Westmount Here & There
October 7, 2015

image: Westmount library guide 2015-2016New Library Events Guide

The new Library, Cultural & Community Events Fall / Winter 2015-2016 guide is now available online at A limited printed version is available upon request.
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When the stone talksimage: sculpture, zimbabwe: Landing Chapungu Walter Mariga

The Gallery at Victoria Hall is proud to present When the Stone Talks, a special exhibition of contemporary Zimbabwean stone sculpture, until October 7. The exhibit features a range of work from ZimArt’s featured artists. The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke West, is open Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. For information call 514 989-5521. Check-out also Nadine Hennelly’s article about the exhibition where she interviews the curator and an artist.
Image: ZimArt

 image: Light Falls on Things exhibitionAt the Visual Arts Centre

350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount
514-488-9558 •

October 2 to 24 : Light Falls on Things: the Metaphysics of Painting, curated by well-known artist David Elliott, presents a rousing exhibition of the work of four artists – Matthieu Bouchard, Ludovic Cléroux, Allison Katz and Bea Parsons – all of whom remind us that, in Elliott’s view, “metaphysical painting is alive and well in the 21st century.” Curator`s talk: Thursday October 8 at 7 pm.

State of Denial, at the Segal Centre, October 8 to 25

poster: State of DenialWritten by Rahul Varma, directed by Liz Valdez and set in contemporary Canada and Turkey of 1915, State of Denial links the Armenian genocide of 1915 with the 1994-95 genocide in Rwanda. At the Segal Centre, 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd. Thanksgiving Special: tickets for Sun. Oct. 11 and Mon. Oct. 12 are 2-for-1 if purchased by Oct. 8 with the code word ‘Thanksgiving’.


An Open Invitation to Marilynn’s Eighth Annual Extended Family Thanksgiving Dinner

photo: Marilynn VanderstayyMarilynn Vanderstaay, sometime writer and community investment specialist, will host her Extended Family Thanksgiving Dinner on October 12 and invites anyone who does not have family or friends locally to come and feast while celebrating Thanksgiving. This year she found a venue that can offer enough seating to accommodate anyone who wants to join in on the friends, food and fun. The three course meal includes soup, turkey dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and coffee. The cost, $27.50, includes taxes and gratuities. Drinks are extra. The feast will take place on Thanksgiving Monday, October 12 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Fiddlers Green Irish Pub, 1224 Bishop Street, between René-Levesque and St-Catherine. For more info, call Marilynn at 514.933.2922 or reach her at

Image: Marilynn Vanderstaay

Lakes of Canada launches new album, Trangressions

photo: Lakes of CanadaThursday, October 15, Lakes Of Canada launches the album Transgressions, at the Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent. Produced by Jace Lasek at Studio Breakglass in Montreal, Transgressions is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Second best performance in the local survey CULT Montreal 2014 and voted Best Band Greenland folk Production Award at Fringe Festival in 2012, the quintet played in the biggest festivals: POP Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Folk Festival on the Canal, M for Montreal, NXNE, …
Image: Lakes of Canada

Fabulous food and fun to provide
food security and hope for many

Saturday, October 17, in support of Enrica Uva’s Event for Generations Foundation food programs, that each day feed over 7500 kids in schools and after school programs, and Federation Campania scholarships. Cocktails, 5 course dinner, dancing with Johnny and Christina Copabianca and their Grand Show Band. Dessert table and assortment of italian foods at midnight. Participate in the auction and raffle. Contact Enrica Uva, 514.884-6420 for tickets.

Don’t miss the foundation’s Music’s Greatest Icons event, Saturday, October 24, at 7:00 pm. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty at the Marymount Adult Centre Hall, 5785 Parkhaven, Côte St. Luc. Tickets $20. Call Georgia Remond at 514.924-1104.


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Book Launches

Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm, Josip Novakovich‘s Ex-Yu, with special guest Samuel Archibald, author of Arvida. Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard Street West, Montreal, 514-279-2224. RSVP on facebook for the Fall Fiction Launch. For more information contact Maya Assouad, 514.844.6073 or

Thursday, October 22 at 6 pm, book launch of The Snow Kimono, by Ilona Martonfi, and The Homes We Build On Ashes, by Christina Park, at Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal, 2220 Avenue McGill College. 514 845-5811. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.


The Lyric Theatre 50th Anniversary Concert

logo: The Lyric Theatre Anniversary ConcertSaturday, Oct. 17, at 8 pm, The Lyric Theatre, one of Montreal’s longest standing community theatre companies, celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Musical Direction Bob Bachelor and Chris Barillaro. At Concordia’s Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia University, Loyola Campus – 7141 W. Sherbrooke St.
Reserved Seating – Parking on Campus – Wheelchair Accessible.

Tickets: $34 Regular – $30 Students/Seniors – $17 Children 12 and under. 514-743-3382


Blueberry Hill: Music of New Orleans and Louisiana

photo: New Orleans street corner6 Sessions – Monday, Oct. 19 to Nov. 23, Blueberry Hill: Music of New Orleans and Louisiana

Let the good times roll!! New Orleans has given the world some fabulous music. Among the songs presented will be Suzy Q, Great Balls of Fire, Sea Cruise, House of the Rising Sun, Time Is On My Side, Good Rockin’ Tonight, Cotton Fields, Hello Dollyand Basin Street Blues. Learn how the Beatles, Elvis Presley and other greats have taken inspiration and performed songs from New Orleans.

Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 395 Elm Ave., Westmount. Cost: $90 members / $120 non-members. Contact Michelle Lander, 514 342-1234 #7216 or

Image: David Ohmer, Stock Folio

image: Chats en Ville, de Bruce Roberts
Chats en Ville

Bruce Roberts
at George Laoun on St-Denis Street
4012 Rue Saint-Denis
The exhibition lasts until the end of October.

