Art this week

A major week in arts with Mural Fest, group shows Queens Creation and Canadian Bacon, Miss Van opening the brand new ArtGang Gallery and more!

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Work by Curiot, appearing this week at Mural Fest


Friends, I hope you’re ready for this because this is one huge week in arts. Don’t let the cool temperatures of the past few days deceive you—we’ve just jumped headfirst into June, which means non-stop festivals, sidewalk sales, block parties and special events stretching as far as the eye can see into those lingering summer evenings. Many of these have a visual arts component, so is it any surprise that there are no less than 30 different art openings and events happening across the city this week?


MC Baldassari painting at the Chromatic Block Party
MC Baldassari painting at the Chromatic Block Party

Today, Thursday, is a huge day with the beginning of Mural Festival featuring live murals going up along the Main from visiting street artists like Nychos, Faith47 and Curiot alongside local favourites like MC Baldassari, Earth Crusher, Melissa Del Pinto, XRAY, Monk.E and many more. In addition to the murals, Mural Fest (running from June 4–14) also offers a program of film screenings, conferences, guided tours, concerts and parties. Take note though, you’ll have to dig into your wallet for nearly all of those things — even the outdoor daytime block parties, which strikes me as pretty lame for a taxpayer-funded “public arts festival,” but I’m cynical about these things. For your fill of free and monetized Mural Fest programming, check the official website for details.


Work by Cyrcle at Station 16
Work by Cyrcle at Station 16

While you’re in the Mural zone Thursday, don’t forget to pop into Station 16 for the vernissage of Nothing Exists by the L.A.-based artist collective (and 2014 Muralists) Cyrcle, exploring the Existentialists’ old question of whether nothing is in fact something, especially within the empty (?) space between things as small as electrons and people or as big as planets and egos. 3523 St-Laurent, Thursday, June 4, 6 p.m.


Work by Wuna, exhibiting at Queens Creation
Work by Wuna, exhibiting at Queens Creation

Thursday also marks the start of the four-day, all-woman line-up of Verdun’s Queens Creation program, organized by Under Pressure and now in its second year of celebrating the contributions of women to hip hop culture, including graff, rap and b-girl moves. Thursday’s vernissage highlights visual artworks from over 30 creators including Miss Me, Abdala Kaufmann, Zola, Wuna, Miss Teri, Kirsten McCrea and Cult MTL contributor Kate Mada. Come back on Sunday for live painting and b-girl dance battles. 3966 Wellington, Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m.


Ready for Friday? Back at the Mural Fest, check out the vernissage for an art fair with several participating local galleries including Yves Laroche, Galerie C.O.A, Galerie D’Este, Espace 40 and more, on display this weekend only. 3527 St-Laurent, vernissage Friday, June 5, 3–8 p.m.


Work by Miss Van, exhibiting at ArtGang Gallery
Work by Miss Van, exhibiting at ArtGang Gallery

If you head north on Friday, you’ll find a brand-new art space called the ArtGang Gallery in the St-Hubert Plaza, opening with a vernissage featuring works on paper by Miss Van and Nuria Mora. 6524 St-Hubert, Friday, June 5, 5 p.m.


From there, you won’t be far from Death of Vinyl where you can see new works by emerging artist Morag Rahn-Campbell, featuring a variety of painting, drawing, and prints. 6307 St-Laurent, Friday, June 5, 6 p.m.


Go even further north Friday to Villeray’s Café Oui Mais Non for Newspaper Edition, a weekend-long art fair by Collectif Blanc focused on rare and one-of-a-kind newspapers and contemporary independent publications. 72 Jarry E., Friday, June 5, 5–10 p.m.


Friday offers some activities in the south of the island too, with the group show Canadian Bacon setting up in the old port. Check it out the weekend-long fair for works by dozens of Canadian artists like Jason Botkin, Naïmo, Astro, Isabelle Demers and Catherine McInnis. 620 St-Paul W., Friday, June 5, 5–11 p.m.


Work by Sojourner Truth Parsons at Patrick Mikhail Gallery
Work by Sojourner Truth Parsons at Patrick Mikhail Gallery

In Griffintown’s Galerie Patrick Mikhail on Friday, L.A. artist Sojourner Truth Parsons displays paintings alongside Torontonians Jay Isaac and Brad Phillips. 4445 St-Antoine W., Friday, June 5, 5:30–9 p.m.


