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A great mix of shows this month at Markham Theatre

After a busy October with its Diamond Season kicking into full swing, November and early December find the Markham Theatre with another packed schedule. The lineup features a mix of Diamond Season offerings and work by local and independent producers.

“We’re beyond excited with the great start to our season,” says Flato Markham Theatre general manager Eric Lariviere.

The lineup starts off with audience favourite Classic Albums Live performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours on November 9 at 8 p.m. Rumours is one of the largest-selling rock records of all time with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. Despite the legendary tumult within the band during its creation, the album was instantly successful in 1977 and has become a fixture in rock radio with an influence that is difficult to overstate.

“They’re brilliant,” says Lariviere. “Classic Albums gives our audience a chance to enjoy their favourite artist’s studio work and artistry in a live setting.”

Classic Albums Live treats the music of legendary recordings like a modern chamber orchestra might. Every part and every note are faithfully and perfectly performed; with an accuracy that the original artists themselves rarely, if ever, matched. The second half of the show features a greatest hits style review of the band’s other important work.

Shifting from the Diamond Season to a community producer, Markham Little Theatre returns with The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig from November 15 to 18, with shows at 8 p.m. through the 17th and at 2 p.m. on the 18th. This local company has been producing theatre in Markham for more than half a century and murder mysteries like this have been a mainstay throughout its history.

“Our relationship to these groups is absolutely essential to our mission,” explains Lariviere. “It’s what makes us a whole community.”

Keeping with community producers, next up is Markham at the Movies on November 21 at 8 p.m. The goal of this company is to bring award-winning films from Canada and the world to Markham. This month’s feature is the Italian/Belgium film, The Eight Mountains (Le otto montagne).

Following these shows is the unofficial start of the holiday season at Markham Theatre. A Very Merry Motown Christmas hits the stage on November 23 at 8 p.m. Expect the evening to dip into the surprising wealth of seasonal hits from Motown history.

“We love celebrating the holidays at the theatre,” says Lariviere.

The holiday season continues into the Diamond season on December 1st at 8 p.m. with Men of the Deeps: Christmas in the Mine. This chorus of Cape Breton coal miners is keeping their tradition alive from coast to coast. The popular and iconic group returns to the Markham Theatre with selections from its first-ever solo holiday recording

“There’s something very beautiful that just connects about this group,” says Lariviere, “but it’s also the story of the artist themselves; where they come from and where they’ve been.”

The very next night, on December 2nd, The Manhattan Transfer brings its Farewell Tour to town for two shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. This show is their only appearance in the GTA as they celebrate an incomparable career of pop and jazz hits while supporting their 50th Anniversary and the release of their new album, FIFTY. on this Farewell World Tour.

“This show is about two weeks before they finish, forever,” explains Lariviere. “We are more than excited to add this show to the best jazz series in the GTA.”

The legendary quartet have 21 Grammy nominations and 10 wins, 29 albums, and has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. This legendary group choosing Markham as their only local stop on their final tour speaks volumes about the growth of both the jazz program at the theatre and about the vibrant scene in and around Markham

“To be able to host iconic artists like The Manhattan Transfer is an honour that is both affirming and humbling,” says Lariviere. “We can’t wait for these shows.”

Finally, another perennial community producer, The Markham Concert Band brings their seasonal celebration to the theatre on December 3rd at 2 p.m. The show features the classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, crowd favourite Xmas Swingin’ Collection, and lots more. Sources have confirmed at this time that Santa Claus himself is expected for a surprise appearance.

Tickets for all shows available via the Markham Theatre Box Office

 

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