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August 2020

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

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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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August 2020

A Gift of Art

August 1 & 2
Artists: Ainsley Brant Glover, Pierre Cliché, Cathy Drinkle, Watercolour (August 1), and Newcastle Historical Society (August 2)

August 8 & 9
Artists: Alicia Moore, Virginia Moore, Sher Leetooze, and Historical Society of Newcastle

August 15 & 16
Artists: Russell Styles, Bronwyn Gauley, Helen Firing (August 15), and Emily Buckley (August 16)

August 22 & 23
Artists: Shawn Hamilton (Clix Photography), and Jane Leung (Lizard Designs)

August 29 & 30
Artists: Susan McGregor, Linda Virio, Peter Martin (August 29)
Sher Leetooze (August 30)

to September 7 ~ Digital Doors Open

Doors OpenJoin the Ontario Heritage Trust, Doors Open Ontario and its many partners throughout 2020 on a virtual journey across the province as we open Ontario’s doors – online!


to August 2, 2020 ~ Scugog Arts

Scugog ArtsCountry Connections: Watercolours by David Greaves & Wood by Neil Olorenshaw
David Greaves Despite a reverence for old rural buildings, David’s paintings also reflect landscapes, seascapes & floral. A subtle use of palette and light infuses David’s work with a serene and inviting ambience. We bring you a gorgeous selection of paintings that will keep you local and take you to England and Ireland. David Greaves was born in Yorkshire, England. He attended Art School where he graduated in graphic design. After arriving in Canada, David worked in several commercial art studios before opening his own design firm. Although basically a self-taught watercolourist, David’s work was influenced by England’s John Yardley and the late John Blockley.

Neil Olorenshaw Our township is full of beautiful trees, and Neil reclaims a part of them in every piece of his work. These wood pieces were destined for the fireplace. A little attention and look what comes out. Nature hides much of its beauty but, with careful treatment, the intrinsic patterns, colours and textures in wood can be exposed for our enjoyment. Neil’s aim is to showcase the intrinsic beauty of wood, selecting wood from local sawmills, prepare it so as to display its internal beauty, suitably mount it and finish it with all natural products. No colouring or other artificial materials are used.
Time(s) 11:00AM - 4:00PM
175B Queen Street
Port Perry
Phone Number: (905) 982-2121

4 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryReopening ~ check website for details.
Station Gallery
1450 Henry St.
, Whitby


Station GallerySteve Nelson ~ Camp 30 Revisited
August 4 – September 6, 2020 in the Jill Dyall Community Gallery
2020 Lambs Road in Bowmanville, Ontario. Today this is a heritage location designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in September 2013. Decades earlier, this site served as a Canadian-run POW camp for German officers. The compound was in full operation during the height of the Second World War. It was known as Camp 30.
Today all that remains are the hollow shells of the derelict complex. Professional photographer Steve Nelson invokes a stark vision of Camp 30, a place aggravated by time. He states: “My intent in photographing Camp 30 in Bowmanville was to give the feeling of actually walking around the camp shortly after it was abandoned as a POW facility. Therefore, I have presented the images in black and white with a nostalgic, gritty film effect.” His black and white images of the abandoned complex suggest an introspective experience of wandering through—as though in a waking dream—a site haunted by history.

Downstairs Chris Trubela, our new SG:UNDRGRND Producer is debuting his first exhibit experience. Featuring the work of Michael Morton and Peter Elasigue the experience will reveal some of the history, techniques, art and design of comic books.
“MASKED: The Art & Design of Comic Books”
September 25 – October 31, 2020 in SG:UNDRGRND (lower level)

October 1 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryDrawing For Art 2020
In-gallery preview: August 4 – October 1, 2020
On-line event: October 1 @ 7PM
Have you ever seen a piece of art you wish you could take home from the walls of the gallery and bring home to enjoy? Station Gallery grants this wish at our signature Drawing for Art fundraising event. This year, the gallery celebrates the event’s 27th anniversary with many more exclusive works of art. Each work of art is unique and will be sure to please ticket holders as they tour the gallery and our on-line preview in search of a coveted piece. Proceeds from Drawing for Art go towards supporting educational and exhibition programs held at the gallery for the community and its patrons. Tickets are selling quickly—to purchase yours go to the shop page on our website or call the gallery.
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street. Whitby, ON L1N 0A8

8 to Sept. 6 ~ Scugog Arts

Scugog ArtsAnnual Juried Show
August 8 @ 11:00 am - September 6 @ 4:00 pm
Opening Reception & Awards:
Saturday August 8 & Sunday August 9 from 11AM – 4PM

Come see a selection of work from our local artists at our fabulous new space at 175B Queen Street, Port Perry.

Auugst to October 11 ~ SCA's Market in the Mews!

