Around Westmount
July 29, 2015

By Marilynn Vanderstaay

Thanya Iyer Project performs Sunday

Thanya Iyer

Thanya Iyer

The Sunday Concerts series continues August 2 at 2 p.m. at the gazebo in Westmount Park, with the Thanya Iyer Project, who will perform folk- and jazz-influenced compositions by Thanya Iyer.

The Project consists of vocalist, pianist and composer Iyer, percussionist Daniel Gelinas, and Westmount resident Alex Kasirer-Smibert on bass. The band released their self-titled EP in March 2014 and plan to record a full-length album this summer. The group has performed at festivals in Ontario and Quebec and promise to be a soothing respite for a hopefully hot summer August afternoon.

Images of Thanya Iyer by Evan Shay

Westmount photographer Gabor Szilasi to be honoured this weekend

Westmount’s own internationally acclaimed photographer Gabor Szilasi will be the guest of honour this weekend at the 33rd annual International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul.

A traditional street parade will lead to the opening ceremonies held in the arena on Friday, July 31. Against a backdrop of a small exhibition of his photographs, Gabor will discuss his work in portraiture which over the years evolved into social documentaries about people and their immediate environments.

Gabor Szilasi

Gabor Szilasi

Since 1982 the Symposium has been the embodiment of the cultural life of Quebec and annually continues to be a Woodstock-like meeting and creation place. One of the highlights of the event will be the installation of the Free Exchange Zone, the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul’s first permanent exhibition that gives an overview of the Symposium’s history, its artists and the works it has generated. Each year artists from Canada and abroad are invited to work in the arena throughout the summer. Gabor and his wife Doreen Lindsay have been active participants since its inception.

The public is invited to Baie-Saint-Paul for the Friday evening launch and to watch the 12 artists who have been invited to work in the arena throughout this summer. For more information phone 418 435-3681 or go to macbsp.com or email info@macbsp.com

Image of Gabor Szilasi courtesy of Doreen Lindsay.

Anthony Hobbs exhibits in Expressions

Here is an exhibition that is worth the drive to the Eastern Townships. Patterns of the Land, a new body of work by accomplished Westmount artist Anthony Hobbs, is part of the exhibition Expressions that will launch this weekend with a vernissage and a meet the artists reception at Studio Georgeville, 20 Carré Copp, Georgeville. Expressions also includes works by local artists Marjorie Griffin and Joanna Nash.

Anthony Hobbs — Patterns of the Land

Anthony Hobbs — Patterns of the LandGuests can enjoy the vernissage on Saturday, August 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. The next day, Sunday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. guests can enjoy a Meet and Greet with the artists… perfect before or after brunch. Expressions continues to Sunday, August 16. For more information or hours phone (819) 843-9992 or go to studiogeorgeville.com or email studiogeorgeville@gmail.com

The Red Post Art Exhibit in Kanehsatà:ke

In recognition of the impacts of the 1990 occupation of Kanehsatà:ke and Kahnawà:ke, also known as the 1990 Oka Crisis, this weekend The Red Post Exhibition will be launched at the Kanehsatà:ke Language and Cultural Center, 407 St. Michel, Kanehsatà:ke. Opening ceremonies featuring thoughts and perspectives 25 years later will take place on Saturday, August 1 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Remembering Kanehsatake - 270 Years of Resistance by Scott MacLeod

Remembering Kanehsatake – 270 Years of Resistance by Scott MacLeod – conte on Mylar

The exhibition is a coming together of 13 local artists. Former Westmount artist Scott MacLeod says he was honoured to receive an invitation from Ellen Gabriel, the spokesperson during the 1990 occupation of Kanehsatà:ke and Kahnawà:ke, to take part in the exhibition Onekwentara Kanehtsote. Scott did so both with a personal artist’s statement and with original work.

The exhibition is collaboration between the Kanehsatà:ke Language and Cultural Center, Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitiokhwa and the American Indian Program at Cornell University. For more information contact Ellen Gabriel at kontinonhstats2@hotmail.com

Play with computers: Minecraft for Newbies

Child playing Minecraft

Child playing Minecraft

Ironically after last Friday’s Blast from the Past event at the Westmount Public Library, in which the children’s library was stripped of any and all technical devices, the JeunesKids program is offering Play with Computers: Minecraft for Newbies with Sandra  Bebbington next Thursday, August 6 at 4 p.m. The event will be held in the Westmount Room upstairs in the adult library.

Minecraft is a computer game about breaking and placing blocks. Initially, players built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game developed players started to work together to create brilliant, imaginative images and places including the scary Nether where players battle against enemies. Or it can be about adventuring with friends in places that are fun and pretty like a land of mushrooms.

During the workshop, Sandra Bebbington will lead the players through the basics as they go journey different challenges that will also teach players a few things about how the game works.

Players are asked to arrive with the pre purchased Minecraft App installed and set up on their tablet or on their laptop. The library can help with those who do not own a device. Registration is required. For more information or to register contact jeuneskids at 514 989-5229.

Image: Kevin Jarrett via StockPholio.com

Come celebrate Alice’s 150th anniversary

alice playing croquetAfter being rained out in July, the Westmount Children’s Library is hosting a special event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on Tuesday, August 11 at 2 p.m.

Children 5 and older are invited to Westmount Park for a game of croquet with characters from Wonderland. A Mad Hatter Tea will follow. And of course, costumes by participants always makes for more fun and is encouraged. Registration is required by calling contact jeuneskids at 514 989-5229.

The Westmount Croquet Club

If the croquet game in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland brings back fond memories of playing croquet, or if you have never and would like to try it, the Westmount Croquet Club, 401 Kensington Avenue, invites the community to join them to try the game out at the lawn bowling green Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. The club operates from May through October. Beginners have the use of club equipment, receive free instruction and benefit from reduced membership fees. To reserve a try out contact Andrew de Courcy-Ireland at 514 927-3023 or andrewdci@me.com or the club at 514 989-5532.

marilynn vanderstaay

Long-time Westmount resident Marilynn Vanderstaay has been writing since she could hold a pencil. Marilynn’s writing has been published in national and local magazines including Canadian Living, Readers Digest, Barricades Magazine, and municipal and community newspapers including the Montreal Gazette. Contact Marilynn at marilynn@aroundwestmount.com.

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