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from PRAC members in the GTA and Durham Region

If you are a member and we have missed listing your group’s upcoming auditions, workshops, special projects, etc., let us know!
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PineRidge Arts Council Juried Art
and Photography Shows

JPEPineRidge Arts Council Juried Photography Exhibition and Juried Art Show


McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax


Station Gallery

Station Gallery
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8


Pickering Banner
The City of Pickering is inviting Canadian artists of all ages, or artist teams, to create, design and submit artwork to be used for the Community Banner Program. Using a single or a variety of mediums, artists are asked to highlight the cultural, heritage, and diversity of the City of Pickering through the theme: Live, Work, Play, Inspire.
Call closes on Thursday, September 20, 2020. Find more details and apply today at
#StayHomeMakeMemories #PickeringProud


2020 Art Shows for Children Cancelled 2020


SPARKAjax Public Library
PRAC is a proud partner in this event

NOISY ART in the library

Noisy Art in the LibraryPickering Public Library
PRAC is a proud partner in this event



The 25th annual Northumberland Hills Studio Tour will be held the weekend after Labor Day, September 12 and 13, 2020 from 10am- 5pm.
We are happy to extend our invitation to the
Region of Peterborough and Kawarthas,
Quinte, Clarington and Durham Region, to
be a guest artist on the Studio Tour.
Upcoming and established artists welcome.
Please find the Call for Entry HERE to be submitted
For the 25th Northumberland Hills Studio Tour.
Deadline is April 15th, 2020.
Click HERE for more info.


Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art Centre

2 Park Drive
Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1


Kawartha Lakes Arts Council
What will you photograph?




Oshawa Art Association

OAA52nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition


Scugog Arts

181 Perry Street, Port Perry


City of Oshawa



Sept 15 ~ Lake Scugog Studio Tour

LSST Cancelled
Tour Dates: Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3, 2020
Deadline for Application: closed
Group show at Scugog Arts: November 2 - 23, 2019
To find out more information & the application form please follow this link!


Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

GeorginaThe Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery
149 High St. Box 1455
Sutton , ON. L0E 1R0


Latcham Art Centre


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


Town of Ajax

AjaxCalling All Visual Artists!
Applications for 2020 Exhibition spaces are now CLOSED!
The Town of Ajax offers gallery space at Town Hall & McLean Community Centre to help support our local artists. Each exhibit runs for approximately 4-6 weeks. Don't miss your opportunity to showcase.
Apply Now! for Town Hall Exhibition
Apply Now! for McLean Community Centre Exhibition
Applications due by Wednesday, November 18, 2019.
For information on exhibiting your art at either Ajax Town Hall or at the McLean Community Centre, contact 905-619-2529, ext. 7231.

2020 Hanging space at the McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax

Lynde House Museum

Lynde HouseLooing for artwork for their General Store
Whitby Historical Society
Lynde House Museum & Warren General Store
900 Brock Street South,
Whitby, Ontario L1N 4L6
Phone: 905 665 3131

VACVisual Arts Centre of Clarington

Whitby Chamber of Commerce Art Project

PRAC was recently contacted by Kyle Paterson, Member Relations Lead with Whitby Chamber of Commerce to let our members know they are currently offering local artists the opportunity to display work in their offices at 128 Brock St. S, Whitby.
Download pdf or call Kyle at 905 668 4506.

Station Gallery

Art on the Fringe

Art on the FringeCall for Artists!
Uxbridge Art on the Fringe - Sep 19 & 20, 2020 ... 10am-5pm
Uxbridge Museum Historical Centre, 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge
Over 20 Exhibitors including paintings, ceramics, jewelry and textiles
Music and Refreshments
·      Indoor Spots $100
·      Outdoor spots $80
·      Students $30
·      Demonstration Artisans Free
Details and signup:

The Buckhorn Festival of the Arts

Call for Submissions.
The Buckhorn Festival of the Arts has been one of the top 100 Festivals for 11 consecutive years. This juried show is looking for artists from a wide range of genres, including but not limited to, painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. Aug 15 & 16, 2020.
Visit or email for more information. Deadline for submissions is 4 pm January 10, 2020.

Culture DaysDigital and live
Looking ahead to September
The Culture Days national and provincial partners remain hopeful that the annual Culture Days weekend, September 25th to October 25, 2020, will continue to bring millions of Canadians together through participatory arts and culture experiences. However, considering the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 and current unknowns, we have decided to temporarily postpone the launch of event registration, previously scheduled for early May 2020.