On Saturday, head to the temporary Galerie Elektra in the Mile End’s Complexe de Gaspé for an Elektra Festival show called Coincidence Engine One: Universal People’s Republic Time by [The User] (Emmanuel Madan and Thomas Macintosh). In this piece, the viewer approaches a polystyrene amphitheatre outfitted with hundreds of clocks, ticking in unison, making for an unusual sonic and spatial experience that calls back to this year’s Elektra Festival theme “post-audio.” 5455 de Gaspé, #104, Saturday, June 6, 4 p.m.

'Coincidence Engine' at Galerie Elektra
‘Coincidence Engine’ at Galerie Elektra


In the Mural Fest zone, head to La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse for an outdoor silk-screening workshop and sidewalk sale in conjunction with the World March of Women. While you’re there, pop inside for a peek at the current exhibition, Lessons in Pipe Dreaming and How to Facilitate Future Living by Stephanie Cormier. 4296 St-Laurent, Saturday, June 6, 12–5 p.m.


Work by Alexandra Levasseur at Galerie ABYSS
Work by Alexandra Levasseur at Galerie ABYSS

Finally, Saturday brings a new group show of over 30 artists at Galerie ABYSS, this time with a theme of Fairy Tales. Works on display include those by Future Lasor Now, Alexandra Levasseur and Isaac Joseph Holland. 1520 Notre-Dame W., Saturday, June 6, 7–10 p.m.


It’s a busy week, and these are just highlights! Check out the full listings below for even more arts events around Montreal.




June 3

L’Espace Art’Maniak – 5415-B Eadie

Art du Aile – Group Show

To June 7


June 3, 6–9 p.m.

Presse Café – 3563 St-Laurent

Mystic Alliance – Starchild Stela + Zuzu Knew + Swarm + Lovestruck

To June 14


June 3, 6–11 p.m.

Radix MTL – 92 Dante

Radix: Design By Nature

To June 21


June 3, 5–8 p.m.

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

Galerie I: Fréquenter la mer – Louise Elei

Galerie II: Water’s Edge – Josée Charbonneau

Galerie III: Série Aretephos – Apostolos Stefanopoulos

to June 27


June 3, 6–10 p.m. Vernissage + Coca Bella Collection Launch

Aux Vues – 783 Bienville

Melissa Plouffe Photography

To June 30


June 3, 5–11 p.m.

Usine 106U – 160 Roy E.

Déluge – Group Show

To June 30


June 3, 6–8 p.m.

Parisian Laundry – 3550 St-Antoine W.

Summertime in Paris – Spectiveretro – Group Show

To July 4


June 3, 6:30 p.m.

Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Double Je(ux) – Barbara Renault + Laurie Simard-Breton

To Sept. 4


June 4, 5–7 p.m.

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

point_EXPO – Graduating Interior Design Student Show

To June 5


June 4, 7 p.m.

Queens Creation – 3966 Wellington

Queens Creation – Group Show

To June 7


June 4

Mural Festival – Boulevard St-Laurent

To June 14


June 4, 6–8 p.m.

Espace Mushagalusa – 533 Ontario E.

The World of Colour – Dr. Dolores Sandoval

To June 28


June 4, 8 p.m.

Kafein – 1429A Bishop

Statues – Daniel Nadeau

Impressions – Anton Motivans

To June 30


June 4, 6 p.m.

Station 16 – 3523 St-Laurent

Nothing Exists – Cyrcle

To July 4


June 4, 5:30 p.m.

Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105

Members’ Salon – Group Show

To July 10


June 4, 6 p.m.

Maison de l’Architecture du Québec – 181 Saint-Antoine W.

Vivre et concevoir avec la neige au Québec

To Sept. 13


June 5, 3–8 p.m.

Mural Fest Art Fair Presented by DeSerres – 3527 St-Laurent

To June 7


June 5, 5–10 p.m.

Oui Mais Non – 72 Jarry E.

Collectif Blanc – Newspaper Edition

To June 7


June 5, 5–11 p.m.

Canadian Bacon Group Show – 620 St-Paul W.

To June 7


June 5, 6–11 p.m.

Galerie Le 1040 – 1040 Marie-Anne E.

Yvan Meunier + Christian Salette

To June 7


June 5, 5–8 p.m.

Maison de la culture Mercier – 8105 Hochelaga

A Symphony of Talent – Group Show

To June 21


June 5, 7–11 p.m.

Fresh Paint 256 – 256 Ste-Catherine E.

The Last 30 Days – Regimental Oneton

To June 30


June 5, 6 p.m.

Death of Vinyl – 6307 St-Laurent

Morag Rahn-Campbell

To June 30


June 5, 5–7 p.m.

