Westmount Here & There
November 28, 2023

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall

Galerie du Victoria Hall - Victoria Hall Gallery – WestmountMag.caUntil Friday, December 15, The Gallery at Victoria Hall is pleased to present a duo exhibition featuring artists Irene Kudish and Eliane Rivard.

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 2 pm

More information at 514 989-5226.

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logo Héma-Québec - WestmountMag.caHéma-Québec Blood Drive

On Wednesday, November 29 starting at 1:30 pm, in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, make life meaningful by donating blood. Hundreds of people need a donation in order to regain their health. To make it easy for you, a drive is organized nearby.

Make an appointment before going to a blood drive at or by calling 1 800 343-7264.


Xmas tree

Christmas Tree Lighting

On Friday, December 1 at 5 pm at City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W, join City Council members for this holiday celebration. The tree lighting will be held outside City Hall, followed by music and hot drinks. No registration is required.

More information at 514 989 5226 or

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Candlelight Christmas

Candlelight Xmas - WestmountMag.caCandlelight Christmas 2023 will light up the arrival of the Holiday season from December 7 to 10 at Concordia’s Loyola Chapel, 7141 Sherbrooke W. Artistic and Musical Director Bob Bachelor and 46 Lyric Theatre Singers look forward to welcoming audiences with a rich and varied repertoire of Christmas music from around the world.

Cash donations will gratefully be accepted at every concert, on behalf of The Depot Community Food Centre.

Thursday, December 7 at 8 pm; Friday, December 7 at 8 pm; Saturday, December 9 at 4 pm; and Sunday, December 10 at 4 pm.

For more information:

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The People’s Gospel Choir Concert

People’s Gospel ChoirOn Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The People’s Gospel Choir is back by popular demand for a Raise the Roof Holiday Concert. This year, the Choir is joined by members of the Union United Church music ministry. Proceeds benefit The Rotary Club of Westmount’s community service projects. Celebrating its 10th-anniversary performance at Victoria Hall in Westmount!

Tickets: adults $25, children under 12, $10
Tickets are available online at; by telephone at 514 771-2250 (The People’s Gospel Choir) or 514 935-3344 (The Rotary Club of Westmount); in-person at Victoria Hall office (cash); and on concert night at the door (cash).

Image: courtesy of The People’s Gospel Choir

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

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And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library -

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

The Library has resumed its pre-pandemic hours and is again open on Monday and Wednesday evenings until 8:00 and on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. See the Full schedule.

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


Friday, December 1 from 10 am to noon
In-Person at Concordia University and Via Zoom (Hybrid): Digital Map Making – Join participants in the Library’s seniors-led Digital Map Making Project for an overview of digital mapping and a presentation by Tracie Swim from WIN Intergenerational Network. Attendees will be encouraged to start their own digital maps with offers of help and support. For info and to register:

Monday, December 4 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom Only: Weekly Internet Peer Café – Join Liz Perrin for a discussion about using computers, tablets, and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning, and socializing. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.

Thursday, December 7 from 3 pm to 5 pm
In-Person Only: Tech Help Hub – Got a question about using your device? The Library’s team of tech-savvy staff and volunteers will be in the Adair Auditorium (accessible by elevator) to give you help for free. They will provide demonstrations and resources aimed at improving your digital literacy skills. Bring your own device or use one of the Library’s tablets or laptops.
No need to register, first come, first served. For more info:

Friday, December 8 from 10 am to noon
In-Person at Concordia University and Via Zoom (Hybrid): Digital Map Making – Join participants in the Library’s seniors-led Digital Map Making Project for an overview of digital mapping and a presentation by a member of Gay and Grey Montréal about their map of health resources. Attendees will be encouraged to start their own digital maps with offers of help and support. For info and to register:


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.

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Wednesday, November 29 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom Only: Later-Life Legal Issues – Lawyer Ann Soden and notary Anna Kamateros conduct an information session on Wills, Protection Mandates, Powers of Attorney and more. Q&A with discussion. To 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, November 30 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
*In-Person Only: Adam Shoalts – Bestselling author Adam Shoalts gives an illustrated talk on his new book Where the Falcon Flies about his 3,400 km solo journey from Lake Erie to the Arctic.
Argo Bookshop will be selling copies of the book. *Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask.

Thursday, December 7 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
In-Person and Via Zoom (Hybrid): Christmas Concert – Inspirational singer Barbara Lewis and Toronto-based pianist and singer Doug Balfour perform a variety of seasonal music. To register and get the Zoom link, click here. For in-person attendance, no need to register. Just go to the Adair Auditorium at the Atwater Library (accessible by elevator).


Wednesday, December 6 from 2 pm to 4 pm
In-Person and Via Zoom (Hybrid): LinkedIn 101 – A workshop for people aged 45 and up to optimize their LinkedIn profile for job searches and career advancement. A collaboration between the Atwater Library CELI Project and Agence Ometz. Registration and a LinkedIn profile are required:

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