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Must-Sees This Week: August 10 to 16, 2017

Vancouver’s omnipresent architectural style, the Vancouver Special, is highlighted in an exhibition opening this week

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.

Vancouver and Area

On August 10, Collin Johanson’s “A Cool Expanse of Sheets” opens at Monte Clark Gallery with a reception at 6 p.m. An exhibition by Graeme Wahn opens at CSA Space the same day, as well as “Speaking Nearby and more…,” which is presented by Western Front and combines a reading of work by Trinh T. Minh-ha at Crab Park with a screening at Golden Saucer Studio. Additionally, Kevin Lanthier’s “The Special,” an exhibition of digital composite photography that highlights the famed “Vancouver Special” style of architecture, opens that night at Ian Tan Gallery with a reception at 6 p.m.

Ebony Rose’s “Ordinary Light” opens at Unit 17 on August 12 with a reception at 11 a.m., with a reading at 1 p.m. by writer Emily Nilsen in response to the exhibition.

At New Media Gallery in New Westminster, “Dominion,” a group exhibition of works by Mat CollishawJim CampbellKathy Hinde and Davide Quayola is on now until October 1. Manuel Axel Strain, an interdisciplinary artist of Coast Salish, Secwepemc, and Okanagan descent, opens “Decolonization: Transcendence of an Indigenous Identity” at Rising Sun Gallery in Surrey on August 12 at 7 p.m.

Quebec City

The fourth edition of “Unusual Passages,” which brings together artists and collectives to create public “encounters” exploring the idea of passage, is on view at locations throughout the city until October 15, and features work by Marie-Eve Martel, Atelier MAP, Robert Hengeveld, Carole Baillargeon, SculptosaurusGiorgia Volpe and more.

Toronto and Area

YYZ Gallery is holding a reception for Jill Price’s “LAND as Archive” tonight, August 10 at 7 p.m. Also in 401 Richmond, “Crip Interiors: MIXER” opens at Tangled Art Gallery and brings together Black and Indigenous artists to negotiate labour, love and creativity in disabled bodies, curated by Syrus Marcus Ware and Barak adé Soleil. Participating artists include Kanika Gupta, Anique Jordan, Wy Joung Kou, Najla Nubyanluv and Melisse Watson. Later, James Michael Yeboah’s “When Black Boys Cry” opens at 2104 Dundas Street West with a reception at 8 p.m.

Terrance Houle is performing Ghost Days as part of his residency at SummerWorks Performance Festival on August 13.

“Back to the Drawing Board,” a group exhibition of works by JJ Lee, Amy Swartz and Natalie Majaba Waldburger opens at Loop Gallery on August 15, with the artists in attendance from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Additonally, Meena Chopra’s “Eyes of Time” opens at Heritage Mississauga with an opening reception at the Grange at 6:30 p.m.

In closings, Katinka Bock’s “_o_o__o” at Mercer Union, Katie Lyle’s “The weather in the room” at Daniel Faria Gallery and MKG127’s 10th anniversary exhibition “Again and Again” all close on August 12.


Phil Irish’s “mount pile” closes at the Art Gallery of Guelph on August 13, while “Landmade,” which pulls from the gallery’s permanent collection, closes shortly thereafter on August 20.


Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival kicks off on August 10 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden with a juried selection of films the first evening at 9 p.m. and a selection from Photophobia’s 10-year history the following evening at 7 p.m. at the AGH Annex. On Saturday, the film festival continues with a showing outside of Hamilton Artists Inc.—all screenings are free.


“Body Language: Decolonial Love” opens at Gallery 101 with a reception on August 12 at 6 p.m., featuring work by Kirsten Lindquist, RJ Jones, Dionne Paul, Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde, Dayna Danger and Pati Solomona.

In closings, RBC Canadian Painting Competition finalist Kizi Spielmann Rose’s “Pulse” closes at Karsh-Masson Gallery on August 15.


Brittney Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat’s Horse Camp, a public art installation exploring the memory of building a fire with their father and youngest sister, will be on display in Emily Murphy Park on August 13 with a picnic and artist talk at 2 p.m.

At SNAP Gallery, Morgan Wedderspoon’s “GIVE UP AND PARTY” and Leanne Olsen’s “Last Resort” opens with a reception on August 11 at 7 p.m.

