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National Canadian Film Day
April 19, 2017

Come celebrate Canadian films!

Newmarket Public Library and the Town of Newmarket are pleased to be part of this historic national event celebrating our country's rich filmmaking legacy. The one-day event will take place in over 600 venues across the country in honour of Canada's 150th anniversary. Drop by the Old Town Hall at 460 Botsford Street on Wednesday, April 19, to enjoy free showings of these great films:


12:00 Noon
Double Happiness
1995  87 mins.
Starring: Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie

Sandra Oh plays Jade, a Chinese Canadian who wants to be an actress without upsetting her extremely traditional parents. Leading a secret life when she leaves her home each day, Jade falls for Mark (Callum Keith Rennie), a white Canadian graduate student. It's a relationship her parents would hate, so what should she do? Sandra Oh won a Best Actress Genie for her role.

2:00 p.m.

The Red Violin 1998  131 mins.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar, Greta Scacchi
A perfectly crafted red violin, created by a 17th-century master craftsman , is being sold at a Montreal auction house. As the auction proceeds, the violin’s history is told through four tales spanning 300 years. Passing through the hands of musicians in Italy, Vienna, London and Shanghai, the violin fills its owners’ lives with romance, adventure, intrigue and tragedy. At the centre of the story is the instrument’s dark secret, finally revealed during the suspenseful finale.


4:30 p.m.  
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
2001  172 mins.
Starring: Sylvia Ivalu, Natar Ungalaaq

A truly unique film, Atanarjuat is based on an Inuit legend about beautiful Atuat, who has been promised to Oki, the son of the tribe’s leader. However, she loves Atanarjuat, a fast runner and excellent hunter. When Atanarjuat is forced to battle the jealous Oki for Atuat’s hand, the events that follow determine not only his fate, but that of his people. Atanarjuat won 20 awards, including eight Genies and the Caméra d’Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.


7:30 p.m.  
Strange Brew
1983  90 mins.
Starring: Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Max Von Sydow

Spun-off from the renowned SCTV televison program, Strange Brew is a comedy classic with hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie. When the owner of a brewery dies suddenly, his daughter, Pam, tries to prevent control of the brewery falling into the hands of the conniving Brewmeister Smith. Enter Bob and Doug, two unllikely heroes who land jobs as beer inspectors at the brewery and uncover Brewmeister Smith's sinister plot to take over the world. It's up to the McKenzies to save us all. This hilarious film is loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

  Victory Lap Retirement
Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Newmarket Public Library's Multi-Purpose Room 
The old notion of a full-stop retirement, going from 100% work to 100% leisure time, has changed. How do you create a post-employment lifestyle that works for you? Join Mike Drak, co-author of Victory Lap Retirement, who will be discussing how those 45+ can begin to plan for a wonderful lifestyle combining work and play following their traditional ‘retirement’.

Admission: FREE

Get more information or pre-register 905-953-5110  Ext. 4770

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Shakespeare 'Allowed' Returns

Spring 2017 Schedule:

Sat., March 25   Julius Caesar
Sat., April 29      Hamlet
Sat., May 27       Merry Wives of Windsor

All dates 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the
Multi-Purpose Room

The Humber River Shakespeare Company and Newmarket Public Library invite you to read the plays of William Shakespeare aloud! Come one, come all! No acting experience required, just a desire to give voice to the Bard's renowned plays. Verily, 'twill be a merry time for all.

Admission: FREE

Get more information or pre-register
905-953-5110  Ext. 4770

picture of author keith weaver and his books Hear the experiences of
first-time author Keith Weaver

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Newmarket Public Library's
Multi-Purpose Room

Keith Weaver, author of the novels An Uncompromising Place and The Recipe Cops, began writing when he retired from his 37-year career in engineering. Keith will discuss what motivated him to begin writing fiction, the writing process, and the steps he took to get his work published. He will also read passages from his books.

Admission: FREE

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905-953-5110  Ext. 4770

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To Will Or Not To Will
Estate planning to protect your legacy
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Newmarket Public Library's
Multi-Purpose Room

Join Christine Burchett of Burchett Law for an interactive discussion about wills, powers of attorney, managing estates and the new physician-assisted death legislation. This informative session will also provide you with an overview of ways and means to protect your legacy for future generations. A program of the Ontario Bar Association Speakers Bureau. NOTE: This is strictly and solely an information session and is not meant as, nor does it constitute, legal or professional advice.

Admission: FREE

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905-953-5110  Ext. 4770

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Newmarket Knitters
Newmarket Public Library's knitting circle
Thursday, every two weeks 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Newmarket Public Library's
Large Study Room

Join Newmarket Public Library and become a member of the Library's knitting circle. Come out and learn the fundamentals of knitting. Work on a project on your own or with fellow knitters. All skill sets are welcome to attend.
Ages 16 and up. Space is limited.


Admission: FREE

Get more information or pre-register
905-953-5110  Ext. 4770