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19.20 Diamond Season Line-Up Announced

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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MARKHAM (May 7, 2019) – To mark its 35th season as York Region’s preeminent global stage and cultural hub, Flato Markham Theatre unveiled an impressive lineup for its 19♦20 Diamond Season.

“Theatre is a reflection of who we are as a warm, diverse and inclusive community. This is where our story is told through creative, musical and dramatic expression and where we can share memorable experiences,” observed Mayor Frank Scarpitti, during his video address at the media sneak-peak season reveal.

Described as an entertaining cultural journey by Eric Lariviere, General Manager of Flato Markham Theatre, “the forthcoming season, showcases long-standing favourites as well as opportunities to discover exclusive, artistically brilliant new performances.”

Some of the major highlights include the Ontario Premiere of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™, theatrical magic that promises to enchant from its opening act to the final curtain. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is the first and only ballet company entrusted with turning Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Canadian classic into a full-length ballet, and Flato Markham Theatre is the only venue in Ontario during the 19♦20 season where fans of dance, and Anne of Green Gables, can see this new production. From Korea, a Canadian Premiere: An enormously entertaining and highly imaginative magic show, SNAP! combines ingenious stage language, illusion, mime, comedy, and more in a spellbinding tale. Audiences and fans alike will want to see the rising star who gained widespread notoriety as a finalist in America’s Got Talent, Mandy Harvey, known to “tame her audience into stunned appreciation as she glides pitch-perfect from breathy jazz to growling blues.” The Markham Debut of Afropop superstar Fatoumata Diawara, and the World Premiere of veteran bluesman JW-Jones and his new 17-piece Big Band are icing on this Theatre’s 35th season.

New this year, a “Broadway in Markham Series”, kicking off the season with Blockbuster Broadway the ultimate show tune extravaganza performed by an acclaimed cast of the best Broadway artists from New York’s famed Broadway district. “A Whole New World”, the iconic music of Alan Menken the master songwriter behind all the popular hits from Disney’s animated feature films, and Songs of Pride Land – The Music of The Lion King each take on a life of their own in salutes to the best of Broadway in Markham.

Canadian Rock Legends rock it when Burton Cummings transcends time, genres, and generations in an extraordinary intimate solo performance. The hits keep coming with David Clayton-Thomas one of the most recognizable voices in music, and superstar rockers April Wine.

The season is chock-full of special attractions and family fun. Cirque FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard brings audiences on a crazy-fun journey through winter with exciting circus performers, live original music, and breathtaking visuals. Australia’s most in demand circus-arts Company on the international stage, C!RCA explore what it means to be Human with fearless, thrilling acrobatics that push boundaries and quicken pulses. Masters of Illusion – 21st century magic filled with modern large-scale illusions and sleight of hand – is back by popular demand with a new cast of illusionists finessed in the art of deception. Trickery shape-shifts with Catapult Magic Shadows dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible shadow silhouettes in an imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture. And Ballet Jörgen’s gem, The Nutcracker – a Canadian Tradition is a returning festive-favourite set against the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape.

Canada’s very own comedic superstar, Deal or No Deal game show host and America’s Got Talent judge, Howie Mandel makes his Markham return for a guaranteed frank, funny, anything-goes evening of laughter.

Our always popular Nostalgia Series is back with a fabulous lineup including Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, The Official Blues Brothers Revue, A Very Merry Motown Christmas, Brass Transit and Classic Albums Live Presents The Beatles - Let It Be.

 

World Stage Series debuts include the multiple instruments, ten languages, and seven countries that define the Juno Award Winner Okavango African Orchestra, Ukrainian ethnic chaos, Euro-punk band DakhaBrakha, the renowned and imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music – Dervish; Persian, Middle Eastern, and Indian electroacoustic super group NIYA, and the revolutionary fusion of classical, soul and dance music of Grammy award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari.

 

The daring new kinetic work of award-winning Sampradaya Dance Creations, Mandala, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company one of the most sought-after dance troupes on stages around the world is featured in our Fabulous Footwork Dance Series.

