Westmount Here & There
January 31, 2016

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

Deena Dlusy-Apel paintingArtNow Westmount

On Tuesday, February 2 at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, ArtNow Westmount will present pastel artist Susanne Strater, followed by Deena Dlusy-Apel and Max Beer who will show excerpts from the film Nobody was Interested. Nobody Asked: The Holocaust, the Survivors and the Montreal Jewish Community along with a selection of related art works.

More information at ArtNow Westmount.


mouton noir cateringNew Café at the WRC

On Thursday, February 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, it’s the official launch of the Mouton Noir Café at the Westmount Recreation Centre, 4675 Ste-Catherine W. Consult the menu. More information at 514 989-5353 or recreation@westmount.org



Dil HildebrandDil Hildebrand at the McClure

The McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, is hosting Whilst hanging from a round planet featuring the works of Dil Hildebrand from Friday, February 5 till  Saturday, February 27. This new series explores the theme of theatrical, often illusory space in painting and the fact that painting itself acts as an object of architecture. The polarity between flatness and space is challenging as it enfolds the viewer. An immediate sense of the movement of paint on the surface, a trompe l’oeil ambiguity, is always present and guides the artist’s research.

Vernissage: Thursday February 4 at 6 pm
Talk: Thursday February 11 at 7 pm
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. Consult the schedule. Information at 514 989-5353.

UPDATE – Saturday activities moved to the Recreation Centre

Due to weather conditions, Saturday’s activities have been moved to the WRC, 4675 Ste-Catherine W, and to Westmount Park.


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.

Westmount Horticultural Society Talk

Tree, Jean TremblayThe Westmount Horticultural Society (WHS) will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W.

Guest speaker Jean Tremblay is a Montreal based, award winning photographer who is known for his work in the corporate and advertising world and for a series of intense portraits. Since 2000 Jean has focused on art photography and in particular the photography of trees. Jean’s latest project consists of striking photographs of the Lachine Canal taken over a three year period.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and cookies.
Guest fee $5, or you can pay an annual membership fee of $20 (9 lectures).
Call 514 233-2788 for more information.

Image: Jean Tremblay

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, 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.

Wednesday, February 10 at 2 pm — 2 O’Clock Series – Radical Resthomes: A Complete RE-Think for a New Generation, with Janet Torge. In the Westmount Room.

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.

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)

Monday, February 8 from 4 to 5 pm — Valentine’s Day Craft. (4 years +)

And over at the Atwater Library…

photo: Atwater Library, Westmount

The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program
Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF):

Wednesday, February 3 from 1 to 3 pm
Planning your RRSP and TFSA contributions as tax time approaches. Facilitated by Financial Advisor Deborah Leahy.

Tuesday, February 9 from 1 to 3 pm
American Tax Clinic, for Canadians with American real estate and for Americans living in Canada. Facilitated by Michael Litwin.

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, 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).

Thursday, February 11 at 12:30 pm
Montreal author Sam Allison gives an illustrated presentation on his book Driv’n by Fortune: The Scots’ March to Modernity in America, 1745–1812.

Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) Project Activities

photo: Inside Atwater LibraryWednesday, February 10 at 7 pm
In Others’ Words / Dans les mots des autres. What is the process of creation for the translator, and in what way does it differ from that of the writer? Since we know that the author puts so much of himself into the writing, how does he feel when faced with the translation of his text, knowing that the translator has also put herself into it?

These are some of the questions we will consider in In Others’ Words / Dans les mots des autres. Author and translator David Homel and his translator Marianne Champagne will also take the opportunity to discuss the role of translation in the creation of a literary culture, in general and specifically in the Quebec context.

Following the discussion there will be a fun little translation challenge. Moderators will guide members of the audience as they try their hands at translation. Choose a brief passage from Homel’s novel The Fledglings in the original English, to compare with Champagne’s French translation, or a passage from Martine Delvaux’s Rose amer, to compare with Homel’s version in English. A group discussion will follow.

Writer, editor and translator Katia Grubisic will moderate the evening. Free admission.
A co-production of the Atwater Writers Exhibition and the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada

The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the novel interweaves stories of a blind French girl and a German boy trying to survive the devastation of World War II.

Images: Creative Commons

Feature image: Michael Walsh

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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