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Top 20 Markham Creates Community Challenge Finalists Announced

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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MARKHAM, ON – July 1, 2020 – Over a three-week period from May 26 to June 17 during the COVID-19 crisis, the community in Markham was challenged to share their creativity in a variety of disciplines: exhibit design, creative writing, performing arts and visual arts.

The challenge was accepted – Markham delivered with 165 submissions across all disciplines! The quality of submissions across the board gave the jurors in each category the difficult task of selecting only five finalists.

“The level of creativity displayed by the community was amazing,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The challenge was meant to encourage creativity and connection during this very difficult time, and all expectations were exceeded. The level of art and expression we received blew me away. I encourage all those not selected as finalists to continue their creative journey. Congratulations Markham for rising to the challenge!”

The 20 finalists will also get the special opportunity to be mentored in their field by professional artists such as Jully Black, George St. Kitts, John Abrams, Missy Marston and more.

Finalists’ submission will be available in various formats in the near future. The public will be notified when they are on display.

Resources:
• Finalists’ biographies, work and mentor information

FINALISTS

Exhibit Design

The Markham Museum invited all collectors to submit photos of their collections and a statement as to its importance or inspiration.

The following finalists will receive mentorship from curator, Janet Reid, exhibit designer, Mark Scheibmayr, and the Museum programmer, Andrea Carpenter with the end goal of creating live (when permitted) and virtual exhibits of their treasured collections.

Finalists:

  • Frances Yoong is creating a memorial collection during this time by crocheting a flower every day since emergency orders started on March 17.
  • Jamie Quan shares her 95 year-old grandmother, Yeung Shin Lee’s, beautiful paintings that she has been working on and collecting mostly since she entered her 90s.
  • Emma Zheng is four years old and shares her dog, Teemo’s, collection of favourite, and not so favourite, things while celebrating Markham as a pet-friendly community.
  • Grace Low has been creating fashion studies exploring each person’s story and examining how what we wear reflects ourselves and the world around us.
  • Lesley Wooton ’s passion for arts and crafts is reflected in her collection of unusual craft tools from around the world dating from the 17th century to today.

Creative Writing
The Markham Public Library called on all writers to submit one piece of original, unpublished creative writing centred around their experience arriving, settling or living in Markham. Submissions can take the form of a short story or poem.

The five finalists will be mentored by professionals in the writing community, such as Missy Marston, author of last year’s Markham Reads selection, as well as, Ariana Ferrone, author and Community Librarian, Culture and Creativity. Finalists’ works will be showcased by the Library and other culture venues, as well as be part of an eBook that will be available through the Library’s digital collection.

Finalists:

  • Adam Keung with “Once Upon a Day”
  • Libby Li with “The Toogood Monster
  • Hannah Flores with “If the World was a Movie”
  • Ken Wightman with “Watching in Markham”
  • Meilun Yu with “Say Something”

Performing Arts
The Flato Markham Theatre challenged the Markham community, including vocalists, dancers, singers, actors, choral groups and other talented members, to submit an online performance.

The five finalists will receive mentorshop from the following professionals: George St. Kitts, Juno Award nominee, producer and singer (music), Emily Cheung, Artistic Director of Little Pear Garden Dance Company (dance), Alan Kinsella, Director of Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto Youth Theatre and Artistic Director of Flato Markham Theatre camps (acting) and Jully Black, Platinum recording artist, multiple Juno and Gemini Awards nominee, singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (all disciplines). Finalists will also have the unique opportunity to perform live on stage at the Flato Markham Theatre!


Finalists:

  • Ganesh Thavarajah and his moving and reflective monologue from the movie “American Beauty”.
  • 11 year-old, Rachel Huang, performs her award-winning Dai dance.
  • Father-Daughter duo, Alex and Katharine Reyes, share their love of music together, through a cover of “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman”
  • 15 year-old, Julia Cuozzo and her self-choreographed dance piece to the song “Falling” by Harry Styles.
  • Sam Dominique sings her beautiful rendition of Elvis Presly’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

Visual Arts
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham invited artists to submit current work in a paint medium, created within the last 12 months, along with an artist’s statement.

The five finalists will receive mentorshop from by senior artist, John Abrams, virtually meet with the Director of the Varley Art Gallery, Niamh O’Laoghaire and experience a virtual studio visit with the award-winning Varley Curator, Anik Glaude.

