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Must Sees This Week: November 24 to 30, 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.

Quebec City

The fourth Foire en art actuel de Québec takes place
 November 24 to 27 at l’Oeil de Poisson and VU Photo. Works by 29 artists will be on view, with a vernissage on November 24 at 7:30 p.m.
 Among the artists showing are Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Yan Giguère and Emmanuelle Leonard. The show is guest-curated by Emmanuel Galland.


A major presentation of recent sculpture, drawing, and video by controversial Belgian artist Wim Delvoye opens November 29 at 5:30 p.m. at DHC/ART Foundation. “Nika Fontaine: Heimat” and “Rachel Monosov: Pink Village” open at Galerie Joyce Yahouda on November 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. In “Fragile,” opening at Patrick Mikhail Gallery on November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m., Cheryl Pagurek presents short videos and photo-based digital prints—all made by projecting contemporary global news imagery into vintage teacups. To end the series of performances organized as part of the exhibition “Délicat Pulse” at Darling Foundry, Emily Wardill presents a special creation in reaction to Julie Favreau’s work on November 24 at 6 p.m. The Favreau exhibition has its last day at the gallery on November 27, as does Sarah Grieg’s work Picture Transition, made in situ at the gallery.

Contemporary printmakers pay homage to a father of the genre in Quebec, Albert Dumouchel, with a show at Maison de la Culture de Villeray-Saint Michel-Parc Extension, opening on November 24 and celebrated with a reception November 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. New books about artists Dil Hildebrand, Alain Lefort and Gilbert Poissant launch at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain on November 29 at 6 p.m. See new works by Jean-François Lauda and Brendan Flanagan—including works Flanagan made based on Lauda’s—at Vie D’ange starting on November 25. Marigold Santos gives an artist talk at 1700 La Poste on November 26 at 2 p.m. Arprim launches its new fundraising editions by Myriam Dion and Julie Trudel on November 30 at 6 p.m. “Pierre Ayot: Face a Face” wraps at Galerie Graff on November 26.


The major retrospective “Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master” opens on November 24 at 6 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada. The show includes 150 works and 50 years of production by the senior Dene artist, including several that have never been shown in public before. Find out more in an artist talk November 26 at 2 p.m. at the gallery. Janvier, who attended residential school, is also speaking at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health on November 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Gallery 101 is hosting a holiday drop-in with performances by Ulysses Castellanos from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 26. The Ottawa Art Gallery also hosts a holiday reception on November 29 at 7 p.m.


TrépanierBaer presents Ryan Sluggett’s “Sights Being Set,” an exhibition of new paintings and a new sculptural video animation titled Recliner with Escapist Literature. The show opens November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. DaveandJenn, along with curator Christine Sowiak, do an exhibition tour of “A Natural History of Islands” at the Nickle Galleries on November 24 at 12 p.m. It’s the first DaveandJenn show to focus exclusively on the duo’s sculptural work. Contemporary Calgary hosts its fall exhibition opening of “VSVSVS: at the same time” and “NEXT2016” starting at 5 p.m. on November 24, with a performance by Lindsay Sorell and four members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at 7 p.m. Find out more about the show during a curator’s tour with Nate McLeod on November 26 at 1 p.m. Join students from the University of Calgary’s “Women, Canada, and Modernism” course as they animate the paintings in the Glenbow’s current Beaver Hall exhibition through spoken word vignettes on November 24 at 12 p.m.

“Un_form,” including video works by Felix A. Tuba, Megan Gnanashamany and Natalie Stevenson, opens at Stride Gallery on November 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join Esker Foundation’s head of research, Elizabeth Diggon, on a tour of shows by Cedric and Jim Bomford, Jasmina Cibic and Larissa Fassler, focusing on the intersection between public spaces and histories and the creation and projection of identity and nationhood. November 25 from 6 to 11 p.m. is the time for “After Hours,” the Untitled Art Society’s open studios and members show. In closings, “James Luna: Performagraphic” and “Julie Tremble: Searching for Bruce Willis” end at Truck on November 26.

