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Must-Sees This Week: June 15 to June 21, 2017

How do you envision a house of dust? An historic computer-generated poem births new architectural lives in a Montreal exhibition.

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.


On June 15, the Darling Foundry premiers “The House of Dust D’Alison Knowles,” a group exhibition drawing on Knowles’s The House of Dust, one of the first computer-generated poems that was translated into architectural form in the late 1960s. Guest artists include Stéphane Dégoutin, Gwenola Wagon, Jeff Guess, Martin Howse, Jonathon Keats and the members of Art by Translation, Tyler Coburn, Lou-Maria Le Brusq, Joshua Schwebel and Daniela Silvestrin. Two events scores—“Newspaper Music” and “Make a Salad”—will also be performed at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively.

At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, “Revolution: You Say You Want a Revolution” looks to the ’60s for a multi-sensory trip through the decade, opening on June 17 and curated by Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes. While you’re there, hop on the 24 to the opening of Jean-François Provost’s new painting exhibition, “Provost” at Galerie de Bellefeuille.

In closings, “Nothing Will Surprise You” and “Television” close at Dazibao on June 17, as well as “Is It The Sun Or The Asphalt All I See Is Bright Black” by Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau at CIRCA art actuel.


Recently named the National Grand Marshall of the Toronto Pride parade, Kent Monkman will be on a panel to mark the debut of “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience” at the Glenbow Museum on June 17 at 2 p.m. On the same day, a self-titled exhibition by Chilean-born artist Susana Espinoza opens at Gibson Fine Art.

In closings, Zane Wilcox’s “Ziggurats” and Brad Woodfin’s “Waiting To Inhale” close at Christine Klassen Gallery, while “Paper Works” concludes at Viviane Art, all on June 17.


The OUTeast Queer Film Festival kicks off on June 15 with an opening night gala and a screening of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson at the Halifax Central Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Notable screenings include Signature Move, Tom of Finland and The Fabulous Allan Carr, all at the Museum of Natural History.

“SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut,” which highlights the unique art production of the world’s most southerly Inuit population, moves to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where it opens on June 17.


At Peter Robertson Gallery, Andrew Rucklidge’s “The Bureau of Reclamation” imagines the re-appropriation of public space as a series of paintings, opening on June 15 with a reception at 7:00 p.m. At the same time, place and reception, “STILL Still-Life,” a new painting series by David Cantine debuts with live jazz by Jerrold Dubyk.


The Queer Arts Festival kicks off on June 17 with “UnSettled,” an Indigenous two-spirit exhibition curated by Adrian Stimson featuring the work of, among others, Thirza Cuthand, Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Canadian Art’s Summer 2017 cover artist, Dayna Danger. Held at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, festival highlights include a performance by Cris Derksen with the Chippewa Travellers and the Allegra Chamber Orchestra and the award-winning theatre work MSM [men seeking men] by lemonTree creations.

On June 15 at 7 p.m., the Bill Reid Gallery presents “Giving Voice,” a cross-cultural musical performance curated by Sister Says featuring predominantly Indigenous artists including Ostwelve, David Morin, Chersea and Kristie McCracken. The following day, “An Absolute Movement,” opens at Or Gallery with a reception at 8 p.m., featuring the work of Sonny Assu, Fiona Bowie, Matt Browning, Kelly Jazvac, Genevieve Robertson and Jay White.

The abstract painting of Eli Bornowsky goes on view at Unit 17, beginning with a reception on June 15 at 6 p.m. “The Painted Photograph,” an exhibition of Judy D. Shane’s photographic works opens with a 2 p.m. reception at Kostuik Gallery on June 17. On the same day, Angela Teng’s “To Have And To Hold” and the group show “Impure Crystals” closes at Equinox Gallery.


“RE:collection,” an exhibition inspired by the sesquicentennial and curated by Kevin Rice and Pan Wendt, opens on June 17 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery with pieces from the gallery’s 17,000 piece collection including L.M. Montgomery’s manuscript for Anne of Green Gables and a newly commissioned piece from Robert Houle.

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Featuring “new plein-air paintings of (mostly) cranes and other things,” “HARBOUR” opens at Jones Gallery and Studio with a reception on June 16 at 5:00 p.m.


“All-Day Breakfast” a pop-up exhibition by Katzman Contemporary, opens on June 15 at First Canadian Place Gallery with a performance by the Broadbent Sisters at 5:30 p.m. and works by James Gardner, Meryl McMaster, Tian Xiaolei, Yi Xin Tong and VSVSVS. Later that evening, catch the opening night party of the Toronto Art Book Fair at Artscape Youngplace and discover the social dimensions of publishing at the “Related Items” exhibition curated by Art Metropole’s Nasrin Himada, Michael Pace and Emma Sharpe.

At Blank Canvas, the RUDE Collective is staging “Black. Nuance. Shade.” a multi-sensory presentation with exclusively Black artists including Jah Grey, Brianna Roye, Mikael Owunna, Kawaal and Oluseye at 7 p.m. on June 16. Afterwards, the show makes its way to StudioBar for the afterparty. Another option that night is the double feature of “Hookers on Davie” and “Prowling By Night” at 6 p.m. at the Steelworkers’ Union Hall as part of the Toronto Queer Film Festival, which will be followed a panel with “Hookers on Davie” director Janis Cole, Monica Forrester, Elene Lam and Matt Hays.

On June 17, “Anishinaabeg: Art and Power” opens at the Royal Ontario Museum, including works by Barry Ace and Norval Morrisseau. Later that day, Scott McFarland’s newest exhibition “Sky Leaks” opens with a reception at Division Gallery at 2 p.m. Further south, Stephen Bulger Gallery presents their last free Saturday screening on June 17 at 3 p.m. before moving to their new location on Dundas West: a double feature of Québecois filmmaker Charles Gagnon’s Pierre Mercure and The Sound of Space / Le Son DUn Espace. Additionally, the Toronto premiere of David France’s documentary on the life of a trans icon, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, will be a pay-what-you-can screening in Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario on June 20 at 6:30 p.m.

On June 21, the Indigenous Arts Festival begins at Fort York, including a making space by Elwood Jimmy, storytelling by Kim Wheatley and more.


The new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada are officially opening this week, with an event on June 15 featuring free admission and extended hours (from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.). Works from the permanent collection will be on view in the galleries in a show called, “Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967,” which includes pieces by canonical figures like Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr.


Beginning June 17 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, “Joseph Hartman: The Artist’s Studio” presents large-scale photographs of studios belonging to well-known Canadian artists, like Mary Pratt, John Scott and Valérie Blass.

Across Canada

June 21, National Aboriginal Day takes place from coast to coast with hundreds of events. APTN will be creating a seven-hour live national broadcast around some of the goings-on. The broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, with simultaneous radio broadcasts on select stations.

LandMarks2017/Repères2017, a network of collaborative, contemporary art projects across Canada’s national parks on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, is officially in swing this month. Although the central 10 projects by artists including Maureen Gruben, Jeneen Frei Njootli and Rebecca Belmore are stationed in national parks, there’s a wealth of supplementary programming and events at galleries and other venues across the country: take a look at the full calendar to find programming near you.

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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