The City of Pickering is happy to offer great opportunities all year round for artists, artisans and performers. Following is a list of the opportunities:

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). 

Summer 2020 performer applications will be accepted in January 2020.

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 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 

Summer 2020 performer applications will be accepted in January 2020.

Community Grant How-To Presentation

Is your organization is hoping to operate a community event or initiative in 2020, and seeking City funding?

Take part in a How-To Presentation for the City of Pickering’s Community Grant Program. The session will held on October 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Community Centre, in Claremont.  

During this informative session finance staff will be available to

  • review your grant application drafts,
  • demonstrate how to complete the grant application,
  • answer your questions.

Funding requests for Community initiatives are provided through Pickering’s Community Grant Program. Community Grant Applications are being accepted until 4:30 pm October 25, 2019.  Application forms and program policy can be found on the City’s website pickering.ca/CommunityGrants or in person at Pickering Civic Complex, 2nd Floor, Finance Department.

Who is eligible:

  • Community Grants are available to volunteer organizations, service clubs, or sport clubs that are not-for-profit;
  • who serve Pickering;
  • where at least 80% of its members reside in Pickering. 
  • Regionally based organizations may be considered if the organization can demonstrate that its services will directly benefit Pickering residents. 

Who is not eligible:

  • Applicants who are in receipt of funding from bingo or United Way Durham.

Register today for this informative session at https://pickeringcommunitygrants.eventbrite.com 

Artists at Events

The City of Pickering has provided vendor space to artists and crafters during selected events throughout the year. 

Applications for 2020 events will open in January 2020.

Farmer's Market Opportunities 

Nestled next to the Civic Complex, the Pickering City Centre Farmers' Market continues the tradition of a unique outdoor community market. Every Tuesday from June 4, 2019 to October 1, 2019 we encourage the community to come out and experience local fresh produce, food, music, art and family activities in the heart of our City Centre. We are looking for local talent to perform and display their art/handmade items. Be part of our markets!

Market Performers 

Must be available to perform between the hours of 10 am & 2 pm (need to be available for two hours within this timeframe to perform). A 10 x 10 tent, chairs, power and two portable speakers to plug into will be available. Performance pay maximum of $200 per week. Performers will be promoted on website with a bio and their social media sites, performers are encouraged to display their banner and sell CD’s the day of their performance. All interested performers can contact Kristy Gagen kgagen@pickering.ca 905.420.4660 ext. 2043.

Market Artists

A maximum of two opening per week will be available for artists to display & sell their one of a kind (all handmade art) at the Farmers’ Market. Artists must abide by the farmers’ market rules & regulations. Fee is $25. This fee includes a 10 x 10 space, tent, 8ft table with tablecloth. All artists will be promoted on website with a bio and their social media sites. All interested artists can contact Kristy Gagen kgagen@pickering.ca 905.420.4660 ext. 2043. Artist may apply for a maximum of two weeks. 

Artfest on the Esplanade

Saturday, May 23, 2020
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 100 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! Applications will be available in January 2020.  

SynchroniCity Dance Company

Synchronicity, City of Pickering's official Dance Company has created. Watch for SynchroniCity performances at our upcoming events, Easter Parade, Santa Claus Parade, Tree Lighting, Artfest and more!

For more information, please contact Amanda Rose at 905.420.4660 ext. 2080 or email arose@pickering.ca

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.