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Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019

Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

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Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019
Markham Performing Arts 2019 winners, staff and artists

The Flato Markham Theatre recently hosted its 5th Annual Performing Arts Awards, with celebrations honouring homegrown artistic achievements. Special performances included a three-time Provincial champion in piano, Richard Yeh, musical excerpts from the best of Broadway from Markham producer Brian Goldenberg and a special guest appearance by award-winning recording artist, Pavlo.

But the spotlight shone on the real stars of the evening: Community Group/Artist of the Year, Markham at the Movies; Professional Artist of the Year, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen; Partner of the Year, Asian Television Network; and a new category this year, Ambassador of the Year, Alicia and Alex Chiu.

Markham at the Movies (MATM), chaired by Paul Sylvester, is a non-profit group, run by volunteers and film enthusiasts who focus on bringing award-winning Canadian and international films to Markham’s resident’s doorstep. Markham at the Movies is a partner of Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) group. It started at a small scale, presenting movies in the Theatre’s rehearsal hall and has grown into a popular community cultural event, now presenting a six-movie series throughout the year at the Flato Markham Theatre.

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Left to right, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Shakir Rahmatullah and Eric Lariviere

Ballet Jörgenis not only an internationally respected touring ballet company, but it is also one of the only companies that will take professional ballet productions to smaller communities across Canada and into the US. Executive Director Stephen Word and his team brings outreach opportunities within those communities, giving young dancers opportunities to perform with the ballet onstage.

Asian Television Network (ATN) delivers South Asian and Asian content to residents across Canada. Shan Chandrasekar, president and CEO of ATN, pioneered South Asian programming in Canada in 1971 and ATN has grown into one of the leaders in the media industry today, operating 54 specialty tv channels along with radio channels across the country.

Alicia and Alex Chiu have been long time supporters of the Flato Markham Theatre. Alex left politics this last election and holds the current record for the longest serving councillor in Markham. For the Theatre, Alex has been instrumental for the growth of the Theatre Gala which raises money for its Discovery programs and has championed raising the profile of the event, making it into a prime fundraising event for culture in Markham and York Region. Alicia and Alex have been involved in the Federation of Filipino Canadians, including their “Taste of Broadway” event.

Every year the Flato Markham Theatre chooses a Canadian artist to design the Markham Performing Arts Awards. This year’s talented artist is Cathy Mark. Working from her studio on the north shore of Lake Scugog, her metalwork is inspired by Canadian flora and fauna. The award she created for Community Group/Artist of the Year for Markham at the Movies is a metal sculpture of young fiddleheads and ferns representing the audience (fiddleheads) with the full-grown ferns representing the films themselves. The Performing Artist of the Year award for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, depicts a moose teaching a bear to dance, symbolizing the ballet company (moose) offering its hand to and guiding the young bear who represents the young dancers the company mentors and their involvement in the community.

Flato Markham Theatre is a jewel in the crown of the Markham community, located only 30 minutes from the downtown core. The intimate, 527-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility provides patrons with unforgettable access to a host of internationally acclaimed artists and productions through its annual Diamond Season presented by Weins Canada. Illuminating the central theme that the live arts in Markham matters, the season features the best of classical, jazz, world music, dance, comedy, pop artists, and family entertainment. Flexible ticket package options and complimentary parking are available.





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Product Showcase: Home Furnishings

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by Rise Levy


Handmade in India from natural fibres, these pouf ottomans instantly add a splash of rustic texture and colour to your space. Poufs are perfect for use as a footrest; just kick up your feet and relax. Alternatively, you can use poufs as side tables by simply placing a tray on top of them. Best of all, you can use them as extra seating when guests come over.




Hide House provides a truly unique shopping experience! There is a large selection of fine leather furniture and unrivalled selection of luxurious leather, suede, wool, down and shearling fashions and accessories in their restored brick-and-beam building.




The ultimate in luxurious comfort, Flato’s faux mink fur throw is as cosy as it is beautiful. Whether it be draped over your sofa or bed, this throw will add warmth and elegance to any space — available in a wide range of colours, to coordinate with any colour palette!




Made from three-inch thick pine on steelpipe legging by Canadian artist, Matthew Young, this entryway table boasts rich lines and character while bringing art and function to any home. Using domestic and imported woods, Young’s work is on display in Canadian art galleries.




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Editor's Choice: Flato Developments

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Editor’s Choice: Flato Developments

Palgrave Estates is an exclusive luxury estate community

Rolling hills, natural greenspace and opulence beyond compare. Presenting Palgrave Estates, a painstakingly crafted collection of luxury estates homes with timeless designs and superb quality construction, just north of the Town of Caledon.

Take advantage of premium estate living, set amidst an untouched and highly sought-after landscape. Palgrave Estates gives homebuyers the luxury and location they’ve grown accustomed to with the attention to detail they demand from a luxury homebuilder.

Located at Mount Pleasant Road and Hunsden Side Road, this upcoming estate community is conveniently located in proximity to unique shopping experiences, from the local farmers’ markets to treasures like antique shops, jewellers, clothing or culture – Caledon truly has it all.

With a rich history of equine excellence, unparalleled golf courses and some of Ontario’s most sought-after mountain bike trails, Caledon is more than just a luxury, it’s a lifetime of making memories.

