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Must-Sees This Week: March 30 to April 5, 2017

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 even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


This week, the Woodland School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha hosts the opening for Brian Jungen’s new series of drawings. The exhibition marks the artist’s return to drawing for the first time in 20 years and will include a conversation with Jungen on March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with the current exhibitions “Mundos” and “Now Have A Look At This Machine,” the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal hosts “Topographies of Mass Violence,” an international symposium on March 31 and April 1. Galerie Got Montréal opens “Flesh and bones,” featuring works by Quentin Garel, on March 31. Galerie Laroche/Joncas presents Amélie Jérôme’s “Matches” on April 1 with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m.

“YMX: Migration, Land, and Loss of Mirabel,” an installation by Cheryl Sim, opens at Montreal Signs Projects with a reception on April 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. On April 1 from 3 to 6 p.m., Projet Pangée hosts the opening reception for “Period Pieces: A Sunset Terrace Retrospective,” featuring works by Maya Beaudry, Viktor Briestensky, John Burgess, Simone Jarvis, Emma LaMorte, Graham Landin, Benjamin Marvin, Soledad Muñoz, Chad Murray, Katrina Niebergal, Ryley O’Byrne, Tess Rafael, Adam Shiu Yang Shaw, Mitch Speed and Tristan Unrau.

On April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., Parisian Laundry presents the opening reception for the group exhibition “Atmospheres of Form,” featuring Celia Perrin Sidarous, Erin Shirreff, Kelly Jazvac, Lucy Skaer and Rose Marcus. Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran also debuts Derek Sullivan’s “Several Things Happening at the Same Time” on April 5.

April 1 is the last day to check out “Sovereign Acts II,” featuring works by Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Dayna Danger, Robert Houle, James Luna, Shelley Niro, Adrian Stimson, and Jeff Thomas, at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery.

Quebec City

VU Photo hosts the opening reception for Gisele Amantea’s “Faux Sites” and Christopher Boyne’s “one stack, three stacks” on March 31 beginning at 6 p.m.


On March 31, Idea Exchange opens Luke Painter’s “Modern Wand” with a reception at 7 p.m.


As part of Sikh Heritage Month, the Peel Art Gallery opens three shows on April 1 including, “Komagata Maru: A Journey to Canada,” “Kings and Saints: A Legacy in Sikh Art” and the “Sikh Heritage Month Community Curated Exhibition,” exhibiting community-based art from local artists navigating themes of Sikh belonging and diaspora.


Evans Contemporary opens “Drool III,” an exhibition of new work by Drool Collective, on April 1.


“Sound One Two,” a one night only event on April 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Modern Fuel, will feature performances by bill bissett, Aisha Sasha John, David Bateman and Armand Garnet Ruffo.


In conjunction with her exhibition at Hermes, “Secrets Save Me From Dissolving,” Angela Henderson gives a talk about her newest body of work, which offers “a feminist gesture within the monumentalism of Minimalist visual language.” Janice Leonard’s gestural acrylic landscape paintings go on view on March 31 alongside Ineke Graham’s portraits and still lifes—many of which deal with grief—at Studio 21.


Plug In ICA presents “Bushed Theories: ReMatriation of Images and Performativity,” an artist talk by Jeneen Frei Njootli on April 1 at 3 p.m.


Laure Taler will deliver an artist talk beginning at 2 p.m. on April 1 at Gallery 101 alongside “The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and the strong +,” her current exhibition.

Vancouver and Area

“Song of the Open Road,” featuring works by Vikky Alexander, Robert Arndt, Gerard Byrne, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Kelly JazvacKelly Lycan, Niamh O’Malley, Dawit L. Petros, Greg Staats and Lisa Tan, opens at the Contemporary Art Gallery on April 1 with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sweet Pulp Studios presents the opening reception for Tereza Tacic’s “Introduction to Feelings (Coping with Colour and Composition)” on March 30 beginning at 7 p.m.

Catriona Jeffries presents “Street Floor Table Page Wall Canvas 1969–2017,” featuring a series of works by Ian Wallace, with an opening reception on March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Western Front hosts the launch event for Desearch Repartment’s online platform SOE (State of Exceptional) Webnation on March 31 beginning 7 p.m.

From 2 to 3 p.m. on April 1, New Media Gallery presents the performance “i love you.  i’m uncomfortable.,” by Kevin Spenst and Shauna Kaendo in response to the current exhibition “BRINK.” Gallery Jones presents the opening reception for “ARTIFACT,” bringing together works by Danny Singer and Mike Bayne, on April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. Also on April 1, 221A hosts the opening reception for “Caroline Mesquita: The Ballad” from 5 to 8 p.m.

Campbell River

Derya Akay’s “with bread” opens on March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Campbell River Art Gallery with an artist talk following at 6:30 p.m.


“One on One: Inheritance,” featuring new and existing works by Amy Malbeuf, opens March 31 at the Kelowna Art Gallery with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. An illustrated talk and tour by Malbeuf and curator Cathy Mattes will follow on April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.


The Esker Foundation presents “Innovations and Interventions in Inuit Art,” a lecture by Heather Igloliorte on March 31 from 7 to 8 p.m.


Turner Prize–nominated artist, photographer and filmmaker Isaac Julien will offer a free public lecture on March 30 at 7 p.m. at OCADU titled “Choreographing Moving Image: Post-Cinematic Desire and Politics of Aesthetics in TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010).” On March 31, Julien will be present for a roundtable discussion beginning at noon at Onsite Gallery followed by an artist talk at Innis College at the University of Toronto from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Potentially ‘flawless,’” including work by Sophia Borowska, Sylvia Limbana, Jennifer Chan and Tessar Lo, opens with a reception on 31 March from 7 to 9 p.m. at 99 Sudbury. This will be followed by a workshop and panel discussion moderated by Hana Jama, filmmaker and member of the artist collective Babely Shades, featuring Canadian Art staff writer Merray Gerges, artist and organizer Zoma and artist Jennifer Chan, on April 2 from 2 to p.m.

As part of 30th Images Festival, Mercer Union hosts the opening reception for Jumana Manna’s “A Magical Substance Flows Into Me” on March 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. Also on March 31, performance and video-artist Deirdre Logue’s “Double Double” opens at Gallery 44Paul Petro opens two solo shows on March 31 with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m.: “Bark 2,” an exhibition of new works by Sandy Plotnikoff, and “Pleasure,” a video installation by Steve Kado.

Olga Korper Gallery hosts the opening reception for Kelly Mark’s “Back Burner” on April 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. Maegan Rose Mehler’s “Brick Wave Suede and Lilacs Too” opens at Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects on April 1 at 3 p.m. Zalucky Contemporary hosts a reception for Jim Verburg’s “A Certain Silence” on April 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. On March 30, “Take Your Seat,” a photo project by Randy VanDerStarren, opens at FCP Gallery.

The Textile Museum of Canada presents “Huicholes: A People Walking Towards the Light,” featuring works by José Benítez Sánchez, with a reception and a lecture on April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Daniel Faria Gallery presents Derek Liddington’s “the body will always bend before it breaks, the tower will always break before it bends,” a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University on April 5 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

St. John’s

On March 31 from 7 to 9 p.m., Eastern Edge Gallery hosts the closing reception for “Jordan Bennett and Ursula Johnson: Mi’kmaq Word of The Day 2.0.” Both artists will deliver talks as part of the reception. Eastern Edge also presents “From Standing Rock to NL: Towards A Better Energy Future,” a screening of the film Pipe Dreams with a discussion following, on April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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