Night It Up! is an outdoor festival showcasing a mosaic of delicious Asian street foods
complemented by local talents' nightly performances, styled in the vein of night markets
from Taiwan, Hong Kong and across Asia.
Organized by Power Unit Youth Organization, Night It
Up! is unique in our mission to encourage youth development while maintaining our commitment
towards the community. Through donating our profits to a beneficiary, we hope to set a
precedent in youth to learn, grow, and share.
After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, Night It Up! is back for 2022 like never before! We are
very excited to introduce you all to a brand new and revitalized Night It Up!. Thank you to
all of our partners, sponsors, and community members for their continued support that makes
Night It Up! possible every year. Mark your calendars, we look forward to seeing you all
Explore NIU! and get a chance to win a brand new iPad! Complete the NIU! 2022 Scavenger Hunt!
We'd love to hear from you!
Each year, passionate youth of Power Unit Youth Organization vote on a charitable initiative
support throughout the year. All on-site proceeds go towards a selected beneficiary charity.
date, Night It Up! and Power Unit Youth Organization has contributed over $143,000 to
charitable initiatives in the GTA.
This year, we are honoured to partner up with ALS
Double Play once again. The name ALS Double Play conveys the charity's mission to focus
on two things, continue to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and support
research for a cure. This charity hosts various events to unite communities together to tell
their stories and raise funds to step closer to their vision of making ALS history. All funds
raised will be used towards the Christopher Chiu Fellowship for ALS research at the University
of Toronto, one of Canada's largest and most internationally published ALS research labs.
Photo credits by Ziyaad Haniff.
Hey! I'm Nancy and I'm currently studying business at
Laurier University. I have been involved with PUYO for over 3 years now.
super excited to be the Chairperson for Night it Up! this year and to
see how I
can make a bigger impact in the community!
Throughout my six years of working within Power Unit
It Up!, I was
able to able to improve my skills working with others as an individual,
as working with a team. I was also able to work with our external
ensure that the partnerships continue today, as well as into the future.
Since joining Power Unit Youth Org. in 2017
the Night It Up! Night Market project I've had the great opportunty to
many talented indivduals in a diverse mix of industries gaining insight
skills to apply to my personal and professional career. The organization
provided me with countless opportunities to grow and discover, I am
see what the future holds.
I was first introduced to Power Unit when I was
invited to volunteer at Night It Up! in 2019. There, I found a community
was driven and committed to executing successful events and passionate
helping the community. I'm excited to be a part of this year's NIU! Team
Sales Director and to bring our vision to life!
Since initially volunteering for Night It Up! in 2016,
had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing people and witness the
that each participant contributes to bring this project to life year
Just as Power Unit has supported me in my growth, I look forward to
same for youth in the community to help them explore their capabilities
develop their leadership skills through teamwork and communication.
I am grateful for the skills I have developed
years with PUYO. I have also developed excellent relationships with the
team at PUYO and community members. To be able to create and maintain a
event like NIU! is not an easy task. I am always impressed by the work
young leaders in our organization accomplish.
PUYO has given me opportunities to grow as an
I'm grateful to have been a part of NiU! for a long time. Each year, I'm
reminded by why I keep coming back - the team and the community support
simply marvelous, and the skills I've developed from being a part of
priceless. I'm incredibly proud of what the team is able to accomplish
year, and I look forward to a new chapter for Night It Up! this year.
Throughout my experiences working within PUYO and our
event Night It Up!, I have been able to grow, learn, and develop
all while getting to know my community. I am excited to see what the
holds as I am confident that, along with the rest of the organization,
be able to achieve new heights together!
Want to learn more about our event?
Reach out to us and we will respond as soon as we can!
Want to be a Volunteer?
Looking to gain hours and gain experience with NIU? Apply below! If you have any
questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Volunteer recruitment is now CLOSED, thanks to all that have applied!
For inquiries, please contact our volunteer resources team via
Want to be a Vendor?
To get notified when booth sale dates are announced, or if you have any
questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendor recruitment is now CLOSED, thanks to all that have signed up!
For post sale support, contact
Want to be a Performer?
If you are interested in performing, please note the following: Every year,
Power Unit Youth Organization raises money for a charitable organization and
donates the proceeds from NIU!. Thus, we are only looking for artists who
are willing to perform without compensation.
If you or your group is still interested in this opportunity, please fill out
the form linked below.
Performer auditions are now CLOSED, special thanks to all that signed up!
For inquiries, please contact our stage/programming team via email@example.com
Want to Partner with NIU!?
NIU! is recognized as one of GTA’s largest summer events.
Contact us to speak with a sponsorship representative on how to help your brand succeed
Have a media inquiry?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shilu and I both started playing piano at a young age. We grew up with music in
our families all our lives, with our parents being avid singers. Music has
always been second nature to us and we don't think either of us would be able to
live without it.
We met at a gig many years ago! I (Corey) was the music director for GoForTea in
Markham when they were still open. I was looking for singers when I found
Shilu's instagram page. I was a fan immediately and asked if she would do a
night. It was love at first sight on our first rehearsal, and now we're getting
married this summer!
Everytime when Shilu and I step on stage. It's a blessing to do the thing that
you love most with the person that you love the most.
Our thing has always been taking something familiar and putting a twist on it. We
didn't just want to be a typical piano+vocal cover duo. I play different
keyboard sounds, bass parts with my left hand and beatbox. That way I can
back-up Shilu's amazing vocal arrangements with the feel of a whole band. We
take songs that everyone has heard a million times and put twists on it to make
it ours and something only we can do.