Image: Bruce Roberts



Abstraction Distractionpicture: Anna Gedalof, When The Light Gets In - 20” x 25,5”- oeuvre sur papier

Anna Gedalof
at Laoun on Sherbrooke West
Vernissage Tuesday Oct. 13, from 5 to 6:30 pm
Georges Laoun Opticien, 1396 Sherbrooke West

Image: Anna Gedalof


photo: Westmount Library, Andrew BurloneEvents at Westmount Library

Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke St. W., or call 514 989-5299.

Wednesday, October 7, at 2 pm, 2 O’Clock SeriesNicole Peretz and Mireille Guyonnet, in the Westmount Room. Nicole Peretz, author of “La petite fille de l’appartement 10” and Mireille Guyonnet, author of “La vie est comme le jus de pomme, meilleure avec du brandy” Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. Please register at the Circulation Desk 514 989-5299.

Wednesday, October 7, at 7 pm, Special Film event – Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
Declared the #1 film of the 20th century by the British Film Institute, Vertigo is a superb example of Alfred Hitchcock’s “pure cinema”, a visual kaleidoscope of romantic longing and suspense. Gary Evans, Westmount resident, and professor in Film Studies at the University of Ottawa, will introduce the film and lead the discussion following the film. For more information: 514 989-5386

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 pm at the Westmount Library, Monthly Meeting, Westmount Horticultural Society (WHS), Urban Vegetable Gardening: Growing Food in the City. Presented by Tereska Gesing of Urban Seedlings,  All you need to know to grow your veggies in containers, raised beds, or the garden. Learn how to start seeds, plan your vegetable garden, put together a perfect soil mix, overcome pests and maximize your harvest. Doors open at 6:30 pm for Tea, Coffee and Cookies. Guest fee $5.00 or annual membership $20.00 (fall session $10.00)

Wednesday, October 14, at 10:15 am
Poetry workshop with Ann Lloyd, in the Board Room. Get creative in these bi-monthly, light-hearted workshops that will get you to express yourself in verse. Arrive with a pensée, leave with a poem! This is a chance to verse your feelings. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact Donna Lach at 514 989-5386

photo: inside Westmount LibraryWednesday, October 14, from 2 to 4 pm, Reading Circle: Reflections on Food, Fabulous Food. Explore a cornucopia of readings on the delectable subject of food as presented in a variety of writings (non-fiction, poetry, articles and fiction). Discussions will be facilitated by Abby Lippman, academic, activist, and eclectic reader. Readings will be available at the reference desk. Registration required. For more information: 514 989-5386

Wednesday, October 14, at 7 pm, Fall Author SeriesHeather O’Neill, author of Daydreams of Angels, in the Westmount Room. Please register at the Circulation Desk or call 514 989-5299.

Friday, October 16, at 8 pm, Storytelling Festival – Opening Night Gala of the Québec Intercultural Storytelling Festival. Tickets available at the Library and Victoria Hall, or at the door: $15 regular / $12 for students and seniors. Victoria Hall

Wednesday, October 21, at 7 pm, Fall Author SeriesWords and Music Event with Eric Siblin, author of Studio Grace: The Making of a Record, with special guest Jo Simonetti. Victoria Hall

Friday, October 23, at 2 pm, Film Clubtitle to be announced. Join us to view an award-winning film. A discussion will follow the film. Tickets required. Westmount Room

Monday, October 26, 1 pm, French Book ClubClaude Jasmin, Westmount Room

Tuesday, October 27, 7 pm English Book ClubThe God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, with Carly Vandergriendt, Westmount Room

photo: Westmount Library mascotWestmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids

Registration is required for all events. To register for these events, please present your child’s library card at the Children’s Desk. For more information, please call 514 989-5229

Friday, October 16, 4 pm, Gaming at the Library! (9 to 12 yr olds), Storytime Room

Saturday, October 24, 7 pm, Halloween Extravaganza! (6 years +) Decorate a pumpkin at home (no carving please) and bring it to the Library between October 1 and October 23. Then pick up your ticket for the 18th annual family Halloween Extravaganza.

Monday, October 26, 4 pm, Spooky Crafts (4 years +)

And over at the Atwater Library…

photo: Atwater Library, WestmountHere is the list of upcoming events not to be missed at the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue. All are welcome and admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Thursday, October 8, at 12:30 pm

Lunchtime Series: Health administration consultant and author David Levine gives a talk on his new book Health Care and Politics: An Insider’s View on Managing and Sustaining Health Care in Canada.

Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm
Atwater Book Club: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
Canadian political satire that won both the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and CBC Canada Reads.

Thursday, October 15, at 12:30 pm
Shanly Dixon, Ph. D., gives a presentation on the Atwater Library’s current Status of Women Canada-funded project aimed at eliminating cyberviolence against girls and women, a pervasive problem that includes bullying by social media, Internet luring and cyberstalking. The talk is timely given the new United Nations report urging action to protect the growing number of girls and women who are victims of online threats and harassment.

photo: Inside Atwater LibraryThursday, October 15, at 7:00 pm
Poetry Readings, by Maurice Mierau and Sara Peters

Thursday October 22, at 12:30 pm
A panel discussion with Rick Goldman of Committee to Aid Refugees and a representative of Action Réfugiés Montréal about practical ways Montrealers can help refugees and economic migrants in the Middle East and Europe.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Just in time for Financial Literacy Month, Jane Rooney, Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader, gives a presentation on the National Strategy for Financial Literacy.

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Feature photo: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.