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Must-Sees This Week: November 2 to 8, 2017

A new exhibition in Montreal showcases 20-plus years of production by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace—and offers a reboot of CyberPowWow

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 exhibition “OWERÀ:KE NON AIÉ:NAHNE” (“Filling in the Blank Spaces”) opens at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery this week. Running from November 4 to December 2, the exhibition presents the work and programming spanning the past twenty years by research network Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTec) and its platform, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF). Led by Jason Edward Lewis and Skawennati, the exhibition-forum will showcase the network’s history of Indigenous artists, educators and designers claiming space in cyberspace, and the role this has played in envisioning and placing Indigenous peoples into the future. An opening reception will be taking place on November 4 from 3 to 5 p.m., and a panel discussion entitled “CyberPowWow and the First Wave of Indigenous Media Arts” with Jason Edward Lewis, Archer Pechawis, Ryan Rice and Skawennati, moderated by Mikhel Proulx, will take place on November 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile at Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Jana Sterbak’s “30 ans de dessin / 30 Years of Drawing” opens on November 3, followed by a reception with the artist on November 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. Over at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, the group exhibition “The Voice of Images,” curated by Virginie Jourdain and Hugo Santerre, also opens on November 3, with an artist talk at 6 p.m. The exhibition features the work of both local and international artists who approach graphic art from their different and multidisciplinary practices. Two solo exhibitions debut at Art Mûr this week: Ingrid Bachmann’s “Angry Work” and Nicholas Crombach’s Behind Elegantly Carved Wooden Doors.” Both exhibitions will run from November 4 to December 20.


dc3 Art Projects presents “Disclosures,” an exhibition featuring Dana Dal Bo, Dayna Danger and Shan Kelley. Running from November 3 until December 16, the exhibition groups works by the three artists that question relations of power and that highlight agency in their respective approaches.


Alongside the exhibition “Walking the Debris Field: Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion” at the Dalhousie Art Gallery, a storytelling roundtable featuring Catherine Martin, Janet Maybee, Ben Stone, and David Woods facilitated by Mary Elizabeth Luka will take place on November 2 at 7 p.m. Off-site and organized with the Narratives in Space + Time Society, a public art walk entitled “North of North Street,” starting on the corner of Barrington and Richmond Streets, will take place on November 5 at 2 p.m. to reflect on what has and hasn’t changed in Halifax since 1917.


Three photography exhibitions open at the National Gallery of Canada on November 3: “Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush,” “Frontera: Views of the U.S-Mexico Border” and “PhotoLab 3: Between Friends.” All three exhibitions are organized by the Canadian Photography Institute.

Khadija Baker’s “Behind Walls/Maps” opens on November 2 at the Karsh-Masson Gallery. Baker examines how certain histories become marginalized and the discrepancy between maps and communities’ lived realities. On this same day, the 12th edition of the “International Digital Miniprint Exhibition” debuts at the Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle. The exhibition is curated by Raymond Aubin. Elsewhere, “A Rebellious Nature” featuring the latest works by Drew Mosley opens at Wall Space Gallery on November 4, with a reception happening from 5 to 8 p.m.


At 401 Richmond, the exhibition “Worldbuilding” featuring works by Jeremy Bailey and Kristen D. Schaffer, Eshrat Erfanian, Erin Gee with Alex M. Lee, and Yam Lau opens at Trinity Square Video on November 3. The exhibition showcases the artists’ responses to the concepts of “the virtual” and alternate dimensions, explored through VR technology. Over at A Space Gallery, “Unsettling Imaginaries” opens on the same day, featuring works by Kuh Del Rosario, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Marigold Santos and Leslie Supnet. Curated by Marissa Largo, the exhibition anchors Filipinx subjectivity through a decolonial lens and challenges perpetuated stereotypes, specifically in a Canadian context.

On November 3, three new exhibitions open at Xpace Cultural Centre: the group exhibition Installation as a Subversive Art,” Jamiyla Lowe’s “A Whole New World” and JG’s “Uncertain Landscapes.” Together, the exhibitions feature the work of seven emerging artists, and an opening reception will be held on opening day at 7 p.m. A talk featuring Avi Feldman in conversation with Alma Mikulinsky, the co-curators of  “Staring Back at the Sun,” takes place on November 5 at 2 p.m at the Koffler Gallery. Elsewhere, the Art Canada Institute presents a talk entitled “What Makes Art Canadian?” at the Isabel Bader Theatre on November 6 at 6 p.m., where the work of Alex Colville, Lionel Lemoine Fitzgerald, Helen McNicoll and Norval Morrisseau will be discussed. 

