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Must-Sees This Week: December 14 to 20, 2017

Two outdoor projections are due to light up winter nights soon at the new Ottawa Art Gallery. Find out more at an event on December 15

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.


This week, the Ottawa Art Gallery unveils two works commissioned for the courtyard of the gallery’s new expansion, set to open soon at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge. Taking place on December 15 from 4 to 7 p.m., this outdoor event will feature a projection of Bear Witness’s new work Of Buffalo, Bears, and Indian Scouts on the new building’s facade, as well as a celebration of the Latest Artists’ light installation Ascension, which will find its new home on the Mackenzie King Bridge wall. Performances as well as interactive artworks will also take place throughout the evening amongst heated tents.

Over at Karsh-Masson Gallery, Mélanie Myers’s exhibition “Ce qui touche au sol (What Touches the Ground)” opens on December 14 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. In the featured works, Myers explores the landscape of the urban environment and its systematic design through drawing.

In Gatineau, December 16 is the last day to catch the two landscape-focused exhibitions “How to Paint Death According to Lucy” by Manon Labrosse and “Crystal Lake” by Jillian McDonald at AXENÉO7.


On December 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., Trinity Square Video will present the final stage of the 7a*md8 performance project 7a*md8 Live Stream. Addressing questions of accessibility and connectivity, the artists from this series will perform new works on a live stream. Participating artists include Freya Björg Olafson, Liz Solo, Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Maryse Arseneault, among others. The performances will be documented and screened at the gallery until December 16.

Meanwhile, at the Gladstone Hotel, the opening reception for its iteration of the LandMarks2017/Repères2017 project, titled “LandMarks2017: Art + Places + Perspectives,” takes place on December 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. Installed on the second floor, artists featured include Rebecca Belmore, Michael Belmore, Ursula Johnson and Jeneen Frei Njootli, among others. Later, on December 15, Art Metropole hosts an artist talk with Merve Ünsal from 5 to 7 p.m. Ünsal will discuss her practice and read from her upcoming publication Where Does It Hurt, organized with Art Metropole.

Over at Cooper Cole, two new exhibitions debut on December 15: the group exhibition “Nature’s Way” curated by Lee Plested and Jay Isaac’s solo show “High Gloss Ceilings.” The different works in “Nature’s Way” will collectively address reconnecting with nature, while Isaac’s work proposes a business model for a glossy ceiling-painting business. At the Clint Roenisch Gallery, a closing reception for Harold Klunder’s exhibition “Language and Music” will be held on December 16 at 3 p.m., featuring an artist talk by Klunder.


The group exhibition “SOOT” launches at Unit 17 on December 15 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as Alexandra Bischoff’s performance of eggshells, eggshells at 8 p.m. Featuring sculpture and performance, the Vancouver-based artists featured within the exhibition explore notions of voyeurism and desire. The exhibition runs until January 20.

In closings: Both Duane Linklater’s exhibition “apparatus for the circulation of Indigenous voices and ideas into the air” wraps at Western Front and Marina Roy’s exhibition “Dirty Clouds” at Wil Aballe Art Projects wrap on December 16.


A screening of the documentary series Black in Halifax will be presented at the Khyber Centre for the Arts on December 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of Shaya Ishaq‘s current residency “Black Libraries Matter: Collective Calls to Liberation” at the centre. The series showcases the stories of Black folks living in Halifax and highlights questions of community and belonging. Ishaq’s residency continues for the month of December, and has facilitated the creation of a crowdsourced library to celebrate pan-African legacies.


Diagonale hosts a talk by Montreal-based artist Lorna Bauer on December 14 at 6 p.m. Bauer will discuss the research she undertook while on residency at the Despina art centre in Rio de Janeiro this past November. Later, on December 16, Projet Pangée hosts the performance EROS from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring artists Aram Atamian, Stephanie Creaghan, Catie Rutledge, Marie Segolene, Santiago Tamayo Soler and Vicente Ugartechea. This touring event of both Canadian and international artists explores the many ways desire can be performed and manifested.

In closings, these are the final days to check out the show “Focus: Media & Kinetic Art” at Ellephant, featuring work by Skawennati, Adam Basanta and Philomène Longpré, among others, which closes December 16. The same does for “Ianick Raymond: De l’un à l’autre,” which closes at Galerie B312 on December 16. There will also be a finissage for Ingrid Bachmann’s and Nicholas Crombach’s shows at Art Mür on December 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.


On December 16 at 3 p.m., there is a finissage for the exhibition “Déjouer les sens” at Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger. Among the artists in the exhibition are Patrick Bérubé, Patrick Coutu and Catherine Bolduc.


On December 15, Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is presenting a one-night-only show at 540 Waterfront Drive with work by Neil Farber, Suzie Smith, Kristin Nelson, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Guy Maddin, and many other artists. Starts at 7 p.m. and goes till late.

At the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Nelson Tagoona performs on the evening of December 19 at 7 p.m.


At Peter Robertson Gallery, enjoy an artist talk with Steve Driscoll on December 16 at 1 p.m. There will also be an opening reception at the gallery for Phil Darrah that same day from 2 to 4 p.m.

In closings, make sure to check out works by Dana Dal Bo, Dayna Danger and Shan Kelley in the exhibition “Disclosures” at dc3, which wraps up on Saturday.

These must-sees are selected from submissions and press releases sent to at least two days prior to publication. Listings can be found at

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