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Must-Sees This Week: April 23 to 29, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)


At MKG127, new works by David R. Harper go on view on April 25. At the University of Toronto Art Centre, “Broken Steps and Haunted Screens”—a two-part exhibition tracing photography’s wide range of applications—opens on April 29 at 6 p.m. The exhibition of last year’s Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Mark Ruwedel, opens up at the Ryerson Image Centre on April 29 alongside Scott Conarroe’s reflections on infrastructure in “Canada By Rail and By Sea,” Phil Solomon’s homage to Andy Warhol’s Empire and an overview of Michael Mitchell’s work and collection. The Mercer Union gets sociable with a mixer on April 24 at 6 p.m. You can influence the upcoming Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s programming by voting on favourite artworks at 918 Bathurst on April 23 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; winners will be included in “The Dark Room 4.0.”

Language takes centre stage at the Doris McCarthy Gallery with “You Speak / I Dance,” featuring Diane Borsato, Adam David Brown, Brendan Fernandes, Kim Beom and Bona Park, opening on April 23 at 6 p.m. Matilda Aslizadeh’s three-channel video, Trophy, which goes on view at Pari Nadimi Gallery on April 23 at 6 p.m., looks at the wreckage of material culture with nods to Ancient Greece and Rome. At G Gallery, an iterative, collaborative project between Faith La Rocque and Jaimie Henthorn, The Divers, will play out at the gallery over the course of April 23, 24 and 25—details are vague, but the focus will be on exploring communication through artwork in a series of manners. William Dalrymple, whose travel writings are very nearly unsurpassed, speaks about his book, Return of a King, at the Aga Khan Museum on April 29 at 6:30 p.m.


Photographer Robert Burley, whose current exhibition looks at the demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms, speaks with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on April 23 at 7:00 p.m.


A cross-disciplinary conference on creativity and the mind, helmed by Dr. William Kenny of Queen’s University’s department of psychiatry, begins on Friday April 24 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

North Bay

At White Water Gallery, Marc Losier will open an installation built from documents and materials about North Bay that Losier found in archives and public institutions in Toronto. The show, “Échange (Exchange)/Post(e) North Bay” opens on April 24.


Alex Colville’s major retrospective—which, according to David Balzer, exhibits “one of the great love stories this country’s art has told”—moves to the National Gallery of Canada, where it opens on April 23. At the Carleton University Art Gallery, a group exhibition titled “Human Nature,” which is organized in collaboration with the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene and opens on April 27, delves into the natural world, and humanity’s impact on it.


The Vancouver Art Gallery opens “Beyond the Trees,” the fifth in the gallery’s series of In Dialogue with Carr exhibitions, on April 25; this iteration brings Carr’s work into conversation with the immersive computer animations of artist collective Wallpapers. On April 28 at 8 pm, Scrivner’s Monthly at Western Front presents an evening with poet Quinn Latimer, who will read selections from a work in progress titled Anthology. 2014 Turner Prize shortlist artist Tris Vonna-Michell opens an exhibition at Presentation House Gallery on April 23, with a talk at 7 pm followed by a reception. Also on April 23 at 7 pm, Wil Aballe Art Projects opens two solo shows of photo- and video-based works by Malcolm Levy and Scott Massey. At UNIT/PITT Projects on April 30 at 7 pm, a launch takes place for three new publications by artists Zoe Kreye and Catherine Grau; Didier Morelli; and Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, all produced from the Collective Walks/Spaces of Contestation project. At Gallery Jones, photographer Danny Singer will present new monumental images from his travels across the North American prairies; the exhibition opens with a reception on April 25 at 2 pm. At Richmond Art Gallery on April 25 at 2 pm, architecture professor Leslie Van Duzer will lead a panel discussion that asks, what makes a city livable? Field Contemporary will ring in their one-year anniversary on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. alongside a closing reception for Patryk Stasieczek‘s exhibition “Asking For It.”

Quebec City

At VU, Steven Beckly opens “the force of what lives us outliving the mountain” alongside Jacinthe Robillard’s “l’étendue de mes connaissances” on April 24 at 5 p.m.


In his famous commencement address at Kenyon College, writer David Foster Wallace used an analogy of fish swimming in water who don’t know what water is, to remind us the most obvious facts of life are the most frequently overlooked. And exhibition opening at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery on April 26 at 12:30 p.m. picks up on Wallace’s speech, titling the show, “This is water: Emerging Practices in Contemporary Art.”


AKA Artist-Run closes their current show, Robert Taite’s “Interior Latex Eggshell” with a talk by Levi Nicholat and Linda Stark, from Art Placement, which will build on some of the themes in Taite’s work, and take a broader look at the history of Saskatoon’s art culture on April 25 at 2:00 p.m.


Cultural theorist Andrew Burke will respond to Plug In ICA’s current exhibition, which focuses on now-defunct Canadian art magazines from the 1990s, “Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool)” in a talk that focuses on the persistence of the past within the present on April 23 at 7 p.m.


Art enthusiasts will flock to Montreal this weekend for the eighth edition of Papier; 40 galleries across the country will showcase a wide range of works on paper at this year’s fair. Joining in on the buzz, Canadian Art’s Gallery Hop Montreal takes place on April 25; a jam-packed day of tours and talks will take place around the city, wrapping up with a launch party at Dazibao at 5:30 pm, with talks by Isa Tousignant and Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf.

Also at Dazibao this week, an exhibition of video works selected from the catalogue of the Toronto-based video distributor Vtape begins on April 25, with an opening reception on April 30 at 7:30 pm. On April 24 at 7 pm, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art presents a discussion between poet Jackie Wang and curator cheyanne turions on the precision of language. The following day, Wang will lead a writing workshop at the gallery from 11 am to 5 pm. Galerie Les Territoires will hold an opening reception on April 24 at 6 pm to launch two new exhibitions, Velibor Božović’s video work using archival footage of war-torn Bosnia and paintings by Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron fixating on the female body. On April 29 at 5 pm, Artexte opens an exhibition of research and documents illuminating the development of performance art in Canada.


If you haven’t taken in Lynden Beesley’s Hortus Conclusus, a commissioned artists’s garden at the Kelowna Art Gallery that plays off notions of the medieval herb/physic garden, a spring tea party on April 25 at 1:00 pm will offer a last chance for viewing.


Two exhibitions open at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre over the next week, beginning with Mayumi Amada’s “Passage,” which uses doilies to offer generational insight into women. In “Untitled (It’s almost a one-liner),” also opening at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, but this time on April 23, Sarah Beck and Shlomi Greenspan take an artistic twist on comedy and staging. At Bugera Matheson Gallery, Janice Mason Steeves and Morley Myers open, “Between the Light and the Dark” on April 25.


One of Toronto’s most popular events,the lecture series Trampoline Hall, makes its way to the Glenbow Museum, replete with host Misha Glouberman. It kicks off on April 24 at 8 p.m.

St John’s

At the Rooms, the presentation of the Provincial Arts and Letters Awards will be held on April 28. The program recognizes the creation of new works of art with monetary prizes and the exhibition of some entries.

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