Author: Jeff Jones

Swan Lake comes to Markham

Legendary Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov once said, “Dance is how I made sense of the world. It pushed me to think beyond what is immediate or convenient. Dancing is my obsession. My life.” Markham dance lovers get to experience this passion firsthand when the Russian National Ballet Theatre performs at Flato Markham Theatre on Apr. 13 with a production of Swan Lake. “This is without a doubt the ballet event of the year in Markham and a must see,” explains theatre general manager Eric Lariviere. “It is a unique opportunity to experience the world’s greatest ballet nation performing the...

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Theatre draws from the past to move forward

Markham Little Theatre has never been known to rest on its laurels. After a 2016/17 season that has seen the 51-year-old theatre company push the boundaries of its audience and manage to sell more tickets than expected, one could understand if they needed a break. The thing is, that just isn’t how this “little theatre that could” has endured for half a century. “I like the idea of contributing to entertainment,” says veteran producer Ron Brownsberger. “After an evening performance, I’ll stand near the exit just to hear the comments of patrons. With us, they’re about 98 per cent...

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Legendary choir smiles on Markham

The Flato Markham Theatre has done an increasingly great job over the past few years of bringing legends to its stage. Performers that have changed their art forms and even the world have become a regular part of the theatre’s season.   By this standard, however, it’s hard to properly explain the enormous influence and importance of The Vienna Boys Choir. On March 11, the choir will perform a show that is arguably 700 years in the making.   “The choir was long founded already by 1498 when Maximillian I brought them to sing in the Emperor’s chapel,” says...

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Unionville Theatre Company brings classic to stage

  The classic family musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is coming to the Flato Markham Theatre, presented by Unionville Theatre Company (UTC), Feb. 23 to 26.   Made popular by the 1968 film and the original book written by Ian Fleming, the show is a story about invention, about inspiration and about seeing the world through the eyes of a child. This is fitting, considering the historic company’s place in the community and its focus on young people.   Creating theatre in Markham and Unionville since 1979, the UTC’s annual musical production is a fixture of the local arts...

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Learn how animals talk at Markham Museum

  Anyone who has ever owned and loved a pet has had the experience of seeing their animal meet another. However the encounter goes, us humans are often left to wonder just how aware our animals are when they communicate—and what they’re saying.   This winter, the Markham Museum offers us a chance to find out with their newest exhibition, Animal Gibberish, Subtitled for Humans.   After the popularity of Construction City with families with young children, the Markham Museum recognized the need to have something for them and their families as part of their gallery. Animal Gibberish is...

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