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 more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.
TORONTO AND AREA
Art Toronto, Canada’s biggest international art fair, kicks off this week, taking place from October 27 to 30 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Marking its 18th edition, more than 100 galleries from Canada and seven other countries will participate in the fair, with this year’s FOCUS section surveying Los Angeles. In addition to the numerous artists featured, the fair will be packed with extensive programming, including panels and artist talks, lectures, performances, guided tours and the Edition Art Book Fair. Canadian Art is pleased to join Art Toronto as a lead partner, and our programmed activities for the fair can be found here.
As part of its programming, Art Toronto is also organizing a West-End Gallery Hop on October 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. to visit 13 contemporary gallery in Toronto’s west-end neighbourhoods. The event is free and open to all.
Meanwhile at 401 Richmond, Bishara Elmi’s exhibition “Salt of the Earth” opens at Tangled Art Gallery, exploring notions of home. The exhibition will run from October 26 until November 25, and an artist talk is scheduled on opening night from 6 to 8 p.m. Down the hall at Gallery 44, “In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose” opens on October 27, featuring work by Dalia Amara, Rah, Rajni Perera, Shellie Zhang and Tau Lewis. Curated by Leila Fatemi, the exhibition looks at the ways culture and gender are performed, and how intersectional Western social expectations become internalized. Later, on November 1 at the Red Head Gallery, Nancy Anne McPhee’s “Fragment 47” opens, which takes the Greek poet Sappho’s 47th fragment as its inspiration. And on the fourth floor at the Bachir / Yerex Presentation Space, Reel Asian presents “Everything In Place,” running from October 28 to November 18. The exhibition is a multi-channel video installation by artists Patrick Cruz, Serena Lee and Casey Mecija, addressing the politics of location and themes of inheritance and memory.
Elsewhere, the group exhibition “Symbolisms” opens on October 27 at Cooper Cole, and will run until December 2. Also opening on October 27 is Harold Klunder’s “Language and Music” at Clint Roenisch Gallery.
On October 26, Karen Tam will be giving an artist talk from 2 to 4 p.m. as part of the program for “Far and Near: The Distance(s) Between Us,” an exhibition connecting several generations of Canadian artists of Chinese descent. The exhibition closes on October 29. Additionally, a guided tour of the Sobey Art Award Exhibition with curator Sarah Robayo Sheridan will take place on October 28 at 3 p.m. at the University of Toronto Art Centre.
Katzman Contemporary has announced that it will be closing its doors. Its final exhibition “Standing Under Mis” features the work of Marla Hlady, Christof Migone, Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau, and ends on October 28. They will be holding a toast on the final day at 3 p.m.
Curated by Shary Boyle in collaboration with Shauna Thompson, “Earthlings” opens at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough on November 1. Featuring works by Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok and Leo Napayok, the show spotlights artists who each approach their art-making with a laborious practice that enacts hybridity and mythmaking, while basing themselves in their earthly realities.
Opening on October 28 at Centre  for Print and Media Arts is “20 minutes of Action,” curated by Sally Frater. The exhibition will run until December 2 and is programmed to accompany the “ArtChange: Unmasking Rape Culture” conference taking place later in November.
Logan MacDonald’s exhibition “The Lay of the Land” opens at Eastern Edge Gallery in conjunction with the Landless Band project. Running from October 27 to December 8, MacDonald uses photography and sculpture to focus on the ways First Nations communities enforce the borders of their lands. Video works from Kent Monkman, Thirza Cuthand, Dana Claxton, Raven Davis and other films from the NFB were chosen by curator Jason Penney to screen throughout the exhibition. A panel talk entitled “Indigeneity and the legacy of cultural erasure within NL: Landless Band Panel Discussion #2” will take place on October 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. alongside the exhibition, featuring artists Logan MacDonald, Camille Georgeson-Usher and Megan Coles.
VANCOUVER AND AREA
Russell Leng’s solo exhibition “Temporary Tunnels” opens on October 27 at FIELD Contemporary. The exhibition will present new paintings and a drawing series by Leng constructed into a site-specific installation. Over at Centre A, the exhibition “Wishy-Washy Bodies” by Bigo debuts on the same day.
