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Must-Sees This Week: October 23 to 29, 2014

There are lots of great exhibitions opening this week, and other interesting art events happening too. Here are our best bets.

Vancouver & Area

A “field trip” organized by Simon Fraser University Galleries gives Vancouverites the chance to hop a bus to various suburban galleries in the area on October 25 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The tour begins at the Audain Gallery in Vancouver, includes stops at Presentation House, SFU Gallery, the Maillardville Cultural Appreciation Society and the Surrey Art Gallery, and finishes off with dinner at Surrey’s Central City Brewing for hungry field-trippers. Later in the week, SFU also hosts theorist Benjamin H. Bratton for his October 29 lecture at Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre. Bratton’s talk, which addresses the place of cloud computing, smart cities, and robots in understanding geography and sovereignty, begins at 8 p.m. FIELD Contemporary presents two exhibitions which begin October 23—a solo from Christopher Kuhn and a thematic exhibition by Kuh Del Rosario and Scott Lewis entitled “N I R D V A N D V A” in a satellite space. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors are invited to hop between the two spaces (just down the block from each other) for concurrent openings. On October 28, Initial Gallery opens an exhibition of new surreally soothing works by Rebecca Chaperon, as well as the artist’s first sculptures and a collaboration with poet Hannah Stephenson. The reception runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For those curious to get a peek at the everyday operations of art superstars like Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons and Yayoi Kusama, the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series presents a lecture by bestselling author Sarah Thornton on October 27 at 7 p.m. at the VanCity Theatre. Thornton will be speaking about her soon-to-be-released book 33 Artists in 3 Acts, which delves into the inner lives of some of the world’s most fascinating contemporary artists.


On October 24, Atelier Circulaire opens new print show by Andrée-Anne Dupuis Bourret—an exploration of scientific imaging which tackles questions of land occupation. In an installation composed of grayscale screenprints, Bourret maps an evolving environment and documents her performative interventions upon the fictional space in a virtual notebook. A vernissage for the exhibition takes place at 5:30 p.m., but viewers may want to return throughout the exhibition’s run until November 21 to observe its shifting nature. Later in the week, GIV presents a set of moving-image works by international women artists in a series which includes work from across 20 countries over two years. “Difference Screen” reflects on the productive potential of difference, and takes place on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. A conversation with curators Ben Eastop and Bruce Allan follows the screening.


Toronto is abuzz this week, with two art fairs running in close proximity. The curated and relatively small-scale Feature Art Fair, organized by Quebec’s Association des galeries d’art contemporain opens for public viewing on October 23. Meanwhile, Art Toronto opens its collectors’ preview on October 23 at 4:30 p.m., with public hours beginning on October 24. Come find Canadian Art at Art Toronto, where we’ll be presenting daily “Generation(s)” talks with our editors in booth #840 at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also not to be missed: our mainstage panel discussion “The Curated Market” moderated by associate editor David Balzer at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Art Toronto. Visitors in town for the fair should take advantage of the weekend programming at the ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, including Newfoundland Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett’s video and sculpture installation “Ice-Fishing” at Trinity Square Video, which opens October 24 at 5:30 p.m. An art crawl throughout 401 Richmond’s imagineNATIVE programming also begins at 5:30 p.m. at A Space with “I:ke – I have motion,” curated by Lee-Ann Martin and featuring work by Rebecca Belmore, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Faye HeavyShield, Qavavau Manumie, Meryl McMaster, Nadia Myre and Jeffrey Thomas. Elsewhere, art party-seekers can take in Daniel Faria’s exhibition of new works by West Coast Modernist potter Wayne Ngan from 8 to 10 p.m. on October 24. On October 25, “Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds” celebrates past Flash Forward winners from OCAD University (including the likes of Adrian Fish and Geoffrey Pugen) in an exhibition at Onsite [at] OCADU. That reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Later in the week, the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art kicks off on October 29 with “Performance Art Daily,” a talk-show-style conversation on performance at 1 p.m. Those conversations recur daily with an impressive roster of Canadian and international performance artists, who will also be performing throughout the festival at Artscape Youngplace until November 2.


A cross between a cutting-edge music festival and a sound-art program, the Tone Deaf festival opens October 23 at Modern Fuel. In addition to performances by drummer Adam Tindale, composer Colin Labadie, and guitar-based ambient works by Kyle Bobby Dunn and Shane Whitbread at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, the festival also features a retrospective of poster art spanning the festival’s 13-year history which runs to October 29.


A collaboration between RAW Gallery of Architecture and Design and Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery aims to address the recent resurgence of Aboriginal architecture in Canada. “Maandaw ‘Igaan Mazinibii’igan ᒪᑐᐤᐃ ᑰ ᓐᓯᓀᐱᐦᐃᑯᓐ” features Indigenous architects from both major national architecture firms and smaller independent operations. As a celebration of the centennial of the Manitoba Association of Architects, the exhibition also reflects on the strong community of Aboriginal urban designers which has emerged in Manitoba. The exhibition opens in Urban Shaman’s main gallery on October 24 at 8 p.m., with an artist talk at 9 p.m.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from press releases and exhibition notices sent at least two days in advance (i.e. by Tuesday) to For listings of art events and exhibitions, visit

This post was corrected on October 23, 2014. The original article erroneously indicated that Eastern Edge’s 30th anniversary celebrations in St. John’s commence this week. In fact, they commence November 1. We regret the error.

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Alastair C MacKay says:

The North Now

2014 Northern Ontario Juried Exhibition

October 24, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Featuring art from across Northern Ontario, this multi-disciplinary juried exhibition provides a glimpse of the immense creativity, diversity and innovation by established and emerging artists living in the north of the province.

This is the first juried exhibition organized by the Gallery in ten years and this time the reach has been extended to include Northeastern Ontario artists as well. Artists were invited to submit original works of art created within the last two years for consideration by a jury of arts professionals. Artists were encouraged to submit work that challenges, expands and innovates.

Eastern Edge Gallery says:

Hi Canadian Art!
Thank you so much for the coverage! Alas just wanted to let you know that 30/30 Vision starts Saturday Nov 1 here at Eastern Edge Gallery and not this weekend. One more week to prepare for all these amazing projects including one day installations, an international video art series, professional development workshops for artists, critical discussion events, and celebrations! Folks can visit or our Facebook Page (Eastern Edge) for more information about this 30th Anniversary series. Thank you! – Mary MacDonald, Director

Leah Sandals says:

Hello Eastern Edge & Mary in particular,

Yes, we are really excited about Eastern Edge’s 30th—so much so that we wish it was happening sooner! But since it isn’t, have corrected the post. Thanks for alerting us to the error.

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