Westmount Here & There
November 9, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Bites of Life Theatre Series

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

Thursdays at 8 pm until November 30
Venue: Leonidas Culture Chocolate Café, 318 Victoria.
Admission: $ 20
Tickets: on line at gleamstheatre.com or at the door, 15 minutes before curtains.
More information at 514 934-0535.

Image: courtesy of Gleems Theatre

Reflexions – Alexis Hihon WestmountMag.caREFLEXIONS

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 until November 16.


The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Montreal Camera Club

Montreal Camera Club - WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is proud to present a special exhibition for the 125th Anniversary of the Montreal Camera Club (1892-2017), Westmount in Images from November 9 to December 8.

Featuring 31 photographers: Petra Ackerman, Nahida El Assi, Elaine Bacal, Pat Borlace, Diana Bruno, Frances Cable, Harvey Corn, Carole Duhaime, Amir El Etr, Pam Fogarty, Michael Folinsbee, Tom Freiman, Kathy Grauer, Peter Grogono, Laurel Anne Holmes, Florence Jean, Sonja Klapper, Philippe Laporta, Normand Loiselle, Ellie McCrea, Brian McPhee, Jarka Miler, Joanne Patenaude, Ann Pearson, Sylvia Rourke, Alain Roy, Phillip Shapiro, David Suliteanu, Diane Vallée, Margaret White and John Zimmerman.

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

Image: Alain Roy

4th edition of the Beasts of Fashion Gala

SPCA Beasts of fashion - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, November 9 from 6 pm at the Cirque Éloize, 417 Berri, Montreal, the Montreal SPCA and its distinguished guests invite you to a magical evening called Utopia. In an enchanting and entertaining setting, come watch our surprising canine models walk the runway while you enjoy vegan delights in the company of other animal lovers. A can’t-miss event in Montreal. Get your tickets today!

Regular tickets: $135 per person (tax receipt for $75)
VIP tickets: $250 per person (tax receipt for $125)
Purchase tickets or make a donation at beastsoffashion.com

Artisans Westmount Event

Artisans Westmount logo - WestmountMag.caIt’s the annual Artisans Westmount event on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12 from 10:30 am to 5 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Choose from a wide range of quality handcrafted items made by local artisans, including wood products, jewelry, porcelains, pottery, dolls, soaps and candles, blown glass, greeting cards and stationery, sewn and knitted products and more. Find the perfect gift!

Admission: non-perishable food items or $2 for Public Security’s annual holiday food drive.
More information at 514 989-5226, artisans@westmount.org
or the Artisans Westmount Facebook page.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

photo: westmount cenotaphThe Mayor and Councillors of the City of Westmount invite citizens to the Remembrance Day Commemorative Service to be held Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm at the Cenotaph next to Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W, to remember and honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Image: via StockPholio.com

WHS Talk: The Art of Bonsai

bonsai - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, November 14 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker David Easterbrook, a professional bonsai artist and international bonsai judge who studied under Isao Shinkai at Kidoen.

Learn how to create your own bonsai tree and see the main styles of this incredible art form in beautiful imagery. Watch David prune an untrained tree, and see bonsai trees from his prviate collection. To be preceded by a short annual general meeting.

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $5.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: Jerry Norbury via StockPholio.net

Yellow Door Readings

The Yellow Door logoOn Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm there will be an evening of poetry, prose and music at The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer, Montreal.

Featuring the talents of Claude Lalumière, Louise Carson, Michael Mirolla, Ian Ferrier, Ilona Martonfi, Nora Gold, Steven Manners and Brian Campbell.

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 ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca or visit yellowdoor.org

POSTPONED EVENT – The Importance of Your Eyes

The Importance of Your Eyes - WestmountMag.caThe Westmount Healthy City Project and the McGill University Health Centre Foundation (MUHC) are jointly sponsoring a presentation on The Importance of Your Eyes to be held on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4616 Sherbrooke W.

Note: this event has been postponed to a later date in 2018.

The presentation given in English by Miguel N. Burnier Jr., MD. MSc. PhD. FRCSC, MUHC, will cover the prevention and treatment of the most frequent ocular conditions and will describe how research and the development of new technologies are improving the early diagnosis and prevention of those conditions.

Free and open to all.
Register at muhcfoundation.com/whc or call 514 843-1543.

The Montreal Camera Club: An overview of 125 years

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, November 16 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 Anne Pearson, fine art photographer & educator, programme chair MCC.

The Montreal Camera Club evolved from a precursor group in 1892. Linked to the Notman family, it later amalgamated with the Camera Club at the Montreal Athletic Association. In 1932, the MCC again became a separate entity. This talk will cover the history of the club up to the present.

