Westmount Here & There
November 24, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

2nd Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale

mcclure biennale westmountmag.caThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Episode, the second edition of the Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale.

Curated by Linda Swanson, it features three emerging ceramic artists, Phoebe Cummings, Janet Macpherson and Benjamin DeMott, whose work expresses new practices in contemporary ceramic art, embracing both the conceptual and the perceptual.

Exhibition: Until Saturday, November 26
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm

Perceptions: Environmental Essays

ann pearson WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents Perceptions: Environmental Essays, featuring the works of Philippe Laporta, Ann Pearson, Sylvia Rourke and Alain Roy until Saturday, December 10.

Meet the artists and gallery curator Victoria LeBlanc on Thursday, November 24 at 7 pm.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521.

Image: Ann Pearson

Prince Albert Square Holiday Happening

Xmas tree WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, November 24 at 6 pm there will be a tree lighting at Prince Albert Square (Prince Albert and Sherbrooke) with carolers, hot chocolate and more. Stores open until 7 pm with special offers and treats.

In collaboration with the Victoria Village Merchants Association.
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Pierre Tourigny via

danceSoirée de danse

On Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm, Sheila Lawrence proudly presents choreographers and dancers from Westmount dance classes at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. The evening will include ballet, breakdance, jazz, modern and belly dancing.

Admission: $10 adults and $5 children
Information at 514 989-5393.

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FILM: The Human Scale

The Human Scale WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm, in the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, there will be a screening of The Human Scale.

The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities for 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

Presented by the Westmount Public Library and by the Westmount Healthy City Project. A discussion will follow the screening. Admission is free.

Image: © 2012 The Human Scale

Around the World in 80 Minutes

Montreal West-end Operatic SocietyOn Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 pm at Victoria Hal, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Montreal West-End Operatic Society presents Around the World in 80 Minutes featuring songs about travel from opera to Broadway, including selections from their Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire.

Tickets are $20 adults / $15 seniors / $10 students.
More information and tickets at 514 990-8813 or go to

Image: courtesy of the Montreal West-End Operatic Society

Candlelight Christmas 2016

the lyric singersThe Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia’s beautiful Loyola Chapel, 7121 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, to present their highly anticipated Candlelight Christmas concerts from December 1 to 3. Musical director, Bob Bachelor, and the Singers present their delightful seasonal repertoire featuring a wide selection of holiday music from Brazilian, Celtic, and French melodies and gospel songs to traditional carols, Broadway medleys, and Chanukah favourites. With special guests, the EMSB Chorale Youth Choir.

Show dates and times: Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 at 8 pm ; Saturday, December 3 at 3:30 pm and 8 pm.

General admission seating – wheelchair accessible
Tickets: adults $28 / students and seniors $26 / children 12 and under $12
Parking $6 on Campus, adjacent to the Chapel
Box Office: call 514 743-3382 or go to

Image: Tam Lan Truong

Eva Richardson at the McClure

Eva Richardson WestmountMag.caThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Surface, featuring the works of Eva Richardson.

In Richardson’s paintings, semi-geometric abstract forms are suspended in fields of colour. Several paintings will be accompanied by some twenty small collages inspired by the materials and textures that surround the artist in everyday life: graffiti covered walls, rusted metal surfaces, old pieces of fabric and pre-used packaging materials.

Vernissage: Thursday, December 1 at 6 pm
Exhibition: December 2 to 22
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, December 8 at 7 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm

More information at 514 488-9558 or go to

xmas treeChristmas Tree Lighting

On Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm, join City Council members around the Christmas Tree at City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W, to sing carols, enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and spiced wine.

Suggested donation of non-perishable food items.
Information: 514 989-5226

Image: Pierre Tourigny via



Dramatis Personae’s Smoke & Mirrors

cast dramatis personae westmountmag.caDramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre, will be giving four performances of Smoke & Mirrors, six short plays directed by Christopher Moore, in the Lodge Room of Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Show times are:
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm
Monday, December 5 at 8 pm.

Admission: suggested donation of $10.
Reservations and information at and 514 484 2016.

Image: Michel Degré

Orpheus Singers perform Byrd et ses amis

orpheus singersCome join the Orpheus Singers on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm for Byrd et ses amis, at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 137 Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Métro Place-des-Arts, bus 80).

Celebrate the coming season with beautiful music from the English Renaissance, from the glorious sacred music of motets and the Latin Mass to the festive music of carols, with works by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Tomkins, and Orlando Gibbons. Accompanied by the resident organist, Federico Andreoni and a viol consort featuring Susie Napper, Margaret Little, Catherine Bahn, and Ryan Gallagher.

Tickets are $20 at the door / students and seniors $15 at the door
More information at 514 693-1634 or go to

Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers.

Ascension of our Lord church WestmountMag.caAdeste! Christmas Concert

On Sunday, December 4, at 3 pm, at the Ascension of Our Lord Parish, 375 Kitchener, there will be a Christmas concert featuring excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and seasonal choral music, under the direction of Music Director and organist Dr. David Szanto. A reception will follow the concert.

