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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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    about 1 year ago

    Artist Name: Ganesh Thavarajah

    Performance Category: Acting

    Artist Bio: When my family and I immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka in 2001, we came here looking for a better future and opportunities. Living between two cultures, figuring out how I fit into that "better future” seemed impossible, so I looked to the media to learn how to be “Canadian”. I recognized that what I did, what I spoke, and what I looked like, wasn’t what I saw on TV. Media shaped my idea of who I wanted to become, but I was no fool, I knew a chubby brown boy... Continue reading