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December 2017

Great things to do in the GTA and Region of Durham in December

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* by performances means matinees

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Early BirdDecember 2018 Early Bird Listings

Dec.1 ~ Westben

WestbenThe Little Drummer
3 PM - 4:20 PM
#6698 County Road 30 North, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

to Dec 2, 2018 ~ Mirage a Trois (Visions of Three)

An exhibition of watercolours, oils and acrylics by:
Hal Bilz, Valerie Russell and Machiel Scholte
Opening Reception Saturday December 1st 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
McKay Art Centre
197 Main Street
Unionville ON, L3R 2G8

to Dec. 3 ~ Georgina Arts Centre @ Gallery

Artists Paul Harpley and Janet Harpley-Aco
149 High Street, Sutton, L0E 1S0

Dec. 1 to 31 ~ Galerie Q

Galerie QJuan's Cristobal - Natif du Chili repatrié au Canada (baie St-Paul); From Chile to Baie St- Paul
A Solo exhibition that traces artist Cristobal's lineage from Chile to Québec. How has this influenced his painterly style?
Impressions d'hiver, Impressions of Winter
1521 County Road 10 Cavan, Ontario L0A 1C0
705-944-8888 |

1 & 2 ~ Onstage Productions

Onstage ProductionsSounds of Christmas 2018
Celebrating the wonderful gift of Christmas in music and song!
With full orchestra, choir and soloists!
Saturday December 1st @ 8:00 pm
Sunday December 2nd @ 2:30 pm
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, ON L3R 8G5


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd., Rm. 2
Pickering L1V 3Y7

7 & 8 ~ County Town Singers

County Town SingersChristmas show for this season.
Friday Dec. 7th @ 8:00
Saturday Dec. 8th @ 2:00
At the Trinity Pentecostal Church, 900 King St. E, Oshawa L1H 1H2.
We are in our 51st year of operation and are welcoming a new director (Nancy Davidson) this season.

to December 8 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreRosalie Favell
October 20 – December 8, 2018
Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage. She uses photography and portraiture to address issues of identity and representation. This exhibition continues Latcham Art Centre’s ongoing commitment to provide a public venue to showcase artwork by Indigenous artists and is generously sponsored by The University of Ontario Institute of Technology
The Latcham Gallery | 6240 Main Street | Stouffville, Ontario Canada L4A 1E2
905 640 8954

9 to Jan 21 ~ Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

December 9, 2018 to January 21, 2019
Opening Reception:
SUNDAY, Dec. 9 from 1pm to 3 pm
149 High St. Box 1455
Sutton , ON. L0E 1R0
905-722-9587 |

Dec. 9 ~ Durham Chamber Orchestra

Durham Chamber OrchestraThe orchestra will be opening its 22nd season, with
“The Sounds of Christmas”,
on Sunday, Dece. 9th at 3 pm.
This popular annual family concert will be sure to put you into that “holiday spirit”. Enjoy the beautiful harmony of the Durham Girls' Choir with “Hansel & Gretel's Evening Prayer” plus Vivaldi's “Gloria”, the ballerinas from the Taylor Dance Centre, who will dance to various Nutcracker numbers, and last but certainly not least, the orchestra's very own Andrea George on the trumpet with the last movement of the intricate/joyful Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Don't miss this wonderful concert ......a great crowd pleaser for both young and old.
Forest Brook community Church
60 Kearney Drive, Ajax

12 ~ Oshawa Arts Assoc.

OAAChristmas Party 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
Arts Resource Centre
45 Queen Street, Oshawa

Dec. 13 to Jan. 5, 2019 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreIMAGES 2018/2019
December 13, 2018 - January 5, 2019, Opening reception Thursday, December 13 from 7pm - 9pm
An exhibition of inspired and thought-provoking artwork by the grade 12 students from Stouffville District Secondary School. Students work with the Curator throughout the fall semester to learn about the curatorial process and carry out their very own exhibition. Don’t miss your chance to see what these young artists have to offer!
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. T: 905 640 8954
Admission: FREE.

