Westmount Here & There
February 23, 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 visualartscentre.ca

Westmount Healthy City Project Film: Watermark

watermark frame westmountmag.caOn Thursday, February 23 at 7 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Healthy City Project presents the film Watermark, by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky.

This documentary brings together diverse stories from around the globe and explores our relationship with water and how it shapes humanity.
Free admission.

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 alumni.mcgill.ca/events/worldcancerday2017, by phone at 514 398-1248 or by e-mail at rsvpmedicineelu.alumni@mcgill.ca

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

Monday, March 6 at 1 pm – Mosaïc workshop with Sonya Girard and a potluck dinner and discussion with Robyn Rees of The Hudson Food Collective.

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

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Nature in the City Series

falaise st-jacques andy riga westmountmag.caTransition 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.

A third conference set for Wednesday, March 1 will turn its sights to the Technoparc in St. Laurent.

Ornithologist Joel Coutu will show the importance of these last remaining green spaces; participants will feast their eyes on the many bird species found there and will continue with a visit of the area on Sunday, March 5.

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

The McClure Presents Fragile

fragile sarah stevensonThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Fragile, featuring the works of Sarah Stevenson.

Several light, insubstantial sculptures will be suspended from the ceiling and will appear to float within the space of the gallery, pivoting in reaction to the movements of the visitors. The surface of each shape will be covered by a network of fine lines made up of threads which form a fragile cage, suggesting transitory or imaginary dwellings and oneiric spaces. The sculptures will be accompanied by drawings of the same forms.

Exhibition: Friday, March 3 to Saturday, March 25
Vernissage: Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, March 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

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 à Montréal 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 cathoff@bellnet.ca

Image: Martin New – Montreal in Pictures

Nuit Blanche at the CCA

cca nuit blanche story of oil westmountmag.caOn Saturday, March 4, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile, Montreal, will host two special activities as part of the Montréal en lumière – Nuit blanche à Montréal event.

Climavore – three interactive dinner performances by the London-based duo Cooking Sections, who will cook and serve edible reactions to climatic events. Shows are at 8 pm, 10:30 pm and 0:30 am in the Shaughnessy House. Admission is free but reservations are required at rsvp@cca.qc.ca

Marathon of Optimism – ongoing rarely-screened NFB short films from the 40s until the 70s about Canada’s “heroic conquest” of nature. Free admission. From 8 pm to 2 am in the Paul Desmarais Theatre.

Image: from the Story of Oil (1946) National Film Board of Canada

Let’s Talk Opera!

Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caOn 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.


Alana Barrell Exhibition

purple hyena alana barrell westmountmag.caThe first solo art exhibition of Alana Barrell, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who uses art to help her to maintain stability and increase autonomy. The exhibition, which runs from Tuesday, March 7 to Friday, March 31 will be at the Centre d’Apprentissage Parallèle de Montréal (Le CAP), located at 4865, Saint-Laurent, Montreal, and is part of the Mental Health Ambassadors project, funded in part by l’Agence de la santé and the Fondation du Grand Montréal.

Originally from South Africa and having travelled extensively, Alana combines cross-cultural ideas with her unique point of view in a style known as naïve art, where the artist has not completed traditional formal education.

The gallery of the Centre d’Apprentissage Parallèle de Montréal (Le CAP) is open from Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.

héma québec logoHéma-Québec Blood Clinic

On Wednesday, March 8, from 2 pm until 7:30 pm, there will be a Héma-Québec Blood Clinic at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Give the gift of life.

More information at 514 989-5226 or hema-quebec.qc.ca


The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Freeman and Macdougall

shelley freeman alexandra macdougall westmount mag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Shelley Freeman and Alexandra Macdougall from Thursday, March 9 until Friday, April 7.

Vernissage: Wednesday, March 8 from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Meet the Artists and Gallery Curator: Monday, March 13 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.

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 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.

Thursdays, until 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 dmiguez@westmount.org. In the Westmount Room.

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

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.

Monday, March 6, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
March Break Movie – Sing.

Tuesday, March 7, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
March Break Movie – Moana.

Saturday, March 11, from 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds) and from 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds).

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 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.

Thursday, March 9, at 12:30 pm
Writer Sarah Lolley, 2017 CBC/QWF writer-in-residence, explains how she’s followed her passion to write… and to conquer cryptic crosswords!

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).

Tuesday, February 28, from 1 pm to 3 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 victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or phone 514 935-7344 ext. 206.


Tuesday, February 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 dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca

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

Image: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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