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from PRAC members in the GTA and Durham Region

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Town of Ajax

Ajax2018 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. 

2018 applcaition now open, due November  10, 2017.
Call for 2018 Art Exhibitions Application - McLean Community Centre Gallery (forms are fillable PDF)

all for 2018 Art Exhibitions Application - Ajax Town Hall Gallery (forms are fillable PDF)

Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Maple Leaf
Help the Town of Ajax Break a World Record
Ajax Community Centre Sports Fields
75 Centennial Rd., Ajax
registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the attempt starting at 7 p.m
The Town will have some large games and activities in the field as well as some food trucks if you would like to purchase dinner or a snack. If you’d like to make a full evening out of it, stay around for Movies in the Park! We’ll be showing “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (rated PG-13) at approx. 9 p.m. But if you are staying for the movie, don’t forget to bring a chair, blanket, bug spray, etc.
For more info: Robert Gruber B.A., Manager, Community & Cultural Development | Recreation, Culture & Community Development, P: 905-619-2529, ext. 7241 | C: 905-999-8901


40th Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

Buckhorn August 17, 18 and 19, 2018
Opening Garden Party: Friday, August 19
Application deadline is January 5, 2018
Invited Artists deadline is February 2, 2018
Applications should be submitted:
By mail to: Buckhorn Community Centre, PO Box 280, Buckhorn, Ontario, K0L 1J0
By courier to: Buckhorn Community Centre, 1782 Lakehurst Road, Buckhorn, Ontario, K0L 1J0
Application Process for New Artists
Step #1 Application forms for new artist that are received by January 5, 2018 fully complete (see Rules of Application below) will be reviewed by the Jury by January 19, 2018.
Step #2 Notification of acceptance / rejection letter will be emailed not later than February 6th to the address provided on your application form. Please provide an alternate address as applicable to receive your notification in a timely fashion.
Step #3 Artists invited to participate in the 2018 Festival will be required to return their contract, image(s) on disc for inclusion in promotional material
and payment by February 2, 2018.

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

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


PickeringOctober 14, 2017 - the official date for the Tom Thomson Celebration event. Our steering committee has been selected, and we are now inviting our Community Organizations to join in this incredible Celebration of Canadian and Local Heritage.  This unique event will celebrate Tom Thomson’s roots in our community, his Scottish ancestry and his upbringing in and around nature.  The event plan has been drafted to include community-led activities related to art, nature, canoeing, fishing, campfires, local fauna and floral and heritage dance, foods, and folklore storytelling.  I have included a list below of suggested activities, in which we are inviting our community organizations to offer at the event.
·           Fishing Pond (tentatively assigned)
·           Heritage fun and games (giant pick-up sticks, ring toss, sack races, on grass twister, on grass checkers, bushel basket toss)
·           Canoeing (on land lessons, décor, and display),
·           Projections of Local Flora and Fauna (photos, illustrations and experts),
·           Campfires (décor and how-to’s),
·           Ceilidh/Scottish Country Line Dance (demonstrations and how-to’s),
·           Arts Activities (woodland masks, paint night – Tom’s style, painting activity, what would Tom paint today?)
·           Fly Making demos
·           Warm Cider

If interested, please contact Cultural Services directly at 905.420.4620 to arrange your involvement on or before August 28, 2017. 

You may also touch base with a committee lead listed below.
The next two Steering Committee meetings are being held as follows:
Monday, August 14 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, August 28 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
both at Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Community Centre
Individuals and groups are also welcome to join our Sub-Committees including

·         Committee 1: Exhibit, Interactive Oral/Video Display, Take-Away document – City Contact Ellen Tayles 905.420.4660 ext 3717

·         Committee 2: Illuminated Living History Theatres: Music, Nature, Stories, Art – City Contact Alarna McKie 905.420.4660 ext 3611

·         Committee 3: Food (Tom’s Food  - Pickering Museum Village will lead and Party Food – Claremont Lions will lead) also warm cider, mulled alcohol free wine

·         Committee 4: Community Group Activities – City contact Justin Walker 905.420.4660 ext. 3609

·         Committee 5: Décor, Dance, Lights, and Community Art Piece, Partnerships  - Mary Pan will lead description as follows.
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
Add to a legacy community public artwork celebrating the roots of our family and community, in context of Canada and our national icon, Tom Thomson. 
Tanya Ryce, Supervisor, Cultural Services | Community Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 3603  |  1.866.683.2760

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.
will take place in the first two weeks of January 2016, during our regular Tuesday night practice. Contact Elaine at 416-699-4585.


