Westmount Here & There
September 21, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Westmount Square: 50 Years On

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, September 21, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Fall 2017 Lecture Series, guest speaker Francine Vanlaethem, Professeure émérite, École de design, UQAM; présidente, Docomomo Québec.

The history of Westmount Square, designed by celebrated architect Mies van der Rohe and opened in December 1967, will be traced. The first battle for modern heritage in Quebec in 1988 was a result of renovations to the complex. Actions taken to preserve Mies’ works elsewhere will be presented.

The speaker will alternate between French and English.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non members.
Additional information at info@westmounthistorical.org

Park(ing) Day in Westmount

Westmount Parking Day - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, September 22 from 10 am to 3 pm, visit parking spaces transformed by local community groups into fun mini-parks during this global event. Consult the parking space map at parkingdaymontreal.org

Click here for the map of Westmount Park(ing) Day activities.

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


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WMA Candidate Information Meeting

logo WMA WestmountMag.caThe Westmount Municipal Association will be hosting a special meeting for candidates who are running for the first time in the upcoming municipal elections, to help orient their expectations. This will take place on Monday, September 25 at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W.

Please contact president@wma-amw.org for more information.
Note: this is not a question and answer session for voters to meet the candidates.
Qualified residents who wish to stand for election should consult westmount.org/en/vote-en/candidates/ and note that the closing date for nomination is October 6.

Stargazing at the Lookout

stargazingOn Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm at the Summit Lookout, join members of the Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to observe the night skies through their telescopes. Learn about the planets and stars from knowledgeable astronomers.

This free event is organized by Westmount’s Healthy City Project and Community Events Division. In the event of rain or poor viewing conditions, the event will be cancelled.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: a4gpa via StockPholio.com

Ballroom Blitz Dance Evening

swing dancers westmountmag.caOn Saturday, September 30, 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

Film: Chagall, Peintre de la Musique

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On Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a special screening of the film Chagall, Peintre de la Musique by director Mathilde Deschamps Lotthé, which tells how Chagall expressed his passion for music through the depictions of musical instruments in his works of art and his experience in the theatre. Presented in collaboration with les Journées de la culture and le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

Following the film screening there will be a discussion with a host Francine Moreau and guest speaker Iris Amizlev, art historian. A free event presented in French.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Marc Chagall “Blue Violinist”

WHA Fall 2017 Walking Tour

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, October 1, join the Westmount Historical Association for a guided tour of Sherbrooke Street in Westmount, in English at 1 pm. The walk begins at Queen Elizabeth Gardens (Southeast corner) on Sherbrooke Street, west of Atwater between Wood and Vignal. It ends at Prince Albert Square near Claremont. Along the way, the history and architecture of this section of Sherbrooke Street will be discussed. Free tour and no reservation required.

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

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

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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 or call 514 989-5299.

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.

Tuesday, September 26 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – A United Kingdom (2016). Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In Victoria Hall.

Tuesday, September 26 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Exit West by Moshin Hamid. With Carly Vandergriendt. The Library’s English Book Club meets once a month. Join in for coffee and a lively discussion. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, September 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Seed Saving Workshop. With Lyne Bellemare, founder of heritage seed producer Terre Promise. This workshop will show you how to save vegetable and flower seeds from your garden – then plant them in the spring or share them with the Seed Lending Library. Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, October 4 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 Boardroom.

Wednesday, October 4 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – Angry Inuk (2016). Inuit director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they challenge long-established views of seal hunting. Discussions will be led by Katherine Kasirer, NFB librarian. Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. 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

Thursday, October 5 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)

Saturday, October 7
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)


And over at the Atwater Library…

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Information at 514 935-7344.


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 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.

Thursday, September 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Kathleen Winter discusses her new novel Lost in September, inspired by letters General James Wolfe wrote to his mother from the time he became a child soldier at 13 until his death at 32 on Quebec’s Plains of Abraham.

Thursday, October 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Harmonica virtuoso John Kerkhoven gives a musical lecture, The New Folk Harmonica.


Wednesday, September 27 from 4 pm to 7 pm
Antiquarian booksellers Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin are in the Library’s reading room to give an expert opinion on the value of your special books. Fee: $3 per book for Atwater Library members and $4 per book for others. All proceeds go to the Library for improvements in its community services.


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

Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm
Readings by Adam Dickinson and Allison LaSorda. A co-presentation with the University of New Brunswick’s 2017 Poetry Weekend.


Saturday, September 30 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Playwright and children’s author Bonnie Farmer conducts the first of a three-session workshop, Let’s Make a Book. Participation is limited to people who have registered in advance with Elise Moser at elise.m@videotron.ca

Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.