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Must-Sees This Week: June 22 to 28, 2017

This week, LA photographer Elad Lassry’s first major Canadian solo show opens in Vancouver—co-curated by none other than Jeff Wall.

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 more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.


On June 24, LA photographer Elad Lassry’s first major Canadian solo exhibition, co-curated by Jeff Wall, opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery. On the same day, the gallery opens “Claude Monet‘s Secret Garden,” the first major exhibition of this artist’s work in Western Canada in some years.

On June 22, the Museum of Anthropology is inaugurating its new Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks with “In A Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art,” including visual performances by Levi Nelson and Larissa Healey, who is also hosting a graffiti workshop on June 24 at 1 p.m.

On the 23rd, “Bad Flavour, Wonderful Taste” opens at Centre A with works by Daniel Hoffman, Wen Wen (Cherry) Lu, Dylan Townley-Smith and Shahin Sharafaldin and a performance by Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes and Kurtis Wilson.

In closings, David Alexander‘s “Land and Mindscape: Perceptions and Sensations” finishes at Bau-Xi Gallery this week.


The Banff instalment of the Alberta Biennial opens this week, on June 24 at 6 p.m. at the Walter Phillips Gallery. (The rest of the biennial opened at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton last month.) On June 25 from 12 to 5 p.m., also as part of the biennial, “In hospitable home” is being performed by Taryn Kneteman and an artist talk with Wil Murray, Stacey Watson and Justin Paterson will start at 2 p.m., both at Walter Phillips Gallery.


On June 24, “Transmundane” opens at the Dunlop Art Gallery‘s Sherwood location. The show features works by DaveandJenn, Paloma Rendón Dawkins, Deborah Edmeades, Frances Adair Mackenzie, Ryan Peter, Brendan Schick and Arma Yari, and continues to unfold next week, starting July 7, at the Dunlop’s Central Gallery. (Also watch out on July 7 for the Art Gallery of Regina’s Night Picnic featuring a silent auction and a musical performance by Christie-Ann Blondeau.)

On June 28, Queen City Shorts is screening Franklin Lopez‘s film “Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes at the DAPL Struggle,” Salima Stanley-Bhanji‘s film “Our Canada, My Story: Shawn Jobin,” and Hanna Aqvilin‘s film “Fay Presto: Queen of Close-Up” at 8 p.m.


It’s a busy evening in the biggest city of la belle province on June 22 as “Vernissage – Anti+reflet” opens at Galerie C.O.A. with works by Christina A. West, Florian Eymann, J. Frede, Kay Healy and Kyle Montgomery at 5 p.m. An Afrocentric pop-up shop, “Librairie AFRO Bookstore” runs for three days at 1851 rue Amherst. Tammi Campbell‘s exhibition at Galerie Division and Julien Boily‘s vernissage “Hors Champs” at Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges both open at 6 p.m. The next day, catch Myung-Sun Kim‘s performance at Articule, followed by a discussion afterwards.

On June 28, the Mtl en Arts festival opens along rue Sainte-Catherine and runs until June 30, while the ELEKTRA Festival d’arts numériques (or IMDA, the International Marketplace for Digital Art) kicks off at Usine C with works by Louis-Philippe Demers, Bill Vorn, Adam Basanta, Yan Breuleux, Alain Thibault, Hirakawa Norimichi, Korean artists Jaehyuck Bae, Junbong Song and YoungKak Cho.

In closings, Charles Brooks‘s “To Catch A Ghost”closes at Viva Vida Art Gallery on June 23, while Felipe Pantone‘s “Planar Direction” show at Station 16 and “Neurocraft” at Visual Voice Gallery close on June 24.

Toronto and Area

Tonight, June 22, Flowers While We’re Living, a one-time performance showcase of racialized trans and queer artists including Blockorama host Ninkuru Zinduru, I.M. Brown, alaska B, Franny, Ravyn Wngz, Kama La Mackerel, Coco Supreme, Dirty Dabz, Sze-Yang Ade-Lam and River Bowen goes on at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre at 8:15 p.m. “Transformation: Indigenous & Borderless Sounds” runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square with an art exhibit and performances by Lido Pimienta (who was just longlisted for the Polaris Prize), Shawnee, Ziibiwan and SEVDALIZA.

Also on June 22: Mary Anne Barkhouse‘s solo exhibition of sculptures and photo collages, “Le Rève Aux Loups,” debuts with a reception at Koffler Gallery at 6 p.m. “Unsettling,” a group exhibition curated by Bojana Videkanic, seeks to unsettle colonial legacies with works by Basil AlZeri, Lori Blondeau, Paul Couillard, Ed Johnson, Terrence Houle and Lisa Myers at the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Katie Lyle‘s exhibition “The weather in the room” also opens at Daniel Faria Gallery, while “Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Arts” begins at 6 p.m. at Scrap Metal Gallery with an opening concert by George van Dam.

On June 23, Ydessa Hendeles‘s “The Milliner’s Daughter” opens at the Power Plant at 6 p.m., Steven Chmilar‘s “Wrong Century” opens at #Hashtag Gallery at 7 p.m. and “Steampunk: A Group Exhibition,” begins its two-day run at Super Wonder Gallery at 8 p.m. Alternatively, spend the evening dancing at “SWEAT: Yes Yes Y’all Block Party” at the OLG Central Stage in the Village, with performances by MikeQ, Nina Sky, Nino Brown, Debby Friday, Murderposse, DJ TYGAPAW, Lethal Assassins and House of Monroe.

