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October 2016

Great things to do in the GTA and Region of Durham

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* by performances means matinees

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If you are a PRAC member and participating in an event or performance
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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.








Sept 28 to Oct 1 ~ 2nd Annual Cavan/Millbrook Outdoor Painting Festival

CavanSeptember 28  ~ Plein Air Workshop
September 29, 30, October 1, 2017 ~ Festival
Cavan Art Academy & Gallery
1535 County Rd 10. Cavan ON L0A 1C0, CA
+1-705-944-9444 |

October 2 ~ The Schoolhouse Group of Artists

Schoolhouse Group18th Annual Art Show and Exhibition on
Sunday, October 29, 2017,
from 11 to 5
Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment, 19 on the Park, 19 Civic Street (behind the clock tower), Stouffville, Ontario.
Their artwork can also be viewed in the center’s foyer from October 4-29, 2017

6 to 9 ~ Wendy Bermingham

Thanksgiving Images Studio Tour, a 4-day self guided art tour.

Oct. 11 ~ 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

Oct. 13 to 15 ~ Oshawa Art Assoc.

OAAOshawa Art Association 36th Fall Art Festival
Time: 10 am to 5 pm all 3 days
Location: Camp Samac Oshawa, inside Council Hall building
Enter at Conlin Rd. Gate, 275 Conlin Rd. E., Oshawa L1H 7K5
Free event – hourly draws for prizes
70 artists in all mediums | Lunch counter available
Further info – Anne – 905-435-0575

Oct. 13 to Oct. 21 ~ Sculthorpe

Capitol Fine ArtsOsage County Live on Stage
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3Z4
toll free 800-434-5092

October 13 ~ Westben


12 noon Tick Talk at The Clock

Join author Judy Fong Bates and others as they read some of their favourite work,
with musical reflections by pianist Brian Finley.
The Clock Tower Cultural Centre
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777
Saturday November 25 at 1 pm - Upper Canada Christmas
Westben celebrates Christmas in Upper Canada with Susanna Moodie and Catharine
Parr Traill, along with the 80 voices of the Westben Choruses under the direction
of Donna Bennett and Brian Finley. A heart-warming, narrated concert celebrating
a Canadian Christmas “pioneer-style”, fit for the whole family
The Barn 6688 County Road 30, Campbellford
For more information please contact Donna Bennett, 1-705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777
Box Office: 36 Front Street South, Campbellford, ON, K0L 1L0

14 & 15 ~ Whitchurch-Stouffville Studio Tour & Sale 2017

Whitchurch Stouffville Studio Tour10 to 5 pm
14 Venues | 23 Artists

14 ~ City of Pickering

Party! in the Park with Tom Thomson
Saturday, October 14 from 4 – 9 pm
Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Community Centre
Come out and party in the park. Celebrate the iconic life and art of Pickering-born artist, Tom Thomson, through music, stories, nature, food, dance and art!
The lanterns are lit, Come explore Tom’s influences, art and heritage. Live DJ, free food, activities, interactive exhibits and illuminated theatres

20 - 22 ~ McMichael Volunteer Committee

Stuart Blower - Stone Carver
10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg

21 - 23 ~ Jan Pettafor

Durham Craft and Gift Show at Durham College

October 29 ~ Schoolhouse Group of Artists

Schoolhouse Group
18th Annual Show
New Venue - One Day Only
Sunday, Oct. 29 11-5
Lebovic Centre for Arts + Entertainment - 19 on the Park
19 Civic Ave., Stoufville

October 29 ~ 2017- 2018 Oshawa Opera Season

Oshawa OperaCavalleria rusticana by Mascagni
October 29, 2017 at 3PM
Kingsview United Church
505 Adelaide Ave East, Oshawa
All tickets are $25. Children under 18 FREE.


