Scugog Council for the Arts ~ Literary Prose & Poetry Contest
2017 Literary Prose & Poetry Contest
$1,200 Cash Awards ~ Deadline: APRIL 2
The PineRidge Arts Council has agreed to partner
with the SCA for this exciting contest and plan to
attend their April 30th Awards Presentation (time
and location TBD).
First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded to
Open and Youth categoriees
in both Prose
and Poetry and PRAC is
delighted to sponsor the
Youth Category Awards.
Entry fee: $20 first
entry in each category.
$5 for subsequent entry
in same category
Maximum 3 entries per
No fee for Youth entries.
• Maximum; 2500 words Prose,
100 lines Poetry (per poem)
• All entries must be EMAILED by midnight
EST March 19, 2017.
• Include one cover page, regardless of number
of entries submitted including your name,
complete mailing address, telephone number
and email address.
• Only previously unpublished work may be
entered. No simultaneous entries.
• Judging is blind. Do not print, type or write
your name on the text pages of your entry.
Prose entries must be:
• Typed and double spaced with a title
Page number on each page
• NO author’s name on manuscript
Poetry entries must be:
• Typed and single
• Poems that run more
than 1 page need title
and page number of
• NO author’s name on
Email to: email@example.com
Online entries only.
For more information and online payment using
PayPal visit: www.scugogarts.ca
• Payment can be made online or by mail.
Send cheque or money order, payable to Scugog
Council for the Arts, or drop off to 181 Perry
Street, Unit G-1, Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7.
• Payment must be received by the contest
deadline or entries will be invalid.
Presented in partnership with PineRidge Arts
Council and Inkslingers
Call for Artists:
Oshawa Art Association’s 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition 2017
Calling all artists to enter our 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
You do not have to be a Oshawa Art Assoc. member to enter. Additional categories have been added including one to celebrate Canada’s 150 Anniversary.
Deadline for entry is March 8th. Delivery of art to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on March 30.
Show runs from April 6th to April 23rd. Registration forms with complete info are at Curry’s, R. McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa City Hall, Meta4 Gallery in Port Perry, and can be printed from the OAA website – www.oshawaartassociation.com or phone Mary Gartlan – 905-576-7693.
Call for Entries-2017
Artists are invited to apply for entry to the 32nd Annual Victoria County Studio Tour.
Application deadline is January 31st, 2017.
Tour dates: Sept 23-24 and Sept 30-Oct 1.
This past year our Tour included 25 artists at 17 studio locations dotted throughout the Kawartha Lakes. Applicants not living in the area can apply to be a guest. Take a peek at what our group has to offer at www.vcstudiotour.com Applications and information can be found there as well.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-887-2229
Town of Ajax
2017 Hanging space at the McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax
DEADLINE NOV. 11
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
Call for Artists
Rising and established professional artists are invited to apply for entry to the 40th annual Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, August 19 and 20, 2017 (Opening Garden Party: Friday August 18). Showcasing gallery-quality displays of fine art that appeal to a broad range of art enthusiasts and collectors, the prestigious Buckhorn Fine Art Festival inspires visitors to linger long enough to experience demonstrations and special presentations by the artists themselves. Festival Park at 1782 Lakehurst Road is the picturesque woodland garden setting for the Buckhorn Community Centre and eleven permanent gallery buildings, which can comfortably accommodate the works of more than 85 artists.
The definition of fine art by which submissions for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival are measured is: “The selective re-creation of reality, to express human perspectives and values in a highly skilled fashion, incorporating creative innovation through the medium of painting, drawing, sculpture or other creative media such as jewelry, ceramics, textiles, wood-turning, etc.”
For an application form, visit www.buckhornfineart.com or call 705-657-1918 (toll free at 1-877-300-9766).
Application deadline is January 13, 2017
PineRidge Arts Council
Expression of Interest due: Friday, February 24, 2017
Visual Arts Centre Clarington
Time to submit your work to our
35th Annual Juried Art show!
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Call for Photographers
September brings "Changes" - a Group Photography Exhibit.
Whether you find inspiration for change in the ebb and flow of Mother Nature’s seasons, in the loss of so many great musicians who helped to define our musical leanings, in the transformations of family around you or simply in the ever changing world in which we live, come and see the many interpretations of this theme captured in photographs by a variety of talented artists.
This show is open to works by SCA members, group members and non-members interested in becoming a part of the Scugog Council for the Arts.
Contact Robin at the SCA office for details on submitting work as soon as possible.
905-982-2121 or email@example.com
Submission deadline is Wednesday, August 31st.
Wanted: Engaging, Eclectic and Emerging Artists for the 18th Annual Lake Scugog Studio Tour!
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.
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.
Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of January 2016, during our regular Tuesday night practice.
belcantosingers.ca. Contact Elaine at 416-699-4585.
