Westmount Here & There
February 7, 2016

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

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 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.

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

Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre

On Tuesday, February 16 there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria. Hosted by Ilona Martonfi, the event features the talents of Laurence Miall, Ilona Martonfi, Harold Hoefle, Jesse Anger, Erika White, Ehab Lotayef, Lydia Lockett and Raymond Filip.

Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Admission at the door $5.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

The Gallery at Victoria Hall

Benny Ghaffari Mortazavi

The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Catherine Benny, Shahrzad Ghaffari and Homeira Mortazavi until Saturday, February 27.

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

Home: Concert about Belonging and Journey

st-mathias church, westmount quebecSt. Matthias’ Anglican Church, 131 Côte St-Antoine, invites the public to participate in a fundraising concert for the St. Matthias’ Refugee Fund on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm. The concert features singer and St. Matthias’ chorister Sarah Albu and the Ina Vocal Ensemble performing a program of traditional songs from Kazakhstan, Estonia, works by Henri Pousseur, Giacinto Scelsi and the premiere of work by Isaiah Ceccarelli, among others.

In collaboration with St. Andrew and St. Mark Church in Dorval, St. Matthias seeks to bring together funds to help a Syrian family immigrate to Montreal and integrate with the community. The immigration process has successfully started — the community’s help is needed to complete the mission.

Admission is free, a $10-$15 donation is suggested.
Information at st-mathias.ca

Image: St. Matthias’ Anglican Church / Westmount Historical Association

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 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.

Wednesday, February 17 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 17 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 Boardroom.

Friday, February 19 at 2 pm — Film Fridays. Afternoon Film Club. Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron. Tickets available at the main circulation desk.
In the Westmount Room.

Images: 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, 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):

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 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.

Friday, February 19 at 12:30 pm
To celebrate Black History Month, the Imani Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.

Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) Project Activities

Wednesday, 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

photo: Inside Atwater LibraryThe 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.

The Atwater Library is partnering with the Alzheimer Society of Montreal to provide a monthly Alzheimer Café for Montrealers in the Library’s elegant Reading Room. Each session features socializing, refreshments, live music, and discussion about aspects of life with dementia. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Victoria McKinlay at victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Tuesday, February 16 from 1 to 3 pm
Gilberte Fleishmann and Jessica Seidman of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal discuss Taking care of yourself! – Uncovering caregiver stress and meditation practices that can help manage it.

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.

Saturday, February 20 at 7 pm
Readings by Rachel Lebowitz and Zach Wells

Images: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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