Westmount Here & There
December 8, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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.

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

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.

Exhibition: Until Thursday, December 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

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.

Image: via

Westmount Rotary – The People’s Gospel Choir Concert

peoples gospel choirThe Westmount Rotary Club presents its annual concert featuring the People’s Gospel Choir on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 pm, in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Tickets: $20 adults / $10 children under 12. Cash only.
Purchase online at


Tickets available at Victoria Hall or by telephone through the People’s Gospel Choir at 514 771-2250 or the Rotary Club of Westmount at 514 935-3344.

Image: courtesy of the People’s Gospel Choir

caroler dollsNeighbourhood Carolling

On Sunday, December 11, at 6 pm, there will be an evening of carolling at the Westmount Lawnbowling Club House, 401 Kensington.

Spiced wine and soft drinks will be served. Please bring a sweet or savoury treat to share. Donations will be accepted for Chez Doris, The Open Door and the Old Brewery Mission.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Janet Beasley via

WHS: Holiday Party and Wreath Decorating Workshop

Xmas wreath WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, December 13, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Lawn Bowling Club, 401 Kensington, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents Orysia Krywiak, who has delighted us with her floral crafts in the past.

Orysia will supply materials and lead a wreath decorating workshop for those registered (bring your own wreath).

Registration fee: $25 members, $30 guests.
To register call 514 233-2788. Spaces are limited. Everyone else is welcome to watch the demonstration.

Please bring sweet or savoury finger food to share. Refreshments will be provided.
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Party entrance fee: members free, guests $5
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: Susanne Nilsson via

The Yellow Door Poetry, Prose and Music

The Yellow Door logoOn Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of poetry, prose and music on the theme of Love and Relationships at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer (between Pine & Prince Arthur), Montreal. Featuring the talents of Ian Ferrier, Françoise Belu, Lp Camozzi, Harry Rajchgot, Nadine Ltaif, Jesse Anger, Alejandro Saravia, Branka Petrovic, Mike Di Sclafani, Anne Stratford, Ilona Martonfi, James Dunnigan and Shaheen Munir (music).

Doors open at 7 pm, readings begin at 7:30 pm.
Tickets at the door $6.
For more information contact Artistic Director Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or or visit

Welsh Male ChoirThe Montreal Welsh Male Choir

On Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The Montreal Welsh Male Choir presents Holiday Traditions, an evening of joyous carols, traditional Welsh songs and short readings.

Tickets: $20 at the door or in advance at Victoria Hall.
More information at 450 465-2092 or 514 989-5226

Image: courtesy of the Montreal Welsh Male Choir

Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church

Technopark duck WestmountMag.caOn Friday, December 16, from 7 pm to 9 pm, the public is invited to attend a Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W. The Climate Café is a non-religious event open to everyone, organized by Westmount Park United Church as part of its Faith in Nature Centre, a community committed to building lasting relationship and partnerships for the well-being of the environment. Come to meet the growing number of neighbours who are concerned and want to make a difference!

This month the topic is The Birds of The Technoparc Wetlands. Don’t miss this special lecture by Joël Coutu, specialist/consultant in ornithology, that will introduce the feathered stars that can be found in this area of Montreal.

Entrance is free. Cash-bar with snacks (please bring cash, no cards accepted).
RSVP through the event’s Facebook page or EventBrite.
For more information contact Shelagh McNally at 514 937-1146 or go to

Image: courtesy of Joël Coutu

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, December 12, from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm
French Book Club – John Le Carré. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, December 14, 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!

Friday, December 16, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – The Man Who Knew Infinity. Tickets available at the Main Desk two weeks prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, December 21, at 7 pm
Reading Group for Joyce’s Finnegans Wake: The Boaters and Sifters of ALP. Every third Wednesday of the month, join the circle skimming the surface or sifting through the layers of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. In the Boardroom.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, December 17, from 7 pm to 9 pm
FULL – Harry Potter’s World: After Hours Event
. For Harry Potter fans! Join in after hours for a fun-filled night of spells, potions and artful activities! (8 years +)

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, December 8, at 12:30 pm
Author Bonnie Farmer reads her award-winning book, Oscar Lives Next Door, based on Oscar Peterson’s boyhood in Little Burgundy. With seasonal music.

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

The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, December 14, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Children Act by Ian McEwan. From the acclaimed novelist, the story of an intelligent and powerful woman judge facing crises at home and at work.

The Atwater Library is partnering with the Alzheimer Society of Montreal to provide a monthly Alzheimer Café for Montrealers in the Library’s elegant Reading Room. Each session features socializing, refreshments, live music, and discussion about aspects of life with dementia. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Victoria McKinlay at or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Tuesday, December 20, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Melissa Tan, Music Therapist with Music Therapy Westmount presents The Joy of Music!

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Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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