Finalists:

  • Celeste Cameron with “Recognition” in acrylic honouring and empowering black women.
  • Phillipa Hajdu with “Steve 4” in acrylic from a series being created during this time of lockdown.
  • Linda Kalianteris Picerno with “Forced Cat Snuggles” in oil celebrating her love of brilliant light and colour.
  • Carter Tam with “Self-Reflection” in oil as part of a series reflecting the correlation between a state of mind and the past.
  • Suki Zhang – “Unlimited Space and Time” in acrylic focuses on the relationship between humans and universe and the roles each individual can play in the world.

FINALIST BIOS

Exhibit Design

Frances Yoong
There are 89 flowers here. Since the emergency order started on March 17 in Ontario, I crochet a flower for each day we stay home until now. I feel like we have to do something to remember this difficult time in 2020. My 8 year-old and 6 year-old also create a quarantine time capsule to remember this pandemic. They take turn to write down what they do or how they feel on each day, then make a star with the paper. We are going to open the stars in the future. That will be a very special experience.

Jamie Quan
Yeung Shin Lee was born in China in 1925, which makes her 95 years old this year (2020). She immigrated to Canada December of 1966 and has lived in Markham throughout her senior and elderly years. Now that she is in long-term care, she has had the opportunity to paint and explore arts and crafts. These paintings are a sample of her ever-growing collection, which she often gifts to relatives when they visit her. She has likely produced more artwork in her nineties than ever before.

Emma Zheng
4 year old Emma drew her pet Teemo. Her idea was that inside Teemo’s body were things Teemo loves, for example, Teemo loves watching others playing basketball outside. He loves his toys and collars and etc. Outside Teemo’s body are things that he doesn’t like. Teemo doesn’t like to take a bath. He doesn’t want to brush his teeth or go to training pad to pee and others. Markham is a pet friendly community and we often see people walking their dogs all around the parks and trails.

Grace Low
This is a collection of fashion studies I have done over the past year. It explores each person’s story and shows how what we choose to wear reflects ourselves and our relationship with everything around us. I submitted these pieces because through fashion we are able to bring people of all backgrounds together. These studies are based of real people and their favorite outfits. When we look at old or new photos and videos, one of the first things we notice is what people are wearing. Fashion is something we come in contact with everyday whether we are aware of it or not. It is different around the world and changes with time but it gives everyone a platform to tell their own story and connects us in a universal way.

Lesley Wootton
I am a founding member of the Markham Guild of Village Crafts, and for many years taught traditional rug-hooking for the Guild. I am a collector by nature, and among other interests enjoy travelling and collecting antiques. Therefore crafts, from here and other countries, and through the ages, coalesce in my interest in collecting unusual craft tools that people have used to create, to make their work easier and enhance their lives. My collection ranges in materials from metal to wood, silk, paper and plastic; in size; and in age from the 17th century until today.

Creative Writing

Meilun Yu

I am a 14 year old student in Markham, preparing to enter high school. I am an amateur singer/songwriter, and have been singing since 11 years old, and songwriting since 10. Writing has always been a way for me to speak. It has always been a platform on which I can deliver my feelings, my opinions, and my view on the world in an artistic way. As a young teen about to enter high school I feel that my voice and opinions are not normally heard as I am young and seem ignorant. Poetry is a way for me to get my thoughts across, and hopefully, people would listen. It is also a way for me to inspire other teens like me to share their thoughts, or to inspire others to not be held back by their age. I want my pieces to convey the creativity of youth, and to show people that we are the future.

Adam Keung
For people that don't know Markham, it is perhaps one of the most interesting cities in the world. The people, the scenery, and, most importantly, the cultural diversity are all elements of a wonderful story that I would like to write about and share with others, especially during this unprecedented time. I am very glad there is an opportunity to share the joys I have from living and working in Markham.

Libby Li
I wanted to write this story to connect with others who have grown up in Markham recently. I tried to capture the small-town feel of Unionville while adding an element of mystery.