 

Whether new to jazz or a long time fan, the season’s All That Jazz series sizzles with a Tribute to Dave Brubeck and Oscar Peterson with the Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, the distinctly “Sinatra-esque swagger” of beloved Canadian vocalist Matt Dusk, the acclaimed smooth jazz pianist and composer Keiko Matsui, and the renowned New Orleans Jazz Orchestra led by percussionist and Artistic Director Adonis Rose. The series finale culminates with the star stature and stunning vocals of Grammy winner Kurt Elling.

Classical luminaries under the spotlight feature The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Canada’s famed baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, and the piano duo known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Anderson and Roe Piano Duo. The Toronto Concert Orchestra - musical director Kerry Stratton - celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven, under the guiding hand of Maestro Vincent Cheng, and features Markham’s prodigy solo violinist Mercedes Cheung.

More great homegrown talent showcases the youngest Canadians to perform at the Grand Ole Oprey John and James Abrams, award-winning jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, and one of the most exciting country artists today, Meghan Patrick. Two of Canada’s brilliant lyricists, songwriters, and musical exports Hawksley Workman and Sarah Slean come together for an inspiring double bill in their Markham debut.  Cape   Breton’s legendary miners’ choir Men of the Deeps celebrate Christmas in jolly miner style, followed later in the festive season by John McDermott who commemorates Christmas family style with special guests Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of the Dala Girls. Internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer, and songwriter, Pavlo closes out the season with a major symphonic extravaganza in concert with the Ontario Philharmonic, conducted by Marco Parisotto.

The Theatre continues its commitment to audience development. YouthTIX offers $15 tickets to most Diamond Season shows. The Theatre also engages the community in multiple arts education and outreach initiatives through the Discovery program, including its Every Child, Every Year initiative, for which children enrolled from grades 1 to 6 in a Markham school have the opportunity to see multidisciplinary live performances for free. Productions such as Charlotte’s Web and The 26 Letter Dance, the latter also offered in both English and French to serve the large number of French Immersion students in Markham. The Discovery Program’s Theatre camps, an introduction to a world of creativity and imaginative fun also returns by popular demand featuring productions of Disney’s Aladdin, The Jungle Book and Frozen. The Discovery program is supported by FMT’s Annual Discovery Gala, which this year, features the iconic Canadian legend Tom Cochrane with Red Rider.

MARKHAM (May 7, 2019) – To mark its 35th season as York Region’s preeminent global stage and cultural hub, Flato Markham Theatre unveiled an impressive lineup for its 19♦20 Diamond Season.

“Theatre is a reflection of who we are as a warm, diverse and inclusive community. This is where our story is told through creative, musical and dramatic expression and where we can share memorable experiences,” observed Mayor Frank Scarpitti, during his video address at the media sneak-peak season reveal.

Described as an entertaining cultural journey by Eric Lariviere, General Manager of Flato Markham Theatre, “the forthcoming season, showcases long-standing favourites as well as opportunities to discover exclusive, artistically brilliant new performances.”

Some of the major highlights include the Ontario Premiere of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™, theatrical magic that promises to enchant from its opening act to the final curtain. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is the first and only ballet company entrusted with turning Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Canadian classic into a full-length ballet, and Flato Markham Theatre is the only venue in Ontario during the 19♦20 season where fans of dance, and Anne of Green Gables, can see this new production. From Korea, a Canadian Premiere: An enormously entertaining and highly imaginative magic show, SNAP! combines ingenious stage language, illusion, mime, comedy, and more in a spellbinding tale. Audiences and fans alike will want to see the rising star who gained widespread notoriety as a finalist in America’s Got Talent, Mandy Harvey, known to “tame her audience into stunned appreciation as she glides pitch-perfect from breathy jazz to growling blues.” The Markham Debut of Afropop superstar Fatoumata Diawara, and the World Premiere of veteran bluesman JW-Jones and his new 17-piece Big Band are icing on this Theatre’s 35th season.

New this year, a “Broadway in Markham Series”, kicking off the season with Blockbuster Broadway the ultimate show tune extravaganza performed by an acclaimed cast of the best Broadway artists from New York’s famed Broadway district. “A Whole New World”, the iconic music of Alan Menken the master songwriter behind all the popular hits from Disney’s animated feature films, and Songs of Pride Land – The Music of The Lion King each take on a life of their own in salutes to the best of Broadway in Markham.

