Art this week

Your guide to the arts scene this week, including vernissages, artist talks, and of course, Nuit Blanche!


Work by Miss Me. New works at Fresh Paint Gallery. 


Guys, Nuit Blanche is nearly here. Galleries across town have been prepping their special Nuit Blanche programming for months already, so most of the week’s activities are centred around Saturday night’s festivities. Before we get to that though, there are a few events happening Thursday and Friday that are worth your attention.


Work by Emmanuel Laflamme at idiphi Pop-Up Gallery
Work by Emmanuel Laflamme at idiphi Pop-Up Gallery

If you’re curious about the temporary gallery we told you about earlier this week, it’s now open to the public it will open next week. Go check out work by Emmanuel Laflamme in the repurposed hardware store turned architect’s creative space before the whole thing is razed to make way for condos.***UPDATE*** The gallery will open to the public officially next Wednesday, March 4. Check the link above for opening hours and location. 


Thursday, the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) is offering you the chance to meet with gallerists and curators from NYC and Boston with a special 5 à 7 at Parisian Laundry. Also present will be the team behind the upcoming Art Souterrain festival. While you’re there, take a look at the exhibit Collision 11, showing work from graduating MFA students at Concordia and UQAM. 3550 St-Antoine W., Thursday, Feb. 26, free. RSVP to


From Unground at the Darling Foundry
From Unground at the Darling Foundry

A major highlight of the week is going down Thursday at the Darling Foundry with the video installation Unground by Luxembourg artists Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert, curated by Kevin Muhlen. This multi-dimensional work will take you to the edge of humanity’s increasing alienation from nature in the face of the modern metropolis and relentless capitalist consumerism, with a glimmer of hope when anger can be purposefully channelled into creativity. 745 Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 26, 5–10 p.m.


Also on Thursday, a screening and artist talk will be held at CK2 Gallery with Matt Goerzen discussing life in the digital realm, and Loreta Lamargese talking about how we relate to one another, with and without mediation through art, film or other forms of expression. BFFA3AE‘s short film “Live [EXPLICIT]” will be screened between the talks. 6560 Esplanade, #203, Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., RSVP to


Work by Steben Alexander at Galerie D
Work by Steben Alexander at Galerie D

I don’t know of any new shows opening on Friday (seems most of the galleries have scheduled openings this week to coincide with Nuit Blanche), but there IS a cocktail party on Friday at Galerie D to celebrate Steben Alexander’s Ma muse m’amuse, inspired by the legendary Belle Epoque art muse Marchesa Luisa Casati, which opened earlier this month. Don’t miss the chance to see this great show in a party atmosphere worthy of the Marchesa herself. 1200 Amherst, #102, Friday, Feb. 27, 5–10 p.m.


Also on Friday, Studio XX launches their urban wilderness mapping project, Wild City Mapping, which will be an open-source website with Montreal’s wild green spaces mapped along with records of community members’ connections to the spaces. The Sierra Club’s Floris Ensink will be on hand to give a presentation. 4001 Berri, #201, Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., $5 suggested or free for members.


Film still from 'Incubator' by Inbel Hoffman at Galerie Joyce Yahouda
Film still from ‘Incubator’ by Inbel Hoffman at Galerie Joyce Yahouda

In conjunction with Art Souterrain, which opens during Nuit Blanche,  Joyce Yahouda Gallery will host a panel discussion on Friday relating to the festival’s theme of security and personal freedom. The panel includes Israeli artists Maya Landman, Merav Svirsky and Inbal Hofman who will discuss their works to be presented during the festival. 372 Ste-Catherine W.,#516, Friday, Feb. 27, 4–6 p.m.


Mural by Red Bandit
Mural by Red Bandit

Alright, now obviously Nuit Blanche means there’s tons of stuff going on all over town Saturday night, and among those events is a biggie that your BFFs over here at Cult MTL have been collaborating on with the Phi Centre. La Nuit Tribe is set to be a huge party with a major musical line-up headlined by A Tribe Called Red. Throughout the night, artists Swarm and Red Bandit will be live-creating, and you’ll also have a chance to check out some of their previous work as well as some special video projections by Bear Witness, on exhibit for one night only.


For a comprehensive list of other recommended Nuit Blanche activities of all kinds, check out our curated round-up of highlights. As usual there’s an overwhelming array of options, but you can’t go wrong with going door to door at the Belgo building (372 Ste-Catherine W.). Highlights there include SBC Gallery’s launch of their Talk Show project, with special guests all night, and Atelier Circulaire’s Vinyl Scratching Workshop.


Bonus, just down the street from the Belgo, you can check out Fresh Paint’s new satellite space on Nuit Blanche with their first official exhibit, Saints of Soul : Beauty Through Hardship by prolific street artist Miss Me. Her beautifully illustrated wheat pastes of musical icons like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Tupac, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse can be found on walls all around the world as well as in her home base of Montreal, but word is that she’s pulled out all the stops to create a unique indoor exhibit with some special touches that can’t be done outside on the fly. This special Nuit Blanche vernissage will include a street dance performance from Urban Identity Crew and DJ sets from Stram and Adass. 256 Ste-Catherine E., Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.


