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Must-Sees This Week: June 29 to July 5, 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.


On June 30, “Cutline: From the Photography Archives of the Globe and Mail” opens with a curator’s introduction at 6:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The following day, enjoy free admission to the AGA all Canada Day weekend.

Vancouver and Area

“Sites of Assembly,” a new exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, featuring work from the gallery’s collection and a private collection, explores the medium of photography as both art and document. The show goes on view on June 29, beginning with an exhibition tour with the curators at 7 p.m. followed by an outdoor art tour to James Hart’s Reconciliation Pole at 8 p.m.

On June 29 at 7 p.m., artists Lili Huston-Herterich and Michael Drebert will discuss their experiences doing the 23 Days at Sea residency organized by Access Gallery. The Vancouver Art Gallery hosts a future-themed event (ticketed for non-members) at the gallery featuring live music and performance on June 30 at 8 p.m. Artist and radio personality David Wisdom hosts a slide-show evening, featuring introductions by featured artists Rodney Graham, Neil Wedman and Kathy Slade, at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art on July 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Toronto and Area

Tonight, “Unfinished Business,” an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Vanessa Disler opens with a reception at Franz Kaka at 6 p.m. Also tonight, Jeff Thomas’s “A Necessary Fiction: My Conversation with George Hunter and Edward S. Curtis” and Nafiseh Emadmostofi’s “Burning Desire” open at the Art Gallery of Mississauga with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Worth noting, a bus going to the gallery leaves from the Gladstone Hotel at 6 p.m. and departs the AGM at 8:30 p.m.

“Our Home On Native Land,” a festival at the Harbourfront Centre, kicks off on June 30, with live music and performance pieces all weekend from performers including Mother Tareka, HATAW x DATU x HAN HAN, Vox Sambou, Amai Kuda and Y Josephine, Quantum Tangle and more, followed by an official afterparty at 10 p.m. Manifesto, a film by Julian Rosefeldt starring Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles incorporating manifestos from 20th-century art movements shows at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on June 30.

MKG127, which opened its doors on June 30, 2007, at 127 Ossington Avenue, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on July 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a group exhibition featuring work by all 24 gallery artists. The gallery is also releasing a publication to commemorate the milestone.

On July 5 at the Feminist Art Gallery, a screening of Greg Araki’s The Living End and a post-film discussion on the use of props, will be held in conjunction with “Propped” at Oakville Galleries.


Exhibitions by Charles Pachter, Jeffrey Macklin and Aidan Urquhard, as well as showings from the 33rd annual Kawartha autumn studio tour, open at the Art Gallery of Peterborough on July 1.


The National Gallery of Canada offers free admittance (and a range of family friendly programming) on Canada Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On July 4, “Algonquin Park: Natural Histories,” featuring photos by Christine Fitzgerald and opens at Cube Gallery. John Barkley’s current exhibition closes at Galerie St-Laurent et Hill on June 28.

South River

Tonight, “Complex Interactions,”  as part of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art in South River, opens at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre with interactive installations including David Rokeby’s Very Nervous System.


On July 4, “Poésie Singulière et Autres Histoires (Uncommon Poetry and Other Stories)“ opens at Battat Contemporary featuring artists including Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Julie Favreau, Heather Goodchild, Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley), Sophie Jodoin, Kathleen Ritter, Tess Roby, Beth Stuart and Naomi Yasui. The same night, “Femme,” the first show by Jhenny Guerrier, opens at Galerie L’Artiste.

Calgary and Area

Canadian Artists for the Poor (CAP) hosts their second annual art walk on Stephen Avenue on June 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maryse Larivière’s “Under the cave of winds” opens at Untitled Art Society on June 30.

Medicine Hat

Work by Terrance Houle, Billie Rae Busby, Kris Weinmann, Rosanna Marmont, Heather Benning, Tim Moore and Pascale Ouellet comes together in “I AM WESTERN,” which will be on view in the Yuill Gallery at the Medalta Museum, beginning June 29 with an opening-night screening of Houle’s Ghost Days. Also at Medalta, work by Penelope Stewart and Laura Vickerson goes on view in “house life” on July 1.


Wish 150, a collaborative mural project featuring work by April Doepker, Cecilia Sandoval, Christopher Scott, Larissa Kitchemonia, Jeremy Britz, Lisa Lam, Rain McNab, Shelby Lund, Stephanie Mah and Zoe Fortier goes on view, and is celebrated with a reception at Paved Arts on July 1 at 4 p.m. There will also be performances at the reception, featuring poetry and music by Kirby Criddle, Kevin Wesaquate, Dumb Angel and Sam Mitchell.

Norris Point

Paul Slipper and Mary-Ann Liu launch their newly commissioned sculpture, The Gros Morne Whirl, a piece that pays tribute to the local wildlife and environment, in the town of Norris Point with a reception on July 1 at 12 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

This post was corrected on July 5, 2017. The original erroneously stated that Gurevich Fine Art is in Calgary. It is, in fact, in Winnipeg. We regret the error.

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