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Must-Sees This Week: September 14 to 20, 2017

This week sees a big party celebrating the opening of a new location for the Onsite at OCADU Gallery in Toronto—and a big show of Indigenous art as well

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.


This week marks the opening of the new location of the Onsite Gallery at OCAD University. The opening is September 16 from 12 to 6 p.m., and also marks the launch of the exhibition “raise a flag: work from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015),” curated by Ryan Rice. The next day, Stories from the Vault: 7th Annual Indigenous Visual Culture Symposium happens from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the new gallery. Among the featured panelists are David General, Tom Hill and Barry Pottle.

Mercer Union presents a new commission by Deanna Bowen entitled On Trial The Long Doorway, opening September 14 at 7 p.m. (View our recent studio visit with Bowen for more on her work.) Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith and Camille Turner open the exhibition “Triangle Trade” at Gallery TPW that same evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Jon Sasaki opens a solo show at Clint Roenisch on the evening of September 14.

“Migrating the Margins” is an exhibition reflecting on decades of immigration and life in the suburbs featuring work by Sister Co-Resister, Erika DeFreitas, Anique Jordan, Tau Lewis, Rajni Perera and Nep Sidhu, among others. It opens September 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Art Gallery of York University.

“Template for Gardens” by Yam Lau opens on September 16 at Mjolk from 2 to 5 p.m. Opening on September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pari Nadimi Gallery is work by Italian artist-duo Botto + Bruno and Toronto-based artist Carson Teal. The group show “Winged Victory,” featuring work by Gina Rorai, Sharon Switzer and David Urban, among others, begins September 14 at Corkin Gallery.

Land.breath is a performance by Peter Morin happening September 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Opening the Dialogue is a panel featuring Raven Davis, John G. Hampton, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Peter Morin taking place September 16 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at University College. “Fermenting Feminism” highlights art by Hazel Meyer, Sarah Nasby, Walter Scott and other artists, and opens September 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Critical Distance Centre for Curators.

Raven Chacon’s “Report,” presented with imagineNATIVE, opens September 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. Also opening at the gallery: “David Court: CV.” Open Studio launches its 2017 visiting artists residency exhibitions with “Daniel Barrow: Poem” and “Kathleen Ritter: In Broad Daylight” on September 15 with artist talks from 6 to 7 p.m. and a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. “Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012” opens September 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Koffler Gallery.

“Four Winds,” an exhibition of new work by Geoffrey Pugen, opens September 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at MKG127. “How Deep Is Your Love?” at Cooper Cole features art by Jenine Marsh, Laurie Kang, Beth Stuart, Thea Yabut and others; it opens September 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Abraham Anghik Ruben has a new show at Feheley Fine Arts, with a reception September 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Works in progress by Christopher Pratt go on show at Mira Godard Gallery on September 16.

On September 16 at 1 p.m., join Art Gallery of Mississauga curator of contemporary art Kendra Ainsworth for a tour and discussion of the AGM’s fall exhibition “walking across, talking through,” followed by an artist talk by Hiba Abdallah on Souvenir Shop. On the other side of the GTA, in Whitby, Station Gallery holds an opening reception for “Frances Ferdinands: Between Latitudes”and “Bernard Leroux: Reclaiming the Bois-Brûlés” on September 14 at 7 p.m.


Aki: Five Short Films about Place” are selected by Cara Mumford and will be screened outdoors on September 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Whetung Ojibwa Centre, Curve Lake First Nation. It is presented by the ReFrame Film Festival.

And in conjunction with Public Energy: dance artist Brian Solomon will lead a series of public rehearsals for community members of all ages and abilities Wednesdays and Thursdays from now until mid-October. They run from 7 to 9 p.m. Check the ReFrame website for details.


The Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University presents: “Resort” and “Vidéotank 2016: Lessons on Leaving Your Body.” The opening reception will take place on September 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.


At Rodman Hall Art Centre, drop in September 14 at 7 p.m. for the opening of “Material Girls,” a touring exhibition from the Dunlop Art Gallery about “women taking up space.” Artists include Morehshin Allahyari, Jaime Angelopoulos, Christi Belcourt, Dominique Rey, Winnie Truong and Marie Watt. It is curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek and Wendy Peart, with Matotek delivering remarks at 8 p.m.


“The Closer Together Things Are” is an exhibition opening September 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. Featured is work by Ève K. Tremblay, Micah Lexier, Roula Partheniou and Chris Kline, among others. The show is co-curated by Shannon Anderson and Jay Wilson.

