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Note It is a pleasure to present the first issue of ‘York Culture Magazine’. This initiative is dedicated to serving the York Region community by bringing news and information to residents in the region about arts, nature, heritage and entertainment. Also, we are committed to sharing our culture and diversity with everyone and thus help to create vibrant Canadian multi-cultural connections. York Culture will be available through the traditional places where you are accustomed to pick up your copy. Also it will have a prominent online presence, do an email blast and be responsive to social media. In fact, free online subscriptions are available too. York Culture multi-level media platform is a magazine but also so much more. It is an addition to all that is already being done in York Region and it would like to continue working with all the other information sources about what is going on and what is being planned. There is an open invitation for all cultural groups to become partners and together to become more informative. Once a month each partner group will have the opportunity to communicate with its audience. There will also be prominent space where advertisements will be welcomed. So York Culture is here. Members of York Region are asked to become a vital and integral part of York Culture. Start now to connect and set up contact, to provide information, to find out about the plans and how you and your group can become involved. It is a new direction and a brave new day for York Culture. York Culture Team

P.O.Box: 30610 10660 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 0C7 Canada Tel.: +1 647 429 29 29 Email: website:


Babak Arjmandi Marj Andre Phil Shepherd Valerie Kent Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra Richmond Hill Public Library

PUBLISHER: Cover: Rouge Woods Community Centre 110 Shirley Drive Richmond Hill, Ontario L4S 1Y9 The contents of 'York Culture' are provided for the general guidance and benefit of our readers. the information presented is compiled from sources belived to be accurate. Every effort was made to locate all relevant resources. If you know of resources that should be included or changes to the listed resources, please contact us. 'York Culture' assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in contents, advertisments and articles. Views and comments expressed in all the articles and advertising are reflect only those of the authors/ advertisers and are not necessarily those of 'York Culture' and the association. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. Sources: hrh/5_24_2007_19_00/Item%205i%20pages%20151%20to%20172. pdf, park, 4

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Richmond Hill High School

It was erected in 1897 at the northeast of the Town Hall

Alias Grace Park

The intent of the park design is to promote and encourage literature within our community

York Culture

is an amazing multi-level media platform to promote arts, nature, heritage & entertainment


Contemporary-Casual grill and restaurant

Last Night At the Proms

An evening of celebration with pre-concert and an intermission activities


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Richmond Hill High School The Richmond Hill High School was erected in 1897 at the northeast portion of the Town Hall, to replace the 1873 high school that was destroyed by fire. The new building was designed by architect J. Francis Brown, and built by mason J. Kelly, with carpentry by L. Innis and Sons, at a total cost of $5000.

In 1921, compulsory schooling to the age of 16 years greatly expanded the school’s population. In 1924, a larger high school was constructed on Wright Street. In 1932, council converted the old high school building for use as a council chamber, administrative offices, court room and magistrate’s office.

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Architecturally, the two storey, red brick building displays dramatic Medieval and Gothic Revival detailing in the High Victorian manner of the 1890s. The high school’s 3-part facade still suggests the earlier boys’ and girls’ entrances, and is dominated by a projecting central pavilion with an oriel window and topped with a steeply pitched front gable. The front gable has a narrow, molded raking cornice, and contains a Gothis-arched blind recess. An octagonal flagstaff base rests on the central keystone at the peak of the arch. It is secured to the building’s face with decorative ironwork strapping with a Medieval flavour.

10268 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 3B7 at the corner of Yonge and Wright Streets

© Courtesy of Richmond Hill Public Library (c. 1900)

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Alias Grace Park Alias Grace Park is named after renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace. The intent of the park design is to promote and encourage literature within our community; celebrate the wealth and quality of Canadian literature through interpretation and expression of the novel, and provide historical reference to early settlement in Richmond Hill. Imagery from the novel is portrayed in the park in the form of pavements, sculptures, plantings, and site furnishings. Site elements such as seating, fencing, light fixtures and entrance features have been designed to provide historical cues to early settlement in Richmond Hill. In addition, plantings in the park reflect historical plantings contained in contemporary arrangements.


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located between Aladdin Crescent and Ridgestone Drive Richmond Hill, Ontario

The Reading Garden is defined by lush plantings, words of inspiration and a life-size bronze sculpture entitled New Heights of Knowledge – A Bigger Picture by artist Gary Lee Price.

