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Must-Sees This Week: November 5 to 11, 2015

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.)


Cooper Cole presents solo exhibitions by Shawn Kuruneru and Jesse Harris opening November 6 at 6 p.m. “See Object Paper Hesitation” features ongoing projects by Helen Cho that were developed upon her return to Toronto after living abroad for over a decade; the show opens at G Gallery on November 5 with an opening from 6 p.m. Mercer Union presents a reading by poet and author Eileen Myles followed by a conversation with poet Julie Joosten on November 8 at 8 p.m. Xpace Cultural Centre opens an exhibition on November 6 at 7 p.m. entitled “100percentReal,” which features work by four Internet-aware artists including EDAA award-winner Colin Rosati, and runs as part of the Wrong—New Digital Art Biennale.


AKA Artist-Run opens ARCTICNOISE, an immersive media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (also known as madeskimo), on November 6 at 8 p.m. with a workshop with the artist (supported by Paved Arts) on November 7.


Homer Watson House and Gallery opens a show by Scott McNichol, “Spirit of the Wind” on November 9, and McNichol will also give a lecture at the gallery on November 12 at 12 p.m.


“Eros and Transfiguration,” a touring show from Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen that features work by Claude Roussel produced during the ’70s with vacuum-formed plastic sheets opens at Galerie Bernard-Jean on November 6 at 5 p.m.


Artspace hosts a performance by Bridget Moser entitled About Face, involving her blend of physical humour and mundane objects, on November 6 at 7.30 p.m.


Currently in residency at the Darling Foundry, curator Monika Bayer-Wermuth and artist Patrik Thomas talk about their research on November 5 at 6 p.m. Landon Mackenzie shows a series of small-scale paintings and works on paper at Art45; a book launch will coincide with the opening on November 7 at 2 p.m. Art Mûr will be hosting the opening of Éric Lamontagne’s Minimalist work alongside IvanovStoeva, Jessica Houston and Ingrid Bachmann on November 7 from 3 p.m. DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art presents “Imagine Brazil,” a major exhibition of contemporary art from Brazil opening November 6 at 5.30 p.m. Galerie B-312 hosts the launch of Teleport, a trilingual publication reflecting the eponymous exhibition held simultaneously in Tokyo and Montreal involving the works of Montreal’s Guillaume La Brie and Japan’s Satoru Tamura, on November 5 at 5.30 p.m. Diyan Achjadi’s paintings, which explore cultural appropriation and artistic bonds, open in “The Present Future is Written in the Past” at MAI on November 5 at 5 p.m.


The Kelowna Art Gallery opens a community exhibition with an unusual twist: in conjunction with artist Maggie Shirley, the gallery has collected personal artifacts belonging to local residents, and preserved them in coloured gelatin inside regular mason jars. The resulting show, “Preserves,” opens with a reception on November 6 at 7 p.m.


“Son of a Salesman” features new large-scale drawings by London-born, Brooklyn-based artist Jason McLean, and opens at Michael Gibson Gallery at 8 p.m. McIntosh Gallery presents two installations by Toronto artist Ed Pien: Imaginary Dwelling (created for the 2013 Moscow Biennale) and Spectral Drawings on November 5 at 7.30 p.m.


Renowned photographer Rosalie Favell will discuss her new exhibition of work at Cube Gallery on November 5 at 7 p.m. An exhibition of digital miniprints exploring the theme of digital structure takes place at the Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle with an opening and award ceremony on November 5 at 5 p.m. Wall Space Gallery presents Northland, a new body of Surrealist work by Richard Ahnert, on November 6 at 7 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Windsor’s director Catharine Mastin gives a tour of “7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc,” an important early alliance between seven influential Indigenous artists, on November 7 at 2 p.m.


Julie Sando’s new solo exhibition, “(he called me his) Fully Transistorized Baby,” which features re-purposed second-hand jukebox recordings that riff on myths about romance, opens at the Thames Art Gallery on November 6 at 7 p.m.


221A opens the group show “Regular Expressions,” curated by A.E. Benenson and Kristen Chappa, on November 6 at 7 p.m. WAAP will be hosting two solo exhibition openings for work by Joseph Staples and Graham Landin on November 6 from 7 p.m. The New Access Consortium Presents: A Collective Audit of the Vancouver Art Gallery by artist Carmen Papalia showcases an archive of experiential research, documentation and guiding texts from a closed meeting series on participant’s subjective perceptions regarding what is accessible at VAG, opening on November 7 at 6 p.m.


Casey McGlynn’s paintings, poem for Francis Beans Boyfriend, which explore the artist’s obsession with Kurt Cobain and his legacy since the ’90s, open at Bugera Matheson Gallery on November 6 at 6 p.m.


Lisa Kehler Art and Projects shows Derek Dunlop’s first solo exhibition of paintings with the gallery entitled “End-Forms” on November 5 at 6 p.m. Urban Shaman hosts their 12th annual members’ show and sale on November 6.

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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