Festival season is now in full swing with Southwestern Ontario’s annual offering of Ribfests, Beerfests and Foodfests galore occupying the waking hours of our weekend schedules. But what of those summer nights?
Returning for its 17th year and appealing to the GTA’s evening owls, Markham’s Night It Up! falls into a category of its own, being modelled in the vein of night markets from Taiwan, Hong Kong and across Asia.
Featuring a mosaic of delicious Asian street foods complemented by light shows, sporting activities, art installations, cinema, and a variety of talent showcases featuring both rookies and professionals alike, the aim of Night It Up! is to encourage youth development and community bonds. The event kicked off July 13 and ran until July 15 at Markham’s Civic Centre.
Among this year’s highlights was a guest musical performance by award-winning rock trio, Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold. Acclaimed one of the Top #10 indie talents across Canada, the band’s Markham debut on July 14 was just one of many dates in their tireless current touring efforts.
Following an encore-demanding performance at Los Angeles’ famed Whisky a Go Go this past January, Perry and company received an exclusive invitation from the founder himself to appear on this year’s final Vans Warped Tour – also this month – at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. Other confirmed boast-worthy tour dates for the band include: International Pop Overthrow (Chicago), Jersey Shore Festival (New Jersey), East Coast Music Conference (Norfolk VA) and The Great Canadian Kayak Festival (Timmins).
Each year, the Power Unit Youth Organization vote on a charitable initiative to support with the proceeds raised through Night It Up! To date, they have contributed over $113,000 to various charities throughout the GTA. Night It Up!’s 2018 partner is the WE Movement, which aims to create a more socially-conscious and sustainable world.
Photo: Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold rocked out at this year’s Night It Up!
Photo courtesy of Mystery Man Photography.