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from PRAC members in the GTA and Durham Region

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PineRidge Arts Council Juried Art
and Photography Shows

JASPineRidge Arts Council 19th Juried Art Show
October 21 to November 24
Opening Reception: Thu. Nov. 1 at 7 pm
Over $4,000 in award money
Now Closed
Delivery of Artwork: October 21, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
McLean Community Centre, Room No. 3
95 Magill Dr., Ajax

Juried Photography Exhibition



Cultural Expressions Inc.There are three ways you can support.

  1. Supply two pieces of art to be auctioned. If purchased you will receive 50% of the sales, 25% goes towards expenses & 25% towards the Scholarship. (Include full description and starting bid price). **
  2. Sponsorship of $100.00 for a week space in store and keep all funds from sales. **
  3. Sponsorship of $225.00 for the full three weeks and keep all funds from sales. **
  • All art pieces must come wired ready to hang and with a typed label (title, medium and selling price).
  • Preference will be given to Sponsorship for three weeks.  Artists will be asked to volunteer 4 hours per week in store.  
  • Opportunity to be the featured artist on demo. Space is limited to first come, first serve with payment.
  • Payments can be made by cheque or money order payable to Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. Time is of the essence. Successful entrants will be notified by phone or email. 
  • In the above auction and market place we are looking for volunteers who would who are passionate about the arts and would like to give a helping hand. Please call or email if you are available for any time. 

** For more information regarding terms and conditions of exhibitions and sales at Cultural Expressions Art Gallery, please contact the gallery via email at or give us a call 905.427.2412.  Details for art drop off and installation will be provided to successful applicants.

Oshawa Art Association

OAA51st Annual Juried Art Exhibition
OAA members and residents of Durham Region are invited to submit 2 pieces of artwork to our Juried competition. This highly supported event will take place at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery between Apr 18, 2019 to May 5, 2019. It will be juried by a panel of three esteemed artists.
The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019.
Please see the guidelines on our website for full details and complete the entry form to submit your work.
Contact: Joan Moss – 905 831 3681
(905 424 9533 text only)
Open to OAA Inc. members & Durham Region residents.

Durham West 2019 Studio Tour

dwacCall for Entry ~ DEADLINE
October 15, 2018



Lake Scugog Studio Tour 2019

LSSTDeadline for entry is 5 pm, Friday September 7, 2018



Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

Closing date: November 25, 2018
December 9, 2018 to January 21, 2019
Opening Reception:
SUNDAY, December 9 from 1pm to 3 pm
149 High St. Box 1455
Sutton , ON. L0E 1R0




Town of Ajax

Ajax2019 Hanging space at the McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax


For information on exhibiting your art at either the McLean Community Centre or the Council Chambers Lobby at Town Hall, please contact 905-619-2529, ext. 7243. 2019 applcaition COMING LATER

Lynde House Museum

Lynde HouseLooing for artwork for their General Store
Trina Astor-Stewart,
Executive Director
Whitby Historical Society
Lynde House Museum & Warren General Store
900 Brock Street South,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 4L6
Phone: 905 665 3131


Call for Entry | September 2018
Solo Show Opportunity

VACVisual Arts Centre of Clarington

Entries must be delivered to the Visual Arts Centre on Sunday, 23 September, 2018 by 4.00 p.m.

Whitby Chamber of Commerce Art Project

PRAC was recently contacted by Kyle Paterson, Member Relations Lead with Whitby Chamber of Commerce to let our members know they are currently offering local artists the opportunity to display work in their offices at 128 Brock St. S, Whitby.
Download pdf or call Kyle at 905 668 4506.

Station Gallery


Bel Canto Singers
Bel Canto Singers is a 40 voice SATB choir, under the direction of Linda Meyer. Repertoire includes classical, music theatre, folk, jazz and pop tunes. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Scarborough. We are currently looking to strengthen our tenor and bass sections. If you have ever wanted to participate in a group that values music, fun and fellowship please consider joining us.
Contact Elaine at 416-699-4585.


Durham Community Choir


Durham Community Choir - 2018 New Choristers Welcome! If you love to sing and are over 16yrs come join us each Monday night from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Durham College Main Campus, Rm C113, Gordon Willey Building, Oshawa. This semester we are preparing a compilation of Disney Repertoire from classics such as Snow White and Mary Poppins to modern classics such as Lion King, Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Sing, socialize, and have fun! Join us! You may call Jennifer @ 905-550-1804 for more info, check us out on Facebook or visit our for more info, check us out on Facebook or visit our website:


Durham Notables

Durham NotablesJudy Scott-Jacobs is looking for people who love to sing to form a choir in Durham "Durham Notables".
The call is out for singers for a non-auditioned adult mixed voice choir and an accompanist. Rehearsals begin Sept. 4 and will continue Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00 at St.George's Church, 77 Randall Drive, Ajax, L1S 6L4
For details contact Judy directly 905.831.3358.





