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Must-Sees This Week: March 3 to 8, 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.)


Mixed-media artist Luanne Martineau, who will soon be travelling to the Arctic for a residency as a part of the TD North/South Artist Exchange, in collaboration with the Canadian Art Foundation, opens an exhibition of her new and recent work at Trépanier Baer on March 5, beginning with an artist talk at 1 p.m. Billy McCarroll revisits the work of John Cage in a show opening at Jarvis Hall Fine Art on March 4 at 6 p.m. Work by Modernist painter Harold Town will be on view at Wallace Galleries beginning March 5.


Michael Gibson Gallery opens two new exhibitions on March 5 at 2 p.m.: Doug Kirton’s exhibition of paintings depicting Laurel Creek, and Tony Benner’s show that draws from the relationship between humans, animals and the environment. Christine Negus’s humorous work, which jokingly deflates historical heroism through re-imagined historical objects and absurdist props, opens in “That’s All Folks!” at Forest City Gallery on March 4 at 7 p.m. And the Disability Arts event Tangled London kicks off March 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. with a reception at VibraFusion Lab.


The Galerie de l’UQAM opens this week: “Motion” offers a dialogue between Montreal and Geneva, featuring a video compilation of Montreal and Swiss artists, while “À n’y voir que du bleu” presents video and photography work by Caroline Mauxion. On March 5, Galerie René Blouin showcases parts one and two of “La Vie Abstraite,” a collaborative film project and video installation by Marie-Claire Blais and Pascal Grandmaison that draws on the history of abstract art. Artexte hosts a performance and publication launch by Francys Chenier on March 3 at 6 p.m. that results from a research residency. On March 5 at 3 p.m., Art Mûr opens a show of Zeke Moores’s re-fabricated everyday objects, Karine Giboulo’s diaoramic work and Patrick Bérubé’s sculpture and installation. The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal opens an exhibition of work March 3 by British artist Ryan Gander, whose practice is difficult to pin down, but consistently conceptually rigorous. Coinciding with the MAC’s exhibition of work by Ragnar Kjartansson, the North American premiere of the 50-minute musical/theatrical production The Explosive Sonics of Divinity is held at Théâtre Maisonneuve on March 3.


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery celebrates the 20th anniversary of the IRIS Group, a collective of women artists, with an exhibition opening on March 4 at 7 p.m. and an artist talk and catalogue launch on March 6 at 1 p.m.


The Khyber Centre for the Arts hosts an opening reception on March 7 at 8 p.m. for an exhibition by Cassie Packham, “never too far & not so close,” which navigates tension between home and the body. MSVU Art Gallery shows “Some Works about Guatemala,” a body of recently donated work by Wilma Needham dating from the late 1980s to 1995 that includes three large drawings and an installation of lithographs, opening on March 5.


The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, in collaboration with grunt gallery, hosts a series of workshops and performances on March 4 and 5 that query the role of contemporary Indigenous artistic practices “redefining cultural tradition, representation, and the relations between settler and Indigenous peoples.” Director of the National Gallery of Canada Marc Mayer gives a lecture followed by a reception at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design on March 3 at 7 p.m. Helga Pakasaar dug into three private collections to curate “Surrogates,” which pairs Vancouver and international artists and opens at Griffin Art Projects on March 5 at 3 p.m. Winsor Gallery hosts an opening reception on March 9 at 6 p.m. for “Ogema: I Am Woman,” which brings together Indigenous women artists including Maria Hupfield, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Wendy Red Star and more. Catriona Jeffries Gallery opens an exhibition of work by Liz Magor on March 5. Gallery Gachet opens a 30-year retrospective of work by artist Edzy Edzed featuring hundreds of pieces of sculpture and other works, and shows from March 4. The Burrard Arts Foundation opens their next exhibition series on March 3 at 7 p.m., including “The March Sweater,” an exhibition that features portraits and a video installation about LGBTQ seniors in Vancouver and work by artist in residence Erdem Taşdelen, who will be exhibiting his slide-projection poem A Vagrant Kind of Life, which is based on the story of a feral child from the 1800s.


Modern Fuel presents a group exhibition with collaborative and independent works that look at formal and material boundaries in art-making by Aryen Hoekstra, David Court and Shane Krepakevich on March 5 at 7 p.m.


Several interesting talks are being held at OCAD University this week, including a talk on March 5 at 2 p.m. wherein members of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective will discuss current trends in Indigenous curation and the curatorial organization’s impact over the past 10 years. Digital artist Skawennati gives a lecture at Ryerson University on March 7 at 7 p.m. Daniel Hutchinson’s paintings open in “Mirror, Mirror” at Angell Gallery on March 4 at 7 p.m. Painters John Kissick and James Gardner chat about work at Katzman Contemporary on March 5 at 2 p.m. Rouzbeh Akhbari’s first solo exhibition in Toronto opens at Birch Contemporary on March 3 at 6 p.m., picking up on issues of architecture. Yousuf Karsh’s photographs, which capture iconic 20th-century figures from Winston Churchill to Georgia O’Keeffe, open at Nicholas Metivier Gallery on March 3.

North Bay

Tom Ngo blends architecture and art, rendering the former free of function; his work opens in “Make Real” at Line Gallery on March 5 at 11 a.m.


Belgian artist Ingrid Ledent began with stone lithographs, and then added digital elements of print, video and sound to make the work in “Fractions,” which opens at SNAP Gallery on March 4 at 7 p.m., alongside Dara Humniski’s “Nothing but us,” which takes up the “Anthropogenic state of the world.” Abstract and landscape painting has a conversation at Scott Gallery, where the work of Dick Der and Edward Epp opens on March 5 at 2 p.m. “7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.,” which highlights the important and overlooked alliance between seven key First Nations artists travels to the Art Gallery of Alberta, where it opens on March 5 with a curator and artist lecture at 1 p.m. and a performance by Jackson Beardy III and Byron Beardy at 2:45 pm.


Meryl McMaster’s photographs, which delve into issues of identity, open at Artspace in “Wanderings” on March 4, with a reception at 7 p.m.


In conjunction with Aston Coles and Irene Bindi’s sound and video installation, Moon Rehearsal Tape, Winnipeg musician Crabskull gives an audio performance titled SNaiLPoiSoN on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Plug In ICA. An exhibition opening at Martha Street Studio on March 4 at 5 p.m. displays the results of a mentorship program facilitated by Martha Street Studio and the Arts + Disability Network Manitoba for artists self-identified as persons with disabilities. Julie Nagam leads a talk about intersections between cartography and colonial narratives at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art on March 4 at 12 p.m.


“ROAD TRIPS & other diversions,” the retrospective of Regina-based David Thauberger, travels to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, where it opens March 5 at 7 p.m., followed by an artist talk on March 6 at 2 p.m.

Corner Brook

Patrick Lundeen, whose work draws from the revealing elements of comedy, opens a show of painting, installation, sculpture and video at the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery on March 3 at 4:30 with an artist tour at 5:00 p.m. Winnipeg-based artist Ray Fenwick’s performance work, Le Moat Juice, continues its travels and opens at the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery on March 7 at 7 p.m.

Across Canada

A 2011 survey found that less than 13% of Wikipedia’s contributors are female, creating a skew in the gender balance of the website’s content. Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is a cross-country effort to change this, particularly within the arts, through workshops and events, some of which are taking place this week at Concordia University in Montreal on March 5 from 11 a.m.; at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design Library on March 4 from 11 a.m.; at Western Front on March 6 from 11 a.m. and the Ottawa Art Gallery on March 8 at 10 a.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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