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February 2023

Great events in the Region of Durham and the GTA in February

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 Bird

AllFebruary 2024 Early Bird Listings

Regetn Theatre Regent Theatre
50 King St E, Oshawa





All 2023 PRAC memberships are NOW due.

Reading and RemembranceBlack History Month


2 ~ Happy Groundhog Day ~ Wiarton Willie
14 ~ Happy Valentine's Day
18 ~ Happy Ontario Family Day

February 2023


to FEB 5, 2023 ~ Northumberland Players

Northumberland PlayersHilda's Yard
It’s an exciting summer day in 1956 for Hilda and Sam Fluck. Newly on their own since their thirtysomething children Gary and Janey moved out, they are finally ready to relax. What could disturb their simple idyllic life?

to Feb 19, 2023~ The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

RMGLoose Parts
The theory of loose parts is a learning strategy that encourages the development of creative problem-solving skills through tactile play. Adopted as the title of this exhibition, the spirit of loose parts is carried into a collection of artworks that engage with repetitive acts of assembly.
A loving embrace of queerness and being in flux, the exhibition, "Loose Parts" takes pleasure in the beauty, openness, and potential of in-between spaces and holding things lightly. Artists sophia bartholomew, Akash Inbakumar, and Justin Mezzapelli do this with intention, creating laborious works that unfasten and reorder social structures and conceptions of self through a queer lens.
Learn more about this exhibition:
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre
Oshawa ON L1H 3Z3 | 905.576.3000

to March 3 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative Arts

Sunnybrook Art Show
Ajax Creative Arts
22 Sherwood Dr W, Ajax On L1T 2Y2
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Gift Shop
2075 Bayview Ave Room M1-007
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

to Mar 4 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreMatthew Trueman: voices in a cool wet darkness
Open: Friday, January 20 – Saturday, March 4, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 2023 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM
2 Park Dr, Stouffville, 905-640-8954



Friday nights ~ OpenStudio Art Café

Friday Nite @ the Art Café
Open Mic from 7-9:30 pm
Pre-book your ticket
617 Liverpool Road, Pickering

Feb. 2 to 11 ~ Ajax Community Theatre

Ajax Community TheatreWrong Window!
by Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore
Opens Thursday, February 2, 2023
February 2nd - 11th, 2023
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm | Sunday, February 5th at 2pm
Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife. After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes, and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt. The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor’s apartment – 39 steps away – and the fun begins. Among multiple door-slammings, body-snatchings, and a frantic flashlight chase scene, two questions remain: Who killed Lila Larswald? And… if she’s not dead…then who is? The crazy farce plays out on a shadow-box set that allows the audience to be present in one apartment, while viewing the action in its mirror-image neighboring unit across the way.
St. Francis Centre – 78 Church St. South, Ajax

Feb 4 to Mar 25 ~ Station Gallery

February 4 - March 25, 2023
Opening reception: Saturday, February 4 @ 1:15 PM
Curator’s Tour: Thursday, February 16 @ 7PM

Grief. A somber subject. An inescapable aspect of the human experience. All of us will suffer loss over the course of our lives – death, heartbreak, lost opportunity, to name a few. And we will grieve.
1450 Henry St. Whitby

Feb. 4 to Mar 25 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryIZZAT VAID | IV ARTS
February 4 - March 25, 2023
Opening reception: Saturday, February 4 @ 1:15 PM
I am a self taught artist who discovered a passion for creating through my grand-daughter who wanted to learn how to make art with “Grandma”. I have since grown to become a creative educator and owner of “IV arts”. My creations are beautiful integration of abstract and pure imagination. Through my art I want to offer the viewer a movement to pause and sense an intersection of rich texture and calm geometric shapes. Art brings me peace and admiration for the beauty of the wonderful world we live in. My studio is based in historic Brooklin and is a beautiful blend of old world and modern art refined.
1450 Henry St. Whitby

Feb. 4 ~ Cultural Expressions

Cultural Expressions Inc.16th Annual Durham Black History Month Celebration
Sat, Feb 4, 5:00 PM
J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate • Ajax, ON

Feb 4 to April 23 ~ VAC

http://www.vac.caAnoxic Memory
Anoxic Memory is a sensory exhibition transforming the VAC’s galleries into an active peat mire. Simmons will create living installations that explore the natural biology and mythos of Canadian peatlands. From the dangerous to the health-restoring, the real to the imagined, the extractable to the preserved—our past and present are entangled in the mire. Visitors are invited to traverse the bog’s biological strata, uncovering the human histories preserved in its layers.

Feb. 11 ~ Opening Reception: Anoxic Memory

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition of the 2023 season, Maria Simmons’ Anoxic Memory. The VAC invites you to attend our Opening Reception on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 2 - 4 PM. Simmons and curator Megan Kammerer will lead an Artist Talk from 2 - 3 PM. Light refreshments will be provided, including mead fermentations produced from the exhibition’s living artworks. Visitors from Toronto are invited to take a free shuttle bus to the VAC, departing from Factory Theatre at 12 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Registration for the shuttle bus is required.
143 Simpson Ave, Bowmanville

Feb 4 to 26 ~ Colborne Art Gallery

Colborne ART GallerySpirit of the Hills 2023
Juried Art Show and Sale
Opening Reception Feb. 4 2 to 4 pm
51 King St E, Colborne


