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October 2019

Great things to do in the GTA and Region of Durham

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* by performances means matinees

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Women's History Month

Reading and RemembranceReading and Remembrance
has many lessons that can be used to learn more about amazing women.







Early BirdOctober 2020 Early Bird Listings

October 15 to October 25 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsCapitol Youth Theatre Production of
Disney’s The Lion King Jr.

The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and all your favourite characters in this spectacular 60-minute version of the Disney blockbuster.
Experience the epic journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale that has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. You’ll cheer, you’ll cry – and you’ll sing along to the amazing music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice.
“In the circle of life
It’s the wheel of fortune
It’s the leap of faith
It’s the band of hope…”
Our community production features the talents of children and teens in the area working together with theatre professionals and our Artistic Director Susan Ferley.
Port Hope
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z4



October 2019


to November 3, 2019 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACZ’otz* Collective: Waiting Outside of My Hand
Z’otz* Collective is a group of three artists with Latin American roots, who collaborate on multi-media works, which include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, and site-specific drawing installations. In this exhibition, the artists will investigate the concept of the niche as a point of departure. A niche may be thought of as a recess or shadow box, to contain elements within a larger configuration. Exploring the notion of the space to incubate, collect, investigate, and share stories, the collective will create contemporary niches strategically placed within the content of a site-specific mural created by the artists.
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 3K8

to Ocober 9 2019 ~ Nesrin Blair

Global Warming ~ Acrylic landscapes Solo Art Show
Ajax Town Hall Council Chamber Lobby
Harwood Ave., Ajax 10 am- 4 pm

to October 13, 2019 ~ LATCHAM ART CENTRE

Latcham Art Centre Melissa Doherty
Opening reception Thursday, August 29 from 7pm – 9pm
Playing with scale, perspective and the connection between sculpture and painting, Kitchener-Waterloo-based artist Melissa Doherty challenges our perceptions of both landscape and landscape painting. Her work aims to explore the materiality and form of landscape and how the facade and artifice in landscaping can relate to notions of identity.
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. T: 905 640 8954
Admission: FREE.

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. Room #1
Pickering 905-509-3855


2 to 30 ~ Arts on Fire Ajax

Arts on Fire AjaxAdult Art Classes
6 - 8:30 pm - Ages 18 to 102
Ajax High School

OCT 4 ~ Sketchier Arts Party

SCAScugog Council for the Arts
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM
Scugog Council for the Arts
181 Perry St, Port Perry, Ontario L9L 1A7
If you thought the last party was sketchy, you’re in for a surprise as Scugog Council for the Arts is bringing back its Sketchier Arts Party! Tickets will be sold online and at Scugog Council for the Arts at a price for $25! Adults only.

4 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenNew Now: U of T Singers – Noon
Clock Tower,
36 Front St. S, Campbellford 705-643-5508

5 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisBerenstain Bears on Stage
Saturday, October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

Oct. 5, 2019 ~ Indie Author DayIndie Author Day Pickering

Book Clubs and Buzz ...
Indie Author Day 2019 at the Pickering Central Library on October 5, 2019

Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. Francistiff. AJAX FILM CIRCUIT @ 8 pm
St. Francis Centre
78 Church St. S. Ajax


6 ~ Scugog Council for the Arts

SCATwo Workshops for Adult Writers:
Sunday, October 6th, 2019 – 1:00 to 4:00 pm – Inspired by Art – Short Prose – Fiction & Memoir
Sunday, November 10th, 2019 – 1:00 to 4:00 pm - Inspired by Art – Poetry & Flash Fiction
Place – Scugog Arts, 181 Perry Street
$45 each, registration required
Instructor – James Dewar

6 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryExploring Colours with Catherine Mills


7 ~ Station Gallery

Monday October 7, 1-2:15pm
Created for talented seniors enthusiastic about starting their own business or expanding their existing venture in retirement, this enjoyable presentation with practical content will help cultivate your entrepreneurial interests. Try Tim’s simple-to-use but powerful approaches that build trust and business connections with motivational basics.
PLEASE NOTE: This session does not focus on financial details or information about government start-up initiatives.
Kindly bring donations of non-perishable items for Whitby’s food bank, The Deacon’s Cupboard.
1450 Henry Street, Whitby L1N 0A8