to Oct. 1 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryThe SG Pop-up Studio
The SG Pop-up Studio brings free fine art experiences to events in our community. Various, check website

to Oct. 16 ~ Station Gallery

Station Gallery

Steve Kean: Spina Bifida – Front to Back
1450 Henry Street, Whitby
905 668 4185

Station GallerySG Rocks
Local sculptors Stuart Blower, Malcolm Campbell, Gail Cunningham, Grant Davis, Rob Hudyma, Beth MacDonald, Danny Quail and Gordon Reidt release the spirit and colour found within stones. 
Station Gallery 1450 Henry St. Whitby 905.668.4185

Station GalleryUOIT/ Durham College Art Club
Artwork created by the members of the UOIT/ Durham College Art Club
Station Gallery 1450 Henry St. Whitby 905.668.4185

Station GalleryAnimal, Mineral, Vegetable
This permanent collection exhibition takes its cue from the famed parlor game.
Station Gallery 1450 Henry St. Whitby

October 1 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

ACACulture Days

50th Anniversary Calendar Tour
"Doors Open Ajax"
A display of 13 juried works of art by members of Ajax Creative Arts Village Community Centre
22 Sherwood Road, Pickering Village Ajax

1 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

Oshawa Civic BandCulture Days
Culture Days afternoon

Oshawa Airport

1 ~ Scugog Council for the Arts

Scugog Council for the ArtsCulture Days
SCA Exhibit Opening - Printmaking with Angela Hennessey
Gallery Exhibit Opening and meet the artist!
Angela Hennessey's new printmaking exhibit will run throughout October. The Opening of the show is on from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, October 1
181 Perry Street, Unit G-1, Port Perry

to October 15 ~ Dancyn Productions

Dancyn Productions Theatre Company
681 Dnipro Blvd, Oshawa
T: 289-988-2040

1 & 2 ~ Oshawa Juried Art Show

oSHAWA arTCulture DaysThe 48th Annual Oshawa Art Association Juried Art Exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in downtown Oshawa.

Oct. 1 & 2 ~ Victoria County Studio Tour

Victoria County Studio TourCulture DaysVictoria County Studio Tour - Kawartha Lakes from 10am-5pm

1 & 2 ~ Cavan Arts

CavanCulture Days Outdoor Painting Festival artists will paint in various locations- in Village of Millbrook and around Cavan. |
Oct. 1 and 2nd and so very much to see and do. This is still a call for artists to register to participate in the outdoor painting and competition. Everyone is welcome to come and see the artists at work, to see the jamboree and also to be at the Awards Ceremony and Reception (light refreshments). There will be lots of children's hands-on art activities.
Fresh off the easel sale on Sunday so you can take paintings you saw being painted home with you. Register for $25
1535 County Road 10 Cavan ON L0A 1C0
705 944 9444

1 to Nov. 12 ~ The Latcham Gallery

LatchamRobert Houle | Memory drawings
Opening Reception Saturday October 1 at 1pm
The artist will be present at the opening and everyone is welcome.
The Latcham Gallery is very honoured to present this exhibition by Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) artist Robert Houle titled Memory Drawings from October 1 to November 12, 2016 with an opening reception Saturday, October 1 at 1pm.
The Latcham Gallery
6240 Main Street, Stouffville

2 ~ Oshawa Opera

Oshawa OperaCulture DaysAn Afternoon at the Opera, Oshawa, Ontario
Theatre, Music — Hands-On Activity
Dress up like a opera star, have your picture taken in our selfie booth, participate in free singing classes, improv and more. This event is in partnership with The Oshawa Opera.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Arts Resource Centre

2 ~ Station Gallery

Culture DaysTread on It Working with professional artist Jeff Mann, join SG to create your own wearable art, printed using car parts! You are encouraged to bring your own t-shirts, tote bags, or other fabric items; if you can print on it, you can use it!

2 ~ Scugog Council for the Arts

Scugog Council for the ArtsCulture DaysPort Perry Downtown Arts Walk
Port Perry, Ontari 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM


October 2- October 17 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

ACA 50th Anniversary Calendar Tour
A display of 13 juried works of art by members of Ajax Creative Arts
Gallery Goguen
191 Centre Street, South

3 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk
1-2 pm
Not-so-Starving Artists
Station Gallery, 1450 Henry Street, Whitby
905 668 4185

4 ~ Onstage Productions

Onstage ProductionsAGM

5 ~ PRAC

PRACMonthly Meeting, all welcome
7:15 pm, Pickering Rec Centre
1867Valley Farm Road, Room 1


5 to Nov. 1 ~ Markham Group of Artists

Markham Group of Artists“Celebrate” Non-Juried Art Show
Cornell Community Centre, 3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham
October 5th to November 1st, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
This non-juried show of work by MGA members is a special event in celebration of the group’s 35th anniversary in 2016.

