MARKHAM, April 12, 2023: Due to popular interest, the first ever Markham Talent Open
Casting Call is now accepting auditions from performing artists from all cities in Ontario. The
contest is inviting all musicians, singers, dancers, actors, comedians, models and entertainers
to realize their potential and submit their art. The deadline for audition submission of 60 second
performance tapes is May 1, 2023 at 5 pm.
Competitions will be held in two categories: Age 16 & Under and Age 17 & Over. The semifinals and finals will be held Live in the City of Markham on May 12-13, 2023.
This event is co-chaired by Markham Ward 6 Councilor Amanda Yeung Collucci, Markham Arts
Council Chair Stephen Chait and Markham Arts Council Executive Director Shruti Ganapathy.
City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti is the Honorary Chair for this event.
“This event is a great way for talent to connect with industry experts. I fully support
opportunities that showcase the wonderful vibrancy of Markham,” says Mayor Scarpitti. “If you
have talent, you don’t want to miss this great opportunity. Markham Talent will also be invited
for a segment on stage at the City’s Canada Day celebrations this year that usually attracts an
audience of 20,000–30,000 people. Make sure to register! Go to www.markhamtalent.ca and
BE DISCOVERED! “
“We are not looking for professional productions,” says Councillor Collucci. “We want to hear
your voice; we want to see you perform. We encourage you to shoot your 60 second
submissions with your phone to present your originality and creativity. The deadline is
approaching fast. Submit your application today! Don’t miss out on such a great opportunity to
be in front of a renowned judging panel, a chance to be signed by talent agencies and winning
The impressive array of judges includes Juno Award Board Member – Aideen O Brien;
Brian Levy, Casting Director; Amy Wright, Producer / Dance Choreographer /Casting Director of
The Next Step; Robert Laidlaw, Singer-Songwriter / Juno Awards Nominee; Patricia Jarosz,
Talent manager; Cynthia Cully, Model Agent / Manager; Jessica Gregory, Toronto’s Top
Runway Coach; Lucas Nguyen, Actor / Singer; Samantha Aucoin, actress; David Chester,
owner of Chalet Studio; and Sarah Bay-Cheng, Dean, York University, School of Arts, Media,
Production and Design (AMPD)
“You can be of any ethnic origin,” says Stephen Chait, chair of the Markham Arts Council. “We
are looking for diversity. We are looking for originality and the submission can be in any
language including Chinese, Hindi, French or Punjabi or other. If this is your dream, apply now
Focused on her mandate to host this event on an annual basis, Councillor Collucci wants to
build this as one of Markham’s signature events to promote the entertainment industry in the
Tickets to view the semi-finals and finals are $25 and all proceeds will help Markham Arts
Council drive economic growth in arts, culture, and tourism sectors within the City of Markham.
The Markham Talent Open Casting Call is open to all singers, musicians, dancers,
actors, comedians, models and other entertainers and performing artists
Organizers and judges are looking for diversity and originality. You can be of any ethnic
origin. Submissions can be in any language- Chinese, Hindi, French, Punjabi or other.
Our judging panel is not looking for professional productions. Shoot your video with your
cell phone. The judges want to hear your voice, see you perform and see your potential.
People who are applying in the model category can submit a link to your photo or video.
If you are a photographer, you can apply and make your submission under Category –
Other Performers. You can showcase your photographs, add some music, tell a
monologue or a story about these.
We encourage people with disabilities to apply.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 1, 2023, at 5pm EST.
Got Questions? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
www.markhamtalent.ca/Q&A for details.
To register for the Markham Talent 2023 Open Casting Call:
● Complete the online form at markhamtalent.ca, and then submit a link to a YouTube
video of your proposed act. Video submissions should be no longer than 60 seconds
in length (Full Details and Rules listed on the website)
● A non-refundable competition Registration is $50 per registrant – includes 2 free
tickets to both semifinals and finals shows.
● If this is your dream, apply now at www.markhamtalent.ca
About Markham Talent (www.markhamtalent.ca)
Lead by Councilor Collucci, Markham Talent 2023 Open Casting Call is an event to
promote performing arts and entertainment industry in the City of Markham
Organized by Markham Arts Council and Markham Ward 6 Councilor’s office, this
exciting event is co-chaired by Markham Ward 6 Councilor, Amanda Yeung Collucci,
Markham Arts Council’s Board Chair, Stephen Chait and Markham Arts Council’s
Executive Director, Shruti Ganapathy
All proceeds from the event will go towards Markham Arts Council’s mission to continue
to support and promote local Markham artists on a global scale.
About Markham Arts Council (www.markhamartscouncil.com)
● Markham Arts Council is a registered, nonprofit, and charitable organization, first
established in 2004 with a focus on connecting local artists and promoting the various
diverse forms of art in Markham. It was founded to help the local under-served artists
and arts organizations to come together, network, share their resources and grow.
● Over the past 16 years, the Arts Council has played a leadership role in the
community, providing quality programming and services.
Media Contact, Interviews and RSVP:
Renu Mehta, Media Consultant, Imagebuilderz
Tel: 416-708-2537 / Email: email@example.com
Executive Assistant to Councilor Amanda Yeung Collucci
905-305-5990/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quotes from judges
I’m super excited to be the principal Judge at this year’s Markham Talent 2023 Open Casting
Call – York regions got talent contest. The level of musical talent I’ve witnessed in the last 10
years is remarkable, young and old singers ,writers and bands have access to the tools to
develop their skills.
Music has never never been so vital and exciting ..the sky is the limit .
I’m confident we are going to witness the future stars emerging before our eyes this year 🙏🎵
2023 York regions Got talent contest 🙂
–Rob Laidlaw JUNO nominated songwriter of the year and award winning Producer
Every audition video received will be viewed by our judging panel. You will have a chance to let your
– Patricia Jarosz, Talent Manager / Agent BOOKITTALENT
Markham is a growing thriving city filled with young talent. I am excited to see everything that emerging
artists have to offer.
– Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng, Dean of Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and
Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies.