Westmount Here & There
January 24, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount these next few weeks

Linda Rutenberg at the Montreal Camera Club

Linda RutenbergOn Monday, January 25 at 7:30 pm, the Montreal Camera Club, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, welcomes guest-speaker Linda Rutenberg as she presents The Inquisitive Eye — A Thirty-Year Passion. Join Linda on an exploration of her significant photographic series, from her early black and white street work, to her Mont Royal project, photographed in infrared. No stranger to winter photography, she will provide tips and information on winter shooting while presenting her Gaspé series project and its evolution over time.

This is a great opportunity to come visit and join the Montreal Camera Club. Free admission. More information at montrealcameraclub.com

maclean painting imageMaclean 
- Navigations

The McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, is hosting Navigations featuring the works of Maclean till Saturday, January 30. Maclean explores the symbolic potential of painting through the visual language of road signs, astronomical charts and the geometry of constellations as a way of establishing a metaphor for our relationship with the land in a modern industrial civilization.

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
More information at visualartscentre.ca/mcclure-gallery

sleigh ride westmount parkWestmount Winter Carnival

From Thursday, February 4 till Saturday, February 6, come celebrate the winter season at Westmount’s 33rd annual Carnival, with activities for everyone, including skating, sleigh rides, family night and more. In King George Park and Victoria Hall. A full schedule will be available soon. Information at 514 989-5353.


On Friday, February 5 from 5:30 pm till 9:30 pm, there will be a dinner and dance evening for families in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Tickets: adults $12, Children 12 and under $6. Available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Recreation Centre and the Library beginning Monday, January 18. Cash bar.
Places are limited so don’t delay. Information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of City of Westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall

Benny Ghaffari Mortazavi

From Thursday, February 4 to Saturday, February 27, the Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Catherine Benny, Shahrzad Ghaffari and Homeira Mortazavi.

Vernissage on Wednesday, February 3 from 6 to 8 pm.
Come meet the artists and gallery curator Victoria LeBlanc Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm.
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Information at 514 989-5521.

Ascension of our Lord choirExultate! at Ascension of Our Lord Parish

An invitation from the members of the Ascension of Our Lord Parish Choir to join them for an afternoon of sacred choral music and organ works, under the direction of Music Director and organist Dr. David Szanto. The concert will take place on Sunday, February 7 at 3 pm in the church at 375 Kitchener. There is no admission fee however a freewill donation would be appreciated. A reception will follow the concert. More information at 514 932-3131.

Image: courtesy of Ascension of Our Lord Parish.

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.

Monday, January 25 at 1 pm — French Book Club – Michèle Lesbre. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, January 26 at 7 pm — English Book Club – East of Eden by John Steinbeck. With Carly Vandergriendt. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, February 3 at 10:15 am — Poetry workshop with Ann Lloyd. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Members propose themes at the beginning of each session and every two weeks after that. Everyone is welcome! In the Boardroom.

Westmount libraryWednesday, February 3 at 7 pm (doors open 6 pm) — Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, discusses his new book, The High Mountains of Portugal, with Joseph Rosen. Tickets: $5 + tax, available at the Library and Victoria Hall. In collaboration with Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore. Reserve your spot at 514 989-5299. In Victoria Hall.

Image: Andrew Burlone

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

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

Monday, January 25 at 4 pmFrench Book Club – Le mystère des jumelles Barnes by Carole Tremblay. (9 to 13 year olds)

Wednesdays, January 27 to March 23 at 5 pm — Caring Paws. Ozzie, the child-certified therapy dog, can help children struggling to read. (7 to 13 year olds)

Friday, January 29 at 4 pm — Gaming at the Library! Just Dance, FIFA, NHL games and more! (9 to 13 year olds)

NEW DATE – Thursday, February 4 at 4 pm — English Book Club – Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea. In the Boardroom. (9 to 13 year olds)

And over at the Atwater Library…

photo: Atwater Library, Westmount

Monday, January 25 at 7 pm
Making Scenes of Our Own: Plays of English Quebec. Actor and artistic director Quincy Armorer emcees an interactive discussion of the past and present of English-language plays in Quebec. Panelists representing five English-language Montreal theatre companies will speak about a play their company has produced and then the audience will join in the discussion. A co-production of the Atwater Writers Exhibition and Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.

Wednesday, January 27 from 1 to 3 pm
For the Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program, McGill Social Work doctoral student Katrina Cherney gives a presentation on Saving for your child’s or grandchild’s education: Making RESPs work for you.

The 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, January 28 at 12:30 pm
Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein discusses movies – sensations of the past and contenders for 2016 awards.

Thursday, February 4 at 12:30 pm
One Cellist, Two Cellos: Brian Manker, Principal Cello with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, plays J.S. Bach’s Suite no. 3 in C Major on a magnificent cello by Pietro Guarneri of Venice, made in 1729 around the time Bach composed the suites, and then Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for Solo Cello, opus 8, on an equally magnificent cello by Samuel Zygmuntowicz, made in Brooklyn, NY in 2005. Brian Manker will discuss the two instruments and the general development of the cello during the time between Bach (1685-1750) and Kodaly (1882-1967).

The Atwater Poetry Project is an almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.

Thursday, January 28 at 7 pm
Readings by George Elliott Clarke and Armand Garnet Ruffo.

Arts and Crafts Workshops – Knit with Love! Valentine’s Scarf Workshop, Display and Gift Giving
Saturday, January 30 from 1 to 3 pm, knitters and crocheters are invited to bring to the Library a finished or almost-finished handmade scarf (wool or a wool blendphoto: Inside Atwater Library, preferably) in Valentine’s colours. Expert knitter Arlene Lund will be on hand to show finishing touches, e.g. how to make pom-poms, tassels, fringes, etc. Gift tags will be provided to write an encouraging message for the recipient. The completed scarves will be displayed in the Library’s atrium until Thursday, February 11 and then given to clients of a Montreal charity for Valentine’s Day. For more information, email Arlene at arlenelund@gmail.com

Images: Creative Commons

Feature image: Michael Walsh

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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