Westmount Here & There
February 21, 2016

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

Bernard Brault at the Montreal Camera Club

bernard braultOn Monday, February 22 at 7:30 pm, the Montreal Camera Club, 4695 De Maisonneuve W, will host An Evening With Legendary Photographer Bernard Brault. The highly acclaimed and talented photographer, winner of over 300 prizes and twice Canadian News Photographer of the year by the News Photographers Association of Canada, will feature his travel images from around the world with tips on how to best succeed with the compact mirrorless Nikon 1 V3 when taking photos of people, scenery, and much more. He will also be sharing images from his vast collection of sports photography.

Free admission. More information at montrealcameraclub.com

Image: courtesy of the Montreal Camera Club

Caring for yourself and your loved ones at home

caring handsOn Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm, Joan Foster B.N., community nurse and specialist in home care, recipient of the Governor General Caring Canadian Award, will give a presentation on Caring for yourself and your loved ones at home at the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. This free event is presented by the Westmount Healthy City Project, in collaboration with the Westmount Public Library.

Information at 514 989-5284.

Image: City of Westmount

SPVM: Giant book drive for children in shelters

children readingThe Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM), in collaboration with the organization Mes livres, mon refuge, invites all residents to take part in a major collection of books that will be given to children that are temporarily housed in domestic violence shelters.

New and gently-used books for children aged 8 and under, including fiction, non-fiction, comic books, and puzzle books will be gratefully received until February 29 at any SPVM Neighbourhood Station, including Station 12 in Westmount at 21 Stanton. The main goal of this project is to help counter the adverse effects of exposure to domestic violence by providing children with an opportunity to escape into the world of reading. As a bonus, each child will be given a backpack with reading material at the end of his or her stay at the shelter to encourage further reading.

On behalf of all the children that may benefit from this project, the SPVM thanks you for your generosity!

Image: Carissa Rogers via StockPholio.net

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 until 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.

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

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.

Persian Vernissage

On Sunday, February 21 there will be a meet the artists event from 2 to 5 pm. Beautiful classical Persian and international music will be played live from 3 to 4 pm, featuring the talents of Elham Manoucheri on tar and cetar, Reza Abaii on gheichak and Pasha Karami on tombak, followed by a performance of Franco-Anglo-Persian songs by the Westmount Singing is Fun group led by Ira Sokolova.

Meet the artists and curator

Meet the artists and gallery curator Victoria LeBlanc on 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.

On the road to better animal welfare

transportation of pigsOn Thursday, March 3 at 7 pm, guest speakers Stephanie Brown, Director of the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals and Lesley Moffat, Director of Eyes on Animals of the Netherlands, will give a presentation on how organizations are improving the living conditions of agricultural animals, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Presented by the Westmount Healthy City Project.

Information at 514 989-5284.

Image: City of Westmount

Events at Westmount Library

westmount libraryEvents are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke W, or call 514 989-5299.

Monday, February 22 at 1 pm — French Book Club – Orhan Pamuk. Led by Michel Lussier. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm — English Book Club – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. With Claire Holden Rothman. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, March 2 at 10:15 am — Poetry workshop with Ann Lloyd. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Everyone is welcome. In the Boardroom.

Images: Andrew Burlone

Westmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids

photo: Westmount Library mascotRegistration 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.

Thursdays at 4 pm — Storytimes – 4 O’Clock Club. Listen to stories, meet other young artists, have fun, and learn about art. In the Storytime Room. (7 to 13 year olds)

Wednesdays at 5 pm — Storytimes – Caring Paws. Caring Paws matches child-certified therapy dogs and handlers with children who struggle to read. Ozzie the Golden Retriever will be at the library to provide her undivided attention to the children as they read aloud. In the Storytime Room. (7 to 13 year olds)

Monday, February 22 at 4 pm — French Book Club – Léon by Leon Walter Tillage. In the Boardroom. (9 to 13 year olds)

Thursday, February 25 at 4 pm — English Book Club – The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant. In the Boardroom. (9 to 13 year olds)

Friday, February 26 at 4 pm — Gaming at the Library! Just Dance, FIFA, NHL games and more! In the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 yr olds)

Sunday, February 28 at 1:30 pm — Teen Tour Theatre – The Secret Life of Girls. At Victoria Hall. (10 to 17 yr olds)

Monday, February 29 at 2 pm — March Break Film Afternoons – Inside Out. In the Westmount Room. (6 years +)

Tuesday, March 1 at 2 pm — March Break Film Afternoons – Minions. In the Westmount Room. (5 years +)

atwater library westmountAnd over at the Atwater Library…

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.

Sunday, February 21 to Saturday, February 27
Freedom to Read Week. More information at freedomtoread.ca

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

Wednesday, February 24 from 1 to 3 pm
Investment Advisor, Financial Security Advisor, and well-known business columnist for the Montreal Gazette John Archer gives a presentation on Making sure those golden years aren’t broke years: retirement income and protection strategies.

Wednesday, March 2 from 1 to 3 pmphoto: Inside Atwater Library
Financial literacy volunteers present the second installment of the Money Matters series Banking Basics.

Saturday, February 27 from 5 pm to 1 am
Nuit blanche à Montréal will be at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre for the first time! The public is invited to attend exciting new-media showcase events, the products of two of our community-based projects – one led by seniors and the other by youth.

Moving Pictures: Moving Histories Out of the Attic and Into the Public
Immerse yourself in a sound and video installation that begins with images projected through the front windows of the Library. Inside, the reading room will be transformed by a multi-media exhibition created by seniors who digitized and re-edited home movies from the forties to the seventies, and made their own music and sound using digital tools. An extension of the Digital Literacy Project with support from New Horizons for Seniors and Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT).

Seeing Red: Young People’s Stories for the Eyes, From the Heart
Be dazzled by the work of 21 young Montrealers who created stories and transformed them into digital art that comes from their hearts. Part of the Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) with support from the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

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, March 3 at 12:30 pm
Historians Lorraine O’Donnell and Patrick Donovan give an illustrated talk on Housewife Heroines: Anglophone Women at Home in Montreal during World War II. This is a project being conducted by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN).

Images: Creative Commons

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Consult our community calendar for more events.