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Must-Sees This Week: September 21 to 27, 2017

Flotilla, framed as big celebration of artist-run culture, hits various venues in Charlottetown this weekend. Watch for work by D’Arcy Wilson, Charles Campbell and more

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.


Starting September 21, Charlottetown will host Flotilla/Flottille, a biennial gathering of artist-run centres from across Canada. The event—which continues to September 24 in various locations in the city—features floating performances, public installations, talks and performances by Divya Mehra, Charles Campbell, Luis Jacob and others. Among the highlights: Jordan Bennett and Lori Blondeau’s Samqwan/Nipiy honouring water as a vital resource and Charles Campbell’s Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong, which draws links between ecological and cultural ruptures.


“INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE,” opening September 23 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s largest-ever contemporary Indigenous art exhibition. Twenty-nine emerging-to-established Indigenous artists are featured, including Joi T. Arcand, Dee Barsy, Dayna Danger and Earthline Tattoo Collective, among others.


“Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity” at MSVU Art Gallery has a few events this week. “Creatively Engaging: Disability Arts, Aesthetics, and Accessibility,” happening September 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library, involves co-curator Eliza Chandler engaging in a public dialogue centering on disability arts and its role in the disability rights and justice movements, the emergence of disability aesthetics and practices of accessible curation. “Age and Creativity” is a conversation with the artists Cecil Day and George Steeves with curators Chandler and Ingrid Jenkner on September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery proper. It will be preceded at 1:30 p.m. with a performance by Michael Fernandes.

“We Met Online: Finding Each Other” is celebrated with an evening of food sharing and colouring on September 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Khyber. Stephanie Wu will create hand-drawn colouring books at the KREAM residency for visitors to keep and large colouring sheets for group colouring.

Oh! Canada: A Juried Exhibition of Works by Craft Nova Scotia Members” opens at Craft Nova Scotia on September 21 at 6 p.m.


“Wood Land School: Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing Lines from January to December / Traçant des lignes de janvier à décembre” has a fourth gesture unfolding September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Artists involved include Billy-Ray Belcourt, Maggie Groat, Rita Letendre and others.

Inspired by Frédéric Lavoie’s work Rue Notre-Dame, 1887, the workshop “Echo of an Image” invites the audience to imagine a soundtrack on September 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at VOX and CIBL. The event is part of the Momenta Biennale, as is a discussions of Quebec photo books happening September 27 at Librarie Oliveri with Luce Lebart, Josée Schryer, Alexis Desgagnés and Louis Perrault.

Elsewhere, works by Mark Liam Smith and Louis-Bernard St-Jean go on view at Galerie Youn starting on September 21. Also on September 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the McGill Rare Books Library: a talk on the 1618 Feather Book of Dionisio Minaggio and the histories of making images of nature with materials drawn from nature.

In Longueuil, at Plein sud, there is a vernissage and publication launch for Caroline Cloutier and Martin Désilets on Septembre 23 at 3 p.m.


From September 21 to 23, Queer City Cinema’s Featuring Features Film Festival is hosting seven feature-length LGBTQ films from around the world. Films inlcude Tom of Finland, Madam Phung’s Last Journey and Valencia.


Celebrate the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s latest exhibitions with a public reception September 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibitions include “Picturing the Giants: The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr,” “Moving Forward by Looking Back: The First 30 Years of Collecting Art at the AGGV,” “Close to Home: Local and Regional Artists in the AGGV Collection” and “Water Work Space.”


Ron Terada’s exhibition “TL;DR” just opened at Catriona Jeffries in Vancouver—but it also has a component showing at Boarding House Gallery in Guelph starting on September 26. This series of large-format prints displaying a selection of headlines from the Verge, an American tech news site, attempts to record the phenomenon of the future arriving faster than ever.


Griffin Art Projects features the work of Canadian artist Paul P., who has been in residence at Griffin Art Projects through the summer, starting on September 22. “Andrea Pinheiro: River like a snake” opens at Republic Gallery on September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a body of work that acts as a meditation on place and self.

“Another time, this time, one time” by Steffani Jemison and Justin Hicks opens on September 21 at 7 p.m. at Western Front, with related music performances on September 22 at 7 p.m. and September 23 at 2 p.m. This exhibition features a series of newly commissioned works made under the umbrella of Jemison and Hicks’ Mikrokosmos—an ongoing collaborative project that considers listening, language, and pedagogy through contemporary Black American music.

Métis scholar June Scudeler speaks on the work of Kent Monkman September 27 at 7 p.m. at SFU’s World Art Centre.

UNIT/Pitt debuts the fall session of its Spectre of Fascism Free School II this week in conjunction with the Institute for the Humanities at SFU. The series of informal lectures analyzes the current resurgence of authoritarian and fascist movements worldwide, and it resumes September 21 at 7 p.m. with “So, Do You Want a Master?”—a talk by Hilda Fernandez.

Out in Abbotsford, the Reach Gallery launches its new season with three shows by Indigenous artists. For “Ursula Johnson: Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember?)” the artist will engage in an endurance performance in the gallery on September 22, 23 and 24 from 12 to 5 p.m., pounding and splitting an ash-wood log as traditionally employed in Mi’kmaw basket-making. In “Out of the Current,” Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin shares her experience with undiagnosed chronic pain. In “Cognitive Dissonance,” Cody Lecoy explores his family lineage to decipher his own past. Also at the gallery: the 2017 Fraser Valley Biennale.


