community!”

Delight in watching the grace and precision of 90 drones taking flight to form animated images in the night sky that celebrate Canada and Markham.

To produce this first-of-its-kind virtual drone show, the City of Markham worked closely with North Star Drone Shows, to storyboard, design, program and film the video. The show was designed using 3D modelling software and each drone was programmed using algorithms to ensure accurate positioning and altitude to ensure when in the air each drone would collectively contribute to creating each specific pattern in the sky. Four cameras were used to film the video - including a drone camera for aerial shots. Each of the 90 drones were individually programmed to fly a different flight path at a pre-determined speed, and each one communicated with ground control and a network of satellites.

“We’re excited to bring this virtual drone show to the entire Markham community,” says Canada Day Organizing Committee Chair, Councillor Amanda Collucci. “You’ll be able to enjoy this video from the comfort of your own home as we all celebrate our nation’s 153rd birthday together online. Watch carefully because you just might recognize some familiar illustrations!”

“North Star is proud to offer drone light shows as of this year, and we’re thrilled the City of Markham is the first in Canada to use this new entertainment medium virtually,” says Jeff Clarmo, CEO, North Star Fireworks Entertainment. “These shows will no doubt continue taking the entertainment industry by storm and we look forward to showcasing a glimpse of Markham through this unique and exciting show.”

Markham’s virtual drone show will be shared online on Canada Day on July 1. We hope you will tune in to watch at markham.ca/CanadaDay.

In addition to the custom-made virtual drone spectacle, Markham is pleased to also announce the release of its ‘O Canada’ community compilation video to mark the 40th anniversary of Canada’s national anthem. This montage of community members singing ‘O Canada’ together - while apart - features audio and video clips submitted by Markham families, friends and familiar faces that reflect our diversity and collective joy for Canada.

We invite you to celebrate with us virtually on July 1 at markham.ca/CanadaDay, and we encourage you to participate in our all-day programming and family-friendly activities.

Don’t forget to light up your home, balcony or business in red and white lights, or decorate yourself, your family or your pet in Canada Day attire, and share your photos using the hashtag #MkmCanadaDay.

Capping off our Canada Day celebrations will be virtual fireworks sponsored by Kylemore, accessible via the Snapd Community Hub App. Learn more at markham.ca/CanadaDay.




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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:

Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

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 1,500 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 North Star Drone Shows: North Star Drone Shows is Canada’s first and only drone show provider. An industry leader in research and development of new and exciting mass media technologies, North Star is leveraging innovative, environmentally friendly drone technology for entertainment, storytelling and branding. The company is an offshoot of North Star Fireworks Entertainment, a 25-year fireworks presenter.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.