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Must-Sees This Week: September 24 to 30, 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.)


The opening ceremonies for “Walking With Our Sisters,” which is presented in partnership with Gallery 101, will be held at Carleton University Art Gallery on September 25 at 1 p.m. “Beading With Our Sisters,” a conversation on the histories, meanings, and personal practices of beading, featuring Lucie DuFresne, Jaime Koebel and Benny Michaud and moderated by Linda Grussani, will be held on September 26 at 2 p.m. This is a free event with all supplies provided, and beginners are welcome.


On September 24 at 5 p.m., Nickle Galleries presents a show of works by Ron Moppett that blur the distinction between painting and sculpture. Esker Foundation opens two exhibitions on September 25 at 6 p.m., by photographer Celia Perrin Sidarous and Charlotte Moth, who will debut a new work made in partnership with the Banff Centre and supported by a Paul D. Fleck Fellowship residency.


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery debuts Petra Malá Miller‘s new photographic series Portraits in Light, with an opening reception on September 26 at 8 p.m. Also opening on September 26 at SAAG is “Inherent Virtue” by Chris Cran, which harkens back to “Inherent Vice,” an exhibition of his that took place at the same gallery three decades ago.


An artist reception will be held at dc3 Art Projects on September 25 at 5 p.m. for exhibitions by Tammy Salzl and Brandon VickerdBearclaw Gallery celebrates its 40th birthday on September 26 at 1 p.m. with a show featuring work by prominent First Nations artists Alex Janvier, Jane Ash Poitras, Aaron Paquette, Jason Carter, Jessica Desmoulin, Jim Logan and Jonasie Faber. The inaugural Nuit Blanche Edmonton begins on September 26 at 7 p.m. and runs all night long, until 4 a.m. Don’t miss Jon Sasaki‘s Bouncy Highrise at the Art Gallery of Alberta. A free panel held at the AGA on September 27 at 2 p.m. will give artists and organizers an opportunity to discuss their experiences of the art event. Edmonton’s annual fall Gallery Walk also takes place the weekend of September 25–27, with nine galleries participating.


An exhibition of works by Aleksandra Domanović that investigate the history of media and technology specifically relating to the role of women opens at Plug In ICA on September 26 at 8 p.m. There will be a public conversation with Aleksandra Domanović and Caitlin Jones in advance of the opening, on September 24 at 7 p.m.


“Writing Topography: The Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art” brings together the work of 24 artists from all four Atlantic Canadian provinces, among them Jordan Bennett, Ursula Johnson and Eleanor King. It opens at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on September 26.


At noon on September 26, Derek Liddington gives an artist talk at the University of Saskatchewan’s Gordon Snelgrove Gallery in connection with his exhibition at AKA Artist-Run. Liddington’s An opera about a column made by union workers, who are played by non-union actors, without an opera will be performed as a part of Culture Days and Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, which starts on September 26 at 8 p.m. and runs to 1 a.m.


The Canadian Art Foundation’s Gallery Hop Toronto kicks off with a panel discussion on collecting—featuring gallery dealer Simon Cole, artist-edition specialists Paul Van Kooy and Wendy Gomoll, collector Samara Wolbohm and artist Kelly Mark—on September 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Drake Underground. From there, the event spreads out across the city for gallery tours on September 26 and September 27 led by some of the city’s key art scene figures. Some other highlights this week: Berlin-based artist Shannon Bool returns with “Crooked Room,” a show of new works that mix ornamentation and psychoanalysis, at Daniel Faria Gallery on September 24. “Fry Guy” gathers works by Davida Nemeroff and JPW3 at Cooper Cole on September 25 at 6 p.m. The group show “Material Experiments,” with works by Lance Belanger, Michael Belmore, Wally Dion, Maria Hupfield, Madeskimo a.k.a. Geronimo Inutiq, Kevin McKenzie, Shirley Moorhouse, Jeneen Frei Njootli, begins at A Space on September 25. Critically noted Spanish artist Dora García’s “I SEE WORDS, I HEAR VOICES” and Mexican artist Carlos Amorales’s “Black Cloud” launch alongside a trio of new filmworks by Mark Lewis at the Power Plant on September 25 at 8 p.m. Prints of legendary South African artist William Kentridge’s Universal Archive series of ink drawings on dictionary pages open at Barbara Edwards Contemporary on September 25 at 6 p.m.


A much-anticipated public unveiling of the design concept for the new Vancouver Art Gallery building by architects Herzog & de Meuron takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on September 29 at 5:30 p.m. At the VAG’s current location, veteran photographer Christos Dikeakos debuts a series of new works based on the transactional value of Northwest Coast artworks alongside “The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast.” Both exhibitions open September 26. Photos by Jason Gowans and drawings and sculpture by Jeff Ladouceur open at Wil Aballe Art Projects on September 24 at 7 p.m. Fresh from a preview display at the New York Book Fair, “B. C. Almanac(h) C-B” reprises a 1970 National Film Board artist’s photobook commission at Presentation House Gallery starting September 30.


French artist André Fortino’s video triptych Hôtel Formes Sauvages leads a busy evening at the Darling Foundry on September 24 at 5 p.m. that also includes the debut of a new installation by Dutch-born, Montreal-based artist Roy Meuwissen, art collective Acapulco’s mountainous public-art installation Mirador and a launch for Montreal artist Jon Knowles’s monograph The Last Decayed. Across town at Battat Contemporary, a stellar group show of works by Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Julie Favreau, Sophie Jodoin and Beth Stuart on September 24 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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Scott Nicholson says:

I am the Executive Director of Scott Nicholson Fine Arts in Regina, SK., and I would like to submit my exhibition information in the Must Sees. Is there a publication charge to do so?

Thank you!

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir says:

Hello Scott, there is no publication charge. We select our top picks that have been emailed to at least two days before the opening. (Try to keep in mind that the article is written on Tuesday or Wednesday and covers exhibitions that are opening Thursday through the following Wednesday.) Hope that helps!

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