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December 2016

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

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!

If you are a PRAC member and participating in an event or performance
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Early BirdDecember 2017 EARLY BIRD LISTINGS

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 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

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

December 2 ~ 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
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

Dec. 4 ~ Paint Party - Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative Arts Paint PartyAjax Creative Arts Paint Party with Janice Brown- December 4th Come join us for a fun paint party creating a 100% silk scarf and wear it home. Janice Brown is a well known teacher and you will enjoy learning how to make a scarf beautiful colours! Come alone or bring a friend! If you would like to have a second scarf you can with 3 additional colours! We will be using the best quality dyes. cost is $45.00 for all supplies and $16.00 additional for a 2nd scarf.
Street Address: 22 Sherwood Ave.,W (in Pickering Village)

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

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 |

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


to Dec. 4 ~ Markham Group of Artists

Markham Group of ArtistsMGA Fall Juried Show at the McKay Art Centre, 197 Main Street, Unionville
November 30th to December 4th, 2016. Hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 10:15 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.
Opening Reception & Awards Presentation: Thursday, December 1st from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

to December 9 ~ DWAC

DWACEXPRESSIONS Christmas Sale of artist's wares
Durham West Arts Centre
Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering
Show hours: Daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Weds, Thurs, and Friday evening 6:00 – 9:00 pm)
Weekends 10:00 - 4:00 pm.
905-420-2667 |

1 ~ Oshawa Opera

Oshawa OperaWhite Christmas 7:30
Join us for an evening of Christmas Carols, Arias and Songs from the Standard
Repertoire and audience since along!
Non-Perishable Food Items and Personal Cared Items will be accepted for
donations to the Back Door Mission in Oshawa!
Art Resource Centre Auditorium
45 Queen Street, Oshawa

2 & 3 ~ Cathedral Bluffs

Symphony Concert #2 The most famous of Mozart’s piano concertos, with its intensely lyrical and much-loved slow movement.
The first opera written expressly for television, and which became a yearly holiday tradition throughout the world. Amahl, a young boy, offers his only possession, his crutch, as a gift for the wise men to take to the Christ Child.
8:00 pm
P.C. Ho Theatre 5183 Sheppard Ave. East Scarborough | 416.879.5566

2 & 3 ~ County Town Singers

County Town SingersMain Show 7:30 pm & 2:00 pm "Trinity Pentecostal Church
900 King St E, Oshawa

2 ~ Pickering Community Concert Band

PCCBCity of Pickering Christmas Tree Lightning 6:30 to 8:30
One The Esplanade S, Pickering

2 ~ Whitevale Arts and Culture Centre

Special reading by Steve Burrows this coming Friday! This avid bird watcher writes "who dun nit" with an environmental flavour. Come and listen to this author of mystery books @7:30 at the WACC!

3 ~ Bel Canto Singers

The First Breath of Winter
2:30 and 7:30 pm
Scar Bluffs United Church
3739 Kingston Rd.. Scarborough 416-286-8260

Dec. 3 & 4, 2016 ~ Onstage Productions

Onstage ProductionsWe are celebrating our 30th Anniversary production of Sounds of Christmas at
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham

3 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenA Westben Christmas Carol 3pm
A Narrated Concert based on Charles Dickens’ Classic Story
Frank Moore, narrator
Westben Youth, Teen and Festival Choruses & Soloists
3 pm Norwood United Church
The Spirits will do it all in one night! Frank Moore and the 80 voices of the combined Westben Choruses present a foot-numbing but heart-warming narrated concert based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Expect all your favourite characters to pop out of the Choruses to join Frank Moore as he brings the miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge to life, surrounded by original music by Brian Finley.
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777

3 ~ Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra

Scarborough Philharmonic OrchestraA CANADIAN FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT "Featuring: Ronald Royer, Conductor, Joyce Lai, Violin, Cat-Mark Criger, First Nations Guest Artist" 7:30 PM
Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel 2021 Lawrence Avenue East (at Warden)