Divan Orange – 4234 St-Laurent

Melsa Montagne

To June 30


June 5, 6 p.m.

Les Territoires – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #527)

Curtain – Maria Meinild

Secrets – Émilie Franceschin

To July 4


June 5, 5 p.m.

ArtGang Gallery – 6524 St-Hubert

Works on Paper – Miss Van + Nuria Mora

To July 5


June 5, 5:30–9 p.m.

Galerie Patrick Mikhail – 4445 St-Antoine W.

Taste This Sad Cream – Jay Isaac + Sojourner Truth Parsons + Brad Phillips

To July 18


June 6

Galerie d’Avignon – 88 Laurier E.

David T. Alexander

To June 26


June 6, 4 p.m.

Galerie Elektra (Complexe de Gaspé) – 5455 de Gaspé, #104

Elektra Festival: Coincidence Engine One: Universal People’s Republic Time – [The User] (Emmanuel Madan + Thomas Macintosh)

To June 27


June 6, 7–10 p.m.

Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Fairy Tales – Group Show

to June 30


Last Call:


Galerie LeRoyer Downtown – 2170 de la Montagne

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Kai McCall

To June 3


Les Impatients – 100 Sherbrooke E., #4000

Mythologies impatients – Diane Obomsawin + Jacinthe Loranger + Michel Langevin + Thomas Bégin

To June 4


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Madeleine Rousseau Solo

To June 4


Galerie Richelieu – 7903 St-Denis

Steve Young

To June 6


Galerie C.O.A – 6405 St-Laurent

Vision – Group Show

To June 6


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

Ignition – Group Show

To June 6


Canadian Guild of Crafts – 1460-B Sherbrooke W.

Quiproquo – Mustapha Chadid

To June 6


Galerie Hugues Charbonneau – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #308)

The Face Stayed East and the Mouth Went West (elements) – Séripop (Chloe Lum + Yannick Desranleau)

To June 6


OBORO – 4001 Berri, #301

Vaste et évident / Mind Way / Shin-Dao – Art for the Good of the Other – suschnee + bryan mulvihill

To June 6


BBAM! Gallery – 3255 St-Jacques

Ladies First – Group Show

To June 6


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

Haptic Voices – Anna Biro

To June 6


Espace 40 (Mile End) – 160 St-Viateur E., #108

Minimal – Maryline Lemaitre

To June 6


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

Pour l’Art – Benefit Exhibition for Galerie B-312

To June 6


Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Tandem Créatif 4 – Group Show

To June 7


Ongoing Shows:


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Les Alliés S’Exposent

To June 9


Phi Centre – 407 St-Pierre

Delusions of the Living Dead / DRNE Cartography by AUDINT

To June 11


Optica – 5455 de Gaspé, #106

Polyphonies – Group Show

To June 13


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

Gibier de Potence – Justin Lalancette

To June 13


Occurrence – 5455 de Gaspé, #108

Renée Lavaillante

To June 13


Phi Centre – 407 St-Pierre

His Face, In Search of a Face (The P.o.E.M.M. Cycle) – Jason E. Lewis  + Bruno Nadeau

To June 13


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

Première impression

To June 13


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

Rubbing the Kaki – Jon Knowles

To June 13 – Finissage + Monograph launch, June 13, 4 p.m.


Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – 3755 Botrel

De choses et d’autres (bis) – Samuel St-Aubin

Retrospective: 20 Years of History in Jewellery – Anne-Marie Chagnon

To June 14


Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

Somnium – Osheen Harruthoonyan

Become the Sky – Erin Loree

To June 14


Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal – 465 Mont Royal E.

Accès Asie: Kaleidoscope – Kiran Ambwani + Florence So

To June 14


Vidéographe – 4550 Garnier

Salmon People – Julie Andreyev + Simon OveRstall

To June 14


Ashukan Cultural Space – 431 Jacques Cartier

Dominique Normand

To June 15


Galerie MX – 333 Viger W.

Intervalle – Patricia Barrowman + Karine Léger

To June 15


Galerie Patrick Mikhail – 4445 St-Antoine W.

Breather – Scott Everingham

To June 16


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Just Be – Patricia Klimov

To June 16


Galerie Thomas Henry Ross – 5445 de Gaspé, #423

Capitalism in the 21st Century

To June 19


Alt Art & Design – 3963 Ste-Catherine E.

Pop & Cinéma – Group Show

To June 19


Centre CLARK – 5455 de Gaspé, #114

Société Secrète – Group Show

To June 20 – Film Screening night June 4, 7:30 p.m. + Finissage with performance, June 18, 9 p.m.