Scugog ArtsWe’re turning our back parking lot into a Pop-Up Market on Sundays through this fall.
Come check out a selection of unique artists, makers and vendors every Sunday at our new themed Pop-Up Market in the Mews!
Dates & Hours: Every Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm (until Oct 11th)
Our address is 175B Queen Street in Port Perry. You’ll see the new Cycle Life where the old Home Hardware was. Walk down the lane on the east side of the building to find Scugog Arts Space. In behind us and Cycle Life and beside Branching Out, you’ll find our private parking area. That’s our Market Mews!
Want to become a vendor? Follow the link to fill out a form:
Theme schedule:
August 9th - Pop-up/Vintage
August 16th - Pop-up Art
August 23rd - Vintage
August 30th - Steam punk
September 6th - Vintage
September 13th - Pop-up Art
September 20th - Vintage
September 27th - Steampunk
October 4th - Vintage
October 11th - Harvest and Hallows
175b Queen Street, Port Perry

14 & 28 ~ Town of Ajax

The Town of Ajax presents Scene It Cinemas – Pop-Up Drive-In Movies
The world of live events has changed but in an effort to stay connected, the Town of Ajax is inviting you to drive in, to get out.
Join the Town of Ajax for the following two free Pop-Up Drive-In events:
· August 14 - Toy Story 4 (PG)
· August 28 - Avengers: Endgame (PG 13)

Both movies will take place at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) at the Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N). Registration is required to attend these events and registration opens on Tuesday, August 4th at 3 p.m
The person registering must be an Ajax resident and all participants within the vehicle must live in the same household or be part of the same social circle. There is no general admittance seating and no bike parking. For more information, FAQs, or to register, please visit

August 14th ~Jonathan van Bilsen

Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament - Emcee
Sunnybrae Golf Club - 11:30 AM

Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreThe Triangle Project
Thanks to all who dropped off the awesome triangles this week! Check out the latest video on "scratching" and the 4 other videos for demonstration/inspiration, download the triangle template and see the drop off schedule for August on our website:
You don't have to use the techniques from the videos. You can choose to use whatever technique you want. See the template for size and shape, and get creative! Paper triangles work best, as we have to glue the triangle to a panel. CREATE 1 TRIANGLE OR 10! DON'T FORGET TO WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE BACK - WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE INCLUDE ALL PARTICIPANT'S NAMES!
Latcham Art Centre
2 Park Drive, Stouffville

14 to 16 ~ Capitol Fine Arts Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsWith so many questions still left unanswered, it is with great sadness that we announce a further suspension of live mainstage theatre and concert performances through the 2020 calendar year.
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

15 & 16 + Sept . 6 ~ RESOUND Choir of Durham Region

Resound ChoirJoin RESOUND Choir virtually for the 2020/2021 season
RESOUND Choir of Durham Region
n/a – virtual now until September 6, 2020

SINGERS WANTED – Auditioned & Non-auditioned
RESOUND is Durham’s newest SATB contemporary-classical choir for younger, older and senior adults. In the upcoming virtual year, singers can participate in the auditioned stream (core choir) or the non-auditioned (audits) stream. All singers should have prior experience singing in 4-part harmony. Excellence in performance and meaningful community outreach are mandates of the choir. Our community outreach initiatives include hiring emerging musicians (Durham Region when possible), and reaching out to seniors isolated by the pandemic. Rehearsals this year will be held virtually via Zoom.
Performing 3 virtual concerts this year, our repertoire includes works by Handel, Mozart, emerging composers Joel Thompson and Connor Koppin, and a new piece commissioned for virtual choir.
Contact: Kim Alexander at or 905 718 0533 to join or to learn more
Auditions are being held August 15 & 16 and September 6.

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15 ~ Serenity Stained Glass Studio

ART IN THE GARDEN. See what is new this year. Come and meet Frank and I and three more artists in Cobourg, Ontario in a save and airy environment.
8492 Danforth Rd. West, Cobourg

22 ~ Whitevale

The City of Pickering is celebrating International Monarch Day on Saturday, August 22, with Pop Up interpretative Dance events created and performed by dancer Zuri Skeete, at different parks in Pickering, including the Whitevale Community Park at 3:30PM. After the performance, stroll up the street to admire our Pollinator Garden at the WACC, 475 Whitevale Road.

29 ~ Music4life String Orchestra

Music 4LifeMusic4Life String Orchestra Virtual Summer Gala
Music4life String Orchestra is reinventing our summer concert experience!! Join us on Saturday August 29th for our online virtual summer gala. Our 1⁄2 hour gala will feature music from our past and present with special messages from our community members and orchestra supporters. And of course don’t miss out on our virtual silent auction!
Our event will LIVE STREAM on August 29th at
We hope you join us for this special event in support of community music! It’ll be Fun.



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