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Must-Sees This Week: October 1 to 7, 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.)


Most of the city is turned over to Nuit Blanche this weekend, from sunset at 6:55 p.m. on October 3 to sunrise on October 4; if you aren’t feeling up to visiting all of the projects (more than 110 this year), be sure to drop by our top picks. A few other highlights: Trinity Square Video opens an immersive new-media installation by Geronimo Inutiq on October 3, starting at 6:57 p.m.; artist Jane Buyers launches the catalogue Gather…Arrange…Maintain, which was developed with a survey exhibition focused on 30 years of her work, at Paul Petro Contemporary Art on October 3. Karen Kraven and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino open a show at 8-11 on October 1 at 7 p.m. Also at 8-11, on October 3 at 6 p.m., experimental poet Christian Bök will read from Book 1 of The Xenotext, which serves as a primer for his poetry genome project. The Akin Fall Gallery Crawl begins on October 3 at noon at Cooper Cole Gallery and will also travel to Angell Gallery and Erin Stump Projects. The group will explore Nuit Blanche together after their final stop at Akin Collective headquarters.


Galerie D’Este opens a show by Annie Baillargeon on October 1 at 5 p.m., and American-French artist André Fortino will restage his performance piece Le Corps des formes live at the Darling Foundry on October 1 at 6 p.m. Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Mois de la Photo co-present a conference (which brings together keynote speakers including Quentin Bajac, Joanna Sassoon and Vanessa Schwartz) on post-photography that begins October 1 at 6 p.m. Dazibao hosts a book launch for Suzy Lake’s Performing an Archive on October 6 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a screening of Annette Mangaard’s documentary Suzy Lake: Playing with Time. Viva! Art Action begins presenting a series of performances, public interventions, conferences and participatory projects on October 7 at 8 p.m., running until October 10. 


Western Front hosts Urgent Imagination: Art and Urban Development, a conference co-presented with 221A and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design from October 2–3. Kardosh Projects hosts a conversation between Vicky Marshall and Robert Kardosh in conjunction with Marshall’s show of new work at the gallery on October 3 at 2 p.m. UNIT/PITT Projects opens “Limited Time Library,” a curatorial project that offers “a temporary site for research, study, leisure and sharing of knowledge” on October 1 at 7 p.m. At SFU Gallery, Burnaby, archaeologist Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, activist Carleen Thomas and artist/composer Gabriel Saloman lead a presentation and talk about Burnaby Mountain’s relationship with the petroleum industry on October 3 beginning at 1 p.m.


At Open Space, James Luna and Amy Malbeuf host a conversation about Indigenous performance art on October 3 at 1:30 p.m.


nichola feldman-kiss’s “witness” opens at the Ottawa Art Gallery on October 1 at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion on posthumanism on October 2 at 6:30 p.m.


A video installation by Swedish Christofer Degrér is on view at Truck Contemporary from October 1 at the +15 Window. At Avalanche! ICA, “Cremated Names,” a new exhibition of works by Miruna Dragan, opens on October 2 at 8 p.m.


Painter Gregory Hardy has infused his prairie landscapes with dashes of cadmium red or orange pigment in his new exhibition at Peter Robertson Gallery, which opens on October 2 at 7 p.m., with a live jazz performance by JƏRROLD DUBYK Duo. “ROUGH COUNTRY: The strangely familiar in mid-20th century Alberta art” opens on October 3 at the Art Gallery of Alberta. A show of works by Canadian landscape painter Rod Charlesworth also opens on October 3, at West End Gallery.


Plug In ICA will screen Bruce Nauman’s iconic 1968 video work Stamping in the Studio on October 1 at 7:30 p.m. to coincide with the launch of send + receive, an experimental music and sound art festival, which runs from October 1 to 4. The University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery opens “MUD, Hands, fire. Wheel Thrown. The Legacy of Canadian Studio Pottery,” curated by Mary Ann Steggles, with a reception and book launch on October 2 at 5 p.m., and an artist presentation by Tam Irving at the 1,000 Miles Apart Ceramics Conference on October 3 at 10 a.m.


The Art Gallery of Windsor will open its fall exhibitions, “7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc,” Raphaëlle de Groot and Bonnie Devine, on October 2 starting at 7 p.m. The evening celebrations will feature music by DJ Chris Blais, a performance by Raphaëlle de Groot at 7:30 p.m. and a performance by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m.


In conjunction with the Nanaimo Art Gallery‘s exhibition “Silva Part I: O Horizon,” which features works by Peter Culley, Duane Linklater, Gareth Moore, Kika Thorne and Elias Wakan, ecologist Jay Rastogi will lead a talk and tour of the Wildwood forest floor on October 4 at 2 p.m.


DNA Artspace opens “A Gust of Wind,” which includes Sean Caulfield, David Merritt, Francine Savard and others, with a reception on October 2 from 7 p.m.


Gallery Page and Strange opens Jonathan Johnson’s exhibition of new oil paintings on October 2 at 6 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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