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May 2017

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

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* by performances means matinees

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Reading and RemembranceMay is Asian Heritage Month



May 8, 2018 ~ 2017- 2018 Oshawa Opera Season

Oshawa OperaLa Navarraise by Massenet
May 8, 2017 at 3:00PM
Kingsview United Church
505 Adelaide Ave East, OshawaCanadian Premiere!
All tickets are $25. Children under 18 FREE.

May 27, 2018 ~ The Durham Chamber Orchestra Presents The 2017-18 Concert Season

Durham Chamber Orchestra

“A Salute To Our Youth” - Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 3:00pm
This, the final concert of the Season, will feature American violinist Andrew Sords to head the program. Andrew has performed all over the world and has garnered accolades on four continents for his performances. The DCO is most fortunate to have this talented artist as their guest. His skills will astound the audience, when he plays Pablo de Sarasate’s intricate “Zigeunerweisen” (gypsy theme). Hear the orchestra perform real crowd pleasers, such as Rossini’s “William Tell Overture”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and Dvorak’s Symphony No.9, 4th movement. To salute our youth, the DCO is proud to showcase two of their very talented younger members. Melody Fung, the orchestra’s pianist/keyboard player who will display her skills playing a Beethoven piece with the orchestra and Melissa Warner, the orchestra’s oboe player, who will play the most beautiful Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe”. The third young artist is Auriele Diotte, who was discovered by the orchestra’s talent scouts at a “Canada 150” performance at Ajax Town Hall in January 2017. Auriele will perform a Metis dance and will be accompanied by the orchestra.
The Durham Chamber Orchestra is proud to be celebrating its 21st Season, and its second year under the baton of Carlos Bastidas. Carlos has always been a great advocate of the importance of music in the community, and is not only the conductor for the Durham Chamber Orchestra, but also the Ontario Pops Orchestra in Etobicoke.
Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Drive, in Ajax
Tickets: $20. and are available at
Children under 12: Free with paying adult.



McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr.,

1 to 7 ~ Station Gallery

Art Attack
Reception: Thursday, May 4 at 7PM
It’s International Youth Week and the Town of Whitby and Whitby Youth Council in partnership with the Station Gallery are excited to present the third annual Art Attack event during the first week of May 2017. Art Attack gives Whitby youth ages 12-18 the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents. Multiple art pieces will be selected to be showcased at Station Gallery in a week long exhibition. Youth are encouraged to submit their artwork in various categories including; Drawing and Painting, Sculpture, Video and Film, Photography, Graffiti and Fashion and Jewelry.
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby ON L1N OA8 (corner of Henry and Victoria Streets) T: 905-668-4185 hours: M – W & Fri 10 – 4:30, Th 10 – 9, Sat & Sun 12 – 4.

1 ~ Station Gallery

Art Talks (16+ years, free to attend):
Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
Monday, May 1, 1pm
Art can be distressing. Some artists check the bounds of their profession through tests of hardship, sometimes to the point of exhaustion. This talk explores artistic extremes through performances, Endurance Art and creative feats of stamina.
Station Gallery | 1450 Henry Street, Whitby


Pickering Recreation Complex
Rm. 1, Valley Farm Rd.


3 ~ Markham Group of Artists

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


McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax

4 thru 14 ~ Dancyn Productions

DancynNext to Normal – 8:00 pm
(May 6, 7, 14– 2:00 pm)
The Dancyn Theatre
681 Dnipro Blvd. Oshawa

4 5, 6 ~ Ajax Community Theatre

St. FrancisThe Explorators Club– 8 pm
(Apr. 30 Matinee)
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax 905-619-2529

4 to 20 ~ Scarborough Music Theatre

SMTMan of La Mancha – 8 pm (+Mat.)
Scarborough Village Theatre
3600 Kingston Rd., Scar.

