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The WHERE List: Canada’s “Must-See” Exhibits

Vancouver

Giant sculptures are popping up all over the city as part of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale. Keep your eyes peeled for the 30 awe-inspiring sculptures, some of which are still being installed.

Ottawa

Get a sneak peek at the studios of the Enriched Bread Artists—Ottawa’s largest artists collective—at the EBA Annual Open Studio.

Edmonton

A building of singular beauty—a new architectural icon—is taking shape downtown. This exhibit charts the design and construction of Randall Stout Architects’ new Art Gallery of Alberta. From the gallery’s history to Stout’s design inspiration found in the city’s urban grid and North Saskatchewan River Valley, you’ll witness the evolution of the new AGA building, from initial conceptual sketches and diagrams to pictures, models, and photographs captured throughout construction. On display through Dec 13 at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Whistler

If you’re looking for Canadian art, stop by Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery. For First Nations pieces, visit Black Tusk Gallery.

Canadian Rockies

Banff’s Whyte Museum hosts Jan Kabatoff’s Glacier: A Journey until Nov 12. While Kabatoff has always been fascinated with ice, global warming and its effect on the planet’s fresh water supply focused her research on the glacier. Her trek to seven glaciers on three continents is explored through paintings, mould impressions, hand-dyed textiles, photography and an audio symphony of glacial voices.

Halifax

Nocturne isn’t just an art exhibit—it’s the season’s must-attend art event in Halifax. Running after dark on Oct 17, the annual “art at night” festival is a free, accessible event showcasing the city’s arts scene with exhibits at galleries and public spaces around the city. Walking tours, free transportation, live entertainment and a programme map complete the experience.

Winnipeg

Celebrate the spirit of hockey at Medea Gallery from Oct 18 to 31. Hockey Night in Canada is a collection of 30 works by Winnipeg artists Sheldon Dawson, Helen Lyons and Kris Row that captures the spirit of Canada’s favourite game through acrylic paintings, pottery, glass work and sculpture.

Toronto

Though this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close, its glamour lingers, as two of Toronto’s largest cultural institutions present related exhibitions of fashion and celebrity photographs. The Art Gallery of Ontario looks to the past with Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, which features more than 200 of the photographer’s influential prints taken from the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair between 1923 and 1937. The Royal Ontario Museum offers a complementary survey of both show business and fine-art photography in Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913–2008.

Victoria

The University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery and Café, right in the heart of downtown, presents Ted Harrison: Painting Paradise, a career retrospective of one of Canada’s most popular and beloved visual artists, now living in Victoria. Showing through Nov 29, the exhibit includes dozens of works spanning five decades, including recently discovered paintings from Harrison’s 1994 Commonwealth Games series.

Calgary

The Art Gallery of Calgary showcases 40 years of world-renowned feminist artist Judy Chicago’s textile work in If Women Ruled The World: Judy Chicago in Thread. Chicago was recently named one of the top 200 artists of the 20th century by the New York Times, the show runs until Jan 23, 2010.

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