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Must-Sees This Week: December 8 to 14, 2016

Lots of great art exhibitions opening and events taking place across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for debuting shows and events, and a few reminders about shows that are ongoing or closing. Visit our Exhibition Finder for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


Candice Hopkins and Monika Szewczyk, along with Nicolaus Schafhausen and Beau and Linnea Dick, will present an afternoon talk titled “Islands, Sovereignty and Decolonial Futures” at the Liu Institute for Global Issues on December 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to get insight into the curatorial practice and dialogue in documenta 14, which includes participation by Beau Dick and Linnea Dick.

“The Best Example is All Together,” a group show featuring works by Christos Dikeakos, Vanessa Brown and Nicolas Sassoon, among others, opens December 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wil Aballe Art Projects.


Lumapit sa akin, paraiso (Come to me, Paradise) is a science fiction documentary by Stephanie Comilang that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which the Filipina migrant worker occupies Central on Sundays. Enjoy the Canadian premiere of the film December 8 at 8eleven. The AGO exhibition “Anthony Caro: Sculpture Laid Bare” is kicked off with a panel on December 9 at 6 p.m. that is introduced by Caro’s son and includes Caro’s former studio assistants. Worth noting: December 8 is also the first official day for Francis Alÿs‘s show at the gallery.

On December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., Cooper Cole hosts a book launch for Andrew James Paterson’s Collected/Corrected, which includes new poems, scripts of videos and four fictocriticism texts. There is also a three-day exhibition of Paterson’s work being held in conjunction with the new publication from December 8 to 10. “Art & Inactivism,” a new exhibition by Mitchell F. Chan, questions art’s historical voice in public political discourse, as well as comment-section flame-wars, and a variety of other topics. Three new installations present the theme at Angell Gallery starting on December 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Ongoing at the Gladstone Hotel’s Art Hut—a donut shop turned art space—until December 18, is Justin de Lima’s “First Gentrification,” a solo show that navigates the material remnants of urbanity, meditating on the intersections of gentrification, immigration and first-generation identity.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on December 8, Xpace Cultural Centre will host the third annual art auction fundraiser for Girls Art League. GAL is a Toronto-based arts organization with an aim to empower all girls and women through the visual arts. This event will include the works of artists like Audrey Assad, Jessica Karuhanga, Ness Lee, Shellie Zhang and Yan Wen Chang. “Get Noticed,” an exhibition curated by Marianne Katzman and Richard Rhodes, opens at Red Head Gallery with a reception December 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. including work by Gord Peteran, Kristine Mifsud and others. Inspired by work in call centres and office environments, Gael Patino‘s “We Will Return Your Call” opens December 9 at 3 p.m. at Gallery 50.

December 10 is the final day to catch “Ydessa Hendeles: Death to Pigs” at Barbara Edwards Contemporary—read our review to find out why you should go.


Craig Le Blanc will be launching his catalogue She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not. at dc3 Art Projects on December 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will take place in conjunction to the gallery’s year-end holiday party.


The SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art’s “Putting Rehearsals to the Test,” a show featuring over 50 international artists including Rashid Masharawi, Harun Farocki and Jutta Koether as they address their positions on contemporary art and media, will close on December 10. Join Romeo Gongora for a public artist talk at the Diagonale on December 8 at 6 p.m. Recently returned from Rio de Janeiro as part of Diagonale’s Research Residency, a project to support artists that use fiber both in material and metaphorical senses, Gongora will present his research from the past month.

As part of the Darling Foundry’s international artist residency, Vadodara-based Indian artist Sashikant Thavudoz, Luxembourg artist Claudia Passeri, Paris-based Stéphanie Lagarde, will be presenting artist talks from 6 to 8 p.m. at the space proper.

MC Marquis offers cheeky hand-painted vintage plates and kitschy embroidered tapestries that references to Québécois slang and pop culture. Catch them at the opening at Station 16 during a reception on December 8 at 6 p.m. K8 Hardy‘s Outfitumentary screens December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. New work by Lyne Bastien is celebrated with a reception at Beaux-arts des Amériques on December 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Quebec City

Finnish artist Kenneth Bamberg opens at new show December 14 at VU. His topic? it relates to his longtime fanship of the Quebec Nordiques, and re-inserting team imagery into the local landscape.


Fans of large-scale drawing will want to check out works created by eight local artists in “Drawing from Life,” opening December 9 at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Newly commissioned works by artists David Alexander, Rose Braun, Jane Everett, Wanda Lock, Amy Modahl, Gary Pearson, Sage Sidley and Johann Wessels will all be on view.


Join Lisa Baldissera for a curator’s tour December 10 at 1 p.m. at Contemporary Calgary‘s NEXT2016. Lindsay Sorell and Jayda Karsten are among those presenting. Peter von Tiesenhausen‘s “The Watchers — 20 Years Later” continues at Jarvis Hall Gallery, revisiting a cross-country journey and artwork the artist made two decades ago.


New York-based Canadian artist Rachel Beach is opening her first major exhibition in this country in a decade. A collaboration with Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax, “Rachel Beach: Mid-Sentence” will be presented at Confederation Centre Art Gallery starting on December 10 through April 30, bringing the artist back to the Maritimes, where she was originally trained. Join the artist for a tour of the show December 10 at 7 p.m.

North Bay

The artist-run White Water Gallery will close its second annual show, “Upping the Ante” on December 10, with a gala on December 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Featuring multiple Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, this exhibition showcases contemporary Indigenous art, including a rawhide piece mounted by Aanmitaagzi, alongside anti-colonial art by settler artists, in order to (re)negotiate ways of existing and transforming together.


“Saturnalia IV,” featuring ceramics by Zane Wilcox, beading by Barbara Boyer, works by Zachari Logan and more, opens at Slate Fine Art on December 9 from 5 to 8 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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