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August 2019

Great things to do in the GTA and Region of Durham in August

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* by performances means matinees

National Peacekeepers DayNational Peacekeepers' Day

Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have served in various peace support efforts will gather at events across the country to honour their comrades. A national ceremony is held each year in Ottawa at the Peacekeeping Monument on the Sunday closest to August 9. It is organized by the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (2019 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS is May 29).

If you are a PRAC member and participating in an event or performance
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Early BirdAugust, 2020 Early Bird Listings


to Aug 27 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Paint What You Love
Kent Farndale Gallery
Scugog Memorial Public Library
Box 1049, 231 Water Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8

to January 3, 2021 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACThe Loft Gallery Commission: Hissing Folly by Cole Swanson
Reception: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, 2 PM - 4 PM
For the 2020 iteration of the Loft Gallery Commission, Cole Swanson looks at Durham Region’s ecological landscape and poses critical questions around human relationships with invasive species, specifically phragmites (European common reed). Phragmites is a perennial grass that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients. This plant has been damaging ecosystems in Ontario for decades including areas of Clarington and the wider Durham Region. Working with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA), this collaborative project will result in the collection and removal of phragmites from the Thickson Woods Land Trust of Durham Region. The harvested phragmites will be used as materials for an immersive sculpture in the VAC using a centuries-long tradition of thatching. The resulting exhibition will consider phragmites as a historically valuable construction material with creative potential while educating the public on the risks posed by the plant to the ecosystems present in Clarington and the surrounding region.
Cole Swanson’s cross-disciplinary artistic practice spans over 15 years. Using sound, installation, painting, and sculpture his work explores interspecies relationships as they relate to complex coevolutionary systems. Swanson holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. His work has been exhibited in exhibitions in Canada and international venues across four continents. He is a two-time national fellowship winner through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature paintings and Jaipur school fresco techniques in Rajasthan.
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, L1C 3K8

August 4 to August 30 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are swept up in a twister that drops her somewhere over the rainbow in the magical, colourful
and at times dangerous Land of Oz.
This sure isn’t Kansas! The family favourite is a faithful stage adaption of the movie classic with all the familiar tunes.
In the much-loved story by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy finds herself transported to the magical and colourful world of Oz.
She must follow the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard to get back home. But what happens along the way is the stuff of dreams with songs, newfound friendships and flying monkeys.
You’ll see just what we mean!
Capitol Theatre
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z4

Preview – August 5 at 8 pm
Opening – August 6 at 8 pm
Performances – August 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15 at 8 pm
& August 9, 12 at 2 pm ~ Theartre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeFestival 2020
Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott by Beverley Cooper premiered in 2008 at the Blyth Festival and is a perceptive examination of community and how good people make bad choices, through the true Canadian story where a 14 year old boy is wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of a 12 year girl in a small Ontario town. With an ensemble cast playing multiple roles over the span of time from accusation to acquittal, Ms. Cooper insightfully dissects how a tragedy in a small town became a tragedy of justice for an individual and a country. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water St., Port Perry

12 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMonthly Meeting – 7:00 pm to 9 pm
Membership meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month, excepting July.
Arts Resource Centre
45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3

Aug. 15 & 16, 2020 ~ The Buckhorn Festival of the Arts

BuckhornThe Buckhorn Festival of the Arts has been one of the top 100 Festivals for 11 consecutive years. or email


Aug 29 to Sep 24 ~ Jennifer Ross and Gordon Ross

Opening Reception: Aug 29 @ 2pm
Differing Perspectives
Kent Farndale Gallery
Scugog Memorial Public Library
Box 1049, 231 Water Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8



August 2019


PineRidge Arts Council's Juried Art Show

Details on JAS page HERE

Download PDF HERE or register online HERE




Latcham Art Centre40th Anniversary Exhibition
Opening reception Wed., July 10 from 7pm – 9pm
In celebration of Latcham Art Centre’s 40th anniversary, we are presenting a small group exhibition of artists whose recent bodies of work push the boundaries of their chosen media and uniquely explore ideas related to memory and time. Please visit our website for more information: LATCHAM ART CENTRE
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. T: 905 640 8954
Admission: FREE.

