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March 2020

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

Please confirm dates before booking
* by performances means matinees

1 ~ Happy Commonwealth Day

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March, 2020 Early Bird Listings


to March 1 ~ Northumberland Players

Capitol Fine ArtsChicago
Cameco Capital Arts Centre
20 Queen St., Port Hope

thru March 12 ~ Pickering Rotary Music Festival

Pickering Rotary Festival33rd Annual Stars of the Festival Concert & Awards 2020
This year, the festival is schedule:
Start February 27th – March 12th
Play-offs March 31st
Stars Festival April 18th
The festival will take place at St. George's Anglican Church, 77 Randall Drive, Ajax, Ontario unless otherwise specified.
PRAC is a proud sponsor

to March 29 ~ Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

VACOpening Reception: Pete Smith: Stein's Law
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2 PM – 4 PM

Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Pete Smith is an artist, critic and curator who lives in Bowmanville, ON. Smith’s painting practice often reflects his interests, concerns, and experiences. His solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington will show a series of recent paintings that explore notions of climate change, pollution, urbanization, domesticity, light and darkness. The exhibition titled Stein’s Law, references the popular American economist’s theory, that if something cannot go forever, it will stop, and poses questions about sustainability in our current economic models. The exhibition will also include works of local abandoned sites in the Clarington region and will be shown at the VAC galleries as well as the Clarington Town Hall and Library. ​
143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, L1C 3K8

to Mar 26 ~ Janice Brown

Opening Reception: Feb 29 @ 2pm
Light, Mood and Silence – Janice Brown, Anita Stevenson and Jennifer Stevenson
Show and Sale will be open to the public during regular Library hours 29th
Kent Farndale Gallery
Scugog Memorial Public Library
Box 1049, 231 Water Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8


to March 21 Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre

HerongateThe Love List – 6:00 pm
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-472-3085

to March 28 ~ Ajax Public Library SPARK

SPARKAjax Public Library
RECEPTION: Saturday, March 28 from
2-3 pm
PICK UP OF ALL ARTWORK: March 31st to April 7th during library hours
Ajax Public Library
55 Harwood Ave. S. Ajax, ON L1S 2H8
PRAC is a proud partner in this event

Pickering Public Library

Noisy Art in the LibraryNoisy Art in the library
TAKE IN: March 13 to 31
RECEPTION: April 18, 2020
PRAC is a proud partner in this event

to April 15 ~ Scugog Arts

Scugog Arts returns with three categories, Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction. We are accepting short fiction stories and creative non-fiction of up to 2,500 words and poems of up to 40 lines.
Youth 12-20 & Adults 21+
Enter in one of two age groups, either Youth 12-20 or Adult 21+. Each entrant can enter 1-3 pieces of writing. There are Poetry and Fiction categories for Youth and the added category of Creative Non-Fiction for Adults.
The cost to enter is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.
$2,500 in Cash Prizes!
Youth and Adult Poetry: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50
Youth and Adult Fiction: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50
Adult Creative Non-fiction: 1st Prize: $300 2nd Prize: $150 3rd Prize: $50
Contest opens January 2, 2020. Contest closes Friday April 15, 2020   
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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


March 2 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art Centre

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020 from 11am – 8pm
This year's Annual Juried Exhibition runs from March 7 through to April 25, 2020. 
Are you a practicing artist looking to exhibit your work in a public gallery? Latcham Art Centre invites you to submit your recent artwork (a maximum of two) to our much-anticipated Annual Juried Exhibition! Drop-off your chosen submissions at LAC on Monday, March 2 between 11am – 8pm. A panel of three arts professionals will collaboratively assess the submissions and the selected artworks will be presented in a group exhibition on display at the gallery from March 7 to April 25, 2020. The juried process is a fantastic opportunity for artists to have their work exhibited in a public setting alongside a variety of different media. It’s also a great chance to network with other artists, art supporters, and to be involved in the contemporary art community at your local art centre!
The participating jurors and the official entry form with complete details are available below. There will be $750 in Juror’s Awards presented at the opening reception on Saturday, March 7 at 1pm. 
2 Park Drive
Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1


2 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk: Courtroom Sketches: Art & LawMonday, March 2, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8


Pickering Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Rd. Room #1


March 5 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Blushing Brides — Rolling Stones Tribute
It becomes abundantly clear, early in the performance, that the BLUSHING BRIDES are something exceedingly special and excessively unique in an industry of rampant mediocrity, permeated with bands aspiring to harness the excitement only the Rolling Stones could previously deliver.
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

March 5 to April 2 ~ Mike McGowan

Abstract Geometry
The opening reception will be March 5 from 7 to 9.
A solo show at the
Cork and Bean, 8 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa

