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May 2023

Great events in the Region of Durham and the GTA that almost happened in May

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!

Reading and RemembranceMay is Asian Heritage Month



May 2024 Early Bird Listings

Early Bird



Colborne ART GalleryThe Colborne Art Gallery Annual Juried Show Sept 7th to Nov 5th
Online submissions
Submissions close August 6th
The Colborne Art Gallery
51 King St. E. Colborne

continuing May 2023

Mondays ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryARTIST MEETUP: Meet with a variety of fellow artists to share your work, create together, discuss a variety of topics and more. Hosted by local artist Rekha Mistry, this meetup is open to anyone with a current SG patronship. The last meetup of every month will include an Art Talk led by Station Gallery’s curator, Olex Wlasenko. On now until June 5th Monday’s 4:30-7pm

Lake Scugog Studio Tour will take place on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th, 2023. 

to May 4 ~ Michael J.B.Black

Garden Stories
Kent Farndale Gallery in the Scugog Memorial Library
231 Water Street, P.O. Box 1049
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A8 (905) 985-7686

to May 7 ~ Colborne Art Gallery

Colborne ART GalleryEarly Spring Show: "SPLASH", March 10 - May 7;
April 1, open Thurs. too. Participant in the SPARK Photography Festival in April, featuring CAG members Ian Davis and Ken Solilo
51 King St E, Colborne |

to May 7, 2023 ~ Northumberland Players

Northumberland PlayersA Night in Provence
Ah, the French Riviera – where the well-to-do rent luxury villas for exorbitant sums in order to get their annual fix of sun, sea, and sumptuous cuisine.


to June 18 ~ RMG

RMGMary Rawlyk: Domestic Disruptions

June 29 ~ Thursday Curatorial Tours : Queering the Collection, Heather Riley
to August 20 ~ Painters Eleven: Ontario’s Abstract Collective
to August 20 ~ The Ties That Bind
72 Queen St. Civic Centre, Oshawa

to May 23 ~ Ramona Marquez-Ramraj

Nature Living on Thin Glass
Ajax Town Hall
65 Harwood Ave S.

April 26 to May 30 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art Centre2023 Annual Juried Exhibition
Drop by the gallery to explore Celebrations, our annual exhibition of art by local children that celebrates the creativity, energy, and ideas of students from Whitchurch-Stouffville elementary schools and Stouffville District Secondary School.
Latcham Art Centre
2 Park Drive


May 1 & 3 ~ Audition Notice
Ajax Community Theatre will be holding auditions for The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard and directed by Doug Craven, on Monday May 1st at 7:30pm and Wednesday May 3rd at 7:30pm at the Village Community Centre, 22 Sherwood Rd. West, Ajax.
Rehearsals are Mondays and Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00, and Sundays 10:00 – 1:00
If you have any questions, please contact us at:

May 5 ~ RMG Fridays

RMG72 Queen St.
Civic Centre, Oshawa



May ~ Espressivo Singers

Espressivo SingersDate to be announced
For more information, or to arrange an audition, please call (905) 683-5757, email or visit

May 1 to 31 ~ Dominique Faivre

Display and Exhibits art rail at the Whitby Central Library.
On-line and In Person
405 Dundas Street West, Withby or

May 4 ~ PRAC Juried Photography Reception

JPEHope you will be able to make the Awards Reception of the Photography Exhibition at 7 pm

McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax L1T 3K7










May 4 to 27 ~ Allan O'Marra

Living My Muse
Pine Cliff Resort & Sunny Hill Resort
10 Flint Ave, Bancroft

May 5 to May 7 ~ Lemonville Group of Artists

Lemonville Group30th Annual Lemonville Group of Artists Show and Sale
We are back in person! Our show begins Friday May 5th 2023 from 7 pm to 9 pm and continues Saturday & Sunday May 6th and May 7th, 2023 from 10 am to 5pm. A wide variety of original works of art by the group members are for sale. Everyone is welcome. Browsing is very welcome! The Lemonville Community Centre
Time(s) 7 pm - 9pm May 5th, May 6th, 7th 10 am to 5 pm
13453 McCowan Road, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
L4A 3Y5
(905) 985-8209

May 6 ~ Durham Philharmonic Choir

Durham Philharmonic ChoirSpring Concert
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Both Concerts will be held at:
St. Mark’s United Church, 210 Centre St. S., Whitby

May 6 ~ La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra

La Jeunesse Youth OrchestraSpringtime with the Symphony
Port Hope United Church
34 South Street, Port Hope


May 6 ~ Doors Open Oshawa @ RMG


72 Queen St.
Civic Centre, Oshawa


May 6 & 7 ~ Lake Scugog Studio Tour

LSSTOur list of artists for the 2023 tour is now live! list of artist pages.



