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Milton Friendship Project 2019

On a breezy summer evening, participants of Arts Milton’s Friendship Project gathered at the Milton Sports Centre park for a picnic celebrating the completion of this year’s program. The Friendship Project, now in its second year, connects newcomers to Canada with community host families. Together the partnered families attend arts and culture activities together from winter to spring each year.

Canada Day – Last Big Bang

Miltonians may have enjoyed their last Canada Day festivities at the Milton Fairgrounds. After more than 20 years of providing our community with a yearly celebration, the Milton Canada Day Committee will be retiring in 2019.

Once joined together with the Milton Santa Claus Parade Committee, the two events split off once they gained traction within the community. Committee Member of 15 years and Sponsorship Chair Pat Rideout explains, “As each event grew, it was decided that they should be separate entities.” The event was first hosted at Rotary Park but quickly outgrew the space and moved to its current location at the Milton Fairgrounds.

SuperStarrs 2 Superheros

Kids entertainment was top of mind at this year’s annual SuperStarrs 2 SuperHeros event – benefiting the Toronto Sick Kids Foundation. Children visiting with their families were encouraged to dress up as their favorite fictional character or superhero. The event’s organizers are Leesa Ervin and Deana Wilson. Wilson is a Milton mother who aims to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis – her son Liam was diagnosed with the disease at 3 weeks old.

Milton Philharmonic – May the 4th be with you

Between a the Theme song from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, presentation of and the Raiders March from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, MPO Music Director Sabatino Vacca led a surprisingly intimate and humourous question and answer period with an audience of almost 500 attendees. One guest queried which instrument Vacca felt was the most integral within an orchestra. Before he could respond, a musician on stage raised his trombone up high in answer, followed quickly by laughter and a succession of musicians raising their own instruments. After a  poll of the many children in attendance, a youth near the front asked how one might join the Milton Philharmonic  Orchestra and the Music Director encouraged him warmly to audition for the group.

One Book One Milton Proves Awesome

As the culmination of 2018’s One Book One Milton program, the Milton Public Library hosted The Book of Awesome author Neil Pasricha on the Mattamy Stage at the First Ontario Arts Centre Milton on December 17, 2018. The set up was casual – Pasricha sat with the evening’s MC – CBC News reporter Michael Serapio – to discuss The Book of Awesome, in addition to his other published works and ongoing projects.

Milton Film Festival 2019 – An Award winning Season ahead

And just like that, another year has passed and it’s time to usher in a new year, and a new series of films at the Milton Film Festival. This year’s Festival will take place from January 25-27, 2019, and all films will screen at the First Ontario Arts Center Milton. This year’s line up has been highly lauded and awarded by both viewers and critics alike.

Choristers Shine in their 50th Year

More than 60 talented Choristers filed onto the stage at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton on the evening of December 1, 2018. The group’s annual concert this year was entitled “50 Years of Song,” and celebrated 50 years of the choir’s ongoing presence within our community.  Chorister Helen Dietz says, “This anniversary represents the power of music to bind community members together in joy and struggle to create the beautiful artistic creation that is choral music.”

Community Member Launches Children’s Book

Author Diksha Pal Narayan has released her second children’s book with a continued focus on simplifying Hindu customs and popular festivals for young children. A follow up to “Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali,” Pal Narayan’s second book is entitled “Ved’s Little Book on Devotion.” The book came together quickly – Pal Narayan began writing it in early spring of 2018.