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Must-Sees This Week: August 25 to 31, 2016

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.


Façade Festival, a public projection-focused art project facilitated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Burrard Arts Foundation and Microsoft, features commissioned works by five artists over the course of five evenings, at 8 p.m. each evening. Watch multimedia artist and Western Front co-founder Eric Metcalfe on Tuesday night of Façade Festival, and artist Barry Doupé on August 31.


Laundry Room, a new curatorial venture from Jess Carroll and Brian Rideout, presents “Unprecious Work,” with work by Nadia Gohar, Kathryn Warner, Marlo Yarlo, Robert Anthony O’Halloran, Jay Isaac and many others. “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank,” Laura Israel’s examination of the life and work of Robert Frank, starts August 26 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.


The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba hosts two public receptions on August 25 at 7:30 p.m.: the first is for “Between III,” featuring work by recent graduates from the Brandon University Visual and Aboriginal Art Program. The second is for a showcase of landscape paintings by Brandon-based painter Daryl Hicks.


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery opens “Last Call: Temperance and Prohibition in Oshawa” on August 25.


“Au grand dam,” a collaborative public artwork between Claude Cormier and Jacques Bilodeau will unveil at Parc des Rapides on August 28 at 10:30 a.m. At Laroche/Joncas Gallery, “Impromptu,” featuring works by Lauren Chipeur, Benjamin King, François Simard, Stefan Sollenius and Justin Stephens continues to September 3. “Putting Rehearsals to the Test,” a collaborative event between the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, SBC Gallery and VOX, will bring together over 50 international artists—Harun Farocki, Discoteca Flaming Star, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, Yoko Ono, On Kawara and more—who address a set of positions and strategies in contemporary art that consider rehearsal as both subject and practice. The first exhibition in its programming, “It’s not about models, it’s about modeling” opens at Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery on August 30 with a curators’ tour at 5 p.m. The second exhibition, “To be continued: Unfinished Repetitions” opens at SBC Gallery on August 31 with a curators’ tour at 12:15 p.m. Galerie de l’UQAM unveils its fall 2016 programming with Yann Pocreau’s “Patrimoines” and Lieven Meyer’s “Away from Keyboard” on August 30, with a reception to follow on September 6 at 5:30 p.m.


“Down to Write You This Poem Sat” brings together a number of works that move between visual forms and the written word with works by Hannah Black, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Aisha Sasha John, Maryse Larivière, Martine Syms and many others, and will continue at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens and at Centennial Square until September 3.


OKOTOKS, a new Blackfoot dance-theatre hybrid produced, directed and choreographed by Justin Many Fingers, will have a showcase at Casa Lethbridge on August 27 at 7 p.m. Casa Lethbridge also hosts an open house for its artist-in-residence printmaker Katie Bruce on August 25 at 4 p.m.


Juan Ortiz-Apuy’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” and Jill Ho-You’s “Retrograde” open at the Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists on August 26, with an artist talk by Ortiz-Apuy at 6 p.m.


Hamilton Artists Inc. opens its fall exhibition programming with Vicky Sabourin’s “Warmblood” and “Topographies: Space and Place,” with Nicole Clouston, Singithi Kandage and Jordyn Stewart, on August 25 at 7 p.m.


The main event for the Art in the Open festival happens August 27 from 4 p.m. to midnight at various Charlottetown locations. Watch for performances by Betty-Jo McCarville and Anastasia Wansbrough at Rochford Square, an installation by Alexis Bulman at Government Pond, and the March of the Crows culminating at Victoria Park, among other events. The next day, on August 28, Toronto-based choral group Choir! Choir Choir!, led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, will teach and guide a group singing of the Tragically Hip’s “Ahead By A Century” at the Confederation Centre of the Arts’s Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the $20 ticket price will go to Art in the Open.


Culture Crawl opens six galleries—the Fredericton City Hall Gallery, George Fry Gallery, Beaverbrook Art Gallery and others—to the public at 5 p.m. on August 25.


Cape Breton University Art Gallery hosts a talk on the Beaton Institute Photo Archive by Jane Arnold on August 25 at 12:30 p.m., followed by a screening of Finding Vivian Maier, a documentary about the nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs over her lifetime then hid them in storage lockers, at 1 p.m.

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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