Westmount Here & There
May 4, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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.

Exhibition: until 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

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

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

Burton Street Singers 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
The Burton StreetSingers Facebook Page

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

Mount Royal Clean-Up

Mt-Royal clean-up WestmountMag.caDon’t miss this year’s Mountain Clean-Up with Les amis de la montagne on Sunday morning, May 7. This ritual springtime event is an opportunity for locals and visitors to share in the care and conservation of Mount Royal. Dedicate your morning to collecting litter and recyclables on the mountain or monitoring previously planted saplings, an essential step in maintaining the mountain’s biodiversity. The event will take place rain or shine.

Advance registration via EventBrite is mandatory as the number of participants in the Mountain Clean-Up is limited. All registered participants must confirm their arrival at Mount Royal Chalet before 9:15 a.m. on May 7 or their places will be reassigned to last-minute registrants.

More information at lemontroyal.qc.ca/en/events

Image: Frédérique Ménard Aubin

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

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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

Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.ca

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.

Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre

mcclure gallery westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre’s McClure Gallery, 350 Victoria.

Hosted by Mike Di Sclafani, the event features the talents of Louise Dupré, Greg Santos, Erika White, Sandra Sjollema, Sivan Slapak, Mike Di Sclafani, Lydia Lockett, Ilona Martonfi and Raymond Filip.

Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Admission at the door $6.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre

Author Lecture – Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, May 17 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, writer, actress, and comedian Mary Walsh will discuss her book Crying for the Moon with host Anne Lagacé Dowson. In collaboration with Paragraphe Bookstore.

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


Perennial Plant Exchange and Sale

seedlings westmountmag.caOn Thursday, May 18 in Westmount Park near the Westmount Public Library. Exchange your perennials for something new!

4:30 to 6 pm – Plant drop-off and voucher distribution
6 pm to 6:30 pm – Exchange
6:30 to 7:30 pm – Sale open to all. Plants may be purchased for $2 each.

Compost available – please bring a container.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Read the article This Spring plant something new!

Image: peganum via StockPholio.net

T.C. Bulmer: a ‘Father’ of Westmount

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, May 18, 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 speaker Mika Goodfriend, photographer.

Stationer, city councillor, real-estate developer: by 1888, Thomas Campbell Bulmer was the largest land owner in Westmount. With his sons, he built 44 homes, of which 27 remain today. Mika Goodfriend will explore Bulmer’s life through interviews with his descendants, current owners of his homes, and archival research – uncovering a rich history of one of the most important, yet largely forgotten, figures who shaped our city.

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

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


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 17, 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.

Wednesday, May 17, from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Mary Walsh. Author of Crying for the Moon. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.

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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, 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)

Friday, May 19, 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 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, 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.

Thursday, May 18 at 12:30 pm
Malcolm McRae gives a talk on the early history of bicycling in Montreal. He will discuss the Montreal Bicycle Club, founded in 1878 and recently revived by cycling enthusiasts.

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 and Helen Guri

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, May 16, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Claire Webster, professional Alzheimer Care Consultant and trainer, President and Founder of Caregiver Crosswalk Inc. The fall and rise of Superwoman.
The speaker will discuss her experiences as a caregiver for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and the impact of this journey on her health and her family.


Tuesday, May 16, at 6 pm
The Annual General Meeting of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre features reports by officers and the Executive Director, presentation of audited financial statements for 2016, and election of the board of directors for the year ahead.

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Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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