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April 2018

Great events in the GTA and Durham Region in April

Please confirm dates before booking
* by performances means matinees

You may find more information on events if you go to our facebook page and look in the EVENTS section!

Early BirdApril 2019 Early Bird Listings

January 20 – November 20, 2019 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACThe Loft Gallery Commission: Ron Benner
Ron Benner is an internationally recognized, London (ON) based artist who has been producing mixed media/photographic installations, which visually investigate the history and political economy of food cultures for over four decades. For its very first iteration of annual commissions, the VAC has invited Ron Benner to create a yearlong site-specific installation that responds to the gallery and its unique space.
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3K8 (Hwy 401 to Liberty Street, Liberty to Baseline, E to Simpson, N to Soper Creek Park)
Opening hours: Tues / Wed / Thurs 10 - 9pm, Fri-Sun, 10 - 4pm.
E: communications@vac.ca
W: www.vac.ca

10 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAGuest Speaker: Ian Bodnaryk
All starting at 7 pm – 2nd Wed. of every month except July.
Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa

Whitby Courthouse TheatreApr 11, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 ~ Whitby Courthouse Theatre

Murder in the First is an adaptation of the 1995 major motion picture of the same title.
In 1941, Alcatraz prisoner Willie Moore stands trial for the violent murder of a fellow inmate. In what at first appears to be an open-and-shut case, a bold young lawyer intervenes with the claim that Moore cannot be held responsible for his actions due to the brutality visited upon him during three years of solitary confinement.
Inspired by an actual event, Murder in the First is a gripping courtroom drama that exposes an undercurrent of injustice and hypocrisy throughout the federal justice system.
Whitby Courthouse Theatre
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

April 18, 2019 ~ OAA

OAA51st OAA Juried Art Exhibition
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z3

April 26 to 28, 2019 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAA6th Spring Art Festival
10 am to 5 pm all 3 days
Camp Samac Oshawa, inside Council Hall building
Enter at Conlin Rd. Gate, 275 Conlin Rd. E., Oshawa L1H 7K5
Free event – hourly draw for prizes 70 artists in all mediums
Lunch counter available
Further info – Anne – 905-435-0575

April 27 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisMusic by the Bay Live presents Alastair Greene
Alaistair Greene, former guitarist for Alan Parsons, has a combination of blues, southern rock and jam band sensibilities that have been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
78 Church Street South, Ajax
905.619.2529 x 2787



to April 8 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC)

VAC Look Out / Look In - Works by Fiona Crangle

Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville

to April 28 ~ The Latcham Gallery

Latcham2018 Annual Juried Exhibition
6240 Main Street, Stouffville.



PRACAGM ~ Arts in Harmony
7:00 pm
• Silent auction
• Members' Art show
• Special performers
• Artful Draw ~ Gary Faulkner
• Guest Performers: Frances Townend and Kevin Dashney
• Refreshments & free parking
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Great company, meet old and new friends
Ontario Power Generation Information Centre
1675 Montgomery Park Road, Pickering, L1V 2R5

4 ~ A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtSpeaker’s Series
Wednesday at 10:30am – 11:30am
Patricia Lowe, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
“The Four Seasons”
187 King St. E, Newcastle 905 987 2264

4 ~ Markham Group of Artists

Markham Group of ArtistsMonthly Meeting – 10:00 am
Markham Village Library
6031 Ontario 7, Markham


to March 8, 2018 ~ Pickering Rotary Music Festival

Pickering Rotary Music FestivalOpening Ceremonies
Saturday February 24th, 2018
Stars of the Festival
Saturday April 7th 2018
The Festival is taking place at NEW LOCATION
St. George's Anglican Church, 77 Randall Drive, Pickering Village, Ajax

8 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Music for the Masses – 3:00 pm
College Park Church, Oshawa

8 ~ Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

GeorginaWOMAN, the Artists from 3 to 6 pm
Amazing PowrPoint presentation on women artists (many of them Canadian!). Live music! Successful women speakers! Delicious hors d'oeuvres! Cash bar! Silent auction! And more!!!
149 High Street, Sutton West
905-722-9587 | http://gacag.com

10 ~ Palette of Friends

Monthly Meeting – 10:00 am
Ajax Village Community Centre
22 Sherwood Rd., W., Ajax

10 to 22 ~ Port Hope Festival Theatre

Jonas & Barry in the Home–7:30 pm
(Mat. Apr. 10 & 22)
Cameco Capitol Arts Centre
20 Queen St., Port Hope
capitoltheatre.com 1-800-434-5092

10 ~ Pick. Twp. Historical Soc.

