Author: Jeff Jones

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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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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Calendar of Events

  1. Markham Little Theatre

    April 26 - April 29
  2. Ice Fantasia

    April 28 - April 30
  3. Markham Stouffville Hospital Disco Ball Gala

    April 28
  4. Salut Cup International

    April 29 - April 30
  5. Cambridge Academy Open House

    May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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