Westmount Here & There
April 6, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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 abaker@westmount.org 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 westmount.org or contact Hélène Mitko at 514 989-5521 or victoriahall@westmount.org

McClure Gallery Student Exhibition

McClure Gallery students exhibition WestmountMag.caThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents its Annual Student Exhibition until 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.

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 Thursday, April 6.

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 royalmontrealregiment.com

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

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.

Image: Phil Roeder via StockPholio.com


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.

Image: via StockPholio.com

The Health Risks of Pesticides: Where Are Our Governments?

pesticide spraying WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, April 11, at 7 pm, Citizens in Action presents Professor Louise Vandelac who will present a talk entitled The Health Risks of Pesticides: Where Are Our Governments? at Concordia University, School of Community & Public Affairs (SCPA), 2149 Mackay, basement level.

Ms. Vandelac is a full professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Sociology at UQAM, and a member of CINBIOSE (Interdisciplinary Research Center on Wellbeing, Health, Society and Environment).

Citizens in Action is a non-profit, non-partisan, progressive group of concerned citizens, dedicated to political, social and economic justice.

Free and open to all.
For further information contact Nadia Alexan at 514 846-0644 or nadia.alexan@videotron.ca

Image: jetsandzeppelins via StockPholio.net

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 st-mathias.ca

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

Poetry, Prose and Music at the The Yellow Door

The Yellow Door logoOn Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of poetry, prose and music hosted by Ilona Martonfi and Mike Di Sclafani at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer (between Pine & Prince Arthur), Montreal.

Featuring the talents of Ian Ferrier, Cora Siré, Mike Di Sclafani, Maxianne Berger, Hugh Hazelton, Ilona Martonfi, Marianne Ackerman, Matthew Murphy and Tom Fox.

Doors open at 7 pm, readings begin at 7:30 pm.
Tickets at the door $6.
For more information contact Artistic Director Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca or visit yellowdoor.org

Women Volunteers in Westmount during World War II

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, April 20, 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 speakers Sandra Stock, QAHN and WHA member, and Doreen Lindsay, Past President of WHA.

In 2015, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) sponsored an exhibition on the contribution of housewives to the war effort during World War II. Sandra Stock, from QAHN, will describe the project as a whole, while Doreen Lindsay of the WHA will tell the stories of three Westmount women she interviewed for the project.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non members.
Additional information at info@westmounthistorical.org

National Canadian Film Day 150

national canadian film day WestmountMag.caWestmount is proud to participate in National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) with a screening of the film Mambo Italiano on Wednesday, April 19 at 1 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be available on air, online and on foot at over 1,700 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and anywhere you can show a film. With free events happening across every province and territory, NCFD 150 – a Canada 150 Signature Project – promises to be the largest film festival in the world. Ever.

Free admission – tickets required (available at Victoria Hall and the Library).
More information at 514 989-5226.

Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church

dawson gardens WestmountMag.caOn Friday, April 21, from 7 pm to 9 pm, the public is invited to attend a Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W.

The Climate Café is a non-religious event open to everyone, organized by Westmount Park United Church as part of its Faith in Nature Centre, a community committed to building lasting relationship and partnerships for the well-being of the environment. Come to meet the growing number of neighbours who are concerned and want to make a difference!

This month the topic is Dawson College Living Campus. Learn about its great green projects that include rooftop gardesns, ponds, butterflies and bees. The presentation will be followed by a question period.

Entrance is free. Cash-bar with snacks (please bring cash, no cards accepted).
For more information contact Shelagh McNally at 514 937-1146 or go to westmountparkuc.org

Image: courtesy of Dawson College

Smart Living Day – Health, Safety, and Prevention

healthy city project logo WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, April 22 from 11 am to 3:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, over 23 exhibitors will present Smart Living Day with expert advice on health, technology, security, green living and more – everything you need to help you live better and smarter. Presented by the Westmount Healthy City Project.

Free admission.
More information at 514 989-5226

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 contactivitycentre.org

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 centregreene.org

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.

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 dmiguez@westmount.org

Wednesday, April 19, from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Chagall: Colour and Music. With Grace Powell. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, April 19, from 7 pm to 8 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 Finnegans Wake to see what is conceived. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, April 21, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Hidden Figures. 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.

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

Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 5 pm
Good Deeds Day – Volunteer Opportunity. Let’s Do Good Together. Join millions of people from over 75 countries worldwide in doing good on Good Deeds Day. The first 25 people to sign up will get a free t-shirt! What can you do? Call to register at 514 989-5229. (13 years +)

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, 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.

Thursday, April 20, at 12:30 pm
David M. Lank, stamp collector extraordinaire, gives an illustrated talk on Every Stamp a Story, about the David Lank Collection of more than 50,000 stamps housed in the McGill University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, the largest natural history stamp collection of any university. His talk will be accompanied by a mini-display of stamps from the Collection with encouragement to see the current exhibition at McGill’s McLennan Library, Every Stamp a Story.


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 dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca

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.

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 victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Tuesday, April 18, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Alexander Mattias, graduating student in Special Care Counselling at Vanier College and stagiaire at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal will speak on Optimizing the relationship between carers and people living with dementia. A presentation with discussion.

Image: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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