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Must-Sees This Week: February 16 to 22, 2017

Lots of great art exhibitions and events are taking place across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for debuting shows and events, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Visit our Exhibition Finder for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


As part of its 2017 Art House Café Lecture Series, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery will present University of Guelph graduate Jordan Pederson as she discusses the works of Tekahionwake (Pauline Johnson) and the late Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook on February 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

North Bay

White Water Gallery will host a free screening on February 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., of Derrick Lamere’s film Makwa Jiimaan: Deep Water, Deep Roots, which chronicles a group of Teme-Augama Anishnabai Youth who built a birch-bark canoe in their community of Bear Island, Lake Temagami. This event includes a talk by the director, a panel discussion featuring Robin Potts and a presentation on Wendabun by Mary Laronde.


An exhibition of new work by painter Russell Banx, titled “From Here We Can Reach the World,” opens at StarX at Evans Contemporary with a reception on February 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. Concurrently, the gallery also presents “Somewhere Between the Origin of Time and the End of the Universe,” featuring prints by Finnish artist Janne Laine.


February 20 sees the opening of Sobey Art Award–winning artist Nadia Myre’s “A Casual Reconstruction” at the Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University.


Gallery 101 and Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival continue with “Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North,” screenings of Indigenous filmmaking by Niki Rasmus, Marja Helander and Geronimo Inutiq, from 2 to 5 p.m. on February 18. Alongside, Feast for the Dead, a potluck buffet, will be held in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition “Universal Loss.”

“Trouble Shooting and Trouble Making Worldwide,” a lecture by artist Mark Dion, will be presented at the Academic Hall at the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa on February 16 at 7 p.m. Also on February 16, Wall Space Gallery hosts the opening reception for Stefan Thompson’s “New Scratches” from 7 to 9 p.m.


At the the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, starting February 16, “Mundos,” Teresa Margolles’s first solo exhibition in Canada, will bring together works created in this decade, including sculptural and photographic installations meditating on marginality and erasure in contemporary Mexico. The MAC will also host Quebec artist Emanuel Licha’s “Now Have a Look at this Machine,” a solo exhibition consisting of the hour-long documentary Hotel Machine, filmed in five cities across the world.

The Wood Land School, formerly known as the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, presents “A Line Through Grief,” a poetry performance and installation by editor and poet Layli Long Soldier, on February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. “Ten Paintings Small,” Andrew Morrow’s solo exhibition of his latest paintings, opens at the Patrick Mikhail Gallery with a reception on February 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.

“LANCEMENTS,” a video screening of films by 10 women artists, including Rojin Shafiei, Ines Wickmann and Camille Jemelen, will take place at the Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) at Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, followed by artist talks, starting 7:30 p.m. on February 21.

Quebec City

“Manif d’Art: Quebec City Biennale,” in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and featuring work by 100 artists based on the theme “The Art of Joy,” will open on February 17 and run until May 14. Together, this expansive circuit of interrelated exhibitions features 42 artists from 7 countries, with work in 29 sites across the city.


Veteran Coast Salish artist Susan Point will have a solo exhibition, titled “Spindle Whorl,” spanning from sculpture to print, on February 18 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Western Front will screen “Apparitions,” Vancouver-based media-artist Alex MacKenzie’s film, on February 16 at 7 p.m. Wil Aballe Art Projects presents a solo exhibition by Matthew Shields, with a reception on February 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.

On February 16, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents “Happy Hour with Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia,” with both poets in dialogue with Erdem Tasdelen’s current exhibition “The Quantified Self Poems.” The event begins at 7 p.m., immediately following a tour by assistant curator Jas Lally at 6 p.m. Artist David Bowen will deliver a talk at New Media Gallery on February 19 at 2 p.m. on work featured in the upcoming show “brink.”

On February 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 221A presents the second session of the ongoing series “Parallax Study / The New Romantics,” hosted by Vincent Tao. Access Gallery presents the 8th session of “The Foreshore,” featuring presentations by Vanessa Richards and Marcus Youssef on February 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.


