Westmount Here & There
September 19, 2021

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.

Film Screening: The Best Country in the World

The Best Country in the World In collaboration with the Journées de la Culture, Ky Nam Le Duc‘s 2nd feature film, The Best Country in the World, will be presented at the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, 6400 Monkland, Montréal, on Saturday, September 25 at 7 pm, in the presence of the director.

A rising talent on the Quebec film scene, the second-generation Vietnamese filmmaker tackles with humour and gravity themes that are dear to him: immigration, diversity and identity, in a dystopian universe.

Free tickets available at

Image: frame from The Best Country in the World

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

Due to the COVID-19 situation and in order to limit the propagation of the virus, Victoria Hall and  the Westmount Public Library are closed for an indefinite period. All events and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please consult the city’s event calendar for more information.

Events at Westmount Public Library

Bibliothèque de Westmount library, Westmount QC _WestmountMag.ca4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount

Next phase of Library reopening: Monday, September 20

What’s changing:
• vaccine passport requirements for all entry (including pickup service)
• opening hours – weekends
• computer availability
• seating for studying and reading

To make the most of your visit, please explore the details of these changes on the Library website.
You must read the requirements and conditions and agree to them prior to your arrival.

More information at

Virtual events

Many of the usual Library events, including the Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd, the Westmount Cinema Club and the French Book Club, have gone virtual. Visit the events page for more information.


And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library -

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

Atwater Library staff and volunteers are welcoming library borrowers inside the Library on weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm – mask wearing and distancing required. Access is limited to the stacks and circulation desk with the reading room and computer centre remaining closed. As always there is high-quality free WiFi outside on the Library grounds.

The Library is taking a cautious approach to resuming in-person group activities. It is watching the vaccine passport rollout and monitoring COVID statistics before scheduling the reopening of the computer centre and reading room. The auditorium will be out of bounds for the next several weeks as further upgrades are done.

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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Friday, September 17 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Hands-on Workshop on Vaccine PassportsLiz Perrin explains ways to present a proof of vaccination, how to scan the QR code, and how to add a digital proof of vaccination to the VaxiCode app. Q&A with discussion. Register and get the Zoom link:

Monday, September 20 from noon to 12:45 pm
Via Zoom: Gmail for the Workplace (2nd of 4) –  Liz Perrin is conducting this useful series. Explore useful settings, learn the basics of Drive to organize and manage files, master the basics of Docs to create and share documents. The Atwater Library Connect Project is offering this series in partnership with Literacy in Action (LIA). Everyone is welcome. Register and get the Zoom link:

Monday, September 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: Connect Project 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. For more info and to

Tuesday, September 21 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: What We Share and HowStephen Monteiro, media and culture scholar at Concordia University, discusses device use and privacy, focusing on app and device settings with practical examples. With discussion and Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link:

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


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.


Wednesday, September 22 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: Government of Canada Program for SeniorsMichèle Payette, Citizen Service Specialist, Service Canada, conducts an information session on Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement, OAS Allowance for spouses and common-law partners, issues for immigrant seniors, issues for caregivers, and more. With discussion and Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link:

Tuesday September 28 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: Fraud Awareness for SeniorsTom Cheel of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre discusses current scams and offers strategies to avoid becoming a victim. This is a joint presentation of the Atwater Library Connect Project and Financial Literacy Program. Register and get the Zoom link:

Wednesday, September 29 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: RRIFs – What Your RRSPs Will Become – Certified financial planner Lynn Bennett conducts an information session on Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs). With moderated discussion and Q&A. 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, September 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: Award-winning author Kathleen Winter discusses her new novel Undersong, inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855), the English diarist and poet. The Atwater Library has all of Kathleen Winter’s books, including this new novel. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.

Thursday, September 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: Forgotten Montreal Novelists – Literary historian and anthologist Brian Busby talks about some fascinating Montreal writers of the past – their extraordinary lives and intriguing works. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.


Tuesday, September 28 from 8 pm to 9 pm
Via Crowdcast: Readings by Jordan Abel and David Bradford. Hosted by Rachel McCrum. For more info and to register, click here.


Thursday, September 30 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Via Zoom: Creative Writing Workshop – The Lost, Forgotten, Once-Popular: Writing Inspired by Books of Our PastBrian Busby leads a series of writing exercises. There will be time to write, share and discuss, and periodic breaks. Register and get the Zoom link:

Wednesday, October 12 from 10 am to 12 noon
Via Zoom: A Picture and a Thousand Words: Paired Art and Writing Workshops (1st of 4) – Visual artist Anna Jane McIntyre leads an hour of art activities. Beloved Montreal writer Elaine Kalman Naves leads an hour of writing activities. Register and get the Zoom link:

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Consult our community calendar for more events.