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Call for Art and Audition notices
from PRAC members in the GTA and Durham Region
This page is NOT current, please check with groups.

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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Studio Tours, Art Shows, Exhibitions Etc. Literary | Musical Notes Performance Audition Notices

PineRidge Arts Council Juried Art
and Photography Shows

Juried Art Show2023 Juried Art Show now open





JPEPineRidge Arts Council
2024 Juried Photography Exhibition


The Colborne Art Gallery

Colborne ART Gallery51 King Street East, Colborne


Station Gallery

Station GalleryStation Gallery
1450 Henry Street,



Art Shows for Children

2024 SPARK

Ajax Public Library
SPARKSPARK! is an annual juried art show and competition for Ajax children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Watch for details

NOISY ART in the library ~ 2023

Noisy Art in the LibraryPickering Public Library

PRAC is a proud partner in this event





Latcham Art Centre


Latcham Art Centre

2 Park Drive
Stouffville, ON L4A 4K1


Kawartha Lakes Arts Council



Unity Through the ArtsCultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. is thrilled to announce “Unity Through the Arts,” an inaugural juried exhibition in partnership with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. To enter, an online artist registration form must be complete by September 21st at 11:59pm. Open to all residents of Durham Region. For more information, please download the program brochure.
Awards Presentation and Opening Reception to be held October 12th from 6-8:30 pm at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Join us for live music, cash prizes, and more!
Oct 12 to 29 ~ Unity Through the Arts: Inaugural Juried Exhibition


Oshawa Art Association

OAAOshawa Art Association Inc.


Scugog Arts

SCAPart of Culture Days



City of Oshawa



Lake Scugog Studio Tour






Town of Ajax

AjaxMcLean Community Centre and Town Hall for artwork.

Lynde House Museum

Lynde HouseLooking 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

http://www.vac.caVisual Arts Centre of Clarington



Station Gallery

Station Gallery

1450 Henry St. Whitby ON, Canada

Art on the Fringe

Uxbridge Art on the FringeUxbridge Art on the Fringe -

Culture Days

Durham Notables

Durham Notables




Durham Youth Orchestra

Durham Youth OrchestraDURHAM YOUTH

John Beaton: Music Director

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


Durham Community Choir

289-312-0488 for more info. or email


Durham Philharmonic Choir
Durham Philharmonic ChoirSeeks Choristers
or phone 905 987 4565.


Espressivo Singers


Come Sing With Us!

Espressivo Singers 2023

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.
ES rehearses on Friday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Room C-113 of the Gordon Willey Building on the main campus of Durham College, 2000 Simcoe St N (at Conlin), Oshawa.
During this time of COVID concern, our rehearsals will include mandatory well-fitting masks (N-95 or comparable recommended) and physical distancing, with ventilation modifications as possible.
Winter/spring rehearsals begin in mid-January, in preparation for an early May performance.
For more information, or to arrange an audition, please call (905) 683-5757, email or visit


Monday Morning Singers

Monday Morning Singers, a vibrant women’s choir, under the direction of Anne Mizen, is starting rehearsals again on Monday, September 18.This group of around 30 singers has been entertaining Uxbridge audiences for over 20 years with its innovative concerts. Twice a year, at Christmas, and in the spring, the choir presents interesting and creative concerts. The group is regularly joined by guest soloists, actors, singers and instrumentalists. Some of these guests include the late actor, Kenneth Welsh, organist, Ian Sadler and percussionist, Beverley Johnston
This Christmas, Uxbridge native, soprano, Leslie Higgins is the special guest of the choir. The concerts include repertoire from across many centuries, such as the baroque Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and modern choral works like Heart Songs by contemporary Canadian composer, Timothy Corlis. As well as these larger works, the choir enjoys singing folk song settings and popular Christmas compositions. In 2024, the choir celebrates its 24th anniversary with a special commission by Canadian composer, Sarah Quartel. Women who love to sing are encouraged to sit in on a rehearsal to see if they would be a good fit for the group. The choir is particularly looking for sopranos, but second soprano and alto voices are also welcome. Rehearsals take place at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Uxbridge from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, commencing September 18th. The Christmas concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. Come and experience the joy of singing together! Please look at our website for more information.

Pickering Community Concert Band ~ 905-767-0773

RESOUND Choir of Durham Region

Resound Choir

Scugog ArtsGo to

Young SingersYoung Singers

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

Audition Notice
Ajax Community Theatre will be holding auditions for Jenny’s House of Joy by Norm Foster and directed by Ray Porrill, on Sunday Sept. 24th at 1:30pm and Tuesday Sept. 26th at 7:30pm at the Village Community Centre, 22 Sherwood Rd. West, Ajax. Callbacks on Sunday, Oct. 1st at 1:30pm if required.
Jenny - the madam, is a tough businesswoman with a veneer of sophistication. (35 – 60)
Anita - the naïve idealist, keen to escape the life and move into society. (20 – 30)
Natalie - a “lady” fleeing an abusive husband who is anxious to find work. (35 – 45)
Frances - the old practitioner, tough without the smooth exterior. (45 – 65)
Clara - the respectable wife begging for her husband to be turned away the next time he comes to call. (45 – 55)
The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
Show dates are April 12th – 20th, 2024
Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00, and Sundays 10:00 – 1:00
If you have any questions, please contact us at:
71 Old Kingston Rd Suite 222
Ajax, ON LIT 3A6 Canada



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 2023

DCCDurham 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.
We rehearse on Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Room C-113 of the Gordon Willey Building on the main campus of Durham College, 2000 Simcoe St N (at Conlin), Oshawa.
For more information, please call (289) 312-0488 or email or visit 
Come join us!


Durham Shoestring Performers

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


Music4Life Orchestra

Music 4Life 18 Hibbins Avenue · AJAX or 647-980-8683







Theatre on the Ridge

Theatre On The Ridge








Young Singers

Young SingersMark 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.



PineRidge Arts Council Inc., is a not-for-profit (Public Benefit Corporation) volunteer organization established in 1989.

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

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