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Must-Sees This Week: September 8 to 14, 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.


An exhibition of the finalists of Powerhouse Prize 2016, featuring Alexis O’Hara, kimura byol-nathalie lemoine and Manon Labrecque, opens at La Centrale on September 9 at 6 p.m. Sent by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea) to be the first Korean artist-in-residency at the Darling Foundry, Cha Ji Ryang’s performance Bat is not originally reversed will take place on September 8 at 7 p.m. Galerie Nicolas Robert presents Jim Verburg’s solo exhibition “Impermanent Horizon” with a reception on September 10 at 3 p.m. Leyla Majeri’s “Harness the Sun” opens at Arprim on September 9 at 5:30 p.m. Graff Gallery opens its new venue with Christian Kiopini’s “Projections constructives 2015-2016” on September 8 at 5 p.m. Jen Aitken’s “2 Volumes” opens at Centre Clark on September 8 at 5 p.m. And don’t miss “Focus: Perfection,” a look at Robert Mapplethorpe‘s meticulous approach, opening at the Musée des beaux-arts on September 10.

Quebec City

“Ensemble” opens VU Photo’s 2016-17 programming season September 9 at 5 p.m. with work by Nadia Myre, Jacynthe Carrier, Charles-Étienne Brochu, Charles Guilbert and Nathalie Caron, Jean-François Prost/Adaptive Actions and the collective Outre-Vie/Afterlife. The reception will feature Myre’s performance A Casual Reconstruction.


“H A R M O N I C S P A C E S” is Nick Dourado’s month-long studio residency at the Khyber Centre for the Arts, focusing on alternative teaching and learning to infiltrate art spaces. An opening reception and workshop information session will be held on September 12 at 6 p.m. to introduce the three free weekly workshop programs, “Sound Club,” “Math Jam” and “People’s Chorus.”


Duane Linklater’s “From Our Hands” opens at Mercer Union on September 9 at 7 p.m., and will feature the work of Ethel Linklater, Duane’s grandmother, and a clay-mation film by his 12 year-old son, Tobias Linklater, alongside the artist’s structural responses to and alterations of the institutional space.Ken Lum’s “Necrology” opens on September 10 at Richard Rhodes Dupont ProjectsMarvin Luvualu Antonio and Raul Altosaar’s “Every Day Is A Lifetime” is the culmination of their summer-long residency at Robert Kananaj Gallery, and will open on September 8 at 6 p.m. B.G-Osborne’s solo exhibition “DOLLO’S LAW” opens at 8-11 on September 9 at 8 p.m. Susy Oliveira’s “Man Seen by a Flower” opens at Erin Stump Projects on September 9 at 6 p.m. Zahra Siddiqui’s “The Invisible Majority” opens at Daniels Spectrum on September 8 at 6 p.m., followed by an artist talk and panel on September 11 at 2 p.m. Ryerson Image Centre opens its new season of exhibitions with “The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video,” featuring over 20 contemporary artists such as Raymond Boisjoly, Naoya Hatakeyama, Isabelle Hayeur and Edward Burtynsky. Joseph Tisiga’s “IBC: Death Prophecy Denied or Busyness in the Face of Impending Doom,” a series of works on paper concerned with the historic and ongoing heroic fetishization of the Indigenous, opens at Diaz Contemporary on September 8 at 7 p.m. David R. Harper’s solo exhibtion “Holder” and Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins’s alteration of the gallery’s storefront lightbox-signage, “Go with the Flow,” open at MKG127 on September 10 at 2 p.m. Gallery 44 presents “like an old friend,” with Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Nicole Kelly Westman and the collaborative trio Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko on September 9 at 6 p.m., followed by a brunch artists’ talk on September 10 at 12 p.m.

A.C. Repair Co. presents “Genii Loci,” by New York-based sculptor Moch Hahn and painter Liza Lacroix, on September 9 at 6 p.m. “Carousel” by Sam Cotter opens at Zalucky Contemporary on September 10 at 4 p.m. “The Sophie La Rosière Project,” Iris Häussler’s three-dimension novel unfolding over three sites in Toronto (Scrap Metal and Daniel Faria Gallery), opens at the Art Gallery of York University on September 14 at 6 p.m. with the Performance Bus, a free bus to the venue, featuring Martha Baillie and departing OCAD U on September 14 at 6 p.m. Andrea Pinheiro’s “Circumstantial Evidence” and Kate Newby’sTuesday evening. Sunday afternoon. The Atlantic Ocean.” open at Cooper Cole Gallery on September 9 at 6 p.m. Four new exhibitions open at Xpace Cultural Centre on September 9 at 7 p.m. Katzman Contemporary presents “to space in” by VSVSVS on September 9 at 7 p.m. Angell Gallery opens a solo exhibition by Derrick Piens and an installation by Virgil Baruchel on September 10 at 2 p.m. At Paul Petro Contemporary Art, “Atmospheric Resonance” by Leigh Bridges and “Rumble” by Miles Collyer open on September 9 at 7 p.m. Co-presented with TIFF, “Rudzienko,” a new film installation by American artist Sharon Lockhart, premieres at Gallery TPW on September 10 at 2 p.m. Chris Cran’s “Anon Anon” opens at Clint Roenisch Gallery on September 8 at 6 p.m. At Susan Hobbs Gallery, “and, something like fire dancing,” featuring work by Amy Brener, Patrick Cruz, Barbara Kasten and Scott Lyall, opens September 8 at 6 p.m. Last, but certainly not least: Olga Korper Gallery holds a reception for its Mark Ruwedel exhibition on September 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.


“Improvise Everything” features artists Diane Borsato, Raven Chacon, Dylan Miner, Pauline Oliveros and Amanda White, and opens at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Satellite Space and opens to the public September 10.


