Westmount Here & There
February 16, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Ann McCall

Ann McCall Westmountmag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Ann McCall until Friday, February 24.

Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.

More information at 514 989-5521.


The McClure Presents Conceived in Colour

conceived in colour WestmountMag.caThe 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.

Exhibition: Until Saturday, February 25
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm

More information at 514 488-9558 or go to

Life-Story Interviews with Westmounters

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, February 16, from 7 to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Winter/Spring 2017 Lecture Series, guest speaker Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer.

As a professional oral historian, Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer has engaged in a range of oral history projects. These include a study of the St. Andrew and St. Paul Church for Laval University, an exploration of the once-vibrant life of 11 small Jewish communities for the Ontario Jewish Archives, a major study of Montreal Life Stories at Concordia University and video-biographies of private individuals including Westmounters and former Westmounters. Sharon’s talk will give an overview of her adventures in oral history and of the passion for oral history that animates her work.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non members.
More information at

Transition NDG Presents Pop-Up Café

Transition NDG pop-up café WestmountMag.caEvery Monday until March, residents can warm up, cheer up and pick up new skills by popping into Coopérative de solidarité Transition NDG’s 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 20 at 1 pm – A presentation on Radical Resthomes with Janet Torge and a potluck dinner and discussion with Blake Poland on the Transition movement in Canada.

Monday, February 27 at 1 pm – Garbage audit with Nikki of Eco-Quartier NDG and a potluck dinner and discussion with Graham Calder of P3 Permaculture.

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

Kind of Blue: a Tribute to Miles Davis

Ron Di lauro Sextet WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Doudou Boicel presents Kind of Blue, a Tribute to Miles Davis, featuring Maestro Ron Di Lauro and his renowned sextet: Ron Di Lauro on trumpet, Jean-Pierre Zanella on alto sax, André Leroux on tenor sax, Pierre Leduc on piano, Michel Donato on bass and Richard Provençal on drums. With opening act Deacon George.

Talented blues historian George Toufexis, accompanying himself on guitar, will present the history of the blues.

Tickets: $30. Available at Victoria Hall and the Library (cash or cheque), and online at
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Ron Di Lauro

Film: Hitler’s Mountain of Stolen Art

German looted art WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a screening of the film Hitler’s Mountain of Stolen Art, directed by Petra Dorrmann and André Schaefer.

Duration time 52 minutes, in English and German, subtitled in French. A guest speaker and question period follows the screening. Presented by the Fine Arts Film Festival in collaboration with le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-729-0001-23 / Meister / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de

falaise st-jacques andy riga westmountmag.caNature in the City Series

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, throughout February and March 2017.

The second conference on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm will be on two local green spaces: the Falaise St. Jacques, stretching 4 km along St. Jacques Boulevard from Montreal West to Westmount and Meadowbrook, a 57-hectare green space that straddles Cote St. Luc and Lachine. Participants will be invited to see both areas over the weekend of February 25 and 26.

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.

Image: Andy Riga

Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture

microphone westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, February 21 at 12:30 pm, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal presents Radical Resthomes: New Housing Choices for a New Age with Janet Torge, Producer and writer, Torge Ahead Inc.

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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Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre

mcclure gallery westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre’s McClure Gallery, 350 Victoria.

Co-hosted by Ilona Martonfi and Mike Di Sclafani, the event features the talents of Susan Elmslie, Jack Hannan, Klara du Plessis, Ilona Martonfi, H. Nigel Thomas, Ami Sands Brodoff, Blossom Thom, Mike Di Sclafani and Samantha Gibson (music).

Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Admission at the door $6.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or

Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre

World Cancer Day Public Forum

world cancer day westmountmag.caOn Thursday, February 23 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, there will be a free public forum under the theme of I CAN Take Control of My Cancer Journey.

Hosted by the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre and Cedars Cancer Foundation.

The event takes place at the Montreal General Hospital, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Room A6-105.
Register online at, by phone at 514 398-1248 or by e-mail at

Nuit Blanche at Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral Martin New Montreal in Pictures WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, March 4 from 6 pm to 1:30 am, Christ Church Cathedral, 635 Ste-Catherine W, will host a must-see evening of music, film and history as part of the Montréal en lumières – Nuit blanche event.