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Grill & Restaurant

9555 Yonge Street, Unit 29 Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 9M5 (Southeast corner of Yonge St. and Weldrick Road East) Phone: +1.905.918.0402

Shishlix is a contemporary-casual restaurant features market-fresh cuisine to be enjoyed in relaxed surroundings with friendly, informed and professional staff. It has a reputation for exquisite food, both for presentation and taste. You can enjoy a selection of appetizers, side dishes, salads with variety of Kebobs (grilled chicken, beef and fish). Our bar is the ideal place for after dinner drinks. Our aim is to make you feel right at home while enjoying the tastiest grilled food ever to touch your palate. Of course, as a company, customers are the detail we pay attention to first. It’s why all our people are trained to reward them with the highest standards in the industry. When people choose to visit our restaurant, we want to give them every reason to come back. So come sit at our table, taste our food, drink the wine, and feel our passion. Plus, we have live entertainment every Saturday nights! Celebrate with us at our restaurant. We promise to make your celebration one of a kind! Whether you're hosting a small party of work colleagues, reuniting with family or have a birthday party to plan, with skilled and experienced staff every detail will be looked after. Our goal is to create a celebration that you and your guests will always remember.


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It's always nice to have options and that's what Shishlix offers though our pick-up service. We feel "Take Out" is an essential part of not only a successful restaurant, but of our customers' busy lifestyles. We want to ensure that your meal is ready for you when you walk through our doors.

Richmond Hill’s Own Last Night At the Proms On June 15, 2014, the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra presents Last Night at the Proms at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. For the second year in a row, the RHPO celebrates the proms musical tradition with The Headwaters’ Concert Choir, a choral group affiliated with The Great Lakes Touring Chorus and directed by Robert Hennig. “Back by popular demand, the annual concert promises to brighten your June with a new docket of symphonic delicacies” said Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Jessica Kun. “We will celebrate the standard ‘Proms’ repertoire, while continuing the tradition of flag waving, and singing, all with an RHPO twist.”

Prom, short for promenade concert, originally referred to outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll around while the orchestra was playing. Over the past five years, RHPO audiences have enjoyed robust singing of traditional Proms concert pieces such as Rule Britannia! and Jerusalem. The program for this concert is extensive and includes English folk songs, favourite pieces from February’s Symphonic Beatles concert, and selections from Mozart Requiem. “With strong choristers joining over 60 musicians, the sound in the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts will be spectacular,” said Creative Director, Cathy Clarke. “The Proms not only celebrates an English tradition, but the end of a successful and diverse musical performance season for the RHPO.”


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Phil Shepherd

Audience members can expect an evening of celebration with pre-concert and intermission activities. Audience members interested in learning more about the concert program are invited to attend pre-concert talk, hosted by Dr. Kun. This half hour pre-concert talk is included in the ticket price. The pre-concert talk showcases the creative process behind the musical programming, inviting audience members to learn more about the concert’s programming and the composers’ inspiration. Audience members can also expect an announcement outlining the programming of the RHPO 2014-2015 season during the concert.

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Kilim (Gelim) Kilims (Persian: Gelim) are flat tapestrywoven carpets or rugs produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. Kilims can be purely function as floor coverage. Recently-made kilims are mostly decorative as well as popular floor-coverings in Western households. Kilims are produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. Kilim weaves are tapestry weaves, technically weft-faced plain weaves, that is, the horizontal weft strands are pulled tightly downward so that they hide the vertical warp strands. When the end of a color boundary is reached, the weft yarn is wound back from the boundary point. Thus, if the boundary of a field is a straight vertical line, a vertical slit forms between the two different color areas where they meet. For this reason, most kilims can be classed as "slit woven" textiles. The slits are beloved by collectors, as they produce very sharp-etched designs, emphasizing the geometry of the weave. Weaving strategies for avoiding slit formation, such as interlocking, produce a more blurred design image.


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The weft strands, which carry the visible design and color, are almost always wool, whereas the hidden warp strands can be either wool or cotton. The warp strands are only visible at the ends, where they emerge as the fringe. This fringe is usually tied in bunches, to ensure against loosening or unraveling of the weave. Because kilims are often cheaper than pile rugs, beginning carpet collectors often start with them. Despite what many perceive as their secondary (or inferior) status to pile carpets, kilims have become increasingly collectible in themselves in recent years, with quality pieces now commanding high prices.

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