PTHSMonthly Meeting–7:30 pm
Guest Speaker Cordelia Karpenko
Pickering Central Library
One The Esplanade S., Pickering



11 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – 1:00 pm
Greenwood Rec.Bldg. 905-649-5550

11 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMonthly Meeting – 7:00 pm
Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa


12 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk FACEBOOK EVENT
thursday, April 19 at 7pm
Never has the intersection of art and film been as pronounced as today. Join SG Curator, Olex Wlasenko, for an encore performance in an ever-expanding series exploring visual art and cinema. Wlasenko addresses the influence of moving images on still imagery and vice versa…
$5 donation is appreciated.

1450 Henry Street, Whitby
905-668-4185 | art@stationgallery.ca

14 ~ Music4Life Ensemble

Strings on the Red Carpet ~ 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Don't miss a spectacular afternoon of your favourite songs from the Oscars and Emmys with special guest performer Saj McKenley! Partial proceeds going to support Distress Centre Durham www.distresscentredurham.com.
Forest Brook Community Church
60 Kearney Dr. Ajax

Doors Open at 2:00 pm. Show time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Refreshments and Silent Auction to follow. To learn more about the show or to purchase tickets please visit www.music4lifeensemble.ca/tickets.

12 ~ Stuart Blower

Stuart Blower of Stone Devil Studio is pleased and proud to be included in Ontario Society of Artists new member list for 2018. The OSA is the oldest Art's Organization in Ontario and is just a few short years away from it's "150 Year Anniversary". Please "Save The Date" April 12/18 and plan to join OSA's Oppening Reception for our 145th Annual Open Juried Exhibition at John B AirdGallery, 900, Bay St. Toronto

14 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisThe Dreamboats – 7 pm
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787 FACEBOOK EVENT

18 ~ Pickering Public Library

Pickering Public Library’s new Maker Space is a place for the community to collaborate and bring ideas to life.Create a podcast or record your music in the new sound booth
Design a 3D object and print it
Design and sew your prom dress
Create wood and plastic projects using our Carvey
Print oversized photos and posters
And more!
One The Esplanade, Pickering


Artist Application (Print Version) - please complete in full. 
Artfest Rules
Scanned copies can be emailed to events@pickering.ca or mailed to: Pickering Civic Complex,
c/o Coordinator Community Partnerships
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON L1V 6K7

19 to 28 ~ Ajax Community Theatre

St. FrancisCalendar Girls– 8 pm
(Apr. 22 Matinee)
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax
stfranciscentre.ca 905-619-2529

19 to May 6 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAOshawa Art Association 50th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Opening Reception and Awards
Thursday, April 19, 2018 7-9 pm

to be held at the Robert McLaughlin gallery, 72 Queen Street, Oshawa FACEBOOK EVENT
Info – Joan Moss – jmoaajuriedshow@yahoo.com

20 ~ gALLERY 67

An Abstract Thought 7-9 PM FACEBOOK EVENT
Gallery 67 will embrace Abstract Art! With an emphasis on communication through the visual language of colour, shape, line and form, Abstract art has been offering an alternative take on artistic practice since the 19th century. Abstract art can take influence from cubism, fauvism, dadism, futurism and even suprematism. Forget your misconceptions of this visual style and embrace the abstract.