Canadian Rock Legends rock it when Burton Cummings transcends time, genres, and generations in an extraordinary intimate solo performance. The hits keep coming with David Clayton-Thomas one of the most recognizable voices in music, and superstar rockers April Wine.

The season is chock-full of special attractions and family fun. Cirque FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard brings audiences on a crazy-fun journey through winter with exciting circus performers, live original music, and breathtaking visuals. Australia’s most in demand circus-arts Company on the international stage, C!RCA explore what it means to be Human with fearless, thrilling acrobatics that push boundaries and quicken pulses. Masters of Illusion – 21st century magic filled with modern large-scale illusions and sleight of hand – is back by popular demand with a new cast of illusionists finessed in the art of deception. Trickery shape-shifts with Catapult Magic Shadows dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible shadow silhouettes in an imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture. And Ballet Jörgen’s gem, The Nutcracker – a Canadian Tradition is a returning festive-favourite set against the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape.

Canada’s very own comedic superstar, Deal or No Deal game show host and America’s Got Talent judge, Howie Mandel makes his Markham return for a guaranteed frank, funny, anything-goes evening of laughter.

Our always popular Nostalgia Series is back with a fabulous lineup including Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, The Official Blues Brothers Revue, A Very Merry Motown Christmas, Brass Transit and Classic Albums Live Presents The Beatles - Let It Be.

 

World Stage Series debuts include the multiple instruments, ten languages, and seven countries that define the Juno Award Winner Okavango African Orchestra, Ukrainian ethnic chaos, Euro-punk band DakhaBrakha, the renowned and imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music – Dervish; Persian, Middle Eastern, and Indian electroacoustic super group NIYA, and the revolutionary fusion of classical, soul and dance music of Grammy award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari.

 

The daring new kinetic work of award-winning Sampradaya Dance Creations, Mandala, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company one of the most sought-after dance troupes on stages around the world is featured in our Fabulous Footwork Dance Series.

 

Whether new to jazz or a long time fan, the season’s All That Jazz series sizzles with a Tribute to Dave Brubeck and Oscar Peterson with the Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, the distinctly “Sinatra-esque swagger” of beloved Canadian vocalist Matt Dusk, the acclaimed smooth jazz pianist and composer Keiko Matsui, and the renowned New Orleans Jazz Orchestra led by percussionist and Artistic Director Adonis Rose. The series finale culminates with the star stature and stunning vocals of Grammy winner Kurt Elling.

Classical luminaries under the spotlight feature The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Canada’s famed baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, and the piano duo known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Anderson and Roe Piano Duo. The Toronto Concert Orchestra - musical director Kerry Stratton - celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven, under the guiding hand of Maestro Vincent Cheng, and features Markham’s prodigy solo violinist Mercedes Cheung.

More great homegrown talent showcases the youngest Canadians to perform at the Grand Ole Oprey John and James Abrams, award-winning jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, and one of the most exciting country artists today, Meghan Patrick. Two of Canada’s brilliant lyricists, songwriters, and musical exports Hawksley Workman and Sarah Slean come together for an inspiring double bill in their Markham debut.  Cape   Breton’s legendary miners’ choir Men of the Deeps celebrate Christmas in jolly miner style, followed later in the festive season by John McDermott who commemorates Christmas family style with special guests Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of the Dala Girls. Internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer, and songwriter, Pavlo closes out the season with a major symphonic extravaganza in concert with the Ontario Philharmonic, conducted by Marco Parisotto.

The Theatre continues its commitment to audience development. YouthTIX offers $15 tickets to most Diamond Season shows. The Theatre also engages the community in multiple arts education and outreach initiatives through the Discovery program, including its Every Child, Every Year initiative, for which children enrolled from grades 1 to 6 in a Markham school have the opportunity to see multidisciplinary live performances for free. Productions such as Charlotte’s Web and The 26 Letter Dance, the latter also offered in both English and French to serve the large number of French Immersion students in Markham. The Discovery Program’s Theatre camps, an introduction to a world of creativity and imaginative fun also returns by popular demand featuring productions of Disney’s Aladdin, The Jungle Book and Frozen. The Discovery program is supported by FMT’s Annual Discovery Gala, which this year, features the iconic Canadian legend Tom Cochrane with Red Rider.