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December 2022

Great things to do in the GTA and Region of Durham in December ~ we hope!

Please confirm dates before booking
* by performances means matinees

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas

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If you are a PRAC member and participating in an event or performance - get it listed on our calendar page!

Early BirdDecember 2023 Early Bird Listings

Dec 15 ~ Whitby Brass Band

Whtiby Brass BandChristmas Concert

Westminster United Church
1850 Rossland Road E.


December 2022


to Dec 10 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art Centrework from home
work from home includes artwork made during COVID-19, by past and present instructors, volunteers, staff and Board members of Latcham Art Centre. These works were created while much of the global workforce shifted from working in-office to working remotely. For some visual artists, their studios also moved into their homes. Creative time provided by the pandemic was abundant—for better or for worse—and the challenge of separating work, life and studio presented itself.
Latcham Art Centre
2 Park Drive, Stouffville

to Dec 14 ~ VAC

http://www.vac.ca41st Juried Art Exhibition in Bowmanville, ON. For over 45 years, the VAC has produced a variety of locally-engaged exhibitions and public programmes that offer members of the Durham Region an opportunity to learn and create through contemporary art.
143 Simpson Ave, Bowmanville

to Dec 31 ~ Scugog Art Space

SCAIndoor Christmas market between
November 19th – December 31st.
175B Queen Street, Port Perry


to February 12th, 2023 ~ The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

RMGThe Beyond Within
Annie MacDonnell
September 24th, 2022 – February 12th, 2023
Underpinned by feminist conceptions of the everyday as a basis for political engagement with the world, The Beyond Within proposes strategies for reorientation. In two videos made in collaboration with Paris-based artist Maïder Fortuné, pedagogical roles are underwritten by radical forms of intimacy.
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre
Oshawa ON L1H 3Z3 | 905.576.3000

to Feb 19, 2023~ The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

RMGLoose Parts
The theory of loose parts is a learning strategy that encourages the development of creative problem-solving skills through tactile play. Adopted as the title of this exhibition, the spirit of loose parts is carried into a collection of artworks that engage with repetitive acts of assembly.
A loving embrace of queerness and being in flux, the exhibition, "Loose Parts" takes pleasure in the beauty, openness, and potential of in-between spaces and holding things lightly. Artists sophia bartholomew, Akash Inbakumar, and Justin Mezzapelli do this with intention, creating laborious works that unfasten and reorder social structures and conceptions of self through a queer lens.
Learn more about this exhibition:
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre
Oshawa ON L1H 3Z3 | 905.576.3000


to March 5 ~ The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

RMGKazuo Nakamura: Universal PatternKazuo Nakamura was a founding member of Painters Eleven (1953-60), Ontario’s first abstract art collective. Nakamura’s fascination with science and mathematics is evident throughout his career through his use of patterns, linear perspectives, and geometric forms. From the earliest landscapes and abstractions to his later mathematical explorations, Nakamura was seeking patterns in nature.
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre
Oshawa ON L1H 3Z3 | 905.576.3000

Dec 1 to Jan 31 ~ Pickering Rotary Music Festival 2022 -2023

Pickering Rotary Music FestivalThis year will be our 36th season of hosting the Pickering Rotary Music Festival and after two years of virtual hosting we are happy to announce the return to in person performances.
Registration for this 2022-2023 Season will be opened between December 1, 2022 until January 31, 2023. Qualifying entries to this year’s festival will also be eligible for one of several nominations to represent our Festival at the 2023 OMFA Provincials.
Refer to some additional key dates below
Performance adjudications will be February 23, 2023 – March 9, 2023
Jury Night (selection of Top Finalist) - TBD
Final Awards Ceremony - TBD
Our venue for all performances will be the St. Georges Anglican Church in Ajax , 77 Randall Dr, Ajax, ON L1S 6L4.
Visit our Website and socials via Facebook for more details regarding the upcoming festival season.
If you have any questions related to further details about this coming season please feel free to direct them to our email address

Dec 2 ~ Monday Morining Singers

Ceremony of Carols
The women's choir, Monday Morning Singers is pleased to announce the fall season.
A Ceremony of Carols by the esteemed composer, Benjamin Britten, is an extended choral composition for treble choir, soloists and harp. There are eleven movements, framed by a
processional and recessional which include harp solos, two soprano soloists and choral pieces sung some in Latin, Middle English and modern English.
The piece, written in 1942, has been beloved choral music for Christmas ever since.
Canadian harpist, Sharlene Wallace, who has played concert harp and solos all across the country, joins us for this performance.
The choir also presents shorter Christmas pieces form several cultures and as always, the audience is invited to join us in singing favourite carols.
Christmas concert is planned for Friday, December 2nd
St. Paul's Anglican Church at 7:30 pm.
59 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge

Dec 2, 3, 4, 2022 ~ Northumberland PlayerNorthumberland Players

The Players Christmas Concert

Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
December 2,3,4* 2022


Dec 3 ~ Music4Life
Music 4Life

A Reely Cozy Holiday
Forest Brook Community Church
60 Kearney Dr., Ajax at 2:30pm