Durham Youth Orchestra

Durham Youth OrchestraDURHAM YOUTH

John Beaton: Music Director

Violin, viola and cello players between the ages of 6 and 10, who are interested in learning exciting classical music in an atmosphere of fun, are invited to join the Durham Youth Orchestra Junior Strings ensemble.  Beginning to Suzuki Book 3 students are welcome!  Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. at Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby from September to May.  These young musicians will perform in concerts on November 26, March 4 and May 6 as special guests of the Durham Youth Orchestra.

For more information, please contact John Beaton at or 905-579-2401.


County Town Singers

County Town SingersThe County Town Singers
For questions, call John at 647 981-2205.


Durham Community Choir

289-312-0488 for more info. or email


Durham Philharmonic Choir
Durham Philharmonic ChoirSeeks Choristers
Music Director:  Robert Phillips
Music Director: Robert Phillips
Call for Choristers
The DPC is seeking choristers for the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections of this large community
choir which rehearses on Monday
nights in Oshawa from September through May. This successful choral group has a diverse repertoire and performs three concerts annually
- including two with orchestra.
For more information visit,  email or phone 905-665-9062.


Espressivo Singers


Come Sing With Us!

Espressivo Singers

Music Director: J.-C. Coolen - 905-683-5757
Auditions held in early Sept. by apppointment
Come Sing With Us!
This all-female chorus performs an eclectic mix of challenging equal voice choral repertoire. We have performed everything from compositions by Canadians, Mark Sirett and Ruth Watson
Henderson to the classics of Brahms and
Rachmaninoff, Shona Mass rrangements, as well as popular pieces like Pete Seeger’s Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Rehearsals are Friday nights at Durham College – parking is free.
Singers | By appointment
Street Address: 2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa L1H 7K4


Lemon Sisters


Monday Morning Singers

Start this fall singing with this Women's Choir
Mondays 9:15-11:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Anglican Church, 65 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge.
Begins September 14
Anne Mizen directs this choir in a variety of music from folk to classical. No auditions. 905 852-3693


Onstage Productions
Onstage Productions

Oshawa Opera

Oshawa OperaRecruiting volunteer chorus members (SATB) to perform in these concerts. Singers should email for further details.

Pickering Community Concert Band ~ 905-767-0773
East Shore Comm. Centre
910 Liverpool Rd. Pickering
Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm
Dust off that old instrument and join us in this non-auditioned community concert band.

Scar Concert BandScarborough Concert Band

We have been notified that our permit for rehearsal space at Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate has been approved. Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. We are expecting to be rehearsing in the library again. If we find out differently, we'll let you know.


UxbridgeFor Durham, York and Surrounding Regions for complete information



Village VoicesVillage Voices

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM: Village Voices, a non-auditioned community choir, invites singers who might be interested in joining to our first rehearsal of the season at Unionville Presbyterian Church. We are looking for all voices, especially male voices. We sing a variety of music and have two major concerts every year, in December and May. Find us at or Questions?

WANTED: Music Director
Joan Andrews our long time and much loved Music Director is also retiring at the end of the year and we are searching for a new director. Please contact:


ALL Non-paying/Non-equity unless noted)

ACTAjax Community Theatre

Ajax Community Theatre
71 Old Kingston Rd Suite 222
Ajax, ON LIT3A6 Canada


Backwoods PlayersCalling all actors - Young and Old!
What better way to start the holiday season than with the Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant?
Auditions will be held Saturday September 29th and Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. To book an audition, please contact Emer at: or call 905.576.8607 with your preferred audition time.
Non Equity. Non Paying.
This all-ages production does not require seasoned actors able to memorize dozens of lines. Whether you have acted before or you want to give it a try, everyone is welcome to audition. Afraid of auditions? Fear not! No monologue required, simply come ready to share a funny but true holiday story - no longer than 2 minutes and then you will do a short read from the script.
The Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant directed by Emer McCarthy-Wilson will be performed four times during Christmas in the Village at Pickering Museum Village on Sunday December 2, between 11:30am and 4 pm. Rehearsals will take place on Saturday October 20, Saturday November 10, Saturday November 17, and Saturday November 24 all from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory.
Auditions will be held Saturday September 29th and Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. To book an audition, please contact Emer at: or call 905.576.8607 with your preferred audition time.
Non Equity. Non Paying.
Mandy Smiles
Event & Volunteer Programmer | Pickering Museum Village
Community Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 3715 | 1.866.683.2760



Durham Chamber OrchestraA community orchestra, showcasing talented musicians, with a passion for the timeless beauty of classical music.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in Whitby, Ontario.  Musicians are invited to join the DCO.


