Westmount Here & There
March 23, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Summer Concert Series – Call for Submission

walk westmount park westmountmag.caThe Library and Community Events Department of the City of Westmount is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Summer Concert Series. Please submit your group’s demo on CD/DVD or USB or your band’s website link by Thursday, April 13.

For more information contact or 514 989-5226.

Image: Andrew Burlone

The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Call for Projects

gallery at victoria hall westmountThe 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.

For information on how to apply, consult the City’s web site at or contact Hélène Mitko at 514 989-5521 or

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: until Saturday, March 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

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 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

shelley freeman alexandra macdougall westmount mag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Shelley Freeman and Alexandra Macdougall until Friday, April 7.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.

More information at 514 989-5521.


Westmount Earth Hour 2017

earth hour logoOn 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


Lecture Series: Healing Beyond Traditional Medecine

MUHC Glen Campus WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm in the Lodge Room of Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Healthy City Project and the MUHC Foundation will present Healing Beyond Traditional Medicine, the first in their 3-part joint venture Spring lecture series.

Susan Doherty, a well-known Westmount resident, will recount her experience receiving a live-saving stem cell transplant for a rare disease at the MUHC in 2016. She learned to own her illness, to have faith, and to stay 100% positive.

Free and open to all. Register at or at 514 843-1543.

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Regiments on the Ridge: Vimy 100 Years On

battle Vimy WestmountMag.caTo commemorate the brave Canadian soldiers who fought so successfully 100 years ago to take Vimy Ridge, the RMR Museum will be hosting a free bilingual educational event at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, on Monday, April 3, Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6.

For three days there will be a presentation of the National Film Board of Canada’s documentary film The Battle of Vimy Ridge, narrated by Paul Gross. The RMR Museum will be on site displaying World War I and Vimy artifacts including equipment, letters, photos, weapons, medals and pictures from its collection.

Showtimes are 4 pm to 5:30 pm in French and 7:30 pm to 9 pm in English.
More information at 514 989-5226 or

Image: Dept. of National Defence, Library and Archives Canada

Air Transport Lecture

airplane WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, April 5 at 6:15 pm at the Atwater Library, 1500 Atwater, the Royal Aeronautical Society – Montreal Branch will present Brexit: Some Implications for Civil Aviation with speaker Christopher Lyle Fraes.

The decision by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union has widespread ramifications, not least in the civil aviation sector because of air transport’s transnational nature and unique regulatory arrangements.

There is no charge for the lecture but attendees must pre-register by March 31 by email to or

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Friends of the Library book sale

book sale westmountmag.caOn Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place from 10 am to 5 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library, 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.

More information at 514 989-5299.

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Activities at Contactivity

contactivity centreContactivity 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 activities

Centre Greene westmountmag.caCentre 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


Linen Chest

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, March 24, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Moonlight. View and discuss an award-winning film. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.

Monday, March 27, from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Hermann Hesse. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, March 28, from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, March 29, 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, April 5, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – Ninth Floor (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.

Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, from 10 am to 5 pm
Friends of the Library Book Sale. Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library. 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.

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.

Storytimes will resume April 18.

Thursday, March 23, from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

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)

Monday, March 27, from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – La momie de Belvédère by Laurent Chabin. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

Saturday, April 8
4 to 6 year olds: 2 pm to 3 pm
7 to 12 year olds: 3 pm to 4 pm

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, 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.

Thursday, March 30, at 12:30 pm
James Hughes discusses how Canada’s social programs can work better, save lives, and often save money. He will refer to his book Early Intervention.

Thursday, April 6, at 12:30 pm
Filmmaker Peter Svatek discusses and screens excerpts from his latest film Theater of Life about a remarkable soup kitchen in Milan.

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.

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

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.

Wednesday, March 29, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Janet Torge, Project Manager, Radical Resthomes, presents Radical Resthomes: No Need to be Lonely or Poor as We Age. Discussion and refreshments. Advance registration is NOT required.


Tuesday, March 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.

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Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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