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This Week: Sonny Assu, the Khyber’s 125th, Made in Alberta & More

Across Canada March 7 to 13, 2013

The Idle No More movement, a longtime Halifax art institution, and the creative scene on the prairies provide the inspiration for some of the key shows and events happening in the next seven days. For more listings of exhibitions and openings, please visit

March 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Opening for “1912/2012 Made in Alberta III” at MOCA Calgary, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
Regional pride seems to be de rigeur these days on the prairies these days—in the past few months, Plug In ICA has hosted a four-show exhibition “My Winnipeg” while the Winnipeg Art Gallery hosted “Winnipeg Now.” Lately, Calgary has gotten in on the action as well; in February, MOCA Calgary opened part 1 of “1912/2012 Made in Alberta,” a civic centenary project that also includes shows at dealer Paul Kuhn and the Art Gallery of Calgary. Tonight, MOCA opens part 3 of the endeavour, featuring works by Eric Cameron, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Chris Cran and Ron Moppett, among other artists. Overall, 50-plus practitioners important to the province’s art production are to be featured. And more local pride is to be found at “Made in Calgary,” the first in a five-part exhibition series exploring “the character of Calgary’s artistic community from 1960 to 2000” in a decade-by-decade overview, currently on at the Glenbow Museum.

March 8 at 8 p.m.: Opening for “CXXV” at the Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax
Much has been made of late of the perilous financial situation of NSCAD, Halifax’s prominent art school—and with good reason. But for some former students, the Khyber Centre for the Arts—which has also faced financial challenges in recent years—is inextricably intertwined with NSCAD’s appeal. The building, which has hosted various exhibitions and artist talks over the last few decades, celebrates its 125th anniversary this week with a members’ exhibition designed to explore the themes of history, lineage and legacy. Storytelling by local raconteur Dusty Keheler at the opening will cover the building’s many incarnations as a gym, naval officers’ club, health centre, refugee clinic, gay club, music venue and more.

March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.: Opening for Daniel Hutchinson at Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
The paintings of Daniel Hutchinson are somewhat confounding—painted almost entirely in black, their images only become apparent when light reflects off of the grooves of his striated brushstrokes. But the experience can also be an intriguing one. In this latest exhibition, he takes the weather as his subject, offering highly abstracted representations of natural phenomena.

March 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.: Opening for Sonny Assu at Art Mûr, 5826 rue St-Hubert, Montreal
Included in significant recent exhibitions of First Nations art such as “Beat Nation” and “Decolonize Me”—and also pegged to appear in the National Gallery’s upcoming quinquennial of international indigenous art, “Sakahàn”—Sonny Assu is an artist on the rise. Originally from the West Coast, this member of the Liǥwildaʼxw nation is now a resident of Montreal. His show of new work at Art Mûr, titled “#NEVERIDLE” after the Idle No More movement, should be worth a look. (West coast fans may instead want to check out the artist poster show currently on at the Burnaby Art Gallery, where Assu presents more Idle No More–inspired works.)

March 11 at 7 p.m.: Lecture by Philip Tinari at the VIFF/Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
As part of the the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series (presented by the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada) one of the major art thinkers currently working in China presents a talk titled “On/Off: The Double Consciousness of China’s Newest Generation of Artists” in Vancouver. Tinari, director of the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing, is also the founding editor of LEAP, “the international art magazine of contemporary China.” (Also notably opening at the Vancouver Art Gallery this week: the first major Canadian show of Paris-born artist Patrick Faigenbaum, co-curated by Jeff Wall and VAG director Kathleen Bartels.)

For more listings of art openings and events across Canada, please visit


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