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Must-Sees This Week: October 22 to 28, 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 theApp Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Landon Mackenzie, who wanted her two-person showing with Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery to feel like “a two-woman bake-off,” opens a survey exhibition at Kelowna Art Gallery opening October 23 at 7 p.m. Jane Everett’s installation Raft, a nod to the loons of Lake Okanagan, also has a reception at the gallery on October 23 at 7 p.m.


Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick and Aliens & Anorexia (among other titles), is giving a talk at Plug In ICA (about fellow goddess Kathy Acker, who is the subject of Kraus’s upcoming critical biography Littoral Madness) on October 28 at 7 p.m.


The Galerie de l’UQAM is opening shows by Hank Bull and Louis Bouvier on October 22 from 5:30 p.m. The Darling Foundry will celebrate the publication of Luis Jacob’s catalogue, in presence of the artist and contributors Marie Fraser, Anne-Marie Ninacs and David Liss, on October 23 at 6 p.m. Montreal artist Helene Latulippe’s exhibition dealing with the memory of places, “The Scope of Shadows,” opens on October 22 from 5:30 p.m. at Atelier Circulaire. Thomas Balaban looks at 13 Montreal architectural projects that were ultimately never built in an exhibition opening at the Maison de l’Architecture du Québec on October 22 at 6 p.m. “The Other Architect” considers architectural case studies from 1960s to today that appropriate from non-traditional design practices and runs from October 26 at Canadian Centre for Architecture.


Monica Tap’s landscape paintings often have a distinctly temporal quality to them—it seems that time is being blurred or stretched out through the paint itself—and there will be a reception for her show “Through and Through” at Peter Robertson Gallery on October 29 at 7 p.m.


Fred Moten is giving a lecture on the intersection of race and poetics at Western Front on October 25 at 7 p.m. Gallery 295 is exhibiting the expanded photographic practice of artist Felicia E. Gail in her forthcoming exhibition “travel back to blue” on October 23 from 7 p.m. Contemporary Art Gallery will be hosting a reading and book launch of Auditions: Architecture and Aurality by Rob Stone on October 28 at 7 p.m. The Vancouver Art Gallery will be showcasing an overview of the artist Jerry Pethick, whose work addresses questions of perception in the visual arts, in “Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie,” opening on October 24.


Steven Leyden Cochrane’s installation Walled Garden opens at TRUCK on October 23 at 8 p.m. Newzones opens shows by photographer Dianne Bos (who draws on the history of World War I) and painter Marie Lannoo (a devoted colourist) with a reception October 24 at 2 p.m.


Renée Lavaillante makes things difficult in her exhibition at Centre Sagamie, which takes drawing but stretches the medium by “drawing without tools simply by crumpling paper, drawing with closed eyes, drawing a sound or tactile information,” and opens October 22 at 5 p.m.

St. Catharines

Bill Burns’s cheeky works about art-world celebrity—bobblehead figures of well-known curators, large signs that plead with museum directors—open in “Hans-Ulrich Obrist Hear Us” at Rodman Hall Art Centre on October 25 at 3 p.m., alongside Donna Szőke’s “Cloud.”

Quebec City

At VU Photo, Jinyoung Kim’s photographs of their birthplace, South Korea, open alongside Stéphanie Roland’s images, which decontextualize everyday objects, on October 22 at 7:30 p.m.


The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s critic-in-residence, Edgar Allen Beem, leads a writing workshop at the gallery on October 24 beginning at 9 a.m.


Gallery 44 opens a group exhibition featuring work by Amalie Atkins, Julie Favreau and Jacynthe Carrier, each exploring science-fiction type worlds, and a vitrines project by Dagmara Genda on October 23 at 6 p.m. followed by a brunch talk the next day. Liz Magor gives a talk in conjunction with her Gerhson Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario October 28 at 5:30 p.m.“Rocks, Stones, and Dust” (which, as the title suggests, looks at geology and rocks) brings together artists including Bonnie Devine, Jimmie Durham and Kelly Jazvac, opening at the University of Toronto Art Centre October 28 at 6 p.m. Giancarlo Scaglia’s haunting drawings, which draw on a massacre that took place on an island off the coast of Peru, open at Corkin Gallery October 23 at 8 p.m. Sanaz Mazinani’s work, which pulls from Internet sources to create kaleidoscopic collages, opens at Stephen Bulger Gallery October 24.


“Shohola Nights and Mortimer Dreams,” an exhibition of experimental landscapes linked through the use of light by Caroline Chan, Nicholas Hooper and Lauren Schaffer continues this week at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

St. Johns

Sculptures by Toronto-based artist Katie Bethune-Leamen open at Eastern Edge Gallery in “Snog, Marry, Avoid” on October 24 at 7 p.m.

Prince George

Paintings by John MacDonald open at the Two Rivers Gallery in “Unnatural Histories,” which opens October 22 at 7:30 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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