As part of its “Communities & Collections Series,” the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will host the free community workshop “Mapping Asian-Canadian Community Stories on Vancouver Island,” in collaboration with the UVIC research project “Landscapes of Injustice and Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island,” to invite participants to share their narratives of growing up in Victoria and Vancouver Island, on February 18 at 2 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Kelowna will host the opening reception for “Double Vision” on February 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition features works by Connor Charlesworth and Malcolm McCormick that challenge conventional painting installation.


“The Body Holds What It Knows,” an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba featuring work from Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) Foundation Mentorship Program, including Natalie Baird, Valérie Chartrand, Tracy Fehr, Carolyn Mount, Kelly Ruth, Kris Snowbird, Becca Taylor and Melanie Wesley, opens on February 16 with a reception at 7:30 p.m.


Several Toronto exhibitions opening this week tackle themes surrounding Canada 150. On February 16, the Gardiner Museum opens “Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary,” featuring a variety of works that explore the artist’s personal history through a series of hybrid animals. “Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collections,” combining the artist’s documentation of her textile collection with vernacular handcraft techniques, and it’s companion“Kind Words Can Never Die” open at the Textile Museum of Canada on February 22 with a public reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“Shades of Our Sisters,” a two-day exhibition telling the stories of Sonya Cywink and Patricia Carpenter, two of more than 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit peoples, will open with a reception at the Ryerson Student Centre on February 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Xpace Cultural Centre opens a series of works installed in their main, window and external spaces on February 17 with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. “Blood Ties,” featuring works by Omar Badrin, Shahir Omar-Qrishnaswamy, Aditi Ohri, Fallon Simard and Eve Tagny, examines the material and immaterial links that form family histories. Alongside, Kendra Yee and Tova Benjamin’s “To Whom It May Concern” occupies the project space while “I Hope This is Fun to Look At” by Halloway Jones opens in the Window Space. On February 22, Manuel Morales’s “After Darkness,” exploring the aftermath of sexual assault, opens in the External Space at OCAD with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m.

InterAccess and NAISA co-present “Bread and Circuses,” an exhibition featuring nichola feldman-kiss, with a reception on February 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Prefix ICA presents “Houses and Whispers,” featuring video installations by Toronto-based Swedish artist Gunilla Josephson, with an opening reception on February 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Open Studio Gallery hosts four opening receptions on February 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, for Finnish artist Sirkku Ketola’s “A Body Called Paula,” Christine Koch’s “New Work,”, Astrid Ho’s “Points of Abstraction” and Irina SchestakowichMargaret Glew’s “Initial Conditions,” opens on February 19 at Yorkminster Park Gallery with an opening reception from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. On February 18, from 2 to 5 p.m., Katzman Contemporary hosts the opening reception for Ido Govrin‘s “I knew, but didn’t believe it and because I didn’t believe it, I didn’t know.”

An artist’s talk and publication launch will be held on February 18 from 2 p.m. onward at Trinity Square Video for the ongoing exhibition “of movement and dwelling,” featuring participating artists Felix Kalmenson, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko.

Cave Small Cave Big, a short film directed by Joële Walinga, written by then five-year-old Madeline Lee Harker and Adelaide Schwartz, will premiere at the Art Gallery of Ontario on February 16 at 7 p.m. with a second screening on February 20 at 2 p.m.


Contemporary Calgary will host an artist talk on February 16 at 6 p.m by Calgary-based artist Jayda Karsten discussing her exhibition “A Collection of Collection: Objects Temporarily removed from the Everyday.” This will be followed by a performance by writer and artist Lindsay Sorell, as part of her exhibition “Studies in Healing,” in the Top Gallery North at 7 p.m.


“The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968–1978,” a touring exhibition featuring more than 100 objects alongside archived interviews, video, prints and other ephemera, opens with a reception at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery on February 18 at 8 p.m. Don’t miss  Annie Martin‘s “adoration,” a multi-channel sound and paining installation, also opening on February 18 at p.m at the SAAG.

St. Johns

On February 18 at 7 p.m., the New Brunswick Museum hosts a “A Singular Event” with poet Anne Crompton, choreographer Igor Dobrovolskiy and curator Peter Larocque in dialogue with Suzanne Hill’s ongoing exhibition “Singular.”

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit

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