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Must-Sees This Week: August 3 to 9, 2017

SummerWorks takes over Toronto and queer, Indigenous short films—including one from Kent Monkman—screen in Montreal

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.


Beginning on August 3, SummerWorks, the multidisciplinary festival of theatre, music and live art, curated by new artistic director Laura Nanni, hosts more than 50 artists in venues across the city. Highlights include a performance by Terrance Houle, a two-night interactive experience performed by Rory de Brouwer, Danya Buonastella and Joslyn Rogers, and an immersive maze with interactive elements created by Aria Evans and Jesse Wabegijig.

A travelling exhibition in U-Haul trucks titled “From A to B isn’t always linear” will visit Thorncliffe Park, Regent Park and Parkdale from August 3 to 9. The exhibition, organized by YTB Gallery, will open with a reception at Thorncliffe Park on August 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., and will include artists Nedda Baba, Marbella Anne Carlos and jes sachse, among others.

On August 3 from 6 to 10 p.m., Project Gallery is hosting a grand opening at their new location at Dundas and Carlaw with an inaugural exhibition featuring works by Camille Jodoin-Eng, Ness Lee and Tessar Lo, among others.

Tanya Lukin Linklater leads an open rehearsal for her project “Sun Force” on August 9 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It’s the first one in the lead-up to an August 18 performance.

Disability-identified artists from Black, Indigneous and people of colour communities have been working together at Tangled Art Gallery over the past few weeks as part of “Mixer: Crip Interiors.” Get a peek at their process during an open studios dialogue on August 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. (The show itself, curated by Syrus Marcus Ware and Barak adé Soleil, opens August 12.)

Berlin-based Canadian artist Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw opens an exhibition August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Towards Gallery.

The House of VR is hosting “Prosthetic Reality,” an augmented reality exhibition that uses your smartphone to interact with art which is running until August 15.


Tonight (August 3), “Imagined Landscapes” opens at Viewpoint Gallery with a collaboration: photography by the late John Berridge and poetry by Griffin Prize winner Anne Simpson. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Elsewhere, “Legacies 150” continues at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and “Folk/Funk” continues at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Saint John

On August 7, enjoy free admission from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Brunswick Museum for New Brunswick Day.


Tonight (August 3), interdisciplinary Cree artist Janine Windolph and director Daniel Redenbach will be attendance for the premiere of their film The Land of Rock and Gold at Cinéma du Parc at 9 p.m. The screening is part of the festival Présence Autochtone, as is Carmen Hathaway’s “From Smoke to Cyber Signals,” opening at Espace Culturel Ashukan with a reception at 5 p.m. on August 3.

Also at Présence Autochtone this week: on August 7, a screening of Clint Alberta’s Deep Inside Clint Star will be held at Cinema de Sève at 6 p.m. in collaboration, followed by a program of short works by Kent Monkman, Thirza Cuthand, Terry Haines, Zachery Longboy and Wakiponi Mobile.

From August 3 to 5, Concordia’s FOFA Gallery Courtyard will play host to the Tillutarniit Film Festival, an event celebrating Inuit culture framed around a different theme each evening: Netsiq (seal), Tuktu (caribou) and Inuk (person). Screenings will include films by the Arnait Ikkagurtigitt Collective, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Zacharias Kunuk, Kirsten Carthew, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean and Inu Silis Høegh.

The current exhibition “In Search of Expo 67” at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is addressed in an artist talk by David K. Ross on August 3 at 6 p.m. Georgia Volpe’s public installation La Balançoire wraps up August 5 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. And Maison de l’architecture du Québec launches its “Bivouac” project on August 3 at 6 p.m.

Otakuthon—Quebec’s largest anime convention—runs from August 4 to 6 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.