20 21, 22 ~ Cobourg Art Club

64th Spring Art Show – 10 am
Opening Reception: Apr. 19 at 5 pm
Cobourg Public Library
200 Ontario St., Cobourg

21 & 22 ~ Durham West Studio Tour

dwacSpring Studio Tour – 10:00 am
N. F. Tomlinson Comm. Centre
4941 Old Brock Rd., Claremont
dwac.ca 905-420-2667

22 & 23 ~ Backwoods Players

Backwoods PlayersAuditions for Wolf’s Tale on June 10
Apr. 22 from 2 to 4 pm
Apr. 23 from 7 to 9 pm
Pickering Museum Village
Hwy 7, Greenwood

22 - May 20 ~ Visual Arts Centre Clarington

VACReception: Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2 - 4 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2 - 4 PM
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is pleased to present Utopia! Who’s Listening Now an exhibition by artist, Anne O’Callaghan.
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville


from 1 to 3 pm
McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax

24 to May 29 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryPaint Like Mozart

Experience a new,unique approach to painting which combines colour and sound to produce well-balanced and blended works while learning the technical skills of painting in an interactive,supportive environment. Learn about such aspects as drawing, design,composition, materials and tools manipulation as well as relevant historical and marketing knowledge. Some materials required.
1450 Henry Street, Whitby
905-668-4185 | art@stationgallery.ca

25 ~ Markham Group of Artists

Markham Group of ArtistsMGA Workshop: Portraiture with Joan Holben 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Learn the art of portrait painting from renown, world class artist, Joan Holben. This class is about using a colour undercoat and how not to paint everything. You will let some of the undercoat remain visible and go home with a painting you will be proud of. You can use acrylic or oil.
Arena Boardroom in Markham Village Community Centre FACEBOOK EVENT

27 to 29 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAA5th Spring Art Festival
Camp Samac Oshawa, inside Council Hall building
Enter at Conlin Rd. Gate, 275 Conlin Rd. E., Oshawa L1H 7K5
Free event – hourly draw for prizes
70 artists in all mediums | Lunch counter available
Info – Anne – 905-435-0575

27 ~ The Rotary Club of Pickering

70s Gala Fundraiser
Friday, April 27, at 7 pm at Deer Creek, in Ajax.
Please spread the word. We would love for as many people to attend to support the Rotary Club of Pickering, and help us raise funds to give back to all of you as well as other organizations.
Tickets are available www.pickeringrotary.ca
In addition, there are opportunities for sponsorship of the event on the website. FACEBOOK EVENT

28 & 28 ~ County Town Singers

County Town SingersThe British Invasion, songs from England, Scotland and Ireland.
Trinity Pentecostal Church
900 King St East
Friday April 27th 8:00 pm
Saturday April 28th 2:00 pm
Tickets available on line at www.countytownsingers.com

29 ~ Durham Community Choir

DCCUnder the direction of John-Charles Coolen, Durham Community Choir will be performing a compilation of Disney Repertoire from classics such as Snow White and Mary Poppins to modern classics such as Lion King, Little Mermaid and Aladdin. The concert will be held Apr. 29, 2018 at Kingsview United Church, 505 Adelaide Ave E., Oshawa @ 3:00 p.m. In additional to Choir performance there will be soloists and ensembles performing additional Disney classics. This will be a great show. Tickets may be purchase on line by visiting our website: www.durhamcommunitychoir.on.ca . For additional concert information please call Jennifer @ 905-550-1804. Visit us on Facebook as well!


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speaker's series AND art TALKS

Please check our members' websites and PRAC's facebook event listings.

A Gift of Art | Station Gallery

ArtScene deadlines HERE

Art in Public PlacesOPG Info Centre, Pickering

  • Nov. & Dec.2018 – David Reid
    Jan. & Feb. – Nesrin Blair

McLean Community Centre, Ajax

Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 – Allan’s Artists
Feb. 11 to Mar. 18 – TBC
Mar. 18 to Apr. 22 – Allan O’Marra
Apr 22 to May 26 – Juried Photography Exhibition

ArtfestRegistration details soon on-line for Artfest 2019
and start looking for signage for your outdoor art show tents.


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