Westmount Here & There
November 4, 2015

where do you sleep? Photography for a good cause

Where do you sleep?, a photographic exhibition examining the issue of homelessness in Montreal is on display till November 12 in the Hall of Honor of the Montreal City Hall, 275 Notre-Dame E, Montreal.

In this exhibition, a group of ten photographers offer their personal and diverse views of homelessness through the lens of their cameras. They each display three original prints that are available for purchase; the proceeds from the sales go to homeless charities selected by the photographers.

Bringing together photographers Amanda Tétreault, Joseph Donohue, Louise Renaud, Marisa Portolese, Paméla Lajeunesse, Paul Hicks, Réjean Harel, Sylvain Leser, Tema Stauffer and Thomas Königsthal, the project conceived by Michael Batchelor, aims to raise awareness, initiate reactions, bring citizens to action and engagement, and raise funds to help the needy.

Open weekdays from 8:30 am till 5 pm.
For more information and to purchase prints visit wheredoyousleep.ca

Image: Joseph Donohue

painting Sam Kasirer-SmibertSam Kasirer-Smibert

The “Altro Versiamo” exhibition featuring the works of Sam Kasirer-Smibert runs until November 13 in The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626, Sherbrooke W.

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



Bites of life

bites of lifeGleams Theatre presents Bites Of Life, three short plays running every Wednesday and Friday thru November 27 at 8 pm, at Coiffure 3, 5256 Sherbrooke W. Featured plays are Customer Service by Philip Hall, Stalk Me, Baby by C.S. Hanson and The Best Is Yet To Come by Ira Sokolova. All plays are directed by Ira Sokolova.

Tickets are $20 / Students and seniors $15 /
Box office: 514 942-1253

Image: Shahrzad Ghaffari

photo: Dave Turner Jazz Trio

Dave Turner Jazz Trio

Atwater Library Benefit

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

Image: Beth Olson via StockPholio.net

love and chocolateLove 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 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, the gala promises an evening of great fun and entertainment. The 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 join 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

hana’s suitcaseHana’s Suitcase

As part of its 35th anniversary celebration, Geordie Productions presents the the critically acclaimed play Hana’s Suitcase. Created for children but loved by all, Hana’s Suitcase is a child’s story of the holocaust gilded with hope for the future. Performances run from November 6 thru 15 at the D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve W.

Opening Night: November 6 at 7 pm | Saturdays at 2 pm, Sundays at 1 pm & 4 pm.

Tickets are $14.50 children / $16.50 students and seniors / $18.50 adults. Box office and information at 514 845-9810 and at geordie.ca

Remembrance Day Ceremony

photo: westmount cenotaph

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Westmount invite citizens to the 89th Remembrance Day Commemorative Service to be held Sunday, November 8 at 2 pm at the Cenotaph next to Westmount City Hall.

Image: via StockPholio.com

Westmount Horticultural Society talk

stone wallThe annual general meeting of the Westmount Horticultural Society takes place on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 pm in the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Guest speaker John Bland will give a talk on Traditional Dry Stone Walling and Features for the Garden.

A stone mason and dry stone waller, Mr Bland will share his knowledge and passion for working with stone and how these age-old techniques can be used as elements of design in the garden. Everyone welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and cookies.
Guest fee $5 or annual membership $20
Follow the Westmount Horticultural Society on Facebook.

Image: Smithsonian Institution via StockPholio.net

Poetry and Prose at The Yellow Door

The Yellow Door logoOn Thursday, November 12 there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose and Music at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer, Montreal (between Pine and Prince Arthur). Hosted by Ilona Martonfi, the event features the talents of Louise Dupré, John Calabro, Ilona Martonfi, Sheryl Halpern, Hugh Hazelton, Louise Carson, Stephen Morrissey, Brian Campbell and Tom Fox. Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5.

For more information go to yellowdoor.org or contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

craft tableWestmount Artisans’ Festival

It’s the annual Westmount Artisans’ Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15 from 10 am to 5 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Choose from a wide range of quality handcrafted items made by local artisans, including wood products, jewelry, porcelains, pottery, dolls, soaps and candles, blown glass, greeting cards and stationery, sewn and knitted products and more. Find the perfect gift!

Admission: non-perishable food items or $2 for Public Security’s annual holiday food drive.

Image: Aine via StockPholio.net

photo: film muet et pianiste accompagnateurCinema Magic

On Saturday, November 14 at 3 pm in the Lodge Room at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, it’s Cinémagika! This selection of comedic silent shorts with live musical accompaniment and an exhibition of antique film projectors is touring the Montreal area in November and December as part of the Conseil des arts de montréal en tournée programme.

Limited seating. Passes available at the Library and at Victoria Hall.
Information at ArtsMontrealTournee.org

Image: lavitrine.com

Westmount Healthy City Project events

The WHCP presents its third event in a series of four, at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Everyone welcome!

scene from me and my moultonTuesday, November 17
Me and my Moulton
(Oscar-nominated short by Torill Kove)
Topic: the film tells the charming story of a seven-year-old girl and her sisters, who ask for a bicycle but are afraid that their loving yet unusual parents will disappoint them.
Speaker: Torill Kove
Torill Kove is a Norwegian-born Canadian film director and animator who works at the NFB. She won a 2007 Academy Award for the animated short film The Danish Poet.
Introduction by Margaret Jackson, Environment Committee Member.

Image: Torill Kove – NFB

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, 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.

photo: inside Westmount LibrarySaturday, 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.

Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, from 10 am to 5 pm – Friends of the Library Book Sale. All proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the library for the sale. Organised by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library. In Victoria Hall.

Images: Andrew Burlone

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.

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, the 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 +)

Wednesday, November 18 starting at 10 am – Winter Registration

Friday, November 20 at 4 pm – Gaming at the Library! Just Dance, FIFA, NHL games and more! In the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 year olds)

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 but donations are appreciated! Everyone is welcome and coffee and biscuits are served.

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.

Tuesday, November 17, from 1 to 3 pm
Dulcinea Langfelder and Anne Sabourin, both dancers, actors and mime specialists with a wide range of bodily expression techniques, conduct a workshop on Improving our communication skills: non-verbal and para-verbal language, inspired by the play Victoria. This workshop equips participants with tools that enhance communication beyond the spoken word.

Images: Creative Commons

Feature photo: via StockPholio.com

Consult our community calendar for more events.