August 2, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Openings and artist talks for McLean Fahnestock and Kristin Wilkins at Harcourt House, 10215 112 Street, Edmonton
It’s time for a look south of the 49th at this artist-run centre as California’s Fahnestock shows space-shuttle-inspired works (one was a finalist at this year’s Vimeo awards) and Montana’s Wilkins shows photographs from post-recession road trips across the United States.
August 2, 7:30 p.m.: Opening for Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater at the Walter Phillips Gallery, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
The internationally renowned Jungen teams up with the lesser-known Linklater (currently compleing an MFA at Bard College in upstate New York) to debut a new work as part of dOCUMENTA (13)’s off-site program in Banff.
August 3: First day for International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul at various locations, Baie-Saint-Paul
The 30th year of this annual symposium is curated by Serge Murphy and features 12 Quebec, Canadian and international artists including Jim Holyoak, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Louise Viger.
August 3: First day of the Electric Eclectics festival in Meaford
One of Canada’s best known sound art/experimental music festivals kicks off at Gordon Monahan and Laura Kikauka’s “funny farm” in rural Ontario, this year featuring installations by Paulette Phillips, Dave Dyment and Jessica Field, among others.
August 3, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Opening for Kristoff Steinruck at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street
University of Guelph MFA grad Steinruck was using an elaborate reconstruction of a Mexican cave as a film set earlier this year; here, he offers it as an installation at the Kelowna Art Gallery.