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March 2017

Great events in the Region of Durham and the GTA in March

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 BirdMarch 2018 EARLY BIRD LISTINGS

March 4, 2018 ~ The Durham Chamber Orchestra Presents The 2017-18 Concert Season

Durham Chamber Orchestra

“A Musical Journey” - Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00pm
At this concert, the Durham Chamber Orchestra will take the audience on a wonderful musical journey to various countries around the passports required ! The orchestra will perform the dynamic Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” (Russia), Beethoven’s “Symphony No.2 (Germany) the highly spirited “Havah Nagila” (Israel), and the emotional “Finlandia” by Sibelius (Finland). The renowned and amazing 65 voice choir “Shout Sister”, will sing Leonard Cohen”s “Hallelujah” (Canada), and there will be two fabulous opera singers to continue taking the audience on their musical journey. Mezzo-Soprano Kristine Dandavino will do her magic, singing the dramatic Bizet’s “Habanera” from Carmen (France), and Tenor Kijong Wi will sing the ever popular “La Donna e Mobile” by Verdi (Italy). Both singers will be accompanied by the orchestra.
Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Drive, in Ajax
Tickets: $20. and are available at
Children under 12: Free with paying adult.


7:15 pm
Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd.
Room #2 located by the squash courts
, Pickering

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 St. George's Anglican Church, 77 Randall Drive, Pickering Village, Ajax


March 15 ~ Oshawa Art Association

Oshawa Art Association 50th annual juried show "Call to Artists" to be held at the Robert McLaughlin gallery, 72 Queen Street Oshawa, between April 19th 2018 - May 6th 2018.
Deadline for entry is March 15th 2018.

23 ~ Allan O'Marra

Magical-Mystical-Mythical plus selections from Lush Gravitas Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 7 - 9 PM
McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax



1 ~ Happy Commonwealth Day


Pickering Recreation Complex
Rm. 1, Valley Farm Rd.


March 1 ~ Markham Group of Artists

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

3 ~ Westben

Westben12 noon Prelude to Preludes with Brian Finley – piano
What makes a Prelude a Prelude? In advance of the performance of his 13 Preludes to Canada (7 pm, July 20), Westben’s Artistic Director, pianist Brian Finley chats about and performs favourite Preludes of Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and, of course, some of his own!
At the Clock Tower Cultural Centre, Campbellford
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777

3 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisManchester by the Sea –7 pm
TIFF Film Circuit
78 Church St., Ajax

March 4 & 5 ~ Durham Chamber Orchestra

Durham Chamber OrchestraA Visit to the British Isles Carlos Bastidas, Music Director Beautiful music by great composers to get you into the holiday spirit!
March 4 ~ 302 Queen St., Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
March 5 ~ 2:30 PM St.Francis Centre 78 Church St. S. Ajax

4 ~ Durham Youth Orchestra

Durham Youth OrchestraWinter Concert – 7:30 pm
St. Georges Memorial Church
51 Centre St., Oshawa 905-579-2401

4 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisDo You Believe in Magic?
2 pm
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787


Osh. Art Assoc. Juried Art Show

8 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

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

8 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMembership meeting
Location: Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa, On L1H 3Z3
Second Wed. of every month except July. Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

OAACalling all artists to enter our 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

You do not have to be a Oshawa Art Assoc. member to enter. Additional categories have been added including one to celebrate Canada’s 150 Anniversary.

Deadline for entry is March 8th. Delivery of art to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on March 30.

Show runs from April 6th to April 23rd. Registration forms with complete info are at Curry’s, R. McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa City Hall, Meta4 Gallery in Port Perry, and can be printed from the OAA website –
or phone Mary Gartlan – 905-576-7693.

11 ~ Cathedral Bluffs Symphony

Concert #4 We welcome the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCARBOROUGH CONCERT CHOIR, SAINT JOSEPH’S R.C. CHURCH PARISH CHOIR (Hamilton), and members of the GRAND RIVER CHORUS (Brantford) 8:00pm P.C. Ho Theatre 5183 Sheppard Ave. East, Scarborough
416.879.5566 |

11 to May 6 ~ Allan O'Marra

Lush Gravitas at the Aurora Cultural Centre
Installation views of my 18 Lush Gravitas paintings just installed in Aurora and hanging through to May 6, opening reception (along with Art Heals group show): Friday, March 17, 6-8 pm; artist walk and talk: Wednesday, March 22. This is the second showing of the complete set of paintings as I travel it to various centres in Ontario. I also held three pre-shows of 11 of the pieces prior to completion of the set.
22 Church Street, Aurora

