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MARKHAM CREATES COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

Finalists Announcement – July 1, 2020 at 10 AM!

Join Mayor Frank Scarpitti and representatives from the City of Markham’s Culture Department and Markham Public Library for the official unveiling of the Markham Creates Community Arts Challenge finalists, as part of the City’s Virtual Canada Day Celebrations.

The virtual initiative was launched in late May to get the community to unleash their creativity and showcase their talents while we physically distanced to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Five finalists will be announced in each of the following categories:

· Performing Arts

· Visual Arts

· Exhibit Design

· Creative Writing

The 20 finalists will also get the special opportunity to be mentored in their field by professional artists such as Jully Black, George St. Kitts, John Abrams, Missy Marston and more.

Tune in on July 1, 2020 at 10 AM and celebrate our local artists on Canada Day. Because, Markham’s got talent!

Thank you to all who participated in the Markham Creates Community Challenge.



The City of Markham invites all residents of Markham to create, engage and share your artistic expressions and be part of a city movement. During a time of social distancing, through the arts, we can connect.

“Markham Creates” is a call to Markham residents or groups to showcase your creativity through a medium of choice: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Exhibit Design. and Creative Writing.

For full challenge details, please visit Markham.ca/creates


Five top finalists (in each category) will be chosen and shall receive:

  • MENTORSHIP by a distinguished professional artist in the respective discipline
  • PERFORMANCE/EXHIBITION
  • ONLINE EXHIBIT/SHOWCASE
  • CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION signed by Mayor Scarpitti.

The four Categories you can submit to:

  • Performing Arts (Flato Markham Theatre)
  • Visual Arts (Varley Art Gallery)
  • Exhibit Design (Markham Museum) *NEW OPTION FOR SUBMISSION*
  • Creative Writing (Markham Public Library)

If you have any questions, please contact markhamcreates@markham.ca


How to enter your submission:

  1. Complete the Submission Form no later than 11:59 PM, EST on Wednesday June 17, 2020. *NEW DEADLINE TO SUBMIT*
  2. All required documents or video uploads as specified by each category must be included with your Submission Form in order to qualify. Only one submission per applicant is permitted per category.
  3. Once you make a successful submission – please check your email to ensure you receive a thank you confirmation.
  4. Check out the Virtual Display pages below “Performing Arts” / “Visual, Writing & Exhibits”

The selection committee will consist of a panel selected by the City of Markham. The committee will review all submissions and select five finalists in accordance with the category selection criteria to be announced on Canada Day!



MARKHAM CREATES COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

Finalists Announcement – July 1, 2020 at 10 AM!

Join Mayor Frank Scarpitti and representatives from the City of Markham’s Culture Department and Markham Public Library for the official unveiling of the Markham Creates Community Arts Challenge finalists, as part of the City’s Virtual Canada Day Celebrations.

The virtual initiative was launched in late May to get the community to unleash their creativity and showcase their talents while we physically distanced to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Five finalists will be announced in each of the following categories:

· Performing Arts

· Visual Arts

· Exhibit Design

· Creative Writing

The 20 finalists will also get the special opportunity to be mentored in their field by professional artists such as Jully Black, George St. Kitts, John Abrams, Missy Marston and more.

Tune in on July 1, 2020 at 10 AM and celebrate our local artists on Canada Day. Because, Markham’s got talent!

Thank you to all who participated in the Markham Creates Community Challenge.



The City of Markham invites all residents of Markham to create, engage and share your artistic expressions and be part of a city movement. During a time of social distancing, through the arts, we can connect.

“Markham Creates” is a call to Markham residents or groups to showcase your creativity through a medium of choice: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Exhibit Design. and Creative Writing.

For full challenge details, please visit Markham.ca/creates


Five top finalists (in each category) will be chosen and shall receive:

  • MENTORSHIP by a distinguished professional artist in the respective discipline
  • PERFORMANCE/EXHIBITION
  • ONLINE EXHIBIT/SHOWCASE
  • CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION signed by Mayor Scarpitti.

The four Categories you can submit to:

  • Performing Arts (Flato Markham Theatre)
  • Visual Arts (Varley Art Gallery)
  • Exhibit Design (Markham Museum) *NEW OPTION FOR SUBMISSION*
  • Creative Writing (Markham Public Library)

If you have any questions, please contact markhamcreates@markham.ca


How to enter your submission:

  1. Complete the Submission Form no later than 11:59 PM, EST on Wednesday June 17, 2020. *NEW DEADLINE TO SUBMIT*
  2. All required documents or video uploads as specified by each category must be included with your Submission Form in order to qualify. Only one submission per applicant is permitted per category.
  3. Once you make a successful submission – please check your email to ensure you receive a thank you confirmation.
  4. Check out the Virtual Display pages below “Performing Arts” / “Visual, Writing & Exhibits”

The selection committee will consist of a panel selected by the City of Markham. The committee will review all submissions and select five finalists in accordance with the category selection criteria to be announced on Canada Day!