Durham Notables

Durham NotablesJudy Scott-Jacobs is looking for people who love to sing to form a choir in Durham "Durham Notables".
The call is out for singers for a non-auditioned adult mixed voice choir and an accompanist. Rehearsals begin for spring concert Jan. 9, 2020 and will continue Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00 at St.George's Church, 77 Randall Drive, Ajax, L1S 6L4
For details contact Judy directly 905.426.5917.





Durham Youth Orchestra

Durham Youth OrchestraDURHAM YOUTH

John Beaton: Music Director

Music students 21 years of age and under, who play a standard orchestral woodwind, brass or stringed instrument are invited to audition for the Durham Youth Orchestra. Auditions for new members will be held throughout the year. Repertoire includes the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Strauss and others. Featured soloists during our 2018-19 season included violinist, Julia Mirzoev, who is a former student of TSO Concertmaster, Jonathon Crow and is currently pursuing a Masters degree as a full scholarship student at Yale University; violist, Meagan Turner, who holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School and is an Artist in Residence with Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect; pianist, Alina Jiang, who is a grade 6 student at Julie Payette School in Whitby and was the winner of the 2018 DYO Concerto Competition; violinist, Samantha Cardwell, who is DYO Concertmaster and winner of several awards at the Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival.

Violin, viola and cello players between the ages of 6 and 10, who are interested in learning exciting classical music in an atmosphere of fun, are invited to join the Durham Youth Orchestra Junior Strings ensemble.  Beginning to Suzuki Book 3 students are welcome!  Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. at Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby from September to May.  These young musicians will perform in concerts on November 26, March 4 and May 6 as special guests of the Durham Youth Orchestra.

For more information, please contact John Beaton at
or 905-579-2401


County Town Singers

County Town SingersThe County Town Singers
For questions, call John at 647 981-2205.


Durham Community Choir

289-312-0488 for more info. or email


Durham Philharmonic Choir
Durham Philharmonic ChoirSeeks Choristers
Music Director:  Robert Phillips
Music Director: Robert Phillips
Call for Choristers
The DPC is seeking choristers for the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections of this large community
choir which rehearses on Monday
nights in Oshawa from September through May. This successful choral group has a diverse repertoire and performs three concerts annually
- including two with orchestra.
For more information visit,  email or phone 905-665-9062.


Espressivo Singers


Come Sing With Us!

Espressivo Singers 2020

Call for Choristers #2
Espressivo Singers is an auditioned women's choir based in Oshawa, performing an eclectic mix of challenging equal voice choral repertoire.
We're looking for experienced and passionate choral singers who would like to join our musical community.
In this time of restrictions on in-person singing due to coronavirus, we meet virtually for choral singing, education and community. When it becomes advisable, we will prudently reintroduce singing together in person.
Fall rehearsals begin in mid-September, on seasonal holiday repertoire.
683-5757, email or visit
Street Address: 2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa L1H 7K4


Lemon Sisters


Monday Morning Singers

Start this fall singing with this Women's Choir
Mondays 9:15-11:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Anglican Church, 65 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge.
Begins September 14
Anne Mizen directs this choir in a variety of music from folk to classical. No auditions. 905 852-3693

Pickering Community Concert Band ~ 905-767-0773
East Shore Comm. Centre
910 Liverpool Rd. Pickering
Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm
Dust off that old instrument and join us in this non-auditioned community concert band.

UxbridgeFor Durham, York and Surrounding Regions for complete information

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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The word Ekphrasis translates to “description” in Greek and ekphrastic writing describes or is inspired by a work of art. The Voice of Art Literary Contest for 2020 offers 4 pieces of visual art from its Annual Juried Show of 2019 as inspiration for the contest entries.
Works for inspiration: see below
Chair Series 11, oil painting by Charles Choi
The Boss, photography by Jennifer Burrows
Pizza Box, lino print by Erin Le Page
Misty Morning, oil painting by Lorelei Lapp
Fiction, Poetry & Creative Non-Fiction
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   
Go to

Station GalleryStation Gallery

Call for Musicians for SUMMER WAVE
Email with a link to your music, a photo, and a description!




Village VoicesVillage Voices

Find us at or Questions?

