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Must-Sees This Week: August 17 to 23, 2017

Artists from Canada, Norway and beyond are creating a series of temporary public sculptures that will transform Winnipeg’s cityscape into a stage

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 August 17, “Aiming Too High | 26 Reunion Show” opens at Graffiti Gallery in collaboration with Lisa Kehler Art and Projects with an opening reception at 7 p.m., featuring works by Shaun Morin, Melanie Rocan, Cyrus Smith, Fred Thomas, Ian August and David Wityk.

On August 18, the opening party for “STAGES: Drawing the Curtain,” a series of public sculptures and performances held around Winnipeg organized by the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art begins at the gallery at 7 p.m. with Divya Mehra’s “Nobody pray for me, the road to hell is paved with good intentions (Mapping Identity: The Challenges of Immigrant Culture)” on view and drag performances by Pharoah Moans and Lady Quinnzarr.

Saint John

On August 18, several commercial and public galleries will be participating in a gallery hop organized by Buckland Merrifield Gallery. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., public galleries including the City of Saint John Gallery, Imperial Theatre, Library Millenium Artplace, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John Art Centre and Third Space Gallery will be open with light refreshments. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., private galleries including Citadel Gallery, Cobalt Gallery, Handworks Gallery, Jones Gallery and Studio, Buckland Merrifield Gallery and Trinity Galleries will be also be open to the public.

Annapolis Royal

The 22nd annual “Paint The Town” outdoor painting festival begins on August 19 with works created at various sites around the city to be sold at the Academy Gym (formerly the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy).


Sankofest, a mini-festival organized by the Black Lives Matter Halifax Reading Group and hosted by the Khyber Centre for the Arts kicks off on August 17 with an all-ages Black Power Hour at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library at 6 p.m.


The Bonavista Biennale launches today (August 17) showcases 26 Canadian artists at 24 indoor and outdoor sites on the Bonavista Peninsula, combining painting, photography, outdoor sculpture installation, performance and sound. Events include a dance performance by Sarah Joy Stoker, an “interactive community project” by Pam Hall and a workshop with Mimi Stockland. The launch event will be held at 1 p.m. on August 19 at Ye Matthew Legacy Centre.


A free retrospective of films made by women is being screened tonight (August 17) at the Darling Foundry at 8:30 p.m. Also tonight, “Regard Sur Mon Univers,” an exhibition of works by Francine Calestagne and Karine Malenfant opens at L’espace contemporain galerie d’art with a vernissage at 6 p.m. “GENÈSE,” a solo exhibition by Sébastien Louis Côté is also opening at the gallery with a vernissage at 2 p.m. on August 19.

“This is How Queers Pray,” an evening of short performances curated by Andrea Rideout and featuring works by Tanya Davis, Nada Khashaba, Elisha Lim, Jenny Romaine, Jamie Ross and Andrew Tay is happening at 8 p.m. on August 18 at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)“Summer Exhibition: Paint” is on now at Beaux-arts des Amériques until September 16. Matthew Biederman’s “A Generative Adversarial Network” is on at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in collaboration with Art45. At Galerie Marie-Anne, Mirjam Elburn’s “mondkuchen – tomorrow’s touch” is on now until September 10.

“À contretemps II: site spécifique” opens at Galerie LarocheJoncas on August 23. In closings, “The House of Dust D’Alison Knowles” closes at the Darling Foundry on August 20.


Sarah Fuller’s “And perhaps in me someone very old still hears the living sound of wood” opens on August 18 at the OAG Annex space with an opening reception on August 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Toronto and Area

“Back to the Drawing Board,” a group show by JJ Lee, Amy Swartz and Natalie Waldburger is on now at LOOP Gallery, with an opening reception to be held on August 24 at 5 p.m. “A Shooting Star is Not a Star” is on now at Roberta Pelan with works by Aline Bouvy, Weston Lowe, Raque Ford, Tom Forkin and Veronika Pausova.

Tonight (August 17), “Light Grows the Tree” opens at Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND) with a reception at 5 p.m. featuring works by Yannick Anton, Liz Ikiriko, Ebti Nabag and Dainesha Nugent-Palache. “In the Spirit of Indigo,” a group show curated by Sharron Forrest and Michelle Letarte featuring works by Michael Chambers, Jwoël Guzman, Philip Hare, Sayward Johnson, Tai Kim, Wayne Kodje, Darlene Monroe, Maxine Noel and Dominique Prévost opens at Propeller Gallery at 6 p.m.

“FLAT,” an artist-built escape room game by Alison Cooley, Ivana Dizdar, Alvin Luong and Andrew Savery-Whiteway opens at Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container on August 18, available to play by appointment until September 10. John Players’s “Anterior / Interior” opens at Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain on August 19 with a reception at 3 p.m.

On August 19, “Acrophobia” opens at 276 Main Street with a reception at 12 p.m., featuring works by Michele Ayoub, Connor Crawford, Sebbe Elbourne, Laura Hinrichsmeyer and Zoe Imani Sharpe.

In closings, “Out of Repetition, Difference” closes at Zalucky Contemporary on August 19, as well as the summer group exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary. Mary-Anne Barkhouse’s “Le Rêve Aux Loups” closes at Koffler Gallery on August 20.


Liss Platt’s “A Constant Decade” and the group exhibition “Coyote School” closes at McMaster Museum of Art on August 19.


“A Dance in the Garden: Elemental” is a dance performance beginning at 5:30 p.m. on August 20 at the sculpture garden of Oeno Gallery.


 At Museum London, artist Ron Benner is hosting a community corn roast at his permanent garden installation “As The Crow Flies” at 2 p.m. “The Peel Project,” a group exhibition of works by Carleigh BakerAurora DarwinCallan FieldKatie GreenDaniel Kirk and Anthony Wallace is on now at Grimsby Public Art Gallery until September 24.


Maggie Flynn is hosting a Q&A and findings report as the culmination of her month-long performance “Paydirt” at Stride Gallery on August 20 at 2 p.m. Meghan Price’s “New Balance #1” is on now at Untitled Art Society until September 30.


“Time Well Wasted” and “Created With Dignity,” two exhibitions of work created by inmates at Manitoba Correctional Institutions, are on now at the community gallery at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.


At UNIT/PITT Projects, “IM/MIGRATION AF” opens on August 19 at 1 p.m. with a musical performance and works by Jonathan Blessin, Lucas Chung, Sarah Kim, Tamsyn Kushner, Ashley Kusumoto and Wendel Vistan.


In closings, the group exhibition “Colours of Summer VIII” closes at Madrona Gallery on August 23.

Dawson City

“Tall Tales for Short Nights and Warm Planets,” curated by Marlaina Buch and featuring works by Leila Armstrong and Lisa Hirmer opens on August 17 at the ODD Gallery at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture with a curators talk at 6 p.m. and a reception at 7 p.m.

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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