May 9 ~ Pickering Township Historical Society

PTHS Guest speaker Adrienne Hood "The Narrative of Quilts: Making, Collecting and Researching.
Pickering Central Library
doors open at 7 pm




10 ~ Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The RidgeA Tent For The 10th Event
7 pm, May 10th
Head Church, Scugog Shores Museum
2023 marks the 10th Anniversary of Theatre on the Ridge, originally known as Theatre 3x60.
All year long we’re celebrating how far we’ve come in our first decade and getting ready to embark on our next 10 years bringing captivating live theatre to Scugog and Durham Region.
Our very own performance tent is now on site and will be raised in time for our season opening in mid-June. In the meantime, we invite everyone to join us on the evening of May 10th for a special launch event, featuring performances by past artists and sharing favorite moments from the past 10 years…and a sneak peek at what’s still to come in 2023.
The performance will now be presented live in Head Church at Scugog Shores Museum (16210 Island Rd., Port Perry) with an ensemble of artists from past and present Theatre on the Ridge productions on hand to entertain the audience with excerpts of favorite plays from past seasons and teasers for two of our Summer 2023 productions – On A First Name Basis by Norm Foster and Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott by Beverley Cooper. There will also be archival videos from our ten year history, including scenes from our very first production in 2013!
Tickets are $30/person or $50/pair and available in advance at Please note: due to circumstances beyond our control, the previously announced daytime open house on May 10th has been postponed until later this spring.
It's easy to stay up to date with all the Theatre on the Ridge 10th Anniversary happenings, including our upcoming summer season and ticket information. We’re on Facebook/Instagram @theatreontheridgeportperry, or sign up for our e-newsletter at

May 11 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk, ACTing the pART
Thursday May 11th, 7PM
@The Whitby Public Library
405 Dundas St W, Whitby


May 11 to July 2 ~ Colborne Art Gallery

Colborne ART GalleryCAG members themed show: REFLECTIONS
The 9 CAG members present works on a group theme.
Reception on Saturday, May 13
Time(s) 2 - 4 p.m.
51 King St E, Colborne

May 13 ~ VAC

http://www.vac.caSummer Exhibitions Opening Reception
2 - 4 pm
143 Simpson Ave, Bowmanville



13 ~ Durham Notables

Durham NotablesBroadway Theme
St. George's, Pickering Village, Ajax .

13 ~ Durham Potters Guild

Durham PottersSpring Pottery Show and Sale
Noon to 5 pm
Thornton Dundee Center
210 Thornton Rd N, Oshawa

May 13 ~ Whitby Brass Band

Whtiby Brass BandGreat Canadian Brass Band Festival
Hosted by Hannaford Street Silver Band.
MacMillan Theatre, Univerity of Toronto

13 ~ Music4life Ensemble

Music 4LifeRhythms of the Heart
Join us for an afternoon of multi-cultural, spirited live string music with Special Guests the JUNO-Award winning and Grammy-nominated, Afro-Cuban jazz and global rhythms duo "OKAN".
Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr, Ajax
Doors open at 2pm. Show starts at 2:30pm - 4PM.

May 13 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative ArtsAngela Hennessey’s Collage Workshop
This is an Ajax Partnership Fund workshop and open to the public on a first come first serve basis, aiming for 10 participants from the public and 10 from our ACA members
Ajax Creative Arts
22 Sherwood Dr W, Ajax On L1T 2Y2


May 13 to Aug 27 ~ VAC

http://www.vac.caHeather Nicol: Prelude/Requiem
143 Simpson Ave, Bowmanville


May 13 to Aug 27 ~ VAC

http://www.vac.caAdam Basanta: Every Beloved Object
143 Simpson Ave, Bowmanville



15 ~ Whitvale Arts and Culture Centre

There will be two Bird Walks this Saturday, May 15: a morning walk at 6 am and an evening one at 7 pm. The second walk would be a great opportunity for families with kids! The list of birds heard on last week’s walk was amazing and some of us have recently heard a whip-poor-will at night in the hamlet! Meet in front of the WACC,
475 Whitevale Road in Whitevale.

