Author: Jeff Jones

Varley marks twenty years with new exhibits

For two decades, the Fred Varley Art Gallery has been a true cultural hub for the City of Markham. In addition to housing an impressive collection of Varley’s work, it’s featured an ever-rotating collection of renowned work by international, national, and local artists. If its mission was to integrate the Markham community with the art of the world, then by any measure this gallery has been an enormous success. To mark the occasion, the gallery has been running Present | Perfect | Continuous, a year-long rotation of the most popular works by the gallery’s namesake, F.H. Varley. The title...

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Flato preps for another stunning season of performance

For decades now, The Flato Markham Theatre has brought diverse, world-class entertainment to Markham and next year will be no different. The 17/18 Diamond Series season promises a year’s worth of performances, both cutting edge and classic in a wide array of genres, emotions and experiences. The season is packaged into nine different series: Special Attractions, World Stage, Totally Classical!, All That Jazz!, Great Canadian Performers, Fabulous Footwork,  Nostalgia and Family Fun. “This season is a reflection of the most breathtaking artists from Canada, alongside masterpieces from Russia, China, Ireland, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Iran, France, Greece, Great Britain, Latvia,...

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Mother’s Day

As May 14 and Mother’s Day approaches, many family members struggle to choose the perfect gift for their moms. The gift on the top of the wish list for most mothers is to simply spend time with their children, regardless of whether they are still kids or grown up. That’s true for Markham mother Jo Wolfe, who just celebrated her 91st birthday. “As Time goes by, it’s hard to remember the difficulties.” She had five children including twins. Markham has always been her home, except for brief stays in St. Catharines and Ottawa. “It’s great to have roots here,”...

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Markham Concert Band tells a tall tale this May

From an epic Broadway musical to a quiet folk song, knowing the story behind the music adds valuable emotional content to a performance and, in many ways, makes us feel more connected to a performance. It’s not surprising then, that the subject of the Markham Concert Band’s performance this month at the Flato Markham Theatre is stories and storytelling itself. Myths and Fables and Really Tall Tales will hit the stage for an afternoon concert on May 2 at 2pm. “Our performances always feature a great mix of music, from marches to Broadway hits,” says band member and President Heather...

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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 perform at Flato Markham Theatre from Apr 11-13. “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 world’s greatest ballet story, Swan Lake.”...

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