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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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    Cristian Santos - Music

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Cristian Santos

    Performance Category: Music


    Artist Bio: Cristian Santos is a 16 year old local markham singer/songwriter with a passion for music. He began playing guitar when he was 8 and started writing music at age 9. Even at a young age Cristian had a roaring passion for music. Cristian grew up listening to music ranging from Elvis to Green Day, studying live performances from various artists to shape and refine his skills as a frontman. Cristian is very comfortable on stage and can talk and relate to young and older crowds, a born entertainer. At a local... Continue reading

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    Sonia Stillo - Vocal

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Sonia Stillo

    Performance Category: Vocal


    Artist Bio: My name is Sonia Stillo, I am an operatic vocalist.. Singing for community theatre projects, in Toronto, and in Italy.

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    Shiven Perinpanathan - Music

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Shiven Perinpanathan

    Performance Category: Music

    Artist Bio: Shiven Perinpanathan is 13 years old and is currently studying Grade 8 at Mindtech Montessori. He has been learning miruthangam at Kalaikovil Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Shri. Kugenthiran Kanaganthiram for the past 7 years. Shiven loves playing the instrument and is proud to perform and promote the culture at every opportunity he gets. He has delivered numerous performances over the years at community events, fund raisers and studio recordings. Shiven has a Shodan black belt in karate and holds a Bronze Cross life guard certification.

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    Father-Daughter Duet - Vocal

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Names: Alex and Katharine

    Performance Category: Vocal


    Artist Bio: A father and daughter who share the love for music. Alex is a singer, pianist and composer and Katharine is a singer and dancer.

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    Shrena Perinpanathan - Dance

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Shrena Perinpanathan

    Performance Category: Dance


    Artist Bio: Shrena Perinpanathan is 10 years old and is currently studying Grade 5 at Mindtech Montessori. She has been learning Bharathanatyam for the past 7 years. She is passionate about her culture and is proud to be sharing with the community at every opportunity she gets. She has delivered many performances in the community including studio recordings, cultural shows and dance dramas. Shrena is also learning swimming, vocal, Spirit of Math, Tamil and French. Shrena is passionate, smart and loves spending time with family and friends.

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    Sabrina Zhang - Dance

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Sabrina Zhang

    Performance Category: Dance


    Artist Bio: Sabrina lives in Markham and attends San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Elementary School. She started learning ballet, traditional Chinese dance and modern jazz with Georgia's Dance & Arts Cultural Centre in Markham at the age of 5. Markham is a huge part of her everyday life. Sabrina was excited to learn about the Markham Creates and would like to share her passion and love in dance with the community.

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    The Senthurans - Acting

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: The Senthurans

    Performance Category: Acting


    Artist Bio: This creation, Cinder...Really?, by Ahimsan Senthuran, Grade 4, includes Music, Vocal, Dance, Acting, trendy and appealing props for all ages, technology and much more. The joy, compliments and
    encouragements from the community (principals, teachers, neighbours, etc) and national/international family and friends merely reflected the appreciation and peace of mind knowing that we can pull through hardships in many beautiful ways. Impressive narrating/story-telling by Ahimsan received many compliments.

    The Senthurans: Baby Princess Synthurra Senthuran was 6 months old at the time the play was filmed. She played 5 different roles , Cinderella... Continue reading

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    Sam Dominique - Vocal

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Sam Dominique

    Performance Category: Vocal

    Artist Bio: Sam Dominique is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Markham, Ontario. This classically trained opera singer has a Bachelor’s Degree of Music with Honours in Voice Performance from Western University and is currently completing her Masters in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto. Since Sam’s artistic mission is to become a crossover artist, it comes as no surprise that one can also find her doubling as a jazz soloist in her spare time. Lover of all things R&B, rap, and jazz, Sam cherishes the moments when she can just jam... Continue reading

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    senTV (Seniors Entertainment Network) - Film/Acting

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Names: senTV (Seniors Entertainment Network) - Angela Wong, Arlene Yee, Brenda Ng, Helen Lam, Lily Wong, Marener Ho, Paul Ho, Stephen Ng, Thomas Yee.

    Performance Category: Film/Acting


    Artist Bio: The Seniors Entertainment Network (senTV.org) is a web-based broadcasting service dedicated to producing meaningful content that delivers infotainment to keep seniors healthy, safe and active. In October 2019, we received an Ontario Senior Community Grant from Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility. The Grant enables us to create the Senior Entertainment Network (senTV) to train seniors to become film journalists, create content on Seniors' related activities, and broadcast it online. This... Continue reading

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    Julia Cuozzo - Dance

    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Julia Cuozzo

    Performance Category: Dance


    Artist Bio: Julia Cuozzo is a 15 year old dancer and actor. She attends Unionville High School and is currently in the AU Drama program. Julia has been a dancer for 12 years and has danced competitively for 6 years at Sandra Amodeo Dance Studio in the styles of jazz, tap, contemporary, acro, ballet, lyrical, open and musical theatre. She believes that there is a strong connection between acting and dance as it strengthens her performance onstage and helps tell a story. Julia has had the opportunity to perform at various competitions across... Continue reading