Light Up Downtown: Event Info, Street Closings, Winter Essentials Drive

Light Up Downtown, the annual holiday ELFstravaganza in downtown Canton, is happening next Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Download the map here.

Presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Light Up Downtown provides fun for the whole family, as 14 city blocks come alive with holiday-themed attractions, entertainment, refreshements and fun for children of all ages.

This year’s Light Up will feature Christopher Pop-In-Kins, every child’s favorite elf, in a musical main stage show. In addition, the show will feature community musical and dance acts, extended fireworks, and a very special visit from Santa.

Dozens of local performers will take to the main stage along Market Square (301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton). The event pre-show, sponsored by Mix 94.1, will run from 5:30-6:00 pm, with the stage show immediately following. Fireworks are expected to start at 6:35 pm.

After the show concludes, families can walk up and down Market Avenue, as local businesses open their doors to provide live entertainment, refreshments and activities.

Street closings: 

Market Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Wednesday Dec. 2: from 3rd St. NW to 4th St. NW beginning at 3:30 pm  for stage set-up.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3: from 6th Street South to 6th Street North, from 3:30 to 10:30 pm.

Tuscarawas St. W. will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3: from Piedmont Ave. NE to Court Ave. NW at 3:30 pm

Walnut Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 : from W. Tusc. to 4th St. NE

2nd, 3rd, & 4th St. NE will be closed to vehicular traffic as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 from Piedmont Ave. NE to Rex Ave. NE

Parking:  Parking is available on-street and in the following parking lots and decks, for a nominal fee:

  • Timken High School parking lot
  • Stark County District Library lot
  • City Centre Parking Deck at 120 Cleveland Avenue South; enter off of West Tuscarawas; open until 10:30 pm
  • NewMarket Parking Deck at 233 Market Avenue South; enter on 3rd St. SW
  • Parking will not be available in the Millennium Center Parking Deck and surrounding lots due to being located in the fireworks drop zone

Winter Essentials Donations:
During the event, the Canton City Fire Department will distribute winter essentials – hats, mittens, scarves and socks – to children in need at Market Ave. S and 5th St. S. Donations of new children’s hats and mittens should be dropped off at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, or other downtown Canton locations, through Nov. 27. Visit for a list of all donation locations.

Event sponsors include Key Bank along with AEP Ohio, Aultman, Quonset Hut, H-P Products, Lowes, Kenan Advantage Group, The Repository, Motten and Meadows Architects, TimkenSteel, Leppo Rents, CRI Technologies, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, the City of Canton, Metro PCS, PPI Graphics, and Mix 94.1 and 1480 WHBC.

Visit for more details. Light Up Downtown is also on Facebook.

Abundant Fall Produce Available at Canton Farmers’ Market

Now through Oct. 17, Canton Farmers’ Market shoppers can enjoy a cornucopia of  fall produce including locally-grown apples, pumpkins, gourds, beans, peppers, potatoes, and much more.

Local selections including artisan breads, organic cheeses, grassfed beef, local honey, baked goods, jams & syrups, and more are also available at the Market on Saturday mornings from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The Market is located in the Timken High School Parking Lot at the corner of Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave NW.

In addition to the 25+ vendors each week, there are weekly live music and activities ranging from gardening tips to make-and-take art for the kids:

October 3
Denny Ott (musical entertainment)

October 10
Sophia Golina (musical entertainment)
Cindy Petitti (organic gardening tips)

October 17
Sophia Golina (musical entertainment)
Sarah Shumaker (kids’ make & take art)
Aultman WOW Van

Visit for more information including a complete list of vendors. Please direct any questions about the Market to Erin Thompson, event manager, at 330.458.2072.

Canton Farmers’ Market Moves to Different Day/Time/Location for This Weekend Only

This week’s Canton Farmers’ Market will be moved to Friday, Aug. 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Aultman Hospital. The move is being made for one week only in order to accommodate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events happening in downtown Canton.
Aultman Hospital is located at 2600 Sixth St. SW in Canton, and the market will be at the Sixth Street Circle near Darthmouth. 