Residents can bask in the art and culture scene Caledon has to offer. Whether it’s the Headwaters Art Festival, Alton Mills Art Centre or live theatre, Palgrave Estates gives you the life experiences you crave but also the privacy you require.

This exclusive estate community is more than just rolling hills, impeccable greenspace and unsurpassed luxury. It features palatial residences on unheard of estate lots ranging from two to eight acres, featuring homes ranging from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet. These luxury estate homes offer a fresh new look, rooms without boundaries and flexible spaces with more function.

Every Palgrave Estates home includes exceptional details including, rich exteriors such as stone, stucco and brick, soaring 10-foot ceilings on the main floor and nine-foot ceilings on the upper level. Elegant gourmet kitchens, hardwood throughout the home and a long list of luxurious features that come standard. With homes starting from $1.99 million, a Palgrave Estates home is simply worth more.

Award-winning builder, Flato Developments Inc. treats every home with the care and attention that luxury requires. They continue to set standards and ensure incredible quality and service to each and every homebuyer.

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Go online to register and get more information on the new release of estate homes.



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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

Flato Developments’ president has perfected the art of the condo.

Everybody has a story to tell — some are pretty interesting — and Shakir Rehmatullah has one that spans three countries and two continents, and all before he was 20.

In 1996, Rehmatullah came to Canada with his parents from their home in Karachi, Pakistan, where both his father and grandfather were in the building industry.

As soon as the family landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport, the family drove to Markham and checked into a hotel, which, incidentally, is right beside Flato’s new head office.

The senior Rehmatullah then rented a car and started looking for property he could buy and found a piece of land.

Rehmatullah was studying architectural engineering at the University of Miami before his family relocated to Canada, which is why he named his company Flato — Fla is the abbreviation for Florida and TO is for Toronto.

The energetic father of four has a passion other than building — the arts. It’s why Flato is the naming sponsor for the Markham Theatre and why Rehmatullah is a patron of the theatre. He also sponsors Markham’s Varley Art Gallery, named for Group of Seven painter Frederick Varley, and helps young artists market their work through The Original Artwork Collection at his home decor website, FlatoHome.com.

“I love the arts,” Rehmatullah says. “It’s important to me to support the communities where we build — whether it be sponsoring their community theatre, art galleries, or recreation centres. It’s not just about building houses; it’s about building communities.”

Q: What separates Flato from other homebuilders?

A: My passion and the pride I have in what I build. I learned from my father and grandfather that building homes isn’t just about creating shelter, but about creating vibrant communities. I live in the community I built because it’s important to me and I have nothing to hide. I have a long-term commitment to each project I build. I work in the community for the same reason.

Every community needs schools, parks, theatres, arenas, libraries, hospitals, art galleries … we all need them. To help create those amenities, and to support those amenities, is going above and beyond what is required. I don’t want to leave a ditch behind when I finish building. I’ll turn that ditch into a park.

I’m also really blessed to have a really great team working with me who shares my vision.

Q:You are a lowrise homebuilder that recently took on a condominium project, ArtHouse.

A: We have built many lowrise communities acorss the GTA; in Vaughan, Mississauga, Oakville, Markham, Richmond Hill and Brampton. And yes, our first condo, ArtHouse in Markham, a 14-storey building with 173 units, which has been completed. The project is completely inspired by the arts, right down to the amenities, which includes an artist’s studio, gallery space, a digital arts centre and a culinary arts studio. It’s also built to LEED Silver requirements and will include retail at grade.

Q:What’s on the drawing board?

A: I’m really excited about our upcoming communities. In Dundalk, we’ve got Phase 3 of Edgewood Greens about to be released. It’s a master-planned community of fully detached homes, ranging in size from about 1,800 to over 3,000 square feet. And in New Tecumseth — Beeton actually — we’re in the planning stages for another master-planned community.

I’m finding that we can build high-quality homes outside the GTA and offer a more affordable price point. Beeton is right off Highway 400 and just a short drive to Alliston and Barrie, making the commute into the GTA fairly easy. But I’m really hoping the government will do more to promote public transit, which would make it so much easier for people to move around and find affordable housing outside of the GTA.

We’ll soon be releasing our final phase of Alloa Greens in Brampton. And another upcoming community we have is Palgrave Estates, a luxury estate home community in Caledon, situated on one- to seven-acre lots.

Q: Do you have someone you would consider a mentor?

A: My father, absolutely; I learned a lot from him while he was a builder in Pakistan and after we moved to Canada.

Q:What makes you proud?

A: My kids. I have four children — aged 11, 9, 5 and 2 — and I love to spend time with them. I take them to school every day and we really enjoy each other.

I’m also very proud of my team here at Flato. It sounds cliché, but we really are a family. What we do is what we believe.

Q: Flato has a reputation for giving back to the community. Why is that important to you?

A: What I do is not about the money for me. It’s personal satisfaction. It gives me pleasure to give from my heart. I want Flato to be more than just the homes we build.

Q:What do you do for fun?

A: I love to spend time with my kids. But, of course, having lived in Miami, I enjoy golf. I used to be quite good but don’t have the time anymore, so when I do play, I really enjoy it.


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