11 to April 29 ~ Latcham Gallery

LatchamOpening April 11 at 1:00 pm
6240 Main St., Stouffville



MosaiCA - Talent Show

14 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHSGuest Speaker: Ted Barris "The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge"
Ten years ago Ted Barris published Victory at Vimy based upon first-hand accounts. Vimy was an important battle in Canada's history because it was the first time Canadians fought as a distinct national army. And they succeeded
where other nations had failed.
PTHS meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, March through June, and September through November, in the auditorium of the Pickering Public Library. The meetings begin at 7:30.

16 to April 8 ~ Kawartha Arts





Scugog Council Literary Contest



21 ~ Opening Celebration

Jeanette Hay and Mirek Bialy
McLean Community Centre
, Ajax


Ajax Senior of the Year Award

24, 25, 29 30, 31 April 1, 2017 ~ Durham Shoestring Performers

Durham ShoestringDEAD METAPHOR Contemporary darkly comic drama.
"'s not always about what I believe. It's sometimes about what I'm expected to believe." March 24, 25, 29 30, 31 April 1, 2017 8pm Oshawa Arts Resource Centre 45 Queen St., Oshawa
905.725.9256 |

24 to May 6 ~ Herongate Barn Theatre

Bedtime Stories – Dinner Theatre
2885 Altona Rd., Picnkering 905-725-9256

25 ~ SPARK ~ Ajax Library

Children’s Juried Art Show – 1 pm
Awards Presentation
55 Harwood Ave., S. Ajax

25 & 26 ~ Art Guild of Scarborough

Spring Show
Centennial Community & Recreation Centre
1967 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, ON
(between Markham Rd. & Bellamy Rd.)

25 ~ VOS

VOSAUDITION: Anne of Green Gables: The Musical
March 29 - 7:30pm-10pm
VOS Theatre
Auditions for our upcoming July 2017 production of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical
Citizen's Forum - Victoria Hall - Cobourg for more details and to book an audition time

26 ~ Theatre3x60

Theatre 3x60We are very pleased to announce that we have recently received our 4th Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to support our newest community project - Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For, original theatrical cemetery walks for Scugog, written and developed with the partnership of the Scugog Historical Society.
The general public can learn how they can be involved at our information and engagement session on Sunday, March 26.

27 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Station GalleryOpen House @ The Club – 6 pm
Village Community Centre
22 Sherwood R.,

29 to April 9 ~ Port Hope Festival Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsWilly Wonka
Cameco Capitol Arts Centre
20 Queen St., Port Hope



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ArtScene deadlines HERE

Art in Public Places


927 Liverpool Road, Pickering
Jan. & Feb. 2018 ~ Katlin Rohn

Reed's Florists, Pickering Town Centre

Jan. & Feb. 2018 - Charles Burke
March April ~ Gwen Williams

Debbie's Boutique Café, Ajax

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

Mar/April ~ James Gordaneer

OPG Info Centre, Pickering

Mar & Apr. - Gord Wilson
May & June - Nesrin Blair

McLean Community Centre, Ajax

Feb. 6 - Mar. 20 - Lemonville Group
Mar. 20 - Apr. 24 - Jeanette Hay & Mirek Bialy
Apr. 24 - May 29 - PRAC - JPE
May 29 - June. 26 – ACA – Juried Art Show
Jun. 26 - Aug. 7 - David Robinson & Erum Irtaza
Aug. 7 - Sept. 11 - Kim Johnson & Denise Gracias
Sept. 11 - Oct. 16 - Heather Nicholson & Kay Hubbard
Oct. 17 - Nov. 27 - PRAC - JAS
Nov. 27 - Jan. 8 - Ajax Photo show (not ours)

ArtfestRegistration form for Artfest on-line
DEADLINE Thursday, April 6, 2017
and start looking for signage for your outdoor art show tents.


Durham Artists Social Network

March Break



2015 listing

DWAC, Pickering

City of Pickering

Town of Ajax

Latcham Gallery, Stouffville


Station Gallery, Whitby

DeSerres, Pickering

Ajax and Pickering Libraries

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

Theatre 3x60


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