Toronto and Area

Mercer Union presents “Astral Bodies,” a group exhibition about the nature of divinity and how we fit into the universe, starting on November 25 at 7 p.m. Featuring Shuvinai Ashoona, Karen Azoulay, Shary Boyle, Spring Hurlbut and Pamela Norrish, the show intends to imagine spaces beyond the physical. Innovative sound artist Christof Migone opens “Press Play” at Zalucky Contemporary on November 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. Y+ contemporary presents “Tapping,” a solo exhibition by Kristina Guison, opening November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. The project examines global tattoo histories for their insights on permanence, collective membership, cultural identity and migration. Hanna Barczyk, Toronto- and New York–based illustrator for the New York Times, the Washington Post and other outlets, opens a show with her Berlin-based sister Franziska Barczyk on November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Coldstream Fine Art.

“Outside the Lines,” a two-person exhibition featuring textile-influenced work by Anouk Desloges and Helen Liene Dreifelds, is celebrated with a reception on November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lonsdale Gallery. The group Angry Asian Feminist Gang holds a talk about the book Model Minority at Art Metropole on November 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tough Guy Mountain holds a grand opening for its new space, the Brandscape, on the evening of November 26. Deborah Edmeades gives an artist talk in relation to her new billboard project outside Mercer Union on November 26 at 2 p.m. The annual fundraising exhibition “Photorama” opens at Gallery TPW on November 25 at 6 p.m., including work by Sara Angelucci, Jeremy Bailey, Kotama Bouabane and dozens of other artists.

CAPITALIST DUETS by Public Recordings employs free-market dramaturgy in response to the commodity status of contemporary performance at the Theatre Centre from November 24 to 27. The book Printopolis, a new tome on contemporary print culture edited by Tara Cooper and Jenn Law, launches at Open Studio on November 25 at 6:30 p.m. In closings, the Koffler Gallery wraps up “Yonder,” a group show on themes of displacement and migration, on November 27.

Saint John

Suzanne Hill: Singular” opens at the New Brunswick Museum on November 27 from 2 to 4 p.m., including an event with the artist, poet Anne Compton and members of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada at 2:15 p.m. The symposium “Saint John: Creative City” takes place at the New Brunswick Museum on November 25 and 26. On November 30 at 7 p.m., Jesse Wente presents the talk “Reconciling Representation: Indigenous People in Popular Culture” at the University of New Brunswick.

Vancouver and Area

Lorna Brown, associate director/curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, gives a talk about curating on November 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Charles H. Scott Gallery. Contemporary Art Gallery assistant curator Jas Lally offers a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the gallery’s current exhibition on November 24 at 6:30 p.m.

As the finale of a Western Front residency with artist Jeneen Frei Njootli, who has worked within the ReMatriate collective to research Indigenous women’s activism, an event will be held November 24 to raise funds and materials for the Downtown East Side Women’s Shelter. The event includes performances, presentations and food, and takes place at Western Front on November 24 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Fiona Ackerman: Glasslands” opens at Winsor Gallery on November 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. “A Light Response,” on November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Burrard Arts Foundation, is a group show in which artists Lucien Durey, Deborah Edmeades, Justin Patterson, Natalie Purschwitz and Marina Roy will respond to Kelly Lycan’s work shown of late at the gallery. The exhibition “Children,” featuring work by Lenka Clayton, Candice Breitz, Christian Jankowski and Kerry Tribe, among others, opens at New Media Gallery in New Westminster on November 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., including a Skype talk with Clayton at 7:30 p.m.


Artist Suzie Smith presents new works in print and animation in her first solo exhibition at Lisa Kehler Art and Projects, opening November 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. BOOK-ISH-NESS is a lecture by Letch Kinloch, founder of Winnipeg artist-book library Also As Well Too, that takes place at the Winnipeg Cinematheque Theatre on November 28 at 7 p.m.


“With Mexico, From Love” brings together a number of artists from Latin America, including those who have immigrated to Canada or other parts of the world, but whose work remains influenced by the culture and issues of the present-day Mexico. Artists include Calixto Ramirez, Eugenio Salas and Biquini Wax, among others. The show opens November 25 at 7 p.m. at the Idea Exchange alongside a related community endeavour, Taco Stand Project.


The final instalment of Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s À fleurer  will be performed through live audio stream by Nemerofsky Ramsay on November 29 at 12:15pm. While Nemerofsky Ramsay reads his weekly correspondence from Europe, a screenprinted letter and floral responses will be unveiled.


It’s the last chance to see exhibitions associated with the World of Threads Festival, focused on textile arts, featuring 315 works by 134 artists from around the globe. The festival wraps up at various venues on November 27.


Artists Susan Tooke, Wayne Boucher and Janice Leonard talk about their works in “Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey” on November 27 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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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