Workman Arts presents its 25th edition of the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival from November 3 to 11. This year, the mental health film festival features over 50 works by Canadian and international filmmakers that focus on mental health and addiction issues. Meanwhile at Urban Gallery, “Land on Fire” by Mary Lynne Atkinson opens on November 2. And over at Franz Kaka, the exhibition “Sweat” presents the collaborative work of Rachelle Sawatsky and Noura Wedell, opening on November 3. In closing, Deanna Bowen’s solo exhibition ends on November 4 at Mercer Union.

Nearby in Mississauga, two new exhibitions open at the Art Gallery of Mississauga on November 2. A retrospective exhibition of Libby Hague, entitled “the past is never over,” will survey the work of this print-based artist over the last decades. In partnership with YTB Gallery, the gallery also presents Jennifer Laiwint’s exhibition “The Pick Up Artist,” looking at the model of masculinity perpetuated through a pick-up artist forum.  


Opening on November 3, the Video Pool Media Arts Centre presents “Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009).” The project will be presented via both a physical and an online exhibition, a series of public gatherings and a video screening series touring in 2018. The physical component of the exhibition will be on view at the Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts from November 3 until December 1.

Meanwhile at Martha Street Studio, printmaker Miriam Rudolph’s “disPOSSESSION” also opens on November 3, followed by an artist talk with Rudolph on November 4 at 3 p.m. The exhibition will showcase new work by the artist, influenced by issues concerning agriculture, the environment and Indigenous land rights.

A panel discussion with artists KC Adams, Jaime Black, Lita Fontaine and Niki Little from the current exhibition “SHARDS: Contemporary artists in conversation with the ceramics of our forebearers,” presented by Gallery 1C03 at the Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg, happens on November 7 at 2:30 p.m. The four artists will discuss the context of the exhibition with curator Jenny Western.


Bridget Moser’s “Every Room is a Waiting Room” opens at Dunlop’s Central Gallery with a reception and performance on November 3 at 7 p.m. The exhibition will display new videos by Moser, where the artist showcases her trademark comedy through absurd gestures. An artist talk will then take place on November 4 at 2 p.m. at New Dance Horizons, where clips from Moser’s past performances will be shown.


At AKA artist-run, “La vie fragile” debuts on November 3 presenting works by Anne Brochu Lambert, Zoé Fortier, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, Michèle Mackasey, Claude Morin, Laura St. Pierre and Adèle Suveges. The seven featured Fransaskois artists together look at questions of identity, place and traditions.

Saskatoon artist Kelly Goerzen’s “Familiar and Unfamiliar” exhibition opens the next day on November 4 at the Gallery / art placement inc., running until November 30. Goerzen’s latest paintings and sculptures will be on view.


“Utopias Constructed III,” an exhibition by Ky Anderson, Deborah Yedda Morrison and Carol Sawyer, opens at Republic Gallery on November 4, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. As the third exhibition in the gallery’s utopia series, this instalment looks at portraiture as a way to arrive at a utopian state, recasting this ideal as one of mediation and also confrontation. At Elissa Cristall Gallery, the exhibition “New Work” by Vancouver artist Camrose Ducote also debuts on November 4.

Taking place at the Kimoto Gallery from November 3 to 25 is “Abstract: Design Showcase,” a celebration of abstract art and design by eleven artists from the gallery.

Nearby at the West Vancouver Museum, “We All Drew, Always” opens on November 8, featuring the works of Bill, Frank, David and Charles Mayrs. The four Winnipeg-born brothers each have their distinct style, but all attended the Vancouver School of Art in the 1950s and 60s.  


From November 3 to 25, Evans Contemporary presents the work of Jude Griebel in the exhibition “Mess-Maker.” Griebel’s latest works are typified by sculptural hybrid bodies, where the figure and its environment morph into one. A reception will be help on opening night from 6 to 11 p.m.

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