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Must-Sees This Week: July 27 to August 3, 2017

This week, Calgary's Jarvis Hall Gallery opens "Weird Woman," featuring artists Karen Azoulay, Claire Greenshaw, Jenine Marsh, Mary Morgan and Carmen Winant

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.

Vancouver and Area

The Contemporary Art Gallery’s assistant curator, Jas Lally, will lead a tour of Gordon Bennett’s “Be Polite” at  on July 27 at 6 p.m. Megan Hepburn’s “Dark Sand Asks Why You Talk So Fast” opens at Deluge Contemporary Art in Victoria with an opening reception on July 28 at 7 p.m. On July 29, Colleen Brown’s “Les Jardins: Three Sets,” which positions sculptural works around green spaces, opens with a reception at 7 p.m. at Copley Community Orchard and Crows Point Community Garden, in East Vancouver. Jack Chambers’s The Hart of London, which opens with the capture and killing of a deer, is screening for free as part of Canada on Screen at the Cinematheque on August 2 at 7:30 p.m.


Sara Rochibaud invites you into her home to experience “An Unapologetic Affair,” an intimate encounter with the artist’s paintings and hospitality. Rochibaud is running the project until September 24, after which the paintings will be exhibited at Gallery Jones in Vancouver.


“Prairie Propaganda,” a group show concerned with demystifying the idyllicism of prairie life, opens at Gordon Snelgrove Gallery on July 31.

In closings, “Your Painting Here” closes at AKA Artist-Run on July 29.


On July 27, Alana Bartol invites you to join her in a one-on-one dowsing session in free five-minute sessions at Stride Gallery, beginning at 7 p.m. Join the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Sunalta Park for a free Bike-In screening of Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night on July 29 at 9:30 p.m.

On July 28, “Weird Woman,” a group exhibition curated by Sondra Meszaros featuring works by Karen Azoulay, Claire Greenshaw, Jenine Marsh, Mary Morgan and Carmen Winant opens at Jarvis Hall Gallery with a reception at 5 p.m.

In closings,“UTOPIA FACTORY,” a trio of exhibitions at Contemporary Calgary, closes on July 30. On July 31, Nicole Haywood and Megan Fen’s “/NEARLY AS CLOSE AS ONESELF” closes at Stride Gallery, while Leigh Tennant’s “TWIST (Factory of Kisses and Doves)” closes at TRUCK Contemporary.


As part of the Active Research Lectures Series, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby are speaking about their respective practices at the Cinematheque Theatre on July 31 at 7 p.m. Toronto-based sculptor Tau Lewis will be giving an artist talk at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art as part of the Wendy’s Book Club series on August 2 at 7 p.m.

In closings, Roger Crait’s “Home=Land Surveys (And Other Atrocities)” closes at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art on July 29.


On July 27, “Soon Comes Night,” a group exhibition of new works by Steven Beckly, Martin Bennett and Sarah Sands Phillips, opens at Birch Contemporary with a reception at 6 p.m., alongside “Brick in, brick up, brick over and over,” a solo exhibition of works by Shannon Garden-Smith.

At Xpace Cultural Centre, “Intersections in Dance,” curated by Victoria Mohr-BlakeneyJennifer Laiwint’s “How to Relax”; and the joint exhibition “Fuwa Fuwa, Joie de Vivre” by Allison Burda and Cameron Gee opens on July 28 at 7 p.m.

On July 29, a closing reception and workshop for Christina Battle and Kelly Jazvac’s “Proof of Performances” at Gallery TPW features a reading of Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness at 5 p.m. Later, the Toronto Animated Image Society presents their 11th-annual animation showcase at Geary Lane beginning at 7 p.m., with 20 animated short films from nine different countries.

In Mississauga, QTBIPOC Sauga hosts “the past, the passed” at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, an afternoon of crafting, conversations and performance, on July 29 at 1 p.m.

Beginning on August 3, Summerworks, the multidisciplinary festival of theatre, music and art, curated by new artistic director Laura Nanni, hosts more than 500 artists in venues across the city. Highlights include a performance by Terrance Houle, a two-night interactive experience performed by Rory de Brouwer, Danya Buonastella and Joslyn Rogers, and an immersive maze with interactive elements created by Aria Evans and Jesse Wabegijig. As part of the Aga Khan’s new exhibition “HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists,” artist and researcher Swapnaa Tamhane is giving a lecture called “What is Being HERE?” on August 3 at 1 p.m.

In closings, Parts Gallery’s summer salon, featuring Christine Flynn and Samantha Walrod, closes on August 3.


On July 28, William Robinson’s “Pickard Quarry Transpose” opens at Artspace with a reception at 7 p.m. and a talk with the artist the following day at 1 p.m.


“Passage + Obstacle” opens with works by Patrick Cull, Paul Dignan, Laura de Decker, Soheila Esfahani and Andrew James Smith at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery with a reception on July 28 at 5 p.m.


Tonight, Jacqueline Van de Geer, Pascale Théorêt-Groulx and Shandor Hassan present a suite of participatory performances at Fonderie Darling beginning at 6 p.m. On August 2, “Young at HeART” opens at Loretta Studios and Gallery featuring works by Suzanne Boutin, Arlene Ambroziak-Spano and Catherine Willis-O’Connor with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Soraya Silvestri‘s “Defying the Status Quo” opens at Santini Gallery on August 3 at 6 p.m.


On July 28, Eastern Bloc hosts an exhibition of international artists including Kutlu Gürelli, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Alba Mayol Curci, Meliti Kontorgiorgi, Jesus H. Mayor, Peter Burke and Ian Haig in conjunction with transdisciplinary journal Unlikely. In closings, “Espaces en pratique” closes at VU Photo on July 31.


In closings, Roméo Savoie’s “CERA ALBA: L’alliage de l’éphémère à l’éternel” closes on July 30 at Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen. Beginning August 1, the Acadian Museum at the Université de Moncton is granting free admission to those arriving by bicycle.

Saint John

On August 2, the New Brunswick Museum is hosting a screening of Every Living Thing: Experiencing A Bioblitz, a film on the province’s biodiversity, at 7 p.m. at the McAdams Community Centre.


“The Splendour of Serenity” closes at Gallery 78 on July 30 with works by Joanna Hunt, Susan Paterson, Colin Hugh Smith, Joseph Plaskett and Molly Lamb Bobak.

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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