December 15 ~ Espressivo Singers

Espressivo Singerswith John-Charles Coolen, director, presents: Christmas Gifts
Espressivo Singers unwraps a kaleidoscope of modern, traditional, multicultural and jazzy seasonal choral treasures.
Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
Westminster United Church
1850 Rossland Rd E, Whitby
Tickets: Adult $25 Child 12 and under $15.
For info or tickets, please call (289) 312-0488 or visit

to December 28, 2018 ~ VAC

VACAncillary Exhibitions at Clarington Town Hall:
Main Gallery and Artist’s Showcase
Jo-Ann Jordan - Selected artworks
Municipality of Clarington
Administrative Centre
40 Temperance St. Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3A6



to Dec. 9 ~ Latcham Gallery

LatchamTravis Shilling, Customs: what you take and what you leave
Opening reception
Thursday, November 2, 7 to 9 pm
Travis Shilling’s paintings are inspired in equal parts by the world around him and the re-imagining of this world, where animals, spirit figures and the landscape take centre stage. For his solo exhibition at the Latcham Gallery, Shilling continues to explore ideas around adaptation and survival in both the natural and built environment. His practice is personal and instinctive, telling stories that not only reflect his experience of the landscape, but ruminate on the enduring spirit of the natural world and our place in it.
6240 Main Street, Stouffville | 905.640.8954

to Dec. 10 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryOpening Reception Ingrid Ruthig: Re|Visions + Florence Helena McGillivray: Finding Florence
The solo exhibition, Ingrid Ruthig: Re|Visions, builds on a series of 120 portrait-and-biography diptychs of women creators selected from throughout history.
Back in 1970, Station Gallery opened its doors with an inaugural exhibition of Whitby’s most famed historical artist. This posthumous retrospective of Florence Helena McGillivray brought exposure to a little-known and under-appreciated figure in the development of early Canadian art.
1450 Henry Street, Whitby

to Dec. 17 ~ Whitevale Arts and Culture Centre

Ontario Outdoors - The Art of Norman Brown
features oil paintings of the Ontario wilderness by Toronto born artist

475 Whitevale Road, Whitevale


to Dec. 31 ~ Tony and Anne Labelle-Johnson

Tony and Anne are Exhibiting their paintings in Acrylic and Watercolour at the Beech Centre, 26 Beech Ave., Bowmanville
Open from 9 am to 4 pm | Drop by and have a look.

to December 31 ~ Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre

A Bedful of Foreigners – 6:00 pm
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-472-3085

to Dec 17 ~ Whitevale Arts and Culture Centre

Ontario Outdoors ~ An art show featuring Norman R Brown's paintings
Opening on Saturday, December 2, 2017 10 to 2 pm
470 Whitevale Road, Whitevale

December ~ Wharf Wood Project

Wharf Wood Projecton display at L'Artisan
Liverpool Road, Pickering



to Dec 23 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsRobin Hood The Panto
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3Z4
toll free 800-434-5092

to January 9, 2018 ~ Mirage a Trois

Visions of 3
Hal Bilz, Valerie Russell and Mike Scholte
Cliffcrest Library
3017 Kingston Rd., Toronto

1 ~ Victorian Operetta Society

VOSChristmas at Dalewood - 6:00 pm
Dalewood Golf Club
7465 Dale Rd., Cobourg

1 to 3 ~ ARTSPACE236

Uxbridge Studio Tour236 Sandford Road
(west of Sandford between Conc 2 & 3)
Ten artists will showcase their work for a wonderful selection for your discriminating gift-giving.



2 ~ Bel Canto Singers

Songs for a Winter’s Night
2:30 and 7:30 pm
Scar Bluffs United Church
3739 Kingston Rd.. Scarborough

2 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisYouth Talent Showcase – 6:00 pm
Ajax On Stage
78 Church St., Ajax

Dec. 2 ~ Alcohol Ink Class - Ajax Creative Arts ~ NEW

Ajax Creative Arts Paint PartyAjax Creative Arts Paint Party
Margaret is coming back for another of her very popular Alcohol Ink Classes!!! Join us Saturday, December 2 from 10 - 4.
All materials supplied, just bring yourself and a lunch if you like. We will be using this beautifully vibrant medium on tiles, yuppo paper, the always popular glass pendants and glass ornaments.
$55 for ACA members and $65 for no-members. Contact me for more details if you are interested in taking this fun class!