Shilu and I are both performers at heart, and have performed on so many big and
small stages that we never get nervous for performances. I think my advice for
people that get performance anxiety is to really focus on enjoying yourself on
stage. I think sometimes performers get nervous and worry too much about not
making mistakes, they forget to enjoy themselves on stage. If you're confident
and have a good time, you'll be surprised every time the result you get from
Having performed at Night It Up! for a decade, it really is a show about culture
and community. We try to pump as much excitement and audience engagement in our
performance to match the atmosphere of the event. When you go to Night It Up!,
you want to eat great food, and you wanna scream and jump to the music being
performed by up and coming talent. We arrange our performances in a way to make
a lasting impression on first-timers to the event, and to exceed expectations of
people that have come to Night It Up! for as long as we have performed at the
Shilu and I are truly grateful for being performers at this event. For us, Night
It Up! is the flagship summer event of Markham and we are honored to be able to
showcase our talent on this stage year after year. Hoping to see everyone soon!
We all met at various points in our musical careers. Some of us go as far back as
elementary school, some of us became friends while attending the same high
school music programs, and many of us met while completing our Bachelor of Music
at the University of Toronto. Some of us are even related! We all connected
through our passion for music, our love of good food, and our commitment to
maintaining the best vibes whenever we hang out. We've been so lucky to grow up
together and share in our deep appreciation for music.
The name "Sweet & Sour" is a tribute to our two great loves: music and food. Our
taste in music is sweet and soulful with a little bit of kick from the funky
grooves. In addition, as a predominantly East Asian band, we wanted to pay
homage to a classic Asian flavour blend. We try to avoid taking ourselves too
seriously, so this slightly silly name truly represents who we are as musicians
and who we are as a band.
In our band, everyone plays a key role. To quote the wisest member of our band,
Jimmy Teh, "When we play music with the band, our goal is to make sure everyone
gets a chance to shine." That philosophy has really set the tone for how we
approach our rehearsals and performances. We make sure everyone gets their
moment in the spotlight because every band member brings a special and unique
flavour to the band. In celebrating our individuality, we are uplifting the band
as a whole. All in all, it's a beautiful experience.
Honestly, the list goes on and on and on. Some key figures that stand out: Cory
Wong, Jacob Collier, John Mayer, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Emily Browning,
Esperanza Spalding, and so many more! These are some of our major inspirations
and if one day we are lucky enough to share the stage with even just one of
them, I think we'd all have a bit of a meltdown.
Over the years, we have all grown as individuals and as musicians. Many of us
have branched off into different, sometimes even unexpected, career paths but as
always, we return to each other through our musical connection. The special
thing about Sweet & Sour is that our band is constantly in flux. Rather than
being a traditional "band", Sweet & Sour is a more of a collective that features
rotating band members, predominantly of Asian descent. There have been several
iterations of the band, sometimes a smaller group, sometimes a 10-piece band,
but our values, goals, and overall energy remain the same. We've definitely
taken on more challenging repertoire as we've matured together as a band and
expanding the band membership has been a very exciting new venture for us. For
the future, we are looking forward to bringing more Asian artists into the band,
featuring and uplifting young Asian musicians who are new to the music scene,
and playing in larger venues.
For many of us, we've been attending NIU! since it first began. It's a
celebration of Asian culture that feels like tradition to us. More importantly,
after a very difficult few years that saw a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and
racial discrimination, we feel that coming together not only as a band but as a
community is both empowering and necessary. We love performing at NIU! because
it's a super fun time and because we want to provide young Asian artists with
representation. Growing up, there weren't many Asian artists and bands.
Thankfully, we've seen a significant increase of Asian artists in pop culture,
with 88rising, Shang Chi in the Marvel Universe, BTS' international stardom, and
countless other groups. We want to contribute to this celebration of our culture
and inspire young artists to persevere in their artistic careers and continue
with their creative endeavours.
While Sweet & Sour is a musical band, we are also just a group of really close
friends. We'd like to thank NIU! for providing us with the space and platform to
celebrate our cultural identity, our love for music, and our friendship. Looking
forward to an awesome night of performances and delicious food!
I started music at a really young age when I was 4. I first learned classical
piano then the drums. But it wasn't until when I was in high school, when I
found my passion through singing, songwriting and performing. I studied vocal
performance at York University and when I graduated, I worked behind the scenes
at music festivals/shows. In 2019, I released my first original song "Intruder"
and I've been committed to being a full time musician ever since. And I've never
When I songwrite, I always start with a theme or song title. Everything else will
follow that theme. I'm ultimately a storyteller. So whatever I decide to write
about, will reflect in the lyrics, music production and visuals. I start my
writing process with just me and the piano. Then I work with a producer to add
some pop elements to it!
I want to connect with as many people as I can through my music! My goal is
continue writing, creating and performing music for people, to connect with them
and help them in any way. I also want to continue collaborating with other
musicians and creatives. Music is my entire life but it's nothing without
emotion and being able to connect with people.
Trust me, I still get nervous before performing! One thing that really helped me
is to focus on the emotion of the song. I believe performers get nervous because
we're worried about what people think. I'm practicing to shift my focus away
from that and instead, focus on the song's feeling. This helps me to enjoy the
song, enjoy performing and ultimately, lets the audience enjoy it with you too!
I love to write songs about empowerment, self growth and songs that help us
overcome things we struggle with, like mental health and heartbreak.
I performed at Night It Up! back in 2019 and I had such an amazing time! There's
so much energy in the atmosphere - from the performers, to the lively crowds, to
the food vendors. I always love coming back to Night It Up! and I'm so glad it's
back this year!
I'm releasing new music this year and starting to perform more shows too! If you
want to listen to my music or follow my music journey, you can find me anywhere
on social media @vickilovelee