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Must-Sees This Week: February 25 to March 2, 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.)


Painting in the digital age will likely be taken up in an artist talk by Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline that runs in conjunction with his current exhibition, “L’Homelette,” at Plug In ICA on February 25 at 7:00 p.m.


Leslie Reid’s “Mapping a Cold War” looks at meeting points between military defence and the environment, focused particularly on the Canadian North, and opens February 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Founders’ Gallery. At the Alberta Printmakers Gallery, April Dean’s exhibition “Blowing in the Wind” features a series of text-based works that depict T-shirts with declarative slogans.


Abstract painting gets a showing at Diaz Contemporary, where gallery artists Francisco Castro, Pierre Dorion and Chris Kline come together for an exhibition opening February 25 at 6 p.m. Cooper Cole opens “I AM NOT AN ANSWER,” a group exhibition featuring Zoe Barcza, Georgia Dickie, Gerald Ferguson and Robin Peck on February 26 at 6 p.m.


If you have any questions about shooting dance, you’re in luck: Evann Siebens’s exhibition, “The Indexical, Alphabetized, Mediated, Archival Dance-a-Thon,” opening at Wil Aballe Art Projects February 25 at 7 p.m., offers a “personal manifesto and mediated lexicon” on the topic. In conjunction with Dana Claxton’s current exhibition, Audain Gallery hosts a panel discussion that brings together Monika Kin Gagnon, Richard William Hill and Tania Willard, with moderator Catherine M. Soussloff, on February 27 at 1 p.m. VIVO Media Arts Centre hosts their inaugural thirstDays event on February 25 at the Native Education College, beginning with an instalment on ceremonial activism curated and performed by T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Aaron Rice, featuring Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde and Nicole Mandryk. Field Contemporary opens “A Short Story,” including Al Freeman, Chris Hood, Monique Mouton and Adrianne Rubenstein, opening February 27 at 6 p.m.


McMaster Museum of Art opens an exhibition about environmentally responsible print practices, which begins with a symposium on February 26 at 8 a.m., followed by a reception later that day at 3 p.m.


“There’s Room, Ottawa Artists Respond to the Refugee Crisis,” closes at Gallery 101 with a roundtable on February 27 beginning at 2 p.m. Curator Lital Khaikin and scholar Johnny Alam will give a talk in conjunction with Amanda Boulos’s exhibition, “SPLIT SPIT MOUND,” at Studio Sixty Six on February 27 at 5:30 p.m.


“Walking With Our Sisters,” an installation that commemorates missing and murdered Indigenous women by collecting thousands of personal items, is travelling to Brandon University, where it goes on view until March 6.


It will be a visual overload at Patrick Mikhail Gallery, where Joe Becker’s “Black Knights of Cockaigne” presents paintings filled with references to pop culture; the show has a vernissage on February 27 at 2 p.m. Suzie Smith’s show of paper sculptures, which replicate objects in a trompe-l’œil fashion, opens at Arprim on February 26. Montreal’s Nuit Blanche kicks off on February 27 with a whole series of shows and installations throughout the city from sunset to sunrise. Seven kilometres of Montreal’s “underground city” have been transformed into an art exhibition (not without some difficulty) for Art Souterrain, which opens the evening of February 27—coinciding with Montreal’s Nuit Blanche. Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery is now highlighting the work of Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, including installations, sculptures, videos and performance on exhibit—find out more in an artist talk (in French) March 1 at 6 p.m. Also in conjunction with Montreal’s Nuit Blanche, SBC Gallery “will transform itself into a roda of the dance and combat martial art capoeira,” beginning February 27 at 8 p.m.


Al Purdy Was Here, a documentary about the famed Canadian poet, screens at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery on February 25, beginning at 7 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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