Four Directions of Durham

UNVEILED: “Four Directions of Durham” by Geordie Lishman

This sculpture, located at The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters in Whitby, was unveiled on Sept. 9, 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Regional Municipality of Durham.

  • The east-facing D has a subdivision and children’s park in the foreground depicting the suburban landscapes of Durham.
  • The west-facing D has downtown high rises, a city hall and church showing Durham’s urban areas.
  • The north-facing D includes ski hills, hikers and forests celebrating Durham’s vast green space.
  • The south-facing D depicts the bluffs and the lakeshore with bike paths and water sports.

These back-to-back D’s create the sphere that is the Durham region safely nested in an elegant tree representing strength and renewal for the growing community.

A tree also symbolizes how actions taken at this place, Durham Regional Headquarters, branch out in all directions, encircling and mindful of the entire region.

Learn more about “Four Directions of Durham” in this video, where local artist Geordie Lishman explains the sculpture’s symbolism, his craft and the growing arts scene in Durham.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

Sculpture by Geordie Lishman

Durham Tourism to kick off Culture Days in Durham Region!

Durham Tourism will be participating in this year’s national celebration of Culture Days. The weekend-long extravaganza of arts and culture will kick off with an event at Regional Headquarters, featuring local artist Geordie Lishman — and you’re invited!

WHAT: Durham Tourism’s Culture Days Kick-off

WHEN: Friday Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby

WHY: Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture, inviting residents and visitors to participate in free, hands-on, interactive activities to ignite their passion for the arts and explore their curiosity for cultural experiences within the community.

This kick-off event will feature local metal sculptor, painter and teacher Geordie Lishman, who will be showcasing interactive art, sharing his inspiring story about living the family legacy and answering questions from media and the public. Lishman is the creator of the newly erected statue at Regional Headquarters, which was unveiled during the 40th anniversary celebration on Sept. 9.

For more information about Culture Days and how to celebrate in Durham Region, visit www.culturedays.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

Culture Days event

Durham Tourism encourages the community to celebrate Culture Days

Durham Tourism is inviting residents and visitors to participate in Culture Days — an interactive, free celebration of local arts and culture, taking place Sept. 26 to 28.

This annual, nation-wide festival is a collaborative movement designed to raise awareness, accessibility participation and engagement of Canadians in arts and culture within their communities. Culture will be celebrated by a number of communities across Canada, including Durham Region. Durham residents and visitors are encouraged to explore their creativity during the celebration, and experience creative expression through the region’s talented artists, musicians, creators, historians and more.

More than 60 events throughout all eight area municipalities have been registered on the Culture Days Ontario website. For an updated listing of these events, visit http://on.culturedays.ca.

Durham is proud to host a variety of Culture Days events across the region again this year, and the region continues to be one of the leading communities in Canada for the number of Culture Days events taking place.

For more information, contact Durham Tourism at 1-800-413-0017 or email tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

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Durham Festival: Celebrating culture and creativity

Durham has arrived. Our region has undergone rapid transformation with dramatic population, demographic and economic shifts over the last 10 years. The Durham Festival will offer visitors and residents alike, a chance to experience the best culture and creativity that Durham has to offer.

With millions of eyes on the area as Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa host events for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015, Durham Festival will begin as the games come to a close, keeping the celebration momentum alive!

From Aug. 13 to 16, 2015, residents and visitors will experience new energy at some of their favourite existing community events, and get the change to engage in never-before-seen new art, music, culinary and cultural productions across Durham Region.

From north to south, east to west, all of Durham Region is invited to get in on the celebration. Save the date now, and visit www.durhamfestival.ca for more information and to get involved.

Roadshow Antiques South

Culture Days profile: Roadshow Antiques South (Pickering)

Welcome to the Greater Toronto Area’s largest antiques mall. Roadshow Antiques South (a.k.a. Roadshow Antiques Pickering) is located in Pickering, and features an eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles from over 150 Ontario Antique Dealers. There’s always something new and unusual to be found as new objects arrive daily at their modern and inviting 22,000-square-foot centre.

This year, Roadshow Antiques South is participating in Culture Days with the following events:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: Sarah Turner

Homestead Hills

Culture Days profile: Homestead Hills Equestrian Centre

Situated in Kendal, within the Municipality of Clarington, family-owned Homestead Hills Equestrian Centre has been providing affordable, quality, English riding lessons since 1980. They also specialize in showing, leasing summer camps and training.

This year, Homestead Hills Equestrian Centre is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo source: Patty Kingsley

Uxbridge Scott Museum

Culture Days profile: Uxbridge Historical Centre

The Uxbridge-Scott Museum & Archives was established near the town of Uxbridge in 1972. Its mandate is to collect, preserve and display artifacts, documents, and photos that relate to the heritage of the Uxbridge Township area that was formed in 1973 (with a union of the former townships of Scott and Uxbridge and Uxbridge Town). In addition to displaying local heritage, the museum operates an archive. The museum offers a spectacular view of the Uxbridge valley and the township.

This year, the Uxbridge Historical Centre is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo source: Township of Uxbridge

awebthatworks

Culture Days profile: AWEBthatWORKS

Sue is the energetic, technology-savvy dynamo who heads up this groundbreaking company—truly a one-stop web shop—and welcomes new customers. It doesn’t end with a sale: after-sales service is her priority. Sue is an Internet pioneer, and loves talking about it! Many businesses employ Sue to supplement their current web team with strategic coaching.

This year, AWEBthatWORKS is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo source: AWEBthatWORKS

Soap

Culture Days profile: Carberry Soap Company

Nestled in the beautiful Nautical Village, as you drive south on Liverpool Road in Pickering, you will discover a true gem. The Carberry Soap Company has become a favourite destination for both local shoppers, and a popular tourist destination. Just steps away from the spectacular beauty of the Lake Ontario shoreline and the Waterfront Trail, you will be warmly welcomed by the founder and owner of Carberry, Margo Stinson. Margo is well known locally for her creative designs and the welcoming atmosphere of this unique shop.

This year, the Carberry Soap Company is participating in Culture Days with the following events:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit

Cultural Expressions

Culture Days profile: Cultural Expressions Art Gallery

Cultural Expressions is an art gallery promoting new Canadian artists, photographic art and artistic pieces from around the world.  Situated in historic Pickering Village in Ajax, they carry original works that you won’t see every day. Ethnic carvings, sculptures, and unique jewelry are among the original paintings. They originate from Canada to Africa, Europe to South America, Israel to the Caribbean.

Whether you’re looking for an original painting or sculpture for your home, a unique gift for someone special, or you simply want to browse in a setting that transports you away from the ordinary, drop in to Cultural Expressions!

This year, Cultural Expressions Art Gallery is participating in Culture Days with the following event:

For more information on Culture Days, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.