Category Archives: The Scene

Celebrate Spring in Georgina!

Celebrate Spring in Georgina! Don’t miss the Inclusive Recreation Information Fair taking place at the Georgina Ice Palace from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Featuring information about day and overnight camps, local recreation and leisure programs, swimming instruction, respite services and community programs, the event will be of interest to families who have a special needs child or youth, as well as for service providers who support them. For more information, contact Vanessa Karklins, Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Children’s Treatment Network, at 905-305-7440 ext 237 or For more Georgina Events visit


This just in – more silent auction items donated in support of the York Region Arts Council!

By: Jennifer Curtis

With our very first arts & culture conference, Arts Exposed just one week away, we are thrilled with the Silent Auction donations that continue to come in from the community. This week we look at a few more unique pieces that have been added to our Silent Auction list.

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Tickets, Paintings & Lessons, oh my! Our preview of the Arts Exposed Silent Auction


Jennifer Curtis, YRAC Arts Administrator

By: Jennifer Curtis

As York Region Arts Council Arts Exposed conference draws closer (only one month to go!) we’ve been thrilled level of support coming local artists and arts organizations. One of our featured conference events is a Silent Auction, which will run from March 30th to April 2nd at the Seneca Markham Campus.

So far we a have a number of exciting donations, ranging from vocal lessons to museum trips to season subscriptions at local theatres. This time we’re profiling  local artists and their generous donations. Check out their work and then start planning your bidding strategy!

Glassworks by  Greg Locke
Gotham Glassworks is a custom fine art glass proprietorship located in the historic village of Schomberg, Ontario, Canada, a scenic 45 minute drive north-west of Toronto in King Township; Greg Locke is owner and operator. Continue reading

The “Ice Fishing Capital of Canada” – In our own backyard!

Kite Surfing between the Ice Fishing Huts on Lake Simcoe

By: Jennifer Curtis

What do you think of when you hear the words “Ice Fishing”? For many people ice fishing  brings to mind a winter pursuit enjoyed by those in cottage country far away from the big city.  I thought the same, until yesterday when I had the chance to learn more about an ice fishing festival in our own backyard: The Great Georgina Ice Fishing Derby.

This derby, considered to be the largest its kind in North America, has the town of Georgina claiming the title, “Ice Fishing Capital of Canada”. The derby makes use of Lake Simcoe to host a remarkable 2 week event, kicking off January 29th and wrapping up this Sunday with cash prizes to be awarded to the biggest catches.

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Trendspotting – Sampling Aurora’s Finest Shops

Jennifer Curtis, YRAC Arts Administrator

By: Jennifer Curtis

Once February rolls around it starts to seem as though winter will never end. Why not warm up by exploring Aurora’s unique decorative art stores. Here are three must-visit shops along Aurora’s main street.

1.Pomegranates & Clementines
15120 Yonge Street, Aurora

What will first draw you to this shop is the uniqueness of the building – tucked away into a heritage building, P & C is carefully decorated to capture heritage charm. Carrying restored furniture, woodwick candles, salvaged decorative and kids clothing from local artists, as well as work recognized designers this shop has a one-of-a-kind gift to suit even the most discerning shopper. Continue reading

Where are they now? Catching up with YRAC Grant Recipients, Part. 2

YRAC Arts Administrator Jennifer Curtis

By: Jennifer Curtis

Last week we told you about YRAC grant recipient Christopher Dallo’s big moment on stage with Josh Groban. This week we are checking in with Sean Cisterna of Mythic Productions.

In October Sean received a grant from the York Region Arts Council to support the marketing of his new film, MOON POINT shot in and around York Region. The feature-length film is directed by Sean and was written by Sean along with Robert Lazar.

MOON POINT is a quirky story of an ambitionless 24-year old who travels hundreds of miles in a wagon hooked onto the back of his friend’s electric wheelchair. He embarks on this quest in hopes of tracking down Sarah Cherry, his elementary school crush, now an obscure B-movie actress shooting a horror film in Moon Point. Darryl believes that taking Sarah to his cousin’s upcoming wedding will finally prove to his family that he isn’t as worthless as they make him out to be.

Sean and his team are and are looking for the help of York Region musicians to provide a unique soundtrack to their film and are offering musicians the chance to hear their song on the big screen! For a peek at  the film and the  contest check out the clip below: Continue reading

Where are they now? Our grant recipients continue to impress!

Jennifer Curtis, YRAC Arts Administrator

By: Jennifer Curtis  

Last fall the York Region Arts Council gave out its first round of grants to local artists. Our recipients came from a range of art genres, including filmmaking, visual art, music and theatre.

Since the grants were awarded we’ve kept in touch with the winners, and have been excited to see them continue to grow the arts in York Region.

One of the youngest recipients was Christopher Dallo, a classical opera singer. Since winning the grant he has been in the news, going onto collaborate with several established producers and professional songwriters, on the January 2010 CBC Network The Passionate Eye, which featured a documentary called The 40 Year Secret. In this documentary, Christopher co-wrote, co-produced and performed the theme song My First True Love. 

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