3 ~ Scugog Council for the Arts

Scugog Council for the ArtsSparkle Sale 11 to 4 p,
Scugog Council for the Arts
181 Perry St., Unit G-1, Port Perry

3 ~ Young Singers

Young Singers"Hope, Peace & Love"
Forestbrook Community Church at 3:00 pm.
60 Kearney Drive, Ajax
Please bring a donation of new school supplies for the local schools.
Tickets: 905 686 9821

4 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenA Westben Christmas Carol 3 pm
A Narrated Concert based on Charles Dickens’ Classic Story
Frank Moore, narrator
Westben Youth, Teen and Festival Choruses & Soloists
St Andrew’s United Church, Peterborough
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777

4 ~ Pickering Community Concert Band

PCCB2016 Christmas Concert 2:00 PM
Forest Brook Community Church
60 Kearney Dr., Ajax
Adults: $15.00, Over 65 and Under 18: $10.00
Tickets available in advance from any band member, or by calling 905.427.5443  

4 ~ Galerie Q

The “Q in Galerie Q” Driven by the question often asked: “why Québec artists?” The “Q” in Galerie Q aims to explore the concept of Q by highlighting five represented artists : Juan Cristobal, Ginet Leblond, Yvon Lemieux, Nathalie Voisine and Olga Muzychko. 10-6 pm
Galerie Q 1531 County Road 10 Cavan 705.944.8888

4 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic ChoirOnce in Bethlehem – 3:00 pm
College Park Church
1164 King St. E., Oshawa

4 ~ Pickering Museum Village

Backwoods PlayersChristmas in the Village: Winter in the Woods
Visit with the inhabitants of the pioneer village as they share their holiday customs.  Enjoy Scottish Hogmanay, Welsh traditions, Victorian English Christmas celebrations, Squire Jonathan's Christmas Ball, and a walk in the woods to see how Pickering's first settlers struggled in the wilderness.   Backwoods Players presents the "Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant" free with admission 12 - 3:30 om Pickering Museum Village 2365 6th Concession Rd. Greenwood 905.683.8401

4 ~ Durham Community Choir

Durham Community ChoirAn American Christmas. at 3:00 p.m. at the Hebron Christian Reformed Church 4240 Anderson Street, Whitby
Tickets: 905-550-1804or e-mail

5 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk Synchronicities: Art & Cinema
Never has the intersection of art and film been as pronounced as it is today. Join SG Curator Olex Wlasenko for this premiere performance in his ever-expanding series exploring visual art and cinema. Olex addresses the influence of moving images on still imagery, and vice versa. 1-2 pm
Station Gallery 1450 Henry St. Whitby 905.668.4185


Pickering Recreation Complex
Rm. 1, Valley Farm Rd. 905-509-3855


7 ~ Durham Shoestring Performers

Durham Shoestring PerformersDEAD METAPHOR ~ Audition
All auditions are held at the Oshawa Arts Resource Centre at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
Auditions are public readings using the script; no monologues required. No fees and no experience necessary, but you should read the script to determine your interest and suitability.
To borrow a script for advance reading contact Carolyn Wilson at 905-725-9256 or at

7 ~ Markham Group of Artists

Monthly Meeting – 10:00 am
Markham Villiage Library
6031 Ontario 7, Markham

8 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryGLIMPSE
Members’ Exhibition Opening
– 7 pm
Juried Art Show runs from Dec. 3 until Jan.29
1450 Henry St., Whitby

8 ~ Maurice Snelgrove

900 BAY STREET (at Wellesley)
DECEMBER 6, 2016 to JANUARY 6, 2017 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Monday to Friday)
| 6:00-8:00 pm

9 ~ Music By The Bay

Music by the Bay LIVEAlbert Cummings The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does.
8 pm St.Francis Centre 78 Church St S. Ajax

9 ~ Whitby Brass Band

Whitby BrassChristmas Concert – 7:30 pm
Hebron Christian Ref. Church
4240 Anderson St. Whitby