Don’t forget to check out the full listings below, put on an extra pair of socks and get out and see some art!




Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Fashion Show + Exhibit

Galerie 203 – 203 Notre-Dame W.

Fashion So Arts – Malou Cadet

To March 1


Feb. 26, 6–8 p.m.

Galerie Mile End (Ame-Art) – 5345 Parc

Créations de femmes – Group Show

To March 8


Feb. 26, 5–10 p.m.

Darling Foundry – 745 Ottawa

Unground – Gast Bouschet + Nadine Hilbert

To March 15


Feb. 26

Eleanor London Côte-Saint-Luc Public Library – 5851 Cavendish

Jugs and Mixed Media – Valeriya Khomar

To March 29


Feb. 26, 5 p.m.

Galerie Thomas Henry Ross – 5445 de Gaspé, #423

Capitalism in the 21st Century

To June 19


Feb. 28, 3 p.m.

Diagonale – 5455 de Gaspé, #110

Prix Diagonale – Group Show

To March 14


Feb. 28, 8 p.m.

Fresh Paint 256 – 256 Ste-Catherine E.

Saints of Soul : Beauty Through Hardship – Miss Me

To March 25


Feb. 28, 3–6 p.m.

VOX Centre de l’Image Contemporaine – 2 Ste-Catherine E.,  #401

Faire des histoires – Nikki Forrest, Kim Kielhofner and GIV

To March 28


Feb. 28, 2–5 p.m.

Galerie d’Este – 4396 St-Laurent

Pass It On – Marigold Santos + Véronique La Perrière M. + Joani Tremblay

To March 29


Feb. 28, 3 p.m.

Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

Through the Scapes of Your Memory – Andréanne Godin

To April 11


Feb. 28, 7 p.m.–2 a.m.

SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg  #507)

Talk Show – El Instituto

To April 18


Last Call:


E. K. Voland Art Gallery – 4710 St-Ambroise, #100

Tremors – Dego (Detlaf Gotzens)

To Feb. 26


Galerie l’Agora – Cégep du Vieux Montréal – 255 Ontario E.

MTL ZOO – Group Show

To Feb. 27


Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles – 5800 St-Denis, #501

Le sort, le destin et l’autodétermination – Line Dufour

To Feb. 27


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Se partager les eaux – Marie-France Tremblay

To Feb. 27


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Touski – Group Show

To Feb. 27


Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105 & #517

Centaur – Konstantinos Meramveliotakis

To Feb. 27


Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Last Year’s Fears – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (PFOAC) – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #216)

Strangers in a Strange Land – Ed Pien

To Feb. 28


Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – 1892 Payette

Out of This Light, Into This Shadow – Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Balancing Zing – Les Ramsay

To Feb. 28


Galerie Lilian Rodriguez – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #405)

Espaces illusoires – Blanche Louise-Michaud + Sarah Osborne + Amélie Riendeau

To Feb. 28


Galerie Laroche/Joncas – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #410)

Places – Lynne Cohen + Sylvie Readman

To Feb. 28


CIRCA art actuel – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #444)

The Uneasy Sleep of the Operator – Sébastien Cliche

Soulèvement social – Sayeh Sarfaraz

To Feb. 28


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Otherworldly – Betino Assa + Matthew Thomson

Reticence – Michelle Lundqvist

Fields – Neil Harrison

Paysage financier – François Raymond

La revente – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Usine 106U – 160 Roy E.

Inoculation – Group Show

To Feb. 28


The McClure Gallery (Visual Arts Centre) – 350 Victoria

Megalopolis – Dennis Ekstedt

To Feb. 28


Café Touski – 2361 Ontario E.

Le jour de la marmotte – Adeline Lamarre

To Feb. 28


Galerie Dominique Bouffard – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #508)

Art and Narrative – Group Show

To Feb. 28


Galerie Donald Browne – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #528)

Out of Shape – Paul Bureau

To Feb. 28


Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Prestige – Articule Members’ Show

To March 1


Maison de la culture Frontenac – 2550 Ontario E.

Riopelle: Les migrations du bestiaire – au pays des ouaouarons

To March 1


Monastiraki – 5478 St-Laurent

Lumen – Laura Madera

Mere Phantoms – Shadow Installation

To March 1


Ongoing Shows:


Espace Mushagalusa – 533 Ontario E.

Les Héritiers – Séadé + Ma’Liciouz + The Kevin Calixte

To March 4


Boulangerie Chez Fred – 5338 Sherbrooke W.