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

Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church

Westmount Park Church summer - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, November 17 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’s guest speaker is Don Hobus of the Sierra Club.

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 westmountparkuc.org

Image: Patricia Dumais

Friends of the Library book sale

book sale westmountmag.caOn Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place from 10 am to 5 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library, all proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale.

More information at 514 989-5299.

Image: Phil Roeder via StockPholio.com

Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair 2017

Kathleen Winter - WestmountMag.caThe Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) and the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) present Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair 2017 with special guest Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Kathleen Winter.

This free, two-day celebration of Quebec English-language books is back! The Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair encourages booklovers of all ages and interests to browse, buy and get books signed, just in time for holiday gift-giving. With publishers and authors on hand, expect hundreds of new titles for sale by local writers including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, books for kids, award-winners and bestsellers.

Saturday, November 25 from noon to 6 pm
Sunday, November 26 from 11 am to 5 pm
Le Café in the Monument National, 1182 St. Laurent, Montreal
More information at aelaq.org and www.qwf.org

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 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

Craft Sale & Bazaar
Thursday, November 9
from 10:30 to 3:30
Handcrafted items, home-baked goods, jewelry, books and more! Great Holiday gift ideas!
Proceeds to benefit Contactivity services.

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre

Linen Chest

Events at Westmount Public Library

Bibliothèque de Westmount library, Westmount QC _WestmountMag.ca

4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount

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

Tales and Travels
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 dmiguez@westmount.org

Monday, November 6 to Friday, November 10 from 10 am to 9 pm
Home Movie Clinic. The library is looking for your home movies! They can be films of family events, personal travelogues from trips, day excursions (Expo, anyone?), celebrity sightings, parades, even amateur dramas. The movie can be either something you or your family members filmed, or something you picked up at a flea market. As this is a family event, please be respectful of others who might attend when choosing which films to submit. If you have a film you’d like to share, you can submit it at the Home Movie Clinic Drop-Off (November 6 to November 10), along with your submission and release form. You can submit reels of 8mm, Super-8 and/or 16mm film. The films will be restored for projection at the Home Movie Show on Sunday, November 12 from 2 pm to 4 pm. More information at 514 989-5226 or visit bit.ly/homemovieWestmount

Sunday, November 12 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Home Movie Show. See Home Movie Clinic.

Wednesday, November 15 from 10:15 am to noon
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 15 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Guess the Giller. Join in for a special evening in celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Guess the Giller event. Meet Shelley Pomerance and the Library staff who will discuss the books that have been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s largest literary prize! 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, November 15 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 Prud’homme Room at Victoria Hall.

Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 from 10 am to 5 pm
Friends of the Library Book Sale. Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library. All proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale. In Victoria Hall.

Monday, November 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Jean-Paul Dubois. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, November 21 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – Canadian Citizenship: Celebrating Without Complacency with Sir John Daniel, O.C., world leader in Open/Distance Learning. The Westmount Public Library is proud to collaborate with the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal to present a series of monthly lectures. 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, November 22 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Rembrandt in Westmount. With Lora Baiocco. 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.caFriday, November 10 from 6:30 to 8:30
Movie and Craft: Beauty and the Beast. Special craft and showing of the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast. (5 years +)

Thursday, November 23 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Tuesday at the Castle by Jessica Day George. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, November 24 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Join in on Friday afternoons for Rock Band, Wii, DDR and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 years)


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, November 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Caitlin Bailey, Curator/Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the Great War, gives a talk for Remembrance Day in conjunction with an exhibition of photographs at the Library commemorating the centennial of the Battle of Passchendaele, In the Mind’s Eye: Passchendaele and Public Memory.

Thursday, November 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Brian Fahey, urban planner and spokesperson for Devimco, outlines plans for Square Children’s, the major redevelopment of the former site of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Thursday, November 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Former curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Rosalind Pepall, tells of her travels in the footsteps of Montreal artist, Edwin Holgate (1892-1977), to Natashquan on Quebec’s north shore, where in 1930 he painted one of the most admired portaits of modern Canadian art, Ludivine.


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

Wednesday, November 15 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay, translated from French by Sheila Fischman. From the bestselling Quebec author, a novel set in an undisclosed war-torn country, showing the awful impact of war on families and the difficulty of distinguishing between victims and villains.


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

Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm
Readings by Linda Besner and Laura Broadbent. Facebook event.


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 tmayhew@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344.

Tuesday, November 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Gilberte Fleischmann, volunteer meditation guide at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal on Taking care of yourself: how meditation can help manage caregiver stress.

Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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