Westmount Here & There
October 14, 2015

image: Light Falls on Things exhibition


At the Visual Arts Centre


The McClure Gallery at the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Light Falls on Things: the Metaphysics of Painting until October 24. Curated by well-known artist David Elliott, the exhibition presents 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.” Galery opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 pm ; Saturday from noon to 5 pm. Information at 514 488-9558 or at visualartscentre.ca

Image: Visual Arts Centre

Poetry and Prose

And on Tuesday October 20 there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose and Music. Hosted by Ilona Martonfi, the event features the talents of Ian Ferrier, Ilona Martonfi, Barry Webster, Maxianne Berger, Dale Matthews, Jack Hannan, Flavia Cosma and Molly Shea-Hannan.

Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

Lakes of Canada launches new album

photo: Lakes of CanadaOn Thursday, October 15 at 5 pm the Lakes Of Canada band will launch its latest 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 CULT Montreal 2014 survey and voted Best Band –  Greenland Folk Production Award at the Fringe Festival in 2012, the quintet has played some of the biggest festivals: POP Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Folk Festival on the Canal, M for Montreal and NXNE, amongst others.

Image: courtesy Lakes of Canada

Fabulous food, fun and music

On Saturday, October 17, don’t miss the Campania in Festa Gala in support of Generations Foundation food programs and Federation Campania scholarships, at the Carlton Centre, 8860 Langelier in St. Leonard. Cocktails at 5:30 pm, 5 course dinner starting at 6 pm, dancing with Johnny and Christina Capobianco and their Grand Show Band. Dessert table and assortment of italian foods at midnight. Participate in the auction and raffle. Contact Enrica Uva at 514 884-6420 for tickets.

Generations Foundation daily provides hot, nutritious lunches and snacks to 7700 plus kids in over 97 schools and learning centres at no charge to the child. Locally they provide breakfast ingredients to students at Westmount High School.

roy leblanc

Roy Le Blanc

And music lovers of all ages are invited to come and be amazed at the Generations Foundation fund raiser Music’s Greatest Icons that will be held October 24 at 7 pm at Marymount Adult Centre Hall, 5785 Parkhaven in Cote St. Luc. Performer celebrity impersonator Roy Le Blanc will present a show featuring music icons Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart and so many more that promises to leave even the most seasoned music aficionado amazed, perplexed and wondering. “If you have heard this performer before you know you can’t get closer to the real thing,” says event coordinator Georgia Remond. “Just close your eyes and be transported to a different era in music.”

Tickets are $20. To reserve your seat or for more information contact Georgia at 514 924-1104.

Image: royleblanc.com

image of book covers

Book Launches

Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm, Josip Novakovich‘s Ex-Yu, with special guest Samuel Archibald, author of Arvida at the Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard W, Montreal. RSVP on facebook for the Fall Fiction Launch. For more information contact Maya Assouad at 514 844-6073 or marketing@vehiculepress.com

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


The Lyric Theatre 50th Anniversary Concert

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

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

Blueberry Hill: Music of New Orleans and Louisiana

photo: New Orleans street corner6 Sessions – Monday, October 19 to November 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, Westmount. Cost: $90 members / $120 non-members. Contact Michelle Lander, 514 342-1234 #7216 or michelle.lander@cummingscentre.org

Image: David Ohmer, Stock Folio

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

Bruce Roberts
at Georges Laoun on St-Denis
4012 Saint-Denis
514 844-1919
On until the end of October.

Image: Bruce Roberts


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

Anna Gedalof
at Georges Laoun on Sherbrooke
1396 Sherbrooke W
514 985-0015
On until the end of October.

Image: Anna Gedalof


Cowspiracy posterWestmount Healthy City Project events

Autumn is here and WHCP is presenting two events in October, both at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, October 20
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. A film by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn.
Topic: the meat industry’s attempt to hide the truth about the effects on the environment of raising and eating animals.
Introduction by Dr. Anthony F. J. Moffat, emeritus professor of astronomy at l’Université de Montréal.

Image: Wikimedia —  David Dickens

Thursday, October 29
Why we get old and die, and what to do about it.
Topic: aging
Speaker: Dr. Henry Olders
Dr. Olders is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill and a Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist at Ste. Anne’s Hospital.
Introduction by Dr. Sheila Mason, Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the Philosophy Department at Concordia University.

painting Sam Kasirer-SmibertSam Kasirer-Smibert

The “Altro Versiamo” exhibition runs from October 22 to November 13 in The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626, Sherbrooke W. Come meet Sam and gallery curator Victoria Leblanc on Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm. Vernissage on Wednesday, October 21 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Open Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm ; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm. Information at 514 989-5521.


halloween in hollywoodHalloween in Hollywood

Friday October 30 from 8 pm till midnight at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Tickets: $25 at the door / $22 in advance.

Come as your favourite Hollywood movie star! Dance all night, let your hair down! Best costume prizes. DJ and cash bar. 18 years and over.

Buy your tickets online at westmounthalloween.eventbrite.ca
Info: 514 989-5226

photo: Westmount Library, Andrew BurloneEvents at Westmount Library

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

Wednesday, 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 call 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. In Victoria Hall.

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

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

Monday, October 26 at 1 pm, French Book ClubClaude Jasmin. In the Westmount Room

Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm English Book Club – The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, with Carly Vandergriendt. In the Westmount Room.

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

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

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

Saturday, October 24 at 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 at 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.

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 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 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.

Image: Creative Commons

Feature photo: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.