2 ~ Scugog Council for the Arts

SCASCA Holiday Sparkle Sale Opens Saturday December 2, 2017
This year's Sparkle Sale showcases work from our member artists both seasoned and new!
Come in and find paintings from Ron Peter, Karen Neu Wideman, David Clubine, James McKeag,framed pastel miniatures by Jennifer Ross, photography by Gordon Ross,framed prints by Angela Hennessey, glass work from Kirsty Naray,pottery by Cathy Lombard and Nelly Schurman,woodwork by Peter Lauricella and Stephen Rensink,hand-crafted gifts by Libbie Burns, Tanya Petruk, Fibre Arts by Dini Page, Carey Nicholson,and signed books and calendars by Joanna Malcolm and Jonathan Van Bilsen, and more! Much more! The Sparkle Sale runs right through to
December 30th for last minute gift giving.
SCA Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. | Our mailing address is: 181 Perry Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7

2 & 3 ~ Onstage Productions

Sounds of Christmas 2017
at 2:30 and 8:00 pm
Flato Markham Theatre
Town Centre Blvd., Markham

December 2 & 3 ~ Westben


at 3 pm - Upper Canada Christmas
Dec. 2 – 3:00 pm
Norwood United Church
Line Road 7 Norwood
Dec. 3– 3:00 pm
Northminster United Church
300 Sunset Blvd.Peterborough
Westben celebrates Christmas in Upper Canada with Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, along with the 80 voices of the Westben Choruses under the direction of Donna Bennett and Brian Finley. A heart-warming, narrated concert celebrating a Canadian Christmas “pioneer-style”, fit for the whole family
Norwood United, Hwy 7 Norwood
For more information please contact Donna Bennett, 1-705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777
Box Office: 36 Front Street South, Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0

Sunday December 2 & 3 ~ Westben


at 3 pm - Upper Canada Christmas
Westben celebrates Christmas in Upper Canada with Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, along with the 80 voices of the Westben Choruses under the direction
of Donna Bennett and Brian Finley. A heart-warming, narrated concert celebrating a Canadian Christmas “pioneer-style”, fit for the whole family.
Northminster United, 300 Sunset Blvd, Peterborough
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777
For more information please contact Donna Bennett, 1-705-653-5508
Box Office: 36 Front Street South, Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0

3 ~ Pickering Community Concert Band

PCCBA Seasonal Celebration – 2:30 pm
Forest Brook Comm. Church
60 Kearney Dr., Ajax

3 ~ Backwoods Players

Backwoods PlayersChristmas in the Village
Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant
Pickering Museum Village,-Noon
Hwy.7, Greenwood
events.asp 905-683-8401

3 ~ Monday Morning Singers

Christmas Concert – 3:00 pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
65 Toronto St., Uxbridge

3 ~ A Gift of Art Gallery

A Gift of ArtA Gift of Xmas Show & Sale - 10 am
187 King Ave. E., Newcastle 905-987-2264


Dec. 4 ~ Paint Party - Ajax Creative Arts ~ CANCELLED

Ajax Creative Arts Paint PartyAjax Creative Arts Paint Party
with Janice Brown- unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled.



4 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk - Synchronicities: Art & Cinema, Part VII
1450 Henry Street, Whitby


Pickering Recreation Complex
Rm. 1, Valley Farm Rd.


6 ~ Markham Group of Artists

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


8 & 9 ~ County Town Singers

County Town Singers50th Anniversary Christmas Concert
Dec. 8-8:00 pm & Dec. 9-2:00 pm
Trinity Pentecostal Church  900 King St. E, Oshawa

8 to 20 ~ Galerie Q, The Millbrook Gallery, Cavan Art Gallery

A Christmas festival spanning 12 days between three galleries in Cavan-Monaghan
Celebrating the holidays with friends, family, and community members. All activities are complementary.
1521 County Road 10 Cavan ON L0A 1C0;
36 King Street East, Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0;
1535 County Road 10, Cavan ON L0A 1C0,, www.cavanarts.ca
phone numbers under website section for Christmas Post: Galerie-Q 705-944-8888
Millbrook Gallery 705-932-0888
Cavan Art Gallery 705-944-9444


Uxbridge Studio Tour10-6 Sun. 10-5
Opening Party, Sat Dec. 9th 2-5
Blue Heron Studio
62 Brock St. N. (rear entrance)
"Art, Gifts, and So Much More"
This 5th annual "Pop- Up Shop" will feature the work of 14 local artists.  No need to go to the busy malls, there will be something for everyone on your list, including those who need something truly unique, all in one convenient location.

