Westmount Here & There
March 1, 2018

A look at events happening in and around Westmount


Twenty-Sixth Annual Westmount Antiquarian Book Fair

antique book fair - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, March 10 from 10 am to 5 pm at Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, booksellers from Quebec and Ontario will offer for sale a wide variety of secondhand and rare books, dating from the 15th to 21st centuries, on subjects ranging from art to zoology and everything in between. Also antique maps, prints, ephemera and historical documents.

Admission: $3; children 10 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

More information at 514 935- 9581 or

gallery at victoria hall westmountInvitation to Artists

The Gallery at Victoria Hall welcomes proposals from Westmount artists for its next exhibition season, which will take place from September to August. This competition is open to emerging and professional artists residing in Westmount. Applications are considered for solo and group exhibitions.


February 15 to April 15
The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521 or

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

héma québec logoHéma-Québec Blood Clinic

The Héma-Québec Blood Clinic will take place on Wednesday, March 7 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.


The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Sara Colby

Sara Colby painting - WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Sara Colby from Thursday, March 8 to Thursday, March 29.

Meet the artist and Gallery Curator Victoria LeBlanc on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 pm.


Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521.

Protecting Our Heritage: Setting Up Westmount’s System

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, March 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 Mark London, Planning Advisory Committee chair 1987-93 and 1998-2001; past Executive Director, Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

In the 1980s and 90s, Westmount’s Architectural and Planning Commission set up an integrated system of heritage conservation. It rated every building in the city and linked this rating to a comprehensive set of guidelines. Mark London will discuss this initiative, which he led, and will touch on how it compares with efforts elsewhere.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non members.
Additional information at

Let’s Talk Opera!

Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, March 18 from 10:30 am to noon at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Sokolovic’s Svadba. Opéra de Montréal is proud to offer a series of in-depth discussions on each opera of the season right before the premiere, with musicologist Pierre Vachon, Ph.D., a pianist and a singer. Duration: 90 minutes with coffee break. Presented in English.

The event is free. Reserve your place at 514 989-5226.
For more information visit

Family Film Day – Oddball

Oddball movie - WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, March 18 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, join in for a movie and popcorn on Family Film Day. There will be a screening of Oddball (2015), the true story of an eccentric chicken farmer, who trains his mischievous dog to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save his seaside town. A fun film for the whole family!

Free tickets available at Westmount Public Library and Victoria Hall.
More information at 514 989-5226

The Importance of Your Eyes

The Importance of Your Eyes - WestmountMag.caThe Westmount Healthy City Project and the McGill University Health Centre Foundation (MUHC) are jointly sponsoring a presentation on The Importance of Your Eyes to be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 pm in the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W.

The presentation given in English by Miguel N. Burnier Jr., MD. MSc. PhD. FRCSC will cover the prevention and treatment of the most frequent ocular conditions and will describe how research and the development of new technologies are improving the early diagnosis and prevention of those conditions.

Free and open to all.
Register at

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 _WestmountMag.ca4574 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.

Wednesday, March 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, March 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words (2016). A self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker, Zappa first transcribed his avant-garde compositions onto paper at fourteen. This subtle, skillful montage constructed solely from historic footage is an energetic celebration of the outspoken maestro. Discussions are 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 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.

Storytimes take place until Tuesday, March 6.

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, March 1 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.

Saturday, March 3
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)

Monday, March 5 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
March Break Film Afternoon – Coco. The film will be shown in English. (5 years +)

Tuesday, March 6 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
March Break Film Afternoon – Wonder. The film will be shown in English. (7 years +)

Thursday, March 8 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)

Monday, March 12 from 4 pm to 5 pm — Saint Patrick’s Day Craft. In the Storytime Room. (4 years +)

Spring Registration — starting Wednesday, March 14 at 10 am.

McEntyre Writing Competition – An Unexpected Kindness
Peter McEntyre was the Mayor of the City of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. He set up a trust fund to support an annual writing competition to encourage young people to think about the idea of community, and to learn more about their own communities.

You may compete if you go to school in Westmount (elementary or secondary, grades 1–11), live in Westmount, or are a member of a library in Westmount. Submit your entry to the Children’s Desk, Westmount Public Library, no later than 9 pm on Friday, April 6.

To find out how to participate, please visit the Library’s website.


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, March 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Torill Kove presents her latest animated short, Threads, and discusses the process of making it.

Thursday, March 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
McGill Professor Jane Everett discusses Gabrielle Roy’s reflections on the lives of women.

Thursday, March 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
A St. Patrick’s Week program of words and music: Zan Cammack, PhD, Concordia University Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow in Irish Studies, gives a talk on Cathleen Ní Houlihan from Myth to Modernity, discussing the legend of the “poor old woman” as she evolved from myth to a nationalist icon and beyond, into contemporary Irish culture. And Dragún Bán musicians perform Irish songs.


Friday, March 9 from noon to 1:30 pm
Participants in the Atwater Library Seniors Helping Seniors Develop a Living History Collection project present videos and other media they made over the past few months. This public showcase event will feature light refreshments.

Friday, March 9 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Photographer Brian Merrett gives a presentation on the role of the artist in shaping the built environment. He will discuss Montreal examples such as protests against plans for the Ville-Marie Expressway, the fight to save Windsor Station, and the conservation of Shaughnessy House as part of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In collaboration with Concordia University Art History.

The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. From the highly respected American writer, the story of two sisters raised by a succession of relatives in a remote town. Hailed by Guardian Unlimited as one of the best 100 novels ever.

An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.

Saturday, March 17 at 7 pm
Readings by Larissa Andrusyshyn, Erín Moure and Gillian Sze. Facebook event.


As the winter progresses and the days get longer, why not consult some of our great books on gardening and plan your projects for the spring and summer? One example is The New Seed-starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel. Remember that our Seed Library includes packets of seeds that we’re offering to the public.

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