A few events take place this week under the Blackwood Gallery’s series “Take Care.” “Care Crisis, Care Connective: An Open Forum on Cultural Work” runs September 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Blackwood Gallery, with participation by Raju Rage, Precarious Workers Brigade, and Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn and Boo Watson, among others. Free lunch and childcare is available, and a bus from Mercer Union. “Protocols, Policies, and Proposals Performed,” consisting of scores composed by Lisa Busby and performed by the Element Choir, happens September 22 and 23 at various locations at University of Toronto Mississauga. And the Blackwood Gallery also hosts a public reading by Joshua Vettivelu September 27 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Elsewhere, Vtape and ImagineNATIVE present the survey “Skawennati: for the ages” with an opening reception and artist’s talk September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space. Contact Gallery’s fall exhibition “An unassailable and monumental dignity,” exploring images of Black males in the public sphere, opens September 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Works by Alexandra Bell, Mohamed Bourouissa and Leslie Hewitt are on view, among others.

Evergreen unveils a new public art program in the Don River Valley Park on September 23, including works by Duane Linklater north of the Bloor Viaduct and performances by Life of a Craphead closer to Corktown.

Oakville Galleries will open its fall exhibitions—“Seasons End: Out of Body” by Tamara Henderson and “#Q33R_WTCH_P155” by FASTWÜRMS—on September 24 from 2:30 to 3:30 at Centennial Square and 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Gairloch Gardens. “Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods” opens September 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Varley Art Gallery alongside Zev Farber’s “Present | Perfect | Continuous.” Yan will give an artist talk at 1 p.m. “Heavy Hitters: The Gifts That Keep on Giving,” featuring collection works by Emily Carr, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and others goes on view at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery starting September 23.

Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection” begins September 23 at the Aga Khan Museum, with a related Art of Collecting Symposium on September 24. Works by Norval Morrisseau and his son Christian Morrisseau go on view starting September 21 at Thompson Landry Gallery. The SOUNDplay Festival begins September 22 in Toronto and South River. The festival this year features an interactive installation by James Kirkpatrick, works by Myriam Boucher and Hyperboreal (Dermot Wilson and Jason Brock) and workshops and concert by visiting UK/Norway artist Natasha Barrett. There is also a closing poetry performance for Jack Butler’s exhibition “Blindfold” at Red Head Gallery on September 23 at 2 p.m.

And don’t forget to join us at Canadian Art‘s free Fall 2017 issue launch, taking place at Scrap Metal from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 23. It’s the wrap-up event for our Gallery Day, which features nine compelling talks in Toronto galleries during the afternoon. Find out more at


[in]SITES is a new site-specific performance series presented by Public Energy, Artspace the Art Gallery of Peterborough and ReFrame Film Festival in Peterborough and Curve Lake First Nation.

This week watch for performances by Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Pearl Salas September 23 at 8 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at Artspace. There is also a manifesto workshop September 24 at 12 p.m. at Artspace with Fletcher.

And on September 27, in Pushing It, artist Becky Welter-Nolan will push a six-foot textile boulder around Del Crary Park and through the Art Gallery of Peterborough in an exploration of site and labour. Performances 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., with reception to follow.


“Urban Green: artscarp” and “ONTARIO INK 150” begin September 23 as a public art exhibit at Hamilton Mountain’s Sam Lawrence Park and a banner installation on Concession Street. “Urban Green: artscarp” presents the work of nine artists who explore themes of migration ecology and public space, including Insoon Ha, Daryl Vocat and José Luis Torres.

Meanwhile, “ONTARIO INK 150” engages conversation around Canada and Canadian experience with works by Dana Prieto, Stylo Starr, Andrew McPhail and others.


“Since Then,” a group exhibition postulating what the future might hold, opens September 23 at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Artists include Rebecca Belmore, Garry Neill Kennedy and Justin Sorensen, among others


“Carrot City Canada” looks at how design can enable the production of food in Canadian cities, and focuses entirely on innovative projects conceived and realized across Canada. Begins September 25 in the Design at Riverside Gallery.


Based on translating postpartum anxiety into collage form, “Catherine Mellinger: Deep Salt Water” opens September 22 at 7 p.m. at Open Sesame. This suite of collages was originally created for the book Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides.

Anna van Milligen: <3” also launches in the Open Sesame windowspace on September 22, with a reception that evening at 7 p.m.


Ottawa Art Gallery and Gallery 17/18 will hold an opening reception of the exhibition “Polar Transference” on September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the third exhibition as part of a two-year partnership between the OAG and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Closing on September 24 is Sarah Fuller’s exhibition at the OAG Annex, titled “And perhaps in me someone very old still hears the living sound of wood.”

Gillian King also delivers an artist talk September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Councillor’s Lounge at City Hall.


Joseph Hartman’s exhibition “The Artist’s Studio” begins September 21 at Peter Robertson Gallery, with a reception September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and an artist talk at 3 p.m.

Also on deck September 23 and 24: Edmonton’s 2017 Fall Gallery Walk, including shows at Bearclaw Gallery, Bugera Matheson Gallery, Udell Xhibitions, the Front Gallery, Peter Robertson Gallery, Lando Gallery, Scott Gallery and Westend Gallery.

The Story So Far” is a new exhibition opening at SNAP Gallery on September 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. Also launching that evening at SNAP is The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation, produced by Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA).


“FUTURISMS,” featuring art by Jay Isaac, Olia Mishchenko, Turner & Pirbhai and others, opens September 22 at 7 p.m. at the McIntosh Gallery. The show draws inspiration from the influential speculations on “cosmic consciousness” by London, Ontario-based radical psychiatrist R.M. Bucke (1837–1902), who envisioned a utopian future of social transformation and augmented intelligence.


Lumière is a free, three-day contemporary arts festival held annually in Sydney. Working with artists from Cape Breton and beyond, Lumière presents workshops on September 21 and 22, and an art-at-night event from sunset to midnight September 23.

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