Newmarket Citizens band searches for new home

June 27, 2012 by  

The 140 year old Newmarket Citizens Band, a long-standing community institution is officially homeless, but still looks to celebrate music in the city while it searches for a new residence. After a fire in Lion’s Hall in 2005, the band lost its longstanding space in Newmarket and has gone from venue to venue, cramped in tight spaces and must now search for a permanent home.

The band continues to expand and draw in new members from all over Newmarket, Aurora and elsewhere, and currently has the York region administrative building as its temporary residence. The band receives lots of publicity from the city and local printers for high profile concerts, as the band readily participates in parades, competitions and concert throughout the city, through many generation and many areas in York Region. The Band’s next highly publicized events, already being promoted through banner printing in the city, will be the Newmarket Canada Day fireworks concert and its 140 year old music concert on September 30.

Finding a suitable venue for the band to practice and meet, given its need for storage space and its prominent significance in the city of Newmarket, is challenging. Town hall will be one possible venue for storage and practice space, however the current project to renovate town hall will not be completed for a further two years.

In the meantime, print companies can help support the local band by keeping the public informed of the band’s venue challenges and perhaps raise funds for relocation expenses. After all, the money to start the local band in 1872 was raised by distributing printed petitions to local businesses.