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Must-Sees This Week: April 6 to 12, 2017

Acclaimed Inuit artist Ningeokuluk Teevee’s drawings and ink works open in her first solo exhibition in Victoria; this and more in this week’s must-sees

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 even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


Cape Dorset–born Inuit artist and children’s book writer Ningeokuluk Teevee will have her first solo exhibition in Victoria at Madrona Gallery on April 8, with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. The show brings together her most recent works using imagery from Inuit folklore and humorous visuals from Inuit life in contemporary Nunavut. “Warrior,” George Littlechild’s new series of 10 portraits of First Nations icons, protecting land, resources and communities, will be on view at the Kimoto Gallery starting April 8.


The New Gallery presents “Mingling with flowers panthers’ eyes,” geetha thurairajah’s solo exhibition of paintings exploring the gaps and intersections between the artist’s Sri Lankan cultural heritage and the art historical canon, on April 7 at 8 p.m. On April 8 at 2 p.m., Trépanier Baer Gallery hosts the opening of an exhibit of new works by Étienne Zack in their viewing room, while a group show by gallery artists opens up in the main space.

Public artists Katie Green and daniel j. kirk will be leading a community workshop titled “The Imaginarium,” inviting participants to share their stories about the King Edward School and Marda Loop’s neighbourhoods, at the north-east entrance of cSPACE King Edward on April 8 from noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. For the little ones: Esker Foundation hosts a baby-friendly tour of their current exhibitions on April 7 beginning at 12 p.m. 


Ashleigh Bartlett’s anthropomorphic paintings go on view in “Reddish” in Michael Gibson Gallery beginning April 6 at 8 p.m.


Urban Shaman Contemporary hosts “A Place Between – A 60’s Scoop Arts Project,” showcasing works by more than 20 contemporary Indigenous artists, ranging from performance to writing to film, on April 7, with a reception from 5 to 11 p.m. The opening will feature performances by Jesse McMann, Shayla Elizabeth and Billy Joe Green. This will be followed by an artist talk, gathering and a feast for adoptees and the public, along with a reading by Beverley McKiver and Lesley Parlane from Voices from the Adoption Files: a glimpse into the 60’s scoop phenomenon, on April 8 at 3 p.m.

Two exhibitions open at Platform on April 7: “Epic Fail,” a group show featuring the work of Emily Goodden, Divya Mehra and Jon Sasaki, kicks off at 7 p.m. followed by an exhibition tour on April 8 at 2 p.m. In partnership with WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Life of a Craphead’s Bugs, a 72-minute film-based collaboration with a cast and crew of comedians by Toronto-based artists Amy Lam and John McCurley, begins showing on April 7, with daily screenings at the gallery and an evening screening on April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Cinematheque.


Evans Contemporary presents “City,” a solo exhibition of New York artist William Carroll’s paintings on paper and canvas, which feature silhouettes of urban landscapes, with a reception on April 7 from 6 p.m.


Studio Sixty Six opens “Present Tense,” a group exhibition featuring Kosisochukwu Nnebe, Guillermo Trejo and Florence Yee, with works exploring ideas of cultural meaning and the notion of a “postcolonial” Canadian community, on April 6 with a reception from 6 p.m. The National Gallery of Canada, in the Canadian Photography Institute galleries, hosts two new exhibitions that deal with photography beginning on April 7: “Photography in Canada, 1960-2000,” which features over 100 photographs by 71 artists, including Angela Grauerholz and Suzy Lake; and “PhotoLab2: Women Speaking Art,” a group show of photographic and video-based works by women artists including Shelley Niro, Lisa Steele and Lorna Simpson.


Field Contemporary presents the opening reception for “Rehearsal for a Synthetic Theatre,” featuring works by Tom Richardson, on April 6 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Equinox Gallery opens three exhibitions this weekend including “Martin Elder: Retinex,” “Fred Herzog: Selections from Modern Colour” and “Gordon Smith: With Photographs,” with an opening reception on April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. “Shadows in the Mirror,” Finnish artist Henni Alftan’s first North American solo exhibition of oil-on-canvas paintings, opens April 8 at Z Gallery Arts. The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery closes “To refuse/To wait/To sleep,” the group exhibition featuring work by Goldin and Senneby, Melanie Gilligan, Gabrielle Hill, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, Marianne Nicolson and Raqs Media Collective, examining precarious labour, markets and productivity, on April 9.

Beginning April 7, a month-long residency will turn UNIT/PITT into the “Karaoke Video Maker Free Store,” including the production of video works by Late SpringStrawberryJSN and Aileen Bryant. Liverpool Biennial director Sally Tallant will present current curatorial work with a talk the Contemporary Art Gallery on April 12 at 5:30 p.m.


In partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley theatre department, David Campion, Sandra Shields and the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Center present “Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)Conciliation,” a series of performances questioning the historical and current inheritances of colonization, at the Reach Gallery Museum from April 6 to 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 9 at 2 p.m.


Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn’s “Space Fiction & the Archives,” a solo exhibition that looks at the histories of immigration reform in Canada, that includes a short film titled 1967: A People Kind of Place, opens with a reception and walk-through with Nguyễn on April 7 at 7 p.m. at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.


As part of its series on dance, Montreal, arts interculturels (MAI) presents “Make Banana Cry,” a performance where Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson bring together a group of dancers, artists and designers to subvert Eurocentric stereotypes surrounding Asian identities, running from April 6 to 8 at 8 p.m.


Facilitators Carmella Farahbakhsh and Frank Heimpel continue their ongoing workshop series, “Building Cultures of Care: How to Support Survivors 101,” which ams to foster ways to support survivors and victims through processes of active listening, peer-support theory, grounding techniques and anti-oppressive safety planning, at Khyber Centre for the Arts on April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Jeroen Witvliet’s solo exhibition “The Assembly,” with works complicating media visuals of protest and demonstration, closes on April 9 at Studio 111 in the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Toronto and Area

Art Metropole presents “BIG FAN,” the first solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Cherry Kutti, where she negotiates her attachment to, as well as the racism and sexism of, the music and personas that shaped her childhood and adolescence, through band T-shirts and fandoms, on April 8, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Deirdre Logue’s newest body of work, Double Double, will have an opening reception on April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 44.

As part of the Images Festival, Y+ Contemporary co-presents “Bidding War,” a collaborative exhibition by Ivana Dizdar and Alvin Luong, which stages a satirical and humorous rivalry between a gallerist and a car dealer, on April 8 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. On April 8, Bunker 2 hosts “growing sideways,” a group exhibition showcasing works by Madelyne Beckles, Dahae Song and Hannah Spector that navigate alienation and identity. Angell Gallery hosts the opening reception for “The Readable City,” with works by Anna EylerMalka Greene, Eva KolczeElla Dawn McGeoughAude MoreauSimone Rochon and Jessica Thalmann, from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 7.

Coldstream Fine Art hosts Laura Thipphawong’s “All in a Sea of Wonders,” a show that looks to folklore, fairy tales and storytelling, with an opening April 8 from 2 to 5 p.m.


On April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m., Peter Robertson Gallery presents the opening reception for “Isla Burns: Tempered Steel” and Francis Thomas’s “In Pursuit: Contemporary Abstraction and Persuasion.”

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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