In closings, Camila Salcedo and Erick Rodriguez’s “Hovering on an Hamaca” closes with a finissage and artist talk at Articule on August 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Guest-curated by artist Laura St. Amant, “EXIST = RESIST,” a just-opened show at Open Sesame, is an exhibition of photographs and prints asserting the presence of four emerging Indigenous artists: Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning, Andrew Harding, Mariah Meawasige and Luke Swinson. Their works challenge notions of identity on land where the colonial presence continues to impact its inhabitants.

Also worth a look in the area: ongoing exhibitions by April Hickox and Joseph Tisiga at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.


Jacqui Oakley and Jamie Lawson’s “Drowned World” opens at the Assembly on August 5, inspired by authors J.G. Ballard (particularly his 1962 novel, The Drowned World), Stanislaw Lem, John Wyndham and other transformative visions of humanity’s future.

A free evening tour of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s shows takes place on August 4 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Works by artists Stylo Starr, John Hartman and Barry Pottle are among the items on view.

In closings, “John Hansler: a life collecting” and Ann Kipling and Takao Tanabe’s dual exhibition wrap up at McMaster Museum of Art on August 5.


At Carnegie Gallery, the group exhibition “…since forever…”—a celebration of Indigenous existence, resistance and survival curated by Greg Hill and Shelley Niro—and opens with a reception on August 4 at 7 p.m., showcasing works by Elizabeth Doxtater, Barbara Helen-Hill and Tracey Anthony.


In her newest work, Montreal artist Hannah Claus intervenes on a Montreal monument to Jacques Cartier’s 1535 landing. See it in “hochelaga rock,” opening at aceartinc. on August 4 at 7 p.m., including an artist talk.

Elsewhere, on August 3 at 4 p.m. Plug In ICA hosts an open studio for the Wendy Book Club, featuring works in progress by 14 participants currently studying with Wendy creator Walter Scott and curator Niki Little.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is staying open late (till 11 p.m.) on Thursdays and Fridays for the final weeks of “Picasso: Man and Beast.” Special guided tours of the show take place August 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.


On August 5, a reception will be held in Stanley Park for Megan Gnanasihamany’s Camper In Situ installation “110” at 7 p.m. Additionally, Conrad Marion’s “BAD MOMENTS – FOREVER” begins at Stride Gallery’s +15 window on August 5.

Medicine Hat

Many pieces of ceramic art come from a kiln. But “house life,” an exhibition by Penelope Stewart and Laura Vickerson, offers art installed in a kiln—a massive beehive kiln, that is, on the grounds of the Medalta Museum and its namesake ceramics factory. The exhibition opens on August 3 with a reception at 6 p.m.


On August 4, Kevin Lee Burton’s “Sacred Spring” production residency has a closing reception at Paved Arts at 8 p.m. Also in closings, AKA Artist-Run Centre’s summer studio with Bonnie Conly wraps up on August 5.

Vancouver and Area

On August 3, “What is Pressure? What is Temperature?” opens at Wil Aballe Art Projects with an opening reception at 6 p.m., featuring works by Scott Billings, Paul Chan, Steven Cottingham, Zoe Kreye, Dan Starling and others. Later that evening, VIVO Media Arts Centre will be screening a selection of LGBTQ works from their collection at 7:30 p.m.

The following day (August 4), “Hani Al Moulia and The Better Shelter” opens at the West Vancouver Museum with a reception at 6 p.m. Al Moulia’s story is remarkable one; he took up photography as a resident of a Lebanon refugee camp before moving to Canada, and his work here is installed in what the UN has called the “Better Shelter.” Check it out as part of the museum’s wider “Home/Shelter/Belonging” exhibition, which features works by Sylvia Grace Borda, Jim Breukelman, Gu Xiong, Germaine Koh, Annie Pootoogook and Itee Pootoogook.

Ever wanted to affect Vancouver’s skyline lights? Tangible Interaction’s “OH!” allows you to control the ones on the Science World dome in real time. It launches August 4 from 9 to 11 p.m. at 1 Athlete’s Way in Olympic Village.

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