Customers can shop more than 25 vendors, offering a variety of local products including fresh produce, baked goods, artisan breads, meats, cheeses, eggs, locally made items and more. At this special market, visitors will enjoy live local music from Mary Pusateri and can take advantage of free health screenings from Aultman Hospital Working on Wellness. Customers can also enjoy lunch deals from B.A.M. Healthy Cuisine (Cash or Credit).
On Saturday, Aug.15, the Canton Farmers’ Market will return to its home location in downtown Canton at the Timken High School Administrative Building Parking Lot on Fourth Street and McKinley Ave NW. The market will be open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. offering a large range of activities and even greater vendor selection.
The Canton Farmers’ Market is presented by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, and sponsored by Aultman Health Foundation, The Repository, News-Talk WHBC AM & Mix 94.1, and The City of Canton.
For questions, contact market manager Erin Thompson at or (330) 458-2072. Visit the Canton Farmers’ Market online at

Canton Farmers’ Market to Hold 2nd Annual Family & Pet Health Day this Saturday

The Canton Farmers’ Market will hold its 2nd annual Family & Pet Health Day this Saturday, July 18. The market is proud to partner with Aultman Hospital, Dr. Julia Morrow (Veterinarian) and the Canton City Health Department (WIC Program) for a morning full of wellness and fun.

new_WOW_web_1As a sponsor of the market, the Aultman WOW van (short for Working on Wellness) will present their “Farmer and the WOW” program throughout the morning which provides free blood pressure, weight and BMI screenings, in addition to health education for both children and adults. Aultman nurses will be available for one-on-one health consultations. In addition, an Aultman nurse will speak on the ‘Safe Sleep for Babies’ campaign.

mobile pet vetAt the market, pet owners and enthusiasts can learn more about Aultman’s Happy Tails volunteer program, where specially trained dogs and their handlers bring joy to hospitalized patients. Dr. Julia Morrow’s Mobile Family Pet Vet will also be on-site to answer pet questions and give a tour of the mobile vet clinic.

Additionally, representatives from the local WIC program will be on site.

As always, the market will be full of fresh, local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, artisan breads, meats, cheeses, flowers, and more – all available for purchase.

The Canton Farmers’ Market is held in the Timken High School administrative building parking lot, located at the corner of Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave. NW, 8:00-11:30am, every Saturday through Oct. 17. Visit for more information.

Canton Farmers’ Market Opens Saturday, June 20

more flowersThe Canton Farmers’ Market opens this Saturday, June 20, for its 12th year of providing locally grown produce, locally made products, fun activities and entertainment on Saturday mornings in downtown Canton.
The Canton Farmers’ Market is a producers-only market that gives shoppers an opportunity to buy fresh, quality, seasonal products directly from over 25 local growers and producers in Northeast Ohio. Along with produce, the market offers baked goods, flowers and herbs, honey and jams, artisan bread, cheese, eggs, meat, and more. 
The market runs every Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m., through Oct. 17 and is located in the Timken High School Administrative Building parking lot at the corner of Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave. NW. The site is perfectly suited with grass, trees and plenty of free parking.
strawberriesIn addition to fresh seasonal food, the Canton Farmers’ Market provides a great neighborhood and community meeting place. On any given weekend, it offers community resources, nutrition and health education from Aultman Hospital, cooking demonstrations, organic gardening tips, live music, and children’s activities. View the schedule of events at
The market will be making fresh food available to all members of our community by offering WIC and senior nutrition (contact the City of Canton for more information).
CantonFarmersMarket (1)The market is managed by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and is thankful for its sponsors: Aultman Health Foundation, The Repository, Mix 94.1 & News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Canton Development Partnership, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Canton.
For complete market information, including vendor descriptions, schedule of events, recipes and more, visit us online at

VIP Tickets Available for Canton Blues Fest; Full Lineup Announced

ShemekiaNortheast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, will be rocking Market Square in downtown Canton for the 13th straight year on June 20 and 21!

VIP tickets are on sale now, giving blues enthusiasts up-close access and fantastic FREE food and drinks.

The theme for the 2014 festival is “Women in Blues,” and this year’s ana_pheadliners are none other than two leading ladies of Blues – Ana Popovic on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Shemekia Copeland on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., along with music each day from noon to 10:30 p.m. From deep blues (Shemekia) to blues-rockin’ guitar (Ana), these women are two of the most talented and respected names in the Blues music genre.

