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Must-Sees This Week: May 11 to 17, 2017

In Montreal this week: a performance investigating territory and extraction, one of many projects across Canada addressing landscape histories.

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.


The second gesture for the Wood Land School’s year-long project Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing a Line from January to December launches on May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The project includes works by Joi T. Arcand, Elisa Harkins & Nathan Young, Tsēma Igharas, Brian Jungen, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Marianne Nicolson, Annie Pootoogook and Wendy Red Star. The opening will feature performances by Elisa Harkins, Tsēma Igharas and Hilda Nicholas.

On May 12 at 5:30 p.m., ATSA opens the project “Cuisine ta ville,” which brings together refugees and the current community of Montreal at Place des Arts.

Galerie Nicolas Robert presents the opening reception for Péio Éliceiry‘s “Présage” on May 13 at 3:00 p.m. May 14 marks the final day to view Teresa Margolles’ exhibition “Mundos” at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Vancouver and Area

Assistant curator Jas Lally gives a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the exhibition “Songs of the Open Road” at the Contemporary Art Gallery on May 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. At 3 p.m. on May 13, curator Grant Arnold will give a tour of the exhibition “Susan Point: Spindle Whorl” at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

“To Have and To Hold,” a series of works created by Angela Teng through crocheting acrylic paint, opens at Equinox Gallery on May 13 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Also opening at Equinox is “Impure Crystals,” a group exhibition featuring work by Kim Dorland, Gathie Falk, Joan Mitchell and others. Derek Brunen’s Loving-Kindness, the artist’s newest video work set inside a vehicle in a traffic jam, screens at Duplex on May 12 with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m.

Western Front presents The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy, Irish artist Duncan Campbell‘s 2014 Turner Prize–winning film based on ethnographic research on mental illness in 1960s and 70s Ireland, on May 11, followed by a talk with curator Jordan Wilson on May 13 at 2 p.m.

Neu Collection, a collective of artists including Jane Q Cheng, Khan Lee and Jialing Zhong, reconfigure local clothing stores as well as Plaza Projects‘ exhibition space in a new installation opening May 13.

Toronto and Area

This week sees numerous public programs opening in various locations across the city as part of the 2017 Subtle Technologies festival. Catch “Solution Culture: Hydroponics for Creative Practice,” a workshop lead by Paul Chartrand at InterAcess on May 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Lisa Carrie Goldberg‘s “Ink, Brush & Fork” at The Depanneur on May 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. On May 17 at 8 p.m., the Gardiner Museum hosts “Universe in a Glass” featuring short films by David BuobKelly ZantinghKamiel Rongen, and Pedro Ferreira, among others.

On May 12, Open Studio hosts the opening reception for “Inhabitants of Space,” featuring works by Miles Collyer, Derek Coulombe, Erika Defreitas and Alexis Dirks, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.YYZ opens two summer exhibitions with a reception on May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.: Anne-Marie Proulx’s “Aimanu,” followed by a conversation with the artist and Mathias Mark on May 13 at 2 p.m. and “The Sublime in Quotations,” an exhibition featuring new video and installation works by CCC, a collective of artists, writers and producers. Art Intersections Meetup presents a talk and conversation featuring video artist and filmmaker Thirza Cuthand and educator and artist Adrienne Crossman at the Gamma Space Collaborative Studio from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Sister Co-Resistor, a feminist art collective, launches “Tell: Stories of a Girlhood,” a performance art project featuring artists Kiera Boult, Ashlee Harper, Laboni Islam, Sylvia Limbana, Sofia Mesa and Annie Wong, who share their experiences of girlhood and survival at Gallery 44 on May 13 at 2 p.m. As part of “(Un)settled,” a site-specific intervention investigating the colonial histories in Guild Park and Gardens, Terrance Houle, Matt Walker, and Basil AlZeri will have artist talks and walking tours at the venue beginning at 3 p.m. on May 13.

Thunder Bay

Meryl McMaster will deliver an artist talk at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. discussing the work in her solo exhibition “Confluence.”


Lisa Kehler Art + Projects marks its final show at 171 McDermot with a show of works by multiple artists including Aganetha Dyck, Shaun Morin, Claire Milbrath, and Suzie Smith, with a reception on May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. German artist Gabriela Jolowicz’s “Church Playground,” a series of woodcut-based prints depicting contemporary urban life in Berlin, opens with a reception on May 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Martha Street Studio.

As part of its ongoing Interpreting (Interrupting) Youth programme, Plug In ICA presents an interpretive video screening on May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. by participants Tiago Batista, Christian Demanoy, Augustine Chipalata, Gideon Kitsa, and Hera Nalam. In this presentation, the participants will document their experiences of viewing the two exhibitions currently on display: Patrick Cruz’s “Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze)” and Ray Fenwick’s “A Greenhouse. Evening.”


“Models of Resistance,” featuring work by Angela Grossman, opens on May 11 at Herringer Kiss Gallery. Also on May 11, Stride Gallery hosts the closing reception for Ryan Danny Owen‘s “Twenty Something” from 6 to 7 p.m.

Viviane Art presents “Paper Works,” a two-person exhibition of drawing and painting-based works by Winnie Truong and Erik Olson, with an opening on May 12.


Struts Gallery presents a talk by current resident artist Beth Frey on May 17 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

St. John’s

Eastern Edge Gallery will host the opening for two exhibitions on May 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Heather Goodchild & Naomi Yasui’s collaborative work, “Last is First,” and Emily Pittman’s painting and drawing series, “A house of another colour.”


On May 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery hosts the book launch for “ALMANAC,” edited by Maggie Groat and featuring contributions by FASTWÜRMSTanya Lukin Linklater, Diane Borsato and Walter Scott, among many others.


Varley Art Gallery in Markham hosts the reception for its three upcoming summer exhibitions on May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.: “Mother Tongue,” a group show featuring works by Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Raafia Jessa, Jihee Min, Yvonne Singer, Shellie Zhang, and Alize ZorlutunaJon Sasaki’s new series of works, “Things Saved For A Rainy Day.”; and “Past | Perfect | Continuous.” The reception is prefaced by a performance featuring Chun Hua Catherine Dong at 4 p.m. with opening remarks at 6 p.m.


“(tra)digital reveries,” a solo exhibition by Anna Griffiths, opens at Studio Sixty Six on May 11 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.


Marlene Yuen’s “After a Gold Mountain,” a series of comic panels and screen-printed accordion books documenting oral histories of early Chinese migrants in Canada and their families, opens with a reception at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre on May 12 from 7 to 10 p.m.


“Sounds Assembling: Communication and the Art of Noise,” including works by Barbara Steinman, David Rokeby, Leslie Putnam, Christof Migone, David Merritt, Gary James Joynes, Marla Hlady, Kevin Curtis Norcross, and David Bobier, opens on May 13 at the Museum London.


“Ground/works,” a photo- and print-based intervention in three locations at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus by Lisa Hirmer and duo Young & Giroux, has its reception artist talk, and walking tour on May 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Artists Vivek Shraya and Annie MacDonell will discuss their current exhibitions “Trisha,” and “The Levellers,” consecutively, at an artist talk at the Art Gallery of Mississauga on May 13 at starting 1 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

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