Hannah Flores
We need to practice social distancing, but we cannot socially distance ourselves from each other's humanity. Reach out to someone you know, strike up conversations and ask your neighbours and loved ones if there is anything that you could pick up for them at the store. Everyone must think outside of themselves, as this is a frightening and unprecedented moment in time where we are all in the same boat. It is difficult to stay grounded but do not lose hope, we will get past this together. Have faith in our medical personnel and emergency response teams around the world. Practice good hygiene, stay safe and stay positive. Life is never static. Life is always in motion.

Ken Wightman
I have read and written poetry on and off for many years. At its roots, poetry is about the energy and excitement of being caught up in the music of language, and registering how life and world interact, in a way that gets the truth and zest of it. That is why I write: I want to capture in poetry what I watched and what it felt like and meant, candidly.
Each of the five poems in the suite portrays diverse perspectives of my experience of Markham. They touch on this country, this city and especially sides of nature encountered in it.

Performing Arts

Ganesh Thavarajah
When my family and I immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka in 2001, we came here looking for a better future and opportunities. Living between two cultures, figuring out how I fit into that "better future” seemed impossible, so I looked to the media to learn how to be “Canadian”. I recognized that what I did, what I spoke, and what I looked like, wasn’t what I saw on TV. Media shaped my idea of who I wanted to become, but I was no fool, I knew a chubby brown boy with an accent could never be what I saw on the big screen. So I pursued a career in business and now hold a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Ryerson University. But the world is changing, people of colour are rising up on the screen in titular roles with substance. I have never felt more seen or heard than when I am giving voice to an empowering character on stage or screen, and I want to share that voice with the world.

Rachael Huang is an award-winning Dai dancer. She is 11 years old and has been studying Chinese dance for four years. Rachael won the Platinum Award in the 2019-2020 TAOLI WORLD DANCE COMPETITION in Chicago.

Julia Cuozzo is a 15 year old dancer and actor. She attends Unionville High School and is currently in the AU Drama program. Julia has been a dancer for 12 years and has danced competitively for 6 years at Sandra Amodeo Dance Studio in the styles of jazz, tap, contemporary, acro, ballet, lyrical, open and musical theatre. She believes that there is a strong connection between acting and dance as it strengthens her performance onstage and helps tell a story. Julia has had the opportunity to perform at various competitions across Ontario and was featured in an Indie rock band’s music video. Julia self choreographed this piece because she enjoys the self expression behind creating dances.

Alex and Katharine Reyes , a father and daughter who share the same love of music. Alex is a singer, pianist and composer and Katharine is a singer and dancer.

Sam Dominique is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Markham, Ontario. This classically trained opera singer has a Bachelor’s Degree of Music with Honours in Voice Performance from Western University and is currently completing her Masters in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto. Since Sam’s artistic mission is to become a crossover artist, it comes as no surprise that one can also find her doubling as a jazz soloist in her spare time. Lover of all things R&B, rap, and jazz, Sam cherishes the moments when she can just jam on the keys. She is inspired by numerous artists including Daniel Caesar, SZA, and Lianne La Havas, and spends her time basking in the beauty of Snarky Puppy, Tom Misch, and anything from beautiful island of Jamaica. If you love chill vibes, smooth, laid-back soul, and mellow keys, then any performance of Sam Dominique’s is the performance for you!


Visual Arts

Celeste Cameron
“Recognition”, 2020, acrylic
I create art because it allows me to develop connections and to share my thoughts. After 80+ hours of work, this painting displays a dialogue between two of my favourite artists: Kehinde Wiley & Alicia Keys in order to empower and uplift black women like me.

Philippa Hajdu
"Steve 4" 2020, acrylic
These pieces are part of a series I've been working on during this time of lockdown. I do one painting over a 3-4 hour period. The model poses online via Zoom. This is a whole new way of working for me and I'm finding it is very exciting.

Linda Kalianteris Picerno
"Forced Cat Snuggles" 2020, oil
I am a portrait painter, and I love adding brilliant light and colour to my work. While I paint many things, there is something fascinating about capturing someone’s essence in oil paint. My goal is to be a full time artist, sharing my work with the world

Carter Tam
“Self Reflection”, 2020, oil
My name is Carter Tam, and these three pieces are a part of a series. This series surrounds the condition of my mind in correlation with my past regarding the context of private bathrooms.

Suki Zhang
"Unlimited Space and Time" 2020, acrylic
The art works I create mainly focus on the relationship between human and universe, and provoke discussion about roles each individual can play in the world.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:

Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.




