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Must-Sees This Week: July 6 to 12, 2017

Lots of great art exhibits 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.


“Death Valley Escapes,” an exhibition of Warren McLachlan’s new sculpture and cast paper works, opens at FIELD Contemporary on July 7 with an opening reception at 7 p.m. On July 8, Karin Bubaš’s “Hidden Valley” opens at Monte Clark Gallery Also in openings: Shyh-Charng Lo’s “Forms of Nature” opens at Art Beatus on July 7.

In closings, a group exhibition featuring Elizabeth McIntosh, Monique Mouton and Silke Otto-Knapp closes at Catriona Jeffries on July 8. On the same day, Jamey Braden’s project wraps up at UNIT/PITT, and Renée Van Halm’s exhibition finishes at the West Vancouver Museum.


On July 7, “WILD: Fabricating a Frontier,” which takes an alternative view of Stampede, kicks off with a 10-day festival of daily performances held primarily at the Globe Cinema, as well as an exhibition across three venues: the former Victoria School, Illingworth Kerr Gallery and Globe Cinema. Adrian Stimson’s “Buffalo Boy’s Stampede Tickle and Slap,” starting at 1:30 p.m. at Victoria School on July 7 and moving on to other festival venues through the day, incorporates “a band of merry revellers”; watch also for a decolonial dance party and an opening reception for “WILD” along the way. Also of interest on this theme in the city: “I Am Western” at cSpace King Edward, featuring work by Chris Cran, Heather Benning and Terrance Houle, among other artists. Further to the Stampede mood are “G’ddy Up!” and the group exhibition “Sunscreen,” opening this week at Newzones.

Elsewhere, “Other Histories,” a series of typographic works by Amin Rehman, opens at the New Gallery at 8 p.m. with a reception. At TrépanierBaer, new works by Kent Monkman are being exhibited in the Viewing Room, several of which are related to Monkman’s must-view project “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience,” now at the Glenbow Museum. On July 6, “My Caveat, Your Excavation,” a reading with Helen Hajnoczky and Maryse Larivière, is taking place at Untitled Art Society at 7 p.m. Also recently opened and worth catching is “Hand Pic’d” featuring artists Jocelyn Reid and Dylan Cameron, on now at Viviane Art.


Levi Glass’s “Expulsion: Panoptic Machine and Feed” opens at the Cube at the Kamloops Art Gallery on July 8.


Amy Malbeuf’s “Inheritance,” curated by Cathy Mattes, closes July 9 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.


“Forestrial Brain,” a collaborative work by Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane, opens at Open Space on June 11.


On July 6, get a different take on the Paul Wong–curated exhibition “The Long Time,” featuring works by Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. That evening, Jungian psychoanalyst Beaty Popescu will speak on the artworks at Dalhousie Art Gallery at 7 p.m.

On July 8, Cliff Eyland’s exhibitions “The Queer Set” and “Opioid Wall Book”—the latter based on visions had while recovering from a double lung transplant—begin at Hermes Gallery. Ceramic works by Marla Benton are featured in the corridor gallery starting on July 6.

In closings, Beth Biggs’s “Florilegia” and Rachel Ryan’s “Holding Patterns” close at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design on July 9.


The Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates its strong new exhibition “Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood” as part of its First Thursdays event on the evening of July 6. On July 9, Koffler Gallery is hosting a talk with curator Jennifer Rudder and artists Mary Anne Barkhouse and FASTWÜRMS. On July 7, catch “STAGING – undressed,” a new live installation work by Maria Hassabi being performed from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Don River Valley Park near Corktown Commons. It will also be performed on July 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On July 6, “Family Focus: Early Portrait Photography” opens at John B. Aird Gallery, while Alice Burton’s “The Other Shore” opens at yumart gallery. Anne-Lou Vicente and Raphaël Brunel are hosting a curatorial talk on Marconia di Pisticci at Mercer Union at 7 p.m. “Day Trip,” a group painting exhibition opens at Gallery 555 featuring works by Chen Cao, James Olley and Ester Pugliese, among others, on July 8 at 2 p.m. with an opening reception. Also on view there is Rebecca Chaperon’s “GARDEN”.

On July 12, Jordan Browne opens “Sweet Dreams, Francis” at the Ryerson Image Centre; reception is at 6 p.m. On July 11, curator and art historian Janine Marchessault speaks about In the Labyrinth and other important film projects at Expo 67; her talk takes place at TIFF at 6:30 p.m.

At the Gardiner Museum’s Community Art Space, the project Works for Change brings in artist Ness Lee for a clay workshop on July 6 from 4 to 6 p.m., and also offers a zine event with artist Kaya Joan on July 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. “Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles” opens on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Textile Museum of Canada. The show includes historical textiles as well as contemporary works by Japanese-Canadians Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani.

In closings, Daniel Hutchinson and Erika DeFreitas wrap up exhibitions at Angell Gallery on July 8.


