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Must-Sees This Week: November 9 to 15, 2017

Some major Montreal exhibitions are coming up, including Nadia Myre at MBAM and Leonard Cohen at the MAC

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.


This week, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal presents Nadia Myre’s first retrospective “Scattered Remains / Tout ce qui reste” as part of its current program ARTIST. WOMAN. INDIGENOUS. Opening on November 14 in the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, the exhibition will present five series of work created by Myre from 2000 to 2017, highlighting the breadth and diversity of the artist’s endeavours. A previous Sobey Art Award recipient, Myre is an artist from Quebec and member of the Algonquin First Nation Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg who often takes a collaborative approach to her creative process. Looking at themes of identity, place, resilience and the history of Indigenous peoples, the exhibition is subsequent to her recent artist residency at the Darling Foundry.

Marking the one-year anniversary of his passing, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal presents “Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything,” from November 9 to April 9, 2018. Celebrating Leonard Cohen’s rich legacy, the multidisciplinary exhibition reflects on his oeuvre by inviting forty different artists—both local and international—to revisit his music and writing in their respective ways. Preceding the official opening on-site, the MAC debuts a project off-site in Montreal’s Old Port at Silo No. 5 (corner of McGill and de la Commune) with the installation For Leonard by Jenny Holzer, consisting of a light projection of Cohen’s songs and poetry in both French and English on November 7 to 11, from 6 to 11 p.m. each evening.

Over at Galerie René Blouin, an exhibition by Pierre Dorion opens on November 11 at 3 p.m., running until January 6, 2018. Elsewhere, at ELLEPHANT, the exhibition “Focus : Media and Kinetic Art” opens on the same day with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring the work of Béchard Hudon, Philomène Longpré, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Skawennati, Adam Basanta and Nathalie Bujold. This group exhibition of Quebec artists highlights their respective and innovative contributions to the realms of robotics, programming, kinetic art and interactive installations in contemporary art. Also on November 11, the work of Caroline Mauxion and Teja Gavankar will debut at Optica, on view until December 16.

On November 15, Masako Miyazaki’s “木 – A tree -” opens at Galerie D’Este. It’s her first solo exhibition in Canada; Miyazaki is a photographer from Tokyo currently based in Montreal who uses her dreamlike lens to depict tree silhouettes as a metaphor of rooting—for both nature and humans.


The Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is organizing a joint curatorial tour and discussion of the exhibitions “INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE,” curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam, and “Entering the Landscape,” curated by Jenifer Papararo and Sarah Nesbitt, on November 14. The tour of “INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE” will take place from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, followed with a tour of “Entering the Landscape” at Plug In ICA from 5:15 to 6 p.m., concluding with a discussion at 6 p.m. at Plug In ICA. This joint event will draw attention to the curatorial strategies employed by the curators of both exhibitions.


The solo exhibition “Mormorii” by Fiona Annis debuts at the Galerie des arts visuels at the Université de Laval on November 9 with an opening at 5 p.m. The exhibition presents a series of lullabies, created in different languages and voices, and presented through sound, image and light.


An exhibition tour of “Le rêve aux loups” with artist Mary Anne Barkhouse and curator Jennifer Rudder will take place on November 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m at the Esker Foundation. The tour will focus on issues around land from both Indigenous and Western perspectives, and the role of the animal within Barkhouse’s work.

Taking place on the same day, the exhibition “Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish” opens at the New Gallery with a reception at 8 p.m. The exhibition features Puddle Popper—the four-artist collaborative consisting of Sarah Davidson, Juli Majer, Sonja Ratkay and Melanie Thibodeau—and their site-specific installation.

At TrépanierBaer Gallery, Chris Cran’s “They Were Beside Themselves” opens on November 15 from 6 to 8 p.m with the artist in attendance.


John Little’s retrospective exhibition “Forging a Life” opens at the Mary E. Black Gallery on November 10, celebrating his 47 years of blacksmithing. Curated by Andrew David Terris, the exhibition will look at the processes and stories behind Little’s works.

