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May 2018

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

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* by performances means matinees

You may find more information on events if you go to our facebook page and look in the EVENTS section!

Reading and RemembranceMay is Asian Heritage Month


Early BirdMay 2019 Early Bird Listings

to May 11 ~ Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre

HerongateDo Not Disturb – 6:00 pm
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-472-3085

4 ~ Lucy Black & Angie Littlefield

BookMarkIt is a genre book fair being held in Whitby, Ontario on Saturday May 4th 2019 at the Whitby Curling Club located 815 Brock St N, Whitby

14 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHS“The history beneath us, uncovering history with metal detecting” with the Red Beard Relic Hunter
Red Beard Relic Hunter DJ Dowling, and his detecting partner Daniel "Pop Can Dan" McDonnell, Canada's best known detectorists (as seen on CTV) uncover incredible relics from the Durham Region (some will be brought for display for all to see), tell stories of the past previously untold and attempt to confirm, and on occasion rewrite the history books.
Meetings start at 7 pm at the Pickering Central Library Auditorium


30 ~ SPARK ~ Ajax Library

Children’s Juried Art Show – 2 pm
Awards Presentation
55 Harwood Ave., S. Ajax

January 20 – November 17, 2019 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACTrans/mission: Barley-Corn-Maize, an installation by Ron Benner
Ron Benner is an internationally recognized, London (ON) based artist who has been producing mixed media/photographic installations, which visually investigate the history and political economy of food cultures for over four decades. For its very first iteration of annual commissions, the VAC has invited Ron Benner to create a yearlong site-specific installation that responds to the gallery and its unique space.
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3K8 (Hwy 401 to Liberty Street, Liberty to Baseline, E to Simpson, N to Soper Creek Park)
Opening hours: Tues / Wed / Thurs 10 - 9pm, Fri-Sun, 10 - 4pm.


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd., Rm. 1



– 7:00 PM
McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax

May 3 to 8 ~ Scarborough Music Theatre

SMTMamma Mia
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, Sophie brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Whether you’re a Dancing Queen or a Super Trouper, the music of ABBA will have you dancing in the aisles and saying Thank You For The Music in this thoroughly entertaining musical tale of one wedding, three fathers, and too many classics of the disco era to count!
Scarborough Village Theatre
3600 Kingston Road
Scarborough, Ontario
M1M 1R9

May 4 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisDavid Myles
Embracing rock 'n' roll's diverse, electrifying roots, David Myles explores the American musical tradition in a way that is endlessly entertaining and riveting.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
78 Church Street South, Ajax
905.619.2529 x 2787

May 4 to June 6 ~ Carol Matsuyama

A Polychromatic Response to Life
This show represents ideas that have sparked from the many diverse interests and experiences of the artist. Every painting is the exploration of a new idea—and a rejection of sameness, evident in the wide variety of subject matter. Carol hopes viewers will find it engaging and learn how to find their own creative sparks.
Reception Opening May 4 from 2 pm - 4 pm
Kent Farndale Gallery
231 Water Street, Port Perry L9L 1A8
Event Website
905-985-7686 |


8 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAGuest Speaker: Shirley Kwok
All starting at 7 pm – 2nd Wed. of every month except July.
Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa



May 26, 2019 ~ Durham Chamber Orchestra

Durham Chamber OrchestraCiao: Italian Favourites
3 pm
Italy is the focus of our last concert “Ciao! Italian Favourites”. This final concert of the season will take place on Sunday, May 26, 2019 featuring a great selection of your Italian favourites. This concert will be full of the drama and intrigue of Italy. You will hear the well known theme of the movie “The Godfather” , and also the rousing Italian National Anthem. When you hear these moving pieces, you might feel the urge to join the Italian community in the audience and become an honourary Italian for the day! Our guest vocalist Emily Rocha, will perform the beautiful and emotional “O Mio Babbino Caro”.........a young girl's plea to her Father to let her marry the boy she loves and not the one he has chosen for her. The orchestra will premiere the “Vortex Fractal” by Italian composer Mauricio Nasi, and the County Town Singers will round out the program with some well known pieces such as “Mambo Italiano” and the song made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, “The Prayer”. The grand finale will be Vivaldi's “Bassoon Concerto in E Minor” performed by our special guest, former Montreal Symphony Orchestra bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson.
Forest Brook Community Church
60 Kearney Drive, Ajax L1T 2T8


