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July 2019

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

Please confirm dates before booking
* by performances means matinees

You may find more information on events if you go to our group facebook page.

Early BirdJuly, 2020 Early Bird Listings


to July 19 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsShirley Valentine
The hilarious, cheer-raising story of a housewife who escapes the ordinary for an adventure in Greece. Remember the movie? Shirley is an ordinary middle-class English housewife at home preparing a dinner of eggs and chips for her husband wondering what happened to the young woman she was. What happened to
Shirley Valentine?
Shirley Valentine: “I think sex is like supermarkets, you know, overrated. Just a lot of pushing and shoving and you still come out with very little at the end.”
Come find out why – and other valuable life insights! – in our production of Willy Russell’s award-winning play about a middleclass English housewife who laments to her kitchen wall about her husband, her children and her past.
She decides to accept an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to search for romance – and rediscover her rather extraordinary self.
Capitol Theatre
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z4

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


7 ~ PRAC

Chestnut Hill Dev. Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd. Room #1


Preview July 8, at 8 pm
Opening – July 9, at 8 pm
Performances – July 10, 11, 14, 17, 18 at 8 pm
& July 12, 15, 19 ~ Theartre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeFestival 2020
Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden-Taylor

Arthur Copper, a life-long lakeside Indigenous resident wants to re-introduce wild rice into the lake while Maureen Poole, a life-long cottager, wants to preserve her lakefront as it has been for as long as she can remember. Cottagers and Indians is a thought provoking mix of comedy and commentary about contemporary confrontations between environmentalism and consumerism, Indigenous and non-Indigenous sensibilities and is being presented with the generous support of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. | 905 431-0977
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water St., Port Perry

Preview – July 15 at 8 pm
Opening – July 16 at 8 pm
Performances – 21, 24, 29, 30, 31, August 1 at 8 pm
& July 18, 22, 25, August 2 at 2 pm ~ Theartre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeFestival 2020
Cyrano de Bergerac is the classic swashbuckling romantic adventure reimagined to once again tell the story of Cyrano, the consummate hero and underdog, who is willing to sacrifice his own happiness for that of his own true love Roxanne, by secretly assisting a handsome but vacuous acquaintance to secure her hand in marriage. Simultaneously humorous and romantic, ribald and tender, this story of unrequited love and honour appeals to all ages and remains as popular and timeless today as when it was first performed in 1897.
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water St., Port Perry


18 ~ 2020 Valentia Arts Festival 

Arts Festival in the Village of Valentia
on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 

Preview – July 22 at 8 pm
Opening – July 23 at 8 pm
Performances – July 25, 28, 31, August 1 at 8 pm
& July 26 at 2 pm ~ Theartre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeFestival 2020
God of Carnage is a tour de force for 4 actors, where the veneer of civilized adulthood is tested when two sets of parents try to resolve a playground incident between their children, with disastrous and comic results. Our 2015 production returns and is definitely worth a second look! Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water St., Port Perry

Jul 25 to Aug 27 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Paint What You Love
Opening Reception: Jul 25th @ 2pm
Kent Farndale Gallery
Scugog Memorial Public Library
Box 1049, 231 Water Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8



July 2019 Listings


PineRidge Arts Council's Juried Art Show

Details on JAS page HERE

Download PDF HERE or register online HERE



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.

to July 27 ~ Port Perry Artists Association

PPAAAnniversary Show
Scugog Council for the Arts
181 Perry St Unit G-1, Port Perry
June 21 – July 27
Opening reception to be announced

July 1 ~ A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtCanada Day Celebrations
Memorial Park

July 1 - 5, 2019 ~ Durham Music Camp

Durham Music Camp A daytime music camp for the family.
Durham Music Camp for violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar and voice students of all ages. Learn a new instrument or improve your skills. Enrol yourself or bring your grandchild! Enjoy Fiddling, Drumline, Orchestra, Improvisation, Music and Movement, Sing Together, Stories and Music, Theory classes, chamber music, daily recitals, crafts and much more.
Final Concert Friday, July 5, 2 p.m.
Hope Fellowship Church
1685 Bloor St., Courtice

2 to 21 ~ Cameco Capital Arts Centre

Capitol Fine ArtsTuesday with Morrie
"Have you ever loved someone and had to say goodbye?
That love stays with you always."
When journalist Mitch Albom learns that his favourite college professor is dying, he knows that he needs to meet with him before it’s too late.
Tuesdays with Morrie is based on the best-selling memoir of those famous Tuesday visits where Morrie teaches Mitch lessons that he could not possibly receive from anyone else. Lessons about his life, mistakes, newfound discoveries – lessons that will grab your heart and stir your soul.
20 Queen St., Port Hope

July 3 – August 16 ~ Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeFestival 2019 Summer Season
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry, Ontario
Once again, we captivate audiences this July and August with a diverse slate of entertaining and compelling plays – including four Canadian works, a world premiere musical, a beloved children’s classic, the quintessential Victorian comedy and a provocative look at power and sexuality.
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!