This week at the Surrey Art Gallery, the “Sounds for Action: Sound Thinking Symposium 2017” will happen on October 28 from 12 to 4 p.m. The event is scheduled with artist presentations, live performances and group discussions to generate dialogue on the ways colonial history shapes the relationships between identity, place and memory, and how these relations can be transformed.
In closings, Ron Terada’s exhibition “TL; DR” ends on October 28 at Catriona Jeffries.
Opening on October 28, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents “Point of Contact,” featuring works by Patrick Amos, Emily Carr, Stan Douglas, Jock Macdonald, Tim Paul, Takao Tanabe, Art Thompson, John Webber and Hjalmer Wenstob. The exhibition examines how artists have influenced the representation of the West Coast, and how a sense of place is culturally constructed.
Jade Yumang’s new exhibition “Thumb Through” begins at TRUCK Contemporary Art on October 27 with a reception at 7 p.m. Yumang’s series of sculptures explores the concept of queer form, reproducing pages from the 1970s gay erotic magazine My-O-My, which was used as evidence when police officers in New Jersey seized publications at a gay bookstore in 1972.
Veronica Verkley’s work Second Nature: FERAL will be on view in the Project Space at Esker Foundation from October 30 to January 21, 2018. There will be an artist talk and opening reception on October 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Elsewhere, a reception on October 28 at 2 p.m. will mark the opening of “Works on Paper” by Rana Rochat at Newzones. Also on October 28 is the opening of Will Millar’s exhibition “Ghosts of Old Ireland” at the Collectors’ Gallery of Art, showing paintings by Millar that reflect the Ireland of his youth.
Meanwhile at the Lily, “Elles envoient des indices” by Kelsie Hjorleifson and Sondra Meszaros debuts on October 27 at 8 p.m. The collaborative exhibition will present new collage work by both artists.
At the Glenbow Museum, a discussion with artists DaveandJenn and curator Nancy Tousley will take place on October 26 about the artists’ latest work, The Wellspring. The talk is at 7 p.m.
Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) presents “A Paradigm of Fusion” featuring the work of Tomoyo Ihaya and Shyra De Souza. Opening on October 26, Ihaya’s Eyes Water Fire and De Souza’s Bliss Points will be on view until November 25.
Meanwhile at Station 16 Gallery, the solo exhibition “Sweet Dreams” by Abigail Goldman opens on October 26. Created at a scale of 1:87, Goldman’s miniature scenes depict murder and violence, which she calls “die-o-ramas.”
Kotama Bouabane’s “We’ll Get There Fast and Then We’ll Take It Slow” opens at VU on October 27. In this exhibition, Bouabane satirizes the colonialist depictions through which North Americans imagine the “exotic south,” examining the power of the gaze.
Meanwhile at La Bande Vidéo, Anouk De Clercq’s exhibition “Thing” debuts at October 28, which takes its inspiration from unrealized architectural projects. Two exhibitions open at l’Œil de Poisson on October 27: Jonathan Plante’s “L’immobile” and Nicolas Puyjalon’s “Life Magically Is,” which will both run until November 26.
At Studio Sixty Six, “The Sympathetic Myth” featuring the work of Rosalind Breen opens on October 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Curated by Rose Ekins, the artist will present new paintings and drawings that examine the construction of personal allegories.
On October 28, Gallery 101 presents the group exhibition “Language of Puncture,” curated by visual artist Joi T. Arcand (néhiyaw/Muskeg Lake Cree Nation/based in Ottawa). The exhibition showcases Indigenous artists commonly exploring the themes of language, words and text in their work.
At Evans Contemporary, Peter Blow’s film Village of Widows is screening on October 26 at 7 p.m., which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and photographer Mamoru Tsukada. Blow’s film recounts the story of the Sahtu Dene and the atomic bomb, and is part of the programming for Tsukada’s exhibition “The Exhausted Sky,” currently on view at the gallery.
These selections are drawn from press releases sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two days prior to publication. For more listings, see canadianart.ca/exhibitions.