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April 2019

Great events in the GTA and Durham Region in April

Please confirm dates before booking
* by performances means matinees

You may find more information on events if you go to our facebook page and look in the EVENTS section!

Early BirdApril 2020 Early Bird Listings


PRACAGM – 7:15 pm

Ontario Power Generation 
Information Centre
1675 Montgomery Park Road
Pickering, L1V 2R5 ON

Apr. 1, Thurs. Apr. 2, Fri. Apr. 3, Sat. Apr. 4, 2020 ~ DSPDurham Shoestring

by Michael Redhill
Directed by Phil Ireland
Stage Managed by Michele LaPointe
“Love just changes some people for the worse.”
An evil is lived. The story is told. Something even greater is heard. Michael, a writer searching for witnesses to a family tragedy, meets Althea, whose vivid past compels Michael to question what and whom he should trust. Althea remembers the alleged war criminal she was supposed to protect, his loving daughter and the prosecutor who seeks his conviction. Does failing memory absolve responsibility? Is love an enemy of justice? Past and present are drawn to each other just as evil and goodness are threaded through all we do.
Performances Fri. Mar. 27, Sat. Mar. 28, Wed.Apr. 1, Thurs. Apr. 2, Fri. Apr. 3, Sat. Apr. 4, 2020, 8 pm
Arts Resource Centre
45 Queen St.
Oshawa, L1H 3Z3

to April 5 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsBOOM
The Off-Broadway debut of Rick Miller’s explosive multimedia show.
March 26 to April 5
Award-winning writer and director Rick Miller
performs his solo masterpiece that recreates the defining moments of the Baby Boom generation.
BOOM will take you from Hiroshima in 1945,
through 25 turbulent years that end with Apollo 11 in 1969.
Buckle up for this mind-blowing experience
for audiences of all generations!
Port Hope
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z4

5 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic ChoirMozart’s ‘Requiem’
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, 3PM College Park Church, Oshawa
Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ remains one of the most powerful and best-known works in the classical repertoire. The DPC, along with a first-rate cast of soloists and orchestra perform this incredible masterpiece for the first time in several years, along with a couple of well-known shorter works. The ‘Requiem’ is always a popular program piece for our audience, so be sure not to miss this momentous occasion! Tickets: $35 | 905-728-1739

18 ~ Pickering Public Library

Noisy Art in the LibraryNoisy Art in the library
TAKE IN: March
RECEPTION: April 18, 2020
PRAC is a proud partner in this event

18 ~ Pickering Rotary Music Festival

Pickering Rotary Festival33rd Annual Stars of the Festival Concert & Awards 2020
This year, the festival is schedule:
Start February 27th – March 12th
Play-offs March 31st
Stars Festival April 18th
The festival will take place at St. George's Anglican Church, 77 Randall Drive, Ajax, Ontario unless otherwise specified.

PRAC is a proud sponsor

24 ~ Ontario Philharmonic

Friday, April 24, 2020, 8:00 pm
PROGRAM 5 - World Music Series - Mediterranean Soul
Canada’s own, always a fiery stage presence, Pavlo - composer, guitarist, showman - brings Mediterranean Soul to you in this World Music concert with Maestro Marco Parisotto and Ontario Philharmonic. Pavlo’s original Mediterranean stylings are distinctive world-wide. A very special, internationally recognized artist, Pavlo returns with his band, with brilliant arrangements accompanied by Ontario Philharmonic.
Regent Theatre
50 King Street E
Oshawa, ON L1H 1B3
905.721.3399 x2


April 2019

Latcham Art Centre ~ Ongoing Saturdays

Latcham SaturdaysLatcham Saturdays
Join us each week for Latcham Saturdays! Free and low-cost art events for the community. Events include hands-on art activities, art demonstrations, opening receptions, artist talks, tours, performances and more.
Visit for details.
Budding Artists Age: 7 - 11
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Budding Artists PM for ages 7 – 11 years. Students will do a variety of projects and media in this creative class, building confidence and skills along the way! Pre-registration is required.
12 sessions | $225
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1

to April 7 ~ Georgina Arts Centre @Gallery

GeorginaReflections from the Artist's Garde
Opening Reception

Sunday, March 3 at 1pm
149 High Street
Sutton, L0E 1R0

to April 21 ~ VAC

VACArt From the High Schools
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 2019, 6-8pm
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.
Tel: 905-623-5831

to April 23 ~ Allan O'Marra

15 Reasons to LiveFifteen Reasons to Live
Artist participants: Cheryl Bannister, Marjatta Beasley, Laurie Benson, Ilija Blanusa, Jayshree Mina Daya, Georgia Fullerto, Ruth Greenlaw, Cheryl Helferty, Angela Hennessey, Diane Huson, Errol Knight, Susan Lindo, Maureen Lowry, Vera Malitskaya, Mike McGowan, Betty McGowan, Emily O'Marra, Ruth Smith, Marissa Sweet, Daniel Wedderburn, Denise Wilkins
McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax

to May 11 ~ Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre

HerongateDo Not Disturb – 6:00 pm
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-472-3085

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.

