Westmount Here & There
January 29, 2023

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall

Galerie du Victoria Hall - Victoria Hall Gallery – WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, will be presenting the art of Fung Sou until Friday, February 10.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Information: 514 989-9265

Image: Andrew Burlone

McGill Classics Play: The Odyssey

The Odyssey posterOn Saturday, February 4 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the 2023 McGill Classics Play brings to the stage the once-a-millennium game show, Ithacan Idol, where contestants will unravel this imagined and reimagined mythic figure. Who is Odysseus? Stranger or companion, wayfarer or colonizer, somebody or nobody – the hero of the Odyssey, even in the epic itself, is a controversial figure.

Recommended for ages 14+, for strong profanity, innuendo, and mild violence.
Donations accepted at the door.

For more information, visit the McGill Classic’s website.

Dawson College Professional Theatre: The Oresteia

Murder of Agamemnon From February 1 to 11, at Dawson’s New Dome Theatre, 2000 Atwater, Montreal, the Professional Theatre Department at Dawson College will perform a contemporary adaptation of The Oresteia by Ellen McLaughlin and directed by award-winning Montréal theatre artist Leslie Baker.

The Oresteia is one of our oldest surviving theatrical texts, first performed nearly 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece. It is composed of three plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides, which American playwright Ellen McLaughlin has adapted into a single, three act play, rich with challenging roles for actors. It is performed by the third year graduating students of the professional theatre program.

Adults: $15 ; Student/ Senior: $5; Dawson community, Group tickets: $5


Image: Murder of Agamemnon, Public Domain

Westmount 2023 Winter Carnival

Westmount Carnival WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Seniors’ Craft Workshop
1 pm to 2 pm – Contactivity Centre, 4695 De Maisonneuve W
Reserve your spot by contacting Contactivity at 514 932-2326.

Pj Party at Victoria Hall (5 years +)
7 pm to 9:30 pm – 4626 Sherbrooke W
Family film screening, games and snacks. Wear your pyjamas! Free tickets available on Eventbrite. Tickets are limited, so get them fast! Information: 514 989-5226 or

Activities at King George Park
10 am to 4 pm – Côte St. Antoine and Murray. A full day of seasonal activities for the whole family to enjoy! In the event of inclement weather, some activities will take place in the Westmount Recreation Centre.

10 am to 4 pm – Toboggan Run – Helmets recommended.
10 am to 3 pm – Inflatable Game
10 am to 3 pm – Bonfire – Free hot chocolate and cookies.
10 am to noon – Winter Classic M7 Hockey – Westmount house league.
10:45 am to 3 pm – Old-Fashioned Sleigh Rides
11 am to 3 pm – Sugar Shack – Try some free maple taffy on the snow. What a treat!
Noon to 1:30 pm – Free Hot Dogs
Noon to 3 pm – Fun Winter Games – Games take place on the main soccer field.
12:30 pm to 1 pm – Chuck-a-Puck Contest
1 pm to 2 pm – Skate with The Mascots
2 pm to 3 pm – Family Skating

Information – Outdoor Activities: Sports and Recreation 514 989-5353; Activities at Victoria Hall: Community Events 514 989-5226

Activities at Contactivity

contactivity centreContactivity 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.

Online courses and activities are now available. For more information visit

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre

Centre Greene activities

Centre Greene westmountmag.caCentre 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!

For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

logo city of Westmount - WestmountMag.caCity of Westmount events

The City of Westmount offers a variety of events and activities for adults and children of all ages. Please consult the city’s events calendar for more information.


Events at Westmount Public Library

Bibliothèque de Westmount library, Westmount QC

4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount

Library staff are pleased to welcome all visitors back to a safe environment in which to browse and check out items. Staff will also be there to make/renew memberships and handle your requests and questions.

More information at

Image: Andrew Burlone



And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library -

1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl

The Library and Computer Centre staff and volunteers are now serving the public as usual. The Library is open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

The staff are always pleased to provide information and help by phone and email.

eBooks and digital audiobooks: The Library has increased its selection of digital books for your reading and listening pleasure. For information and help: 514 935-7344 or


Atwater Library staff are continuing to provide help and information by phone and email at 514 935-7344 (weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm) and at
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Monday, January 30 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom only: Connect Project Weekly Internet Peer Café – Join Liz Perrin for discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning and socializing. Register and get the Zoom link here.

Questions about your computer or device? Email or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week. With funding from the Government of Canada.

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During the Spring of 2020, the Connect Project team made a series of YouTube videos to help people be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.

Episode 1Introduction: be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.