7 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk Remember When - A Nostalgic Trip Back to the 50s & 60s with Tim Westhead
1-2 pm Station Gallery
1450 Henry St. Whitby
905 668 4185

11 ~ Durham Shoestring Performers

Durham Shoestring PerformersGOOD PEOPLE ~ AUDITION
All auditions are held at the Oshawa Arts Resource Centre at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
Auditions are public readings using the script; no monologues required. No fees and no experience necessary, but you should read the script to determine your interest and suitability.
To borrow a script for advance reading contact Carolyn Wilson at 905-725-9256 or at

11 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHSGuest Speaker: Robert Henderson  “On the Trail of Canada’s Explorers”
Bob Henderson is the author of Every Trail Has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada, which tells of the adventures the author had in following the trails of the explorers on foot, by canoe, on snowshoes, and any other way the explorers travelled.
Monthly Meeting – 7:30 pm
Pickering Central Library | One The Esplanade S. | Pickering

12 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – second Wednesday of the month from
1pm to 4pm
Greenwood Rec. Bldg.
3551 Greenwood Rd., Greenwood

12 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMonthly Meeting – 7:00 pm
John David Anderson will be giving a demonstration on Acrylic, a great Canadian contemporary impressionist
Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa | 905-426-8613

12 ~ City of Pickering and DWAC Foundation

DWACParticipate in an important meeting to plan for the operation of the Arts Centre. As part of their work, Webb Management Services is working to develop a business plan for the facility, which means addressing how it should be programmed, operated, and financially sustained. Given that you have been identified as a potential user of new arts spaces, the consultants would like to involve you and your organization in the effort.
The meeting will take place at the on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 7-9 pm at the Pickering Recreation Complex Arena – O’Brien Meeting Rooms (located at the back of the Complex at 1867 Valley Farm Rd.). The Consultant will be developing operating policy and practices in such areas as scheduling, ticketing, food & beverage service, and backstage operations. They will also be considering ways that a new arts centre might be operated, talking about important issues like rent, and bringing you up to date on other elements of the project.

15 ~ DWAC 2017 Studio Tour DEADLINE

DWACtOUR Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 2017
Call for artists ~ Download PDF
Deadline Saturday, October 15, 2016


15 ~ Oshawa Opera

Oshawa OperaLiederabend 7:30 pm
Opera by Request, in association with Oshawa Opera, Featuring: Kristine Dandavino,
Michael Robert-Broder, William Shookhoff
Tickets: $20 at the door. All tickets $20.00
Women's Art Association of Canada
23 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto (steps away from St. George subway, Bedford Rd exit).

15 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

ACAPaint Party - Gallery Goguen
191 Central Street S., Oshawa,
6-9 PM Ajax Creative Arts -Paint Party -Brushes and Brawn
Landscapes and Waterways-Teacher Sandy McKenzie
$40.00 All supplies included - wine,refreshments,tea,coffee
must confirm 10 people