This is the last week to catch some strong exhibitions at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery: headlined by a Joseph Tisiga solo project, the trio of shows close on September 17.


An opening reception for the Art Gallery of Guelph’s fall exhibitions takes place September 14 at 7 p.m. “150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact” is the biggest of the three, featuring works that re-narrate landscape by KC Adams, Shuvinai Ashoona and Rebecca Belmore, among others.

Also opening at the gallery: “My curiosities are not your curios,” curated by 2017 Middlebrook Prize winner Yasmin Nurming-Por, and “Light in the Land: The Nature of Canada.”


“Wood Land School: Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing Lines from January to December” debuts its fourth gesture on September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. This iteration features work by Billy-Ray Belcourt, Rita Letendre and Charlene Vickers, among others.

“Montréal’s Geodesic Dreams” is an exhibition opening September 20 at 6 p.m. at exhibition at UQAM Centre de design. The show marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the most famous geodesic dome in the world: the US Pavilion at Expo 67, designed by R. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao.

New paintings by Anthony Burnham debut at René Blouin on September 16. “Hexe: Marion Wagschal” opens at Battat Contemporary on September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. “Jen Leigh Fisher: The Aquanauts” opens September 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at La Centrale.

“La forêt noire: Anna Jane McIntyre” has a vernissage at MAI on September 14 at 5 p.m., with a guided tour at 6 p.m. “Lucie Rocher: Faits et causes” hosts a curator’s tour and artist talk September 19 at 6 p.m. at Z Art Space. Photos by Elena Willis open at Ellephant on September 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Mobilita” is a one-night exhibition happening at Maxville Studio featuring work by Annie Briard, Stephen Schofield, Paul Wong and others. Drop by September 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Andrew Forster and Erín Moure launch the public project “Paraguayan Sea / Mer paraguayenne” on the outside of the EV building of Concordia University on September 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Fred Laforge / Comment ne pas être cynique?” opens at Espace Séquence on September 14 at 5 p.m.


“Never the Same: What (Else) Can Art Writing Do?” is a conference happening September 15 to 17 at Contemporary Calgary and Arts Commons. Speakers include Chris Kraus, Amy Fung and David Garneau—as well as Canadian Art’s own assistant editor Merray Gerges. The program for the conference also includes the opening reception of the exhibition “Extratextual” at Contemporary Calgary from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday evening and a Saturday-evening social with readings and performances by Lisa Robertson, Jeanne Randolph and others.

The Canadian premiere of “A Very Long Line” by arts collective Postcommodity—a body of related works moving from the U.S.-Mexico border to Athens, Greece—opens September 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Esker Foundation. An artist talk happens the next day, September 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Also opening at the Esker Foundation: “Mary Anne Barkhouse: Le rêve aux loups.”

Art, science and engineering merge in often-spectacular ways during Beakerhead, which has returned to Calgary this week. Today through the 17th check out works at various locations, including Skybeings at Eighth Avenue Place, Bee Kingdom’s Inflatable Space Invasion at Telus Spark, and “Picturing the Past: Fossils in Art” at the Taylor Institute. Diane Landry’s mechanical sculptures are also featured in an exhibition at VivianeArt starting on September 15.

Larissa Tiggelers: tender waves make the softest gestures” and “Jeremy Pavka: heart of gold, stomach of steel” open September 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jarvis Hall Gallery. Tiggelers also gives an artist talk the next day at 2 p.m. On September 15 at 8 p.m., Stride opens “Other Portraits – Patrick Cruz and Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill.”

“To talk to the worms and the stars,” with works by Miruna Dragan, Maggie Groat, Rithika Merchant and Cindy Mochizuki, opens September 15 at 8 p.m at the New Gallery. “Fortune House” performances by Mochizuki also happen Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Newzones opens solo exhibitions by Jonathan Forrest and Yechel Gagnon on September 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.


On September 16, the Art Gallery of Greater VictoriaWater Work Space opens with an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is intended to be part exhibition and part workshop, functioning “much like a research and development department investigating the watery essence of the world.”


Katie Bethune-Leamen’s exhibition “Hair did. Nails did. Keep everything did.” opens September 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. at DNA.

Enjoy a discussion of Museum London’s “Canada and London: 150 Years of Growing Together” exhibition on September 14 at 2 p.m. It’s also Doors Open this weekend, and Museum London is participating with free admission, daily tours by the “renegade” New York collective Museum Hack and curator stories behind some of the museum’s strangest local-history artifacts.

