Westmount Here & There
April 13, 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 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

Visit the birds of the Technoparc wetlands

Least Bittern Technoparc wetlands WestmountMag.ca On Good Friday, 14 April from 10 am to noon, Visit the birds of the Technoparc wetlands. A human migration to meet the birds of the Technoparc Wetlands threatened by development, this event is free and open to all.

Meeting at the farm house on chemin St-François (east side of Trudeau Airport).
Transportation: By transit, metro Côte Vertu. There will be a free shuttle. Look for the guide with the green feather at the top of the escalator.
Please RSVP if you need a lift at westmountparkuc@videotron.ca
Organized by Neil Whitehouse, Minister of Westmount Park United Church (minister@westmountparkuc.org)

Read the article Saving the Technoparc Wetlands.

Images: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church

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.

The Gallery at Victoria Hall – City of Westmount employees

gallery at victoria hallThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of the City of Westmount employees from Friday, April 21 to Thursday, May 18.

Vernissage: Friday, April 21, from noon to 2 pm.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.

More information at 514 989-5521.

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

Orpheus Singers – A Canadian Choral Tapestry

orpheus singersOn Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at the Church of St. John the Evangelist (“The Redroof Church”), 137 President-Kennedy, Montreal (Metro Place-des-Arts, 80 bus), the Orpheus Singers present A Canadian Choral Tapestry: Discovering Canada’s rich and diverse musical heritage.

To commemorate the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of the birth of our country, discover the rich and diverse musical heritage this country offers, with music by Canadian composers. With works by Karen Young, David Scott Lytle, Claude Vivier, Gabriel Cusson, Lionel Daunais, Healey Willan & Sydney Perceval.

Adults: $20 – Seniors and students: $15
More information at 514-693-1634 or orpheusmontreal@gmail.com

Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers

Lecture Series: Innovation, Technology & Medicine

MUHC Glen Campus WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, April 27 at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Healthy City Project and the MUHC Foundation will present Innovation, Technology & Medicine, the second in their 3-part joint venture Spring lecture series.

Penny Chipman, Manager of Oncology Research at the Centre for Innovative Medicine at the MUHC’s Research Institute, will describe how participating in a clinical trial can offer patients the opportunity to be treated with novel, state-of-the art therapies and how, with the new equipment available to the research community and patients, diagnoses and treatments can be discovered and treated faster.

Free and open to all. Register at muhcfoundation.com/whc or at 514 843-1543.
Read the article WHC/MUHC Lecture Series Invitation.

Image: oknidius via StockPholio.net

Sweet Familiar Sounds

A Benefit Concert for St-Margaret’s Day Center will take place Saturday, April 29 at 2 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve.

General admission: $ 25. Donations appreciated.
For more information contact Linda Lemay at 514 932-3630 ext. 3051 or Elizabeth Mourelatos at 514 932-3630 ext. 3047.

Image: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church

Lac-Mégantic: Life Loss Legacy

lac megantic train disaster WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, April 30 at 7 pm, an evening on the theme of Lac-Mégantic: Life Loss Legacy will take place at the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater. Featuring Donald Winkler (Forty-seven Stations for a Ravaged Town); George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s Poet Laureate; a presentation by Bruce Campbell, Lac-Mégantic: Public Betrayal, Corporate Negligence, Justice Denied; a photo exhibition by Michel Huneault, The Long Night of Megantic; and more. With support from the Union of Canadian Transport Employees.

For more information contact Jack Locke at 514 484-0254.

Image: courtesy of the Sureté du Québec

WHS Secret Garden Tour

rose garden stair path WestmountMag.caTickets for the Westmount Horticultural Society’s upcoming Secret Garden Tour which will take place on Thursday, June 15, rain or shine, are now available. The seventh edition of this popular event gives you the opportunity to discover and explore ten of the most exceptional back gardens in our community.

Tickets are available at Victoria Hall or Westmount Library. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $45 (includes route map and box lunch).

More information at 514 233-2788 or westhortsoc@gmail.com

Image: Shelby Bell via StockPholio.net

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


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.

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.

Sunday, April 23, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Poetry and Pastry. The Westmount Poetry Group invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month at a special afternoon tea at Victoria Hall. Enjoy coffee and pastries while local poets entertain and intrigue with their newest work. Free tickets available at the Library and Victoria Hall.

Monday, April 24, from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Margaret Atwood. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, April 25, from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Family Life by Akhil Sharma. With Carly Vandergriendt. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, April 26, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Growing Healthy Seeds. Interested in seed-saving? Learn some tips on creating a garden for healthy, genetically sound seeds. With guest garden experts Mary Strate (Grainothèque de Hemmingford) and Boyd Hamilton (GRASP – Growing Regional Agricultural Seed Products). Tickets available 3 weeks prior to the event. New seeds for Spring available in the Seed Lending Library as of the first week of April. 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.

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, 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 +)

Monday, April 24, from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Poetry of Jacques Prévert. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

Tuesday, April 25, from 10 am to 11 am
Celebrate Picture Books with author Sara O’Leary. In collaboration with TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival. Sara O’Leary will be reading from her most recent picture books A Family Is A Family Is A Family (Groundwood Books) and This Is Sadie (Tundra Books). She will also be answering questions about being an author. (6 to 8 years)

Wednesday, April 26, from 10 am to 11 am
Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Irish children’s author and illustrator. In collaboration with TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival. Irish children’s author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick has written and illustrated a dozen picture books and written three novels. She will present her books and talk about her life as an artist living in Dublin. (6 to 8 years)

Thursday, April 27, at 10 am
Turning Bullying Upside Down And Inside Out. With author Monique Polak. In collaboration with TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival. In Monique Polak’s latest YA novel, Bullies Rule, two school bullies are rewarded, instead of punished for their bad behavior. Monique will discuss the inspiration behind this story, which is based on true events. She will also talk about the challenges of writing from the point of view of an unlikeable young person. Monique’s workshop will include a writing activity in which participants will be encouraged to look at bullying in ways they have not done before. (12 to 15 years)

Thursday, April 27, from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. (9 to 13 years)

Friday, April 28, 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)

atwater library westmountAnd over at the Atwater Library…

1200 Atwater, Westmount

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.

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 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.

Thursday, April 27, at 12:30 pm
Author François Rémillard and photographer Brian Merrett give a presentation on their new book Belles demeures historiques de l’île de Montréal (Beautiful historical homes on the Island of Montreal). The book is in French but the talk will be in English.


Friday, April 21, from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Atwater Library Canada in 150 Seconds Video project features the third in a four-part workshop series on experimental video art called Seeing Canada Under a Microscope. The series is fully subscribed and registration has closed. Email Eric Craven at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca

An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.

Thursday, April 27, at 7 pm
Reading by Norman Nawrocki and TBA.

Image: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.