Performing Arts Showcase


Flato Markham Theatre invites all Markham residents to share their talents and help inspire resilience and community through the performing arts during a time of social distancing. Vocalists, dancers, singers, actors and other talented members of the Markham community are invited to submit their online performance for a chance to be selected for a mentorship with a professional artist!

This program is open to all non-professional performing artists and students of all abilities and all ages who want to showcase and share their talent. 

Enjoy viewing submissions from our creative community! Content displayed here are initial submissions only.  


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    Annabella Gulliver-Azevedo - Dance

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Annabella Gulliver-Azevedo

    Performance Category: Dance


    Artist Bio: Annabella started dancing at the age of 2. She started dancing competitively at 6 years old. She dances Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet and just started doing improv. Annabella loves dancing at Kicks in Markham, with her best friends and teachers. Kicks has been and always will be her second home. Her favourite style of dance is Musical Theatre. It allows her to become a different character and act her heart out. She adores being on stage and misses performing for a crowd. Annabella feels lucky to have... Continue reading

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    Markham Little Theatre - Acting

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Names: Markham Little Theatre Actors - Cam Lund, Carl Gambacourt, Beverly Sotopra, Nicky C March

    Performance Category: Acting

    Artist Bio: Markham Little Theatre has been an integral part of the Markham community for over 50 years. This community theatre company performs 4 shows a year at Flato Markham Theatre or MLT's own Backstage Theatre. Their live theatre performances have won many awards from ACTCO (Association of Community Theatres- Central Ontario).

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    Vidhi Ruparel - Dance

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Vidhi Ruparel

    Performance Category: Dance


    Artist Bio: Hi everyone! I am a grade 10 student, studying in Markham. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old, and started learning Kathak (Indian Classical Dance) when I was 6. My passion for dancing grew with age. Dancing bloomed my creativity and provided a way to express my emotions. I also like painting, playing the guitar, and enhancing youth representation in the community.

    Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian Classical Dance. The Kathak piece that I have performed for Markham Creates on the song, Ghar... Continue reading

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    Mikayla Kong - Vocal

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Mikayla Kong

    Performance Category: Vocal


    Artist Bio: Mikayla is an aspiring singer and actor. She is currently finishing Grade 4 at St. Rene Goupil - St. Luke CES. Mikayla loves having a multicultural group of friends and is always interested in other’s beliefs, traditions, and customs. Mikayla would love to be involved in more community programs in the future.

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    Manmeet Narang - Film/Acting

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Manmeet Narang

    Performance Category: Film/Acting


    Artist Bio: I am someone who likes to write. I moved to Canada from India in 2019. Two of short stories were published when I was in my home country.I have been exploring Markham and feeling more and more at home as days are passing.This change of place made me write poetry in my mother tongue Punjabi and Hindi.I have written more than 60 poems ever since I landed here.I am deeply inspired by legendary Punjabi poet Amrita Pritam.

    Lately I am doing a video series ‘Amrit’ with my nephew which is dedicated... Continue reading

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    Eliana Perchenok - Vocal

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name:

    Performance Category: Vocal

    Artist Bio: Hi, my name is Eliana and I am eight years old. I have been singing and acting in musical theatre since the age of three and a half. During that time, I have performed in various Russian musical theatre productions in both Canada and the US. I love singing and playing the piano, and I hope you will enjoy my cover of Once Upon a December.

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    Dhara Bharanitharan - Musical Theatre

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Dhara Bharanitharan

    Performance Category: Musical Theatre


    Artist Bio: Dhara loves singing songs which made all our family members to sing. She is learning Carnatic vocal . She did performance in our cultural function and school assembly.

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    Serena Ng - Music

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Serena Ng

    Performance Category: Music


    Artist Bio: Serena Ng is a seventeen-year-old high school student at Markham District High School. She has been playing and performing piano from before she can remember, and loves to share her voice and music wherever she goes! A self-taught ukuleleist and guitarist, and is extremely enthusiastic about her future, where she hopes to become a Music Therapist. Here she aspires to help people the same way her own therapist did.

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    Justin Lau & Amber Chow - Music

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Names: Justin Lau (guitar and vocals) & Amber Chow (video production and harmonies)

    Performance Category: Music

    Artist Bio: Justin Lau, age 12, learning piano since 4 years old, elected to participate at OMFA at 8, performed at Carniege Hall at 10, loves music, likes to play in duet & concerto, hope can play in orchestra, likes to compose songs, written two songs with lyrics so far, likes to write comics, written a few comics books, likes drawing, elected to post drawing at the back page of school yearbook, sold some comic books and some handmade bookmarks to schoolmates for... Continue reading

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    Scarlett Lau - Dance

    over 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Scarlett Lau

    Performance Category: Dance


    Artist Bio: Hi Markham!!! My name is Scarlett Sze-Wan Lau, and I am 10 years old. I live in Markham and my school and dance school are also in Markham. I love to dance, so I went outside for the first time in 3 months just to make a video of me dancing for all of Markham!!! I have made this video to support Markham through this Covid-19 pandemic, so I hope you all enjoy it! I have also made this video to share the beauty of Chinese arts and dance culture with... Continue reading

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