Ontario PhilharmonicCANCELLED




Feb. 10 & 11 ~ Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeThe Story of Samuel Stout – Next Stage
Feb. 10 at 7:30pm | Feb. 11 at 2pm The journey of Uju Umenyi’s new play about Port Perry’s first Black resident continues. In this stage of development, the music elements envisioned by Uju will be explored and integrated into the original script during a week long workshop process. The play and music will be performed for the public as staged readings in Port Perry.
Port Perry Anglican Church of the Ascension
266 North St., Port Perry

9 ~ Station Gallery

Thursday, February 9 @ 7PM
Never has the intersection of art and film been as pronounced as today. Join SG Curator, Olex Wlasenko, for a follow-up performance in an ever-expanding series exploring visual art and cinema. In his latest edition, Wlasenko observes the influence of moving images on still imagery and vice versa...
If you wish to register to reserve a seat, or to see more information, check out the library website:

11 ~ Catherdral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra

A Nordic Affair
Pre-Concert talk: 7:15 pm
PC Ho Theatre
Chinese Cultural Centre Of Greater Toronto
5183 Sheppard Avenue East,
Toronto, M1B 5Z5
Grieg – Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Nielsen – Clarinet Concerto
Graham Lord, Clarinet
Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

Feb 18 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. Francis

Take Your Power Back
On February 18, we are honoured to present Take Your Power Back featuring the Rob Tardik Band and Kimberley Black. Rob Tardik and his band, along with Kimberley Black, take their audience on a journey of overcoming trauma, building resilience, and inspiring hope through the art of storytelling, music, and dance. Take Your Power Back features Kimberley’s miraculous story of survival after an attempted murder in the midst of the pandemic, and promotes the beauty of humanity in times of crisis through community support and love. Set to new music by The Rob Tardik Band, including B Positive, a song written by Rob in recognition of Kimberley’s resilience, positive spirit, and blood type, along with interludes of choreographed dance performances, Take Your Power Back promises a night of pure inspiration! You don’t want to miss this show! Tickets are only $38 (taxes included. Additional service charge applies for online ticket purchases). Cash bar and concessions available for purchase.
78 Church Street South, Ajax, L1S 6B3
or call 905.619-.5259, ext. 2787 (ARTS)

24 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. Francis

Friday Night Live!
the first of a new series events at the
St. Francis Centre that are specifically
designed to get you out of the house, have fun, and share a laugh with friends or make some new friends.
The series is called Friday Night Live! and our first event is an Open Mic and Showtune Karaoke Night. Are you sick of singing in the shower and want to show off your inner Broadway star or rock idol? Maybe comedy or spoken word is your thing? Join us for our
first Open Mic and Showtune Karaoke Night where you can showcase your hidden talents in a respectful, nonjudgmental
space. It’s time to let those talents shine! Tickets are only $5 (taxes included. Additional service charge applies for online ticket purchases). Cash bar and concessions available for purchase.
78 Church Street South, Ajax, L1S 6B3
or call 905.619-.5259, ext. 2787 (ARTS)T

FEBRUARY 24 to MARCH 5, 2023 ~ Northumberland Players

Northumberland PlayersInto the Woods
“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods.


25 ~ Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The Ridge The Adventures of the Soul Sistas
A Book Reading | February 25, 2pm
Theatre on the Ridge brings Newton Vanriel’s new children’s book, The Adventures of the Soul Sistas to life in an animated book reading in honour of Black History Month. The Adventures of the Soul Sistas celebrates diversity and the true meaning of family through the eyes of two wonderful superheroes – a pair of adopted twins, one Black and one white.
Pay What You May or by donation.
Port Perry Anglican Church of the Ascension
266 North St., Port Perry





Have you checked our Workshops and Auditions |
Juried Art Show

sparkSPARK! is an annual juried art show and competition for Ajax children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We encourage all types of art media, including pen, pencil, paint, crayon, collage, pastels, markers, or any combination of these. This year, SPARK! returns to Main Branch! Entry form HERE.
Important Dates:
• Art Drop-Off: Wednesday, February 22, 1:00–7:00 p.m. OR Saturday, February 25, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at Main Branch.
• Art on Display at Main Branch: Thursday, March 2–Sunday, March 19
• Art Show and Reception: Sunday, March 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

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speaker's series AND art TALKS

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A Gift of Art | Station Gallery | RMG

Art in Public PlacesOPG Info Centre 2023

1675 Montgomery Park Road
Pickering, L1V 2R5 ON

Now partnering with A Gift of Art

Deborah Bateman Mar/Apr
David Robinson May/June
Sujesh Chitty V July/Aug
Bonnie Arnsen Sept/Oct
Nancy Moore & Lauren Boissonneault Nov/Dec

McLean Community Centre, Ajax
95 Magill Drive, Ajax

Fabulous MediumsFABULOUS MEDIUMS 2023

Feb. 10 to Mar 20
Harsh Raghav & David S. Robinson
Mar 20 to Apr 24 ~ Ajax Creative Arts
April 24 to May 28 ~ PRAC Juried Photography Exhibition
May 28 to July 3 ~ Allan O'Marra
July 3 to Aug 7 ~ Lauren Boissonneault
Aug 7 to Sept 11 ~ Kay Hubbard
Sept 11 to Oct 16 ~ OPEN
Oct. 16 to Nov. 19 ~ PRAC Juried Art Show
Nov. 19 to Jan 8, 2024 ~ Nancy Mueller

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