July 3 – August 16 ~ Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgePreview July 24 @ 2 pm
Performances July 25, 27, 30, 31, August 2 @ 7:30 pm, August 3 @ 2 pm
The Valley

By Joan MacLeod
Director – Carey Nicholson
Four lives intersect and collide in The Valley, a timely and powerful perspective on the complex issue of police interaction with the mentally ill.
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry

Theatre On The RidgePreview July 31 @ 2 pm
Performances August 1, 3, 6, 7, 9 @ 7:30 pm, August 10 @ 2 pm
The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Director – Michael Serres and Annette Stokes
Considered by many to be one of the most brilliant comedies written, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s commentary on Victorian society.
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry

Theatre On The RidgePreview August 7 @ 2 pm
Performances August 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30 pm
Venus in Fur

By David Ives
Director – Carey Nicholson
The season closes with a battle of wits of a different kind in David Ives’ Venus in Fur, a sharp provocative tour de force inspired by the erotic novel of the same name by Leopold von Sacher- Masoch.
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry

Theatre On The Ridge Gift certificates are already available for tickets and season subscription packages.
Patrons can take advantage of our pre-season pricing to save 25% until February 14th.
Regular box office ticket sales begin April 1st. Visit for full
information and to get your summer seats now!

1 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenJames Ehnes Violin – 2 pm

1 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryWave Summer Music with Onion Honey
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby

2 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenJeremy Dutcher – 7 pm
Campbellford 705-643-5508

2 3, 4 ~ Westben Jazz Fringe

WestbenArea Jazz Musicians – 7:30 pm
Musicians throughout Trent Hills


3 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenMatt Dusk Sextet – 2 pm


3 to 31 ~ Scugog Arts

Saturday August 3 – 31, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION & AWARDS: Saturday August 3, 2019, 1-3 pm
181 Perry Street, Port Perry FACEBOOK

4 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenSophisticated Ladies – 2 pm

6 to September 1 ~ Cameco Capital Arts Centre

Capitol Fine ArtsMillion Dollar Quartet
Great balls of fire!
You’ll sing, you’ll dance! The toe-tappin’ rock ‘n’ roll of the quartet that could sell a million! Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins meet at Sun Record recording studio for a jam session that will rock your world.
Don’t miss Million Dollar Quartet at the Capitol Theatre
August 6 to September 1.
Sizzle up your summer with this once-in-a-lifetime jam session of music legends in the making. Rocking the stage at the Capitol Theatre.
20 Queen St., Port Hope FACEBOOK EVENT


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd. Room #1
Pickering 905-509-3855


8 ~ Whitby Brass Band

whitby Brass BandSummer Concert in the Park
Free summer concert series
Cullen Central Park - 300 Taunton Road on Thursday 8 August.
Bring a lawnchair or a blanket
7:30 pm start time

8 to Sept. 1 ~ Cameco Capital Arts Centre

Susan Ferley directs this Tony Award-winning musical, about one evening at the Sun Records studio in Memphis! It’s hard to imagine Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and the inimitable Elvis Presley in one place at one time – but that’s exactly what happened, and the results are brought to you on the Capitol Theatre stage, for one of the greatest Jam sessions ever! If you see Guys and Dolls, you will have some idea of the fresh perspective and creative energy Susan can bring to great stories – and the cast is remarkably talented! .
20 Queen St., Port Hope

Aug. 14, 2019 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAGuest speaker: Lynn Dooly-Marek
"Colour... Working with complementary colours" 
All starting at 7 pm – 2nd Wed. of every month except July.
Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa

14 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACA (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hosted by Driftwood Theatre and VAC
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville L1C 3K8 FACEBOOK

15 ~ Station Gallery

Thursday August 15, 7pm
Never has the intersection of art and film been as pronounced as today. Join SG Curator, Olex Wlasenko, for an encore performance in an ever-expanding series exploring visual art and cinema. Wlasenko addresses the influence of moving images on still imagery and vice versa…
Art Talks run approximately one hour
*$5 suggested donation
1450 Henry Street, Whitby L1N 0A8
905-668-4185 FACEBOOK

15 ~ St. Francis Centre

Music By The Bay Live
Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues – 8:00 pm
St. Francis Centre, 78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529, Ext. 2787

16 tp 18 ~ Allan O'Marra's Art Escape

Maxwell Settlement Rd, Bancroft FACEBOOK


17 & 18 ~ Buckhorn Festival of the Arts

BuckhornBuckhorn Festival of the Arts, 42nd year
Aug 17 at 10 AM – Aug 18 at 4 PM
Buckhorn Festival of the Arts
1782 Lakehurst Road, Buckhorn, Ontario K0L 1J0 FACEBOOK

