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Must-Sees This Week: February 18 to 24, 2016

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder, or download the Canadian Art Finder in the App Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


The Vancouver Art Gallery’s long-awaited “MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture” takes over the gallery with 371 works, officially opening February 20. Belkin Art Gallery hosts a workshop, “Curation After Truth and Reconciliation” at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on February 23. Zimbabwean-born critic film editor for Seattle’s The Stranger, Charles Mudede, gives a talk as a part of Scrivener’s Monthly at Western Front on February 18 at 7 p.m. At Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Judy Chartrand’s “Métis Soup” opens February 17.


A group of eight children take the reins in Aston Coles and Irene Bindi’s Moon Rehearsal Tape, where kids are given a lesson in microphones and pedals and let loose; Moon Rehearsal Tape takes place at the Plug In ICA February 21 at 1 p.m., and the resultant recording will be available at the WFMU Free Music Archive.


Grimsby Public Art Gallery opens its next instalment of the Art House Café Lecture Series with Manon Gaudet, who will speak about a collection of Plains Indigenous beadwork acquired in Regina, Saskatchewan, on February 19 at 7 p.m.


Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran launches two shows on February 24 at 5 p.m.: a solo show by Mathieu Beauséjour, the recent subject of a large touring retrospective, and a show by French artist Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil that includes an interactive installation piece.


Victorian architect C.B. Chappell has left an indelible influence on the landscape of Charlottetown, and now the Confederation Centre Art Gallery sheds light on his legacy with a show opening on February 18.


Cast off the February doldrums at Untitled Contemporary Art, where Fern Silva’s “Wayward Fronds,” which draws on the historic development of the Florida Everglades, begins with a reception and discussion (between Nicola Waugh and Ginger Carlson) on February 18 at 7 p.m.


Southern Ontario’s performance art gets spotlighted in a one-day festival, “Finishing Lines,” at Forest City Gallery, co-presented by McIntosh Gallery, on February 18.


Snippets of Duane Linklater and Raymond Boisjoly’s conversations about art-making have been visible over Twitter and other forms of social media, but now the real deal is taking place at Evergreen Brick Works on February 22 at 6:30 p.m. with moderator cheyanne turions. British artist Ryan Gander gives a talk at OCAD University on February 23 at 7 p.m. Gander will also be in attendance at Scrap Metal Gallery for his solo exhibition, “Creative Play May Entail Some Risk Taking,” opening there on February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Amy Modahl’s work draws on notions of “home,” and the disjuncture between our expectations of home and the frequently less ideal reality. She gives an artist talk in conjunction with her show, “Where the Heart Is,” at the Kelowna Art Gallery on February 20 at 1 p.m.


Sâkêwêwak Annual Storytellers Festival runs February 24 to 27 at a range of locations in Regina, combining storytelling events with animation, poetry, music, performance and visual arts by Indigenous artists including Christi Belcourt and Peter Morin.


On February 18 at 6 p.m., the Ottawa Art Gallery opens “All that you touch,” a show that was included in Canadian Art’s “20 Shows We Want to See in 2016,” described as a show wherein “each of the artists use their materials in unexpected, unusual ways. In the past, Ursula Johnson has taken basket weaving to performative extremes; Lisa Myers has bridged food and sound in lively pieces; Gail Tremblay has turned 16-mm film into jewel-like baskets. It’s material, but entirely unpredictable.”


An exhibition reception is held on February 20 at 3 p.m. for John Scott’s solo show, which brings together a whole range of his works on paper and his well-known installation work Trans AM Apocalypse No. 3, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

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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