Westmount Here & There
September 1, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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 peter.schubert@mcgill.ca

Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers


Friends of the MUHC Alzheimer Talk

alzheimer talk westmountmag.caOn Wednesday, September 7, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Research Institute auditorium of the MUHC, 1001 Decarie, Montreal, there will be a talk on Alzheimer’s Disease: The Impact on Individuals and Families, focusing on how to take care of yourself while caring for your loved ones.

The lecture will be in English with a bilingual question period, followed by refreshments in the atrium. All funds to be donated to MUHC departments that deal with cognitive disorders related to dementia. The panel of experts include Claire Webster, speaker; Dr. Jose Morais, MD, Director of Geriatric medicine at the MUHC and Guylaine Bachand, RN, nursing representative.

For event tickets go to friends-alzheimers-lecture.eventbrite.ca
More information at 514 934-1934, ext. 71232.

Image: courtesy MUHC

planet earthPublic Consultation: Climate Change

Provincial, territorial and federal governments are working together with Indigenous Peoples and the public to find ways to encourage clean economic growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Share your input to inform this work at a public consultation hosted by MP Marc Garneau to be held in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Westmount on Thursday, September 15, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at Concordia University Chapel, Loyola Campus, 7141 Sherbrooke W, Montreal.

Learn more about Canada’s approach to climate change.

Image: woodleywonderworks via StockPholio.net

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


Hike and Cycle With Randonnée Aventure!

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 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 randonnee.ca

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 contactivitycentre.org

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 centregreene.org

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.

Wednesday, September 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013). Special guest presenter Maurie Alioff. Explore other lives, places, and realities. Watch and discuss a new documentary on the first Wednesday evening of the month. Discussions will be led by Katherine Kasirer, NFB librarian. 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.

Starting Wednesday, August 31, at 10 am
Fall Registration for Children’s Activities.

Saturday, September 10, at 2 pm
TD Summer Reading Club Closing Party. With Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre’s The Wind in the Willows. Prizes, entertainment, food! In Victoria Hall.

Image: Andrew Burlone

atwater library westmountAnd over at the Atwater Library…

1200 Atwater, Westmount

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.

Thursday, September 15, at 12:30 pm
Barbara Lewis performs her new concert, My Canada: Singing the Soul of a Country, a tribute to Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday in 2017. The show features some of Canada’s most beloved songs from Joni Mitchell, Claude Dubois, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Leonard Cohen and many others. A few sing-alongs, too.

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).

Wednesday September 7, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Investment advisors André Morris and Carlo De Rose conduct part one of an updated version of the popular two-part seminar on Fundamentals of Investing. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Victoria McKinlay at victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

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.


Wednesday, September 14, from 4 pm to 7 pm
2016 Atwater Library Books Roadshow. Antiquarian booksellers Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin are in the Atwater Library’s reading room to give an expert opinion on the value of your special books. First come, first served. Fee: $3 per book for Atwater Library members and $4 per book for others. All proceeds go to the Library for improvements in our community services.

Image: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.