Westmount Here & There
October 21, 2015

image: Light Falls on Things exhibition


At the Visual Arts Centre


Light Falls on Things: the Metaphysics of Painting continues at the McClure Gallery in the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, 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


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Book Launches

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.

Music’s Greatest Icons

roy leblanc

Roy Le Blanc

Music lovers of all ages are invited to come and be amazed at the Generations Foundation fund raiser Music’s Greatest Icons to 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

Montreal Camera Club special presentation

photo christoph fischerOn Monday, October 26 at 7:30 pm, the Montreal Camera Club, 4695 De Maisonneuve West, will host a special photography presentation Beauty Surrounds You with landscape and wildlife photographer Christoph Fischer. His presentation will feature images from many of the fabulous landscapes he visits with his workshops, as well as a few stunning images taken close to home. Free admission. More information at montrealcameraclub.com

Image: Christoph Fischer

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



painting Sam Kasirer-SmibertSam Kasirer-Smibert

The “Altro Versiamo” exhibition until 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.


Westmount Healthy City Project events

cemetaryAutumn is here and the WHCP presents its second event in a series of four, at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Everyone welcome!

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.

Image: kris krüg via StockPholio.com

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

Atwater Library Benefit

photo: Dave Turner Jazz Trio

Dave Turner Jazz Trio

The highlight of the Atwater Library’s fundraising campaign is the Benefit Cocktail Party and Silent Auction. The 2015 event is set for Wednesday, November 4 from 6 to 8:30 pm, when its heritage building at 1200 Atwater will be beautifully transformed into a party venue.

This year’s Guest of Honour is Lionel J. Blanshay, a stellar member of the LIbrary’s Board of Directors for twelve years until his retirement earlier this year. As in past years, eminent journalist Dennis Trudeau will be the emcee and entertainment will be provided by the Dave Turner Jazz Trio.

Tickets priced at $150 (tax receipt for $125) are available at the Library from Tanya Mayhew at 514 935-7344 ext. 203 or by email at tmayhew@atwaterlibrary.ca. Payment by cheque (payable to Atwater Library), Visa or MasterCard.

Image: courtesy of the Atwater Library

Contactivity Centre Craft Sale and Bazaar

craft saleThe craft sale and bazaar happens on on Thursday, November 5 at Contactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W (corner Lansdowne), from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. It features handcrafted and hand-knitted items, hand-woven scarves, home-baked goods, jellies & jams, jewelry and also select second-hand items. There will also be a hot dog stand.

All proceeds benefit non-profit Contactivity’s services for seniors.
For more information 514 932-2326

Love and chocolate


The 2nd annual Montreal SPCA “Beasts of Fashion” gala event will take a decadent detour into sweet new territory with its new 2015 theme, “Love & Chocolate.” Attendees of the 2015 mega gala will be feeling the LOVE while SPCA canine models strut their stuff across the stage in their usual grand style. With the goal of treating our supporters to an unforgettable gala experience, guests will enjoy a never-ending parade of heavenly chocolate, pastry and savory delicacies, intended to satisfy the senses, while warming the heart.

Beyond Love & Chocolate, our gala promises an evening of great fun and entertainment. Our famously sweet lineup includes renowned Montreal jazz artists, Bet.e and Stef, Quebec TV stars Maripier Morin and Anne-France Goldwater. Other V.I.P surprise guests will be joining us all in support of the Montreal SPCA!

Please add generosity and LOVE & CHOCOLATE into your November 2015 calendar!
The event takes place on Thursday, November 5 at 6 pm in the Theatre Paradoxe, 5959 Monk, Montreal. Tickets are $175 per person.

Purchase tickets online or donate at beastsoffashion.com
For more information about this event, please contact Odette Lours, Events Coordinator, at 514 735-2711 ext. 2264, or olours@spca.com

Concert: Splendeurs de la tradition anglaise


An evening of choral music that will take you on a journey from the Middle Ages to the present-day. Featuring the Christ Church Cathedral Singers, directed by Patrick Wedd, with guest organists Adrian Foster and Robert Hamilton.

