Flato Markham Theatre

Flato Markham Theatre rivals its city cousins as one of Ontario’s finest theatre houses. Located in the heart of Markham, the theatre is less than half an hour from the centre of Toronto. It is the home of live theatre, concerts, and performing arts for Markham and the Greater Toronto Area. Known for its easily visible stage and possibly the most comfortable seats in all of Canada, the Flato Markham Theatre presents an inspiring combination of live performances and interactive workshops for the local community. Every year, the theatre carefully selects a range of shows of the highest calibre that also represent the community’s diversity. From international artists to homegrown talent, the Flato Markham Theatre is a hub for Ontario’s performing arts.  

To learn more about the upcoming season at Flato Markham Theatre, visit their official website. You can also learn more about their educational camps and programs. 

More about Flato Markham Theatre

Flato Markham Theatre is located within the Markham Civic Centre at 171 Town Centre Blvd and is surrounded by green space and parkland. During winter the reflecting pond is transformed into a large outdoor public skating rink. Bookings are essential due to the popularity of this beloved (free) local past-time. For more outdoor activity, head down the road to Unionville and enjoy a relaxing walk around Toogood Pond. The surrounding park features a lush native landscape and plenty of space to relax in the fresh air. 

Flato Markham Theatre is a spectacular arts complex run by the public for the public. From humble beginnings with local and school-based productions in 1985, the theatre has grown into a premier performing arts venue with strong connections to its community. The theatre is operated by the city of Markham and attracts artists worldwide as well as homegrown talent. With a variety of over 300 performances, the entertainment flows for every season and genre.  

The arts complex also serves as a venue for community workshops and presentations. Swing by Flato Markham Theatre for anything from jazz master class to A Cappella workshops or Powwow Dance classes with traditional Indigenous and contemporary movements. All of the programs offered reflect the rich cultural diversity in Markham.  

If you are looking to add dinner to your show, there are two excellent clusters of dining options nearby. Across Highway 7 to the south is the popular St. Louis Bar & Grill, along with Miss Lin Cafe, OneZo Tapioca, and The Dessert Kitchen, perfect for a sweet end to your night. To the east over Warden Avenue is a collection of sit-down restaurants to whet your appetite. King Edward’s Arms is a local go-to for good food and a great atmosphere in a traditional English Pub. There is also Casa Victoria Fine Dining

Just down the road, the community of Unionville also has a vibrant arts scene. Fans of Canada’s famous ‘Group of Seven’ artists will appreciate the extensive collection at Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery, located on Main Street in Unionville. The theme extends across the road at the Salem-Eckhardt House, home of Mrs. Kathleen Gormely McKay, a supporter and dear friend of Mr. Varley. Like the Flato Markham Theatre, the Art Gallery is operated by the City of Markham and actively supports the Markham Arts community.  

Culture and arts flow in Markham, with the peak of performance found at the Flato Markham Theatre. Dive right in and make a night of it.

Last updated: August 18, 2023

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