Westmount Here & There
November 10, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

WMA Special Event: Transportation Round Table

transportation modes WestmountMag.caThe Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) presents a Transportation Round Table to be held on Thursday, November 10, at 7 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke O.

Guest moderator Professor Ahmed El Geneidy of McGill University will lead a panel of special guests including NDG-Westmount MP and Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau.

Reception at 7 pm / start of round table at 7:30 pm.
The audience will be allowed to submit questions.
Free event – open to all.
For more information go to wma-amw.org

Image: Paul Sullivan via StockPholio.net

2nd Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale

mcclure biennale westmountmag.caThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Episode, the second edition of the Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale. Curated by Linda Swanson, it features three emerging ceramic artists, Phoebe Cummings, Janet Macpherson and Benjamin DeMott, whose work expresses new practices in contemporary ceramic art, embracing both the conceptual and the perceptual.

Exhibition: Until November 26
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm

Concert: If Music be the Food of Love

christ church choirA fund raising concert for the church’s choir, celebrating the 500th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, will take place at Christ Church Cathedral, 635 St. Catherine W (McGill Metro) on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm.

The evening performance will feature choral and instrumental music, dance and words (Shakespeare’s own, of course) and will be followed by a cheese and wine reception.

Tickets are $35 adults; $25 seniors; $15 students.
Available at the door and at the Cathedral Office, 1444 Union.
For information call 514 843-6577, local 236.

Image: Vincent Mesure

Artisans Westmount Event

craft tableIt’s the annual Artisans Westmount event on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, from 10:30 am to 5 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Choose from a wide range of quality handcrafted items made by local artisans, including wood products, jewelry, porcelains, pottery, dolls, soaps and candles, blown glass, greeting cards and stationery, sewn and knitted products and more. Find the perfect gift!

Admission: non-perishable food items or $2 for Public Security’s annual holiday food drive.
More information at 514 989-5226, artisans@westmount.org
or the Artisans Westmount Facebook page.

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Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture

microphone westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, November 15 at 12:30 pm, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal presents There are Drones in your Future! with Matthew Zoern, Director/Founder, FPV Montreal.

A sandwich lunch is served at cost with tea/coffee from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal members free.
Annual membership $50, individual lecture $10.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
For more information contact Carolyn Roper (Publicity) at 514 932-4005 or Pamela Brydges (President) at 514 488-7891.

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The Yellow Door Poetry, Prose and Music

The Yellow Door logoOn Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of poetry, prose and music at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer (between Pine & Prince Arthur), Montreal. Featuring the talents of Mark Abley, Ilona Martonfi, Connie McParland, Ian Ferrier, Cora Siré, Mike Di Sclafani, Stephen Morrissey, Lynne Cooper, Michael Mirolla and Milton Dawes on Djembe (African Drum).

Doors open at 7 pm, readings begin at 7:30 pm.
Tickets at the door $6.
For more information contact Artistic Director Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca or visit yellowdoor.org

From Road to Path: The Greening of Summit Circle

summit circle project WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, November 17, from 7 pm to 9 pm, the Westmount Historical Association presents a talk by Cynthia Lulham, Westmount Councillor and Commissioner of Sustainability and Parks, with Nicolas Mory, arborist for Westmount, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W.

In 2009, Westmount closed the northern, uninhabited portion of Summit Circle to traffic. In fall 2016, a footpath will replace the asphalt, and in spring 2017, a large number of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and perennials will be planted. Learn about the City’s plans for this transformation from Cynthia Lulham.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Free for members and $5 for non-members.
More information at info@westmounthistorical.org

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

Perceptions: Environmental Essays

ann pearson WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents Perceptions: Environmental Essays, featuring the works of Philippe Laporta, Ann Pearson, Sylvia Rourke and Alain Roy from Thursday, November 17 until Saturday, December 10.

Meet the artists and gallery curator Victoria LeBlanc on Thursday, November 24 at 7 pm.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521.

Image: Ann Pearson

Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church

coop maison verte westmountmag.caOn Friday, November 18, from 7 pm to 9 pm, the public is invited to attend a Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W.

The Climate Café is a non-religious event open to everyone, organized by Westmount Park United Church as part of its Faith in Nature Centre, a community committed to building lasting relationship and partnerships for the well-being of the environment. Come to meet the growing number of neighbours who are concerned and want to make a difference!