Pickering Civic Complex



May 2018

to May 20 ~ Visual Arts Centre Clarington

VAC The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is pleased to present Utopia! Who’s Listening Now an exhibition by artist, Anne O’Callaghan.
143 Simpson Avenue


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


2 ~ 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

3 to 12 ~ Latcham Gallery

May 3 - 12, 2018
KICKSTART YOUTH EVENT ~ MAY 3, 2018 | 905-640-8954 | 6240 Main Street, Whitchurch-Stouffville

3 to 19 ~ Scarborough Music Theatre

SMTCrazy For You – 8 pm
(Matinees on May 6,13, 19.)
TWO extra performances!
Wednesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 16.
3600 Kingston Rd., Scar.

4 ~ Whitby Brass Band

Whitby BrassSpring Concert –7:30 pm
Centennial Bldg.
416 Centre St., S., Whitby


4 St. Francis Centre ~ TIFF

St. FrancisCall Me By Your Name – 7 pm
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529, Ext. 2787

May 4 & 5 & 6 ~ Lemonville Group of Artists

Lemonville Group25th Annual Show and Sale
Friday May 4th 2018 7 to 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday
May 5th & May 6th 2018
10 am to 5 pm
Lemonville Community Centre, 13453 McCowan Road, Town of Whitchurch—Stouffville
Browsers Welcome | No Admission Charge | Wheelchair Accessible | 905 985 8209 | 905-640-3965 |

5 St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisOh My East! – 10 am to 4 pm
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529, Ext. 2787


5 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic Choir25th Anniversary Gala –6:00 pm
Royal Ashburn Golf Club
905 Myrtle Rd., W., Whitby FACEBOOK EVENT

5 ~ Espressivo Singers

Espressivo SingersWhere There Is Love – 7:30 pm
St. Georges Memorial Church
51 Centre St., Oshawa

5 ~ Bel Canto Singers

Bel CantoCan’t Stop singing: OUR SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – 10:00 am
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Scarborough Bluffs United Church
3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

5 ~ Durham Youth Orchestra

Durham Youth OrchestraSpring Concert – 7:30 pm
Hebron Ref. Church,
4240 Anderson St., Whitby

5 ~ Pickering Community Concert Band

PCCBFamily Night at the Movies –7:30 pm
Forest Brook Comm. Church
60 Kearney Dr., Ajax

5 & 6 ~ Lake Scugog Studio Tour

LSSTOur Art Belongs in Your Home –10 am
Various locations



5 to June 7 ~ Nesrin Blair, Cathy Clark, Ann Robinson

3 Mediums, Styles, Friends
Description Art Show featuring 3 friends with 3 different styles and mediums.
Presentation | Reception May 5, 2018
Time(s) 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. FACEBOOK EVENT
The Kent Farndale Gallery, 231 Water St., Port Perry

5 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryDoors Open Whitby
During Doors Open Whitby, you and your family will explore Station Gallery, listen to some stories and take home a handmade creation to remember the day.
Join us for a Printmaking demonstration and an exciting hands-on activity! *Drop in for this free event. This workshop may take place outdoors. 10am – 4pm

7 ~ SMT

SMTAudition Info Night
Come out to meet the directing team for our fall 2018 production of Oklahoma! This is a chance to meet the team, ask questions, and book your audition. Download the full audition package from our website: http:// docs/OklahomaAuditions.pdf FACEBOOK EVENT

8 ~ Palette of Friends

Monthly Meeting – 10:00 am
Ajax Village Community Centre
22 Sherwood Rd., W., Ajax

8 ~ Pick. Twp. Historical Soc.

PTHSMonthly Meeting–7:30 pm
Guest Speaker Jennifer Weymark
Pickering Central Library
One The Esplanade S., Pickering



9 ~ Angie Littlefield

Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of FriendsLake Scugog Historical Society
St. John's Presbyterian Church
219 Queen Street (at Simcoe Street), Port Perry


9 ~ Oshawa Art Association

Monthly Meeting – 7:00 pm
Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa

9 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

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

10 ~ Town of Ajax

Thursday, May 10th at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Greenwood Conservation Area
You are cordially invited to join Mayor Steve Parish and Ajax Council, along with artist Dorsey James, on Thursday, May 10th at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Greenwood Conservation Area as the Town of Ajax unveils the newest addition to the Town’s public art collection; the recently installed “HOPE” sculpture – a tree carving located at the entrance of Greenwood Conservation Area, carved from an Ash tree that was cut back as part of the Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategy.
RSVP Robert Gruber

11 ~ Scarborough Concert Band

Scar Concert BandSpring Concert – 7:30 pm
Salvation Army Agincourt Ch.
3080 Birchmount Rd., Scar.

