Markham Talent Open Casting Call’s Finalists announced for a Grand Spectacle


MAC Board Chair Renu Mehta with Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci

By Rohan Rai

Markham, Ontario

Over150 performing artists in the Markham Talent Open Casting Call, presented by Green City Communities, showcased their talent in the semi-finals in the city of Markham, depicting a diverse array of actors, models, singers, dancers, and freestylers, recognized exceptional performers in both Under 16 and Over 17 age groups. The final Showcase and Award Ceremony will be held in Markham at the Flato Markham Theatre on September 20 this year.

“It is incredible that over 150 semi-finalists were chosen for these two days, a 50% increase from Season 1. Judges, I want to say thank you. You have a very tough job. I saw some of the caliber of the talent last year and this year is no exception,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Honorary Chair of the event, as he thanked Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci for producing the show.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti

“Markham Talent is delighted to announce the winners from the semi-final performances of Open Casting Call Season 2, showcasing remarkable talent across various categories,” said Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci, Executive Producer of Markham Talent Open Casting Call & Showcase. “Our premier talent search in Markham, dedicated to discovering and nurturing young and emerging artists, had a diverse array of talent and it was very difficult to select the ‘best of the best’.”

Councillor Amanda Collucci

Semi-finals took place at Xinflix Auditorium at 421 Bentley St, Unit 8, Markham on June 22-23, 2024, and an exemplary judging panel was there to review and finalize the artists who will perform at the Markham Talent Showcase in September.

“We had performing artists from all over Ontario for our thrilling Season 2 of the Markham Talent Open Casting Call. The Markham Talent event has been a staple in the community, providing a platform for young and emerging talents to shine. We are now excited to present this year’s finalists to perform and award ceremony set to take place on September 20 in Markham,” says Renu Mehta, chair of MAC.

 “In this entertainment industry, we are always looking for fresh new faces from all ethnic backgrounds and different language skills such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Hindi…etc. I am thrilled to see the wonderful diversity of talents during this semi-final, and I can see there are so many talents we can work with. This event truly represents the diversity and multiculturalism in our community,” said Sarah Shepp, Judge of Markham Talent and Casting Director.

Talents had a 5-minute time slot to show their best artistic ability for judges to see a full spectrum and range of their talent.

The excellent judging panel included Music Producer/Juno Awards Nominee Robert Laidlaw, Television/Film Dance choreographer & director Jennifer Nichols, Songwriter/Music Producer Mickey Brandolino, Talent manager Patricia Jarosz, Talent Manager and Model Agent Cynthia Cully, Television/Film Casting Director Colleen Rush, Casting Director Sarah Sheps, Youth Judges Anthony Collucci and Canada’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist Maya Gamzu

The list of Finalists is as follows:


Group A – Age 16 and Under
Amy Yang
Rosalina Yu
Jayme Dwyer
Christine Liang  
Group B – Age 17 and Above
Noamane El Fech
Andreas Knelsen



Group A – Age 16 and Under
Mia Du Carmen
Ellena Li
Rishana Senthan
Zata Barchuk
Bella Guidotti – Life of Exile
Rachel Tao  
Group B – Age 17 and above
Noamane El Fech
Allyson Whitmell
Neha Dubey
Quang Phu Nguyen
Lia Dogadin
Shay Lee  

Actor and Freestyle

Group A – Age 16 and Under
Eleanor Jin
Serena Wang
Rishana Senthan
Jaydn Sloane Blumfald
Amy Yang
John Volfson
Group B – Age 17 and Above
Masha Dray
A.J. Spatola
Edgar Allan Della Cruz
Ghazal Faridihaftkhani
Kenzy Le Bolloch

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