Westmount Here & There
November 16, 2017

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Important for residents of Westmount Districts 7 and 8:
NDG-Westmount Turcot Neighbourhood Committee meeting

Turcot exchange westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, November 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W, Westmount and NDG residents are invited to attend a public meeting organized by KPH Turcot and the Quebec Ministry of Transport concerning the impact of upcoming work on the Turcot Project and Autoroute 720 / Route 136.

Representatives of both organizations will present information on the upcoming project stages – particularly the dismantling of Autoroute 720 West, and the construction of the new Highway 136 – and on traffic flow planning, as well as noise and traffic mitigation measures. Concerned residents are urged to attend as this is an opportunity to obtain information on the latest developments of the project and to address questions to senior managers involved.

Image: Chicoutimi – Own work, CC0,

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 or at the door, 15 minutes before curtains.
More information at 514 934-0535.

Image: courtesy of Gleems Theatre

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 until 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

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

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

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

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 and

Hodie Christus Natus Est!

Hodie Christus Natus Est - WestmountMag.caThe members of the Ascension of Our Lord Parish invite the community to join in for an afternoon choral concert featuring Sacred Music for Christmas, under the direction of Music Director and organist Dr. David Szanto. The concert will take place on Sunday, December 3 at 3 pm in the church at Sherbrooke W and Clarke in Westmount. A reception will follow the concert.

There is no admission fee; however a freewill donation is appreciated. Proceeds from the concert will go towards helping cover the cost of refurbishing the beautiful Casavant organ.

More information at 514 932-3131 or at

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

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Events 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.

Tales and Travels
Fridays until 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

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
CANCELLED – 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.

Tuesday, November 28 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Our Little Sister
. 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, November 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – The Break by Katherina Vermette. With Carly Vandergriendt. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, November 29 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.

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

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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)

Monday, November 27 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – La bergère de chevaux by Christiane Duchesne. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

Wednesday, November 29 from 10 am to 9 pm
Winter Registration Begins.

Saturdays, December 2 and 9 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Cat & Katz Writing Workshop. With Andrew Katz and Catherine McGuire. (9 to 13 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, 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.

Wednesday, November 29 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
On the eve of St. Andrew’s Day, Don Nerbas, McGill University’s first Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies, shares his vision for deepening appreciation of the complex historical role of Scots in Canada, The Scots in Canadian History: A Reconnaissance.


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 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.


Thursday, November 30 from 5 to 7 pm
The Atwater Library and Concordia University co-host a public reception to showcase work by Concordia History and Art Education students whose classes were at the Library this semester, and participants in the Library’s Seniors Living History Collection project.


Friday, December 1 from 1 pm to 3 pm
The Atwater Library’s Canada 150 Video project conducts the finale showcase event.

Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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