First Ever 2023 Markham Talent Open Casting Call Launched for Artists in York Region

Asha Bajaj
4 min readMar 10, 2023
Image: (L-R) CJ, Deborah Rioux, Patricia Jarosz (Head Judge Markham Talent), Councillor Amanda Collucci, Robert Laidlaw (Judge) and Stefan Palicki

Open to all performing artists who Live, Work or Study in York Region

MARKHAM, March 9, 2023: Markham Talent (, in partnership with the Markham Arts Council ( is calling on all musicians, dancers, actors, models and entertainers to realize their potential and submit their art to compete in the 2023 Markham Talent Open Casting Call for York Region.

The competition is open to all artists working, studying and/or living in York region.

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 as Honorary Chair.

“I fully support initiatives like York Region’s Got Talent that showcases our amazing local talent and builds on the vibrancy of our city” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti

“There has been a series of news regarding Ryan Reynolds as part of a group who will be building a world class movie studio in Markham, “says Councilor Amanda Collucci. “There is certainly an appetite for the entertainment industry to set foot in York Region. This event with many accomplished professionals currently working in the industry as judge panel will help grow our local talents in York region. We will put the City of Markham as the leading municipality to promote the Entertainment industry in York Region.”

Councilor Collucci is focused on her goal to host this event on an annual basis and make it one of Markham’s signature events for promoting the entertainment industry in the city.

The impressive array of judges includes Juno Award Board Member — Aideen O Brien; Casting Director Brian Levy, Producer / Dance Choreographer /Casting Director of The Next Step — Amy Wright; Singer-Songwriter / Juno Awards Nominee Robert Laidlaw; Talent manager Patricia Jarosz; Model Agent / Manager Cynthia Cully; Dean, York University, School of Arts, Media, Production and Design, Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng and…



Asha Bajaj

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