MARKHAM, ON – July 1, 2020 – Over a three-week period from May 26 to June 17 during the COVID-19 crisis, the community in Markham was challenged to share their creativity in a variety of disciplines: exhibit design, creative writing, performing arts and visual arts.

The challenge was accepted – Markham delivered with 165 submissions across all disciplines! The quality of submissions across the board gave the jurors in each category the difficult task of selecting only five finalists.

“The level of creativity displayed by the community was amazing,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The challenge was meant to encourage creativity and connection during this very difficult time, and all expectations were exceeded. The level of art and expression we received blew me away. I encourage all those not selected as finalists to continue their creative journey. Congratulations Markham for rising to the challenge!”

The 20 finalists will also get the special opportunity to be mentored in their field by professional artists such as Jully Black, George St. Kitts, John Abrams, Missy Marston and more.

Finalists’ submission will be available in various formats in the near future. The public will be notified when they are on display.

Resources:
• Finalists’ biographies, work and mentor information

FINALISTS

Exhibit Design

The Markham Museum invited all collectors to submit photos of their collections and a statement as to its importance or inspiration.

The following finalists will receive mentorship from curator, Janet Reid, exhibit designer, Mark Scheibmayr, and the Museum programmer, Andrea Carpenter with the end goal of creating live (when permitted) and virtual exhibits of their treasured collections.

Finalists:

  • Frances Yoong is creating a memorial collection during this time by crocheting a flower every day since emergency orders started on March 17.
  • Jamie Quan shares her 95 year-old grandmother, Yeung Shin Lee’s, beautiful paintings that she has been working on and collecting mostly since she entered her 90s.
  • Emma Zheng is four years old and shares her dog, Teemo’s, collection of favourite, and not so favourite, things while celebrating Markham as a pet-friendly community.
  • Grace Low has been creating fashion studies exploring each person’s story and examining how what we wear reflects ourselves and the world around us.
  • Lesley Wooton ’s passion for arts and crafts is reflected in her collection of unusual craft tools from around the world dating from the 17th century to today.

Creative Writing
The Markham Public Library called on all writers to submit one piece of original, unpublished creative writing centred around their experience arriving, settling or living in Markham. Submissions can take the form of a short story or poem.

The five finalists will be mentored by professionals in the writing community, such as Missy Marston, author of last year’s Markham Reads selection, as well as, Ariana Ferrone, author and Community Librarian, Culture and Creativity. Finalists’ works will be showcased by the Library and other culture venues, as well as be part of an eBook that will be available through the Library’s digital collection.

Finalists:

  • Adam Keung with “Once Upon a Day”
  • Libby Li with “The Toogood Monster
  • Hannah Flores with “If the World was a Movie”
  • Ken Wightman with “Watching in Markham”
  • Meilun Yu with “Say Something”

Performing Arts
The Flato Markham Theatre challenged the Markham community, including vocalists, dancers, singers, actors, choral groups and other talented members, to submit an online performance.

The five finalists will receive mentorshop from the following professionals: George St. Kitts, Juno Award nominee, producer and singer (music), Emily Cheung, Artistic Director of Little Pear Garden Dance Company (dance), Alan Kinsella, Director of Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto Youth Theatre and Artistic Director of Flato Markham Theatre camps (acting) and Jully Black, Platinum recording artist, multiple Juno and Gemini Awards nominee, singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (all disciplines). Finalists will also have the unique opportunity to perform live on stage at the Flato Markham Theatre!


Finalists:

  • Ganesh Thavarajah and his moving and reflective monologue from the movie “American Beauty”.
  • 11 year-old, Rachel Huang, performs her award-winning Dai dance.
  • Father-Daughter duo, Alex and Katharine Reyes, share their love of music together, through a cover of “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman”
  • 15 year-old, Julia Cuozzo and her self-choreographed dance piece to the song “Falling” by Harry Styles.
  • Sam Dominique sings her beautiful rendition of Elvis Presly’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.

Visual Arts
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham invited artists to submit current work in a paint medium, created within the last 12 months, along with an artist’s statement.

The five finalists will receive mentorshop from by senior artist, John Abrams, virtually meet with the Director of the Varley Art Gallery, Niamh O’Laoghaire and experience a virtual studio visit with the award-winning Varley Curator, Anik Glaude.

Finalists:

  • Celeste Cameron with “Recognition” in acrylic honouring and empowering black women.
  • Phillipa Hajdu with “Steve 4” in acrylic from a series being created during this time of lockdown.
  • Linda Kalianteris Picerno with “Forced Cat Snuggles” in oil celebrating her love of brilliant light and colour.
  • Carter Tam with “Self-Reflection” in oil as part of a series reflecting the correlation between a state of mind and the past.
  • Suki Zhang – “Unlimited Space and Time” in acrylic focuses on the relationship between humans and universe and the roles each individual can play in the world.

FINALIST BIOS

Exhibit Design

Frances Yoong
There are 89 flowers here. Since the emergency order started on March 17 in Ontario, I crochet a flower for each day we stay home until now. I feel like we have to do something to remember this difficult time in 2020. My 8 year-old and 6 year-old also create a quarantine time capsule to remember this pandemic. They take turn to write down what they do or how they feel on each day, then make a star with the paper. We are going to open the stars in the future. That will be a very special experience.

Jamie Quan
Yeung Shin Lee was born in China in 1925, which makes her 95 years old this year (2020). She immigrated to Canada December of 1966 and has lived in Markham throughout her senior and elderly years. Now that she is in long-term care, she has had the opportunity to paint and explore arts and crafts. These paintings are a sample of her ever-growing collection, which she often gifts to relatives when they visit her. She has likely produced more artwork in her nineties than ever before.

Emma Zheng
4 year old Emma drew her pet Teemo. Her idea was that inside Teemo’s body were things Teemo loves, for example, Teemo loves watching others playing basketball outside. He loves his toys and collars and etc. Outside Teemo’s body are things that he doesn’t like. Teemo doesn’t like to take a bath. He doesn’t want to brush his teeth or go to training pad to pee and others. Markham is a pet friendly community and we often see people walking their dogs all around the parks and trails.

Grace Low
This is a collection of fashion studies I have done over the past year. It explores each person’s story and shows how what we choose to wear reflects ourselves and our relationship with everything around us. I submitted these pieces because through fashion we are able to bring people of all backgrounds together. These studies are based of real people and their favorite outfits. When we look at old or new photos and videos, one of the first things we notice is what people are wearing. Fashion is something we come in contact with everyday whether we are aware of it or not. It is different around the world and changes with time but it gives everyone a platform to tell their own story and connects us in a universal way.

Lesley Wootton
I am a founding member of the Markham Guild of Village Crafts, and for many years taught traditional rug-hooking for the Guild. I am a collector by nature, and among other interests enjoy travelling and collecting antiques. Therefore crafts, from here and other countries, and through the ages, coalesce in my interest in collecting unusual craft tools that people have used to create, to make their work easier and enhance their lives. My collection ranges in materials from metal to wood, silk, paper and plastic; in size; and in age from the 17th century until today.

Creative Writing

Meilun Yu

I am a 14 year old student in Markham, preparing to enter high school. I am an amateur singer/songwriter, and have been singing since 11 years old, and songwriting since 10. Writing has always been a way for me to speak. It has always been a platform on which I can deliver my feelings, my opinions, and my view on the world in an artistic way. As a young teen about to enter high school I feel that my voice and opinions are not normally heard as I am young and seem ignorant. Poetry is a way for me to get my thoughts across, and hopefully, people would listen. It is also a way for me to inspire other teens like me to share their thoughts, or to inspire others to not be held back by their age. I want my pieces to convey the creativity of youth, and to show people that we are the future.

Adam Keung
For people that don't know Markham, it is perhaps one of the most interesting cities in the world. The people, the scenery, and, most importantly, the cultural diversity are all elements of a wonderful story that I would like to write about and share with others, especially during this unprecedented time. I am very glad there is an opportunity to share the joys I have from living and working in Markham.

Libby Li
I wanted to write this story to connect with others who have grown up in Markham recently. I tried to capture the small-town feel of Unionville while adding an element of mystery.

Hannah Flores
We need to practice social distancing, but we cannot socially distance ourselves from each other's humanity. Reach out to someone you know, strike up conversations and ask your neighbours and loved ones if there is anything that you could pick up for them at the store. Everyone must think outside of themselves, as this is a frightening and unprecedented moment in time where we are all in the same boat. It is difficult to stay grounded but do not lose hope, we will get past this together. Have faith in our medical personnel and emergency response teams around the world. Practice good hygiene, stay safe and stay positive. Life is never static. Life is always in motion.

