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Must-Sees This Week: September 12 to 18, 2013

There are lots of great shows opening this week from coast to coast. Here are our best bets.

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery debuts two new exhibitions on September 13: “Circling the Inverse Square,” featuring art by Adam David Brown, Jessica Eaton and others, and “David Hoffos: The Lost Minutes, Stage Four”— a new film from the respected Alberta artist. Hamilton’s Supercrawl, bigger than ever, offers two days of free immersive art experiences in Hamilton on September 13 and 14. Included is a BGL carousel and a new installation by local Roy Caussy, as well as lightboxes by Elinor Whidden. Kelly Jazvac opens a solo show at Oakville Galleries on September 15 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. alongside the group show “Surface Tension,” in which she is also included. University of Waterloo Art Gallery opens shows of work by Toronto artists Derrick Piens and Nicole Collins on September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. And Artcite’s 30th-anniversary show, part two, opens in Windsor on September 13 at 7:30 p.m., including works by Susy Oliveira, Broken City Lab and others. The MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie shows some of late artist Denyse Thomasos’s big canvases from 1993 to 1999, opening September 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. (The event also serves as a reception for “Michael Forster: Perpectual Emergence.”)

Tonight, September 12, sees a glut of openings in the city: “Shape Shifter,” a group show featuring Graham Gillmore, Daniel Richter, Brendan Flanagan and others, is at Division Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m; just down the street, Shannon Bool opens a new show at Daniel Faria Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Around Tecumseth and King, Nicholas and Sheila Pye open at Robert Birch Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m; James Carl opens at Diaz Contemporary from 6 to 8 p.m.; George Legrady opens at Pari Nadimi from 6 to 9 p.m.; Kevin Yates opens at Susan Hobbs Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Edward Burtynsky holds a reception for his prints from “Water” at Nicholas Metivier from 6 to 8 p.m. Elsewhere, Chih-Chien Wang opens at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain Centre Space, 6 to 8 p.m.; Public Studio opens at O’Born Contemporary, 6 to 9 p.m.; Dean Drever opens at MKG127 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Vesna Krstich begins her curatorial residency at Gallery TPW with an orientation and talk at 7 p.m. Looking ahead, Céline Condorelli’s exhibition begins at G Gallery on September 13; Camille Turner opens at WARC Gallery on September 14 from 2 to 5 p.m.; “Ghost Dance: Activism and Resistance in Indigenous Art” opens September 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ryerson Image Centre; and also on the 18th, “Red, Green, Blue [does not equal] White” opens at the Blackwood Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m.

Swarm 2013, Vancouver’s annual festival of artist-run culture, takes place September 12 and 13 with a slew of openings. Among them is an opening for Sylvain Sailly, Mark Clintberg and Robert Kleyn on September 12 at 7 p.m. (The latter two artists are debuting public artworks). Elsewhere, more openings for tonight, September 12, include: Jayce Salloum at CSA Space from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Mark Delong at a pop-up for Wil Aballe Art Projects from 7 to 9 p.m.

Turner Prize–nominee Mike Nelson opens his first solo exhibition in Canada at the CAG on September 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. It shows two new commissions as well as sculptures produced in partnership with the Power Plant and a new photo work inspired by his time at the Banff Centre. Also on September 13: Galleries open a show for Samuel Roy-Bois, in which the artist has created a multi-level, climbable gallery model, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; rising Montreal-based artist Hajra Waheed opens at Centre A at 7 p.m.; “NET-ETH: Going out of the Darkness” opens at Malaspina Printmakers.

“Collected Shadows,” drawn from the Archive of Modern Conflict in London, UK, opens at Presentation House on September 14 at 7 p.m. UK-based sound artist John Wynne debuts a work on the endangered Gitxsanimaax language at Satellite on September 13, with a related symposium on art and endangered languages on September 14 at the Museum of Anthropology. New Forms Contemporary Art and Music Festival also takes place September 12 to 15, with an exhibition of instruments by Donald Buchla happening at On Main during the same time period. (A performance takes place September 13, from 7 to 10 p.m.)

Mois de la Photo continues in Montreal. Tonight, September 12, Paul Wombell talks about Trevor Paglen’s work at 5:30 p.m. at SBC Gallery. In another Mois event, there is a panel on the uncanny with Penelope Umbrico, Véronique Ducharme and Wombell on September 13 at 7 p.m. at MAI. Newly installed Sol LeWitt wall drawings are on view at FOFA Gallery September 12, 5 to 7 p.m., with a guided tour by Anthony Sansotta from 4 to 5 p.m.; also on September 12, Art Mûr opens works by Zeke Moores, Colleen Wolstenholme and others from 5 to 8 p.m.; Milutin Gubash launches a publication September at 6 p.m. at Librarie Formats; and Drew Simpson opens at Galerie d’Este on from 5 to 8 p.m. On September 18, Eve K. Tremblay opens at 5 p.m. at 8400 2 Avenue.

Geoffrey Farmer opens what is being billed as his biggest installation yet—based on the theme of a haunted house, no less—at the Art Gallery of Alberta on September 14. Titled “The Intellection of Lady Spider House,” it also includes contributions from Valérie Blass, Julia Feyrer, Hadley+Maxwell, David Hoffos, Brian Jungen, Tiziana La Melia, Gareth Moore, Hannah Rickards, Judy Radul and Ron Tran. It is preceded on September 13 at 6 p.m. by a special artist talk by Farmer, who won this year’s $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz prize.

A new theme for Young & Giroux—the glass curtain wall—is revealed in Carleton University Art Gallery’s show of the duo which opens September 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show consists of three sculptures and the film “Camera Tracking a Spiral Down Between the Two Curved Towers of Viljo Revell’s Toronto City Hall.” CUAG is also opening a show of Laura Letinsky photographs on the same day. A new gallery, Central Art Garage, opens September 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. with a show “Oil/Change” featuring works by Eliza Griffiths, Craig Leonard, Ken Nicol and others. Candice Breitz opens her installation Him + Her at the National Gallery of Canada on September 12, with a meet-and-greet and talk at 6pm in the Auditorium.

This year’s Sobey Art Award finalist exhibition begins on September 14 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, featuring work by shortlisted artists Isabelle Pauwels, Mark Clintberg, Duane Linklater, Pascal Grandmaison and Tamara Henderson. The gallery is celebrating the occasion by providing free admission on September 14 and 15.

New works by Calgary-trained, LA-based artist Ryan Sluggett—featured in the Made in LA 2012 biennial—debut at TrépanierBaer on September 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Glenbow also holds a launch party for its fall season shows, “Made in Calgary: The 1980s” and “Transformations: AY Jackson and Otto Dix” from 7 to 10 p.m. on September 14. Elsewhere, the Art Gallery of Calgary holds Beakernight, an evening of science experiements from 8 to 12 on September 14.

These picks are selected from information sent to at least two days prior to publication. Listings of art exhibitions, openings and events can be found at

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