Markham audiences were captivated by an exciting performance showcase by winners and notable mentions of the Markham Talent – Open Casting Call, which took place earlier this year.
Titled Markham Talent Showcase 2023, the event was held at the Markham Theatre on Nov. 30. The Showcase involved performances by nearly 100 local artists and various performances that included music, dance, drama and fashion.
A Markham Talent Production, the Showcase was held in partnership with the Markham Arts Council and Ward 6 Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci as Executive Producer of the 2023 Showcase.
The Showcase reflected Markham’s diverse nature in terms of the kind and type of performances that enthralled the audiences. Headliner Rob Laidlaw played with his band – a tribute to Janice Joplin and Jim Morrison.
“We are privileged to have Juno Award Nominee Robert Laidlaw and his band to open 2023 Showcase for the evening,” said Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci, the event producer. “This event was a smashing success featuring many emerging artists. The lineup of the show is truly multi-cultural and many performers have already booked commercials, TV, movies or released their song.”
“True to furthering its mission, MAC is thrilled to be able to showcase top local talent that won and received notable mentions at this year’s Open Casting Call,” said Stephen Chait, Chair of Markham Arts Council.
List of performances: MC/Host – Kristy Hamilton
Headline Performer – Rob Laidlaw with Band featuring Dave Enman and Robin Benedict
Serena Wang – Winner of the Under 16 category at the 2023 Open Casting Call
Maya Agnes – Semi-finalist of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Daniela Schon – Contestant of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Stargo Model Academy – Finalist and Winner of the Under 16 category of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Happy Linda Dance Studio – Semi-finalist of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Truong Ng – First Place Winner of the Model Category of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Logan Levi – Semi-finalist of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Adam Keung and Team – Semi-finalists of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Silver Tulip Boutique – South Asian Designer Fashion Show
Nanamie Li – Overall First Place Winner of the Under 16 category at the 2023 Open Casting Call
Sammy and Tammy Lam – Semi-finalists of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Sylvia Chan – Winner of Breakdance Competition in BC & Contestant of 2023 Open Casting Call
Shyamala Dance School – Semi-finalists of the 2023 Open Casting Call
Special Performance by Ward 6 Markham Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci
Special Performance by President and CEO of Markham Board of Trade Chris Collucci
Special Performance by Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Special Performance by Ward 4 Richmond Hill Councillor Simon Cui
Photo: The 2023 Headline performer was Rob Laidlaw with his band featuring Dave Enman and Robin Benedict.