10 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisDuffleBag Theatre
T’was The Night Before Xmas–
2 pm
78 Church St., Ajax

10 ~ Oshawa Opera

Oshawa OperaWhite Christmas
45 Queen Street, Oshawa

10 & 11 ~ Village Voices

Village VoicesGlad Tidings:
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Markham Missionary Church
5438 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Markham
A Christmas Celebration featuring John Rutter's Gloria, traditional carols
dult $28, Senior $25, Student $10, <12 Free. For more information contact 905-763-4172 or or

11 ~ Cavan Arts

CavanCavan Art Gallery 1534 County Road 20 Cavan 705.944.9444

11 ~ Durham Chamber Orchestra

Durham Chamber OrchestraChristmas Through the Ages 2:30 pm
With The Young Singers
St.Francis Centre
78 Church Street South, Ajax

14 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMonthly Meeting – 7:00 pm
Christmas party Exchange of miniature pictures, finger foods and carol singsong.
Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa

14 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – second Wednesday of the month from
1pm to 4pm
Greenwood Rec. Bldg.
3551 Greenwood Rd., Greenwood

14 ~ Village Voices

Village VoicesSing-Along Carols:
7:30 PM
Cornell Community Centre Rehearsal Hall
2nd Floor, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham
Directed by Oksana Vignan, celebrates the season with some of the best-loved carols and invites the audience to join in the ever-popular sing-along portion of the concert. Refreshments are provided at the intermission.
Raffle Baskets! A tradition not to be missed! Admission: pay-as-you-can (please bring a donation to the Markham Food Bank). For more information contact 905-763-4172 or or

15 to 23 ~ Handmade in Uxbridge

Original and creative gifts by artists from Uxbridge area.
10 am to 6 pm Blue Heron Studio 62 Brock St. W. Uxbridge

17 ~ Espressivo Singers

Espressivo SingersHoliday Concert - Christmas Potpourri! at 7:30 p.m.
Westminster United Church
1850 Rossland Road East, Whitby
Tickets: Adult $20; Child 12 and under $14

17 ~ Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra

Concert #2 – 8:00 pm
P.C. Ho Theatre
5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Scar.

19 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Paint PartyPaint Party
22 Sherwood Road W., AJax
The 3rd Monday of each month 6-9PM
Refreshments, chatter, laughs, and then take home YOUR finished art!
All supplies included $45.00


19 & 20 ~ Uxbridge Messiah Singers

at 8:00 p.m.  
Trinity United Church, Uxbridge
Tickets need to be picked up in advance at Blue Herron books. A suggested donation of $25.00 at the door to suggested.

31 ~A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtLet's Bring in 2017 Together! New Year’s Party
Celebrating Canada's 150th
Featuring “ABBAMANIA
December 31st 8:30pm to 1am Newcastle Community Hall
20 King Ave. W. in Newcastle. Get your tickets today!


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  • Nov. & Dec. ~ Brenda Fountain
    Jan/Feb ~ Gordon Wilson
    Mar/April ~ TBA
    May/June Eileen Myers
    July/Aug ~ Kay Hubbard

    Reed's Florists, Pickering Town Centre

    Nov. & Dec. - June Smith
    Jan/Feb ~ Margaret Taylor

    Debbie's Boutique Café

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

    Nov. & Dec. - Gary Faulkner
    Jan/Feb ~ Cheryl Bannister
    Mar/April ~ James Gordaneer

    OPG Info Centre, Pickering
    Novemeber/December ~ Denise Wilkins
    Jan/Feb ~ Rola Jaber
    March/Apr ~ Gord Wilson

McLean Community Centre, Ajax

Oct. 23 to Nov. 27 ~ PRAC Juried Art Show
Nov. 27 to Jan 3, 2017 ~ Photo Show
Jan/Feb ~ Allan's Artists


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January 1, 2018


Station Gallery

A Gift of Art

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