Westmount Here & There
December 7, 2017
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
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
Reykjavik Meets Helsinki
Reykjavik Meets Helsinki, an exhibition featuring oil paintings and drawings of Iceland by G. Scott MacLeod and photographs of Helsinki by Joe Donohue, continues at the Café de Mercanti, 6128 Monkland, Montreal, until December 31.
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.
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
On Sunday, December 10 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm in the Westmount Recreation Centre, 4675 Saint Catherine W, join in for a special Holiday Skating afternoon that is part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Music, hot chocolate, cookies, crafts, prizes and an ugly sweater contest!
A free event for the whole family!
More information at 514 989-5226
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
On Sunday, December 10 at 6 pm, there will be an evening of carolling at the Westmount Lawnbowling Club House, 401 Kensington.
Hot beverages and soft drinks will be served. Please bring a sweet or savoury treat to share. Donations will be accepted for Chez Doris, The Open Door and the Old Brewery Mission.
More information at 514 989-5226.
On Tuesday, December 12 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, the City of Westmount, in collaboration with Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and Temple Emmanu-El-Beth Sholom, invites the community to participate in this festival of lights at City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W.
With traditional activities and refreshments.
Information at 514 989-5226.
Image: via StockPholio.com
Voices of Hope Choir Annual Holiday Concert
On Tuesday, December 12 at 7 pm, the Voices of Hope Choir of the Jewish General Hospital presents their annual holiday concert at Westmount Baptist Church, 411 Avenue Roslyn (corner of Sherbrooke).
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Please bring a non-perishable item to the church’s food drive for those in need.
Ticket reservations at 514 340-3616.
Image: courtesy of the Quebec Association of Baptist Churches
Poetry, Prose and Music at the Visual Arts Centre
The event features the talents of Carolyn Zonailo, Stephen Morrissey, Branka Petrovic, Maria Montuori Caltabiano, Marie Dupuis, Milton Dawes, Ilona Martonfi, Greg Santos, Lady Rojas Benavente, Nelly Roffé and Jeffrey Mackie.
Doors open at 7 pm and readings begin at 7:30 pm. Admission at the door $6.
For more information contact Ilona Martonfi at 514 939-4173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre
The Montreal Welsh Male Choir
In a return engagement, The Montreal Welsh Male Choir presents Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. The concert is filled with traditional Welsh and English carols along with the reading of this Christmas story.
Tickets at the door or in advance at Victoria Hall.
Information : 514 989-5226
Image: Montreal Welsh Male Choir
Celebrating the Aline Gubbay photo archives
On Thursday, December 14 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Gallery of Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association holds its traditional December social. In summer 2017, the WHA began digitizing its entire photo archives. The public is invited to attend the December social, while viewing some of the images which are now inventoried, scanned, and conserved. This project was carried out with financial support from the City of Westmount and the Aline Gubbay Memorial Fund.
Additional information at email@example.com
Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church
On Friday, December 15 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 Sheila Buchanan of 10 000 Villages (Monkland Village). Learn about how fair-trade economies and care for the environment go together with examples of the trading relationships of 10 000 Villages around the world.
The event is free with a donation-based café of drinks and light refreshments.
For more information contact Rev. Neil Whitehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Patricia Dumais
The People’s Gospel Choir Concert
This year marks the choir’s 25th anniversary and a special guest will join them onstage – Juno-award winning performer Kim Richardson.
Tickets: $20 adults / $10 children under 12. Cash only.
Tickets available at Victoria Hall or purchase online at Eventbrite.
Image: courtesy of the People’s Gospel Choir
Lessons and Carols for Christmas
On Sunday, December 17 at 5 pm, St. Matthias’ Anglican Church, 131 Chemin de la Côte St-Antoine, presents Lessons and Carols for Christmas, featuring music from Renaissance to Ramirez with a full choir, peruvian harps, percussion and carol singing for all! With harp duo Robin Grenon and Gisèle Guibord, and organist and director of music Scott Bradford.
Admission: Freewill offering
Image: courtesy of St. Matthias’ Anglican Church
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 email@example.com
Monday, December 11 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Arnaldur Indriðason. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, December 12 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Frantz (2016). 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 13 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 13 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Paule des Rivières, Raynald Petit and Gabor Szilasi. Authors and photographer of Chemin faisant : Rencontres avec douze personnalités inspirantes. 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 20 from 7 pm to 8 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 Westmount Room.
Westmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids
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)
Saturday, December 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…
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, December 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Salvation Army Kettle Brass Ensemble plays Christmas favourites.
Thursday, December 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Members of The Orpheus Singers, conducted by Peter Schubert, perform a Bach motet and some Christmas carols.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, December 13 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. “(A)n extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century”, by the author of Eat, Pray, Love – author’s website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 514 935-7344.
Tuesday, December 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Linda Leclerc, laughter yoga trainer and founder of the School of Laughter Yoga. Laughing for no reason: What are the benefits? Holiday music and refreshments.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)