Current Issue Cover

Must-Sees This Week: March 9 to 15, 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.


AKA Artist-Run presents “Just Dandy,” a exhibition by filmmaker Thirza Cuthand and interdisciplinary artist Andrew McPhail that shows the artists’ strategies for “dealing with the messy realities of daily life,” including informal aesthetics, comedy and camp. The opening reception begins March 10 at 8 p.m. Stephanie Deumer’s sculptural video installation The Body of Language and the Motion of Words, which is inspired by the architect and artist Madeline Gins, goes on view at Paved Arts, beginning with an artist talk on March 10 at 7 p.m.


Darling Foundry opens three new exhibitions for spring on March 9, with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. with artists in attendance: Dineo Seshee Bopape’s “and- in, the light of this .______,” exploring ideas of sovereignty and the Anthropocene; David Arseneau’s “Super F13 Part 1 to Part 12 Redesign Studio Doom,” compiling sketches and collage in the context of horror film; and Céline Huyghebaert’s “Comme tout le Monde, les Choses Mortes.” “Topovidéographies : WE NOUS WǑMEN 我们,” a free screening of work by Chinese artists Tsai Wen-Ching, Qin Jin and Peng Yun, opens at Groupe Intervention Vidéo on March 9 at 7 p.m.

On March 11, DARE-DARE presents “The Sisterhood of Dream,” a project by installation and performance artist Sylvaine Chassay, in collaboration with Joanne Marcotte, Julie Sarrazin, Marie-Jeanne Brouillette, Sophie Aubry and Véga Claret, that includes a “public nap” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a closing party from 3 to 5 p.m. Also on March 11, the Grande Bibliothèque de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec will host the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon in an ongoing effort to document women-identified Canadian artists online, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vancouver and Area

As part of the triennial exhibition “Ambivalent Pleasures,” currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery221A co-presents a talk at Emily Carr University of Art and Design by New York–based curator Kari Conte on March 9 at 4:30 p.m. On March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., visit the VAG for a public discussion, also part of the “Ambivalent Pleasures” programming, between artists Duane Linklater, Marianne Nicolson and curator Jordan Wilson.

Republic Gallery hosts an opening reception for Marian Penner Bancroft’s new solo exhibition, “radial systems,” on March 9 from 5 to 8 p.m., and cosmologist Ludovic Van Waerbeke gives a talk on dark matter and dark energy at Access Gallery the same evening, at 7 p.m. Make sure to register with Catriona Jeffries Gallery for Ashes Withyman Moore’s “Bullae,” a series of sonic emanations, with limited attendance capacity and select timings, opening on March 10. “Through Weight,” a workshop encouraging participants to engage with their senses in the outdoors, hosted by local artists Zoe Kreye and Guadalupe Martinez, will gather at Griffin Art Projects on March 11 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

On March 13 at 11:30 a.m., the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art and Design will host the latest instalment of the speaker series Curators on Curating, with a talk by the Banff Centre’s Kristy Trinier.

Last but not least, join Canadian Art for a day of free gallery talks, wrapping up with our Spring 2017 issue launch, on March 11. The free talks go from 1 to 5 p.m, including chats by artists Rebecca Brewer (at Equinox Gallery), Howie Tsui (at Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery), Lucien Durey (at Artspeak) and many more. The issue launch party runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery. All welcome.


On March 15 at 10:30 a.m., meet at the Sikh Heritage Museum for a tour of “(Dis)Enfranchisement 1907–1947: The Forty-Year Struggle for the Vote,” led by Sharanjit Sandhra, and presented by the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.


On March 9 from 6 p.m., Whippersnapper Gallery opens “Until It Becomes Porous,” which brings together artists including Shelby Wright and Jawa El Khash, and begins with a performance by Katie Lyle and Wright at 8 p.m. Clint Roenisch Gallery opens Toronto artist Claire Greenshaw’s “Mother Tongue,” which looks at gesture, on March 9 at 6 p.m. The third showing (on the heels of exhibitions at AGYU and Scrap Metal) of Iris Häussler’s The Sophie La Rosière Project goes on view at Daniel Faria Gallery on March 9 at 6 p.m. “Hypnagogic City,” which sees Matthew Borrett toy with alternate reality and urban models of Toronto, opens at Red Head Gallery on March 9 at 6 p.m. General Hardware Contemporary opens Stanzie Tooth’s solo exhibition on March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. At Franz Kaka, Paul Kajander opens a new body of work on March 10 at 6 p.m. Gallery 44’s annual “Salon 44,” with works by more than 100 emerging and established artists, begins March 10 at 6 p.m.