15 to November 13 ~ Whitevale Arts and Culture Centre

Felt-Making artist Carol Outram, from Seneca College’s Fashion Department) will exhibit from Oct 15 to Nov 13 as well as WACC will host a free designer talk with her on Friday, Oct 14 7:30 and two 5 hours workshops on the same week-end ($95 materials included). We hope to have a 6-8 person attendance for these workshops.
DESIGNER’S TALK (An introduction to felt and Carol’s work)
Friday Oct 14th @ 7:30 (slide presentation and designer talk) at the WACC Free - All Welcome
Saturday Oct 15t
h 10am - 3pm
Students will explore the first stages of felt-making. This involves laying down a web of woollen fibres (fleece/roving) at right angles to each other creating the felt layers. The wet felting process involves the adding of soap and water, the agitation and pressure encourages the fibres to interlock and become a fabric.
Sunday, Oct 16th
10am - 3pm
With needle felting dry fibres are encouraged to interlock through the repeated ‘poking’ of barbed needles. Needle felting is used to create 3D shapes, flat pictures and designs, as well as detail for other types of felting. Don’t forget, samples produced in the previous class can be used.
Workshop Fee: $75 per workshop; please allow an additional $20 for materials
Approx. 8 places in each workshop.
Bring your own lunch and let’s talk textiles!
To register please send your name, address and name of the workshop/s you would like to attend to | 905.471.5195

15 & 16 ~ Whitchurch-Stouffville Studio Tour

Whitchurch Stouffville Studio Tour10 to 5 pm ~ 17 Venues 26 Artists
16th Annual Studio Tour
905-640-2279 |

15 & 16 Ontario Wood Carvers

Magic in Wood
Ontario Wood Carvers Association Competition and Show Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd. Pickering

15 & 16 ~ Schoolhouse Group of Artists

Schoolhouse GroupFall Show & Sale – 10 am to 4 pm
Lemonville Community Centre
13453 McCowan Rd., Stouffville

15 & 16 ~ Kawartha Artists' Gallery & Studio

Kawartha Artists' GalleryMelaine Browne Workshop: In the Abstract
Melanie will guide us through the processes of abstraction and help us create our own unique interpretations of the world.
420 O'Connell Road, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 4C9

16 ~ Nov. 6 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACThe Thirty Sixth Annual Juried Art Show
Opening Reception Oct 16 2-4 pm
143 Simpson Ave., Bowmanville

17 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Paint PartyPaint Party
22 Sherwood Road W., AJax
Ajax Creative Arts Paint Party birches and trees by pallette knife
Teacher Sandy McKenzie
Cost $45.00- cash only All supplies included and refreshments,tea,coffee
must confirm:

17 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryCurator’s Walk & Talk
Anong Migwans Beam: Submerged Landscapes Anong Migwans Beam is a painter living and working in M’chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island 7-8 pm Station Gallery
1450 Henry St. Whitby 905 668 4185

October 18- November 22 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

ACA 50th Anniversary Calendar Tour
A display of 13 juried works of art by members of Ajax Creative Arts
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street

20 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk: Test your Art IQ with Mark Challen
Can you tell a Manet from a Monet? Do you know the definitions of daguerreotype and diorama? Can you list three visual tropes found in a memento mori? Join art & culture superfan Mark Challen for a cool new take on the classic TV quiz show format - designed especially for art-lovers and trivia buffs.
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street

19 to 30 ~ Cheryl Bannister and Shelley Beach

Toronto Watercolour's Acquivision Artists' Reception Saturday, October 22, 1-3pm
The Papermill Gallery Todmorden Mills Heritage Centre
67 Pottery Road, Toronto

22 ~ Scarborough Philharmonic Orch.

Scarborough Philharmonic OrchestraLet’s Dance! – 8:00 pm
Salvation Army Scar; Citadel
2021 Lawrence Ave., E., Scar.

22 ~ Theatre 3x60

Arts at the Ascension presents a staged reading of Frozen Assets By Rob Corbett
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 pm
Church of the Ascension, 2
266 North St., Port Perry
This delightfully suspenseful theatre event has one performance only on October 22, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 (refreshments included).
Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Arts at the Ascension’s outreach activities and Theatre 3x60’s community programming. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Church office at 905 985-7278 or visit

23 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Paint Party-Gallery Goguen
191 Centre Street S. Oshawa
Ajax Creative Arts Paint Party - thistles
Teacher Sandy McKenzie
Cost $40.00 includes wine, refreshments and all supplies. Must people We take VISA and Mastercard,

23 ~ PRAC

JASArt Take-in
1-4 pm
Mclean CC 95 Magill Drive Ajax



24 ~ City of Pickering

Meeting to plan for the operation of the Arts Centre
Monday, October 24, 2016 from 7-9 pm at the Pickering Recreation Complex Arena – O’Brien Meeting Rooms (located at the back of the Complex at 1867 Valley Farm Rd.)
If you or someone from your organization can attend the meeting, please RSVP with Leigh Brazeau at or 905.420.4660 ext. 2177 by October 20th.  If you can, please prepare by thinking about how often you might use the new facilities and what types of operating arrangements would suit your needs.

