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Must-Sees This Week: January 7 to 13, 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.)


Modern Fuel begins the year with a group show featuring Jennifer Carvalho, Jamie Macaulay, Jenine Marsh, Kim Neudorf and Jag Raina, and a site-specific installation by Joan Scaglione; both open January 9 at 7 p.m.


Colin Lyons grapples with the ghosts of industrial landscapes in “A Modern Cult of Monuments,” opening at Centre3 on January 8 at 7 p.m.


Sheena Hoszko focuses on prisons in her sculptural works, which open in “Central East Correctional Centre,” at Artspace on January 15 at 7 p.m.


Jeremy Pavka and Sean Procyk went off the grid for “Best of Intentions,” which displays the outcome of their collaborative, DIY experience at Stride Gallery, opening January 8 at 8 p.m. Relatedly, the artists hold a workshop on the medicinal and edible properties of mushrooms at Stride on January 14 at 7 p.m. Rita McKeough‘s installation Veins opens at TRUCK on January 8 at 8 p.m. alongside Niki Boghossian’s “Sacred Circle,” which “transforms the gallery into a working ritual space through the cleansing, blessing and casting a sacred circle of sculptural objects.”


Prairie-landscape fan Ted McLachlan gives attention to the often overlooked scenes in “Bicycle Dérives – Exploring the Everyday Landscapes of Prairie Towns,” which opens at Martha Street Studio on January 8 at 5 p.m. And, while we were away last week, Lisa Kehler Art and Projects opened a show of Ted Barker’s mixed media works, which combine watercolour, conté drawing and sculpture, and run until January 30.


Jillian Kay Ross and Svea Ferguson’s painting opens in “Most Dogs Go to Heaven” at Division Gallery on January 7 at 6 p.m. New watercolours by Gretchen Sankey and a survey of dry points by Sadko Hadzihasanovic open at Paul Petro Contemporary Art on January 8 at 7 p.m. Vtape’s Curatorial Incubator v.13 launches on January 8 at 6 p.m. with an installment curated by Yaniya Lee that uses video to look at environmental degradation. Roula Partheniou’s “Twofold” parses the disjuncture between sight and cognition at MKG127 beginning January 9 at 2 p.m. Prominent Nepalese artist NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati’s opens a show at Gallery 44 on January 8. Winnipeg artist Erica Mendritzki opens “Let Me Talk to You Man to Man” at G Gallery on January 7 at 6 p.m. At Circuit Gallery, Nancy Friedland’s “Constellations,” which recreate the feeling of snapshot photography, opens January 8 at 6 p.m. Maryam Jafri’s ongoing project Independence Day 1934–1975 assembles found photographs capturing the “first independence day in former European colonies across Asia and Africa between 1934 and 1975” is used as a starting point for her solo exhibition at the Blackwood Gallery, “The Day After,” which opens January 13 at 5 p.m.

Quebec City

VU Photo opens shows by Jonas St.Michael, “Shade and Shelter,” and Elis Hoffman, “Fading,” on January 8 at 5 p.m. l’Œil de Poisson opens shows by Dgino Cantin, Maxime Bruneau and Olivier De Serres on January 8 at 8 p.m.


It’s a big week for landscape photography, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery is getting in on it with Montreal-based artist Holly King’s work, which opens in “Edging Towards the Mysterious” on January 8 at 7 p.m.


The history of Canada’s residential school system is highlighted in Tanya Harnett’s “The Lebret Residential Petroglyphs,” which opens at SNAP Gallery on January 8 at 7 p.m.


The official opening for “My House,” featuring work by Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin, takes place at Presentation House Gallery beginning January 8 at 7 p.m. Shifting landscapes are captured in Nich McElroy’s photography, which open alongside Joseph Staples’s lightbox-based project at Gallery 295, opening January 8 at 7 p.m. Previously unseen watercolours produced by Chief Henry Speck during the Potlatch Ban will be going on view at Macaulay and Co Fine Art in “CEREMONIAL/ART” on January 12. One of our top picks of 2016, Dana Claxton’s “Made To Be Ready,” opens at the Audain Gallery January 13 at 7 p.m.


Rachel Echenberg looks to notions of “home” at CIRCA in a performance, Home is where, on January 9, 2016 at 4pm. New work by Mario Côté opens at Galerie Trois Points January 9 at 3 p.m. Hans Ulrich Obrist’s travelling curatorial project makes it to the city in the latest installment of “do it Montréal,” which opens at the Galerie de l’UQAM on January 12 at 5:30 p.m. Pierre Julien’s “PURPLE HAZE” opens at Galerie Nicolas Robert January 9, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Jessica Auer makes awe-inspiring landscape photographs, and a new set of images created during a recent residency in Seydisfjördur, Iceland, and open at Patrick Mikhail Gallery on January 9 at 2 p.m.


Amalie Atkins creates otherworldly scenes in her films, and a selection of photographic stills from her ongoing series we live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical will be on view in “Wundermärchen” at Central Art Garage, opening January 8 at 7 p.m.

St. Catharines

Elizabeth Chitty’s “Confluence Field Trips” presents parts of an extensive project that includes a video and audio installation, website, walking project and performance; the exhibition opens at the art gallery of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts beginning January 8 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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Michael Braun says:

Just saw the “Picturing Wellness” exhibit at the McMaster Museum of Art. I was so impressed with the depth of content, the balance and coherence across this two-room exhibit. It left me to think more about male privilege, male vulnerabilities, violence against women, and child maltreatment. The art had a beautiful muted palette that was calming and the emphasis on resilience was new learning for me. Loved it!

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