Westmount Here & There
June 1, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Brown’s Hill at the McClure

Brown’s Hill McClure Gallery - WestmountMag.caThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, presents Brown’s Hill, featuring the works of five artists, until Saturday, June 17.

In the Eastern Township of Stanstead, is an undulating gravel road, “Browns Hill”. Moving through endlessly rolling valleys, receding to a distant range of mountains and sky, Brown’s Hill is the site of inspiration for this exhibition. Five artists were invited to interpret this evocative ‘paysage’: Sara Colby, Renée Duval, Holly King, Peter Krausz and Song Nan Zhang.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm
More information at 514 488-9558 or go to visualartscentre

My Canada: Singing the Soul of a Country

n honour of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. This musical tribute to Canada is not to be missed!

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

Image: courtesy Barbara Lewis

Hope & Cope Concert

Gino Quilico - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm at the Westmount Baptist Church, 411 Roslyn, the Voices of Hope Choir is proud to present Celebration with world-acclaimed baritone Gino Quilico, accompanied by pianist and conductor Manuel Blais.

Tickets: $20 in advance ($25 at the door).
Free for children 12 and under.
Call Lou’s House 514 340-3616 or Hope & Cope 514-340-8255.

Image: courtesy Hope & Cope

Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre

mcclure gallery westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, June 6 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 Stephen Morrissey, Connie Guzzo-McParland, Mike Di Sclafani, Brian Campbell, Louise Carson, Jeffrey Mackie, Ilona Martonfi, and Milton Dawes on Djembe (African Drum).

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

Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre

Victoria Village Street Festival

Victoria Village Street Festival - WestmountMag.caThe Merchants of the Westmount Victoria Village invite you to celebrate the 37th Annual Street Festival from Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11 with a sidewalk sale, music and food trucks.

The big day is the Saturday. There will be a stage at Prince Albert Square with all kinds of entertainment, and kids activities at the corner of Somerville and Victoria!

Watch a video about the Festival

La Horde Vocale concert

La Horde Vocale - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, June 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 11 at 3 pm at Théâtre Le château, 6956 St-Denis, La Horde Vocale, a 25-voice a capella choir, will give a concert entitled Syncopes. With original vocal arrangements by Jean-François Julien.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at

Image: courtesy of La Horde Vocale


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Festival Bloomsday Montréal

bloomsday festival mtl westmountmag.caFrom Saturday, June 10 to Friday, June 16, it’s the 6th Festival Bloomsday Montréal, a celebration of Irish-Montréal heritage, culture and literature. For the complete schedule of events visit and for up-to-the-minute information go to the festival’s Facebook page.

The following FREE events will be happening in Westmount:

Growing Up Irish

On Thursday, June 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater, Master storytellers, Jan Gregory, Margaret Nicolai and Clive Brewer, join pianist Natalia Davydova and soprano Kathleen McAuliffe for a lunch hour of Joycean stories and music.

Festival Highlight – Bloomsday Readings

On Friday, June 16 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, do not miss these dramatic readings from Ulysses by local media personalities and actors. Insight and context comes along with Joycean experts, Maggie Benfield and Denis Sampson, who introduce each reading. Listeners come and go through the event.

Closing Event – Come Into The Parlour

On Friday, June 16 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, there will be a Bloomsday Tea and repeat performance of Growing Up Irish.

Westmount YMCA TeenZone Open House

Westmount YMCA TeenZone - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, June 10 from 1 pm to 6 pm, the Westmount YMCA TeenZone, 4675 Sainte-Catherine O, will be holding an Open House for 6th graders. Come meet the staff, visit the space and try out some activities! The TeenZone will be open to Grade 6 students on Saturdays during the summer. Students are invited to join in after school in September when they start high school.

More information at 514 989-5252 or at

Image: courtesy Westmount YMCA TeenZone

Montreal Veterinary Hospital Nail Trim Day

dog and catOn Sunday, June 11 from 10 am to 2 pm, the Montreal Veterinary Hospital, 324 Victoria, invites you to its annual Nail Trim Day. All proceeds will go to SOS Miss DoLittle, a non-profit organization run by volunteers and animal lovers whose mission is to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife and release them back into their natural environment.

