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Must-Sees This Week: September 15 to 21, 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.


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (formerly Typology) presents “The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition,” curated by Astarte Rowe and featuring countless living Mediolus corona amoebas in an aquarium habitat, plus artworks by Jessica Drenk, Gabriel Lalonde and Claudia Wieser, with an opening reception on September 21 at 6 p.m. “In/Future,” an 10-day arts festival, launches on September 15 at Ontario Place. Pari Nadimi Gallery presents new work in a solo exhibition by Jennifer Stillwell, which opens on September 15 at 6 p.m. At Trinity Square Video,“Critical Ethics” features Yuula Benivolski, naakita feldman-kiss, Ido Govrin, Rachel Lott and jes sachse, with parallel writing projects by Hannah Black and Megan Toye, and will open on September 17 at 2 p.m. Koffler Gallery’s fall exhibition “Yonder” opens on September 21 at 6 p.m. with works by Sarindar Dhaliwal, Brendan Fernandes, Jérôme Havre, Luis Jacob, Esmond Lee, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Sanaz and Mani Mazinani, Divya Mehra and many others. “UNREALITIES” by Vancouver artist Erin McSavaney opens at Parts Gallery on September 15 at 7 p.m. “All This Time” brings together geologic samples and texts alongside artworks in diverse media by Carl Beam, Eric Cameron, Kelly Jazvac, Faith La Rocque, Micah Lexier, Ken Nicol and Tamiko Thiel at the Jackman Humanities Institute, with an opening reception on September 15 at 4 p.m. The opening reception for “Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto,” curated by Luis Jacob and including Deanna Bowen, Camille Turner, Robert Houle, Joyce Wieland, Roula Partheniou and Suzy Lake to name a few, at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto will be held on September 21 at 6 p.m. Dr. Richard Hill will present a free lecture entitled Researching Contemporary Indigenous Art in Public at University College on September 19 at 4:30 p.m.


“Constellation/conversation,” a new collaborative performance and installation work with Tanya Lukin LinklaterLeanne Betasamosake Simpson, Layli Long Solider, cheyanne turions and Cris Derksen, will begin at Artspace on September 16 at 8 p.m. with a single-evening durational performance by Simpson and Derksen, where they will perform Simpson’s poem How To Steal A Canoe. The performance will be followed by responses from turions, Long Soldier and Lukin Linklater.


Gallery 101’s two exhibitions “ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓇᒍ – isumaginagu – don’t think anything of it” by geronimo inutiq and “Morning Jam” with geronimo inutiq and Jordan David have a closing reception on September 17 at 11 a.m.


Two shows open at Truck on September 16 at 8 p.m.: “Cecil Hotel” by Mark Clintberg and “Searching for Bruce Willis” by Julie Tremble, while a closing reception will be held there for “Dip Strike Fold” by Leah Byrne on September 15 at 6 p.m. TrépanierBaer presents the work of Ambera Wellmann on September 15 at 6 p.m. The gallery will also open “Aujourd’hui Encore — Part I,” with the work of Vikky Alexander, Shary Boyle, Lyse Lemieux, Luanne Martineau, Meryl McMaster, Nadia Myre, Beth Stuart and Carol Wainio, and host a curator’s talk on September 17 at 4 p.m. And a sprawling new installation by Cedric & Jim Bomford opens alongside exhibitions for Jasmina Cibic and Larissa Fassler at the Esker Foundation on September 16 from 6 to 10 p.m.


Grier Edmundson’s “Ni l’un ni l’autre” opens Battat Contemporary’s fall season on September 15 at 6 p.m. Art45 opens “Privation” by Angela Grauerholz on September 17 at 3 p.m.


Three exhibitions open at DNA artspace on September 17 at 7 p.m.: “EL PARADISE” by Juanita Lee Garcia, “Two Weeks Last Spring” by Stephen Mueller and “Where is Here?” by Brynn Higgins-Stirrup. “Close Reach” by James Kirkpatrick opens at Michael Gibson Gallery on September 15 at 8 p.m.


AKA Artist-Run opens two exhibitions on September 16 at 8 p.m.: “Beyond the barrier of sound and soon, of light,” guest curated by Natasha Chaykowski and featuring work by Matthew Buckingham, Tatiana Grigorenko, Mami Takahashi, Lotte Van den Audenaeren and Charlene Vickers, and “I really shouldn’t say: an affected archive,” guest curated by Cole Thompson. The gallery also launches a new billboard featuring Capsule in Bush by Mami Takahashi.


As the first initiative during Jeneen Frei Njootli’s media residency with Western Front, she and the ReMatriate Collective present a free Wikipedia edit- and write-a-thon focused on Indigenous artists, organizations and events on September 17, beginning at 12 p.m. Raymond Boisjoly’s most recent body of work, Discrepants, which “circulates around textual figures of temporal and spatial displacements,” goes on view at Catriona Jeffries Gallery on September 16.


The Art Gallery of Guelph launches its new season of exhibitions on September 15 at 7 p.m. Sophie Lynch and Isabelle Lynch, awardees of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, present their winning exhibition “Blood, Sweat, Tears” with works by Kerry Downey and Joanna Seitz, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Mika Rottenberg and Adrienne Spier, in addition to “Circle Mound” by Don Russell and “Mondes bricolés,” featuring works by Philippe Blanchard, Julien Boily, Julie Hall and Jacob Irish, Jenn E. Norton and many more.


The Agnes Etherington Art Centre presents its fall season launch on September 15 at 6:30 p.m., with “Treasures and Tales: Queen’s Early Collections,” in which curators Alicia Boutilier and Deirdre Bryden mark the 175th anniversary of Queen’s University, and “Comrade Objects” by Glasgow-based Canadian artist Ciara Phillips.

St. Catharines

“Houses and Whispers,” a survey of recent video work by Gunilla Josephson, opens at the Rodman Hall Art Centre with a talk and reception on September 17 at 2 p.m.

Halton Hills

“Transformation: An Exhibition of Altered Books” opens at Helson Gallery on September 18 at 2 p.m.

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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