Westmount Here & There
February 1, 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
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 until February 23.
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
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
Mardi Gras pancake supper
On Tuesday, February 13 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, there will be a Mardi Gras Pancake Supper. On the menu: tea, coffee or juice, pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes and dessert.
$5 per ticket, or $3 for children under the age of 3. Tickets are available at the office ahead of time to guarantee a space. Tickets are also available at the door while supplies last.
All proceeds from this supper will go to Centre Greene’s Kids’ Kitchen Program. Come enjoy some pancakes for a good cause!
More information at 514 931-6202 or consult centregreene.org
Image: via StockPholio.com
Repurposing churches: Westmount and Montreal
On Thursday, February 15 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Winter 2018 Lecture Series, guest speaker David Hanna, Professeur associé, Études urbaines, UQAM; member of Westmount Local Heritage Council.
Repurposing churches is more an art than a science, as each church is distinct and each project unique. The speaker, former head of Montreal’s Quebec Religious Heritage Council, will present diverse cases of repurposing, chosen for their close adaptation to the original building and the qualities of the project.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non members.
Additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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.
Fridays until March 2 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Tales & Travels Series. The Tales & Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Registration is required and spaces are limited. For full details at 514 989-5530 or email@example.com. 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
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.
Monday, February 12, from 4 pm to 5 pm
Valentine’s Day Craft (4 years +). In the Storytime Room.
Sunday, February 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Teen Tour Theatre – Totally Red! A fun retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. Directed by Aviva Wolman-Wener (4 to 12 year olds) In Victoria Hall.
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.
Friday, February 2 from 12:30 pm 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 pm 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.
Thursday, February 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Writer and publisher Linda Leith marks the fourth anniversary of Mavis Gallant’s death by screening the film Paris Stories: The Writing of Mavis Gallant with Q&A.
*Attendees have the option of taking part in a free writing activity led by Linda Leith starting at 2 pm. No need to register for the film screening but please register for the writing activity with Elise Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.
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)
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, February 14 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other awards, this is a Vietnam War epic with an Americanized Vietnamese protagonist of divided heart and mind.
Feature image: Andrew Burlone