6 ~ St.Francis Centre

St. FrancisJudy
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

March 6 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsPractically Petty ~ Tom Petty Tribute
Practically Petty have been mesmerizing audiences throughout since forming in the Fall of 2009. Every performance is true to
the spirit and essence of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

7 ~ Durham Youth Orchestra

Durham Youth OrchestraWinter Concert – 7:30 pm
Salvation Army Temple


7 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisExplore the Impossible
starring Sheldon Casavant
Saturday, March 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $30
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

March 7 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Met: Live in HD
Akhnaten Encore – March 7

Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s masterpieces, following the now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt.
MET OPERA on the Big Screen at the Capitol
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

7 to 28 ~ Scugog Arts

Scugog ArtsPlaying at the Edges: An Exhibition of Glass by Lis Simpson & Mixed-media by Sue Whitebread
“Our art plays with the concepts of bold colour, light and whimsy. Inspired by the art of Marc Chagall and Dale Chihuly, we use our creative imaginations to go beyond.”
Meet Lis Simpson and Susan Whitebread at the Opening on Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 3.
181 Perry Street, Port Perry


OpenStudioDenise & Sara Anne- Sat Special Feature
7-10 pm
OpenStudio Art Café
617 Liverpool Road, Pickering


7 to April 25 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreAnnual Juried Exhibition
This year's Annual Juried Exhibition runs from March 7 through to April 25, 2020. 
Opening reception on Saturday, March 7 at 1pm. 
2 Park Drive
Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1


Durham Chamber OrchestraAt the Opera ($20.)
March 8, 2020 at 2:30pm
​Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Drive, Ajax, ON

10 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHSTaylor Marie Graham "Theatre from the Fields: A Talk about the Farm Show"
The warm Show by Theatre Passe_Muraille from the early 1970s is one of Canada's most well-known pieces of homegrown theatre. The story behind the creation is almost as entertaining as the play itself and just might surprise you!
Join us as we explore what makes this piece of theatre so unique and what we can learn today from this celebrated Canadian production.
PTHS meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, (normally) March through June, and September through November, in the auditorium of the Pickering Central Library. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

11 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAMonthly Meeting – 7:00 pm to 9 pm
Guest Speaker: John Di Leonardo is a Kim-Lee Kho with a talk on “Layered Thinking: Multidisciplinary and Mixed Media Approaches”.
Membership meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month, excepting July.
Arts Resource Centre
45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3

11 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisTrivia Nights!!
80s & 90s Trivia (music, fashion, TV shows, toys, etc.)
Once a month, we will be hosting a different themed Trivia Night to test your trivia skills.
Teams of 2 to 8 people can register by emailing or by calling 905-619-2529, ext. 2787 (ARTS).  Registration is only $5 per person and a cash bar and concessions will be available.  March 11th will be 80s & 90s Trivia (music, fashion, TV shows, toys, etc.) and April 15th will be Fantasy Movie Trivia (Mythology, Pirates, Wizards, Witches, etc.)
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

March 13 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsJohnny Max Band & The Weber Brothers
Johnny Max Band The Johnny Max Band are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and have always been a crowd favourite at any
festival, with danceable and well-written songs, along with a frontman who is not afraid to jump into the audience and get them going.The award winning Johnny Max Band has travelled across performing [...]
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope

14 ~ Ontario Philharmonic

Ontario PhilharmonicBarry Canning Sings Neil Diamond Hits
PROGRAM 4 -World Music Series - Celtic Chapter
Irish reels “Molly on the Shore” and “Temple Hill”, Gems of Ireland and Fantasia on "Greensleeves" are befitting works for the ancient Irish holy celebration.
Regent Theatre
50 King Street E
Oshawa, ON L1H 1B3
905.721.3399 x2

March 14 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThe Met: Live in HD
Der Fliegende Hollander
– March 14
The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the company for the first time since 2012, in the title role of the cursed
sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity.MET OPERA on the Big Screen
Capitol Theatre (Main Stage)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope



20 ~ St.Francis Centre

St. FrancisThe Farewell
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787


March 26 ~ The Sculthorpe Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsThursdays @ the Sculthorpe
Emily Burgess Duo

Toronto Blues Society Emerging Artist for Canada — CD Release Party
Just two years since the release of her outstanding Are We In Love album, Peterborough singer-songwriter Emily Burgess returns with her latest Never Ending Fling album recorded with her band The Emburys. She’s joined by Marcus Browne from her band in our Sculthorpe CD release party.
The Sculthorpe Theatre (2nd floor Cameco Capitol Arts Centre)
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON Canada L1A 2Y7