Dec. 2, 9 & 12 ~ Lynde House Museum

Candlelight Tours
Lynde HouseDiscover Victorian Christmas traditions and decorating trends as authentically costumed hosts guide you through Durham Region’s oldest home after dark. Be entertained by old-fashioned carols, pick a treat off the Candy Tree, shop for locally handcrafted gifts in the Warren General Store, and maybe you’ll even meet jolly ol’ St. Nicholas himself…
900 Brock Street South, Whitby, ON L1N 4L6

Dec 3 ~ La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra

La Jeunesse Youth OrchestraChristmas Concert, ‘Home for the Holidays’
Port Hope United Church at 3:00 p.m.
This is a one hour program of holiday favourites along with a tribute to Queen Elizabeth and a touch of Beethoven.
Port Hope United Church
34 South Street, Port Hope
or livestream
Visit for virtual or in-person tickets, or purchase a cash ticket at the door.

Dec 3 ~ Colborne Gallery

Colborne ART GalleryChristmas Market until the Sunday before Christmas. We have a special event Dec 3rd- Christmas Cheer - open to all, serving Christmas beverages and goodies.
We open again in March with a new show.
51 King ST. E.
Colborne 905-355-1798

4 ~ Durham Community Choir

Durham Community ChoirReturn to Christmas
In its return to in-person performance, Durham Community Choir presents a concert of glowing and celebratory holiday favourites.Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.
Kingsview United Church, 505 Adelaide Ave E, Oshawa
Tickets $25 Adult, Youth (13-18) $15, Child (6-12) $10,
Young Child (0-5) $5
Tickets available online at or at the door.
For more information, visit or call (289) 312-0488.

4 ~ Pickering Community Concert Band

PCCBA Holiday Celebration
Dec 04, 2:30 p.m.
Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr, Ajax

Dec 5 to Jan 28 ~ Station Gallery

Awards & Reception: December 14, 7PM
Curator’s Tour: December 15. 7PM
1450 Henry Street


Dec 8 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisA Fitzgeralds’ Christmas
Back by popular demand, The Fitzgeralds, Canadian Champion fiddling and step dancing siblings – Tom, Kerry and Julie Fitzgerald, return to the St. Francis Centre with their new Christmas show highlighting music from their new album, A Canadian Christmas! This show features triple fiddle arrangements of holiday favourites and tunes by great Canadian composers, and of course, the group’s signature high energy Ottawa Valley step dancing! So, grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and join The Fitzgeralds as they perform a cheerful and truly Canadian soundtrack to your holiday season!
Tickets are only $38 (including HST. Additional service charge may apply). When the Fitzgeralds were last here in 2018, their show sold out fast so get your tickets today!
78 Church St S
Ajax (Pickering Village)

Dec. 8,9,10*,11, 2022 ~ Northumberland Players

Northumberland PlayersA Charlie Brown Christmas
By Charles M. Schultz
Directed by Jack Boyagian and Natasha Meiliunas
Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
Dec.8,9,10*,11*, 2022


Dec 10 ~ Durham Notables

Durham NotablesA Notable Christmas
Decicated to Judy Scott
A choral performance of seasonal music and song with special guests. Tickets are on sale now! Contact Peggy Vokins at 905-683-7503 or email at
St. George's, Pickering Village, Ajax
December 10th at 2:00 pm.

Dec 10 ~ VAC

http://www.vac.caInto the Mire: Foraging New Ethics in the Soper Creek Valley
Saturday, December 10, 12 - 2 pm
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is pleased to announce a participatory foraging workshop supporting hybrid artist Maria Simmons’ upcoming exhibition. Meeting inside the VAC’s main galleries at 12:00 PM, this nature walk will venture out into Soper Creek Valley.
Maria Simmons will lead us through the landscape, introducing participants to the present ecology as we attune ourselves to fungal structures and basic flora identification techniques. We invite you to co-produce living sculptures with Simmons as they use a collection of the vegetation gathered during this event to create active bog fermentations in their upcoming exhibition, Anoxia Memory, opening at the VAC in February 2023.
143 Simpson Ave, Bowmanville

Dec 11 ~ Durham Chamber Orchestra

Durham Chamber OrchestraChristmas Reflections
Town Hall Theatre
302 Queen St. Port Perry @ 2 pm

Dec 11 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic ChoirSolstice Meditation
Durham Philharmonic Choir presents its first concert under the direction of Oshawa’s own Markus Howard. In what is sure to be a stunning return, the choir will be joined by instrumentalists in tuneful repertoire from Messiah through traditional Christmas carols to 21st century composers with accompanying visuals. For tickets, please contact June MacLean at 905 728 1739. More information is available on our website.
St. Mark’s United Church, 20 Centre St. South, Whitby.

16 & 17 ~ A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtChristmas Event
Friday from 6 to 9, Saturday from 10 to 4:30
Performance, Show & Sale, live entertainment
187 King Ave E, Newcastle
905 987 2264





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