Westmount Here & There
February 9, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Ann McCall

Ann McCall Westmountmag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Ann McCall until Friday, February 24.

Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.

More information at 514 989-5521.


The McClure Presents Conceived in Colour

conceived in colour WestmountMag.caThe 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.

Exhibition: Until 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

Transition NDG Presents Pop-Up Café

Transition NDG pop-up café WestmountMag.caEvery Monday until March, residents can warm up, cheer up and pick up new skills by popping into Coopérative de solidarité Transition NDG’s 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, February 13 at 1 pm – A workshop on composting and waste management with Nikki of Eco-Quartier NDG and a potluck dinner and discussion with Joseph El Khoury on Transition and understanding systems dynamics.

Monday, February 20 at 1 pm – A presentation on Radical Resthomes with Janet Torge and a potluck dinner and discussion with Blake Poland on the Transition movement in Canada.

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

WHS Talk: Gardening for Mental Health

shady garden - westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, February 14, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Kelley O’Rourke.

Combining her two fields of expertise – landscape design and citizen advocacy – Kelley will illustrate how growing and nurturing plants is beneficial to us all, making us happier and healthier.

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $5. Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: Jocelyn Kinghorn via StockPholio.net

Transition NDG film and discussion

Professor Norman Cornett WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, February 14 at 7 pm at the Coop La Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke W, Transition NDG presents a screening of the film Professor Norman Cornett: Since When Do We Divorce the Right Answer from an Honest Answer? by Alanis Obomsawin, followed by a discussion led by Professor Norman Cornett.

Nearly a decade ago, in 2007, religious studies Professor Norman Cornett was fired from his teaching post at McGill University. It was never discovered what prompted his dismissal, though there was speculation his controversial teaching methods might be at issue.

Free admission.
For more information, contact Rosemarie Schade at 514 487 2883.

Image: courtesy of Professor Norman Cornett

Kind of Blue: a Tribute to Miles Davis

Ron Di lauro Sextet WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Doudou Boicel presents Kind of Blue, a Tribute to Miles Davis, featuring Maestro Ron Di Lauro and his renowned sextet: Ron Di Lauro on trumpet, Jean-Pierre Zanella on alto sax, André Leroux on tenor sax, Pierre Leduc on piano, Michel Donato on bass and Richard Provençal on drums. With opening act Deacon George.

Talented blues historian George Toufexis, accompanying himself on guitar, will present the history of the blues.

Tickets: $30. Available at Victoria Hall and the Library (cash or cheque), and online at Eventbrite.com
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Ron Di Lauro

Film: Hitler’s Mountain of Stolen Art

German looted art WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a screening of the film Hitler’s Mountain of Stolen Art, directed by Petra Dorrmann and André Schaefer.

Duration time 52 minutes, in English and German, subtitled in French. A guest speaker and question period  follows the screening. Presented by the Fine Arts Film Festival in collaboration with le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-729-0001-23 / Meister / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de

falaise st-jacques andy riga westmountmag.caNature in the City Series

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, throughout February and March 2017.

The second conference on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm will be on two local green spaces: the Falaise St. Jacques, stretching 4 km along St. Jacques Boulevard from Montreal West to Westmount and Meadowbrook, a 57-hectare green space that straddles Cote St. Luc and Lachine. Participants will be invited to see both areas over the weekend of February 25 and 26.

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.

Image: Andy Riga

Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture

microphone westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, February 21 at 12:30 pm, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal presents Radical Resthomes: New Housing Choices for a New Age with Janet Torge, Producer and writer, Torge Ahead Inc.

A sandwich lunch is served at cost with tea/coffee from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal members free.
Annual membership $50, individual lecture $10.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
For more information contact Carolyn Roper (Publicity) at 514 932-4005 or Pamela Brydges (President) at 514 488-7891.

Image: theilr via StockPholio.com

Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre

mcclure gallery westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre’s McClure Gallery, 350 Victoria.

Co-hosted by Ilona Martonfi and Mike Di Sclafani, the event features the talents of Susan Elmslie, Jack Hannan, Klara du Plessis, Ilona Martonfi, H. Nigel Thomas, Ami Sands Brodoff, Blossom Thom, Mike Di Sclafani and Samantha Gibson (music).

Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Admission at the door $6.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre

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 contactivitycentre.org

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 centregreene.org

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.

Wednesday, February 15, 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, February 15, from 7 pm to 8 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 Finnegans Wake to see what is conceived. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, February 22, from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Feng Shui in a Weekend. With Tracey Mackenzie. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, February 24, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Arrival (2016). 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.

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

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 +)

Saturday, February 11, from 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds) and from 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds).

Monday, February 13, from 4 pm to 5 pm
Valentine’s Day Craft (4 years +)

Sunday, February 19, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fancy Nancy Tea Party with the Cast. Come meet the cast from Fancy Nancy the Musical, sing some songs, make a craft and enjoy some very fancy snacks!

Thursday, February 23, from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – TBD. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. (9 to 13 years)

Friday, February 24, 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.

To find out how to participate, please visit the Library’s website.

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, 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.

Thursday, February 16, at 12:30 pm
Writer and photographer Gabriel Safdie presents The China Challenge: 33 years of work and travel in the Middle Kingdom.

Thursday, February 23 at 12:30 pm
Writers Paule Des Rivières and Raynald Petit with photographer Gabor Szilasi present the inspiring stories of some remarkable Quebecers who are over 80, drawing from their book Chemin faisant.


Tuesdays, February 14 and 21, 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 dlp@atwaterlibrary.caNote: The lab will be offered most Tuesday afternoons during the winter.

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

Wednesday, February 15, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Michael Litwin, CPA, TEP answers questions submitted ahead of time on American taxes. Advance registration is required. To register and submit questions, email victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or phone 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

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

Wednesday, February 15, from 7:30 to 9 pm
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The award-winning novel about a smart, strong-willed Nigerian woman who moves to the United States, with a nuanced discussion of race and identity.

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 victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Tuesday, February 21, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Dr. Angela Genge, neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, gives an update on Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

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

Thursday, February 23, at 7 pm
Readings by Gwen Benaway and Adebe DeRango-Adem.

Image: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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