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Must-Sees This Week: October 12 to 18, 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 more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.


The Vancouver Art Book Fair launches this week from October 13 to 15 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The fair, started in 2006, celebrates artist’s publishing and features local, national and international publishers.

Opening this week at SFU’s Audain Gallery, Walid Raad’s exhibition “Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut 1994)” explores the impact of violence and the role of memory and narrative in the construction of histories through photography, video, sculpture, and performance. Two exhibitions open at the Contemporary Art Gallery on October 13: “FULL FRONTAL” by Lyse Lemieux comprising two new, large-scale commissions on the gallery façade and off-site at Yaletown Roundhouse Station, and “Site For Still Life,” featuring Andrew Dadson’s paintings, film and installation exploring the idea of boundaries in relation to space and time. The CAG will host a reception Thursday, October 12 from 7 to 9pm.

Wil Aballe Art Projects will host an opening reception for Patrick Cruz’s “Quarantine of Difference,” an exhibition that considers the site of home in relation to belonging, refuge and the familial on Thursday, October 12 from 6 to 8 pm. The artist, a Filipino-Canadian organizer working between Vancouver, Toronto and Manila will be in attendance.

Shuvinai Ashoona: A For Sure World” opens at Marion Scott Gallery on October 14th. Ashoona’s first major solo exhibition in the city in a decade features 35 images on paper made over a span of 15 years. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 14 from 2 to 4 pm.

The Vancouver International Film Festival has announced an additional screening of the film about master carver Beau Dick. Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters will play Saturday, October 14 at 1:45 PM at Vancity Theatre.


For its 20th anniversary, the underground Antimatter [media art] festival presents a showcase of screenings, installations and performances at various locations in Victoria from October 13 to 28, 2017.

Meghan Hildebrand’s work will be presented in a solo exhibition at Madrona Gallery from October 14 to 28. The painter and watercolour artist takes inspiration from the coast and the forest to create mythical motifs and symbolic landscapes. An opening reception will be held October 14 from 1 to 4 pm.


Opening on October 13, “Spectral Tides” is a solo exhibition of new video, photography, and installation works by Korean-born Canadian artist Jin-me Yoon at Nanaimo Art Gallery. The artist takes as her subject Vancouver Island and the South Korean island Jeju-do. An opening reception will be held Thursday October 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.


Bead artist, painter and jeweller Catherine Blackburn’s exhibition “Tell Me the Truth” opens at the Dunlop Art Gallery’s Sherwood Gallery on October 14. Her works use personal experiences to consider Canada’s colonial past.


The 19th annual experimental music and sound art festival “send + receive: a festival of sound” will happen from October 12 to 15. On Tuesday, October 17, at 7 pm, the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents “From Colonialism to Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Bodies and the Camera,” a talk with Sherry Farrell Racette.


The annual imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival launches on October 18 for its 18th edition, and will run until October 22. The festival will screen over 100 films, documentaries, shorts and music videos made by Indigenous filmmakers. This year, 72% of the content was created by Indigenous female directors.

Erin Stump Projects will present an opening on October 12 from 6 to 9 pm for the exhibition “Under the Poplar” by Tamara Henderson. As part of Gallery TPW’s exhibition “Triangle Trade,” Yaniya Lee will engage artists Jérôme Havre and Camille Turner in a public conversation on Tuesday October 17th from 7 to 9 p.m.

The exhibition “The Anxious Body” opens on October 13 at Angell Gallery, featuring the work of nine Toronto and New York artists. Curated by Bill Clarke, the exhibition examines how contemporary figurative painting is steadily influenced by social media and current socio-political events.

Meanwhile at Zalucky Contemporary, the works of Lee Henderson will be featured in “And the voices came from nowhere,” opening on October 13, and running until November 11. Craft Ontario presents the 58th edition of the Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection in their Queen Street gallery beginning October 13.

The Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto Mississauga presents “Care Work,” part two of the five part exhibition series “Take Care.” The exhibition features works by k.g. Guttman, Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-), Kwentong Bayan Collective, Onaman Collective and the Let Down Reflex. “Transcendence,” a group exhibition, will debut on October 18 at InterAccess, with an opening reception at 7 p.m.


Adam Matak’s new drawings will be displayed at Oswald’s Gallery in the exhibition “Arrangements,” which opens October 13 at 7 p.m. and will run until November 5. Here, Matak gathers floral imagery into arrangements sourced from pop culture, art history and local gardens.


The exhibition “nbiish—eau—water” by Colette Laliberté debuts at Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario on October 13. Laliberté explores issues around mapmaking and settler cultures’ influence on the labelling of the region’s waterways.


Two projects will launch at Artspace this week. The Aylmer Street Mural will be unveiled on October 12 at 5:30 p.m. on the south wall of 378 Aylmer Street, which artist Chrissy Poitras has transformed through her mural Floral Abstraction. On October 13, the group exhibition “A National Test Market” will open, featuring the work of six emerging artists with diverse connections to the Peterborough community.


Ella Morton’s exhibition “The Dissolving Landscape” opens on October 12 at Galerie AVE, with a reception at 6 p.m. The exhibition features a series of analogue photographs taken by Morton in Norway’s Arctic.

And closing on October 15 is MOMENTA 2017’s central exhibition “What Does the Image Stand For?” housed at both Galerie de l’UQAM and VOX.

Quebec City

Graeme Patterson’s solo exhibition “Piscine infinie/Infinity Pool,” a series of interactive sculptures and photographs, opens on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Galerie 3.


Two exhibitions open at the Musée d’art de Joliette on October 14: videographer Adad Hannah’s exhibition “Glints and Reflections,” and “The Image In Its Own Right,” which features short experimental films by Louise Bourque, Charles-André Coderre, Clint Enns and Mike Hoolboom.


The theme for this year’s edition of the city’s annual Nocturne: Art at Night, which is running this year from October 12 to 14, is “vanish.” Look at the festival’s events to see details. The Local will host the festival’s opening and 10 year anniversary on Thursday, October 12, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

On Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Halifax North Memorial Library, as a part of Nocturne, Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer Sylvia D. Hamilton will facilitate a panel discussion on “Moving Forward, Looking B(l)ack: Visual Art in Nova Scotia.” Guests include the artists, organizers and curators Pamela Edmonds, Lucie Chan, Bria Miller and Jade Peek. Saturday, October 14th 2017 from 6 pm to 12 am, Nocturne also presents the “November, November” exhibition at the Khyber Centre for the Arts and other sites across Halifax and Dartmouth.

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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