This month the topic is Shopping Responsibly with tips from the local, eco, fair trade Coop La Maison Verte.

Entrance is free. Cash-bar with snacks (please bring cash, no cards accepted).
For more information contact Shelagh McNally at 514 937-1146 or go to westmountparkuc.org

Image : courtoisie de Coop La Maison Verte

Antique and Vintage Show Fundraiser

antique furniture WestmountMag.caAn Antique and Vintage Show Fundraiser for Westmount Park United Church will take place Saturday, November 19 from 9 am to 4 pm, at 4695 de Maisonneuve W.

Admission is $10, seniors $8, under 12 free.
More information available at montrealantiqueshow.com

Image: Michael Coghlan via StockPholio.net

Prince Albert Square Holiday Happening

Xmas tree WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, November 24 at 6 pm there will be a tree lighting at Prince Albert Square (Prince Albert and Sherbrooke) with carolers, hot chocolate and more. Stores open until 7 pm with special offers and treats.

In collaboration with the Victoria Village Merchants Association.
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Pierre Tourigny via StockPholio.net

contactivity centreActivities at Contactivity

Contactivity 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.

Craft Sale and Bazaar, Thursday, November 10, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
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!

Treats and Treasures Bazaar and Craft Sale on Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Empty Bowls, bake sale – a light lunch will be served.
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, November 16, from 10:15 am to 11:15 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!

Wednesday, November 16, from 7 pm to 8 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 Finnegans Wake to see what is conceived. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, November 18, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Film TBA. Tickets available at the Main Desk two weeks prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, from 10 am to 5 pm – Friends of the Library Book Sale. All proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the library for the sale. In Victoria Hall.

Tuesday, November 22, from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Join the monthly meetings, led by Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. 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.

Fall Storytimes: Until December 1

Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months – in English)
Wednesdays, 10:35 am – 10:55 am

Books for Babies (14 to 24 months – in English)
Wednesdays, Group A: 10:10 am to 10:30 am; Group B: 11:10 am to 11:30 am

Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds – in English)
Tuesdays, 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm to 3:30 pm

Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 year olds – in French)
Tuesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Storytime & Craft (4 to 6 year olds – in English)
Wednesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual)
Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Thursday, November 10, from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

Saturdays, November 12 and 19, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Cat & Katz Writing Workshop. With Andrew Katz & Catherine McGuire. (9 to 13 year olds)

Monday, November 21 to Saturday, January 7
Exhibit – Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine
A travelling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

Friday, November 25 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Play Rock Band, Wii, DDR games and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 year olds)

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, November 10, at 12:30 pm
Author Jack Buckman gives a talk on his new book, Unraveling the Threads: The Life, Death and Resurrection of the Singer Company, America’s First Multi-National Corporation.

Thursday, November 17, at 12:30 pm
Author Kate Armour Reed discusses her new biography of her remarkable grandmother, A Woman’s Touch: Kate Reed and Canada’s Grand Hotels. Kate Reed (1856-1928) decorated the CPR railway hotels and mountain lodges that became an enduring source of national pride, and she was well acquainted with contemporary leaders of industry and civic life.

Thursday, November 24, at 12:30 pm
Dr. Heather McNabb gives an illustrated talk on “Reel” Scots? Immigrant Scots and Scottishness in 19th Century Montreal.


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, November 15, from 1 pm to 3 pm
A caregiver’s testimony about the loss of spatial orientation. Alzheimer’s disease involves different cognitive changes, including possible loss of orientation in space. It becomes more difficult for the person living with the disease to move freely, whether on foot or by car, either because s/he does not feel confident enough, or because his entourage fears s/he would get lost. What can be done to preserve as much as possible the autonomy of the person while maximizing his or her security? What are the steps to follow if the person gets lost? A caregiver shares her experiences.

Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Wednesday, November 23, at 1 pm
Deborah Leahy, financial advisor, and Emily Reid, financial consultant, conduct an information session on budgeting and saving for people whose income fluctuates — freelancers, contract workers and others. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Victoria McKinlay at victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.

Thursday, November 24, at 7 pm
Readings by Madhur Anand and Sonja Greckol.

Image: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.