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Must-Sees This Week: August 24 to 30, 2017

Prince Edward Island’s beloved Art in the Open festival kicks off this week with a participatory parade, followed with nighttime art installations

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.


Art in the Open—Prince Edward Island’s answer to the Nuit Blanche phenomenon—has its main event at various venues in Charlottetown on August 26 from 4 p.m. to midnight. There are lots of worthy events and shows on tap, including the annual March of the Crows; a Fictional Charlottetown Information Booth run by James F.W. Thompson; the almost-towed installation Sputnik Returned 2 by Brandon Vickerd; Whitewash, a film that examines slavery in Canada, by Nadine Valcin; and an Existential Crisis Hotline by Dana Doucette and Morgan Sandiford.


As part of the ongoing Bonavista Biennale in Newfoundland (read our recent feature for highlights) these events take place this week: a talk by folklorist Peggy Bulger and artist Pam Hall at Duntara Hall on August 24 at 7:30 p.m.; community knowledge-gathering by Hall herself in Keels until August 28 daily from noon to 5 p.m.; and a workshop on “Fish Skins as Art and Craft” by artist Vivian Ross-Smith on August 25 from 1 to 4 p.m., also in Keels.


On August 26, Annie Onyi Cheung’s “Waking Dreams of a Chinatown, Somewhere Around Here”—presented through Eyelevel—happens with a lunch tour from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a dinner tour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On August 27 at 2 p.m., Hermes hosts an artist talk related to its current exhibition “Passages,” featuring art by Katie Belcher, Barbara Barry, Peter Dykhuis, Eryn Foster, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Dan O’Neill, Mathew Reichertz and Sym Corrigan, and Becky Welter-Nolan.

Montreal and Area

The multivalent public art festival KM3 opens on August 30 at 5 p.m. in Place des Festivals with works by artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Michel de Broin and Andreanne Abbondanza-Bergeron, among many others.

On August 30, “Carnations,” an exhibition of computer-generated animations by Philippe Hamelin curated by Michèle Thériault, opens at Galerie Leonard and Bina Ellen with a vernissage at 5:30 p.m. The same day, Dominique Pétrin’s “Get rid of the fabric softener” and David Elliott’s “Million-Dollar Bash” open at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran.

On August 24, “Parrot & Crow,” a solo exhibition of paintings and wall sculptures by Mark Dudiak, opens at Projet Pangée with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

A reception for Sylvie Readman’s “À contretemps II: site spécifique” is being held at Galerie Laroche/Joncas on August 26 at 3 p.m. Amélie Brindamour will be presenting her mobile platform “La boulangerie du pains et des roses” beginning August 26 through DARE-DARE. The project aims to encourage discussions about the working conditions of Saint-Henri artists and cultural workers, and will travel to Marché Atwater, Rue Notre-Dame and Parc George-Etienne Cartier, among others.

Caroline Cloutier and Martin Désilets’s “Énigmes de l’ombre et de la lumière” opens at Plein Sud on August 26, with a reception to be held on September 3.

In closings, Christine Nobel’s “Places” closes at Art Mûr, while “Horizons” closes at Galerie Nicolas Robert, both on August 26.

Ottawa and Area

The Sussex Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition, curated by Rosalind Breen, opens with a 6 p.m. reception on August 24, featuring works by Erin Loree, Tyler Armstrong, Jason Deary, Stella Cade, Sarah Letovsky, Callen Schaub, Tessar Lo, Ness Lee, Mannon Labrosse, Corri-Lynn Tetz, Claire Scherzinger and Hannah Subotnick.

In closings, the massive AXENÉO7-organized exhibition “À perte de vue / Endless Landscape” closes on August 30 (check out our review to see why you should make it). Elsewhere, Jonathan Théroux’s “Tour” closes at Karsh-Masson Gallery on August 29.

Toronto and Area

On August 24, Art Spin is conducting a bicycle-led art tour around the Toronto Port Lands starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring works by the Deaf Culture Centre, Daniel Rotsztain, Erin Poole and Christianne Ullmark. That same evening, Art Spin opens “Desire Lines,” a group exhibition of local artists that responds to “place-making […] and what constitutes the concept of home” at 291 Lake Shore Boulevard East, a large warehouse. Opening night features a screening of the film program “7a*md8 On-Screen,” programmed by Golboo Amani and Francisco-Fernando Granados.

Elsewhere on the 24th, a reception for “Back to the Drawing Board,” with works by JJ Lee, Amy Swartz and Natalie Waldburger begins at 5 p.m. at Loop Gallery. Farrah Akbarali’s “Autobiography: Volume 1” opens at #Hashtag Gallery with a reception at 7 p.m. Pavathy Baul’s performance of “Sacred Spirit” begins at 8 p.m. at the Aga Khan Museum.

The Main Squared Festival, an exhibition of 12 installations and projects curated by Labspace, occupies spaces around the Main Square apartment complex at Main Street and Danforth Avenue beginning on August 26. Participating artists include kipjones, Emily DiCarlo and Erika James, among others.

Jack Butler’s “Blindfold” begins at the Red Head Gallery on August 30. Mitchell F. Chan is giving a free lecture on bitcoin, ethereum and his latest piece, Digital Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility, at InterAccess beginning at 7 p.m.


A screening of Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir and Markús Þór’s “Time and Time and Time Again” and Nina Yuen’s “Raymond” will begin at 7 p.m. on August 25 at the Esker Foundation.

As part of Pride, artist Kevin Jesuino presents “Existing Silently” at the Other Gallery from August 24 to 27.

In closings, Contemporary Calgary‘s exhibition “Wild: Fabricating a Frontier” wraps up August 26 at various venues, while Jason de Haan’s exhibition at the Esker Foundation closes on August 27.


Nicola Harwood’s “Summoning (No Words),” an interactive sound installation built from the female voice (including Allison Girvan, Andrea Menard, Bessie Wapp, Mutya Macatumpag, Sandy Scofield, Tanya Tagaq and Vandana Vishwas) is opening on August 25 at the Oxygen Art Centre.


On August 29, “Sketches of Sea Island” opens at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia with a reception at 5 p.m.

On August 25, “Anthropomorphism of Media” opens with a 7 p.m reception at Dynamo Arts Association with works by Oana Clitan, Sylvana dAngelo and Larissa Monteiro.

“No Bad Daze,” a pin-and-poster show with works by Ben Knight, Ali Bruce, Derrick Fast and other artists is happening on August 26 at El Kartel, beginning at 9 p.m.

In closings, the group exhibition “What is Pressure? What is Temperature?” closes at Wil Aballe Art Projects on August 26; Jeanne Fries closes at South Main Gallery on August 25; and Warren McLachlan’s “Death Valley Escapes” closes at Field Contemporary on August 26.


On August 27, in conjunction with the current Nanaimo Art Gallery exhibition “Dream Islands,” there will be a trail walk including performances, poetry readings and temporary art installations by Tent Shop, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Gabi Dao, Tiziana La Melia and Sonnet L’Abbé held on Saysutshun (Newcastle Island). The event will begin at 1 p.m., registration required. Participants have the opportunity to stay overnight on the island for an additional fee.


Morgana Wallace’s “Nocturna” opens at Madrona Gallery on August 25 with an opening reception at 7 p.m.

A closing reception for Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane’s “Forrestrial Brain,” will be held on August 25 at 7 p.m. at Open Space.

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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