Westmount Here & There
April 20, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

expo 67 poster

Remembering Expo 67

Do you remember the excitement and magic of expo 67, the most successful world’s fair of the 20th century? Do you have an anecdote about expo 67 that you wish to share with readers? Well this is your chance! Send in your text (between 50 and 100 words) to by Thursday, April 27 and look for it in our upcoming article Remembering Expo 67.


Derek Walker Volunteer of the Year Award

logo WMA WestmountMag.caThe WMA is seeking nominations for the 2017 Derek Walker Volunteer of the Year Award that is to be presented at its upcoming annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 10.

If you know of a Westmount resident whom you believe is deserving of this award, who is not an employee of the city or a city councillor, and not one of your own family members, please send your nomination to Marilynn Gillies at or Mavis Young at by April 28, 2017.

More information may be found on the WMA website at

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

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

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

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 or at 514 843-1543.
Read the article WHC/MUHC Lecture Series Invitation.

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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

Expo 67: Mission Impossible

expo67 WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, April 29 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be the English Premiere of the documentary film Expo 67: Mission Impossible with guest speakers and a pop-up ‘ecomuseum’ segment that will permit the audience to share their Expo 67 memories and mementos.

Cash bar. Free tickets available at Victoria Hall and the Library.
More information at 514 989-5226 and

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

Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture

microphone westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, May 2 at 12:30 pm, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal presents What does it mean to live sustainably? with Kelly Hawke Baxter, Founding Executive Director and Board member, The Natural Step Canada.

Preceded by a presentation of  the Public Speaking winners and their prize-winning speeches from the EMSB and the Quebec Association of Independent Schools.

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.

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swing dancers westmountmag.caBallroom Blitz Dance Evening

On Saturday, May 6, from 8 pm to midnight, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, it’s the Ballroom Blitz. Enjoy an evening of dance – ballroom, swing, rumba, and more – accompanied by a big band with 17 musicians. Cash bar.

Tickets: $25 at the door / $20 in advance (1 drink included). Available at Victoria Hall and the Library, and online at
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Pedro Ribeiro Simões via

MUHC/Cycle Neron CycleSwap

Cycle Swap logo WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, May 7 from 8 am to 3:30 pm in the parking lot of 5100 de Maisonneuve W, there will be a CycleSwap, a fundraising event organized by the Friends of the MUHC and Cycle Neron.

Have you outgrown your old bike, want a different type of bike or have one to sell? You can buy or sell a bike! Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of all bikes will go towards improving patient welfare at the MUHC.

More information at

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

Image: Shelby Bell via

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

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, 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.

Wednesday, May 3, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – Seymour: An Introduction (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.

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 take place until June 6.

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)

Thursday, May 4, from 4 pm to 5 pm
May The 4th Be With You – Star Wars crafts and activities (4 years +)

Saturday, May 6, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm — Cat & Katz Writing Workshop. With Andrew Katz & Catherine McGuire. (9 to 13 year olds)

Sunday, May 7, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm — Cat & Katz Writing Workshop. With Andrew Katz & Catherine McGuire. (9 to 13 year olds)

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 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.

Thursday, May 4, at 12:30 pm
Four prize-winning young writers provide an hour of literary enjoyment. Torontonian Laura Legge and Montrealers Anna Leventhal, Rebecca Morris and Lesley Trites will delight you with their sharp intelligence, wit, and mastery of the writer’s craft.


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

Friday, April 28, from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Atwater Library Canada in 150 Seconds Video project features the final 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

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

CANCELLED – to be re-scheduled
April 27
, at 7 pm
Reading by Norman Nawrocki and TBA.

Wednesday, May 3, from 1 pm to 3 pm
The Blue Metropolis Spreading The Word project, in partnership with the Atwater Library, presents a two-hour workshop with discussion facilitated by Fanny La Croix. The session is designed to foster awareness of Quebec’s English-language writers, to promote the benefits of reading out loud as well as silently, and to give tips for successful book clubs. Free admission; donations requested.

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Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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