Westmount Here & There
November 17, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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

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

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

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

Image: Michael Coghlan via

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

danceSoirée de danse

On Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm, Sheila Lawrence proudly presents choreographers and dancers from Westmount dance classes at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. The evening will include ballet, breakdance, jazz, modern and belly dancing.

Admission: $10 adults and $5 children
Information at 514 989-5393.

Image: via

FILM: The Human Scale

The Human Scale WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm, in the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, there will be a screening of The Human Scale.

The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities for 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction and argues that we can build cities in a way which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

Presented by the Westmount Public Library and by the Westmount Healthy City Project. A discussion will follow the screening. Admission is free.

Image: © 2012 The Human Scale

Around the World in 80 Minutes

Montreal West-end Operatic SocietyOn Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 pm at Victoria Hal, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Montreal West-End Operatic Society presents Around the World in 80 Minutes featuring songs about travel from opera to Broadway, including selections from their Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire.

Tickets are $20 adults / $15 seniors / $10 students.
More information and tickets at 514 990-8813 or go to

Image: courtesy of the Montreal West-End Operatic Society

Candlelight Christmas 2016

the lyric singersThe Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia’s beautiful Loyola Chapel, 7121 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, to present their highly anticipated Candlelight Christmas concerts from December 1 to 3. Musical director, Bob Bachelor, and the Singers present their delightful seasonal repertoire featuring a wide selection of holiday music from Brazilian, Celtic, and French melodies and gospel songs to traditional carols, Broadway medleys, and Chanukah favourites. With special guests, the EMSB Chorale Youth Choir.

Show dates and times: Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 at 8 pm ; Saturday, December 3 at 3:30 pm and 8 pm.

General admission seating – wheelchair accessible
Tickets: adults $28 / students and seniors $26 / children 12 and under $12
Parking $6 on Campus, adjacent to the Chapel
Box Office: call 514 743-3382 or go to

Image: Tam Lan Truong

xmas treeChristmas Tree Lighting

On Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm, join City Council members around the Christmas Tree at City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W, to sing carols, enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and spiced wine.

Suggested donation of non-perishable food items.
Information: 514 989-5226

Image: Pierre Tourigny via


Dramatis Personae’s Smoke & Mirrors

cast dramatis personae westmountmag.caDramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre, will be giving four performances of Smoke & Mirrors, six short plays directed by Christopher Moore, in the Lodge Room of Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Show times are:
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm
Monday, December 5 at 8 pm.

Admission: suggested donation of $10.
Reservations and information at and 514 484 2016.

Image: Michel Degré

Orpheus Singers perform Byrd et ses amis

orpheus singersCome join the Orpheus Singers on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm for Byrd et ses amis, at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 137 Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Métro Place-des-Arts, bus 80).

Celebrate the coming season with beautiful music from the English Renaissance, from the glorious sacred music of motets and the Latin Mass to the festive music of carols, with works by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Tomkins, and Orlando Gibbons. Accompanied by the resident organist, Federico Andreoni and a viol consort featuring Susie Napper, Margaret Little, Catherine Bahn, and Ryan Gallagher.

Tickets are $20 at the door / students and seniors $15 at the door
More information at 514 693-1634 or go to

Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

Monday, November 28, from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm
French Book Club – Sylvain Tesson. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, November 30, 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!

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

Saturdays, November 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)

Starting Wednesday, November 30, at 10 am
Winter Registration. Please register in person at the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card.

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 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.

Thursday, December 1, at 12:30 pm
Jenny Bruce gives an illustrated presentation on the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry during the Atwater Library exhibition sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal: The Who, Why and How the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry was created. She is the Tour Director for around-the-world displays of the Tapestry which comprises over 300 panels telling stories in embroidery of Scots who settled in far-flung places.

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 or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Wednesday, November 30, at 1 pm
John Archer, investment and financial security advisor and Montreal Gazette columnist, and his colleague Marco Procopio, conduct an information session on retirement income and protection strategies for the retired or nearly retired.

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.


Friday, November 25, from 3 pm to 8 pm and Saturday, November 26, from 10 am to 4 pm
Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair
offers a great array of English-language Quebec books for all ages with several authors present and exciting activities. Hosted by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) and the Atwater Library.

Image: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.