Salt Spring Island

Greg Klassen and Andrea Locke’s “Salt Spring Stories” opens at ArtSpring on August 11 with a reception at 5 p.m., with a week of talks by speakers including Kate RolandYuri ArajsJoe AkermanMatt SteffichRobert BirchUsha RautenbackArthur BlackRose MurakamiLouise DoucetBob Whirter and Chris Arnett.

Nelson, British Columbia

Nicola Harwood’s “Summoning (No Words),” an interactive sound installation built from the female voice (including Allison Girvan, Andrea Menard, Bessie Wapp, Mutya Macatumpag, Sandy Scofield, Tanya Tagaq and Vandana Vishwas) is holding open studios at the Oxygen Art Centre from August 11 to 13 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.


While Montreal Pride kicks off on August 10, so too does Pervers/cité, Montreal’s annual anti-institutional and anti-corporate rad queer festival, this year themed “NOTAFLOF,” or No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds. The festival begins with a day of action for trans prisoners on August 10, followed by “Brick Cunt” the next day, a day rave and fundraiser for broke transfeminine people. Also part of Pervers/cité, “Hot Summer Posters” opens at Artexte on August 16 at 6 p.m. with a guided tour by artist Jamie Ross. Related to Montreal Pride, “Voices in Leather” brings together an oral history of Montreal’s “leatherfolk” at Mainline Gallery with a vernissage on August 16 at 5 p.m.

Carole Baillargeon’s “Jouer, sans gagnant, ni perdant” opens to the public at Galerie Bernard on August 10. On August 11, Jacqueline MeyerCanadian Centre for Architecture’s curatorial researcher will be reading aloud letters of introduction and demands for overdue articles in “Dear Ken: Reading the Archive Out Loud,” beginning at 6 p.m. outdoors at Baile Park. “ARTPARTY,” which brings together women working in photography, sculpture, painting and tattoo, is happening at Artgang Montreal on August 11 at 10 p.m. Mirjam Elburn’s “mondkuchen – tomorrow’s touch” opens at l’Endroit indiqué on August 11 with an outdoor vernissage at 5 p.m.

On August 12, Jean-Michel Leclerc’s “À Mystic Rill” opens at Galerie Simon Blais on August 12 with a vernissage at 2 p.m.

The third edition of Unceded Voices: Anticolonial Street Artists Convergence kicks off on August 13 bringing together artists AuraChief Lady BirdCedar Eve PetersDayna DangerDollyElizabeth BlancasJessica CanardJessica SabogalMelanie Cervantes and Shanna Strauss. “Réconciliation” opens at La Ruche d’Art St-Henri the same day with a vernissage at 3 p.m. The exhibition will be travelling to Belleville, Oshawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, the Sheshatshiu First Nation and the Cree Nation of Eastmain over the course of the next year.

Visions, in collaboration with la lumière, hosts a number of upcoming screenings: on August 16 and 17, works by Chris Kennedy will be on view, while, on August 17, Kennedy is programming a screening of Harun Farocki’s Images of the World and Inscriptions of War and work by Kurt Kren.


“Calli, Chez-nous, Home,” a collaborative exhibition by Fabiola Martinez and Isabelle Lafargue opens at Gallery 78 on August 11 with a reception at 5 p.m.

Nelson, New Brunswick

On August 15, the New Brunswick Museum is celebrating Acadian Day with a flag-raising at City Hall at 12 p.m., a parade, other activities throughout the day and refreshments served in the the museum’s foyer at 4 p.m.


“Tombées dans les interstices: A Contemporary Look at the Contribution of a Few Women Artists to Modern-day Acadie,” curated by Elise Anne LaPlante, opens at Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen with a reception on August 11 at 5 p.m. Participating artists include Dominique Ambroise, Yvette Bisson, Géraldine Cormier, Yolande Desjardins, Ginette Gould, Nancy Morin, Natalie Morin, Magda Mujica and Suzanne Valotaire.


An artist talk for John Berridge and Anne Simpson’s “Imagined Landscapes” is happening at ViewPoint Gallery on August 13 at 2 p.m. Additionally, Arjun Lal’s “Queer Gardens” closes at the Khyber Centre for the Arts on August 15 with a finissage at 6 p.m.


In closings, “In Our Time: The Political Cartoons of Josh Silburt (1942-1947)” closes at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery on August 11.

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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Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter says:

Hi there, I would just like to note that Brittney Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat’s Horse Camp was presented by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective ( If you wouldn’t mind making that amendment that would be great, thank you!

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