5 ~ Westben

Westben12 noon For the Birds
Rashaan Allwood – piano
How do you make a piano sound like a bird? Pianist Rashaan Allwood visits the Clock Tower from Montreal to introduce the music and art that he will present later at The Barn in Bird Songs (7 pm, July 21).
At the Clock Tower Cultural Centre, Campbellford
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777

5 6, 7 ~ Lemonville Group of Artists

Lemonville Group24th Annual Show & Sale – 10 am
Opening Reception: May 5 at 7 pm
Lemonville Community Centre
13453 McCowan Rd., Stouffville

6 Scar. Philharmonic Orch.

Taking Flight with Music – 8 pm
Salvation Army Scar. Citadel
2021 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto

6 Bel Canto Singers

Bel CantoLove In Any Language
– at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Scar. Bluffs United Church
3739 Kingston Rd., Scar. 416-286-8260

6 ~ Durham Youth Orchestra

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

6 & 7 ~ Lake Scugog Studio Tour

LSSTJoin Our Creative Journey – 10 am
Various locations



6 ~ Bel Canto Singers 

Bel CantoLove in Any Language A Celebration of 150 Years. Michael Gomiega, Director, Jacqueline Mokrzewski, Accompanist. Feel the rhythm of the beat of your heart as Canada celebrates 150 years, and enjoy music evocative of the force that ties us all together-love.
For tickets call David at 416-286-8260. Love to sing? Care to join us? Please visit our website at
2:30 and 7:30 pm ~ Scarborough Bluffs United Church 
3739 Kingston Road, Scarborough
Tickets $20 at the door |David at 416-286-8260

6 ~ Dunbarton Fairport U. Church

Quarters In! Paddles Up! – 1:30 pm
Dunbarton-Fairport United Ch.
1066 Dunbarton Rd., Pickering

7 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

Oshawa Civic BandBattle of the Atlantic Ceremony - 10:30 am
Memorial Park Cenotaph,
Simcoe St. S., Oshawa

7 ~ Westben

Westben3 pm With Glowing Hearts
Westben Festival Chorus – Brian Finley, director
A joyful choral celebration including a cappella excerpts from Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli, Gordon Lightfoot’s The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Dolores Claman’s A Place to Stand and Hockey Night in Canada. Inspiring music to make your heart glow!
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Warkworth
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777

7 ~ Angie Littlefield

Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends12-2 pm, Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Writers' Union of Canada "The Writers' Hub"
Brampton City Hall
2 Wellington St. W
Brampton, L6Y 4R2

8 ~ Dunbarton Fairport U. Church

Quarters In! Paddles Up! – 1:30 pm
Dunbarton-Fairport United Ch.
1066 Dunbarton Rd., Pickering

9 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHSGuest Speaker: Katrina Pyke "The Harvey Family Home in the Pickering Museum Village"
Last year the Pickering Museum Village moved the Craftsman style Harvey house from Brougham to the museum grounds. The house was built in 1927 from a mail order plan by Bert Harvey, an internationally known vaudeville performer. The house will be restored and put to use as part of the museum's interpretive program. Katrina Pyke, Coordinator of Museum Operations at the PMV, has researched the house both as to its architectural history and its family history.
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.

10 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – 1:00 pm
Greenwood Comm. Centre

10 ~ 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

11 ~ ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryThe Daves We Know
Thursday, May 11, 7pm at the Whitby Public Library
We’ll take an arbitrary look at artistic notions of “David”. From Michelangelo’s famed sculpture to works created by artists with the same name– during this hour we’ll explore the works of David Blackwood, Caspar David Friedrich, David Hockney, David Bowie, Jacques-Louis David and Micah Lexier.Station Gallery | 1450 Henry Street, Whitby

12 ~ Monday Morning Singers

'Celebrating Canada'
The Monday morning singers present a spring concert to celebrate Canada's 150 th birthday ..."Canada...the idea of North"
The concert repertoire is chosen to describe and delight in the vastness and diversity of our country. The choir will sing music to reflect the land..from sea to sea to sea, to recognize and
celebrate the beauty of Canada. Music is chosen to honour the indigenous peoples of the land.
The audience will hear music describing the journeys of immigrants to our shores from many countries. The repertoire focuses on compositions by Canadian composers of many different styles and backgrounds.
We welcome several guest artists, including French hornist, Harcus Hennigar and bassist, Edward Tait.
Our friend, actor, Kenneth Welsh joins us to present Canadian poetry to complement the music.
And a very special guest, Inuit singer and drummer, Louisa Gillespie will bring her insights and art to the concert.
All this happens on Friday, May 12th, at 7:30 at St Pauls Anglican Church, Uxbridge,

