On the Walls

Your weekly round-up of art happenings around the city, including participatory art, old-timey beer ads and an urban walkabout.

Ed Pien, Under Water.

Toronto Ed Pien artist ponders themes of diversity through deep-sea imagery with his collection Under Water. Vernissage Nov. 28, Pierre-Francois Ouellete Art Contemporain (Belgo Building, 372 Ste-Catherine W., #216), 6 – 8 p.m.

Data : Salon II is the latest installment in the Data : Salon series of works exploring moving images. This edition’s theme is “Looking Through Time,” and the show features works by Alexandre Larose and a collaborative work by Paul Raphaël and Félix Lajeunesse. Eastern Bloc (7240 Clark), 7 – 10 p.m.

Brought to us in part by the Musée de Lachine, Pour Boire il faut vendre invites us back to an age where beer ads didn’t need to (insert your least preferred marketing tactic beer companies use to hawk suds here). The product on hand is Black Horse Ale, and some 300 different ads are displayed to showcase the different ways in which the beer was sold. The show is being held in the warehouse where the beer was once produced. Vernissage Nov. 29, la Vielle Brasserie (2801 boulevard Saint-Joseph), 7 p.m.

Local artist and entertainer Alexis O’Hara presents Squeeeeque! The Improbable Igloo, an interactive sound and immersive installation of a “speakerbox” igloo. Vernissage Nov. 29, Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve (4200 Ontario E.), 6 p.m., free

He’s an artist and author, and now Jamie Ross, the filmmaker, brings forth his Apparition of the Wild at SKOL, an installation including four videos that finds deeper meaning in the forestry of Eastern Ontario. Vernissage Nov. 30, Centres des Arts Actuels SKOL (Belgo Building, 372 Ste-Catherine, #314), 5:30 p.m.

ArtLab presents The Act is the Art, an installation that demands participation by inviting gallery visitors to paint self-portraits and a follow-up to the summer’s WonderWall exhibit. One need not to have any particular skill in the area of the arts, the goal here is just enjoy and have fun, and experienced artists will help you to create photo-transfer portraits. The activities will be held this weekend, with a vernissage then taking place on the 7th of December, where the art will be available to take home. Dec. 1 – 2, ArtLab (5524 St Patrick Street, #103), $50

The Interface “walkshop” is a tour around the city that invites particpants to photograph urban interfaces like cameras and then discuss the effects technology has on the urban landscape and overall experience of citylife. Dec. 1, starting from the Canadian Centre for Architecture (1920 Rue Baile), 2 p.m.

Local photographer Jacinthe Robillard unveils a new collection of portraits at the vernissage for her latest solo show this week. Dec. 1, Galerie Les Territoires (Belgo Building, 372 Ste-Catherine W., #527), 3 p.m., free

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