Artlab Gallery opens a 50th anniversary celebration and alumni exhibition on September 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.


Performance artist, choreographer and dancer Ming Hon is part of the Wall-to-Wall festival at Forth Projects on September 15.

The Manitoba Craft Council and Gallery 1C03 present “Shards: Contemporary artists in conversation with the ceramics of our forebearers” on September 14 from 4 to 7 p.m., with remarks and a performance at 5 p.m. Artists include KC Adams, Jaime Black, Lita Fontaine and Niki Little.


Lisa Birke: The Knits” opens September 15 at 7 p.m. at Cambridge Galleries’ Queen’s Square location.


Ron Terada‘s “TL; DR” opens at Catriona Jeffries on September 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Eric Metcalfe (aka, at one time, Dr. Brute) opens the show “Gargoyles and Improvisations” at the West Vancouver Museum on September 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Elsewhere in town, “Before Demolition” by Emily Neufeld opens September 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Burrard Arts Foundation. “Intra/Extra,” featuring Annelie McKenzie and Sean Mills, curated by April Thompson, opens September 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Dynamo Arts Association.

At the Richmond Art Gallery, check out the recently opened exhibition “Eternal Return” featuring art by Barb Choit, Kevin Day, Lucien Durey, Alanna Ho and Anchi Lin. There is also a reception for “Colour Burst” on September 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Art Gallery at Evergreen. The group show includes works by Josef Albers, Greg Curnoe and Roy Kiyooka, among many others.


On September 15, Studio 21 opens “Go Figure,” an exhibition of figurative art by Brian Burke, Michael Harrington and Marcus Jones.

On September 20, the sixth annual Artists and Conversation event puts forward Ashley McKenzie, Donna Morrissey and Dinuk Wijeratne in a talk about art at this free, public panel discussion and reception. The panelists are creators of the 2017 Finalists for the $25,000 Masterworks Arts Award. It all takes place at 6 p.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.


Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective‘s latest project, a showcase of Indigenous fashion, will be highlighted at at the Western Canada Fashion Week on September 16. On deck are works by Jeneen Frei Njootli, Meghann O’Brien and Sage Paul.

The exhibition “and the light she lingers as your hostess” by Gillian Willans opens on September 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Scott Gallery.


“here and now and then,” featuring art by Derya Akay, Anne Low and Meghan Price, opens September 15 at 8 p.m. at Aka Artist-Run. It’s also a great time to check out A Glassiness to the Eyes, a billboard by Lisa Hirmer recently installed close to the gallery.


The McMaster Museum of Art opens its fall exhibitions on September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. On the roster: “Simon Glass: The Ten Commandments / Prohibited Weapons and The Thirteen Attributes of God”; “Struck by Likening: The Power & Discontents of Artworld Analogies”; and “A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy.”


This week in Ottawa, make sure to check out some recently opened shows at the Carleton University Art Gallery. On deck is “Annie Thibault: La chambre des cultures, foraging in time and space,” in which an artist in residence with the university’s biology department works with fungi as living material; “Always Vessels,” a group show on Indigenous making presenting work by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Pinock Smith and Olivia Whetung, among others; and “Animate: Diyan Achjadi and Alisi Telengut,” which reflects on how colonialism, climate change and animate forces of the universe are interconnected through the work of two Canadian artists.

Elsewhere, at Ajagemô Gallery, Governor General’s Award winner Michael Morris will produce watercolour sketches for Ottawa Letter from September 18 to 23. The Letter is a large-scale painting to be produced in 2018.

“Somatic Satiation,” featuring art by Kosisochukwu Nnebe, opens September 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Studio Six Sixty Six.

“Continuum: Karsh Award artists welcome a new generation” features art by Joi T. Arcand, AM Dumouchel, Leslie Hossack, Olivia Johnston, Julia Martin, Meryl McMaster and Ruth Steinberg. It opens at the Karsh-Masson Gallery on September 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Saskatchewan’s fine art fair Art Now takes place from September 15 to 17 at the Soundstage.


Celebrate three new exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s fall launch on September 14: “The Golden USB: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens”; “A form of formlessness: Teresa Carlesimo and Michael DiRisio”; and “At Home: The Interior in Canadian Art.” The reception takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on that day.

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

This post was corrected on September 18, 2017. The original implied that Brian Solomon’s Peterborough events were associated with ReFrame rather than Public Energy.

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