Westmount Here & There
August 25, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

TD reading club logo westmountmag.caTD Summer Reading Club 2016

Throughout the summer months, the Westmount Public Library’s Children’s Department will host a number of events designed to inspire kids to read. To register for the TD Summer Reading Club and pick up a TD Summer Reading Club Kit, visit the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card.

Visit the Library website for more information.


Calling all experienced choral singers!

orpheus singersThe Orpheus Singers, a chamber choir under the leadership of Peter Schubert, are looking for experienced choral singers. The choir specializes in Renaissance and contemporary music, and has been a finalist five times in the CBC / Radio Canada Amateur Choral Competition.

For its upcoming concert, Byrd et ses amis, the choir will celebrate the Christmas season with musical gems of the English renaissance, with works by Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins and Tallis.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church (the “Red Roof” Church), 137 President Kennedy, Montreal.

If you are interested in learning beautiful music in a warm and inviting atmosphere, then this group is for you! To make an appointment for an audition, please contact director Peter Schubert at

Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers

Victoria Village Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale

victoria village logo westmountmag.caThe Victoria Village Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale takes place on the weekend of Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 on Victoria and on Sherbrooke, between Grosvenor and Claremont.

Don’t miss it! Take advantage of some great bargains for the whole family.

Check out their Facebook Page


the jungle book

Movie Under the Stars

On Friday, August 26 at 8 pm there will be a presentation of the 1967 Disney Classic The Jungle Book.

Watch the film under the stars in the Shakespeare area of Westmount Park, at dusk. In English, sub-titled in French. Westmount Scouts will be selling popcorn and drinks. Don’t forget your lawn chair and blankets! May be re-scheduled in case of rain.

More information at 514 989-5226.

McGill Visual Arts Collection Tours

three bares Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney westmountmag.caThe McGill Visual Arts Collection (VAC) offers weekly free lunch-time tours of the various statues, sculptures and artwork around the McGill campus, including iconic works like Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s The Three Bares. The VAC’s art aficionados will provide a detailed, historical glimpse into the campus’ artworks, their creators and how they came to McGill, providing a deeper appreciating for the works.

The approximately 45-minute tours are open to anybody and everybody, whether you are a past, present or future member of the McGill community or simply interested in learning a little more about the history of the McGill campus and its artwork.

No reservation required. Just stop on by, rain or shine!
Where: Service Point (Street level, McLennan Library Building, 3415 McTavish, Montreal)
When: Noon on Wednesdays

Image: Daisy Charles


Randonnée Aventure calendar now online

hautes gorges randonnee aventure westmountmag.caChoose from exciting weekend getaways and dozens of day trips to the region’s most inspiring destinations. Check out our summer hiking and cycling lineup on the Randonnée Aventure website at and go to the Buy Online Tab to register. Don’t forget to download and print one of the handy activity calendars on our website as well. Guaranteed to add satisfaction to your summer!

Hiking calendar PDF
Cycling calendar PDF

More information at

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.

For information on the Centre’s activities call 514 932-2326 or consult

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre

Centre Greene westmountmag.caCentre Greene activities

Centre 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!

Information at 514 931-6202 or consult

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

westmount libraryEvents at Westmount Public Library

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

Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm – How to Save Your Seeds. A special lecture on seed saving techniques from our guest garden experts Boyd Hamilton and Mary Strate. As the end of the growing season approaches, have you thought of giving some seeds from your garden to the Seed Lending Library?

Wednesday, August 31 at 2 pm – Film Club: 45 Years. Tickets available two weeks prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

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.

Friday, August 26, at 8 pm – Movie Under the Stars – The Jungle Book (Disney Classic, 1967). A family film for all. In Westmount Park.

Starting Wednesday, August 31, at 10 am – Fall Registration for Children’s Activities. Register in person at the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card.

Image: Andrew Burlone

atwater library westmountAnd over at the Atwater Library…

1200 Atwater, Westmount

Financial Literacy Program
The Library offers sessions on financial literacy for people planning for retirement and seniors. This programming is subsidized by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Thursday, August 25, from 1 pm to 3 pm
How to Choose a Financial Advisor. This presentation will help build participants confidence when engaging a financial advisor. An exploration of what to be on the look out for and good questions to ask at an introductory meeting. Presented by Michel Gariépy from the Autorité des Marchés Financiers

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, September 1, at 12:30 pm
Joe Schwarcz, PhD, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, gives a talk on Science and Celebrities.‎

Thursday, September 8,  at 12:30 pm
Historian Steven High takes you on a journey back into the industrial history of Little Burgundy and Pointe Saint-Charles. His talk will feature illustrations and audio extracts of interviews conducted over the last few years with residents of these two neighbourhoods, which face each other across the Lachine Canal.

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

Wednesday, September 7, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Illegal: A Novel by Lawrence Hill. This latest book by the bestselling author of The Book of Negroes tells a story of flight from persecution, prejudice and fear of refugees.

Image: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.