Westmount Here & There
January 25, 2018
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
SPECIAL NOTICE TO MONTREAL AND WESTMOUNT RESIDENTS
Claims Period Open in the Ville-Marie Highway Class Action
All persons who resided within 350 meters to the south and 170 meters to the north of the Ville-Marie highway, between Guy and De Carillon streets, between 1998 and 2000 are concerned by this class action and could get a compensation.
Image: Somtl (Own work)
Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade Queen Contest
Each year since 1956 the United Irish Societies of Montreal has organized a contest to select a queen and princesses for their annual parade. Originally called the Queen’s Pageant and held at the Sailor’s Club in Old Montreal, today the Selection Evening is a public speaking contest held at Plaza Centreville downtown. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, February 3.
Individuals interested in participating must be:
– Of Irish descent
– Single women, 18 to 25 years of age
– Permanent residents of the Montreal area
– Willing to attend functions during February and March, mainly on weekends
For more information visit montrealirishparade.com
Image: Eric Varasifsky – 2017 Queen and Princesses
HSI/Canada Annual Open House Event
On Thursday, January 25 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the HSI/Canada office, 4035 Saint-Ambroise, suite 320, Montreal, it’s the annual open house event. Join in for a night of cheer, delicious vegan food, and a silent auction featuring some beautiful, handcrafted items up for bid. Campaign managers will be on hand to inform guests all about the Humane Society of Canada’s life-saving work, and to learn more about what inspires them to help animals.
Drinks (wine, beer, soda) complements of HSI. Vegan food and beverages provided by Olive Orange, Buddhi Bistro and Rise Kombucha.
Free event, no need to RSVP.
Visit the event Facebook page.
Image: courtesy of HSI/Canada.
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Mona Agia and Rasa Pavilanis
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Mona Agia and Rasa Pavilanis from January 25 to February 23.
Meet the artists and gallery curator event: Tuesday, January 30 at 7 pm.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521.
Image: painting by Mona Agia
Coming soon! City of Westmount Winter Carnival
This year’s Westmount Winter Carnival takes place from Thursday, February 1 to Saturday, February 3. Consult the full schedule of activities.
Kick off the weekend’s festivities by attending a dinner and dance evening for families on Friday, February 2 at 5:30 pm. This year’s theme is Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog.
Dinner served between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Cash bar.
Tickets available at the Library and Victoria Hall.
Places are limited, so purchase your tickets in advance!
$12 for adults, $6 for children under 12.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Skating, old-fashioned sleigh rides, fun games on ice and a sugar shack await!
More information at Sports and Recreation, 514 989-5353.
In the event of inclement weather, some activities will take place in the Westmount Recreation Centre.
McGill Classics present Plautus’ Pseudolus
On Saturday, February 3 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, McGill Classics present Plautus’ Pseudolus. A worthy but impecunious young man has met the girl of his dreams. There’s just one hitch – she’s a courtesan about to be sold to a rich soldier from abroad. Can a wily, witty, fast-talking servant find a way to bring this farce to a happy ending? The Roman writer Plautus’ 2000-year-old comedy gets a 1930s makeover in this adaptation of a classical romp.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Freewill offerings accepted.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Marie-Josée Lord in Concert
On Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be an evening of music and poetry with renowned soprano, Marie-Josée Lord, and local legend, Doudou Boicel.
Available at Victoria Hall, the Library, and through Eventbrite.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: Laurence Labat
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.
Wednesday, January 31 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – A.Y. Jackson: The life of a landscape painter. With Wayne Larsen. 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, February 7 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, February 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – I am Not Your Negro (2016). In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. 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
Registration is required for all events. To register, present your child’s library card at the Children’s Desk. For more information, call 514 989-5229.
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, January 25 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Wonder by R.J. Palacio. 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)
Friday, January 26 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Join in on Friday afternoons for Just Dance, FIFA, NHL games and more! Snacks will be served.
Monday, January 29 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Lâchez les chiens by André Marois. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.
Saturday, February 3
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)
Thursday, February 8 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)
Saturday, February 10 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Library Drive-in Movie Theatre. Come build a cardboard box car and watch a movie at the Library Drive-in! In the Westmount Room.
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, January 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth, poet Rachel McCrum traces the radical lines of Scotland’s poetry from Burns to today, Scotland’s Firebrand Poets: From Robbie Burns to Jackie Kay.
Friday, February 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate Black History Month, the Imani Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.
Thursday, February 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Robert N. Wilkins, historian and author of Montreal 1909, brings us back in time for fascinating glimpses into Montreal life just over a hundred years ago.
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT
An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.
Thursday, February 8 at 7 pm
Readings by Trish Salah and Kai Cheng Thom. Curated by Deanna Radford. Event Facebook page.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)
Feature image: Andrew Burlone