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February 2019

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

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* 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 BirdAll 2019 PRAC memberships are NOW duFebruary 2020 Early Bird Listings

All 2020 PRAC memberships are NOW due.

1 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisBeatles Go Brass
by the Weston Silver Band
Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $35
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd. Room #1


Feb. 9, 2020 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryPaint Like The Masters: Cubism
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8

14 ~ Pickering Recreation Seniors 55+ Class

Allan O'Marra and PRAC present an exhibition of works of art by Pickering Recreation Seniors 55+ Class
Show run from February 10 - March 16
Opening Reception
February 14 from 7-9 pm

McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax

FEB 18 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHSFebruary Speaker Series: Digging the Underground Railroad
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Pickering Public Library
Digging the Underground Railroad: Archaeology and African Canadian History with
Karolyn Smardz Frost.
Award-winning author, Karolyn Smardz Frost, will talk about the life of freedom-seeker Cecelia Jane Reynolds who fled Kentucky slavery by way of Niagara Falls in 1846. Twin excavations in Toronto and upstate New York help show her last days in slavery and her new life in freedom. Free Event From 7:00 pm to 7:30 there will be a social for all members and guests.

Feb 29 ~ PineRidge Arts Council

JPEdeadline to enter Juried Photography Exhibition
watch for details here


Feb. 29 to March 28 ~ SPARK

SPARKAjax Public Library
TAKE IN: Saturday, Feb. 29 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RECEPTION: Saturday, March 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Ajax Public Library
55 Harwood Ave. S. Ajax, ON L1S 2H8
PRAC is a proud partner in this event



All 2019 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 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.

Scavenger Hunt ~ February 2, 2019
Explore our exhibition with an interactive scavenger hunt. Find clues in the artworks to solve the mystery! Art prizes available for those who correctly complete the scavenger hunt. Free! All ages and abilities welcome. *Prizes available while quantities...

Show Your Love ~ February 9, 2019
Create a Valentine's Day card for that special someone using a variety of materials. Free! All ages and abilities welcome.

Art Auction Preview ~ February 23, 2019
Preview the works of art from this year's Big Night Out fundraiser and art auction. The works in this preview have been generously donated by regional and provincial contemporary 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 Feb 16 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreLaura Moore: Memory Bathing
January 12 - February 16, 2019
Opening Reception January 12 from 1pm – 3pm
In her new body of work consisting of drawings, sculptures, and fabricated metal, Moore explores memory and the passing of information as it exists in the natural world and through human made technology. In fusing nature with technology, Moore considers the relationship between organic species found in nature such as trees and acorns that hold data and cellular information and the memory storage and data transfer functionality of the USB device, exploring the connections, but also the impact of our ever-increasing reliance and consumption of digital technologies.
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. T: 905 640 8954
Admission: FREE.

to March 17, 2019 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACIn These Threads
For over 35 years Bowmanville based artists, Jane Eccles has devoted her artistic practice to painting and performance. In These Threads is an exhibition that explores Eccles practice of painting dresses lent to her by women from all walks of life. The exhibition will explore the notion of the dress as an object and its relationship to memory and narratives related to women living in Bowmanville and beyond.
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.

January 20 – November 20, 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 to March 24 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryWish Them Well
Join Station Gallery in opening our newest exhibition featuring works by Catherine Lane, T.J Brown and Passmore Mashaya. Wish Them Well is a trilogy that plays out in three galleries. In the Coppa space, the idea of a wish being something that is longed for or desired. Deeper in the heritage space, Lane will conjure them - the two William Stones involved in a historic cold case murder tale that clings to the station building. The plot thickens further in the far gallery space, centering around a well. Wish Them Well invites viewers to create unique narratives from drawn and constructed fragments offered by Lane. Deep contrasts and dramatic tension dominates T.J Brown's work in Occultatum. His psychologically charged pictorial spaces take cues from film noir and cinematic thriller narratives. He takes great interest in what remains obscured, treading into areas which are better left untouched. In exploring these spaces, we are left with wondering who is trespassing upon whom. As a child, Zimbabwe artist Passmore Mashaya was surrounded by beautiful scenery. His adaption to this great natural beauty of the town of Nyanga significantly influenced his artistic passion for telling stories through stone. Wish Them Well, Occultatum, and Dreaming Through Stone are on at Station Gallery from
February 1 ~ Exhibition Opening Reception: Lane, Brown and Mashaya
7:00pm - 9:00pm
1450 Henry St, Whitby
L1N 0A8
Event Website
Phone Number: (905) 668-4185

