A look at events happening in and around Westmount
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Ann McCall
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Ann McCall until Friday, February 24.
Meet the artist and gallery curator event: Monday, February 6 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.
Westmount’s 34th Winter Carnival
From Wednesday, February 1 to Saturday, February 4. Fun-filled Saturday activities for the whole family will take place at King George Park – skating, old-fashioned sleigh rides, fun games on ice and a sugar shack!
Consult the programme. More information at 514 989-5353 (Sports and Recreation) In the event of inclement weather, some activities will take place in the Westmount Recreation Centre.
The McClure Presents Conceived in Colour
The McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Conceived in Colour, featuring the works of Barry Allikas, Caroline Hart, Jennifer Lefort and Susannah Philipps.
Conceived in colour presents four completely different ways of painting in colour. Reserved contrasted with exuberant, fluid with formal, planned with improvised; this exhibition is a clash of harmonies. Contemporary painting, live and direct. Curated by Leopold Plotek.
Vernissage: Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm Exhibition: Friday, February 3 to Saturday, February 25 Artists and Curator Exchange: Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm More information at 514 488-9558 or go to visualartscentre.ca
Canoe Across Canada
On Friday, February 3 at 5:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Winter Carnival presents Canoe Across Canada family dinner, dance and games (dinner served between 6:30 and 7:30 pm).
Cash bar. Dress code: Canadian, eh! Tickets are limited: Adults $12/Children (12 and under) $6. Available at Victoria Hall and the Library, payable by cash or cheque. More information at 514 989-5226.
McGill Classics Play
On Saturday, February 4 at 3 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, McGill Classics Play presents Plato’s Symposium in a new English translation.
At a drunken party, Socrates and his friends discuss sex and love in their quest for philosophical truth. Free (ages 12 + ). More information at 514 989-5226.
Le patin libre – Vertical Influences
On Saturday, February 4 at 7 pm, Le patin libre presents Vertical Influences at the Westmount Recreation Centre, 4675 Sainte-Catherine, an exciting contemporary skating show presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
Tickets available at the Westmount Recreation Centre, Victoria Hall and the Library. More information at 514 989-5226 and at lepatinlibre.com
Image: courtesy of Le patin libre
Transition NDG Presents Pop-Up Café
Every Monday until March, residents can warm up, cheer up and pick up new skills by popping into Coopérative de solidarité Transition NDG’s (TNDG) new Pop-Up Café. The transitory café will be held at Café Zephyr, 5791 Sherbrooke W, a restaurant serving mainly local organic food and a valued partner in this endeavour.
Monday, February 6 at 1 pm – Another fermented food recipe and a presentation on community resilience in emergencies.
Monday,February 13 at 1 pm – A workshop on composting and waste management with Nikki of Eco-Quartier NDG and a potluck dinner and discussion with Joseph El Khoury on Transition and understanding systems dynamics.
For more information, contact Kathryn Aitken at 514 743-6672, Jane Barr at 514 577-9718 or Sonya Girard at 514 677-2923.
Image: courtesy of Transition NDG
The New World Order: A Betrayal by the Elites
On Tuesday, February 7, at 7 pm, Citizens in Action presents celebrity lawyer and jurist Julius Grey who will present a talk entitled The New World Order: A Betrayal by the Elites at Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs (SCPA), 2149 Mackay, basement level.
Citizens in Action is a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social and economic justice.
Transition NDG, Sauvons la Falaise and Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook have teamed up to create a series of conferences entitled Nature in the City. The series will be held at Coop La Maison verte, 5785 Sherbrooke W, in NDG throughout February and March 2017.
The series consists of four presentations followed by walks in nearby green spaces. The first of the series, to be held on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm, deals with the impending loss to residential construction of L’Anse-à-l’Orme in Pierrefonds-West, a 180+hectare area teeming with biodiversity according to recent studies. Carpooling will be organized to the area on Saturday, February 11.
For more information on the series, please visit the Transition NDG Facebook page or contact Kathryn Aitken, Coopérative de solidarité Transition NDG at 514 743-6672.
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.
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!
Events are free but registration is required. Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke W, or call 514 989-5299.
Wednesday, February 15, 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, February 15, 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.
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.
Winter Storytimes: until March 9
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
Caring Paws (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual) Wednesdays, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual) Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Thursdays, February 9 and 16, from 4 pm to 5 pm Teen Writing Workshop. Would you like to improve your essays? Or work on the short story that’s been brewing in the back of your mind? Come to this two-part writing series! The first session will deal with academic and personal essays, and the second with fiction and poetry. (12 years +)
Saturday, February 11, from 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds) and from 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds). LEGO®CLUB
Monday, February 13, from 4 pm to 5 pm Valentine’s Day Craft (4 years +)
McEntyre Writing Competition – Secret Places, Hidden Treasures Peter McEntyre was the Mayor of the City of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. He set up a trust fund to support an annual writing competition to encourage young people to think about the idea of community, and to learn more about their own communities.
You may compete if you go to school in Westmount (elementary or secondary, grades 1–11), live in Westmount, or are a member of a library in Westmount. Submit your entry to the Children’s Desk, Westmount Public Library, no later than 9 pm on Friday, April 7.
ATWATER LIBRARY LUNCHTIME SERIES 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.
Friday, February 3 at 12:30 pm To celebrate Black History Month, the IMANI Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.
Thursday, February 9, at 12:30 pm McGill professor and author Marc Raboy discusses his acclaimed book Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World, now nominated for major awards.
Thursday, February 16, at 12:30 pm Writer and photographer Gabriel Safdie presents The China Challenge: 33 years of work and travel in the Middle Kingdom.
SENIORS DOWNSIZING PROJECT
Saturday, February 4, from 1 pm to 3 pm Karen Kennedy presents The Delights of Digital Downsizing: An update of the ongoing daring adventures and challenges of one determined senior who is joyfully embracing computer technology to de-clutter and simplify life. Following her talk and discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to scan personal photos and make them into postcards. Advance registration is NOT required.
Tuesdays, February 7 and 14, from 1 pm to 4:30 pm The Atwater Library Seniors Helping Seniors Downsizing Project conducts a digital downsizing lab. Karen Kennedy, digital media mentor, is on site to demonstrate how to use scanning technology as well as how to copy cassettes into digital formats such as MP3 and WAV. Advance registration is required. Email Eric Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org.Note: The lab will be offered most Tuesday afternoons during the winter.
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
Wednesday, February 8, from 1 pm to 3 pm Maxime Lemay, Senior Account Manager, and Nadim Ladha, Branch Manager, RBC Royal Bank, present Everything you wanted to know about Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). Advance registration is required. To register, email email@example.com or phone 514 935-7344 ext. 206.
Wednesday, February 15, from 1 pm to 3 pm Michael Litwin, CPA, TEP answers questions submitted ahead of time on American taxes. Advance registration is required. To register and submit questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 514 935-7344 ext. 206.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, February 15, from 7:30 to 9 pm Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The award-winning novel about a smart, strong-willed Nigerian woman who moves to the United States, with a nuanced discussion of race and identity.