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
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Ann McCall
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Ann McCall from Thursday, January 26 to Friday, February 24.
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.
Transition NDG Presents Pop-Up Café
Every Monday until March, residents can warm up, cheer up and pick up new skills by popping into Coopérative de solidarité Transition NDG’s (TNDG) new Pop-Up Café. The transitory café will be held at Café Zephyr, 5791 Sherbrooke W, a restaurant serving mainly local organic food and a valued partner in this endeavour.
Monday, January 30 at 1 pm – Sourdough bread making and an introduction to fermented foods with Monica and Satoshi.
Monday, February 6 at 1 pm – Another fermented food recipe and a presentation on community resilience in emergencies.
For more information, contact Kathryn Aitken at 514 743-6672, Jane Barr at 514 577-9718 or Sonya Girard at 514 677-2923.
Image: courtesy of Transition NDG
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
The McClure Presents Conceived in Colour
The McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Conceived in Colour, featuring the works of Barry Allikas, Caroline Hart, Jennifer Lefort and Susannah Philipps.
Conceived in colour presents four completely different ways of painting in colour. Reserved contrasted with exuberant, fluid with formal, planned with improvised; this exhibition is a clash of harmonies. Contemporary painting, live and direct. Curated by Leopold Plotek.
Vernissage: Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm Exhibition: Friday, February 3 to Saturday, February 25 Artists and Curator Exchange: Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm 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
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
The New World Order: A Betrayal by the Elites
On Tuesday, February 7, at 7 pm, Citizens in Action presents celebrity lawyer and jurist Julius Grey who will present a talk entitled The New World Order: A Betrayal by the Elites 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 and economic justice.
Transition NDG, Sauvons la Falaise and Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook have teamed up to create a series of conferences entitled Nature in the City. The series will be held at Coop La Maison verte, 5785 Sherbrooke W, in NDG throughout February and March 2017.
The series consists of four presentations followed by walks in nearby green spaces. The first of the series, to be held on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm, deals with the impending loss to residential construction of L’Anse-à-l’Orme in Pierrefonds-West, a 180+hectare area teeming with biodiversity according to recent studies. Carpooling will be organized to the area on Saturday, February 11.
For more information on the series, please visit the Transition NDG Facebook page or contact Kathryn Aitken, Coopérative de solidarité Transition NDG at 514 743-6672.
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.
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: 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
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)
Thursdays, February 9 and 16, from 4 pm to 5 pm Teen Writing Workshop. Would you like to improve your essays? Or work on the short story that’s been brewing in the back of your mind? Come to this two-part writing series! The first session will deal with academic and personal essays, and the second with fiction and poetry. (12 years +)
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 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.
Thursday, February 9, at 12:30 pm McGill professor and author Marc Raboy discusses his acclaimed book Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World, now nominated for major awards.
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
SENIORS DOWNSIZING PROJECT
Friday, January 27, from 1 pm to 2 pm In collaboration with research partner ACT, there will be a group discussion about choosing recorded music to bestow to future generations. Following the discussion there will be a demonstration on how to transfer vinyl to digital formats.
Tuesdays, January 31 and February 7, 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, 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 email@example.com or phone 514-935-7344 ext. 206.
Wednesday, February 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Maxime Lemay, Senior Account Manager, and Nadim Ladha, Branch Manager, RBC Royal Bank, present Everything you wanted to know about Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). Advance registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 514 935-7344 ext. 206.
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