Preview July 3 @ 2 pm
Performances July 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 @ 7:30 pm, July 13 @ 2 pm

Willow Quartet Musical (world premiere)
book and lyrics by Joan Burrows and Ron Cameron-Lewis, music and lyrics by Jason Saunders
Director - Carey Nicholson | Music Director – Carol Salamone
Leading our Festival 2019 season is world premiere production of the musical adaptation of Joan Burrow’s Willow Quartet. Co-written with Ron Cameron Lewis, with music by Jason Saunders, Willow Quartet Musical is the heartwarming story of one couple’s recovery from grief.
Willow Quartet Musical was a 2018 Tom Hendry Award nominee and has previously been workshopped at Sheridan College.
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry

Preview July 10 @ 2 pm
Performances July 11, 13, 19 @ 7:30 pm, July 11, 16, 18, 20 @ 2 pm
Wind in the Willows

Adapted by Michael Shamata, from the book by Kenneth Grahame
Director – Carey Nicholson and the company
A family friendly production of the classic childrens’ book, The Wind In The Willows follows the adventures and misadventures of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger as they foil Weasel’s plot to
take over Toad Hall.
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry


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


3 to 31 ~ Charles Burke

"Paint Like a Musician" at Whitby Public Library
On July 23, Charles will explain his principle on colour theory based on Quantum physics from 7 to 8:30 pm.
405 Dundas St W, Whitby

4 to 21 ~ Cameco Capital Arts Centre

20 Queen St.
Port Hope

5 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenBasia Bulat – 7:00 pm

6 ~ Culture Counts

OshawaUrban Arts Fest
Urban Arts Fest at Donevan Skate Park has been cancelled July 6 from 1pm - 4pm due to forecasted thunderstorms.


6 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenTony McManus – 2:00 pm



7 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre


The Snow Queen – 2:00 pm
Campbellford 705-643-5508

7 ~ Pickering Concert Band


Concert in the Park –2:00 pm
Esplanade Park

8 thru 13 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre


Performer – Composer Residency
Campbellford 705-643-5508

10 to 20 ~ Theatre On The Ridge

Theatre On The Ridge

Port Perry Summer Theatre
The Wind in the Willows – 7:30 pm
(Some matinees)
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry

July 10 to August 24 ~ LATCHAM ART CENTRE

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:
2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4A 4K1
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. T: 905 640 8954
Admission: FREE.

11 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryWave Summer Music with Wooly & Matt Gunn
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby


11 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryUninstructed Figure Drawing at Station Gallery
Looking to build your skills, expand your portfolio and enjoy a creative afternoon? In Uninstructed Figure Drawing sessions on Thursdays, you’ll draw from a professional nude model and explore the freedom of figure drawing without instruction.
Model fee included. Bring your own materials.
Pre-registration required for individual sessions. 16+ years.…/uninstructed-figure-drawing/

12 ~ Westben

WestbenBrent Butt - TGIFun!
#6698 County Road 30 North, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0
Brent Butt - the creator & star of Corner Gas makes a stop at The Barn. Seriously funny!
Phone: 705-653-5508
Toll Free: 877-883-5777
Box Office: 36 Front Street South, Campbellford

12 to September 14 ~ Herongate Barn Theatre

HerongateWrong Window – Dinner Theatre
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-472-3085

13 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenBeethoven & Ravel – 2:00 pm

13 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenPerformer-Composer Showcase
7pm, Campbellford

13 & 14 A Gift of Art

A Gift of ArtArtist and Artisans Show & Sale 10- 4
Newcastle Memorial Arena
103 Caroline St. W,

14 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

The Fitzgerald Family – 2:00 pm
Campbellford 705-643-5508

17 ~ 27 ~ Westben

WestbenABBA Mia!
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 2 pm
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 2 pm
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 2 pm
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 2 pm
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 2 pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7 pm
You can dance! You can jive! But even if you can’t, you can still have the time of your life when you join Westben and a barnful of fabulous singers and musicians for a rollicking musical review of all your favourite ABBA hits from Mamma Mia to Here We Go Again!
(Please note: This performance is in concert style and features the music of ABBA including numbers from the Broadway musical and movies using ABBA music).
#6698 County Road 30 North, Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

July 18, 20, 23, 24, 26 @ 7:30 pm, July 27 @ 2 pm ~ Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgePreview July 17 @ 7:30 pm
Performances July 18, 20, 23, 24, 26 @ 7:30 pm, July 27 @ 2 pm
Tempting Providence

