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  • June 21, 2017

ONtour Concert in Markham Celebrates Ontario's 150th Anniversary

Barenaked Ladies Free Show on September 10th

I am pleased to announce that the free ONtour concert series will stop in Markham on September 10th

The ONtour concert will partner with the City of Markham Expo150 at the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard) and will feature the Barenaked Ladies, Tyler Shaw and Jessica Mitchell.  All of the ONtour concerts are free and open to music-lovers of all ages and there are no tickets required. 

ONtour Markham is part of a year-long line-up of events marking Ontario’s 150th anniversary and celebrating the province.  The free ONtour concert series will provide the soundtrack for the Summer of ’17, stopping in more than 20 communities across the province, showcasing some of Ontario’s brightest musical talent. 

From Peterborough to Blind River, from Ajax to Kenora, from Hamilton to Sudbury, audiences will have the opportunity to attend a free concert featuring at least three acts. More than 50 Ontario artists will be part of the ONtour Concert Series and approximately 80,000 people are expected to attend the free concerts across the province. Follow the ONtour schedule online and check often for updates at


“The free ONtour concert series is a great way for all residents of Oak Ridges-Markham to not only come together while enjoying some much loved Canadian music, but to also celebrate and honour our province’s 150th anniversary.”— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham

 “Music is magic -- able to cross generational, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. ONtour is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to share in this communal experience, to build community pride, and to create cherished memories for years to come.”— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 


  • The former British North American colonies of Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are the original provinces of Canada, established on July 1, 1867.
  • Ontario is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that will reflect on Ontario's past, showcase our present and inspire future generations.


Use the interactive map on our website to learn more about Ontario150 events in your backyard, or across the province. 

Read more about how the province is celebrating this anniversary and listen to our unofficial anthem, A Place to Stand (Ontario Song)


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