12 & 13 ~ Village Voices Choir

Village VoicesVILLAGE VOICES & MEN of NOTE directed by OKSANA VIGNAN present “Here’s to Song! Canada 150” with special guests Jubilate Singers directed by Isabel Bernaus, clarinet Michele Jacot, piano Robert Graham.
Join our celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, featuring Tim Corlis’ Missa Pax. Along with this superb piece of contemporary music is an all-Canadian repertoire including Under Heaven by Rupert Lang, Woodsmoke and Oranges by Ian Tamblyn, and Song for Canada by Paul Halley.
Friday, May 12 at 7:30 pm & Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 pm @ St. Maurice & St. Verena Church, 3300 Highway #7 East at Rodick Rd Tickets through
Adult $30, Senior $25 Student $15, <12 Free

12 to June 25 ~ Herongate Barn Theatre

Sinners – Dinner Theatre
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-725-9256

13 ~ Espressivo Singers

Espressivo SingersAll Nature Sings – 7:30 pm
Westminster United Church
1850 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby

13 ~ Whitby Brass Band

Whitby BrassJoint Concert with Whitby Comm. Concert Band –7:30 pm
Durham Christian Homes
200 Glen Hill Dr. S.,

13 ~ Onstage Productions

Onstage ProductionsSpring Fling III
2:30 and 8:00 pm
Fairview Library Theatre
35 Fairview Mall Dr., Toronto

13 ~ Quintessential Cdn. Concert

Celebrating Canada 150 – 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s United Church
65 Kings Cres., Ajax 905-683-4740

13 to 28 ~ Station Gallery

Station Gallery10th Annual Durham College Exhibition
May 13 to May 28, 2017
Closing reception & awards ceremonies: Thursday, May 25 at 7PM
It’s a landmark anniversary partnership! SG is proud to present the tenth edition featuring the creative output of Durham College’s Fine Art and Design students.
This popular, year-end exhibition showcases new generation artists and college grads. It’s been a productive academic year at the College. Hundreds of diverse and engaging art projects will be on display through the gallery. A must see!
Station Gallery, 1450 Henry Street, Whitby ON L1N OA8 (corner of Henry and Victoria Streets) | T: 905-668-4185 hours: M – W & Fri 10 – 4:30, Th 10 – 9, Sat & Sun 12 – 4.

14 ~ Pickering Community Concert Band presents

PCCBMother’s Day CONCERT at 2:00 PM
Forest Brook Community Church
60 Kearney Dr. Pickering Village
Big Band, Swing, Jazz, Rock, Dixieland plus
Whitby Junior Brass Band and World Premiere of two New Pieces By Sean Breen and John Watkins Adults, $20.00, Over 65 and Under 18, $15. Tickets available in advance from any band member, or by calling 905-427-5443 or at the door

15 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative Arts Paint PartyButterflies and Blooms Paint Party
Alcohol inks workshop with Margaret Brackley
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $45
22 Sherwood Road West
Ajax, Ontario L1T 2Y2


18 to July 1 ~ Latcham Gallery

LatchamEd Pien: Revel
Reception and artist's talk Thursday June 22, 7pm
6240 Main Street, Stouffville ON 905.640.8954
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm

18 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryHow Appropriate?
Thursday, May 18, 7pm
Appropriation has been a strategy used by artists for over a century. In this encore presentation, we’ll survey how artists adopt, borrow, recycle or sample cultural production to make new statements with old images. Station Gallery | 1450 Henry Street, Whitby

20 ~ artscene DEADLINE


20 St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisAsia Beauty –7:00 pm
78 Church St., Ajax 905-619-2529

21 ~ Angie Littlefield ~ Book Talk

Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends2:30 p.m. “How Leith Became Home

