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Must-Sees This Week: April 7 to 13, 2016

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.)


Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba gets into the spring swing of things with two exhibitions that open with a reception on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Ione Thorkelsson’s glass cast installations go on view in the main gallery, and “Never Forgotten,” an exhibition that offers a response to the commemorative installation “Walking With Our Sisters,” opens in the community gallery.


SBC Gallery, in collaboration with Oboro, presents a talk by Irmgard Emmelhainz on April 7 at 6 p.m. Galerie D’Este opens a show of work by Marigold Santos on April 7 from 5 p.m. Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain’s last exhibition in the Belgo Building before a move to a building on the Plateau Mont-Royal will be a show of Dana Velan’s work that opens April 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm. Galerie Laroche/Joncas presents the exhibition “Objets” by Alan Belcher, who’s known for merging photography and sculpture, on April 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. Also on April 9, the Darling Foundry hosts a collaborative workshop developed by artists Marie Deschamps and Rebecca La Marre.


Work in a survey of James Carl’s practice goes on view at TrépanierBaer on April 8; the exhibition formally opens April 16 at 2 p.m. Canadian colour-field painter William Perehudoff gets a showing at Newzones beginning April 9 at 2 p.m. The New Gallery presents Danièle Dennis’s first solo exhibition, “Color, Value and Hue,” on April 8. Jarvis Hall Gallery opens sculpture, drawings, photographs and prints by Robin Arseneault in “what is a stone but an obstacle” on April 9 at 2 p.m.


Sean Caulfield will discuss his site-specific installation, The Flood, which makes a mural out of hand-carved woodblock panels, at the Art Gallery of Alberta on April 10 at 2 p.m.


Manon Labrosse’s series SASAJEWUN LAKE (part 1), a series of work inspired by two recent residencies, opens at Gallery 3 on April 7 at 5 p.m.


8-11 opens two shows April 9 at 7 p.m.: Brittany Shepherd’s “A weirdly floating “we” snaps into a blurry focus,” and Abby McGuane’s “Nothing just happens on its own.” YTB Gallery launches “Tough As Nails: Transgressive Queer Glamour Exhibition,” a group show featuring emerging artists dealing with “self-fashioned glamour as a practice of survival and world making for non-normative people” with a reception April 8 at 7 p.m. “Shangri-Lost,” organized by Cooper Cole, brings together Jesse Harris, Shawn Kuruneru and Jimmy Limit, and opens at Roberta Pelan April 8 at 7 p.m.


The Canadian Museum for Human Rights hosts an awareness event that brings together survivors of the Rwandan genocide and the Holocaust on April 9 at 1:30 p.m. for Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.


Shows continue to open across the city for the Capture Photography Festival. At grunt gallery, Merle Addison documents his switch from analog to digital in “análekta,” opening April 7 at 7 p.m. A show of Randy Grskovic’s work opens alongside a show of Angela Fama’s work at the Burrard Arts Foundation opening April 7 at 7 p.m. Sanaz Mazinani’s kaleidoscopic images go on view at the West Vancouver Museum April 12 at 7 p.m. Chris Shepherd’s photographs go on view at Bau-Xi Gallery on April 9, while Paulo Majano’s series I Was Here, opening at the Surrey Art Gallery on April 9 at 7:30 p.m., presents images of Surrey with 3-D scenes visible with smartphones or tablets. On April 9 at 7 p.m., the Contemporary Art Gallery presents a sound performance using mostly glass instruments by artist Camille Norment, in collaboration with Victoria’s Experimental Music Unit (Tina Pearson, George Tzanetakis and Paul Walde), inspired by Robert Smithson’s never realized Island of Broken Glass (written about in our Summer 2015 issue in a feature by Adam Lauder).


Contemporary textiles by Calgary artist Mackenzie Kelly-Frère go on view at Evans Contemporary on April 8 from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

St. John’s

Eastern Edge Gallery is hosting an opening reception and artist talk by Montreal-based Anna Hawkins on April 9 between 7 and 9 p.m. Her two-channel video installation How to Chop an Onion will be on view to May 18.

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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