Westmount Here & There
March 30, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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.


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

Lecture Series: Healing Beyond Traditional Medecine

MUHC Glen Campus WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm in the Concert 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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NOTE: Due to strong response the event has been moved from the Lodge Room to the Concert Room.

McClure Gallery Student Exhibition

McClure Gallery students exhibition WestmountMag.caThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents its Annual Student Exhibition from Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 15.

Students registered in the winter session of the Centre’s School of Art are invited to exhibit their work. The exhibition includes a variety of media and gives students the opportunity to exhibit in the context of a professional gallery. It’s also a chance to appreciate the great diversity of creative activity that takes place at the Centre.

Vernissage: Thursday, March 30 at 6 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


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

Lecture: Brexit – Some Implications for Civil Aviation

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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WHS Talk: The Perpetual Gardener

crocus in snow WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, April 11, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Liliana Pérodeau.

Using music and photographs, Liliana will lead us on a journey from the snow-covered ground, to the arrival of the first flowers, the fullness of summer’s lushness and to the fall garden.

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $5.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

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Crucifixion by John Stainer at St. Mathias

st-mathias church, westmount quebecSt. Matthias’ Anglican Church, 131 Côte St-Antoine, presents Crucifixion by John Stainer on Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm.

The concert will feature tenor David Menzies, baritone Marc Belleau and Mark McDonald on organ, with the St. Matthias Choir directed by Scott Bradford.

St. Matthias’ Anglican Church is at the corner of Côte St-Antoine and Metcalfe, one block North of Sherbrooke, and is accessible by busses 24, 104 or 138 from either Atwater or Vendôme Metro Stations.

Admission is a freewill offering.
Information at

Image: St. Matthias’ Anglican Church / Westmount Historical Association

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.

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.

Wednesday, April 12 at 10:15 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.

Thursday, April 13
Tales & Travels – Registration
. Animated by Marie-Pier Foucault, coordinator of activities for people living with dementia at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal. The Tales & Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Spots are limited. Registration is required. For more information, contact Daniel Míguez de Luca at 514 989-5409 or at

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.

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 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.


Friday, March 31, from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Atwater Library Canada in 150 Seconds Video project features the first in a four-part workshop series called Seeing Canada Under a Microscope for people interested in experimental video art. Visual artist Melissa Tamporello facilitates learning to use digital microscopes to tell a story. The work produced will be included in various Canada 150 presentations. The other sessions will be on Friday afternoons in April – April 7, 21 and 28. Advance registration is required. Email Eric Craven at

Friday, April 7, from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Atwater Library Canada in 150 Seconds Video project features the second in a four-part workshop series on experimental video art called Seeing Canada Under a Microscope. Advance registration required. Email Eric Craven at

The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, April 12, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler. The Montreal master’s second-last novel follows the Gursky family over 150 years, five continents, countless misadventures and madcap adventures.

Image: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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