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Must-Sees This Week: September 10 to 16, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder, or download the Canadian Art Finder in the App Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


MAWA Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Dysart presents a screening of archival film at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery on September 4 at 6 p.m.


At the Blackwood Gallery, “The pen moves across the earth: it no longer knows what will happen, and the hand that holds it has disappeared,” opens September 16 at 5 p.m. The Koffler Gallery presents Dan Bergeron and David Liss in discussion about Bergeron’s architecture-inspired work at Artscape Youngplace’s Small World Music Centre on September 16 at 7 p.m. The 401 Richmond building becomes a busy spot on September 11, with Lynn Christine Kelly’s installation The Forest for the Trees opening at 6 p.m. at the Red Head Gallery; “Screen Play: Print and the Moving Image” opening at Open Studio at 6:30 p.m.; Circuit Gallery hosting a reception for Naomi Harris‘s EUSA at 6 p.m. at Prefix ICA; and two exhibitions opening at Gallery 44 at 6 p.m.—“To fall by eye,” which brings together Aryen Hoekstra, Marco Buonocore and Scott Massey, and a show by Bambitchell. Abbas Akhavan, one of the finalists for this year’s Sobey Art Award, opens “variations on a garden” at Mercer Union on September 12 at 5 p.m. On September 10 at 7 p.m., Diaz Contemporary celebrates a decade at the top of the Toronto art scene with the opening of the group show “10 over 10.” MKG127 opens shows by Kristiina Lahde and Micah Adams on September 12 at 2 p.m.

G Gallery and InterAccess band together on September 13 at 1:30 p.m. to present a tour of “There Should Be Gardens” at InterAccess and “Carnival of Sorts” at G Gallery, followed by a .Gif-making workshop at the former. In case there’s just not enough to keep you occupied, the Toronto International Film Festival also begins their Wavelengths programming (which looks fairly great this year).


Art-image opens La forêt noire, a multimedia installation by Montreal artist Anna Jane McIntyre, on September 12, beginning at 2 p.m.

Thunder Bay

“122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders” presents the outcome of numerous interviews that artist Anne Labovitz conducted with residents of the five sister cities of Duluth, Minnesota. Based on Skype and in-person interviews, she created a series of projects that open on September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.


Choreographer and dancer Dana Michel performs Yellow Towel, which offers a meditation on race and black culture, at SAW Gallery on September 10 at 8 p.m. The legacy of influential photographer Lynne Cohen is taken up in a symposium at the University of Ottawa (in the Faculty of Social Sciences Building, Room 4007), running September 12, beginning at 10 a.m. Sharon VanStarkenburg’s figurative paintings open in “The Debutantes” on September 11 at 6 p.m. at Wall Space Gallery.


Veteran Alberta artist Chris Cran has a major retrospective, “Sincerely Yours,” at the Art Gallery of Alberta opening September 12. Michelle Neumann’s abstract works open at the Front Gallery September 10 at 7 p.m.


British artist Ryan Gander, known for his frequently tricky, slippery works, opens “Make every show like it’s your last” at the Contemporary Art Gallery on September 10 at 7 p.m. Turner Prize nominee (and future speaker in the Canadian Art Encounters series) Janice Kerbel opens “Score” at Catriona Jeffries Gallery on September 12. At the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery on September 11, Maria Eichhorn debuts new a series of video works that are played upon request. Eichhorn discusses the exhibition in the gallery on September 12 at 1:30 p.m. Vancouver artist Steven Brekelmans’s ink drawings on panel at Or Gallery and an exhibition by Lisa Radon at Artspeak open concurrently in conjunction with SWARM 16 on September 11 at 8 p.m. Artists Hossein Amanat, Jim Breukelman and Holly Ward search for utopia at Republic Gallery in a group show beginning September 12 at 2 p.m. Past winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition Colleen Heslin opens “Treading Buoylines” on September 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Scott Gallery. A gallery talk by Heslin starts at 2 p.m. on September 12.