Nail trim: $10 – bring your dog on a leash and cat in its carrier
More information at 514 489-8217

SPCA Snout & About

spca snout and about westmountmag.caOn Sunday, June 11, join the Montreal SPCA Snout & About walk and enjoy the start of summer while raising your voice against injustice and animal cruelty. All the funds raised will help the Montreal SPCA to continue its primary mission, as it has been doing for nearly 150 years: protecting animals and representing their interests. There’s still time to register for this festive family event open to everyone, young and old, with or without a pet!

When: Sunday, June 11 from 10 am to 3 pm (rain or shine)
Where: Mount-Royal Park – intersection of Park Avenue and Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Register in advance.

Image: courtesy of the Montreal SPCA


Wine, Chocolates & Music at the Visual Arts Centre

mcclure gallery westmountmag.caOn Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm, Xlibris Publishing will present the Book Launch Party of Love Dummies celebrating Viorika Aresteanu’s short fiction (nom de plume Vera Oren) with wine, chocolates and music, at the Visual Arts Centre’s McClure Gallery, 350 Victoria.

There will be author readings with Felicia Mihali, Ian Ferrier, Nelly Roffé and Ilona Martonfi as well as live music by Mike Di Sclafani.

Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Free admission.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or

Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre

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

Lyric Theatre Singers’ Hello Broadway

Lyric Theatre Singers Hello Broadway WestmountMag.caThe Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia University’s DB Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve (corner of Bishop) June 15, 16 and 17 with four presentations of Hello Broadway. This new original musical theatre revue, created by directors and longtime Lyric collaborators, Bob Bachelor and Cathy Burns, features forty performers and five musicians serving up a lively, eclectic assortment of Broadway’s most memorable moments, past and present.

Show dates and times: Thursday, June 15 at 8 pm; Friday, June 16 at 8 pm; Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Reserved seating – Wheelchair accessible.

Tickets: $36 Regular; $32 Students / Seniors; $17 Children 12 and under; $30 “Student Saturday”.
Call 514 743-3382, or purchase online at, or email

Image: Tam Lan Truong

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

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Events at Westmount Public Library

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Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke W, or call 514 989-5299.

Saturday, June 3 from 7 pm to 9 pm
My Canada: Singing the Soul of a Country. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration, singer Barbara Lewis shares her very personal musical project that features the greatness and splendid variety of Canadian music. This musical tribute to Canada is not to be missed. Tickets required. In Victoria Hall.

Monday, June 5 at 7 pm
History of Lacrosse with James Calder. James Calder, author of Lacrosse: the Ancient Game will discuss Lacrosse’s origins and importance in First Nations culture and its transformation into a global sport. Tickets required.

Wednesday, June 7 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – The Seven Secrets of Influence: Portable Power for the 21st Century. With Elaina Zuker. Discover the library’s afternoon lecture series, where you will hear of others’ views and experiences. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, June 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – The Eagle Huntress (2016). 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 required. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, June 16 from 11 am to 3 pm
Bloomsday Readings. Do not miss these dramatic readings from Ulysses by local media personalities and actors. Insight and context comes along with Joycean experts, Maggie Benfield and Denis Sampson, who will introduce each reading. In Victoria Hall.

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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

Monday, June 5 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Father’s Day Craft (4 years +)

And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library, Westmount -

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, June 1 at 12:30 pm
Representatives of the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary give a presentation on the exciting and varied activities taking place this year.

Thursday, June 8 at 12:30 pm
American novelist Cam Terwilliger reads from his novel-in-progress, Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart, set in the colonies of New York and Quebec during the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763).

Thursday, June 15 at 12:30 pm
Festival Bloomsday Montreal, celebrating the great James Joyce, presents Growing Up Irish. Master storytellers Jan Gregory and Margaret Nicolai, with actor Clive Brewer, join pianist Natalia Davydova and soprano Kathleen McAuliffe for stories and music. Listen and sing along — you’ll hear some of the best-loved tunes that appear in the works of James Joyce.

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

Wednesday, June 7 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
A discussion of Euphoria by Lily King. Inspired by the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead, this 2014 novel was termed ‘exquisite’ by The New York Times Book Review.

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

Wednesday, June 14 at 8:30 pm
Reading by Lillian Allen. This reading will take place at La Vitrola, 4602 St-Laurent, Montreal, and not at the Atwater Library. Special free presentation of Lillian Allen in collaboration with the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, iPLAI McGill and CKUT 90.3 FM. Ms. Allen will share the stage with Kaie Kellough and Tanya Evanson with ZENSHIP.

Image: Creative Commons
Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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