Plus, new this year is the “Back Porch” acoustic stage, featuring live music in between sets on the main stage.

Go online to for a full list of festival performers.

Blues Fest VIP Passes are again this year. Buy your two-day pass online for $75, or one-day pass for $45, and take advantage of FREE food
and beer in the evening (after 5 p.m.), and incredible views of the stage all day.

Visit to purchase VIP passes online, or contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to reserve your passes today.

Canton Blues Fest is presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co., Cormony Development, Phil & Nancy Sonner, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman Health Foundation, Superior Beverage Group, Signature Design and Remodeling, General RV, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, and Kimble Companies.

Special thanks to this year’s Canton Blues Festival committee, which is led by chairman, Lee Thomas. Lee is owner of Signature Design & Remodeling, as well as an avid blues fan and longtime Blues Fest committee member. This is his first year serving as chairman. Assisting Lee as co-chair is Vicky Sterling, president of Pinnacle Press.


Friday, June 20
Noon: Blues Jam
2 p.m.: John Mosey Trio
4 p.m.: Jeff Poulos Blues Revue
6 p.m.: Anthony Gomes
8:30 p.m.: Ana Popovic

Saturday, June 21
Noon: Acoustic Blues Jam
2 p.m.: Big Fat Dog
4 p.m.: Long Tall Deb
6 p.m.: Mississippi Heat
8:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland


Friday, June 20

3:30pm: Bongo Joe & Little Steve-o
5:30pm: Mike Lenz
7:30pm: Josh Hill

Saturday, June 21
3:30pm: Christine Jackson
5:30pm: Jim Baker
7:30pm: Luther Trammel


Sixth Annual Taste of Canton Set for May 21 and 22 in Downtown Canton

Taste of Canton LogoFeast on local fare from over 20 restaurants and specialty vendors. Join fellow foodies in downtown Canton for the sixth annual Taste of Canton, a two-day food festival that’s bigger and better than ever in 2014. Taste of Canton, now in its sixth year, will be held on Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Market Square (301 Market Ave. N) featuring a feast of local flavors from over 20 restaurants and specialty vendors.

From grilled barbeque to gourmet burgers, from fancy crab cakes to frozen custard, this year’s list of participants includes a little something for every palate.

Stark County food enthusiasts will enjoy a new look at this year’s Taste of Canton, including more seating, 12 new restaurants to the event, a craft beer and wine garden, preview of the Canton Farmers’ Market and more.

This year’s lineup includes (to date): Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Baja Pizzafish, Benders Tavern, Bombshell Cupcakes, The Canton Club, Carpe Diem, Chocolates by Erin, Danny Boys, Deli Ohio, George’s Lounge, Kabab & Curry, Loby’s Bar & Grille, Lucca, Mack’s Custard, 91 Restaurant Group, Nom Nom Popcorn, Old Carolina Barbecue, Papa Gyros, Peace Love & Little Donuts, Tapas 218, Two Fat Guys BBQ, and more! Each will showcase their delicacies in the form of small sample plates, available for $2 to $6 each. Selections will include appetizers, entrees and desserts from a variety of cuisines.

In addition to these delicious “tastes” of Canton, attendees can enjoy an expanded selection of craft beers and specialty wines.Beginning at 6:30 PM each evening, the event will feature live music: The Bearded Lady with Elec Simon and Saxy Rob (Wednesday) and Yankee Bravo (Thursday).

All dishes will be purchased with Taste of Canton tickets, sold individually for $1 per ticket and redeemed at each vendor booth. Tickets can be purchased onsite the day of the event, or in advance of the event at all seven Fishers Foods locations, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, or online at

Buy tickets by May 19th, and receive 30 tickets for the price of $25.Taste of Canton will be held rain or shine, in and around the Market Square greenspace. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

This event is made possible by Fisher’s Foods, along with sponsors Smuckers, Sugardale, Superior Dairy, Brewster Cheese, About Magazine, Ticket, Canton Chair Rental, and M.Conley.