Looking for two sound technicians and a dimmerboard operator for A Christmas Story, The Musical - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
RENT, THE MUSICAL
Auditions: November 22nd, 23rd & 24th from 7PM - 10PM
Registration required (done online at dancynproductions.com)
Board of Directors - Dancyn Productions
Durham Community Choir
Durham Community Choir is inviting new and current choristers to join us for our up-coming Winter Semester. DCC will be performing a selection of popular music with rehearsals starting Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Durham College Campus, Gordon Willey Building, Rm C113; 2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa. Registration will begin on Monday, January 9th and continue for a few weeks thereafter. Rehearsals will culminate in a full-length performance.
The Durham Community Choir is a non-auditioned, community-based Choir, accepting persons 16 yrs of age & up who love and want to sing; no audition required. For more information on the Choir or how to join, please visit our website: www.durhamcommunitychoir.on.ca or, you may contact Jennifer at 905-550-1804.
Music Director: J.C. Coolen
Durham Youth Orchestra
JUNIOR STRINGS INVITATION
John Beaton: Music Director email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-579-2401.
County Town Singers
The County Town Singers
For questions, call John at 647 981-2205. www.countytownsingers.com countytownsingers.com/events.
Durham Community Choir
289-312-0488 for more info. or email email@example.com
Durham Philharmonic Choir
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 www.durhamphilharmonic.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 905-665-9062.
Auditions are being held for all-female chorus, Espressivo Singers, an auditioned women's choir that rehearses at Durham College, 2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa and performs an eclectic mix of challenging equal voice choral repertoire.
Espressivo Call for Choristers & Audition times. Espressivo Singers will be starting auditions for the upcoming Winter Semester starting Fri., Jan. 13th.contact J.-C. Coolen at email@example.com or 905-683-5757.
Music 4 Life
If you are new to your instrument, rekindling a past musical passion or simply wanting to play music with others then we want you!
Join us as we explore and grow our musical talents together. From Bach to Rock, you will love and be inspired with Music4Life.
Music4Life Ensemble gathers every Saturday for practices on Linton Ave. in Old Pickering Village in Ajax. Please contact us to become a member. Don’t miss out!
Vlad Morffis, Musical Director Music4Life Ensemble
We are an amateur community string ensemble in Ajax, Ontario. As a learning ensemble, our objective is to provide a friendly and welcoming forum for string musicians of all ages, to learn and play together. Through this fun and encouraging ensemble, we gain performance experience by sharing our musical creations with our families, friends and our communityat large.
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.
www.mmsingers.org 905 852-3693
Recruiting volunteer chorus members (SATB) to perform in these concerts. Singers should email
firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Port Hope Friends of Music
Are You Interested in Playing With Us?
The Scarborough Philharmonic is primarily a volunteer-driven ensemble, although we do have paid section leader positions that become available from time to time. We are always looking for more musicians who would like to play unique repertoire under an exciting roster of guest conductors.
We do not have a formal audition process. If you are interested in playing with the SPO, please email your resume or a list of playing experience to email@example.com at any time.
Scugog Council for the Arts
For Durham, York and Surrounding Regions
celebrationofthearts.ca/cota/events/ymc/ for complete information
AUDITION: Anne of Green Gables: The Musical
March 29 - 7:30pm-10pm
Auditions for our upcoming July 2017 production of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical
Citizen's Forum - Victoria Hall - Cobourg
www.vostheatre.com for more details and to book an audition time
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)
Ajax Community Theatre
Ajax Community Theatre
71 Old Kingston Rd Suite 222
Ajax, ON LIT3A6 Canada
Looking for an Emcee!
Always wanted to try out your emcee skills? Been the emcee at a wedding?
The VIV Planning Committee is looking for a volunteer to be the emcee for the PMV Volunteer Appreciation Reception! The event takes place on Friday April 28, 2017 starting at 6:00 pm.
· introducing Mayor and Council, Speakers, Award Presenters, and the entertainment
· follow schedule provided and keep evening on time
Please submit your name to Mandy for consideration by the VIV Planning Committee by March 5. A brief interview will be part of the selection process.
Event & Volunteer Programmer | Pickering Museum Village
Community Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 3715 | 1.866.683.2760
Dancyn Productions Theatre Co.
The Dancyn Theatre
681 Dnipro Blvd in Oshawa
DURHAM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
A 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 www.durhamshoestring.org
By George F. Walker
Directed by John Lunman
Audition: Wed. Dec. 7, 2016
All auditions are held at the Oshawa Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scarborough Music Theatre
*** 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 2017/2018 Season
An ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER musical [due to rights restrictions, the show name can only be seen by following the link to the complete Hiring Notice] – November 2017
Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Tim Rice
Approx. audition period: June 2017
Approx. rehearsal start: September 2017
THE ADDAMS FAMILY – February 2018
Music and Lyrics by: Andrew Lippa
Book by: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
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 http://theatrescarborough.com/docs/SMT_Hiring_2017-2018.pdf
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 - https://theatre3x60.ca/blog/
theatre3x60.ca, or contact the company at email@example.com.
Calling all singers and choristers!
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!
INTERNET ART SCAMS
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 westernunion.com 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.
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.