Over at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, the exhibition “Bodies In Translation: Age and Creativity,” which looks at aging and institutional barriers and features artists who identify as seniors, wraps November 12.

Dalhousie Art Gallery is presents a walking tour of the Hydrostone neighborhood with artist Claire Hodge, joined by architect Peter Henry and professor of architecture Brian Lilley, on November 12 at 2 p.m., beginning at Hydrostone Park.


Running from November 10 to December 16, a new project by Duane Linklater entitled “apparatus for the circulation of Indigenous voices and ideas into the air” debuts at Western Front. Inspired by the way Wawatay Radio broadcasts information and music across Treaty 9 areas in Cree and Oji-Cree languages to communities in Northern Ontario, Linklater’s installation consists of a small AM radio station that will broadcast from the gallery throughout the exhibition and will feature invited guests. An opening reception will be held on November 9 at 7 p.m.

In closings, Patrick Cruz’s exhibition “Quarantine of Difference” at Wil Aballe Art Projects ends on November 11.


Robert Youds’ “For Everyone A Fountain” opens at Open Space on November 10. The Victoria-based artist’s new work involves painting, sculpture, light, sound and algorithm to create an immersive and architectural installation.

Over at Deluge Contemporary Art, Grant Watson’s “Remnant” opens on the same day with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Watson’s project looks at the nature of toys involving new technologies, and consists of 16 life-sized dogs modelled from plastic toys.


The Kelowna Art Gallery presents Howard Podeswa’s “A Brief History,” a series of paintings by the Toronto-based artist that are narratively layered and offer a reflection on cosmologies. The exhibition opens on November 10 with an artist talk at 6 p.m. and a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.


The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought, a research centre based at Ryerson University, presents a free screening of the 1985 National Film Board documentary Passiflora on November 10 at 7 p.m. at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts, programmed in partnership with Ad Hoc. The rarely-shown French-language film was deemed controversial at the time of its release due to its portrayal of gay men and trans women, as well as for its themes of protest, divorce and abortion. Digital subtitles will be provided, and the screening marks the opening of DIRT: Intersectional Approaches to Messiness, the 2nd annual Activist Media Archives Symposium.

On November 9, Gallery 44 presents the talk “Michèle Pearson Clarke – A Dark Horse in Low Light: Black Visuality and the Aesthetics of Analogue Photography” at 7 p.m., featuring Michèle Pearson Clarke in dialogue with Canadian Art associate editor Yaniya Lee. The talk is part of the programming series Field of Vision, which examines photography’s role towards issues of race and representation.

Over at Pari Nadimi Gallery, “Trying to do Two Things at Once (Tale of the Minotaur)” by Peter Kingstone opens on November 10 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Elsewhere, Katrina Jurjans’ solo exhibition of paintings “for a moment it all comes together (and you’re the only one)” opens at Artscape Youngplace on November 12, running until November 24.

An artist talk with Lee Henderson will take place at Zalucky Contemporary on November 11 at 3 p.m., the last day of his solo exhibition “And the voices came from nowhere.” The exhibition stems from his summer residency at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland.


An opening reception for Hans Wendt’s exhibition “Paint Samples” at the Michael Gibson Gallery will be held on November 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition features new trompe l’oeil watercolour paintings of paint samples by the PEI artist, fluctuating between photorealism and abstraction.

Wallis Cheung’s solo exhibition “Pouring Out” opens at DNA on November 10, running until December 21. In this body of work, Cheung pushes the boundaries of painting by using unconventional materials to question the spatial framing of painting. A reception will be held on November 9 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Over at Western’s McIntosh Gallery, the exhibition “Silence, Pressure, Noise” debuts on November 10, featuring Christine Sun Kim, Darrin Martin, Christof Migone and Rehab Nazzal, who each explore and experiment with sound in their work.


As part of the “150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact” exhibition programming and in partnership with the Guelph Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Guelph is presenting screenings of the following two films: Birth of a Family by Tasha Hubbard on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Our People Will Be Healed by Alanis Obomsawin on November 14 at 7:30 p.m.

These must-sees are selected from submissions and press releases sent to at least two days prior to publication. Listings can be found at

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