26 to Nov. 13 Kawartha Artists' Gallery

Kawartha Artists' Gallery Sunny Ways
Opening Reception on Sunday October 30th, from 1-4pm,
420 O'Connell Rd.
Peterborough, ON, K9J 4C9

27 to 30 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Odd Couple
Soulpepper at the Capitol Series
Cameco Capitol Arts Theatre
20 Queen St. Port Hope


27 ~ 30 ~ Dancyn Productions Theatre Co.

DancynThe Rocky Horror Show
In partnership with LR Productions is proud to present the return of this classic Halloween musical to Oshawa.
Dnipro Hall
681 Dnipro Boulevard
Oshawa, ON L1H 5M6

28 ~ PRAC

JASJAS Opening Reception 7:00
Mclean CC
Banquet Hall
95 Magill Drive Ajax



29 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

Oshawa Civic BandFestival of Remembrance 2pm-4pm
Embassy Church
416 Taunton Rd. W. Oshawa

29 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

ACAAlcohol Ink Workshop
As promised, there will be another fun alcohol ink workshop with Margaret Brackley on Saturday, October 29th from 10 - 4 pm. Just in time for Christmas!
This class will include a pendant (which, as those of you that have taken the class before know, are gorgeous!) and a tile and a Christmas Ball.
All materials will be supplied. There will also be some additional supply items available for those who are interested (pendants, tiles and balls)
The cost for members is $45.00 and non-members $55.00 (feel free to bring a friend!)
There will be a sign-up sheet at the club. You can also e-mail Kim Johnson at to reserve a spot.

29 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisDuffleBag Theatre Presents Dracula (Children’s Show Ages 4-12)
Saturday, October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

30 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenWomen of Shakespeare 3 pm
Chick Reid, Actor; Donna Bennett, soprano; Brian Finley, piano
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, Chick Reid and Donna Bennett offer favourite versions of some of the bard’s most beloved female characters back to back in script and song.
At the Clock Tower, Campbellford
705-653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777



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Culture Days

What are you doing for Culture Days 2017?


Markham Group of ArtistsMarkham Group of Artists

Welcomes new members. Members’ Days are held on the first Wednesday of every month, September to May, 10 am to 12:00 noon, and include presentations, demonstrations, lectures and critiques on a variety of topics. Location: Markham Village Library, southeast corner of Highways 7 and 48.
One-day Workshops are held at the Markham Village Arena Boardroom, (beside the Library). Workshops are open to members and the general public, and are limited in size. Please visit the MGA website: for more information on upcoming workshops and to register. Fees for workshops vary and are not included in the membership.

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
    927 Liverpool Road, Pickering

    • July/Aug ~ Kay Hubbard
      Sept. & Oct. – Denise Gracias

      Reed's Florists, Pickering Town Centre

      Mar. & Apr. - Madhuri Bansal
      May & Jun. - Margaret Brackley
      Jul. & Aug. – Mary Jo Smith
      Sept. & Oct. – Janice Brown
      Nov. & Dec. Nesrin Bialy
      Jan. & Feb. 2018 - Charles Burke

      Debbie's Boutique Café, Ajax

      94 Harwood Ave. S, Ajax L1S 2H8 | 905 239 6721 across from Ajax Library
      Sept. & Oct. – Gary Faulkner
      Nov. & Dec. – Denise Gracias
      Jan. & Feb.2018 – Jenny Venette

      OPG Info Centre, Pickering

      Sept. & Oct. – Jennifer & Gordon Ross
      Nov. & Dec. – Sharon Janushewski
      Jan. & Feb. 2018 – Sharon Steinhaus

    • 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)





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