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Must-Sees This Week: August 31 to September 6, 2017

A group of Halifax-based photographers—including Adrian Fish, Lorraine Field and Roxanne Smith—open a show at the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth 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.

Halifax and Area

“Convergence,” opening at the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth on September 5 from 7 to 9 p.m., includes work by Adrian Fish, Lorraine Field, Susan McEachern and others. It’s an early show opening for Halifax and area festival Photopolis, which comes into full force in October.

Also opening this week and connected with Photopolis: “We Shall See” at the MSVU Art Gallery, which focuses on Ian Willms’s photos of his father’s decline following a motorcycle accident. The show debuts on September 2.


This week brings a host of photography exhibitions to Montreal, some of them connected to the Momenta Biennale (previously known as Mois de la Photo). The official festival debut, along with the launch of the catalogue, will be held at Galerie de l’UQAM, VOX and Artexte on the evening of September 6. In total, Momenta brings together lens-based practices by 38 artists in 13 venues across the city in response to the question What does the image stand for? Ami Barak curates.

Photographer Chih-Chien Wang’s solo exhibition “Winter connects us, then spring arrives” opens at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain on August 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., while that same night Sébastien Pesot’s exhibition “Noir Floral” opens at Galerie Dominique Bouffard at 5 p.m. “Les Grands Voyageurs,” a group exhibition curated by Ann Stouvenel, opens at Galerie Diagonale on August 31 at 6 p.m. as well—artists include Raphaëlle de Groot, Kapwani Kiwanga, Nadia Myre and others.

“Cosmologie des chambres,” a solo exhibition by Annie Baillargeon, opens at Galerie D’Este on September 6 at 5 p.m. “Majorité invisible,” an exhibition of works by Iranian artist Shabnam Zeraati, opens at Articule on September 1 at 7 p.m.

In closings, DHC/ART’s Ed Atkins exhibition has its final day on September 3.


The widely enjoyed Façade Festival, organized by Burrard Arts Foundation and the Vancouver Art Gallery, kicks off September 4, projecting site-specific artworks onto the gallery’s iconic architecture. The 2017 festival includes artists Diyan Achjadi, Shawn Hunt, James Nizam, Evann Siebens, Ben Skinner and Paul Wong, among others. It takes place nightly from 7:30 p.m. to midnight for a week.

Elsewhere, on August 31, VIVO Media Arts and Video Out will presents Too Soon, a screening of new acquisitions. Doors open at 7 p.m., with a one-hour screening beginning at 7:30, followed by a discussion. Artists whose films will be shown include Laurie McDonald, Sandra Araújo, Marko Schiefelbein and Jamie Si Chen, among others.

Also on August 31, the Contrast Collective will celebrate the launch of the first issue of their zine featuring the work of of women of colour and non-binary artists of colour in the Lower Mainland. The inaugural issue, which “focuses on themes of identity, race, gender, dating and growing up as a POC,” launches August 31 at the Gam.


September 6 at 5:30 p.m., the Art Gallery of Ontario host the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize finalist artist talks. This year, photography curator Sophie Hackett leads Liz Johnson Artur, Raymond Boisjoly, Taisuke Koyama and Hank Willis Thomas in a discussion about their work. An opening for the related exhibition happens later that evening.

A special edition of the Fogo Island Dialogues, in relation to the exhibition “Belonging to a Place,” happens at Scrap Metal Gallery on September 6 at 6:30 p.m. Among the speakers are artists Abbas Akhavan, Brenda Draney and Augustas Serapinas, with a panel moderated by curator Nicolaus Schafhausen.

September 6 at 6 p.m., Katzman Contemporary hosts the opening of “Standing Under Mis,” a collaborative exhibition between Marla Hlady, Christof Migone, Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau.

“Into You: On the Edge” is a group exhibition curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland and Farah Yusuf that brings together works by Omar Badrin, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Allyson Mitchell, Jagdeep Raina and Xiaojing Yan at the L Space of Humber Galleries. The opening reception will be held September 5 at 4 p.m.

Also don’t miss Aude Moreau‘s window installations throughout the TD Centre Towers downtown on the evenings of September 2, 3 and 4. The words “Less or More or Less,” spelled out in lit windows, will take up the top 10 floors of the tower complex.

In closings, Amanda Boulos’s exhibition of paintings wraps up at Dupont Projects on September 2.


Urban Shaman director Daina Warren will present a curator’s talk at Ace Art on September 1 at 7 p.m. Among other projects, Warren recently convened Canada’s largest-to-date exhibition of Sixties Scoop–related art.

Plug In presents Krista Belle Stewart’s site-specific installation Potato Gardens Band on September 1 at 9 p.m. in the basement of the Hudson’s Bay on Portage Avenue. Jeneen Frei Njootli and Laura Ortman join Stewart for this live performance, which is a part of Plug In’s series of temporary public sculptures and performances titled STAGES: Drawing the Curtain.

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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