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July 2018

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

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!

1~ Canada Day


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd., Rm. 2


5 to 14 ~ Theatre On The Ridge

Theatre On The RidgePort Perry Summer Theatre
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Town Hall 1873,
Port Perry

6 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenSchumann Liederabend
Wallis Giunta – Mezzo Soprano
Alexander Dobson – Baritone
Brian Finley – Piano
Before the Show:
Abendessen (Evening light German meal) 5:00 pm. (Reservations required) Pre-concert Chat (6:00 pm): on Schumann’s Lieder

July 6 - 8, 2018 ~ Sue Miller

Whitby Art Show
Whitby Ribfest welcomes over 50,000 guests each year who enjoy a fantastic line up of live entertainment, a wide variety of marketplace and food vendors, delicious ribs, cold beverages, and ice cream treats on a beautiful, summer weekend. Proceeds from this annual event provide support to both local community projects and international initiatives through projects of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise. Whitby Ribfest 2018 will include the addition of a juried art exhibition and sale with live painting demonstrations, raffles, and much more!
Opening reception and award presentation: Friday, July 6th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Whitby Ribfest at Victoria Fields (directly across from Iroquois Sports Centre). 203-269 Victoria St. W, Whitby

6 to September 15 ~ Herongate Barn Theatre

HerongateNoises Off – Dinner Theatre
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering

to July 7 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative ArtsAjax Creative Art Juried Art Show

McLean CC, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax
Contact person: Mary Allen


7 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenDon Giovanni in Concert
2:00 pm at The Barn

How far will you go before you repent? This is the question the young, arrogantly promiscuous Don Giovanni must answer in this 1787 operatic masterpiece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart based on a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Go straight to the pulsating heart of this gripping music in this concert version (approximately two hours in length, performed in Italian with piano.)
Before the Show: Pre-concert Chat (1:00 pm)
Barb Hobart and Brian Finley discuss the relationship of Don Giovanni to its creators.
After the Show: Dare to Pair: Dine with the Don (following the performance at 6 pm)
Join the Don himself (Alexander Dobson) and other members of the cast for a delicious four course gourmet supper with wine tasting at Elmhirst’s Resort in Keene. Meet the Don, Chef Jay Nutt from Elmhirst’s and Sommelier Brian Hanna from County Winery, Huff Estates as they introduce food and wines fit for “the Don”! Reservations required for this event.

8 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenFind the Birds, Find the Pianist
Sunday, July 8 (7:00 am - 9:30 am) at Ferris Provincial Park
One-of-a-Kind Musical Experiences Only at Westben.
A musical & ornithological treasure hunt! Let a naturalist lead you over the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge (fresh Dooher’s Bakery treat in hand and coffee from I am Coffee) into Ferris Park for some local birdwatching as the sun rises – but what will you hear? Listen as the forest comes alive with music! Will you be able to find Brian Finley who will be serenading the forest and you on a hidden piano somewhere close by? Celebrate the discovery with breakfast at Antonia’s Bistro afterwards. For the birds? Come and find out! Reservations required. Book Early. Limited Availability. (See Pianist Robert Silverman at the
Barn at 2 pm)

12 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenPerformer-Composer Showcase
Ben Finley – Performer/Composer & Project Facilitator
What’s new? An inquisitive group of international musicians gather to explore the world of being both Performer and Composer. The evening concert features fresh and fascinating musical conversations brought wonderfully to life by various combinations of the participants of the Performer-Composer Residency.

13 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenTGIFUN! An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath
Friday, July 13, 7:00 pm at The Barn
Charm, wit and empty promises of cash prizes! Join comic icons Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?) and partner Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie) for a one-couple show based on 27 years of marriage, 60 years of performing around the world, and 1 year on Instagram. Enjoy heart-warmingly hilarious stories from their life, improv with the audience, and surprise video guests.
Before the Show:
Pizza & Improv Burgers (5 pm – 7 pm)
Kissed by fire wood oven pizza, Capers Restaurant