Ken Wightman
I have read and written poetry on and off for many years. At its roots, poetry is about the energy and excitement of being caught up in the music of language, and registering how life and world interact, in a way that gets the truth and zest of it. That is why I write: I want to capture in poetry what I watched and what it felt like and meant, candidly.
Each of the five poems in the suite portrays diverse perspectives of my experience of Markham. They touch on this country, this city and especially sides of nature encountered in it.

Performing Arts

Ganesh Thavarajah
When my family and I immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka in 2001, we came here looking for a better future and opportunities. Living between two cultures, figuring out how I fit into that "better future” seemed impossible, so I looked to the media to learn how to be “Canadian”. I recognized that what I did, what I spoke, and what I looked like, wasn’t what I saw on TV. Media shaped my idea of who I wanted to become, but I was no fool, I knew a chubby brown boy with an accent could never be what I saw on the big screen. So I pursued a career in business and now hold a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Ryerson University. But the world is changing, people of colour are rising up on the screen in titular roles with substance. I have never felt more seen or heard than when I am giving voice to an empowering character on stage or screen, and I want to share that voice with the world.

Rachael Huang is an award-winning Dai dancer. She is 11 years old and has been studying Chinese dance for four years. Rachael won the Platinum Award in the 2019-2020 TAOLI WORLD DANCE COMPETITION in Chicago.

Julia Cuozzo is a 15 year old dancer and actor. She attends Unionville High School and is currently in the AU Drama program. Julia has been a dancer for 12 years and has danced competitively for 6 years at Sandra Amodeo Dance Studio in the styles of jazz, tap, contemporary, acro, ballet, lyrical, open and musical theatre. She believes that there is a strong connection between acting and dance as it strengthens her performance onstage and helps tell a story. Julia has had the opportunity to perform at various competitions across Ontario and was featured in an Indie rock band’s music video. Julia self choreographed this piece because she enjoys the self expression behind creating dances.

Alex and Katharine Reyes , a father and daughter who share the same love of music. Alex is a singer, pianist and composer and Katharine is a singer and dancer.

Sam Dominique is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Markham, Ontario. This classically trained opera singer has a Bachelor’s Degree of Music with Honours in Voice Performance from Western University and is currently completing her Masters in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto. Since Sam’s artistic mission is to become a crossover artist, it comes as no surprise that one can also find her doubling as a jazz soloist in her spare time. Lover of all things R&B, rap, and jazz, Sam cherishes the moments when she can just jam on the keys. She is inspired by numerous artists including Daniel Caesar, SZA, and Lianne La Havas, and spends her time basking in the beauty of Snarky Puppy, Tom Misch, and anything from beautiful island of Jamaica. If you love chill vibes, smooth, laid-back soul, and mellow keys, then any performance of Sam Dominique’s is the performance for you!


Visual Arts

Celeste Cameron
“Recognition”, 2020, acrylic
I create art because it allows me to develop connections and to share my thoughts. After 80+ hours of work, this painting displays a dialogue between two of my favourite artists: Kehinde Wiley & Alicia Keys in order to empower and uplift black women like me.

Philippa Hajdu
"Steve 4" 2020, acrylic
These pieces are part of a series I've been working on during this time of lockdown. I do one painting over a 3-4 hour period. The model poses online via Zoom. This is a whole new way of working for me and I'm finding it is very exciting.

Linda Kalianteris Picerno
"Forced Cat Snuggles" 2020, oil
I am a portrait painter, and I love adding brilliant light and colour to my work. While I paint many things, there is something fascinating about capturing someone’s essence in oil paint. My goal is to be a full time artist, sharing my work with the world

Carter Tam
“Self Reflection”, 2020, oil
My name is Carter Tam, and these three pieces are a part of a series. This series surrounds the condition of my mind in correlation with my past regarding the context of private bathrooms.

Suki Zhang
"Unlimited Space and Time" 2020, acrylic
The art works I create mainly focus on the relationship between human and universe, and provoke discussion about roles each individual can play in the world.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:

Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.