There is no admission fee however a freewill donation is appreciated.
Proceeds go towards helping cover the cost of refurbishing the church’s beautiful Casavant organ.

For more information at 514 932-3131 or

Image: WikiMedia – Creative Commons

héma québec logoHéma-Québec Blood Clinic

On Wednesday, December 7, the Héma-Québec Blood Clinic will take place from 2 to 7:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Give the gift of life.

Information: Victoria Hall 514 989-5226 or Héma-Québec.


shopping mall WestmountMag.caThe Degrowth Movement

On Thursday, December 8, at 7 pm, Citizens in Action presents Professor Karl Moore who will discuss his new book The Degrowth Movement: We cannot go on consuming endlessly! at Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs (SCPA), 2149 Mackay, basement level.

Citizens in Action is a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social & economic justice.

Free and open to all.

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contactivity centreActivities at Contactivity

Contactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, is a non-profit community centre that provides a welcoming, caring and safe place for autonomous seniors 60+, where a sense of community and social engagement can be fostered. The centre hosts various courses and interest groups that encompass the mind, body and soul.

For information on the Centre’s activities call 514 932-2326 or consult

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre

Centre Greene westmountmag.caCentre Greene activities

Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, is host to a wide variety of activities for young and old, including a Caregiver’s Tea, Themed Activity Nights, Drop-in Daycare, After School Program, Kids’ Kitchen, Tumbling Tots Playgroup, Seniors’ Lunches, and more!

Information at 514 931-6202 or consult

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

westmount libraryEvents at Westmount Public Library

Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke W, or call 514 989-5299.

Monday, November 28, from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm
French Book Club – Sylvain Tesson. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, November 30, from 10:15 am to 11:15 am
Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd.
The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Members propose themes at the beginning of each session and every two weeks after that. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, December 7, from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – A Cricket on the Hearth. With Andrew MacDougall. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, December 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – Pipelines, pouvoir et démocratie (2015). Discussions will be led by Katherine Kasirer, NFB librarian. Tickets available at the Main Desk two weeks prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

photo: Westmount Library mascotWestmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids

Registration is required for all events. To register, present your child’s library card at the Children’s Desk. For more information, call 514 989-5229.

Fall Storytimes: Until December 1

Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months – in English)
Wednesdays, 10:35 am – 10:55 am

Books for Babies (14 to 24 months – in English)
Wednesdays, Group A: 10:10 am to 10:30 am; Group B: 11:10 am to 11:30 am

Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds – in English)
Tuesdays, 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm to 3:30 pm

Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 year olds – in French)
Tuesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Storytime & Craft (4 to 6 year olds – in English)
Wednesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual)
Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Until Saturday, January 7
Exhibit – Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine
A travelling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

Friday, November 25, from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Play Rock Band, Wii, DDR games and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 year olds)

Monday, November 28, from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Les lionnes by Jean-François Chabas. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

Starting Wednesday, November 30, at 10 am
Winter Registration. Please register in person at the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card.

Saturday, December 3, from 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds) and from 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds).

Thursday, December 8, from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – El Deafo by Cece Bell. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

atwater library westmountAnd over at the Atwater Library…

1200 Atwater, Westmount

The Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features once-a-week presentations by leading writers, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and many more people sharing their knowledge and experience with the Atwater Library community. Lunchtime Series events usually take place on Thursdays (but sometimes are on other days), from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Admission is free but donations are appreciated! Everyone is welcome and coffee and biscuits are served.

Thursday, November 24, at 12:30 pm
Dr. Heather McNabb gives an illustrated talk on “Reel” Scots? Immigrant Scots and Scottishness in 19th Century Montreal.

Thursday, December 1, at 12:30 pm
Jenny Bruce gives an illustrated presentation on the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry during the Atwater Library exhibition sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal: The Who, Why and How the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry was created. She is the Tour Director for around-the-world displays of the Tapestry which comprises over 300 panels telling stories in embroidery of Scots who settled in far-flung places.

Thursday, December 15, at 12:30 pm
Veteran actor Barrie Baldaro does a dramatic reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.

An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.

Thursday, November 24, at 7 pm
Readings by Madhur Anand and Sonja Greckol.

Thursday, December 8, at 7 pm
Readings by Nathanaël, Chantal Neveu and Jacob Wren


Friday, November 25, from 1 pm to 2 pm
Chris Jordan, retired dancer, current teacher of traditional Caribbean dance and coordinator of the Union United Church Heritage Committee, and Saundra Samuels-Anierobi lead a public conversation about preserving culture through digitizing cassettes. There will be a hands-on demonstration of how to make digital transfers of analogue audio. Everyone is welcome.


Friday, November 25, from 3 pm to 8 pm and Saturday, November 26, from 10 am to 4 pm
Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair
offers a great array of English-language Quebec books for all ages with several authors present and exciting activities. Hosted by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) and the Atwater Library.

Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Wednesday, November 30, at 1 pm
John Archer, investment and financial security advisor and Montreal Gazette columnist, and his colleague Marco Procopio, conduct an information session on retirement income and protection strategies for the retired or nearly retired.

Image: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.


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