Episode 2eBooks and audiobooks: get started enjoying books on your device — phone, tablet or computer. With step-by-step instructions for borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the Atwater Library.

Episode 3 – Podcasts
How to begin enjoying a wealth of free recorded radio programs and other online audio material. Included is info about popular and recommended podcasts.

Episode 4: Filing Your Income Tax Return Online

Episode 5: Zoom Video Conferencing
Step-by-step instructions for taking part in online meetings and events using Zoom. With a “cheat sheet” guide to buttons and functions.

Episode 6: Digital Discussions Lecture Series
A brief intro with links to presenters’ slideshows and a guide to YouTube buttons and functions.

Episode 7: Online Ordering for Delivery
A guide with helpful information and local examples.


Wednesday, February 1 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom only: Powers of AttorneyLawyer Ann Soden and notary Anna Kamateros conduct an information session on powers of attorney. Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link:

Wednesday, February 15 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom only: Income Tax Preparation Retired financial planner Lynn Bennett gives an overview of 2022 provisions of federal and provincial income tax. She will explain tax treatment for different types of income and expenses, and let you know about credits and strategies you may use to optimize your tax bill Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link:


Nutrition on a Budget
VideoEat well on a budget
(50 minutes) with Jaimie Yue, Registered Dietitian. You can sign up for her newsletter and receive a free eBook with recipes.

Personal Finances in Times of Crisis
Video (20 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). He gives tips for saving money and shares the AMF Budget Sheet and Balance Sheet forms.

RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund)
Video (29 minutes) with Certified Financial Planner Lynn Bennett.

Budgeting Basics 2: Protect Your Money and Online Resources
Video (35 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin. She discusses online consumer resources and gives pointers for guarding against scams and fraud.

Budgeting Basics
Video (33 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin on the importance of a budget, even in difficult times, and the three steps to creating one: planning, making and reviewing. Examples of free online budgeting tools are included.

Fraud prevention
COVID-19: Watch Out For Financial Fraud!

Video (25 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Info on Wills
(25 minutes) with Ann Soden, Ad. E., Elder Law Lawyer and mediator, and Anna Kamateros, notary, in conversation with Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, Natalie Domingue. Includes information on how people can write their own “holograph will” while physically isolating, with pointers for minimizing the risk of challenges after death.

Click to access Éducaloi’s detailed guide on Wills.

The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program is funded by Canadian Heritage.



Thursday, February 2 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
In person and via Zoom (hybrid): Finding Meaning and Purpose in Everyday Life – Life Purpose Coach Jackie Roberge discusses how to identify and integrate activities and behaviours into daily life to increase fulfillment and contribute to a better world. She will give examples of how to share your gifts and talents no matter what your age and stage in life. Register and get the Zoom link here. For in-person attendance, no need to register. Just go to the Adair Auditorium at the Atwater Library (accessible by elevator).

Thursday, February 9 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
In person and via Zoom (hybrid): Book Talk – Author Marc Raboy gives a presentation on his book Looking for Alicia: The Unfinished Life of an Argentinian Rebel, winner of the 2022 QWF Prize for Non-fiction. Register and get the Zoom link here. For in-person attendance, no need to register. Just go to the Adair Auditorium at the Atwater Library (accessible by elevator).

Friday, February 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
In person only: Gospel Music – 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. In the Atwater Library Adair Auditorium. First come, first seated. No advance registration.


Wednesday, February 8 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom only: Writer Mary Soderstrom leads a discussion of The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, translated from the Portuguese by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux. Register and get the Zoom link: 

Friday, February 10 from 1 pm to 5 pm
In person at Concordia University and via Zoom (hybrid): How We Live With Data – An interactive public symposium with three McMaster University researchers: Stephanie Hatzifilalithis, Cal Biruk and Nicole Dalmer. Q&A. Part of the Atwater Library’s Safe Online Engagement Project funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program, in collaboration with Concordia University’s Ageing in Data project funded by SSHRC. For more info and to register and get the Zoom link:


Tuesday, February 14 from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm
Via Zoom only: A Picture and a Thousand Words: Paired Art and Writing Workshop (2nd of 3) – Visual artist Anna Jane McIntyre leads an hour of art activities. Novelist and poet H. Nigel Thomas leads an hour of writing activities. Registration is full. To put your name on a waiting list in case there’s a cancellation:

Thursday, February 16 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom only: Algorithms and AIFenwick McKelvey, Co-Director of the Applied AI Institute at Concordia University, gives a talk on Understanding Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. Q&A. Part of the Atwater Library’s Safe Online Engagement Project funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Register and get the Zoom link:

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