Westmount Here & There
September 7, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Ranee Lee: Dark Divas

Ranee Lee - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Doudou Boicel, in collaboration with Westmount’s Community Events Division, is proud to present jazz legend Ranee Lee in Dark Divas: The Musical. Let yourself be serenaded with this tribute to some of the most popular female jazz singers of the 20th Century, including Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan.

She will be accompanied by musicians Ron Di Lauro on trumpet, Jean-Pierre Zanella on alto sax, Muhammad Abdul Al Khabyyr on trombone, Richard Ring on guitar, Dave Watts on bass, Taurey Butler on piano and Dave Laing on drums.

Tickets are $ 30 and are available at Victoria Hall, the Library and online at
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Ranee Lee

Let’s Talk Opera!

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On Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 am, Tosca, the first in a 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.

Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church

Westmount Park Church summer - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, September 15, 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 Making Meadowbrook West-end Montreal’s Mount Royal Park. Featuring representatives from Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook and a speaker from Bird Protection Quebec who will discuss the birds and wildlife of Meadowbrook.

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: Patricia Dumais

Yellow Door Readings

The Yellow Door logoOn Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of poetry, prose and music at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer, Montreal. Features the talents of Barry Webster, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Mike Di Sclafani, Susi Lovell, Lp Camozzi, Ilona Martonfi, Christine Davet, Mark Foss, and Larissa Anastasia.

Doors open at 7 pm, readings begin at 7:30 pm.
Tickets at the door $6.
For more information contact Artistic Director Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or or visit

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

hazardous waste résidus domestiques dangereux westmountmag.caThe Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, September 23 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

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

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

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Events at Westmount Public Library

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4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount

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

Tales & Travels: Registration. The Tales & Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Sessions will take place Fridays, September 15 to October 13, from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Westmount Room. Spots are limited and registration is required. For more information, please contact Daniel Míguez de Luca at 514 989-5530 or at dmiguez @

Wednesday, September 13 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – Seed: The Untold Story (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 available at the Main Desk two weeks prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Saturday, September 16 from 10 am to noon
Library Open House. Join in celebrating the new spaces! Coffee and pastries will be served in the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, September 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – Miranda Esmonde-White, author, anti-aging educator, and ballerina. The Westmount Public Library is proud to collaborate with the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal to present a series of monthly lectures at Victoria Hall. Tickets $10/lecture, available at the door only. A sandwich lunch is available from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm for $6. In Victoria Hall.

Wednesday, September 20 from 10:15 am to 11:15 am
Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd.
The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Members propose themes at the beginning of each session and every two weeks after that. Everyone is welcome! In the Board room.

Wednesday, September 20 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Helen Humphreys. Author of The Ghost Orchard. Tickets required. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, September 20 from 7 pm to 9 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.

Monday, September 25 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Lectures coups de cœur. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

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Westmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kidsphoto: Westmount Library mascot

Please register in person at the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card. Registration is required and starts on Wednesday, September 13 at 10 am. For more information, call 514 989-5229.

Fall Story Times: until November 30

Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months – in English)
Wednesdays from 10:35 am to 10:55 am

Books for Babies (14 to 24 months – in English)
Wednesdays, Group A: from 10:10 am to 10:30 am; Group B: from 11:10 am to 11:30 am

Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds – in English)
Tuesdays from 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Wednesdays from 3 pm to 3:30 pm

Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 year olds – in French)
Tuesdays from 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Storytime & Craft (4 to 6 year olds – in English)
Wednesdays from 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Caring Paws (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual)
Wednesdays from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual)
Thursdays from 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Saturday, September 9 at 2 pm
TD Summer Reading Club Closing Party. With Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre’s The Flying Canoe. Be there! Prizes, entertainment, food! Registration required. In Victoria Hall.

Starting Wednesday, September 13 at 10 am
Fall Registration. Please register in person at the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card.


And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library - WestmountMag.ca1200 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 though donations are appreciated! Everyone is welcome and coffee and biscuits are served.

Thursday, September 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Cartoonist Terry Mosher discusses his book From Trudeau to Trudeau: 50 Years of Aislin Cartoons and reminisces about his amazing career.

Thursday, September 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
For over a century telegrams were the dominant means of sending time-sensitive news. Mark Gallop examines the social and cultural history of the telegram, filled with stories of wars and shipwrecks, weddings and funerals.

Thursday, September 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Jonathan Birks shares stories about his family in Montreal from the arrival of Henry Birks in the 1830s.


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

Wednesday, September 13 from 7:30 to 9 pm
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal, translated from French by Jessica Moore. The Heart is another translation, by Sam Taylor. The novel spans the 24 hours surrounding a heart transplant from a young man to a dying woman.
“I’ve seldom read a more moving book.” – review in The Guardian.


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 Tanya Mayhew at or 514 935-7344.

Tuesday, September 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm
RECAA (Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse) presents Aunt Enid Gets Help.


From September 2017 through January 2018, in the spirit of nationwide reconciliation, the Atwater Library is hosting Atwater Reads the TRC. This is a guided community reading of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to help build meaningful and open relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the Montreal region.

Registration closed as of August 25, 2017 and there is a waiting list.

Reading Series – limited to 26 registrants
Every second Thursday at 6:30 pm from September 14, 2017 through January 25, 2018.
(Two hours per session except for the October 12 meeting, which will start at 6 pm, take three hours and include the Blanket Exercise.)
Shannon Webb-Campbell and Sarah Henzi will facilitate group conversations based on readings, section by section, of the summary volume of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This 2015 report contains 94 Calls to Action to address the legacy of Canada’s residential school system. The Library is providing a copy of the summary volume to each registrant.

Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.