Durham Shoestring Performers

Durham ShoestringAUDITIONS
Durham Shoestring Performers
Arts Resource Centre
second floor 45 Queen St.,
Oshawa, L1H 3Z2
The Long Road

by Shelagh Stephenson | directed by Joe Szekeres
Nov. 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 201
Youth Audition Mon. Aug. 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm For the roles of Emma and Joe; teens and parents must read the play in advance
Adult Audition Tues. Aug. 28, 7:00 – 9:30 pm All other roles + the actors selected to play Emma and Joe
Characters: Joe, 20 | Mary, Joe’s mother, 52 | John, Mary’s husband, 50-60 | Emma Price, 18 | Elizabeth, a social worker, 40-60

Love and Anger
by George F. Walker | directed by Carolyn Wilson
Jan. 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2019 8 pm
Audition: Tues. Oct. 16, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Peter ‘Petie’ Maxwell 50+
Gail Jones, a black woman 20-40
Eleanor Downey 40+
John ‘Babe’ Conner 45+
Sean Harris 50+
Sarah Downey 35+

by James Rushbrooke
directed by John Lunman
March 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 2019 8 pm
Youth Audition Mon. Aug. 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
For the role of Jessie; teens and parents must read the play in advance
Adult Audition Tues. Nov. 27, 7:00 – 9:30 pm All other roles + the actor selected to play Jessie
Tom, Jessie’s primary caregiver, 30-60
Caroline, a doctor, 35+
Charlie, a doctor, 30+
Rachel, Charlie’s wife, 25+
Jessie, 12 (this character will be played by a teenager, 15+, and will be auditioned Aug. 27th)

Rather Work “Behind the Scenes”? What you could do?
set construction
set painting
Sound Operatorprops construction and acquisition
costume making or organizing
stage hand
ticket handling
stage managing
make-up and much more!
Please contact us if you’re interested.
905-725-9256 or at


Onstage Productions
Auditions are being held for OSP’s 2018 Sounds of Christmas production on Sept 25th for solos, duets and ensemble numbers. We encourage you to come to our information night on Sept 11th and book your audition then. Show dates are Dec 1 & 2 at Markham’s Flato Theatre. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings.
We will be singing a few songs during the information night.
For more information please email
(Please note that no audition is necessary to participate in the chorus)
Location: Knox United Church. 2569 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON M1S 1R3
Time: 7:30pm


Scarborough Music Theatre










Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The Ridge





WestbenCalling all singers and choristers!



Whitby Courthouse TheatreWhitby Courthouse Theatre

Youth Auditions
Calling all enthusiastic and fun youth from 11 to 18 with an interest in theatre.
Audition Dates:Saturday, September 8 or Sunday, September 9, 2018
Format: The audition format this year will be different than in years past. Youth wishing to audition will sign up for a 2-hour time slot wherein 1-hour will consist of private vocal auditions, and 1-hour of group auditions made up of games, light choreography, and some scene work. 
All auditionees must email to secure an audition slot.
Whitby Courthouse Theatre
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

VOS TheatreVOS





Artist and Website SCAM ALERTS!

PRAC is periodically allerted by members on various scams. Most of the shows and opportunities on this page are from members, but check out the group if you don’t really know it.

Check out Art Scams and on our scams page!


March 2012

Had a guy who saw one of my paintings on Fine Art America send me an e-mail expressing interest in the piece. I knew, pretty quick, he was trying to scam me, but played along - insisting on a cleared PayPal payment and shipping address for me to send the piece to him - until he sent me this classic scammer request:

"I was just about to make the payments when i had this little problem with the picking up of the item, I am currently on sea and i am buying the item for my Dad as i explained earlier on [no he didn't] and i tried to book pick up with my pick up agent, but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept western union money transfer for payments and they don't accept PayPal or bank transfer and I tried to send the money online but i couldn't and I am on sea and there is no way i can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it was ok for me to include my pick up agent's fees in the payments I am about to send through PayPal, my pick up agent charged $300 plus insurance and all 'o that, pls can i include their money in the payments I want to send then after i have made the payments you will help me forward the $300 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, this I would have done myself and not bother you but the for the fact that I am currently on sea, so after I have made the payments you will help me send $300 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments, I will more than appreciate if you mail me back, and I will be making the payments shortly.

PS: the shipping company's Head quarters and any pick up fees to be paid is sent to their head quarters by the payee, so the money for pick up will be sent to their head quarters through western union money transfer(this can be done from any post office) at or money grams.."

