Westmount Here & There
May 11, 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
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm
More information at 514 488-9558 or go to visualartscentre

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.

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

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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

Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture

microphone westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, May 23 at 12:15 pm, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal presents The Irish in Montreal with Jane McGaughey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Diaspora Studies at Concordia University.

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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Dramatis Personae presents The Birds

The Birds Aristophanes WestmountMag.caDramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre group, presents The Birds by Aristophanes, an ancient Greek comedy very relevant to today’s political situation, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Directed by Christopher Moore.

Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm
Monday, May 29 at 8 pm

Reservations at theatrewestmount.com or 514 484-2016.
Suggested donation $10.

Image: courtesy Dramatis Personae

Festival Classica presents ‘B’ Les Rugissants

Festival Classica B Les Rugissants WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, May 28 at 3:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Festival Classica presents ‘B’ Les Rugissants.

Founded in 2011, Festival Classica is dedicated to creating a public space that fosters encounters between classical music, artists and the population.

‘B’ Les Rugissants – A concert that’s obsessed with the letter B! Born in Israel and Mesopotamia, the second in a large family of 26 and formerly known as BET, meaning “house” or the number 2, this consonant is the focus of a journey through the ages. Deftly guided by conductor Xavier Brossard-Ménard and Les Rugissants, this light-hearted tour features works by Bach, Barber, Bizet, Beatles, Björk, Berio and Byrd.

Tickets are $32, available online at festivalclassica.com
More information at 514 989-5226.

NDG-Westmount Comité de bon voisinage

Turcot exchange westmountmag.caThe next meeting of the NDG-Westmount Comité de bon voisinage will be held Monday, May 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W.

In order to continue the dialogue initiated by the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), the Department of Transportation, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification (MTQ) has set up a Comité de bon voisinage (good neighbour committee) in Notre-Dame-of-Grâce/Westmount.

All citizens concerned by the current Turcot reconstruction project are urged to attend.

Image: Chicoutimi – Own work, CC0, commons.wikimedia.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

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 23, from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie. With Carly Vandergriendt. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, May 24, from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Tai Chi Chuan, It’s Ancient Roots and Current Relevance. With Lily Lam. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, May 26, from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Lion (2016). Tickets available at the Main Desk two weeks prior to the event. 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 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)

Thursday, May 25, from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. (9 to 13 years)

Saturday, May 27 from 10 am to 4 pm
TD Summer Reading Club Launch – Family day. Registration for the Reading Club starts Monday, June 12. In Westmount Park.

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 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.

Thursday, May 25 at 12:30 pm
Jackie Roberge, certified Life Purpose coach, yoga and meditation teacher, gives a presentation on Your Purpose is Calling – Are You Listening?

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, 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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