SWARM 17 features more than 18 openings at Vancouver galleries over September 8 and 9. Among the highlights of the week: The Belkin Art Gallery presents Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson’sThe Last 2009 Waves” with an opening reception on September 8 at 6 p.m., followed by a tour with the artists on September 10 at 1:30 p.m. Centre A presents “Mean Time” by Morgan Wong starting September 9 at 7 p.m., followed by an artist talk the next day at 4 p.m. Amélie Brisson-Darveau temporarily transforms the gallery space into an indoor climbing gym in “Ascension” at Access Gallery, which opens September 9 at 7 p.m., followed by the gallery’s “In Conversation” series, in which Lyse Lemieux and Amélie Brisson-Darveau will discuss their practices on September 10 at 2 p.m. Untitled Art Space presents Daniel Hojnacki’s “Where House Used to Be” on September 9 at 8 p.m. Malaspina Printmakers opens Fabiola Carranza’s “Aedes Hallucinates in the Jungle” on September 8 at 6 p.m. Contemporary Art Gallery hosts a dual-venue project by Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten: “White, Steel, Slice, Mask” in CAG’s window spaces and “Bear Claws Salad Hands” at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Canada Line, with a reception on September 10 at 3 p.m. Or Gallery presents performance-installation “5 Tableaux: (It Bounces Back)” by Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau, with a reception and performance on September 9 at 7 p.m., followed by an artist talk on September 10 at 2 p.m. Western Front presents Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina’s “Asymmetrical Response,” which opens on September 8 at 7 p.m. James Nizam’s solo show “Ascensions of Timeopens at the Burrard Arts Foundation on September 8 at 7 p.m. “Erosion” by Andreas Bunte opens at SFU Gallery with a reception and artist talk at 1 p.m. on September 10.


Sculptor Mowry Baden’s “Toroidal Yodel” opens September 9 at 7 p.m. at Deluge Contemporary Art.


Curated by Jesse Birch, “Out of Sight” is a touring exhibition from the Vancouver Art Gallery that features a selection of photographs by Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton, and will open at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on September 9 at 7 p.m.


At Stride, Kate Jackson’s “/NOTHING IS TOO EMPTY A PLACE TO GO” opens September 9 at 8 p.m., followed by an artist talk and embroidery workshop on September 10 at 2 p.m. At the New Gallery Divya Mehra’s “It’s Gonna Rain” opens September 9 at 8 p.m. “Staring at the sun with your eyes closed,” featuring work by Lauren Chipeur and April Martin, and curated by Zoë Wonfor, opens at Untitled Art Society on September 9 at 8 p.m., followed by a publication launch the next day.


Supercrawl, Hamilton’s weekend-long, all-day annual arts and music festival, inaugurates on September 9 at 6 p.m., with projects by Donna Akrey, Anitra Hamilton, Nathalie Quagliotto and others, as well as parallel projects such as Reece Terris’s “3rd Stage,” a site-specific installation at Hamilton Artists Inc.—with an artist talk and preview on September 8 at 8 p.m.—Gabriel Baribeau’s “Which Berries Can Humans Eat” at Casino Arstpace and Carey Jernigan and Julia Campbell-Such’s “Patternmaker” at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.


Doris McCarthy Gallery presents “Outdoor School,” curated by Amish Morrell and featuring Deirdre Fraser-Gudrunas/Vibrant Matter, Ayumi Goto, Maggie Groat, Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed, Jamie Ross and Jay White. The show opens on September 14 with a performance by Jamie Ross entitled Script of Desire at 5:30 p.m.


Lisa Kehler Art and Projects presents Neil Farber’s first Canadian solo show in over a decade. “The Braided Stream” will open on September 9 at 6 p.m. In collaboration with Martha Street Studio, which is opening a survey of Daniel Barrow‘s print work on September 9, the Plug In ICA hosts an artist talk with Barrow on September 8 at 8 p.m.


On September 12 at 5 p.m., Carleton University Art Gallery opens four exhibitions: Patricia Reed’s “The One and the Many;” “TRANSACTIONS,” with work by Elisha Lim, Kama La Mackerel, Oli Rodriguez, Coco Guzman, Morgan Sea and Kalkidan Assefa; “genderhow?” with photographs by Jennifer Dickson, Gabrielle de Montmollin, Becky Singleton and Douglas Walker, and a video by Kent Monkman and “We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996).”


The Dunlop Art Gallery offers “Writing interspecies relations,” a free experimental-writing workshop with Joanne Bristol on September 10 at 1 p.m.

St. John’s

The show “NEW-FOUND-LANDS: Exploring historical and contemporary connections between Newfoundland and the Caribbean diaspora” opens September 9 at 7 p.m. at Eastern Edge. It includes a performance by Camille Turner on September 10 at 11 a.m. at the A.C. Hunter Library, as well as artist talks and a curator tour on September 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery. Curated by Bushra Junaid and Pamela Edmonds, the show includes works by Angela Baker, Sandra Brewster and Anique Jordan, among others.


“The Images in Our Heads” features Jennifer Martin, Alana MacDougall, Syrus Marcus Ware, Andrew McPhail and Alexis Bulman, and will open at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on September 9 at 7 p.m.


A closing reception for Mina Moosvipour’s “Emphatic Tension” at McIntosh Gallery takes place on September 9 at 7 p.m., while Jason Stovall’s “THIN SKINopens that same evening. Elsewhere, at Museum London, “TransAMERICAS: a sign, a situation, a concept” goes beyond goes beyond the Eurocentric conceptions of Latin American culture and transcends stereotypical views of the fantastic or exotic, starting on September 10. Look for works by Juan Ortiz-Apuy, José Luis Torres and Z’otz Collective, among others.

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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