March 26 to April 5 ~ Capitol Theatre

Capitol Fine ArtsBOOM
The Off-Broadway debut of Rick Miller’s explosive multimedia show.
March 26 to April 5
Award-winning writer and director Rick Miller
performs his solo masterpiece that recreates the defining moments of the Baby Boom generation.
BOOM will take you from Hiroshima in 1945,
through 25 turbulent years that end with Apollo 11 in 1969.
Buckle up for this mind-blowing experience
for audiences of all generations!
Port Hope
20 Queen Street
Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z4

27 to May 2 ~ Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre

HerongateThe Odd Couple – 6:00 pm
2885 Altona Rd., Pickering 905-472-3085

Fri. Mar. 27, Sat. Mar. 28, Wed. Apr. 1, Thurs. Apr. 2, Fri. Apr. 3, Sat. Apr. 4, 2020 ~ DSPDurham Shoestring

by Michael Redhill
Directed by Phil Ireland
Stage Managed by Michele LaPointe
“Love just changes some people for the worse.”
An evil is lived. The story is told. Something even greater is heard. Michael, a writer searching for witnesses to a family tragedy, meets Althea, whose vivid past compels Michael to question what and whom he should trust. Althea remembers the alleged war criminal she was supposed to protect, his loving daughter and the prosecutor who seeks his conviction. Does failing memory absolve responsibility? Is love an enemy of justice? Past and present are drawn to each other just as evil and goodness are threaded through all we do.
Performances Fri. Mar. 27, Sat. Mar. 28, Wed.Apr. 1, Thurs. Apr. 2, Fri. Apr. 3, Sat. Apr. 4, 2020, 8 pm
Arts Resource Centre
45 Queen St.
Oshawa, L1H 3Z3

Deadline for entry: March 27th 2020

OAAOshawa Art Association
52nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition
May 1st – May 17th 2020.
Robert McLaughlin Gallery - Oshawa.

Guidelines and Entry forms can be obtained at:
RMG, Curry’s, Meta4, Station Gallery, all Libraries
or contact: Sandy Mackenzie
905 435 0976
Open to OAA Inc. members & Durham Region residents.

28 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. Francis

Nina Simone: A Tribute
starring Faith Amour
Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm $30
78 Church St., Ajax
905-619-2529 x 2787

28 ~ Resound Choir

Saturday, March 28, 2020
2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
*Includes mass choir, orchestra and soloists
​Tickets: $25 / $15 Youth (under 18)

28 ~ SPARK

SPARKAjax Public Library
RECEPTION: Saturday, March 28 from 2 to 3 pm
Ajax Public Library
55 Harwood Ave. S. Ajax, ON L1S 2H8
PRAC is a proud partner in this event

Mar 28 to Apr 30 ~ Rola Jaber, Charles Burke and Nesrin Blair

Opening Reception: Mar 28@ 2pm
Three of a kind Art Exhibition
Rola Jaber ,Charles Burke and Nesrin Blair
Opening Reception Saturday March 28th ,2020
Starts 2:00pm - 4:00 pm
Kent Farndale Gallery
Scugog Memorial Public Library
Box 1049, 231 Water Street
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8



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something different an art retreat in france here

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PineRidge Arts Council members are invited to list their events in ArtScene and on the website. Please complete our on-line form HERE or send plain text, do not send attachments, word documents, pdfs or jpegs to Cathy and Mary.

speaker's series AND art TALKS

Please check our members' websites and PRAC's facebook event listings.

A Gift of Art | Station Gallery

ArtScene deadlines HERE

Art in Public PlacesOPG 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
January 6 to February 10 ~ Allan's Artists
Opening Reception ~ January 10 from 7-9 pm
February 10 - March 16 ~ Pickering Recreation Seniors 55+ Art Class
Opening Reception ~ February 14 from 7-9 pm
March 18 - April 22 ~ Lemonville Group of Artists
April 27 to May 30 ~ Juried Photography Exhibition
June 1 - July 6 ~ Ajax Creative Arts
July 6 - August 10 ~ Artists of Uxbridge
August 10 - September 14 ~ Ramona Marquez-Ramraj and Norman Smith
September 14 to October 26 ~ Ingrid McDonald and Inese Poga
October 26 - November 28 ~ PRAC Juried Art Show
November 30 - January 4, 2021 ~ Ajax Photography Club


ArtfestRegistration details soon on-line for Artfest 2020
and start looking for signage for your outdoor art show tents.

Something Different

Val Kent

France Art Retreat

Terasson France Retreat 2020 Three Sessions NOW !!!

Mon, May 25 - Wed June 3, 2020
Fri, June 5 - Sat June 13, 2020
Mon, June 15 - Wed June 24, 2020

Cavan Cavan Art Gallery & Academy
1535 County Road 10
Cavan, ON L0A 1C0 | 705 944 9444

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. DETAILS HERE

For more information,

Please contact Valerie with any questions, 705-944-9444.

Booking Now for May 2020 
Find out more Call 705 944 9444
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March Break


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