Durham Community Choir


Durham Community Choir - 2017 Semester Call for Choristers

This September DCC under John Charles Coolen direction will be preparing chorus's from Handel's Messiah! Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 11th, Room C113, Durham College Main Campus, Simcoe Street North, Oshawa.
We will be welcoming new Choristers - especially tenors and basses - to join us right up to the 1st Monday after Thanksgiving. Preparing Handel's Messiah is a highlight of our choir that will culminate in a grand performance featuring professional soloists and typically accompanied by Talisker Players! Performance is targeted for end of November. This is a great time to join!
As you know DCC is a non auditioned choir providing a fantastic environment of fun, learning and sharing love of music. People may register on line by visiting our website or in person 1st day of rehearsal. Interested people may also call myself at 905-550-1804 if they have any questions.


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
The Durham Philharmonic Choir, Durham’s award-winning mixed-voice community choir, has openings in all parts for prospective singers and is open for auditions to experienced choristers 18 years and older. The 70-voice choir has over 20 years of bringing high quality performances to audiences with large and small-scale repertoire including Christmas, classical, contemporary, spiritual and folk idioms. Many of the choir’s concerts are with orchestra and all performances are held locally.
For more information visit,  email or phone 905-665-9062.


Espressivo Singers


Come Sing With Us!

Espressivo Singers is an all-female chorus which performs an eclectic mix of challenging equal voice choral repertoire. The choir was formed in 2008 and rehearses at Durham College’s Oshawa campus on Friday evenings.
Be part of our coming Holiday Concert which will include a presentation of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols among others.
Auditions will be held in early September by appointment. Please contact J.-C. Coolen at or 289.314.8214.


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.

Port Hope Friends of Music


sCUGOGScugog Council for the Arts


UxbridgeFor Durham, York and Surrounding Regions for complete information



Village VoicesVillage Voices

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 Players
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 PerDurham Shoestring Performersformers


Onstage Productions
Onstage ProductionsFrom Onstage Productions: To all our present and past members who love to sing. Onstage Productions (formerly Scarborough Choral Society) is gearing up for the 31st production of Sounds of Christmas.
We are asking that you come and join us for our first open house rehearsal at Knox United Church at Midland and Sheppard on Tuesday September 12th
Knox United Church is on the northeast corner of Midland and Sheppard. Access to the parking is off Rural Ave just north of Sheppard.
Music will be from book-no memorization required
Dance will be limited to those who wish to partake.
Come out and help us support Judy Scott Jacobs in her last year as our director. She is stepping down after 22 years. Bring a friend and help us make this the best SOC ever.
If you have any questions email one of the following:
Phil Garment
Bill Khan
Pam Tonkin


Scarborough Music Theatre

SMT*** HIRING NOTICE - SMT's 2017-2018 SEASON***

SMT is now seeking submissions from Directors / Musical Directors / Choreographers / Producers / Stage Managers for their 2017/2018 Season. Team submissions are also encouraged.

Here is the 2018 Season

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – February 2018
Music and Lyrics by: Andrew Lippa
Book by: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice…/the-addams-family-a-new-musical
 Approx. audition period: November 2017
 Approx. rehearsal start: November 2017

CRAZY FOR YOU – May 2018
Music and Lyrics by: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by: Ken Ludwig
Co-Conception by: Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan
 Approx. audition period: February 2018
 Approx. rehearsal start: February 2018

For complete details, visit







Theatre 3x60

Theatre 3x60

Theatre 3x60 announces the launch of its Youth Ensemble program, a non-musical theatre, creative company for youth (14 – 21 years) with an emphasis on stagecraft, playwriting, process and performance. During the program, ensemble members will build writing, collaboration, production and performance skills through the exploration of contemporary and classic texts; development of original new work; and public performances. A variety of dramatic forms will be covered including choral dramatization, movement and theatre clown.

2017 Port Perry Summer Theatre musical is ...
The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Auditions in February. Check out our latest blog for details -, or contact the company at



WestbenCalling all singers and choristers!



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.



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