A look at events happening in and around Westmount
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Call for Projects
The Gallery at Victoria Hall is pleased to announce its annual Call for Projects for its 2017 – 2018 exhibition programme (September 2017 to August 2018). The competition is open to emerging and professional artists residing in Westmount. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm.
The 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: until Saturday, March 25 Artist’s Talk: Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm
The 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 until 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.
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Freeman and Macdougall
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Shelley Freeman and Alexandra Macdougall from Thursday, March 9 until Friday, April 7.
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.
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 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, March 13 at 1 pm – Visioning with Sonya Girard and end of Pop-Up series celebration.
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
Lectures Kola Readings
On Monday, March 13 at 6:30 pm, at Unia Hall, 2741 Notre-Dame W (Metro Lionel-Groulx), Brossard Bagel, the Black Theatre Workshop and the Jamaica Consulate of Montreal invite the public to a literary evening with avant-garde poet-novelist Kaie Kellough and literary laureates Olive Senior and Joël Desrosiers.
On Thursday, March 16, from 7 pm 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 Nicolas Paquin, author & novelist.
Nicolas Paquin’s latest young adult novel, entitled Théâtre de guerre, was inspired by, and is dedicated to, the memory of Ross Eveleigh Johnson (1922-1944). The author will speak about the short life of this Westmounter, a flying officer and pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, who was killed during World War II. He will discuss how he found inspiration in Johnson’s short life, using mainly correspondence to further his knowledge.
On Tuesday, March 21 at 12:30 pm, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal presents Montreal’s World Class Musée des Beaux-Arts with Nathalie Bondil, C.M.,C.Q.,O.C., Director and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
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.
On Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm there will be a Wine & Chocolates Chapbook Launch Party celebrating Carolyn Zonailo and Mike Di Sclafani 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 Carolyn Zonailo, Mike Di Sclafani, Deanna Radford, Susi Lovell, Tom Abray, Gloria Macher, Jesse Anger, Ilona Martonfi, Zav Levinson, Mike Di Sclafani and Aarmadillo.
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 email@example.com
Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre
Westmount Earth Hour 2017
On Saturday, March 25 from 5:30 pm on, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Healthy City Project invites you to take part in international 2017 Earth Hour with a host of exciting activities – eco-fair with information displays, guest speakers, films, music and a café. This year’s theme is Food.
You can also join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada outside Victoria Hall to observe the stars and planets through their telescopes (weather permitting).
Help raise awareness about climate change by turning off your lights between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
Information at 514 989-5226. Find out about Earth Hour events around the world at earthhour.org
Activities 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, March 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! In the Boardroom.
Wednesday, March 15, at 7 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 Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. In the Boardroom.
Wednesday, March 22, from 2 pm to 4 pm 2 O’Clock Series – Dawn of the Cyber-Age. With Hassan El Shafei. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, March 22, from 7 pm to 9 pm Author Lecture Series: Catherine Leroux. Author of Le Mur Mitoyen and The Party Wall, Giller Prize 2016 finalist, and winner of the Prix France-Québec 2014. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.
Friday, March 24, from 2 pm to 4 pm Film Club – Moonlight. View and discuss an award-winning film. Tickets required. 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
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). LEGO®CLUB
Monday, March 13, from 4 pm to 5 pm St. Patrick’s Day Craft (4 years +)
Starting Wednesday, March 15, at 10 am Spring Registration. Register in person at the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card.
Friday, March 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)
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.
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!
Thursday, March 16, at 12:30 pm To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the five-piece band Dragún Bán performs a program of traditional Celtic and Celtic-inspired music. The musicians are Normand Bélanger (flute, mandolin, vocals), Claude Bertrand (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Jennie Ferris (violin), Danielle LeBlond (mandolin), and Donna-Marie Sullivan (bodhrán, vocals).
Thursday, March 23, at 12:30 pm The Milton String Quartet performs a program of Haydn, Ravel and Schulhoff. Formed in 2015 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Milton String Quartet is working under the tutelage of Professor André J. Roy. The musicians are Roman Fraser, violin; Maïthéna Girault, violin; Evan Robinson, viola; and Joshua Morris, cello. Devoted to chamber music dissemination, they are involved in the Montreal community and engage in outreach opportunities and community events.
SENIORS DOWNSIZING PROJECT
Tuesdays, March 14 and 21, 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 email@example.com
Note: The lab will be offered most Tuesday afternoons during the winter.
Friday, March 17, from 9 am to 2:30 pm Seniors Media Day – As the Atwater Library Seniors Helping Seniors Downsizing project nears its end, there will be a full day of learning, discussion and exhibition of project accomplishments. Consult the schedule.
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
Wednesday, March 15, from 1 pm to 3 pm Elder law specialist Ann Soden, Ad.E. gives a presentation on the importance of wills and mandates, with a moderated Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance to Victoria McKinlay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 24, from 1 pm to 3 pm Paul Delean, Montreal Gazette business columnist presents A do-it-yourself investor’s journey. A presentation with discussion. Advance registration is NOT required.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, March 15, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis. (Atwater Library has both paper and eBook formats.) The winner of the 2015 Giller and Rogers Writers’ Trust Prizes. What if dogs were like humans?
ALZHEIMER CAFÉ 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 email@example.com or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.
Tuesday, March 21, from 1 pm to 3 pm Staff of the Office of the Quebec Public Curator/Curateur public du Québec. The role of this government agency in protecting those who are incapacitated. A presentation with discussion and opportunities to find out about the “continuum of protection.”
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.
Thursday, March 23, at 7 pm Readings by Kelly Norah Drukker and Carolyne Van Der Meer. With support from the League of Canadian Poets.
Image: Creative Commons Feature image: Andrew Burlone