The event takes place on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm at the Christ Church Cathedral, 635 St. Catherine W (McGill Metro)
Tickets are $35 adults; $25 seniors; $15 students; includes post-concert wine and cheese reception. Available at the door and at the following locations: The Word, 469 Milton and the Cathedral Office, 1444 Union. For information call 514 843-6577, local 236.

Image: Vincent Mesure

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 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.

Wednesday, October 21 at 7 pm – Reading Group for Joyce’s Finnegans Wake: The Boaters and Sifters of ALP
Every third Wednesday of the month, join the circle skimming the surface or sifting through the layers of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. In the Westmount Room.

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 Club with Claude 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.

Wednesday, October 28 at 10:15 am – Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd. In the Boardroom.

photo: inside Westmount LibraryFriday, October 30 at 2 pm – Film ClubTestament of Youth directed by James Kent. Join us to view an award-winning film. A discussion will follow. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, November 4 at 2 pm – 2 O’Clock Series: Rediscovering Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on its 150th Anniversary with Monique Polak.
Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, November 4 at 7 pm – Fall Author SeriesElizabeth Abbott, author of Dogs & Underdogs: Finding Happiness At Both Ends of the Leash. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.

Saturday, November 7 at 10 am – Guess the Giller. Join us for a special breakfast and meet Shelley Pomerance and Library staff who will discuss the books that have been shortlisted for the Giller, Canada’s largest literary prize.

Wednesday, November 11 at 2 pm – Reflections on Food, Fabulous Food: Reading Circle. 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. In the Boardroom.

Wednesday, November 11 at 10:15 am – Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd. In the Boardroom.

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.

Saturday, October 24 at 7 pm – Halloween Extravaganza! 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. (6 years +)

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

Monday, November 2 at 4 pm – French Book Club Ma vie en dix-sept pieds by Dominique Mainard. In the Boardroom. (9 to 13 year olds)

Thursday, November 5 at 4 pm – English Book Club –  title to be announced. In the Boardroom. (9 to 13 year olds)

Saturdays, November 7, 14 and 21 at 2 pm – Cat & Katz Writing Workshop With Andrew Katz and Catherine McGuire. (9 to 13 year olds)

Caring Paws, Wednesdays at 5 pm. Ozzie, our child-certified therapy dog, can help children struggling to read. (7 to 12 year olds)

Wednesday, November 11 at 7 pm – Time for Flowers, Time for Snow. Le temps des fleurs, le temps de la neige is a special musical event to celebrate the publication of the French version of the children’s book, Time for Flowers, Time for Snow. Over 150 school children from Westmount and Montreal will participate in the vocal performance that evening.
In Victoria Hall. (6 years +)

And over at the Atwater Library…

photo: Atwater Library, WestmountThe Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features once-a-week presentations by leading writers, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and many more people sharing their knowledge and experience with the Atwater Library community. Lunchtime Series events usually take place on Thursdays (but sometimes are on other days), from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Admission is free though we do appreciate donations! Everyone is welcome and we serve coffee and biscuits.

Thursday, October 22 at 12:30 pm
A panel discussion with Rick Goldman of Committee to Aid Refugees and Paul Clarke 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.

Thursday, November 12 at 12:30 pm
Screening of the film Leonard Cohen – Portrait Intime with discussion about Cohen’s poetry and songs. This event is part of the Library’s 2015-2016 project engaging the community in celebrating Quebec’s English-language writers, funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

photo: Inside Atwater LibraryThe Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom. For her bio, see quebecbooks.qwf.org/authors/view/12

Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 pm
The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan. Set in the author’s home country of Malaysia, looking back from the late 1980s to the Japanese occupation.

Image: Creative Commons

Feature photo: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.