Westmount Here & There
October 19, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Desmond Senior - WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall – Desmond Senior

The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Desmond Senior until Friday, November 3.

Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521.

Bites of Life Theatre Series

Bites of Life - WestmountMag.caGleams Theatre presents a double bill production dedicated to Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Concept and direction by Ira Sokolova.

Episode 1 – The Introduction
Fridays at 8 pm until November 3.
Venue: Coiffure 3, 5256 Sherbrooke W, Montreal
Episode 2
Thursdays at 8 pm from October 19 to November 30
Venue: Leonidas Culture Chocolate Café, 318 Victoria. Admission: $ 20
Tickets: on line at or at the door, 15 minutes before curtains.
More information at 514 934-0535.
Image: courtesy of Gleems TheatreReflexions – Alexis Hihon


For its 50th anniversary, Alexis Nihon introduces REFLEXIONS, an artistic and ephemeral journey throughout the floors of the mall.

The journey is a participative experience based on the theme of reflection, using the medium of mirrors to observe the environment surrounding us, as well as showcasing a look through past, present and future.

REFLEXIONS, an ephemeral artistic journey that will take place at Alexis Nihon from October 19 to November 16.

Congrégation de Notre-Dame: 360 years ago in Montreal

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, October 19 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 Gary Evans, from the University of Ottawa.

In 1658 Marguerite Bourgeoys formed a non-cloistered order, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame (CND), with the mission of educating the children of Ville Marie. This talk will cover her legacy in Quebec’s education system. It will include the complex history of Dawson College, located on the Atwater site of the CND’s former mother house.

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

HSI/Canada Laugh for a Good Cause

dog Humane Society - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, October 19 at 7:45 pm, join Humane Society International/Canada for an evening at the Comedy Nest, 2313 Sainte-Catherine O, in support of their campaigns to protect and rescue animals in distress.

Talented comedian Nick Griffin, as seen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, will be headlining the event.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by credit card at 395-2914 ext. 208.
More information at 514-394-2914.

Image: HSI/Canada

WMA Meet the Candidates – Candidates for Mayor

logo WMA WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, October 25 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) invites Westmount residents to the second of two Municipal Elections 2017 Meet the Candidates events.

This second event will focus on Mayoral candidates and will be moderated by CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty. Come and learn more about the candidates and their platforms.

There will be a question period.
A free event, open to all.

Westmount Municipal Elections 2017

Westmount vote 2017 - WestmountMag.caThe advance poll will take place on Sunday, October 29 from noon to 8 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Voting Day will be on Sunday, November 5 from 10 am to 8 pm.

As of October 10, notices were mailed out indicating, for every address, the names of the electors entered on the electoral list as well as the place, day and times to apply for revision of the list, also specifying the address of their polling stations and the names of the candidates.

For more information visit

Climate Change: Come join the conversation!

Katrina - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, November 1 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Healthy City Project/Environment Committee (WHCP/EC) will host an open discussion with the public on the ever growing issue of climate change (CC). A moderator will present a panel of three experts who will open the session with brief statements on CC, followed by answers to questions from the audience.

The event is free and all are cordially invited to attend.
Please register at

Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via

Serata d’Amore – Gino Quilico in Concert

Gino Quilico - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, world-renowned baritone Gino Quilico and his musicians take the stage in Serata d’Amore, a concert featuring famous love songs. From la canzonetta Italiana to la variété française, from Broadway tunes to opera, this unique event is presented by The Rotary Club of Westmount to commemorate The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial.

There will be a silent auction and a cash bar serving wine and beer.
Tickets: $40 general admission, available at and at Victoria Hall.
More information at 514 935-3344 or consult

Image: courtesy of the Rotary Club 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!

NEW! Free fitness program for seniors!
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

Linen ChestEvents at Westmount Public Library

Bibliothèque de Westmount library, Westmount QC

4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount

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

Friday, October 20 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Anne Campbell, author of Fabric of the Day. 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.

Saturday, October 21 from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival: Tales of Transformation. The Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival is an international event that brings in outstanding storytellers from around the world to share the art of oral storytelling with Montreal audiences. Guyanese-British storyteller TUUP will tell stories of transformation from his native Guyana as well as from around the world. Truly an elder of the storytelling revival in Britain, his style is one of total improvisation, unbounded charisma and alarming spontaneity. His fabulous capacity for mimicry and ear for a wild story is outstanding. In the Westmount Room. For families and children 6 years +.

Monday, October 23 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Chrystine Brouillet. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, October 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Maudie. 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.

Tuesday, October 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, October 25 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Capturing Memories: How to Develop a Compelling Story
. With Muriel Gold, C.M., Ph.D., author, theatre educator, producer/director. Whether you are in the process of writing your family story, or a different genre, such as fiction, creative non-fiction, novel, or short story, this workshop will stimulate your creativity, and offer you tips and techniques on how to use historical research and character development to lead to more dynamic story telling. In the Boardroom.

Tales and Travels
Registration begins Friday, October 27
Sessions: Fridays, November 10 to December 8 from 1 pm to 3 pm
The Tales and Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Spots are limited. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Daniel Míguez de Luca at 514 989-5530 or at

Wednesday, November 1 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, November 1 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – The Road Forward (2017). This electrifying musical documentary links a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. 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.

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. 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

Bouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.caThursday, October 19 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 13 years)

Monday, October 23 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Spooky Craft. Don’t forget your costume! In the Storytime Room. (4 years +)

Saturday, October 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Halloween Extravaganza. Join in after hours for a magical night! Decorate a pumpkin at home (no carving please) and bring it to the Library between October until October 27 for the Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. When you bring in your decorated pumpkin, you will receive a free ticket to this event. Prizes will be awarded for the pumpkin contest. Be sure to wear your costume! A family event. (6 years +)

Monday, October 30 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – L’enfant by Colas Gutman. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

Thursday, November 2 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)

Saturday, November 4
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…

Atwater Library - WestmountMag.ca1200 Atwater, Westmount
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, October 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Ian Howarth, author of Rock’n’Radio: When DJs and Rock Music Ruled the Airwaves, gives a presentation about the book with stories and music. With a live performance by Craig Morrison.

Thursday, October 26 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Doug Bellevue, author of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile: A Neighborhood, presents excerpts from a film narrated by Andrew Carter based on the book.


Thursday, October 19 from 5 pm to 7 pm
The Atwater Library hosts a reception on the main floor to celebrate the latest displays in the Atwater Writers Exhibition – Books by Children by children’s author and playwright Bonnie Farmer, and Game Writing in Montreal by video game designer Jill Murray.


Saturday, October 21 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
YA author and game writer Jill Murray conducts a free workshop, YOU Can Make a Story Game. Participation is limited to people who have registered in advance with Elise Moser at


Saturday, October 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm
The Atwater Library Canada in 150 Seconds Video project is conducting a Story Exchange. If you have a true story about your life in Canada that can be creatively told in a 150-second video, please come and have it filmed. You are encouraged to bring a small object that could help tell the story or a document or photo that can be scanned and included in your video. For more information, email Eric Craven at


Wednesday, November 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm
The Atwater Library 2017 benefit event takes place on in its beautiful heritage building. As in previous years, the party will include a fabulous silent auction and tasty smoked meat. Global Montreal anchor/reporter Amanda Jelowicki is emceeing and the fabulous Dave Turner Jazz Trio will provide entertainment.

This year’s Guest of Honour is Michael St. B. Harrison in recognition of his generous and effective community service as a volunteer, advocate and donor, as well as his important contributions to the economy of Montreal. Tickets priced at $150 are now available online through CanadaHelps ($125 tax receipt). For more information, email

Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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