Westmount Here & There
February 8, 2018

A look at events happening in and around Westmount


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.

To find out if you are eligible or to make a claim read Residents may be eligible for compensation
or visit

Image: Somtl (Own work)

The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Mona Agia and Rasa Pavilanis

painting Mona Agia - WestmountMag.caThe 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


Les Amis de la Montagne Public Forum

emerald ash borer - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, February 8 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in the Activity Room of the Saint-Nom-de-Marie boarding school, 628 Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, Les amis de la montagne presents a public forum entitled How will the Emerald Ash Borer affect the future of Mount-Royal forests?

Citizens are welcome to attend this public forum on the state of Mount Royal’s natural environment and the important campaign to fight against the emerald ash borer on the mountain. Topics discussed will include mobilization efforts and concerted action against the mountain infestation, strategies adopted and actions taken to maintain the integrity of Mount Royal’s natural environment. Specialists from the City of Montreal will present the actions in progress and answer questions from the public.

For more information and to register visit

Image: courtesy of Les amis de la montagne

Marie-Josée Lord in Concert

Marie-Josée Lord - WestmountMag.caOn 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.

Tickets: $30
Available at Victoria Hall, the Library, and through Eventbrite.
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Laurence Labat

Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

pancakes - WestmountMag.caOn 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

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WHS Talk: Terrariums

terrarium - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, February 13, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents Terrariums with Sheena Swirlz, Coordinator of Homesteading and Urban Agriculture workshops at Concordia University. Terrariums are a popular new way to grow plants in a mini eco-system. Join Sheena as she demonstrates how to build a bowl terrarium and share best practices on growing low maintenance plants and keeping them healthy.  

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $5.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: Sonny Abesamis via

Repurposing churches: Westmount and Montreal

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn 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

Tuques Bleues Benefit Event

snowshoe sign - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, February 15 from 5:30 pm to 10 pm at Smith House and the Mount Royal Chalet, Les amis de la montagne presents its annual Tuques Bleues Benefit Event. Inspired by the Montreal Snowshoe Club’s treks up Mount Royal in the 19th century, this exceptional outdoor event features a timed snowshoe race or walk up the mountain followed by an evening of fine food, music and entertainment at the Mount Royal Chalet. Proceeds help finance environmental conservation programs on Mount Royal.

For information and tickets visit

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.

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 In the Westmount Room.

Monday, February 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Russell Banks. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, February 20 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series –The Revolution of Artificial Intelligence with Alain Tapp, Ph.D. Professor at Université de Montréal and MLA member. 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, February 21 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 21 from 7 pm to 9 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 Kidsphoto: Westmount Library mascot

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, 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.

Thursday, February 22 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Westmount Room.

Friday, February 23 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. (9 to 13 years)


And over at the Atwater Library…

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, 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
Funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

Thursday, February 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Historian Rod MacLeod discusses making a trilingual graphic novel on Montreal’s 1913 Aberdeen School strike protesting anti-Semitism. The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is co-sponsoring this event.


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.


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.


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, February 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Susan Sofer, occupational therapist on Driving and Alzheimer’s disease

Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)

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