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EXHIBITION Gina suuda tl’l xasii – Came to tell something The Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay, B.C., is staging an important exhibition: Gina suuda tl’l xasii – Came to tell something. It explores the vital social function of art in Haida life, and the information revealed by works that “tell something.” Curated with the guidance of Haida artists such as Robert Davidson, James Hart and Guujaaw, the exhibition features treasures from the early 1800s through to the time of Bill Reid, as well as contemporary works. Thanks to masters such as Reid and Charles Edenshaw, Haida art has thrived and is now celebrated far beyond this northwestern archipelago. But seeing it in context – well, that’s something. (June 28 to Dec. 31) Marsha Lederman

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TELEVISION The Amazing Race Canada Get ready to explore the Great White North all over again. Back for a second season, the homegrown spin on the popular U.S. series will follow 11 two-member teams on their chaotic cross-country scavenger hunt. The teams include former National Ballet of Canada star Rex Harrington and fiancé Bob Hope, and Canadian Olympic hockey team members Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson. The indefatigable Jon Montgomery returns as host. (CTV, 9 p.m., July 8) Andrew Ryan

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FILM Dawn of the Planet of the Apes The highly anticipated follow-up to the well-received Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), this furry sequel sees Andy Serkis (aka Gollum) returning as Caesar, head chimp of a growing ape army, which again confronts a band of humans, this time including Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke. At press time, the film’s Metacritic rating was sitting at a whopping 90, so it’s safe to say the summer box-office crown is within reach. (July 11) Maggie Wrobel

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VISUAL ART Off the Grid: Abstract Painting in New Brunswick Orthodoxy has it that, in its heyday, abstract painting in Canada was practised primarily in Quebec (the Automatistes), Ontario (Painters Eleven) and the West (Regina Five, Emma Lake workshops). However, it seems it also enlisted a core of sophisticated adherents in New Brunswick, either from or associated with the province. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton has just opened an ambitious exhibition of some 70 abstract works by 20-plus artists, dead and living. The real revelation is probably the oils and watercolours, nine in all, by Rupert D. Turnbull (1899-1950). Born in New Jersey to Canadian parents, he spent his formative years in Rothesay, N.B., and by 1930 was fully (and expertly) committed to the non-representational aesthetic. (Through Sept. 14) James Adams

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MUSIC Dave Bidini This land was made for you, me and Dave Bidini. The train-hopping, book-writing, folk-rocking, fedora-wearing, penalty-taking man of many expressions writes love letters to Canadian heroes – some of whom write back (Dave Keon) and some do not (Gordon Lightfoot). Musically, the former Rheostatic has released his third Bidiniband album, The Motherland, an enlightened rock record that includes one track that a prime minister will not appreciate (All Hail Canada) and another that Al Purdy fans will celebrate (Say the Names). Stompin’ Tom Connors rolls over, but to raise a glass. (July 10, Whitehorse’s Gold Pan Saloon)

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