At Gallery TPW, “Does the oyster sleep?,” a group exhibition of documentary and experimental film and video works, opens March 10 at 6 p.m. The opening will be followed by a day featuring two study sessions in the morning and afternoon of March 11 that will ask (in the a.m.) “Can love act as a political concept?” and (in the p.m.) host a reading by John Paul Ricco of new work by writer Dana Spiotta. Xpace Cultural Centre hosts an afternoon of board games with artist Golboo Amani from 3 to 6 p.m. on March 11. Visit Zalucky Contemporary on March 11 at 2 p.m. for an artist talk by Lili Huston-Herterich.

Canadian Art contributor Fiona Duncan hosts a free Toronto edition of her popular Los Angeles reading series at Grey Gardens on March 14, from 7 p.m., featuring readers like Hoa Nguyen, Tamara Faith Berger and restaurateur and writer Jen Agg.

Y+ Contemporary will host the opening reception of “In the Shadow of Paradise,” a group exhibition featuring work by Annie Onyi Cheung, Anique J. Jordan and Deirdre Logue, with a performance by Cheung on March 11 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Two artists explore processes of loss and mourning in an exhibition at Centre [3] opening March 10 from 7 to 10 p.m.: Trinidad-born artist Michèle Pearson Clarke, whose experimental documentary All That is Left Unsaid remembers the artist’s mother and “all other black women gone too soon,” and conceptual artist Erika DeFreitas.


On March 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of Laura Taler’s ongoing solo exhibition “The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and the strong,” Gallery 101 celebrates International Women’s Week with an all-day Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, where participants learn and implement the process of documenting women-identified artists on Wikipedia.


“In/Hospitable Women,” a group exhibition showcasing artists Lynn Malin, Jennie Vegt and Bonnie Blackburn, opens March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts Gallery, as part of the fifth annual Skirts A Fire Festival. On March 10, dc3 Art Projects opens Jude Griebel’s “Crafting Ruin,” a solo show of sculptures depicting hybrid, handcrafted bodies, metamorphosis and mortality, with a reception on March 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. and an artist walkthrough on March 11 at 2 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Alberta opens two shows on March 11. See Blaine Campbell’s large-format photograph “Cyclorama,” as well as the group exhibition “The Looking Glass,” which features works by artists such as Walker Evans, Joe Fafard, Kathe Kollwitz, Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol. Topics as wide-ranging as the Age of Enlightenment and Latin dancing subcultures are taken up in two exhibitions opening March 9 at Harcourt House: Heather Passmore’s “Enlightenment” and Sora Park’s multimedia installation work DVEX.


As part of its Stages Speaker Series, Plug In ICA will host Toronto-based multimedia artist Kara Hamilton for an artist talk on March 9 at 7 p.m. On March 10 at noon, the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba opens an exhibition by Lidwien van de Ven, with a conversation to follow, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., between the artist and Dr. Axelle Karera about photography’s fraught connections to race and justice.

With back-to-back artist talks from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 10, Martha Street Studio will launch two exhibitions: “Vital,” a solo show by Darian Goldin Stahl, using screenprint, photo-intaglio and digital print on film to investigate the industry of illness and “fallible” bodies; and “Within, without,” Janet Shaw Russell’s mixed-media exhibition navigating ideas of survival, loss and vulnerability, in the context of women’s rights, medicine and working conditions of garment-factory workers.


Starting at 1 p.m. on March 12, curator Kendra Ainsworth leads tours of exhibitions by Nam Phi Dang and Ken Lum at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Dang will also be giving an artist talk.


The detailed, laborious drawings of Toronto artist Dan Rocca go on view in “Micro Revolutions,” which focuses on our shifting relations in light of new technology and recent events, at Open Sesame beginning March 11 at 7 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

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment



Note: Fields denoted with (*) are required.