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Must-Sees This Week: April 28 to May 4, 2016

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.)

Campbell River

The Campbell River Art Gallery opens two solo exhibitions by two Prairie-based artists, Amalie Atkins and Kiarra Albina, on April 28. Atkins’s exhibition will include her work The Braid Harvesters, a portion of her large, four-part film installation we live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical, while Albina’s exhibition will show Amulet, a new suite of works on paper that explore portraiture in red ink.


Cindy Dumais has created an exhibition based on the memos and notes written to her and collected by her over the years, branching out from these texts to create corresponding paintings and other visual representations; the result of this process goes on view at Sagamie Contemporary Art Centre on April 28 at 5 p.m., followed by a performative reading at 6 p.m. with Maude Cournoyer and Guillaume Ouellet.


“Culture Shift,” the third edition of a Montreal-based native art biennial, opens April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Canadian Guild of Crafts, April 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Art Mur, and May 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Stewart Hall Art Gallery, including works by KC Adams, Nadia Myre and Ronalde Souliere. At Galerie René Blouin, two exhibitions featuring work by François Lacasse and Nicolas Lachance open with a vernissage on April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. Station 16 Gallery’s upcoming exhibition takes a look at the innovative stencil work of artists including Joe Iurato, Logan Hicks and Snik, and opens April 28 at 6 p.m. “Does the oyster sleep?,” curated by Pip Day and Irmgard Emmelhainz, opens at SBC Gallery on April 30 at 2 p.m.


The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival gets into full swing with exhibitions across the city. Kotama Bouabane’s new body of work, which riffs on tourist photography to create an experimental ethnographic approach, opens April 29 at Gallery 44; rumour has it there will be a giant coconut. The Cripping the Arts symposium takes place at Ryerson University April 28 to 30, and on a related note Tangled Art Gallery has its grand opening on May 4 at 7 p.m. featuring works by Persimmon BlackbridgeSteve Driscoll and Dan Hudson’s paintings goes on view at Angell Gallery with a reception April 29 at 7 p.m. Painting is also in focus at General Hardware Contemporary, beginning April 30, with Celia Neubauer’s restrained works, and Caroline Larsen’s colourful, tropical pieces.


The National Gallery of Canada kicks off two spring exhibitions on April 29: a suite of prints by Pablo Picasso constitutes one show, while a offsite show in Toronto brings the photographic archives of the Globe and Mail go on view at 425 Wellington Street West in Toronto.

Quebec City

l’Œil de Poisson opens two exhibitions, one by Nicolas Fleming, who will reconfigure the architecture of the gallery space, and another by Mike Bourscheid, whose show will display the outcome of his recent residency at l’Œil de Poisson, on April 29 at 8 p.m.


The Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective has curated an exhibition of new installation work by Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater at the Art Gallery of Alberta that picks up on the theme of excavation, and opens April 30. Also at the AGA opening April 30, “The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings” takes a look at the science behind art. At Bugera Matheson Gallery, Pascale Ouellet’s playful livestock paintings open in “Seeking Horizons” on April 29 at 6 p.m.


Photography by Jason Nugent that details, in part, his travels, opens in “Worlds Apart” at Gallery 78, beginning April 29.


Opening April 29 from noon to 3 p.m. at UNIT/PITT, “Art & Parenthood” considers the social, material and aesthetic relationship that parenthood has to art-making. Artists include Mark DeLong, Dream the Combine and Skeena Reece.


At the MacKenzie Art Gallery on April 29, Tammi Campbell opens her first solo museum exhibition, which will continue her investigation of trompe l’oeil techniques, and Theo Sims’s immersive installation piece The Candahar, which recreates the interior of a historic Belfast public house that functions as a bar, opens as well.

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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