8 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHS'She is One of the Best’, the Florence
McGillivray Story”
Three years ago, Bill Allen published his coffeetable book on the paintings of Florence Helena McGillivray, a little-known, but extraordinary, artist from Whitby. Allen has launched a new biography of McGillivray that explains her career in education and art, her influences, her connections to other people and places, and how she was part of early 20th century art and the Canadian Modernist Movement.
Pickering Public Library · Pickering, ON
Meetings start at 7 pm at the Pickering Central Library Auditorium

Oct. 9, 2019 ~ Oshawa Art Assoc.

OAAGuest speaker: Colin Whitbread
All starting at 7 pm – 2nd Wed. of every month except July. 289-991-1067
Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa

9 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – 1:00 pm
Guild meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, from 1pm to 3pm, at the Greenwood Community Centre, 3551 Greenwood Road, Greenwood ON

10 ~ Sarah Shaw

Paint and Palate with Sarah Shaw
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5 PM – 9 PM
Bistro '67
1604 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A7

11 to 14 ~ Wendy Birmingham

Thanksgiving Images Studio Tour
Friday, October 11th - Monday, October 14th, 2019
125 Mill Pond Road, Moonstone (Simcoe County area near Orillia)

13 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenChopin to a Tea – 3:00 pm
Clock Tower,
36 Front St. S, Campbellford 705-643-5508

16 to 25 ~ Capitol Fine Arts

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Hobbit • Live On Stage
• Evenings & Matinées
October 16 - October 26
The Hobbit:
Enter into the fantasy world of JRR Tolkien’s famous tale, with orcs and elves, dwarves and hobbits, a wizard and a dragon all on stage, in a show sure to delight adults and children alike!
Directed by Susan Ferley, The Wizard Gandalf encourages (and perhaps tricks) Bilbo into joining a group of dwarves, who are heading off to reclaim their former “Kingdom under the Mountain”. The story is filled with a world of ancient maps and treasures. There are encounters with friends – but the journey is not without dangers, including traveling through treacherous Mirkwood, encounters with monstrous trolls, giant evil spiders, and of course – the real villain of the book, the dragon Smaug. Bring the whole family for a wonderful Capitol Theatre experience!

Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street, Port Hope
905-885-1071 |

October 17 to December 17 ~ LATCHAM ART CENTRE

Latcham Art CentreJason Baerg
October 17 – December 7, 2019, Opening reception Thursday, October 17 from 7pm – 9pm
Jason Baerg is a Toronto-based Cree Métis artist and educator whose practice serves optimistic futurities. For his solo exhibition at Latcham Art Centre, Baerg will share his recent mixed media works, that respond from his ancestral homelands in Saskatchewan, to question and react to global contemporary concerns, which are informed by numerous Indigenous perspectives. Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, October 17 at 7pm.  This solo exhibition is part of our ongoing commitment to provide a venue to showcase artwork by Indigenous artists.
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. T: 905 640 8954
Admission: FREE.

17 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTIFF Ajax Film Circuit presents
(Special 55+ Screening)
Thursday, October 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm on Stage
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

17 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisBerenstain Bears on Stage
– 1 & 3 pm
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

18 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTIFF Ajax 2nd Reel presents MOUTHPIECE
Friday, October 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm $10.00
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

18 ~ City of Pickering

City of Pickering
Wanted: Executive Director, Performing Arts Centre (annual salary range starting at $117,746.60).
Apply by October 18,


19 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisThe Traveling Milburys In Concert
Saturday, October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $35
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787


Oct. 18 to 20, 2019 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAA38th Fall Art Festival
10 am to 5 pm all 3 days
Camp Samac Oshawa, inside Council Hall building
Enter at Conlin Rd. Gate, 275 Conlin Rd. E., Oshawa L1H 7K5
Free event – hourly draw for prizes 70 artists in all mediums
Lunch counter available
Further info – Anne – 905-435-0575

18 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTIFF 2nd Reel – 8 pm
78 Church St., Ajax

19 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTravelling Millburys
7 pm
78 Church St., Ajax