1 ~ Station Gallery

Monday April 1, 1pm
What’s so funny? It’s April Fool’s Day and we’ll take a walk in the lighter side of visual culture to explore the many shades of funny: satire, irony, slapstick, abjection, deadpan and plays with language.
*Art Talks run approximately 1 hour. | $5 suggested donation.
1450 Henry Street, Whitby L1N 0A8


• Silent auction
• Guest Performers:  Eastside Harmony Chorus
• Artful Draw by Robert Hinves
• Refreshments

All welcome
Ontario Power Generation
Info Centre
1675 Montgomery Park Rd., Pickering

4 to 14 ~ Cameco Capitol Arts Centre

Capitol Fine ArtsDean & Jerry–What Might Have Been
Multiple Performances
20 Queen St., Port Hope


5 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTIFF Ajax Film Circuit presents “Beautiful Boy”
78 Church Street South, Ajax
905.619.2529 x 2787

5 ~ Scugog Council for the Arts

SCAScugog Cultural Connections: Multi-Arts Symposium - Registration
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Health & Resource Centre, 22600 Island Road, Port Perry

6 to May 2 ~ Port Perry Artists' Association

PPAACelebrates 20 Years of Diversity
Anniversary Group Show
Kent Farndale Gallery
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8

6 ~ Lynde House Museum

Lynde HouseThe Ladies of Lynde House Fundraiser Fashion Show at 1 pm
Tickets $15
905 665 3131
900 Brock St. S,

to April 8 ~ SPARK

Spark! is an annual Juried Art Show for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8. We encourage all types of mediums including pen, pencil, paint, crayon, pastel and markers or an even a combination. Submitted works will be organized in three categories based on current grade level of the artist.
PineRidge Arts Council is a proud partner with Pickering Public Library
Download entry form HERE
Drop off work Between ~ March 16th and March 30th by 4 pm at front
Awards Reception Saturday, April 6th, 2 pm
Pick up artwork Between April 8th and 20th during open hours
Pickering Public Library PHOTOS HERE
One The Esplanade, Pickering

6 ~ Pickering Rotary Music Festival

rOTARY mUSIC fESTIVALStars of the Festival Concert
6:00 to 8:30 pm
St. Georges Anglican Church
77 Randall Dr., Ajax
PRAC is a proud sponsor of this show

7 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic ChoirAnnual Winter Concert
with Vivaldi's GLORIA and Gounod's MASS OF ST CECILIA with orchestra and soloists
3PM - 430 PM
1164 King Street East
(905) 728-1739

7 ~ Gwen Tuinman

The Wild Nellies Celebration Of Women
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa

9 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHS“Black Canadian women and their contributions to women's rights in Canada” with Channon A. Oyeniran (Vice President, Ontario Black History Society)
This presentation, by the Vice President of the Ontario Black History Society, will trace the evolution of the rights of Black women in Canada and highlight key Black Canadian women who helped to contribute and shape human rights in Canada.
Meetings start at 7 pm at the Pickering Central Library Auditorium

10 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAGuest Speaker: Doug Purdon
All starting at 7 pm – 2nd Wed. of every month except July.
Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa

10 ~ Shuttlebug Weavers & Spinners

Monthly Meeting – 1:00 pm
3551 Greenwood Road, Greenwood

11 & 12 ~ Scugog Arts Council

SCAScugog Cultural Connections:
A Multi-Arts Symposium in partnership with the Mississauguas of Scugog Island First Nations
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Health & Resource Centre, 22600 Island Road, Port Perry

11 to 20 ~ Ajax Community Theatre

Ajax Community TheatreRumors – 8 pm
(Apr. 14 Matinee)
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax 905.619.2529

Whitby Courthouse TheatreApr 11, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 ~ Whitby Courthouse Theatre

Murder in the First is an adaptation of the 1995 major motion picture of the same title.
In 1941, Alcatraz prisoner Willie Moore stands trial for the violent murder of a fellow inmate. In what at first appears to be an open-and-shut case, a bold young lawyer intervenes with the claim that Moore cannot be held responsible for his actions due to the brutality visited upon him during three years of solitary confinement.
Inspired by an actual event, Murder in the First is a gripping courtroom drama that exposes an undercurrent of injustice and hypocrisy throughout the federal justice system.
Whitby Courthouse Theatre
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

13 ~ Monday Morning Singers

Chiaroscuro– 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
65 Toronto St., Uxbridge


Delivery of Photos
from 1 to 3 pm
McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax

14 to May 12 ~ Georgina Arts Centre @Gallery

GeorginaMeet the Georgina artists

Sunday, April 14 at 1pm
149 High Street
Sutton, L0E 1R0


NorthumberlandDEADLINE April 14, 2019

The tour dates are Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, 2019.
EARLY BIRD $225 Deadline, midnight March 22, 2019 (no exceptions)
Applications after March 22. 2019 $250.00 with the deadline of midnight, April 14, 2019
Entry fee is non-refundable after June 15, 2019. A processing charge of $50.00 will be retained for cancellations received before this date. Please make cheques payable to ‘Northumberland Hills Studio Tour’
Click HERE for more info.