On July 8, “HORIZONS,” a group show at Galerie Nicolas Robert, opens with an reception at 6 p.m. featuring works by Mathieu Cardin, Andréanne Godin, Tristram Lansdowne, Sara A. Tremblay, Jim Verburg and Jacob Whibley. Starting on July 10, public interventions choreographed by John Boyle-Singfield take place daily at the Atwater Market. On July 13, Brian Rideout’s “Modern” opens at Parisian Laundry at 6 p.m.

On July 6, “Écologies/Ecologies,” a group exhibition of works by Julie Ruch-Cuerrier, Caroline Mauxion and Jessica Slipp, opens at Arts Visuel Émergent, curated by Marie-Charlotte Carrier and Joséphine Rivard. “Petits Formats – Miniatures” opens at L’espace contemporain on July 7 at 6 p.m. with featuring works by Lyette Archambault, Jacques Lambert, Lucie Bélanger and more. On July 13, Scott Listfield’s “Graffiti City” opens at Station 16 Gallery at 6 p.m.

In closings, Atelier Circulaire’s “Members’ Salon” closes on July 8 at 5 p.m.


From July 8 to July 12, Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen hosts a shipping-container-cum-art-space from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Art Expressed project. For it, artist Evin Collis will engage papier mache and animation practices with viewers and participants.


Jonathan Forrest’s “Light and Matter” and Colin Muir Dorward’s “Onward Cirri Mound” open on July 6 at 8 p.m. at Michael Gibson Gallery. “Rehab Nazzal: Choreographies of Resistance” and “Surveillance Signal” also open at the McIntosh Gallery this week. The former opens on July 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. and the latter on July 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.


On July 7 at 6 p.m. the group exhibition “Children of Satan” opens at Evans Contemporary featuring work by Alex Bierk, Laura Madera, Jane LowBeer and other artists.


On July 6, “Summer Sketches,” an exhibition of watercolours by Lucius O’Brien and Garett Walker, “Re-enact,” featuring the work of Sarah Ciurysek, Michael Farnan, Meryl McMaster, Emma Nishimura, Krista Belle Stewart, and Elinor Whidden, and “Collecting Canada: Selections from John Hartman’s Photography Collection” all debut at MacLaren Art Centre with an opening reception at 7 p.m.


Brandon Vickerd’s “Monuments to a Perfect Future” opens at the Assembly on July 7, exploring the role of sculpture in the post-modern age.


On July 6, “Return to Figurative,” a group exhibition featuring Julia Campisi, Kristina Corre, Ariane Fairle and Amanda Gorman opens at 6 p.m. at Studio Sixty Six. Christine Fitzgerald’s photo show “Algonquin Park Natural Histories” is also opening at Cube Gallery on July 9 at 2 p.m.

In closings, “Love Thou Thy Land: The Making of Canada’s History,” a week of free programming, closes at the Bytown Museum on July 8.


On July 7 at 7 p.m., Idea Exchange is hosting a joint opening reception between Queen’s Square Gallery and Design at Riverside Gallery, located across the street from one another. “Streaming Edison: 21st Century Luminescence,” an exhibition of lighting designers and manufacturers, opens at Design at Riverside Gallery featuring fixtures by Michal Maciej Bartosik, Brothers Dressler and Partisans. “SHOW.17” highlights emerging contemporary artists including Humboldt Magnussen, Aislinn Thomas and Andrew Harding.


“Heavy Hitters: The Group of 7 & Contemporaries” opens on July 7 at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, featuring two recently restored, but never previously exhibited, Emily Carr paintings on paper.


“Ukiyo-e in Nineteenth-Century Japan: Thirty-Six Views” opens at Gurevich Fine Art on July 7. In closings, Alvin Luong’s “Soft and Precious” and Jeremy Pavka’s “Bow Tie Daddy Dontcha Blow Your Top” wrap up at Platform on July 8.


“The Amended Landscape,” a photography exhibition featuring Edward Burtynsky, Eve Gane, Marco Francisco, Shavon Madden and Moira Ness opens on July 6 at 7 p.m. with an opening reception at Latcham Gallery.


A retrospective of Michael Chambers’s photography, “Shadows to Silver,” is opening at the Thames Art Gallery on July 7.


On July 8, the Oeno Gallery Sculpture Garden holds an opening reception at 4 p.m., celebrating sculptures by Zeke Moores, Floyd Elzinga and Jeremy Guy and other artists.

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

This post was corrected on July 6, 2017. The original copy erroneously stated that Levi Glass was opening an exhibition in Kelowna this week. In fact, it is in Kamloops. We regret the error.

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Gallery 555 says:

Hello, this is Gallery 555 in Toronto, thank you for listing our exhibitions in this weeks must sees. A quick correction: Day Trip: a group painting exhibition closed on July 8th. Rebecca Chaperon: Garden solo show opens on Thursday July 20th 7-9pm.
Thank you

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