18 to 20 ~ The Annual McMichael Volunteer Committee’s  AUTUMN ART SALE

McMichaelsThe Opening Night Gala is on Friday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 10 pm, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, parking and admission to art sale, and a cash bar.The sale continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 pm. Parking $7, Free admission to Art Sale, Regular admission to Gallery Exhibits.
PRAC artists: Robert Hinves | Sue Miller

19 & 20 ~ Stouffville Studio Tour

Whitchurch Stouffville Studio TourAnnual Studio Tour – 10 am
Whitchurch and Stouffville areas

Sept 20, Oct 18 and Nov 8 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. Francistiff.2ND REEL
Sept 20, Oct 18 and Nov 8 @ 8 pm
St. Francis Centre
78 Church St. S. Ajax

20 ~ ART TAKE-IN ~ 1 to 4 pm

McLean Community Centre, Room 3
95 Magill Dr., Ajax



OCT 20 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryPaint Like the Masters: Pop Art
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8
facebook event

23 ART TAKE-OUT ~ 5 to 7 pm

McLean Community Centre
Room 3
95 Magill Dr., Ajax


26 ~ Ontario Philharmonic

Ontario PhilharmonicPROGRAM 1 Ontario Philharmonic
- Classics Series - Musical Pioneer Chapter
Carte Blanche For Matt Haimovitz
Regent Theatre
50 King Street E
Oshawa, ON L1H 1B3
905.721.3399 x2

27 ~ Young Singers

Young SingersSingsation Sunday
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM
Join us on Sunday, October 27th at 3 pm as Young Singers launches our first concert of the season! All five choirs will be performing. Get your tickets at for $15 each (a limited number of seats will be sold at the door).
Ice Cream bars will be available for $4 purchase. Children three years and under are FREE.
St Dunstan Of Canterbury, 56 Lawson Road, Toronto, ON M1C 2J2

27 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenSing If You Dare!
Sing if you Dare! Children’s Halloween Concert & Costume Party with Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew
Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:00 pm
Clock Tower Cultural Centre
36 Front St. S, Campbellford
705-653-5508 or toll free 1-877-883-5777

27 ~ The Dunbarton-Fairport Senior Choir

Presents: “Light the Way to Broadway!”
Cabaret and Silent Auction
Sunday, October 27 at 7:00 pm
Dunbarton-Fairport United Church
1066 Dunbarton Rd., Pickering
Featuring selections from: The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Spamalot, The King and I ... and many more.
Admission $10 which includes intermission refreshments.
Proceeds to support the Senior Choir’s invitation to join a mass choir at the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York City next May – and the Dunbarton-Fairport Capital Maintenance Fund. Tickets available from choir members and at the door.


30 ~ PineRidge Arts Council

JASOpening Reception of 20th Juried Art Show
from 7 pm
meet the talented artists responsible for the latest show.
McLean Community Centre



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Have you checked our Workshops and Auditions | Juried Art Show pages?

If you are a PRAC member your event should be listed on this page!

PineRidge Arts Council members are invited to list their events in ArtScene and on the website. Please send plain text, not word documents, pdfs or jpegs to Cathy and Mary or complete our on-line form.

Art in Public Places

OPG Info Centre, Pickering

Jan. & Feb. – Nesrin Blair
Mar. and April – Mary Jo Smith
May and June – Jelena Zivkovic
July and August – Charles Burke
August 26 to October 21 ~ Elizabeth Lowe
October 21 to December 16 ~ Hal Bilz and Garry Herridge

McLean Community Centre, Ajax

Jan. 7 to Mar. 18 – Allan’s Artists
Mar.18 - Apr. 15 - Allan O'Mara 15 Reasons to Live
Apr. 15 - May 26 - PRAC - JPE
May 27 - Jul.8 - ACA Juried Show
Jul. 8 - Aug.12 - Kay Hubbard
Aug.12- Sept.9 - Angela Wong and Shirley Huang
Sept.9-Oct. 21 - Janice Brown & Jayshree Mina Daya
Oct. 21 - Nov.24- PRAC Juried Art Show
Nov. 25 - Jan 6/20 - Ajax Photo Show

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P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0

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