WANTED: Music Director
Joan Andrews our long time and much loved Music Director is also retiring at the end of the year and we are searching for a new director. Please contact:

Young SingersYoung Singers

Young Singers two auditioned choirs, Random Notes and Director’s Choir is housed at St. Francis Centre in Ajax. We have an amazing group of singers aged 10-20 who have made lasting friendships all while rehearsing, performing and attending retreats and music festivals together.

All five choirs are accepting registrations for our upcoming community choral season. This program is offered to youth aged 4 to 20. We are a dynamic group who offer a wide range of music education all the while fostering friendships and building confidence. “Excellence in life through Excellence in music!”
Tuesday evening rehearsals and every other Saturday morning
78 Church Street South, Ajax L1S 6A8
905-686-9821 |
To book an audition, please contact


ALL Non-paying/Non-equity unless noted)

ACTAjax Community Theatre


Ajax Community Theatre
71 Old Kingston Rd Suite 222
Ajax, ON LIT 3A6 Canada


Backwoods Players
Non Equity. Non Paying.
Mandy Smiles
Event & Volunteer Programmer | Pickering Museum Village
Community Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 3715 | 1.866.683.2760



Durham Chamber OrchestraA community orchestra, showcasing talented musicians, with a passion for the timeless beauty of classical music.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in Whitby, Ontario.  Musicians are invited to join the DCO.


Durham Community Choir

DCCCall for Choristers #1 2020
Durham Community Choir invites you to join us as a chorister! A non-auditioned community choir, we welcome into our membership anyone 16 years of age or older who loves and wants to sing.
In this time of restrictions on in-person singing due to coronavirus, we meet virtually for choral singing, education and community. When it becomes advisable, we will prudently reintroduce singing together in person.
On September 14, we will begin fall rehearsals focusing on seasonal holiday repertoire.
The semester participation fee is $135, but we invite potential choristers to try a rehearsal for free.
For more information, including for information on participating in virtual rehearsals, please call
905-550-1804 or email or visit 
Come join us!


Durham Shoestring Performers

Durham ShoestringAUDITIONS
Durham Shoestring Performers
Arts Resource Centre
second floor 45 Queen St.,
Oshawa, L1H 3Z2


Music4Life Orchestra

or 647-980-8683







Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The Ridge





WestbenCalling all singers and choristers!



Whitby Courthouse TheatreWhitby Courthouse Theatre
For more information and to register visit
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

VOS TheatreVOS


Young Singers

Mark Oracion, Director:






Artist and Website SCAM ALERTS!

PRAC is periodically allerted by members on various scams. Most of the shows and opportunities on this page are from members, but check out the group if you don’t really know it.

Check out Art Scams and on our scams page!


March 2012

Had a guy who saw one of my paintings on Fine Art America send me an e-mail expressing interest in the piece. I knew, pretty quick, he was trying to scam me, but played along - insisting on a cleared PayPal payment and shipping address for me to send the piece to him - until he sent me this classic scammer request:

"I was just about to make the payments when i had this little problem with the picking up of the item, I am currently on sea and i am buying the item for my Dad as i explained earlier on [no he didn't] and i tried to book pick up with my pick up agent, but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept western union money transfer for payments and they don't accept PayPal or bank transfer and I tried to send the money online but i couldn't and I am on sea and there is no way i can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it was ok for me to include my pick up agent's fees in the payments I am about to send through PayPal, my pick up agent charged $300 plus insurance and all 'o that, pls can i include their money in the payments I want to send then after i have made the payments you will help me forward the $300 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, this I would have done myself and not bother you but the for the fact that I am currently on sea, so after I have made the payments you will help me send $300 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments, I will more than appreciate if you mail me back, and I will be making the payments shortly.

PS: the shipping company's Head quarters and any pick up fees to be paid is sent to their head quarters by the payee, so the money for pick up will be sent to their head quarters through western union money transfer(this can be done from any post office) at or money grams.."

So, if you are on FAA and get a message from "Morte Steve", with a Yahoo address, don't bother even getting back to him.

Hi Cathy and Lou,

Re: Artists—Beware of Internet Art Scams!
by Laura Warburton

I was the target of a similar scam. The wording of the messages was much the same. There was a move from USA to South Africa and the buyer wanted to use her own shipper. In my case, I received a cheque on a British bank for an amount which was three times what I asked for. In this type of scam, it is hoped that the victim will send their own money to cover the difference. That is how the fraudulent buyer makes money. I sent the email trail to a police officer with the crime unit. Without seeing the cheque, he could predict the scam. He assured me that the buyer did not want my art.