Historic Leith Church, 418134 Tom Thomson Lane
Leith, N0H 1V0


24 ~ Station Gallery with Angie Littlefield

Station GalleryTom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends7 p.m. “Tom Thomson @The Station”
Guest Speaker Angie Littlefield
Author/Curator Angie Littlefield talks about her family's involvement with the founding of The Station Gallery before she provides teasers about her latest book on Canadian artist Tom Thomson
Whitby Station Gallery | 1450 Henry Street | Whitby

24 to June 4 ~ Markham Group of Artists

Markham Group of ArtistsBorders Beyond Juried Art Show & Sale 10 am
Opening: May 25 at 6:30 pm
McKay Art Centre
197 Main St., Unionville

24 ~ Latcham Gallery

LatchamAnnual General Meeting will be held
Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm in the Gallery
All members welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
The Latcham Gallery
6240 Main Street, Stouffville, ON L4A 1E2

25 ~ OpenStudio Art Café

OpenStudioJewelry Making Workshop -
Mayfest 7-10 pm
617 Liverpool Road, Pickering L1W1R1


26 ~ OpenStudio Art Café

OpenStudioOpen Mike
Mayfest 7pm
617 Liverpool Road, Pickering L1W1R1

27 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic ChoirThe Music of Living – 7:30 pm
Hebron Ref. Church, Whitby

27 ~ Artfest

Pickering Civic Complex

27 ~ Cathedral Bluffs Symphony

Concert #5 We welcome CANADA’S BALLET JÖRGEN for our season finale concert, presenting favourites from ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and other well-known masterpieces. 8:00 pm P.C. Ho Theatre 5183 Sheppard Ave. East Scarborough
416.879.5566 |

27 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

Oshawa Civic BandAquino Day
Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum
1000 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa

27 ~ Westben

Westben7:00 pm MS Awareness Concert
Featuring over twenty bands, Ken Tizzard coordinates a community concert focusing on hope and awareness of MS.
The Barn 6688 County Road 30, Campbellford
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777

27 ~ Scarborough Music Theatre

SMTActing on a Thrust Stage Workshop 10 AM - 3 PM
See facebook event post


27 ~ Young Singers

Young SingersYoung Singers 25th Anniversary Concert
King Street Community Church
611 King Street West, Oshawa, Ontario L1J 2L1

28 ~ Durham Chamber Orchestra

Durham Chamber OrchestraFrom Hollywood to Broadway
Carlos Bastidas, Music Director Unforgettable music from popular movies and stage productions! 2:30 PM St.Francis Centre 78 Church St. S. Ajax

29 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

ACA Maple Leaf MysteryPineRidge Arts Council presents Ajax Creative Arts’ Maple Leaf Mystery Reception in celebration of Canada’s 150th!
5-9 pm
Community Room 1, McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax
Come see the opening of the Maple Leaf Mystery Show, see the amazing artwork, enjoy refreshments, mingle with artists and special dignitaries and find each maple leaf!
Entertainment by: Cathy Schnippering & Kevin Byrne
visit: contact:

30 to June 24 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsMy Fair Lady
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3Z4
toll free 800-434-5092

30 to June 26 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative ArtsMaple Leaf Mystery Show?
McLean Centre, 95 Magill Road, Ajax
Come to the McLean Centre and look
carefully at each painting to find the hidden maple leaf.
Enter the contest to win one of six prizes
three prizes for ages 18 and under
three prizes for ages 18 and over.


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927 Liverpool Road, Pickering
Jan/Feb ~ Gordon Wilson
Mar/April ~ Gary Faulkner
May/June Eileen Myers
July/Aug ~ Kay Hubbard

Reed's Florists, Pickering Town Centre

Apr. 25. to June 27 - Margaret Brackley

Debbie's Boutique Café, Ajax

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

Mar/April ~ James Gordaneer
May & June - Brenda Fountain
Jul. & Aug. – Greg Martin
Sept. & Oct. – Denise Gracias

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)






Since 1989 PineRidge Arts Council Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization has been dedicated to enhance the quality of life within the community by developing widespread appreciation, support and involvement in the arts.

PineRidge Arts Council
650 Kingston Road
P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0

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