May 18 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk, Synchronicities: Art & Cinema
Station Gallery
1450 Henry St., Whitby


May 18 – The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

RMGThe Ties That Bind, Sonya Jones
Thursday Curatorial Tours are free and open to everyone. They provide deeper insight into the themes, context, and content of our exhibitions.
72 Queen St.
Civic Centre, Oshawa

May 18 ~ Whitby Historical Society

Join us on Thursday evening to celebrate the 55th ANNIVERSARY of the Whitby Historical Society!!!
We’ll watch a video presentation on the History if the WHS, followed by cake and refreshments to celebrate!
Seating is limited!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

22 ~ Open Studio Art Café

Long Weekend Larry playing the Porch
617 Liverpool Road, Pickering

May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug 23 Sept 20 ~ Lynde House Museum

Lynde HouseRythmic Fun for Everyone
Drum Circle
Lynde House Museum
900 Brock St S, Whitby
$10 p/p or $25 p/family
Register online



MAY 26 to JUN 11, 2023 ~ Northumberland Players

Northumberland PlayersThe Cemetery Club
This heartwarming comedy about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves has been on Broadway and made into a movie.
213 Second St.
Cobourg, ON

May 26 ~ St. Francis Centre

St. FrancisFriday Night Live! series continues with Quizzes and Cocktail
We’re calling on all intrepid quiz masters, supposed know-it-alls, and self-proclaimed professors of random knowledge, as well as anyone who just wants to have a good time and a good laugh, to join us for this fun trivia night. Test your brain’s ability to retain random knowledge
and fun facts in an “everything goes” trivia night where all skills are
welcome. You can join as an individual or as a team of up to 4, to test your knowledge on movies, music, TV, superheroes, pop culture, cartoons, science, sports, history, and more! Each team will need to bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to play (this will become your answer button). There will be prizes and a cash bar and concessions will be available. Tickets are only $5 per person (HST incl). Space is limited so get your tickets early
78 Church Street South, Ajax

May 26 to July 8 ~ Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art CentreBorn in Nigeria and based in Toronto, Emmanuel Osahor’s artwork engages with beauty as a necessity for survival and a precursor to thriving. For What we tend, the artist depicts gardens as carefully considered and intricate sanctuaries. His paintings and etchings embody a collage-like sensibility, drawing from various sources to create new yet convincing garden settings. Also featured are recent ceramic fountains, which moves the exhibition toward the immersive.
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 26 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM! Free admission. All are welcome.
Latcham Art Centre
2 Park Drive

May 27 ~ Artfest

ArtfestMask Magic is back
and a new event Paint Party


Harsh Raghav 47
Intrikate Arts 18
Miraclewalker Productions
Richard Pyres - Author 42
Vidhya Srijesh Art 70
Vince Santoro - Author 36

Pickering Community Concert Band 11:30 on the Bandstand

May 27 ~ Whitvale Arts and Culture Centre

Spring Festival
All day at the park:
-Live Music
-Greek BBQ and cold treats
-Craft vendors
-Children's Games and Activities
Other time-specific events:
-Circus Aerialist Acts (12pm and 1:30pm),
-Bake Sale (11-1)
-Face painting (11-2).
at The Whitevale Arts and Culture Centre (WACC- 475 Whitevale Rd):
-Art show by Mark Fordham
-Book sale
Bring your family, appetite and your sun hat to enjoy the beauty of spring in the Historical Hamlet of Whitevale

May 27 & 28 ~ Oshawa Art Association

OAAArtists Crawl Tour
Artists Studio and Gardens will be open to public and will display paintings in all mediums, sculpture and crafts
Over 20 artists on the Tour
For list of participating Artists Studios. go to

May 28 ~ Lynde House Museum

Lynde HouseA timeless Gathering
Interactive Historical Mystery Play
Lynde House Museum
900 Brock St S, Whitby
Register online



May 28 & June 4 ~ Durham Chamber Orchestra

Durham Chamber OrchestraSPRING IS IN THE AIR!!
Get your tickets to this wonderful concert today!
Ajax concert - May 28th @ 2pm
Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr., Ajax
Port Perry concert - June 4th @ 2pm

Port Perry United Church, 294 Queen St.
For tickets and more details go to

May 29 ~ Station Gallery

Station GalleryArt Talk, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Arts Club Band
Station Gallery
1450 Henry St., Whitby


May 31 ~ Ajax Creative Arts

Ajax Creative Arts

Workshop: Chrissie Wysotski
Pen and ink workshop, Chrissie will provide supplies (pen etc. to be returned to her at the end). If you have your own you wish to use please bring those (permanent markers in sizes 005, 02, 08 Micron/Staedtler/Winsor Newton are recommended). Chrissie’s workshop details: Learn to create contrast and interest using varied line weights and values with pen. In this workshop we will explore a variety of basic texturing techniques. We will then put pen and ink techniques into practice creating a beautiful Northern Oriole Leaving you with new knowledge and inspiration to take your pen and ink drawings to the next level.DATE: Wednesday May 31, 2023
Ajax Creative Arts
22 Sherwood Dr W, Ajax On L1T 2Y2



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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

TIFF Ajax Film Circuit ~ Movie Nights
(please note the different start times for movies as they have changed)
Friday, May 5 at 8 p.m. I Like Movies
Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. – TBD

78 Church Street South, Ajax

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