Westmount Here & There
April 27, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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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 WestmountMag.ca readers? Well this is your chance! Send in your text (between 50 and 100 words) to info@westmountmag.ca by Thursday, April 27 and look for it in our upcoming article Remembering Expo 67.

Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 3.

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 mgillies@videotron.ca or Mavis Young at mavis.young@gmail.com by April 28, 2017.

More information may be found on the WMA website at wma-amw.org

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

Frédérique Ulman-Gagné at the McClure

Frederique Ulman-GagneThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Les choses, featuring the recent works of Frédérique Ulman-Gagné.

For the exhibition Les Choses, the gallery will be taken over by large-scale paintings that open up a dialogue with the exhibition. Les Choses will be comprised of visual scenes without characters and stories. Instead, the scenes focus on the vitality of seemingly endless colours and abstract forms.

Vernissage: Thursday, April 27 at 6 pm
Exhibition: April 28 to May 20
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, May 4 at 7 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

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

hazardous waste résidus domestiques dangereux westmountmag.caThe Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 9 am to 5 pm in the Westmount Public Library parking lot, 4574 Sherbrooke W.

The City of Westmount hosts a special collection day each spring and fall when residents may bring products for safe disposal. Bring your paint cans, solvents, batteries, old electronics, used clothing, and more.

Click to consult the complete list of accepted items under the tab Household Hazardous Waste.
More information at  514 989-5390

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

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



Falaise St. Jacques clean-up

falaise st-jacques andy riga westmountmag.caThe Falaise St. Jacques needs your help! On Saturday, April 29, at 10 am come help clean up this urban green space, located between St. Jacques and highway 136.

Meet at Madison and St. Jacques.
Supplies will be provided.
Organized by Sauvons la falaise and the Green Coalition with the support of the boroughs of Sud-Ouest Montréal and Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Montréal.


Read about the Falaise St. Jacques: A forgotten wilderness in the heart of the city

Image: Andy Riga

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 Expo-67.ca

Read the article Expo 67: Mission Impossible

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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Ballroom Blitz Dance Evening

swing dancers westmountmag.caOn 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 Eventbrite.ca
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Pedro Ribeiro Simões via StockPholio.com

Fundraiser for NDG Food Depot

burton street singers westmountmag.caThe Burton Street Singers will host their eight musical cabaret night on Saturday, May 6 at Kensington Presbyterian Church Auditorium, 6225 Godfrey, corner of Kensington in NDG, to raise funds for the NDG Food Depot.

To commemorate Canada’s birthday, this year’s show features works by Canadian composers and/or lyricists. Performing as an octet as well as in smaller ensembles, these talented singers will cover French-Canadian folk songs and modern works by composer Stephen Chatman, classics by Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Leonard Cohen, and originals from the group’s very own Isabel Belina. Come and celebrate Canadian music!

Show is at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $15; $5 for children 12 and under.
Snacks and drinks will be for sale.

For more information contact Phillipa Rispin at 514 481-9861 or phillipa.rispin@gmail.com

Image: courtesy of the Burton Street Singers

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 Eventbrite.ca

WHS Talk: Create a Beautiful Environment-Friendly Garden

shady garden - westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, May 9, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Elaine Sanders, garden and landscape designer, coach and writer.

Learn top tips and design choices for creating a garden that will be healthy, productive and stunning.

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: Stockpholio

WMA Annual General Meeting

logo WMA WestmountMag.caThe Annual General Meeting of the Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) will take place on Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Reception: 6:30 pm
Meeting: 7 pm
Special guest speaker: Peter F. Trent “Westmount: Shaping the course ahead”
Awarding of the Derek Walker Volunteer of the Year Award.

A reminder to WMA members that annual membership fees of $10 for individuals and $15 for families, are due by the date of the Annual General Meeting. You can join or renew via Paypal or mail your cheque to: PO Box 653, Succursale Victoria, Westmount, Qc H3Z 2Y7.

For more information go to wma-amw.org

JDRF Young Leaders’ Cocktail

jdrf organizers WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, May 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Rialto Theatre, 5723 du Parc, Montreal, the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation presents its 3rd edition of The Young Leaders’ Cocktail.

The Young Leaders’ Cocktail is a fundraising networking event for Montreal’s young professionals and entrepreneurs, where all proceeds are donated to JDRF related projects dedicated to Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. Some of Montreal’s best restaurateurs and caterers will be on site to offer guests a varied selection of delicious canapés and sweets!

Tickets are $30 (taxes and service fees included) and may be purchased at rialto.ticketpro.ca
All tickets purchased before April 27 include 2 complimentary drinks.
For more information contact Andria Carosielli at jeunesleadersfrdj@gmail.com

Image: Rodrigi Trigueros

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Let’s Talk Opera!

On Sunday, May 14 at 10:30 am, La bohème, the last in a 3-part series of opera talks will take place at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Opéra de Montréal is proud to offer opera lovers or newcomers a brand new series of in-depth discussion on each opera of the season right before the premiere. Plot, music, voices, cultural context, composer, style… everything you ever wanted to know to better prepare you to attend the performance, with musicologist Pierre Vachon (Ph.D.), a pianist and a singer. Duration: 90 minutes with coffee break.

Presented in English by Opéra de Montréal.
For more more information, and to RSVP, please visit their website.

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!

2017 Book Sale: Friday, May 5 from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 6 from 9 am to 2 pm.
Book donations accepted. With a special Seedling Sale fundraiser this year!

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.

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

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)

Monday, May 8, from 4 pm to 5 pm
Mother’s Day Craft. (4 years +)

Thursday, May 11, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Ted Staunton. In collaboration with TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Join author Ted Staunton for an interactive, funny, fast-paced presentation! (7 to 10 year olds)

Saturday, May 13, from 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds); from 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 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 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.

Thursday, May 11, at 12:30 pm
Caitlin Bailey, Curator and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the Great War, gives a presentation on the multi-media exhibition Dear Bessie: A Wartime Love Story. Displays from the exhibition will be at the Atwater Library during the month of May.


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 dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca

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.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante, translated from Italian by Ann Goldstein. Hugely popular with readers, highly praised by critics, the first book of a series about two women born near Naples at the end of World War II and, through them, the larger story of their city.

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

Thursday, May 11, at 7 pm
Readings by Sue Sinclair and Nick Thran

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Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.