By Robert Chafe
Director – Jeannette Lambermont-Morey
Set in early 20th century Newfoundland, Tempting Providence is an evocative telling of Canadian pioneering “legend” Myra Bennett, an Englishwoman who volunteered to serve as a
nurse along the remote rugged coast, “only until the road comes”.
Town Hall 1873, Port Perry

18 ~ Whitby Brass Band

whitby Brass BandSummer Concert by the Lake
Free summer concert series

Heydenshore Pavilion - 589 Water Street, Whitby
Bring a lawnchair or a blanket
7:30 pm start time

19 ~ VAC

VACRon Benner’s Corn Roast
Friday, July 19, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm.
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is pleased to host a free public Corn Roast with Loft Gallery Commissioned artist, Ron Benner. Come out and enjoy some freshly cooked corn and barley soup prepared by the artist himself! Ron Benner will be joined by London, Ontario based singer-songwriter Frank Ridsdale, who will entertain us with his music including a new song written for the event. All are welcome.
143 Simpson Avenue
Bowmanville, L1C 3K8

19 to August 25 ~ VAC

VAC39th Annual Juried Show
Reception: Friday, July 19, 6 - 8 pm
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
143 Simpson Avenue
Bowmanville, L1C 3K8


19 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenAbbey Road to Woodstock 7 pm

20 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenManitoba Chamber Orchestra - 2 pm

20 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenMoonlight – Brian Finley – 10:00 pm

20 ~ Lynde House Museum and Warren General Store

Lynde HouseWhitby Blooms Garden Tour and Art in the Garden Showcase
Aunt Clarissa Lynde's Heritage Kitchen Garden

900 Brock Street South, Whitby, Ontario L1N 4L6





20 & 21 ~ Allan O'Marra

15 Reasons to Live
Opening Reception July 20
Maxwell Settlement
686 Maxwell Settlement Road, Maxwell

21 ~ Whitby Brass Band

whitby Brass Band7:00pm
Unionville Sunday Concert Series
Millenium Bandstand
Main St.
Unionville, ON

21 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenJohn McDermott – 2:00 pm

24 ~ 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

24 ~ Ontario Phil

This summer, @OshawaLibraries welcomes you to experience Random Acts of Music – The Philharmonic in You, a series of mini-orchestral events performed by @Ontario_Phil. Upcoming presentations: July 24 at Oshawa Public Libraries’ McLaughlin Branch, from 1:30pm -2:20pm.

26, 27 & 28 ~ Brushstrokes

BrushstrokesColours of Cavendish ~ ART SHOW & SALE
All Original Works of Art
Painting | Pottery | Jewellery | Wood-Turning | Basket-Weaving | Wire Sculpture
Friday, July 26th 4 – 9 pm reception all welcome
Saturday, July 27th 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday, July 28th 10 am – 3 pm
Cavendish Community Centre
Cty. Road 507, K0L 1J0 (15 minutes North of Flynn’s Corners)

26 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenTGIFok! Rose Cousins – 7:00 pm

July 27 Art in the Park

GeorginaIndoor Walk In The Park. A park like setting will be created using items from local businesses. Attendees will be able to walk through the park to enjoy the artwork on display from the participating artists and the GACAG’s extensive in-house collection. A delicious sit down dinner and a variety of entertainment will be ongoing throughout the event intertwined with on-site artists and speakers from the local community and our Executive Director Grant Peckford.
Event : Saturday July 27 - 6-11 pm
Location: The Briars in Sutton
Cost: $100 per ticket.
Georgina ARTS Centre & Gallery
149 High Street, Box 1455
Sutton, L0E 1R0

27 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenSat. Afternoon at the Opera – 2 pm

27 ~ St.Francis Centre

St. Francis2 special screenings of the original
Muppet Movie

celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. The screenings will be taking place on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tickets are only $10 (HST included). Cash bar and concessions will be available.
78 Church Street South, Ajax

28 ~ Kay Hubbard

Reception by Kay Hubbard for latest exhibition 2-4 PM at the McLean Centre.

28 ~ Westben Arts Festival Theatre

WestbenKuné – 2 pm

31 ~ Theatre on the Ridge

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

31 ~ Oshawa Civic Band

"SEA SONGS & other water music!"
Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Memorial Park
110 Simcoe St S, Oshawa




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Art in Public Places

OPG Info Centre, Pickering

January 7 to March 3 ~ Kaitlin Sabean-Untermann
March 3 to April 28 ~ Robert Hinves
May 4 to July 7 ~ Bonnie Arnason
July 7 to August 31 ~ Victoria Froats

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

Pickering Farmers Market1 to October 1 ~ Pickering Farmers’ Market
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Esplanade S., Pickering



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