A Montreal bicycle community exhibiton including photographs from the Notman archives, the film Ladies and Gentlemen, Leonard Cohen, the Choeur Gai and Groupe vocal Diverson singing ensembles, are but of a sampling of the evening’s entertainment.

Free and open to all. Free fair trade hot chocolate will be served!
For more information contact Ann Elbourne at 514 843-6577 ext. 236 or at

Image: Martin New – Montreal in Pictures

Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caLet’s Talk Opera!

On Sunday, March 5 at 10:30 am, the second in a 3-part series of opera talks will take place at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Opéra de Montréal is proud to offer opera lovers or newcomers a brand new series of in-depth discussion on each opera of the season right before the premiere. Plot, music, voices, cultural context, composer, style… everything you ever wanted to know to better prepare you to attend the performance, with musicologist Pierre Vachon (Ph.D.), a pianist and a singer. Duration: 90 minutes with coffee break.

March 5: Another Brick In The Wall – L’opéra
May 14: La bohème

Presented in English by L’Opéra de Montréal.
For more more information, and to RSVP, please visit their website.

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!

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.

Thursdays, February 16 to March 16, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Tales & Travels Series – Back by popular demand! Animated by Marie-Pier Foucault, coordinator of activities for people living with dementia at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal and Daniel Míguez de Luca, librarian. The Tales and Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The sessions will encourage participation, conversation, and expression by simulating the act of traveling to a foreign country. Each week, participants will explore a country through books and objects, reading aloud, and listening to music. A snack based on the week’s theme will be served. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Caregivers are encouraged to participate in the sessions. More information at 514 989-5409 or In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, February 22, from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Feng Shui in a Weekend. With Tracey Mackenzie. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, February 22, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Drop-in Session – eMagazines (Zinio). Get answers to any of your questions regarding eMagazines (Zinio).

Friday, February 24, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Arrival (2016). Tickets available at the Main Desk two weeks prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

Monday, February 27, from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm
French Book Club – Amos Oz. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, February 28, from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Five Roses by Alice Zorn. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, March 1, 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! In the Boardroom.

Wednesday, March 1, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – He Named Me Malala (2015). Explore other lives, places, and realities. On the first Wednesday evening of the month, watch and discuss a new documentary. Discussions are led by Katherine Kasirer, NFB librarian. Tickets available at the Main Desk 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.

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

Sunday, February 19, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
FULLFancy Nancy Tea Party with the Cast. Come meet the cast from Fancy Nancy the Musical, sing some songs, make a craft and enjoy some very fancy snacks!

Thursday, February 23, from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. (9 to 13 years)

Friday, February 24, from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Play Just Dance, FIFA, NHL games and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 year olds)

Monday, February 27, from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Éric n’est pas beau by Simon Boulerice. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

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.

To find out how to participate, please visit the Library’s website.

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, 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.

Thursday, February 23, at 12:30 pm
Writers Paule Des Rivières and Raynald Petit with photographer Gabor Szilasi present the inspiring stories of some remarkable Quebecers who are over 80, drawing from their book Chemin faisant.

Thursday, March 2,  at 12:30 pm
Author Elise Moser tells the inspiring story of Milly Zantow, who wanted to solve the problem of her town’s full landfill and ended up creating a global recycling standard — the system of numbers inside the little triangle on plastics. The talk is based on her book What Milly Did.


Tuesdays, February 21 and 28, 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

Note: The lab will be offered most Tuesday afternoons during the winter.

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 or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Tuesday, February 21, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Dr. Angela Genge, neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, gives an update on Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

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

Thursday, February 23, at 7 pm
Readings by Gwen Benaway and Adebe DeRango-Adem.

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

Tuesdays, February 28, from 1 pm to 3:00 pm
Michel Gariépy
of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) gives a presentation on How to Choose a Financial Advisor. Advance registration is required. To register, email or phone 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Image: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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