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

John Player

Michel Huneault

To June 20


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

The Black Room – Robbie Cornelissen

Foundations – Lori Cozen Geller

Tout se perd, rien ne se crée – Michel Piquette

Colour Play – Barbara Todd

Resurfacing – Henri Venne

To June 20


Artexte – 2 Ste-Catherine E., #301

An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada

To June 20


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

Architecture Parallax: Optical Lapse Apparatus – Alexander Pilis

To June 20


Dazibao – 5455 de Gaspé,  #109

A Lecture on Art – Nelson Henricks (Gallery Space)

VTAPE (Screening Room)

To June 20


Galerie Bernard – 3926 St-Denis

Les Songes – Eva Lapka

To June 20


Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville – 10300 Lajeunesse

Pierre-Étienne Massé

To June 20


Galerie Graff – 963 Rachel E.

Share – Véronique Savard

To June 20


Diagonale – 5455 de Gaspé, #110

Starry Night – Kai Chan

To June 20


The McClure Gallery (Visual Arts Centre) – 350 Victoria

Ephemera – Sue Rusk

To June 20


1700 La Poste – 1700 Notre-Dame W.

Vladimir Velickovic

to June 21


Jarry Deuxième Café-Bistro – 2590 Jarry E.

Flow Colorz – Wüna

To June 23


Palais des congrès – 159 St-Antoine W.

Kings of Egypt – The Egyptian Art Center

To June 24


l’Espace Musée de Québecor – 612 St-Jacques

Écrits et pensées – Louis Beaudreault

To June 26


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Lessons in Pipe Dreaming and How to Facilitate Future Living

Stephanie Cormier

To June 26


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

From Age to Age, as Its Shape Slowly Unravelled… – Raymond Boisjoly

Lucy Raven

To June 27


Galerie Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Suites sans fin, lithographies géantes – Jean-Paul Riopelle

Fables – Éliane Excoffier

To June 27


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

Previsualization – Group Show

To June 27


Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

Archétype – Péio Eliceiry

To June 27


La Castiglione – 5761 St-Laurent

Nature Against Nature – Guy Lavigueur

to June 27


Cinémathèque Québécoise – 335 de Maisonneuve E.

Elektra Festival: Topologies – Quayola

To June 28


Han Art – 4209 Ste-Catherine W.

Paul Fournier

To June 28


Galerie Z – 5409 St-Laurent

Jon Claytor

To June 30


Galerie Samuel Lallouz – 1455 Sherbrooke W.

Africa – Barthélémy Toguo

To June 30


Galerie Division – 2020 William

Interception – Michel de Broin

Patrick Coutu

To July 4


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Sur la route – Marie-France Boisvert

Jeff Saint-Pierre

to July 5 – Open House w/ Marie-France Boisvert June 13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.


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

La fabrication de l’espace – Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret

Essai pratique sur l’usage en général – Francis Arguin

To July 11


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

The Short Form – Group Show

To July 11


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

Spectrum – François Simard

To July 11


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Jai Tech: Ábalos & Herreros selected by Juan José Castellón

To July 12


Mekic Gallery – 4438 de la Roche

Selfie – Group Show

To July 14


Beaux-Arts des Amériques – 3944 St-Denis

Waters Upon the Earth – Jennifer Meanley

To July 18


Galerie Roger Bellemare – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #502)

Jérome Bouchard

Martha Townsend

Jocelyne Alloucherie + John Heward + Mathieu Gaudet + Stéphane La Rue + Oscar Varese + Angèle Verret

To July 18


TOHU (Espace BOHU) – 2345 Jarry

Étrange, insolite et dangereux : le cirque et la curiosité

To July 19


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

Beat National

To July 25


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marion Wagschal: Portraits, Memories, Fables

To August 9


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette

To Aug. 16


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

From Gainsborough to Moore: 200 Years of British Drawings

To August 16


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Horst: Photographer of Style

To August 23


DHC/ART – 451 & 465 St-Jean

Pièces de résistance – Yinka Shonibare MBE

To Sept. 20


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

New Discoveries and Other Obsessions

To Sept. 27


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

The SAAL Process : Housing in Portugal 1974-76 – “The Right to a Place, the Right to the City”

To Oct. 4


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Rodin: Metamorphoses

To Oct. 18


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


To Oct. 25


Musée de Lachine – 1 du Musée, Lachine

Lake-Like – Group Show

To Nov. 29