A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Joëlle Morosoli at the McClure
The McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Chaos pénétrable, featuring the works of Joëlle Morosoli.
Joëlle Morosoli will fill the gallery with large mechanical installations that create a space that is both intractable and menacing. Playing upon the theme of prisoners and jailers, the artist creates an allegory of the secret world of our weaknesses and taboos. Visitors will be invited to enter into this space and experience the feelings it provokes.
Exhibition: until January 28 Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm More information at 514 488-9558 or go to visualartscentre.ca
Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church
On Friday, January 19, 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 NDG Transition: The Power of Just Doing Stuff. A presentation by representatives of NDG Transition followed by a question period.
Entrance is free. Cash-bar with snacks (please bring cash, no cards accepted). For more information contact Shelagh McNally at 514 937-1146 or go to westmountparkuc.org
Image: courtesy of NDG Transition
Let’s Talk Opera!
On Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 am, a brand new series of opera talks will begin at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Opéra de Montréal is proud to offer opera lovers or newcomers a brand new series of in-depth discussion on each opera of the season right before the premiere. Plot, music, voices, cultural context, composer, style… everything you ever wanted to know to better prepare you to attend the performance, with musicologist Pierre Vachon (Ph.D.), a pianist and a singer. Duration: 90 minutes with coffee break.
January 22: Dialogues des carmélites March 5: Another Brick In The Wall – L’opéra May 14: La bohème
Presented in English by L’Opéra de Montréal. For more more information, and to RSVP, please visit their website.
The Yellow Door Poetry, Prose and Music
On Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of poetry, prose and music hosted by Mike Di Sclafani at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer (between Pine & Prince Arthur), Montreal. Featuring the talents of Barry Webster, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Jeffrey Mackie, Su J. Sokol, Ilona Martonfi, Ehab Lotayef, Liana Cusmano, Mike Di Sclafani and John Kerkhoven (music).
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Ann McCall from Thursday, January 26 to Friday, February 24.
Vernissage on Wednesday, January 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Meet the artist and gallery curator event: Monday, February 6 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.
Bowser & Blue
On Wednesday, February 1 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Winter Carnival presents music and comedy duo Bowser & Blue in concert.
Cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $35 at the door / $30 in advance. Available at Victoria Hall and the library, and online at Eventbrite.com More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: courtesy of Bowser & Blue
Canoe Across Canada
On Friday, February 3 at 5:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Winter Carnival presents Canoe Across Canada family dinner, dance and games (dinner served between 6:30 and 7:30 pm).
Cash bar. Dress code: Canadian, eh! Tickets are limited: Adults $12/Children (12 and under) $6. Available at Victoria Hall and the Library, payable by cash or cheque. More information at 514 989-5226.
Le patin libre – Vertical Influences
On Saturday, February 4 at 7 pm, Le patin libre presents Vertical Influences at the Westmount Recreation Centre, 4675 Sainte-Catherine, an exciting contemporary skating show presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
Tickets available at the Westmount Recreation Centre, Victoria Hall and the Library. More information at 514 989-5226 and at lepatinlibre.com
Image: courtesy of Le patin libre
Activities 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.
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!
Events are free but registration is required. Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke W, or call 514 989-5299.
Thursday, January 19 Tales & Travels series – registration begins. Animated by Marie-Pier Foucault, coordinator of activities for people living with dementia at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal, the Tales and Travels series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Spots are limited and registration is required. For more information, please contact Daniel Míguez de Luca at 514 989-5409 or at email@example.com
Monday, January 23, from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm French Book Club – Anne Wiazemsky. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, January 24, from 7 pm to 9 pm English Book Club – The Orenda by Joseph Boyden. With Carly Vandergriendt. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, January 25, 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! In the Boardroom.
Wednesday, January 25, from 2 pm to 4 pm 2 O’Clock Series – Stories of Eco-Gastronomy: Foodways from Around the World. With David Szanto. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. In the Westmount Room.
Friday, January 27 at 2 pm Film Club – Florence Foster jenkins. View an award-winning film. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, February 1, 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! In the Boardroom.
Wednesday, February 1, from 7 pm to 9 pm Documentary Film Club – Waltz with Bashir (2008). Explore other lives, places, and realities. Join us on the first Wednesday evening of the month as we watch and discuss a new documentary. 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.
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.
Winter Storytimes: period from January 24 until March 9
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
Caring Paws (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual) Wednesdays, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual) Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Monday, January 23, 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.
Thursday, January 26, from 4 pm to 5 pm English Book Club – Greenglass House by Kate Milford Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.
Friday, January 27, from 3:30 pm to 5 pm Gaming at the Library. Play Just Dance, FIFA, NHL games and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 year olds)
McEntyre Writing Competition – Secret Places, Hidden Treasures Peter McEntyre was the Mayor of the City of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. He set up a trust fund to support an annual writing competition to encourage young people to think about the idea of community, and to learn more about their own communities.
You may compete if you go to school in Westmount (elementary or secondary, grades 1–11), live in Westmount, or are a member of a library in Westmount. Submit your entry to the Children’s Desk, Westmount Public Library, no later than 9 pm on Friday, April 7.
ATWATER LIBRARY LUNCHTIME SERIES 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, January 19, at 12:30 pm Journalist, author and human rights activist Sally Armstrong gives a timely talk on Women and the Trump factor – who’s likely to win?
Thursday, January 26, at 12:30 pm Drawn & Quarterly’s Tom Devlin explains Every Single Thing about Comics You Will Ever Need to Know.
Friday, February 3 at 12:30 pm To celebrate Black History Month, the IMANI Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.
SENIORS DOWNSIZING PROJECT
Tuesdays, January 24 and 31, from 1 pm to 4:30 pm The Atwater Library Seniors Helping Seniors Downsizing Project conducts a digital downsizing lab. Karen Kennedy, digital media mentor, is on site to demonstrate how to use scanning technology as well as how to copy cassettes into digital formats such as MP3 and WAV. Advance registration is required. Email Eric Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The lab will be offered most Tuesday afternoons during the winter.
Tuesday, January 31, from 1 pm to 2 pm Mark Gallop, an archives enthusiast, presents Does It Tell a Story?Some lessons learned by an amateur family archivist.
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
Wednesday, January 25, from 1 pm to 3 pm Victoria McKinlay and Heather Watkins, MSW conduct an information session on budgeting basics and techniques for all ages: Budgeting Part 1 – The Theory. Advance registration is required. To register, email email@example.com or phone 514-935-7344 ext. 206.
Wednesday, February 1, from 1 pm to 3 pm Victoria McKinlay and Heather Watkins, MSW conduct an information session on budgeting basics and techniques for all ages: Budgeting Part 2 – The Practice. Advance registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 514-935-7344 ext. 206.
ATWATER LIBRARY AWE III PROJECT
Thursday, January 26, from 1:45 to 3:45 pm Drawn & Quarterly’s Tom Devlin conducts a hands-on workshop for all skill levels on creating your own graphic stories. Materials are supplied and registration is free thanks to funding from the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage. Places are limited and advance registration is required. For information and to register, email Elise Moser at email@example.com
Image: Creative Commons Feature image: Andrew Burlone