A Whitby bank confirmed that the cheque was not legitimate. They had seen another case where a woman was selling a household article through something like ebay. The buyer had sent a cheque for a much larger amount of money than she asked for. No doubt they had hoped she would send her own money to make up the difference.

I ceased contact with the buyer as soon as I saw the cheque, because then I could guess what sort of fraud it was.

Laura's advice was good. A direct bank-to-bank wire transfer is safe. Then you know whether the payment funds are clear. You must be sure that the payment you receive is legitimate before you send your artwork.

Best wishes,

A lucky PRAC member

Have you received many of these messages? Laura Warburton is sharing a current message she is receiving copies of.

Subject: Art work Enquiry

Hope this message finds you well,i came across some lovely and creative artworks on your site while searching for good artworks and I will like to buy creative artworks out of your stock.
I will be happy to have this selected artworks hanged in our new home. What is the least price? We are travelling from our USA home to our new apartment in London,uk .Regarding payment,I will be happy to pay you with a certified Travellers cheque/moneyorder/cashiers cheque . An urgent reply we be appreciated.Thanks.
Kindly don't bother to include the shipping cost because i have a private shipper hat will arange for the pick up of the art work in your location once you have cleared the payment in your bank,they are in charge of moving our other house interior decor to our new home.I await your contact details to make out the payment to you asap.

Artists are increasingly becoming the target of cyber-scamming.  This email is just one example of the type of internet fraud that artists are receiving from unscrupulous scammers prosing as serious art buyers.
There are a number of points that suggest that this inquiry is not entirely as it may seem;

  • The spelling and grammar are generally quite poor.

  • The buyer is often either traveling or overseas.

  • The buyer wants to pay via a travelers cheque, money order or cashiers cheque, all of which are relatively easy to forge.

  • The buyer wants to arrange their own shipper.

  • They buyer is most often in a hurry to close the deal.

There are many ways to safeguard your work against scams like this, and they are all really quite simple. 

Never accept payment via a travelers cheque, money order or cashiers cheque.  These are all quite easy to forge and your bank can remove the funds from your account to cover a fraudulent payment well after the art has been shipped, often as long as 30 days or more.  The fraudulent buyer who is in a hurry is attempting to pressure the artist into shipping the work before payment has cleared. Similarly, they frequently want to arrange their own shipping or have someone pick up the artwork in order to have possession of it before their phony payment has been discovered. A direct bank-to-bank wire transfer is the safest method to receive payment.  Your bank will ensure the funds are clear, most often on the day of the transfer.

Never accept an overpayment.  Once the price of the art and shipping has been determined, that’s the amount of the payment you should receive from the buyer.  If they send you more than that (often much more) and ask you to send them a cheque for the difference, you will find yourself out of pocket for not only the value of the artwork and the fraudulent payment, but also for the difference of the overpayment you’ve sent back.  No one is going to ‘accidentally’ send you a payment of $7,000 for a painting that you’re selling for $3,000.

As exciting as it may be to have an art buyer contact you wanting to own a piece of your work, you need to proceed with caution.  Take your time.  If you’ve responded to a potential buyer with your selling terms and they don’t appear to be listening, follow your instincts; if it feels funny, it likely is.

First clue – it’s not a show you’ve heard of before!
Second – it’s always advisable to check with your art friends if they know anything about it or heard of it!
Third – how did the e-mail come to you – cold calls are always an indication that it’s not legit.
Fourth – Google it.

• Some like to ‘acquire’ well known sponsors - look at the logos - do they look like poor scans, outdated? Another tip-off that you should invest your time and money elsewhere.
•Artists need to be safe first … same as any kid on the internet – there are rules to follow for safety and you can’t just pay someone for a show that you have not checked out thoroughly.

There are active organizations more than willing to renew your domain name for an exhorbitant fee AND they send their invoice to your home. Check with your current provider to see why you are getting mail from someone else before you loose your money and waste your time.



Since 1989 PineRidge Arts Council Inc., a not-for-profit volunteer organization has been dedicated to enhance the quality of life within the community by developing widespread appreciation, support and involvement in the arts.

PineRidge Arts Council
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P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0

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