This edition of the Downtown Dish includes wonderful spring events in Newmarket and more!
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Town of Newmarket and Main Street Clock Inc. reach agreement on development plan for historic Clock Tower

The Town of Newmarket is pleased to announce that through a very cooperative process with Main Street Clock Inc. (MSC Inc.), a settlement has been reached for the future development of the historic Clock Tower and 184-194 Main Street, Newmarket. This proposal will mostly consist of renovation within the existing building and could include office, residential and retail uses.

“The Town of Newmarket and MSC Inc. began discussing the possibility of a settlement late last year. In light of servicing allocation constraints, the discussions began to move in a different direction that created an alternate vision for the property. Working together we have been able to achieve a very positive mutually beneficial agreement,” says Mayor Tony Van Bynen. “We are excited that we have reached a solution that is a win-win for the Town, the developer, the downtown area and Newmarket as a whole.”

The community can expect the Clock Tower to generally look similar to how it looks today, with heritage elements being maintained. The front of the buildings on Main Street will be restored using appropriate heritage conservation techniques. This development will help to continue to refresh and revitalize Newmarket’s downtown core, while paying tribute to the rich history and heritage of the area.

This settlement will resolve the two Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings related to the property, as well as a pending court application related to a 2003 land exchange agreement for lands in market square. The Town and MSC Inc. are fully committed to an open and transparent process with all details and conditions outlined in the Minutes of Settlement available at

“The proposal provides for new job creation, potential residential units, heritage preservation and restoration, increased placemaking opportunities and economic growth,” says Chief Administrative Officer Bob Shelton. “We will continue to work closely and collaboratively with MSC Inc. and provide support through our Economic Development office to see our shared vision become a reality.”

The Clock Tower was constructed in downtown Newmarket between 1914-1915, with a major addition added in 1956. Most recently the building was used as a Seniors’ residence but it functioned as the community Post Office for many years. The Clock Tower is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and remains a prominent landmark on Newmarket’s Main Street.

Main Street patios are open for business
There is nothing like sitting on an outdoor patio to help forget about the long days of winter. The Town of Newmarket is once again working with local businesses on the 2018 downtown patio program, which is now underway. This year’s participants include; Hungry Brew Hops, Lil’ Brew Hops, Made in Mexico (all located on Main Street). All patios are now open. This initiative is helping to increase the vibrancy of the downtown area and draw more visitors to Main Street.

Downtown is heating up with some sizzlin' events as we roll into summer

Moonlight Movies
Looking for something to do over the long weekend? Why not enjoy an outdoor movie on a huge inflatable screen under the stars? On Sunday, May 20, the featured film is Trolls at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive (8:45 p.m.). Don't forget to bring a lawn chair, blanket and snacks. Thank you to our sponsor TD Bank. Free popcorn will be provided by the Newmarket Scouts.

Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Market is now open every Saturday until the end of October from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Whether you are looking for fresh local produce, baked goods, artisan cheeses, made to order wood oven pizza or a good old fashioned chip truck – the market has something for everyone!

York Pride Parade (Saturday, June 16, 3 p.m. )
This year's festival theme is: All Together Now! York Pride Parade has grown to a bustling extravaganza of over 50 groups showcasing the many supporters of diversity in one of Canada's most vibrant and inclusive regions. Don’t miss the parade on Main Street, followed by Pride on Riverwalk at Riverwalk Commons.

Pride on Riverwalk (Saturday, June 16, 3:45 to 10:30 p.m.)
Join in at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) to celebrate the power and beauty of diversity. There is something for everyone at Pride on Riverwalk, even your four legged friends are welcome (please  bring water for your pets and keep their safety in mind in hot weather). Some of the event festivities include live performances, fire dancers, pop up shops, food trucks, an interactive kids zone, community fair, evening fireworks and more! Visit for more info.

Newmarket Craft Beer and Food Festival (Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
The first annual Newmarket Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming to Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) this summer. Celebrate local craft brewers and food vendors from throughout the GTA. This festival will feature finely made Canadian craft beers, wines, ciders and spirits as well as delicious food trucks, family friendly activities and live entertainment.

21st Annual Artisan and Food Truck Festival (June 16 - 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Visit Fairy Lake Park the weekend of June 16 and 17 to explore one of Newmarket's longest running festivals. Hosted by the North Newmarket Lion’s Club,the Artisan's Festival features some of our community’s best artisans and their handmade creations. This includes homemade foods like jams, jellies, honey, tapenade and dips. This year, the event will also host a selection of food trucks.

Additional upcoming festivals include the Newmarket National 10 Minute Play FestivalNewmarket Music Festival, Garlic is Great Festival and New'bark'et, the annual festival for dogs.

For more information contact:
Amber Chard
Senior Communications Officer 
Tel: 905-953-5300, ext. 2046

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