April 18, to May 5 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAA51st OAA Juried Art Exhibition
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z3

18 ~ Station Gallery

Thursday April 18 7pm
The nude has been one of the more challenging images in the history of Canadian art, its depiction has seldom been objective, it has always been a refection of the cultural and religious attitudes of its time.
Join John Di Leonardo in an hour-ling discussion and visual presentation of their controversial theme.
Explore why we as Canadians still feel uncomfortable with the subject and why the nude has played an important role in the evolution of contemporary Canadian art in the early part of the 20th century.
Art talks run approximately one hour | *$5 suggested donation
1450 Henry Street, Whitby L1N 0A8

21 ~ World Creativity and Innovation Day

25 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryDrawing for Art – 6 pm
1450 Henry St., Whitby


25 to May 4 ~ VOS Theatre

VOSThe Music Man – 8 pm
(Matinees April 27, 28, May 4)
Victoria Hall, cobourg 905.372.2210

April 26 to 28, 2019 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAA6th Spring 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

26 ~ City of Pickering

Calling all young artists!
Our Youth Art Show is taking place on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the George Ashe Library & Community Centre.
Individuals 13-19 years of age are asked to submit their art by April 5. Cash prizes will be available for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place!
For additional information – please call Andrea Dufresne at 905.420.4660 ext. 6104 or email her at
PRAC is a proud sponsor of this show

26 ~ Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeSongs in the key of “R”*
A musical cabaret restricted to adults only!
Friday, April 26, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Old Flame Brewery, Port Perry

April 27 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisMusic by the Bay Live presents Alastair Greene
Alaistair Greene, former guitarist for Alan Parsons, has a combination of blues, southern rock and jam band sensibilities that have been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
78 Church Street South, Ajax
905.619.2529 x 2787

April 27 ~ Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra

Ontario PhilharmonicPROGRAM 5
(Special - Non-Subscription) • APRIL 2019 • Pops Series | Rock-Jazz Chapter
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)
LIGHTHOUSE • 50 YEARS OF CANADIAN HITS • with Lighthouse & OP Strings
Fifty years of the coolest rock/jazz/blues of LIGHTHOUSE, with Ontario Philharmonic strings! The originality, artistry and imagery of PROKOV and HOFFERT rivals all of the great composer duos of their time, the heady 60s to 80s. This standout group made their mark in Canada, United States and Europe. Join us in an act of Canadian Rock/Jazz patriotism!
Regent Theatre UOIT
50 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B3 |

27 & 28 ~ Durham West Studio Tour

dwac27 Artists at various locations and
Dr. Nelson F Tomlinson Community Centre
4941 Old Brock Road, Claremont
North Pickering
PRAC is a proud sponsor of this show
Download 2019 brochure HERE

27 & 28 ~ Karen Richardson

Annual Spring Open Studio
Weekend of April 27 and 28 (1 to 5 pm both days)
Mark your calendar to come visit with me in my art studio, see my new paintings in person, view work in progress, peruse art books, enjoy light refreshments, enter a Free Draw to win one of my paintings... and generally celebrate Spring!
271 Angeline St. S., Lindsay

28 ~ Georgina ARTS Centre & Gallery

GeorginaMarch 24 & April 28
Pen Mic Sessions 2 to 5 pm
149 High Street, Box 1455
Sutton, L0E 1R0

29 ~ Georgina ARTS Centre & Gallery

GeorginaArt talk
Meet three Italian women artists who shook the art world: Sirani, de Rossi and Nelli!
Monday, April 29th at noon.




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speaker's series AND art TALKS

Please check our members' websites and PRAC's facebook event listings.

A Gift of Art | Station Gallery

ArtScene deadlines HERE

Art in Public PlacesOPG Info Centre, Pickering

  • Nov. & Dec.2018 – David Reid
    Jan. & Feb. – Nesrin Blair
    Mar. and April – Mary Jo Smith

    May and June – Jelena Zivkovic
    July and August – Charles Burke
    Sept. and October ~ Summi Siddiqui

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 Daya
Oct. 21 - Nov.24- PRAC Juried Art Show
Nov. 25 - Jan 6/20 - Ajax Photo Show

ArtfestRegistration details soon on-line for Artfest 2019
and start looking for signage for your outdoor art show tents.


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