20 ~ Durham Shoestring Performers

Durham ShoestringMarion Bridge - Audition
Tues. Aug. 20, 2019

Time(s) 7:00 to 9:30 pm
DSP will cast 3 women aged 30s to 50s for Daniel MacIvor's drama Marion Bridge. Contact DSP to borrow a script or for more information.
Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St.
Oshawa, L1H 3Z3

23 ~ Artist Gala

NorthumberlandNorthumberland Hills Studio Tour
Members of the public are invited to attend an Artist Gala at the Cobourg Community Centre on Friday, August 23rd. The Gala will be a prelude to this year`s Northumberland Hills Studio Tour.
This year’s Northumberland Hills Studio Tour (Sept 7 & 8) will be the biggest event yet, with 43 artists, 14 of which are local Cobourg residents. The artists on the tour this year represent 16 different medias from painting, glass, pottery, wood, fabric, pyrography, stone, photography and metal art. This event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and will host artists from this year`s tour who will have a sample of their work on display. FACEBOOK

24 ~ Lynde House Museum and Warren General Store

Lynde HouseFundraiser Yard Sale at Lynde House Museum
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9 AM – 3 PM
900 Brock Street South
Whitby L1N 4L6



24 ~ The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACCelebrates young artists with the 8th Kids Outdoor Art Festival (Previously known as Picasso’s Picnic).
The festival will take place this summer on Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm, rain or shine. Now in its 8th year, the Kids Outdoor Art Festival (previously Picasso’s Picnic) is an annual youth art festival produced by the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.
The festival brings together kids and youth of all ages, families, professional artists and local businesses for a day of celebration and support of our young community artists. Highlights of the festival include all-day entertainment at the performance stage, over a dozen art workshops, a youth art market, and delicious food brought to you by youth food vendors and businesses such as Derwood’s IceCream, Copper Branch, and Big Dave’s food truck. The 39th Annual Juried Exhibition and Trans/mission: Barley-Corn-Maize by Ron Benner will be on view inside the VAC gallery. This is a free event, a suggested donation of $10 per family or PWYC is appreciated.
This is a cash-only event and there will be no ATM on site. Please bring a refillable water bottle to use the free hydration stations on site.
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, ON., L1C 3K8
Phone: (905)-623-5831 ext. 1 | Visit: FACEBOOK EVENT

August 29 to October 13, 2019 ~ LATCHAM ART CENTRE

Latcham Art Centre Melissa Doherty
Opening reception Thursday, August 29 from 7pm – 9pm
Playing with scale, perspective and the connection between sculpture and painting, Kitchener-Waterloo-based artist Melissa Doherty challenges our perceptions of both landscape and landscape painting. Her work aims to explore the materiality and form of landscape and how the facade and artifice in landscaping can relate to notions of identity.
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. T: 905 640 8954
Admission: FREE.

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.

24 ~ VAC

VACKids Outdoor Art Festival
​Now in its 8th year, the Kids Outdoor Art Festival (previously Picasso’s Picnic) is an annual youth art festival produced by the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. The festival brings together kids and youth of all ages, families, professional artists and local businesses for a day of celebration and support of our young community artists. The KOAF offers a wide range of art workshops, make-and-take activities, a youth art market, live performances, workshops, and local food.
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 3K8

AUG 29 ~ Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

GeorginaDonor Wall Design Contest
Public · Hosted by Hospice Georgina and
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 8 AM – 12 PM
20849 Dalton Road, Sutton West, Ontario L0E 1R0

31 to Sept. 1 ~ Kawartha Art Festival

Kawartha Art FestivalArt in the Country
Labour Day Weekend
Fenelon Falls Fairground
PRAC artists: Linda Baker Cole | Robert Hinves | Gord Wilson | 705-887-3263

AUG 31 ~ Scugog Arts Presents

SCAThe 2019 Annual Juried Show
Aug 31 at 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Scugog Council for the Arts
181 Perry St, Port Perry, Ontario L9L 1A7





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Art in Public Places

OPG Info Centre, Pickering

Jan. & Feb. – Nesrin Blair
Mar. and April – Mary Jo Smith
May and June – Jelena Zivkovic
July and August – Charles Burke
August 26 to October 21 ~ Summi Siddiqui
October 21 to December 16 ~ Hal Bilz and Garry Herridge

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

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