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Experience Art

Recognizing our local talent

Pickering is fortunate to have a talented community of painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, potters: all masters of their craft.  It is our honour to exhibit their work at the Pickering Civic Complex each year - just one of the ways we demonstrate our pride, and promote such deserving, local artists.

Pickering has a number of festivals, activities and resources that support culture and arts; many are listed below.  Review our City Services & Leisure Guide for a full description of the arts and culture programs we offer.

Take a private studio tour through the Durham West Arts Centre and get a glimpse behind the creative minds of local artists.  Visit the PineRidge Arts Council for local art resources, workshops and events.

Check out our arts and culture highlights of the year!
Artfest, Civic Awards, Esplanade Park Concerts, Waterfront ConcertsArtists at EventsDurham West Studio Tour.


Saturday, May 28, 2016
Esplanade Park, Pickering Civic Complex
11 am - 5 pm

Every summer, Esplanade Park comes alive with music, dance, crafts and singing, along with children's art areas and artists demonstrations. This free arts event will include over 90 artists from across the province who show and sell a fantastic variety of original art which include Paintings (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour), Photography, Pottery, Wood Carvings, Jewellery, Hand Made Rugs, Stationary and Candles and more! 

The City will once again partner with the Durham West Blues Fest.  A variety of blues performers will take the stage at the Gazebo and on a secondary stage.

View the list of participating Artists:  alphabetical order / numerical order.

View the Rules and Regulations for Artists.

Civic Awards

Monday, May 30, 2016
Pickering Civic Complex
7 pm

Civic Awards are Pickering's highest honour.  Nominated by our community and determined by a Committee of Council these awards are presented to deserving individuals, businesses and local organizations who have exemplified outstanding service and achievements in our community. View the 2014 recipient details

Summer Concert Application

Are you interested in performing at our Summer Concerts next year? Complete the 2017 Summer Concert Application, and return it to us by February 10, 2017.

Esplanade Park Concert Series

Bring your lawn chair and join us for an afternoon of entertainment.  Concerts are held Sundays in July and August at 2:00 pm in Esplanade Park at the Gazebo (Pickering City Hall). 

2016 Sunday's at the Gazebo in Esplanade Park was proudly presented by TD

July 10 - Pickering Community Concert Band
July 17 - My Sweet Patootie
July 24 - Silverheels
July 31 - The Grey Matters Band
August 14 - Jimmy Pearson
August 21 - The Liverpool 4
August 28 - Whiskey Mojo

Waterfront Concert Series

Every summer, the City hosts a Waterfront Concert Series. Residents can head down to Millennium Square and either set up their lawn chair for an evening of complementary summer time entertainment or dance the night away to anything from contemporary pop hits to rock n' roll. Concerts are held on Thursday evenings in July and August from 7 pm to 9 pm.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled.

2016 Thursday's at the Waterfront in Millennium Square was proudly sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

July 7 - Straight Shooter
July 14 - Vintage
July 21 - Voodoo Pawn Shop
July 28 - Back Spin
August 4 - Bing Serrao & The Ramblers
August 18 - Kim & Company
August 25 - Stacey Renee

Artists at Events

The City of Pickering is providing vendor space to artists and crafters during selected events throughout the year.  Locations include Esplanade Park, Millennium Square and Pickering Museum Village. Check back in October for the 2017 application form.

Durham West Studio Tour

Local artists open their homes and studios to this free self-guided tour. For dates and details visit dwac.ca/tours, or call 905.926.1171.