9 ~ Village Voices

Village VoicesChristmas Joy
at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Director Oksana Vignan has chosen a
program that all will enjoy, featuring Mark Hayes’ Christmas Suite and works such as Still, Still, Still by Joey Hoelscher, Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing by Elaine Hagenberg and He is Born, by Trevor Forrest.
Special guests are Prometheus Male Choir, directed by Pavlo Fondera, Zajvir Children’s Choir, directed by Olesia Konyk, and Robert Graham is the accompanist.
The audience will be invited to sing along to a number of the evening’s carols. There will also be a Silent Auction, as part of the choir's fundraising efforts.
Markham Missionary Church
5438 Major MacKenzie Dr. E

9 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisBeauty & the Beast – 1:00 pm
with Dufflebag Theatre
78 Church St., Ajax

9 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisDeck the Hall – 7:00 pm
with Dirty Dishes
78 Church St., Ajax

9 ~Espressivo Singers

Espressivo SingersA Ceremony of Carols – 7:30 pm
Westminster United Church
1850 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby

9 & 10 ~ Cathedral Bluffs Orch.

Concert #2
Dec. 9 at 8 pm & Dec. 10 at 2 pm
P.C. Ho Theatre
5183 Sheppard Ave. E

10 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic ChoirT’was The Night Before Xmas –3 pm
College Park Church
1164 King St. E., Oshawa

Dec. 10 ~ The Durham Chamber Orchestra Presents The 2017-18 Concert Season

Durham Chamber Orchestra“It’s Christmas” - Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00pm
This family Christmas concert will feature Martina Ortiz-Luis, the National Anthem singer for the Toronto Maple Leafs home games at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. It is a thrill to have this talented young artist as a special guest. Martina will sing the beautiful “O Holy Night”, and will be accompanied by the orchestra. She will also sing the popular “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Also featured, will be the delightful Durham Girls’ Choir who will sing the moving Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus”, with the orchestra, and to complete this holiday special, there will be music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”, along with a surprise visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy. She will do her “fairy” dance, to the delight of the youngsters in the audience, and also, of course, to the delight of the “young at heart”. To complete this magical concert, the audience will be invited to join the orchestra in a carol singalong.
Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Drive, in Ajax, Ontario
Tickets: $20. and are available at
Children under 12: Free with paying adult.

Dec. 12 to Jan 5 ~ Wendy Bermingham

Ontario Society of Artists New Members Show from December 12th - January 5th, at the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. Opening reception will be December 14th...time tbt |

12 ~Palette of Friends

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

13 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – 1:00 pm
Greenwood Rec.Bldg. 905.649.5550
13 Oshawa Art Association
Monthly Meeting – 7:00 pm

14 to January 6, 2018

LatchamArtwork from the graduating class at Stouffville District Secondary School, Images
Opening Reception Wednesday, December 14, 7 to 9 pm
6240 Main Street, Stouffville | 905.640.8954


15 ~ Whitby Brass Band

Whitby BrassChristmas Concert
Hebron Reformed church on Anderson, just North of Taunton
4240 Anderson St. Whitby
Concert starts at 7:30 pm, preconcert music from the junior band at 6:45pm.
On line tickets will be available from early November

Dec. 21 ~ Station Gallery

Opening Reception: One with Everything
Thursday, December 21 at 7 PM - 10 PM
1450 Henry Street, Whitby



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Art in Public Places


927 Liverpool Road, Pickering
Jan. & Feb. 2018 ~ Katlin Rohn
Mar. & Apr. 2018 ~ James Ruddle
May & June ~ Sharon Ridge
July & August ~ Edson Inniss
September & October ~ David Reid
November & December ~ Hanneke Koonstra

Jolie's (Debbie's Boutique) Café,

94 Harwood Ave. S, Ajax L1S 2H8 | 905 239 6721 across from Ajax Library

Jan. & Feb. 2018 - Nesrin Blair
Mar & Apr. – Eileen Myers
May & June – Maggie Burgess

OPG Info Centre, Pickering

January 2 to February 26, 2018 | Sharon Steinhaus
February 26 to April 30 | Jayshree Mina Daya
April 30 to June 25 | Harry Fraser
July & August – Heritier Bilaka
September & October | Jeannette Hay
November & December | David Reid

McLean Community Centre, Ajax

January 8, 2018 to February 12 ~ Allan's Artists
February 12 to March 19 ~ Lemonville Group of Artists
March 19 - April 23 ~ Allan O'Marra
April 23 - May 28 ~ PRAC Juried Photography Exhibition
May 28 - July9 - ACA Juried Show
July 9 - August.7 - Charles Burke and Nezrin Blair
August 7 - Sept.10 - Angela Wong and Shirley Huang
Sept.10-Oct. 25 - Cheryl Helferty and Harry Fraser'
Oct. 25 - Nov.25 - PRAC Juried Art Show
Nov. 25 – Ajax photo show (not ours)



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