11 to June 24 ~ Herongate Barn Theatre

HerongateLadies Foursome – Dinner Theatre
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering

11, 12, 13 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative Arts"Spring Fling" Art Show and Sale
11 ~ 10am - 9pm | 12 & 13 ~ 10am- 5pm
Over 40 artists participating and featuring hourly draws for artwork prizes!Join us for tea,coffee,and treats in Bonnie's Cafe. All proceeds from Bonnie's Cafe go to the Canadian Mental Health Assoc., Durham Village Community Centre | 22 Sherwood R.W., Ajax
ACA welcomes "MOM" on Mother's Day for a free carnation (while supplies last) |

12 ~ Monday Morning Singers

Celebrate Spring – 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
65 Toronto St., Uxbridge

12 ~ Whitby Brass Band

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

12 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisSuddenly Mommy – 7 pm
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

12 ~ Scugog Council for the Arts

SCAWe Ride at Dawn - Art Show
May 12 at 1 PM - 4 PM
Sabrina Leeder will be showing work taken during her 2017 trip to Banff National Park.
Scugog Council for the Arts
181 Perry St, Port Perry

12 ~ Village Voices

Village VoicesCelebrate Love 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
A spring choral concert celebrating mothers, children and the journey of life & love.
Markham Missionary Church
5438 Major Mackenzie Drive East @ McCowan FACEBOOK EVENT

12 ~ For the Love of George In Story and Song

FUNDRAISER/CONCERT Presented in partnership by Durham Storytellers and Club Carib. Come celebrate the extraordinary life of Dr. B. George Blake through story and song.
Sat., May 12th, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:45) Club Carib
600 Wentworth St. E., Oshawa
With PRAC member, Singer/Storyteller Host and Artistic Director Heather Whaley, singer Shaundell Parris and Kalalu, Oshawa Sounds of Steel, Durham Storytellers, Storyteller Dianne Chandler, Poet Daniel Healy, Storyteller Rita Cox.
Tickets $20
Online: Eventbrite
Reservations to pay at door contact Heather Whaley Call or text 289 688-1492
Accessible Parking on premises Refreshments
Proceeds to create and preserve a legacy audio and video archive of George’s pre-recorded stories.

12 ~ Music4Life Ensemble

Music 4LifeMagical World of Strings – 2:30 pm
Forest Brook Comm. Church
60 Kearney Dr., Ajax

17 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenThe Young Novelists




Pickering Civic Complex

26 ~ Bill Lishman Day in the City of Pickering

26 ~ Young Singers

Young SingersRise Up And Sing!
3 - 5 pm
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of choral music with Young Singers! We are Durham's Choral Ambassadors with 5 choirs ranging from ages 4 - 20. Hope to see you there!
Forest Brook Community Church
60 Kearney Drive, Ajax | FACEBOOK EVENT
905-686-9821 |

26 ~ Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra

Subscription Concert #5 – 8:00 pm
P.C. Ho Theatre
5183 Sheppard Ave. E

27 ~ 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.

29 to July 7 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative ArtsAjax Creative Art Juried Art Show
Opening Reception May 29 6 to 8 pm
60 paintings chosen to hang at McLean Community Centre and the Juror is well known - Allan O'Marra-unafilliated to Ajax Creative Arts.
Paintings will consist of People & Animals, Still Life/Flowers, Scapes (Land, Sea or City) and 4 abstract paintings. Included in the show are Best in Show paintings & Honourable mention paintings receiving awards! The awards presentation will be held at the reception on May 29th 6-8 PM at the McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax. Refreshments will be served and you can come and meet several artists, enjoy browsing, and view the wonderful artwork.
McLean CC, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax
Contact person: Mary Allen,

29 to June 24 ~ Cameco Capital Arts Centre

Capitol Fine ArtsFiddler On The Roof
20 Queen St., Port Hope


31 ~ Durham Improv

Durham Improv CollectiveColin Mochrie from Whose Line is it Anyway at the Regent Theatre
50 King St E, Oshawa

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speaker's series AND art TALKS

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A Gift of Art | Station Gallery

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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