1 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTIFF Ajax Film Circuit presents “Fahrenheit 11/9”
Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.
Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
78 Church Street South, Ajax
905.619.2529 x 2787

2 ~ Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra

Concert #3 ~Tango – 8:00 pm
P.C. Ho Theatre
5183 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough. 416-879-5566

2 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

"Polished Brass" on Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm at Simcoe St. United Church in Oshawa. Please join us for an evening of great brass band music along with a few tunes from Mary Poppins and Phantom of the Opera.
Free event however, donations are welcomed.
66 Simcoe St S, Oshawa, ON L1H 4G3


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd., Rm. 1


Feb 7, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019 ~ Whitby Courthouse Theatre

Whitby Courthouse TheatreTwo on the Aisle, Three in a Van welcomes you to another season at the Neighbourhood Actors Summerfun Repertory Theatre, a friendly playhouse where, due to a lack of wing space, the company spends their downtime in the parking lot around an aging hippie/now turned techie’s van.
A stressed-out artistic director, a wanna-be diva who’s realizing her ingénue expiration date has just about passed, a board member’s nephew vying to direct the musicals with a Tarrentino spin and the “I’m no chorus boy” chorus boy who thinks every show should have a kick line – are just some of the egos and obstacles that fall into the lap of Mike, a nice-guy director who ends up with far more than he bargained for. In the end, somehow, some way, the show must go on... just not always as planned.
Whitby Courthouse Theatre
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

February 8 to 23, 2019 ~ Scarborough Music Theatre

SMTNext to Normal Diana and her family aren’t quite as normal as they may first appear – but maybe something next to normal will be okay. Grief, medical ethics, and psycopharmacology are unlikely subjects for a musical, but Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century because of its graceful handling of its dark, complex subject matter and its moving and brutally honest exploration into pain. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards (and winner of 3!), the show also received a Pultizer Prize for best drama.
Scarborough Village Theatre
3600 Kingston Road
Scarborough, Ontario
M1M 1R9

8 to 23 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTIFF Ajax 2nd Reel presents
“Maria by Callas”
For the first time, 40 years after her death, the most famous opera singer ever tells her own story – in her own words.
Friday, February 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
78 Church Street South, Ajax
905.619.2529 x 2787

8 to March 23 ~ Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre

HerongateBeyond Therapy – 6:00 pm
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering

9 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisThe Slocan Ramblers will be performing their fearlessly creative and bold sound.
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada's young bluegrass band to watch. These musicians have earned their shining reputation and have an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
St. Francis Centre
78 Church Street South, Ajax
905.619.2529 x 2787

13 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAGuest speaker: Allan O’Marra
All starting at 7 pm – 2nd Wed. of every month except July.
Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa

13 ~ Shuttlebug HandWeaving & Spinning Guild

Monthly Meeting – 1:00 pm
Guild meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, from 1pm to 3pm, at the Greenwood Community Centre, 3551 Greenwood Road, Greenwood

14 to 23 ~ Ajax Community Theatre

Ajax Community TheatreBlithe Spirit – 8 pm
(Mat. Feb. 17)
St. Francis Centre,
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

21 thru March 7 ~ Pickering Rotary Music Festival

Stars of Festival Concert Apr. 6
St. Georges Anglican Church
77 Randall Dr., Ajax

22 to March 3 ~ Port Hope Festival Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Drowsy Chaperone
(Some Matinees)
Cameco Capitol Arts Centre
20 Queen St., Port Hope 1-800-434-5092

23 ~ SPARK ~ Ajax Library

Artwork drop off – 12 to 4 pm
Children’s Juried Art Show 2019
Explore your creative side and enter your artwork in Spark!, a juried art show for kids from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Selected works will be displayed in the Main Branch, Rotary Room throughout the month of March. In Partnership with Pine Ridge Arts Council and the generous support of DeSerres.
55 Harwood Ave., S. Ajax


Entry forms mailed to:
Susan Brown
225 County Rd. 8
Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0



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    March & April ~ Mary Jo Smith

McLean Community Centre, Ajax

Jan. 7 to March 18 – Allan’s Artists
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Apr 22 to May 26 – Juried Photography Exhibition

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What could be more lovely than springtime in France?  Valerie, an award-winning multimedia artist who specializes in painting ‘en plain air’ , is offering very tempting art holidays with the chance to “live in a beautiful home in a French Village, slow down, enjoy leisurely two-hour lunches, shop at the local market, visit the Lascaus Caves and paint the life around you in Dordogne, France” this May or June.  For more information, please visit or

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