So, if you are on FAA and get a message from "Morte Steve", with a Yahoo address, don't bother even getting back to him.

Hi Cathy and Lou,

Re: Artists—Beware of Internet Art Scams!
by Laura Warburton

I was the target of a similar scam. The wording of the messages was much the same. There was a move from USA to South Africa and the buyer wanted to use her own shipper. In my case, I received a cheque on a British bank for an amount which was three times what I asked for. In this type of scam, it is hoped that the victim will send their own money to cover the difference. That is how the fraudulent buyer makes money. I sent the email trail to a police officer with the crime unit. Without seeing the cheque, he could predict the scam. He assured me that the buyer did not want my art.

A Whitby bank confirmed that the cheque was not legitimate. They had seen another case where a woman was selling a household article through something like ebay. The buyer had sent a cheque for a much larger amount of money than she asked for. No doubt they had hoped she would send her own money to make up the difference.

I ceased contact with the buyer as soon as I saw the cheque, because then I could guess what sort of fraud it was.

Laura's advice was good. A direct bank-to-bank wire transfer is safe. Then you know whether the payment funds are clear. You must be sure that the payment you receive is legitimate before you send your artwork.

Best wishes,

A lucky PRAC member

Have you received many of these messages? Laura Warburton is sharing a current message she is receiving copies of.

Subject: Art work Enquiry

Hope this message finds you well,i came across some lovely and creative artworks on your site while searching for good artworks and I will like to buy creative artworks out of your stock.
I will be happy to have this selected artworks hanged in our new home. What is the least price? We are travelling from our USA home to our new apartment in London,uk .Regarding payment,I will be happy to pay you with a certified Travellers cheque/moneyorder/cashiers cheque . An urgent reply we be appreciated.Thanks.
Kindly don't bother to include the shipping cost because i have a private shipper hat will arange for the pick up of the art work in your location once you have cleared the payment in your bank,they are in charge of moving our other house interior decor to our new home.I await your contact details to make out the payment to you asap.

Artists are increasingly becoming the target of cyber-scamming.  This email is just one example of the type of internet fraud that artists are receiving from unscrupulous scammers prosing as serious art buyers.
There are a number of points that suggest that this inquiry is not entirely as it may seem;

  • The spelling and grammar are generally quite poor.

  • The buyer is often either traveling or overseas.

  • The buyer wants to pay via a travelers cheque, money order or cashiers cheque, all of which are relatively easy to forge.

  • The buyer wants to arrange their own shipper.

  • They buyer is most often in a hurry to close the deal.

There are many ways to safeguard your work against scams like this, and they are all really quite simple. 

Never accept payment via a travelers cheque, money order or cashiers cheque.  These are all quite easy to forge and your bank can remove the funds from your account to cover a fraudulent payment well after the art has been shipped, often as long as 30 days or more.  The fraudulent buyer who is in a hurry is attempting to pressure the artist into shipping the work before payment has cleared. Similarly, they frequently want to arrange their own shipping or have someone pick up the artwork in order to have possession of it before their phony payment has been discovered. A direct bank-to-bank wire transfer is the safest method to receive payment.  Your bank will ensure the funds are clear, most often on the day of the transfer.

Never accept an overpayment.  Once the price of the art and shipping has been determined, that’s the amount of the payment you should receive from the buyer.  If they send you more than that (often much more) and ask you to send them a cheque for the difference, you will find yourself out of pocket for not only the value of the artwork and the fraudulent payment, but also for the difference of the overpayment you’ve sent back.  No one is going to ‘accidentally’ send you a payment of $7,000 for a painting that you’re selling for $3,000.

As exciting as it may be to have an art buyer contact you wanting to own a piece of your work, you need to proceed with caution.  Take your time.  If you’ve responded to a potential buyer with your selling terms and they don’t appear to be listening, follow your instincts; if it feels funny, it likely is.

First clue – it’s not a show you’ve heard of before!
Second – it’s always advisable to check with your art friends if they know anything about it or heard of it!
Third – how did the e-mail come to you – cold calls are always an indication that it’s not legit.
Fourth – Google it.

• Some like to ‘acquire’ well known sponsors - look at the logos - do they look like poor scans, outdated? Another tip-off that you should invest your time and money elsewhere.
•Artists need to be safe first … same as any kid on the internet – there are rules to follow for safety and you can’t just pay someone for a show that you have not checked out thoroughly.

There are active organizations more than willing to renew your domain name for an exhorbitant fee AND they send their invoice to your home. Check with your current provider to see why you are getting mail from someone else before you loose your money and waste your time.



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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