Westmount Here & There
November 23, 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
On 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.
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Bites of Life Theatre Series
Gleams 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
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Montreal Camera Club
The 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
Prince Albert Square Tree Lighting
On Thursday, November 23 at 6 pm there will be a tree lighting at Prince Albert Square (Prince Albert and Sherbrooke) with music, hot chocolate and more.
In collaboration with the Victoria Village Merchants Association.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Antique and Vintage Show Fundraiser
An Antique and Vintage Show Fundraiser for Westmount Park United Church will take place Saturday, November 25 from 9 am to 4 pm, at 4695 de Maisonneuve W.
Featuring 25 top quality dealers from across Quebec and Ontario selling mid century design, vintage, estate jewellery, watches, coins, antique furniture, nostalgic items, collectibles, textiles, early silver and much, much more!
Admission is $8, under 12 free.
More information available at montrealantiqueshow.com
Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair 2017
The 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.
Reykjavik Meet Helsinki
Reykjavik Meets Helsinki, an exhibition featuring oil paintings and drawings of Iceland by G. Scott MacLeod and photographs of Helsinki by Joe Donohue, opens at the Café de Mercanti, 6128 Monkland, Montreal, on Thursday November 30. The vernissage will be from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The works are based on MacLeod’s 2017 art residency at sim.is in Reykjavik, Iceland and Donohue’s recent trip to Helsinki, Finland. Both MacLeod and Donohue were inspired by the light and design in both Iceland and Finland, and also by the Nordic social welfare system with universal health care and free education. The UN
states that the Nordic countries are the most-developed on the planet and that their natural world and green energy policies are well in place. These paintings, drawings and photographs are a celebration and reminder of how better we can mind our society and planet.
The Café de Mercanti is open every day from 7 am to 6 pm.
Hodie Christus Natus Est!
The 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 email@example.com
Image: courtesy of the Ascension of Our Lord Parish
The Héma-Québec Blood Clinic will take place on Wednesday, December 6 from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Give the gift of life.
More information at 514 989-5226 (Victoria Hall) or Héma-Québec.
On Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm, join City Council members for this holiday celebration in the Lawnbowling Club, 401 Kensington. Activities, hot chocolate and treats, followed by the tree lighting outside of City Hall.
Suggested donation of non-perishable food items.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Candlelight Christmas 2017
The Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia’s beautiful Loyola Chapel, 7121 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, to present their highly anticipated Candlelight Christmas concerts from December 7 to 10. Musical director, Bob Bachelor, and the Singers present fresh and unique arrangements of carols, holiday standards and rare gems, ranging in styles from Calypso, Celtic, and Gospel to Pop, Broadway medleys, and Chanukah favourites, sung in both official languages
Show dates and times: Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at 8 pm ; Saturday, December 9 at 4 pm ; and Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 pm.
General admission seating – wheelchair accessible
Tickets: adults $30 / students and seniors $27 / children 12 and under $14
Parking $6 on Campus, adjacent to the Chapel
Box Office: call 514 743-3382 or go to lyrictheatrecompany.com
Image: courtesy of The Lyric Theatre Singers
Dramatis Personae’s Bits From The Bard
Dramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre, will be giving four performances of Bits From The Bard, ten scenes from Shakespeare, mostly well-known comedies, including Twelve Minute Night, a Shakesperean parody by John Owen Smith, topped off with a couple of favourite tragic scenes.
In the Lodge Room of Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Directed by Christopher Moore.
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 10 at 2 pm and 5 pm
Monday, December 11 at 8 pm
Admission: suggested donation of $10.
Reservations and information at theatrewestmount.com and 514 484-2016.
Image: courtesy of Dramatis Personae
Birth and Renewal
On Saturday, December 9 at 4 pm at Saint-Matthias Church, 131 Côte-Saint-Antoine, Montreal’s vibrant a capella chamber choir, Seraphim, presents a Christmas concert entitled Birth and Renewal, under the direction of John Guzik.
Adults – $15
Seniors and students – $10
Children – $5
More information at seraphimmontreal.com
Image: courtesy of Seraphim
Come join the Orpheus Singers on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm for their Bach-Mozart Concert, at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 137 Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Métro Place-des-Arts, bus 80).
Let the award-winning Orpheus Singers ring in this holiday season with two beautifully contrasting choral works. The first, a motet by J.S. Bach entitled Jesu meine Freude (BWV 227), is representative of the high baroque style. The second work on the program is the Missa Brevis K.192 by W.A. Mozart. Composed by the young Mozart when he was only 18 years old, this mass, which will be performed with organ and strings, is very lyrical in the classical tradition. Of course, no concert would be complete without a few holiday favorites, to escort us with good cheer into the New Year.
Tickets are $20 at the door / students and seniors $15 at the door
More information at 514 693-1634 or go to orpheusmontreal.org
Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers
Centre Greene Activities
Centre 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 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
Events at Westmount Public Library
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wednesday, December 6 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – A Presentation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. With Andrew MacDougall. 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, December 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – Roger d’Astous (2016). One of the most important Canadian architects of the twentieth century and a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Roger d’Astous worked all his life to create a nordic architecture. This film embarks on a journey through his exceptional projects including his pavilions at Expo 67 and the Athletes Housing Complex for the 1976 Olympic Games. 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 Kids
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
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. In the Boardroom.
Tuesday, November 28 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Author Visit – Anne Renaud. Join author Anne Renaud for a celebration of her latest book: Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament. Crafts, snacks and stories! In the Westmount Room.
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)
Thursday, December 7 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 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 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.
Thursday, December 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Salvation Army Kettle Brass Ensemble plays Christmas favourites.
MECHANICS’ DAYS VERNISSAGE
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.
CANADA 150 VIDEO 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