March 10, 2024

Opening Day Festival

Embrace the spirit of camaraderie and sport at the Markham Civic Centre for a day steeped in the heritage of the Little Native Hockey League. As we approach the 50th anniversary, the Opening Day Festival, set for Sunday, March 10, 2024, invites you to engage in an array of activities from midday until dusk. This is where the pulse of hockey meets the heart of community—through games, rides, and shared moments. Relish the array of local cuisines and discover the offerings at the vendor market. Join us as we commence a season of celebration, reflection, and forward momentum.

7:30am - 8:00am

Peace Flame & Water Fountain

Sunrise Ceremony

Led by Elder Shelley Charles

12:30pm - 7:30pm

Main Outdoor Stage

Main Stage Performances

12:30 pm Opening and Welcome with Emcee Sarain Carson-Fox
12:45 pm Six Nation Women Singers
1:30 pm Theland Kicknosway
2:00 pm First Nations Drum and Dancers
3:00 pm LNHL Official Opening Ceremonies
  • Lloyd MacGregor & Elder Shelley Charles
  • Co-hosted by Ron MacLean and Anthony Stewart
  • Welcome by City of Markham Mayor, Frank Scarpitti
  • Special appearance by Jully Black
4:00 pm The Poets
4:45 pm Wilde Brothers
5:45 pm Cody Coyote
6:45 pm DJ Shub
7:15 pm Glow in the Dark Hoop & Pow Wow Dancers with DJ Shub
7:30 pm Drone Show (with DJ Shub) Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation

12:00pm - 7:00pm

Lower Atrium


Cedar Tea and Bannock in the Teepee offered by Indigenous Tourism Ontario.

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Activations & Buskers

Hala Circus Arts Hockey Stilt Walkers Entire Site
David Maracle – Stone Carving, Storytelling and Music Lower Atrium - Beside the Teepee
“Carlton” the Bear, Toronto Maple Leafs Entire Site (12pm - 3:30pm only)
City of Markham Fire Department (tbc) Front of Markham Civic Centre
Ontario Provincial Police Front of Markham Civic Centre
Anishinanbek Police Services Front of Markham Civic Centre
Indigenous Tourism Ontario – Cooking Demonstrations Front of Markham Civic Centre

12:00pm - 8:00pm

Food Truck Alley

Food Trucks

12:00pm - 8:00pm

Warming Picnic Area

Sponsored by Hydro One

12:30pm - 7:30pm

Carnival Area

Carnival Rides

12:00pm - 7:30pm

Sports Area

Sports Zone

  • Canadian Tire Hockey Zone
  • Indigenous Tourism Ontario Sports (Lacrosse & Baseball)
  • Top Shot Hockey Interactive
  • Ontario Power Generation

12:00pm - 7:30pm

Civic Centre - Inside Lower Level

Kids Zone

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Photobooth
  • Ontario Library Association
  • Face Painting

12:00pm - 7:30pm

Outside & Inside Markham Civic Centre

Craft & Artisan Vendors

LNHL Official Merchandise

12:45pm - 2:30pm

Flato Markham Theatre

Feature Film “Boil Alert”

Featuring Environment Activist Layla Staats, Directed By Stevie Salas & James Burns (2023)
* Free ticket required on Eventbrite
** Ask at Theatre if you don’t have a ticket to see if spots are still available

11:00am - 8:00pm

Markham Civic Centre - Inside Main Floor

LNHL Registration Desk

For Team Managers only

Important Information

No Parking Available at Festival Site

Parking is available at LNHL Parking Lot 1 & LNHL Parking Lot 2, located at:
85 Enterprise Blvd., 8133 Warden Ave., 10 Aviva Way

Download Parking Map as a PDF

Shuttle Bus: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Shuttle bus pick-up stop is located between the Flato Markham Theatre and the High School, and comes approximately every 10 minutes.

First Aid

Located at St. John’s Ambulance Outside The Civic Centre And Also On The Upper Level Inside The Civic Centre. Follow the signs.

Lost & Found / Security

Located Inside The Markham Civic Centre Near the Main Entrance. Follow the signs.

Emergency – Dial 911