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Must-Sees This Week: September 29 to October 5, 2016

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 even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


The Mountain Standard Time festival of performance art hits Lethbridge October 1 and 2 with a variety of events on the program. Among them: A screening of Halifax-based artist Lisa Lipton’s “Impossible Blue Rose,” which brings together nine chapters and three years of “docu-fiction,” on October 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; an exhibition by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, “Opera for a Small Room,” openings October 1 at 8 p.m. at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery; a live podcast recording of Art AF on October 1 from 3 to 4 p.m.; a performance by Echo + Seashell on October 1 from 10 to 11 p.m. at Le Petit Trinanon; and roving performances by Tom Brount and Alexander Stienetz.

St. John’s

A screening of a film about the life of Annie Pootoogook, with proceeds going to the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, will happen at Eastern Edge on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow.


Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, happens from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Victoria Park with a host of important performances and other works. A sampling: Occupy Anishinabe Park 1974, in which artist Charlene Vickers revisits a First Nations protest in Kenora from some 40 years ago; Cate Francis’s Printer Jam!, which invites visitors to pull their own edible screenprint; Kara Uzelman’s archeologic-style South Riversdale Trench; and Linda Duvall and Alanna Moore’s Messages for Those Who Are Absent, which gestures, through edible gifts to visitors, towards those not at the event.


Wheat City Nuit Blanche features live performance, visual art and installation by multiple artists on October 1 from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. From 2 to 5 p.m., check out venues along Rosser Avenue; from 3 to 8 p.m., visit Roses Salon; and from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. experience happenings at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Among the artists are Christian Ilagan, Alexandra Hasenpflug and Natalia Lebedinskaia.


AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art hosts “WALKING PHOENIX,” its final exhibition as a permanent gallery venue, featuring 40 artists from across Canada including Sylvain Beaudry, Kuh Del Rosario and Sarah Van Sloten, with an opening reception on September 30 at 8 p.m.


A talk by internationally renowned artist Walid Raad takes place via SFU Galleries on East Hastings at 7 p.m. on September 29. Elsewhere on the same evening, Raymond Boisjoly and Jordan Wilson curate “So Wide, So Low, So High,” an event at VIVO starting at 7:30 p.m.

On October 1 at 2 p.m., Charles H. Scott Gallery director Cate Rimmer gives a tour of “Edgar Heap of Birds: Genocide and Democracy, Secrets of Life and Death,” Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds’s ongoing solo exhibition, using two series of text works to render his relationship to the Cheyenne and Arapaho landscape, and Indigenous identity in the context of contemporary American electoral politics.

As part of “Terminal 1.0: Programmed Poetry,” a four-part project investigating single-user interfaces, Tiziana La Melia reads from “The Eyelash and the Monochrome,” a merging of text and screen, on October 1 at 1 p.m. at the Western Front. Want to make some art? All are welcome at a collaborative 135-foot drawing project coordinated by Val Nelson running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roundhouse.


Philippe Allard opens “Frontiers,” his new exhibition, a sculpture installation complicating concepts of geographical and physical limits, at Sagamie on 30 September at 5 p.m.


“Dog Park,” Matthew Reichertz’s installation drawing from a dog’s sense of smell as navigating space, opens at Hermes on September 30 at 6 p.m. Hannah Minzloff’s collection of photographs, “Portraits on Main Street: the complete works,” portraits of Nova Scotians spanning four cities of the province, opens in Chase Gallery on October 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Adam Basanta and Eleanor King open “Sounding Space,” a two-person exhibition premised on the play of sound in architectural space, at Gallery 1C03 on September 29 at 4 p.m. with artist talks on 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. “Superimposition: Sculpture and Image” opens at Plug In ICA on October 1 at 8 p.m. featuring work by Valérie Blass, Nadia Belerique and Dominique Rey, among others, and a related panel running October 2. Last but not least, “Hank Bull: Connexion,” featuring work by the influential Vancouver-based artist, opens September 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba.


Toronto’s Nuit Blanche kicks off on October 1 at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next day; find out our picks in our special roundup. Elsewhere, Naomi Yasui debuts an installation at Public Window starting on September 30; Sydney Shen and Alexander Hardashnakov premiere new works at Roberta Pelan on September 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and “Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries” has its first official day at the Art Gallery of Ontario on September 29.


Art Gallery of Mississauga participates in Doors Open Mississauga, an opportunity for the public to access art and cultural sites of the city for free, with its three 40-minute guided tours of the gallery, on October 1 from 1 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.


Documenting, through paper drawings, personal experiences in a residential school at Sandy Bay First Nation in the early 1960’s, “Memory Drawings,” an exhibition by Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) artist Robert Houle, opens at Latcham Gallery on October 1 at 1 p.m.


The Tree Museum celebrates outdoor installations by Badanna Zack and Deeter Hastenteufel with a reception on October 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.


ImagineNATIVE, in collaboration with Hamilton Artists Inc., presents a free outdoor screening of short films by Indigenous artists on September 30 at 8 p.m. in the Inc.’s courtyard.

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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