Montréal – A Photo Exhibition – Steve Walsh

To March 6


Galerie LUZ – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #418)

Sacré – Profane : Samy Elmaghribi – The Museum of Jewish Montreal Pop-Up

To March 6


Occurrence – 5455 de Gaspé, #108

Vert voisin III – Stéphanie Beaulieu

L’image-matière – Benoit Blondeau

Les Inéluctables – CLUCA

To March 7


Visual Voice Art Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #421)

Generative Methods – Deskriptiv

To March 7


Galerie Graff – 963 Rachel E.

39 – 45 – Jean-Pierre Séguin

To March 7


Phi Centre – 407 St-Pierre

y2o – Dominique T. Skoltz

To March 7


Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges – 5290 Côte-des-Neiges

Barcelone: Cinq regards Montréalais – Group Show

To March 8


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Love, l’amour exposé! – Group Show

To March 8


Montreal City Hall – 275 Notre-Dame E.

Montréal, ville de hockey

To March 14


Joyce Yahouda Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #516)

Causalité – Marc Dulude

À la lueur de BéBé Lune – zipertatou

Incubator – Inbal Hoffman – Roundtable Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

To March 14


Beaux-Arts des Amériques – 3944 St-Denis

Still Life: Revisited – Group Show

To March 14


Parisian Laundry – 3550 St-Antoine W.

Collision 11 – MFA Group Show

To March 14


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – 185 Ste-Catherine W.

The Forgotten Space

To March 15


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Warhol Mania: A Brand-New Look at his Advertising Posters and Magazine Illustrations

To March 15


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Frédéric Lavoie – Artist in Residence

To March 15


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Ma muse m’amuse – Steben Alexander

To March 18


Eastern Bloc – 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor

Funeral Parlour // Embalm Your Digital Data – Audrey Samson (Residency)

To March 20


Arprim – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #426)

Mathieu Grenier

To March 21


Centre des Arts actuels Skol – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #314)

Feast – Maude Bernier-Chabot

To March 21


Galerie B-312 – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #403)

The Sound of Empty Space – Adam Basanta

LSS (Life Support System) – Ana Rewakowicz

To March 21


Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) – 3680 Jeanne-Mance, #103

To Rebel is Justified – Chun Hua Catherine Dong

To March 21


Galerie Bernard – 3926 St-Denis

Continuum – Margit Hideg

To March 21


Optica – 5455 de Gaspé, #106

Études préparatoires. Dessins d’explosions 2012-2015 – Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf

Palazzo Chupi – Michael Blum

To March 21


Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery – Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve

Trade / Gift / Purchase: Artists Collect – Group Show

To March 21


L’Atelier-Galerie A.Piroir – 5333 Casgrain, #802

Albert Dumouchel

To March 21


Galerie Division – 2020 William

You Won’t Believe (…) – Group Show

To March 21


Musée du Rock’n’Roll – 2222 Ontario E.

Révolution Rock: The Emergence of Quebecois Rock’n’Roll 19641968

To March 24


Galerie Trois Points – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #520)

Ensemble Opératoire – Michael Daigneault

Everything is Going Swimmingly – Nicolas Fleming

To March 28


La Lumière du Mile End – 214 Bernard W.

Crystal Souls – Waxhead + Starkey

To March 31


Galerie Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Intrications – Jean-Sébastien Denis

Espaces momentanés – Jessica Peters

Tribute to Jacques Hurtubise

To April 4


Centre de design de l’UQAM – 1440 Sanguinet

24 hours in the life of a Swiss cuckoo clock

To April 12


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Love in Fine Fashion

To April 12


ARTVstudio – 1600 St-Urbain

Montréal Créative

To April 18


Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery – 1400 de Maisonneuve W., Ground Floor

World of Matter: Exposing Resource Ecologies

To April 18


Dazibao – 5455 de Gaspé,  #109

Reynold Reynolds (Gallery Space)

Chantal du Pont (Screening Room)

To April 18


Musée du costume et du textile du Québec (MCTQ) – 363 de la Commune E.

Chic & Choc

To April 18


Fondation Guido Molinari – 3290 Ste-Catherine E.

Multi noirs, 1997–2014 – Francine Savard

Goguen, Molinari, Drawings 1954–1959

To April 26


Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History – 350 Place Royale

The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

To April 26


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Rooms You May Have Missed – Bijoy Jain + Umberto Riva

To April 29


Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

PRISM – David Spriggs

To May 9


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – 185 Ste-Catherine W.

Sophie Calle: For the Last and First Time

Simon Starling: Metamorphology

To May 10


Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Semina Percurrenta: From Both Sides of the Border – Jean-Simon Trottier + Montserrat Duran Muntades

To May 15


Galerie Lounge TD – 307 Ste-Catherine W., Second Floor

La vie est déjà ailleurs – Pierre Gauvreau + Janine Carreau

To May 24


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Mégantic in Pictures – Benoit Aquin

To May 24, 2015


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism – Benjamin-Constant in His Time

To May 31