At Access Gallery, “Far Away So Close: Part III,” featuring Alana Bartol, Mike Bourscheid and David Semeniuk opens September 11 at 7 p.m. 112 West Hastings Street, formerly known as the Perel building, will host a number of projections and performances by Casey Wei and Cindy Mochizuki on September 11 from 8 to 10 p.m. A talk with the Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH) takes place at Wil Aballe Art Projects on September 12 at 2 p.m. The group show “Every Little Bit Hurts,” with works by Zoe Kreye, Lindsay Ljungkull and Anne Riley, opens at Western Front on September 10 at 7 p.m.


Pulling from art-historical sources like John Constable and Gustav Doré, Toronto artist Adam David Brown opens “One Time or Another” at Idea Exchange on September 11 at 7 p.m.


At Jarvis Hall Fine Art, artists including Sky Glabush, Marigold Santos, Wil Murray, Larissa Tiggelers and John Will are brought together in “Sought,” opening September 10 at 5 p.m. TrépanierBaer hosts an opening reception for their current show by Ron Moppett, “CONSTELLATION(S),” on September 10 at 6 p.m. Reneé Duval’s large-scale Pantheon series of paintings open alongside Jason Frizzell’s miniature, sculptural environments at Herringer Kiss Gallery on September 10 at 5 p.m. At Stride, art collective AMCOR’s “Liar! Liar!” offers a humorous send up of state surveillance and control, beginning September 11 at 8 p.m. Jay Mosher’s “Brasília” looks at architecture and its impact, opening at Untitled Contemporary Art on September 11 at 8 p.m. The New Gallery takes a collaborative approach with “2 works, 3 talks, 6 questions,” by Eric Moschopedis (with Keyede Osuntokun and Bryce Krynski), opening September 11 at 8 p.m. At TRUCK, Elise Rasmussen’s meditative, haunting photographs of the legacy of artist Ana Mendieta open in “Finding Ana” September 11 at 8 p.m.


Mark Clintberg looks at the shift between day and night in “Night work,” which opens September 12 at 7 p.m. at Artspace. Clintberg discusses the work In a pre-opening artist talk at Trent University’s Champlain College Council Chambers at 4 p.m.

Quebec City

VU opens Ève Cadieux’s “(Small) Ruins Announced” and Reno Salvail’s “Breath of air and trembling of stars” on September 11 at 6:30 p.m.


Mois de la Photo opens on September 10, with programming organized throughout the city by festival guest-curator Joan Fontcuberta. Roberto Pellegrinuzzi’s “Résonances” highlights the proliferation of the photograph at Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain, opening September 12 at 3 p.m. At Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Paul Wong’s “Multiverse” opens on September 12 at 2 p.m. Atelier Circulaire opens in “Autoportraits robots” by Leandro Berra with a vernissage September 12 at 6:30 p.m. Liam Maloney’s photographs of Syrian refugees open at Galerie B312 on September 12. Art Mûr opens a triple-header on September 10 at 5 p.m.: Laurent Lamarche, Bevan Ramsay and Brandon Vickerd. Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill open “Based on a True Story, Part II” at Arprim on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. Sara A. Tremblay’s solo show opens at Galerie Donald Browne September 12 at 4 p.m. The result of Eva Taulois’s residency at Diagonale, “I Never Play Basketball Now,” goes on view at the gallery on September 12 at 6 p.m.


AKA Artist-Run opens “It wasn’t until we closed our eyes that we could finally see what was there all along” by Derek Liddington on September 11 at 8 p.m.


Jacynthe Carrier works in photography and film, creating poetic, slightly surreal images that parse relationships between bodies and spaces. Centre Bang opens a show by Carrier on September 10 at 5 p.m.


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery re-installs their permanent collection space, beginning with a new exhibition, “Moving Image,” which brings together works that deal with or represent movement, September 11 at 7 p.m.

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