14 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

Saturday, July 14, 2:00 pm at The Barn
Hailed as a Canadian national treasure, the BC-based Vancouver Chamber Choir was founded in 1971 by artistic director Jon Washburn. This special appearance includes a cappella choral music of J.S. Bach, Dowland, Dvorak, Bernstein and Canadians John Beckwith, Stephen Chatman, Eleanor Daley and more. Enjoy a choral journey through cheerfulness, piety, intensity, playfulness, sorrow and humour with one of Canada’s premiere choral ensembles.
Before the Show: Dare to Pair (12 noon to 1:15 pm): Blending Voices, Blending Grapes Wine Tasting & Lunch
In perfect harmony with the 20 voices of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, sample favourite blends of BC wines with Mark Taylor, Vice President of the Canadian Alliance of Professional Sommeliers, BC, along with delicious cuisine by Chef Ron Csenar from I Am Custom Catering.
Pre-concert Chat (1:00 pm)
Giles Bryant, Director of Kingston’s Cantabile Choirs, discusses choral music with Brian Finley. | 705-643-5508

14 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenNocturne Under the Stars
July 14, 10:30 pm – 12 midnight at The Barn
An intimate, meditative, late-night exploration of the Nocturnes for solo piano of Chopin and Finley featuring Westben's Artistic Director, Brian Finley and author, Helen Humphreys reading from her “brave and moving memoir”, Nocturne. Meet Brian and Helen afterward under the stars. | 705-643-5508

15 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm at The Barn
The brilliance of brass at The Barn! Featuring ten brass musicians and percussionists from the Toronto’s award-winning Hannaford Street Silver Band, enjoy all your favourites from Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets and Bizet’s Carmen Suite to Meredith Willson’s 76 Trombones with some of the very best in the brass business. | 705-643-5508

18 & 25 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

Oshawa Civic Band7:30 pm - "Rockin' Around the Park" Concert in the Park – McLaughlin Bandshell

18 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

Crazy for Gershwin
Wednesday, July 18 at 2 pm & Thursday, July 19 at 2 pm at The Barn
Wednesday, July 25 at 2 pm & Thursday, July 26 at 2 pm at The Barn
Celebrating George & Ira Gershwin, one of the greatest song-writing teams in history, Crazy for Gershwin is this year’s instalment of our ever-popular Broadway at The Barn Working almost exclusively together, this team of brothers is known for over two dozen scores written for Hollywood and Broadway Four voices bring it all to life with songs such as Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So from Porgy & Bess, along with other hits such as Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Man I Love and the irresistible Preludes for solo piano. | 705-643-5508


19 to 27 ~ Theatre On The Ridge

Theatre On The RidgePort Perry Summer Theatre
Peter Pan

Town Hall 1873, Port Perry




20 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenTGIF! British Invasion
Friday, July 20, 7:00 pm at The Barn
When Ed Sullivan shouted those two immortal words “The Beatles!” on that famous Sunday night, February 9th, 1964, the world of popular music changed forever. In its wake, the British Invasion! Internationally acclaimed vocalist and frontman, Andy Forgie, (Creed, Photograph, All You Need Is Love), joins forces with one of the Quinte region’s most popular groups “Big Black Smoke” in an electrifying celebration of the British Invasion & The American Revolution. A TGIF night of all the best rock & roll from the British Invasion including The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, Gerry & the Pacemakers, and of course, the Beatles (and others).
Before the Show: Pre-concert BBQ (5 pm to 7 pm) British Fare | 705-643-5508

21 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

Oshawa Civic Band1:30 pm - “Music in the Gardens” Concert in the Park – Ontario Community Museum Henry House Lawn

21 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenTaste O’ Scotland
Saturday, July 21, 2:00 pm at The Barn
Just the way Robbie Burns would have liked it! A healthy dose of scotch tasting, a good meal, the sound of the pipes, and a splendid concert featuring the best Scottish tunes sung by Westben co-founder Donna Bennett and tenor Colin Ainsworth, with Brian Finley at the piano including Flow Gently Sweet Afton, My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, Down in the Glen, Leezie Lindsay, Loch Lomond, Will ye no come back again? and more.
Before the Show: Dare to Pair (12 noon to 1:15 pm): Taste ‘o Scotland
Scotch Tasting & Lunch & Meet the Artists. Local scotch expert Gord Reid describes (and shares) a few of his favourite drams (12 noon). Lunch to follow (12:30-1:15) courtesy of Chef Ravi Anandappa of Antonia’s Bistro. (Reservations required)
Pipes Bursting in the Meadow (1:15 to 1:55 pm)
What is a safe distance? Find your own comfort level as the Port Hope & District Pipe Band performs on the meadow. | 705-643-5508