The following day, June 24, Kelly Jazvac‘s “Proof of Performances” opens at Gallery TPW at 2:00 p.m. and Kantinka Bock begins her residency at Mercer Union with a free artist talk at 7 p.m. Camille Turner and Cheryl L’Hirondelle also commence a Freedom Tours walk at 1 p.m. at 19 Reesor Road in Scarborough. And Mack Ludlow and Adam Revington open a show titled “Spiral Getty” at Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects on June 24 from 3 to 5 p.m.

On June 25, “Propped,” curated by Gabby Moser, opens at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception at Oakville Galleries at Gairloch Gardens at 3:30 p.m. Artists include Abbas Akhavan, Maya Ben David, Vincent Chevalier, Mark Clintberg, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Chris Curreri, Geoffrey Farmer, Oliver Husain, Aaron Jones, Eleanor King, Bev Koski, Duane Linklater, Divya Mehra, Hazel Meyer, Bridget Moser, Public Studio, and Walter Scott.

On June 27, cycles of civic action are in the spotlight with Jane Says: A Reading for the People of Downtown Toronto, happening at the Cadillac Lounge at 7 p.m. with speakers including Barbara Gowdy, Lynn Crosbie and Miriam Toews.

On June 28, Rita Letendre‘s “Fire & Light” opens alongside “Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood,” a show featuring works by Gu Xiong, Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esma Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among others, with an opening preview at 6 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Halifax and South Shore

On June 25, enjoy a talk by Jennifer Bain about “The Music of the Antiphonal” at 2 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. On June 28, “A Moonless Night, a film by Thi Be Nguyen and Marie-Hélène Panisset on starting a new life after the Communist takeover of South Vietnam, screens at Pier 21 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A.

In Halifax closings, “Water – Life’s Necessity” closes at the Craig Gallery this week, as do the Brendan Fernandes, Beth Stuart and Landmarks2017 exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.

On June 27 at 5 p.m., “Perceptions,” a group exhibition featuring Paul Clarke, Lynn Johnson and Anna Rail opens at the Lunenburg Art Gallery.


Mario Trejo‘s “Accumulated Relics of Arduous Performances of Repeated Gestures” and Brigitta Kocsis‘s “Contingent Bodies” opens tonight (June 22) at 5 p.m. at Herringer Kiss Gallery with both artists in attendance at the reception.

Also on June 22, “The Price, in 100 Notes,” directed by Sahar Te begins at 7 PM at #1 Legion, immediately followed by Tsēma Igharas’s performance of “Ejideh: Push It!” at 7:30 PM.

On June 23, “Been running as long as I can remember” by chloe frost opens with a reception at Untitled Art Gallery at 5 p.m. Dopesick, a Vice Canada documentary about fentanyl use in Alberta, screens at the Globe Cinema at 7 p.m. on June 27.

Ottawa and Gatineau

The Canadian Museum of Nature has just opened the new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery featuring a major mural by Inuk artist Nancy Saunders.

Tonight, June 22, “Open Access: A Demonstration” opens at 5:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex, featuring Carmen Papalia‘s attempt at a new model for accessibility. “Wapikwanew: Blossom” opens later that day at Karsh-Masson Gallery at 7 p.m. with works by Christi Belcourt, Barry Ace, and Florence Yee, plus an artist talk the following day with Kelly Duquette and Florence Lee at 3 p.m. Also on June 23, the Cheng2 duo performs at 7 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada Auditorium with a sesquicentennial piece combining cello, piano and experimental video.

Carmen Papalia is hosting two participatory walks this week: the first, March for a New Accessibility on June 25 starting at Ottawa City Hall at 2 p.m., and the second, White Cane Amplified on June 26 departing from the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex at Ottawa City Hall at 5 p.m.

On June 27, Eliza Chandler, the founding director of Tangled Art Gallery, discusses her current work, including Bodies in Translation: Activity Art, Technology and Access to Life, at 11 a.m. at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex.

Last but not least, artists including Nadia Myre, Michel de Broin and Dominique Pétrin are participating in”Endless Landscape,” a large-scale installation show coordinated by Axenéo7 which will be celebrated with a reception on June 28 at 9 p.m. at the Fonderie building.


On June 23, Roger Crait‘s “Homeland=Land Surveys (And Other Atrocities)” opens at Urban Shaman at 8 p.m. An artist talk with Erica Eyres is happening at 7 p.m. on June 27 as part of the Plug In ICA Stages Speaker Series.

In closings, Gabriela Jolowicz‘s “Church Playground” closes at Martha Street Studio on June 24.

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

This post was corrected on June 27, 2017. The original indicated that the exhibition “Transmundane” in Regina was opening in full on June 24, when only one portion is opening on that day, and the rest opens July 7. It also suggested the Night Picnic on July 7 is a Dunlop Art Gallery event, when it is an Art Gallery of Regina event. We regret the error.

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