21 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenJohn McDermott
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm at The Barn
John McDermott – Tenor
Jason Fowler – Guitars
Mark Lama – Keyboards, Melodia, Accordion
Known and loved by everyone from US Presidents and hockey fans to war veterans and palliative patients, John McDermott is a champion to lovers of Scottish and Irish music the world over. Of his 25+ albums, three have gone platinum, one has reached double platinum, and yet another has achieved a triple platinum ranking. We are honoured to present this master tenor of Celtic music, traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes, ballads and jazz standards. | 705-643-5508

27 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenTGIFolk! Sarah Harmer
Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm at The Barn
A true Canadian classic! With a Juno Award and several nominations, Polaris Music Prize shortlist spots, and guest appearances on some of the most beloved Canadian rock records for more than the past 20 years, Canadian folk singer Sarah Harmer is at The Barn to share a special, intimate evening of favourite and new music.
Before the Show: Farm Fresh BBQ by CULTIVATE (5 pm – 7 pm) | 705-643-5508

July 28 to August 23~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative Arts"Paint What you Love" Art Show
Kent Farndale Gallery, ​231 Water Street,​ Port Perry
Contact person: Kim Johnston


28 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenMarc-André Hamelin with the Danel String Quartet
Saturday, July 28, 2:00 pm at The Barn
Recognized worldwide for the originality and technical proficiency of his performances of an astounding range of repertoire, Canadian pianist and composer Marc-André Hamelin has been hailed as “one of the world’s most accomplished pianists” (Pioneer Press, Minnesota) and “an ideal interpreter” (New York Times). Repertoire to include Sonatas by Feinberg, the Polonaise-Fantaisie and Scherzo No. 4 by Chopin, and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 with the internationally renowned Danel String Quartet.
Before the Show: Dare to Pair (12 noon to 1 pm): French Connections: Wine tasting paired with Chocolate
Explore the French Connection as we pair French wines (chosen by LCBO Product Consultant, Jennifer Bennett,) with delicious dark Belgian chocolate created by chocolate maker, Claude Hardenne from Harden & Huyse Chocolates. (Reservations required)
Pre-concert Chat (1 pm):
Darkness & Light of Shostakovich
Barb Hobart chats with Brian Finley about the life and music of Shostakovich. | 705-643-5508

29 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenTGIFIDDLE! The StepCrew
Sunday, July 29, 2:00 pm at The Barn
Cara Butler – Irish Step-Dancer
Jon Pilatzke – Ottawa Valley Step-Dancer
Nathan Pilatzke – Ottawa Valley Step-Dancer
Christine Carr – Tap Dancer
Julie Fitzgerald – Fiddle & Tap
Alyth Mccormack – Vocals
Nate Douglas – Guitars
Emily Flack – Keyboards
Rob Becker – Bass
Angelo Miceli – Percussion
Shane Cook – Fiddle
Celebrating its 10th exciting anniversary, the StepCrew brings its spectacular, high energy show to The Barn, overflowing with exhilarating Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and Tap. As well as virtuosic dancers and musicians from the likes of The Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies, and Bowfire, the 11-member ensemble boasts three world-class fiddlers along with an amazing five-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the Celtic music scene today. There's nothing like experiencing it live! | 705-643-5508

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Art in Public Places


927 Liverpool Road, Pickering
Jan. & Feb. 2018 ~ Katlin Rohn
Mar. & Apr. ~ James Ruddle
May & June ~ Sharon Ridge
July & August ~ Edson Inniss

Reed's Florists, Pickering Town Centre

Jan. & Feb. 2018 - Charles Burke
March April ~ Gwen Williams
May & June – Mary Woodside

Debbie's Boutique Café, Ajax

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

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 - Jul.9 - ACA Juried Show
Jul. 9 - Aug.7 - Charles Burke, Rola Jaber and Nezrin Blair
Aug.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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