Westmount Here & There
March 22, 2018
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Call to artisans – Artisans Westmount 2018
Westmount Community Events Advisory Committee (CEAC) is inviting artisans to participate in Artisans Westmount to be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11 in Victoria Hall. This event aims to showcase high quality, functional goods. All work is to be handmade by the artisans.
All interested artisans are invited to send the following information by Friday, April 6, 2018:
Name, address, phone number, email, website (if applicable) or one or two photos and a short description of your work.
Summer Concert Series: call for submissions
The Library and Community Events Department of the City of Westmount is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. The objective of this concert series is to bring live music to the public in a relaxed outdoor setting.
Concerts such as these Sunday afternoon programs provide wide exposure for live music from emerging or professional small jazz ensembles, classical, folk and pop groups.
In order to submit your candidacy, please send the following information by Friday, April 13, 2018:
– Your group’s demo on CD/DVD or USB or your band’s website link
– Your group’s availability or preferred dates (out of July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12)
– Your group’s cachet
Candidacies may be submitted by post or email to:
Victoria Hall Community Centre, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Westmount H3Z 1G1
More information at 514 989-5226
Invitation 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.
ANNUAL REGISTRATION PERIOD – February 15 to April 15
The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Sara Colby
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Sara Colby until Thursday, March 29.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521.
Westmount Earth Hour 2018
On Saturday, March 24 from 4:30 pm on, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Healthy City Project invites you to take part in international 2018 Earth Hour with a host of exciting activities – eco-fair with information displays, guest speakers, films, music and a café. This year’s theme is Zero Waste – Zero Emissions: What can we do to reduce our impact on climate change?
You can also join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada outside Victoria Hall to observe the stars and planets through their telescopes (weather permitting).
Help raise awareness about climate change by turning off your lights between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
Information at 514 989-5226.
Find out about Earth Hour events around the world at earthhour.org
Important for residents of Westmount Districts 7 and 8:
NDG-Westmount Turcot Neighbourhood Committee meeting
Note: This meeting will take place at Victoria Hall instead of City Hall.
On Wednesday, March 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Westmount and NDG residents are invited to attend a public meeting organized by KPH Turcot and the Quebec Ministry of Transport concerning the impact of upcoming work on the Turcot Project and Autoroute 720 / Route 136.
Representatives of both organizations will present information on the upcoming project stages – particularly the dismantling of Autoroute 720 West, and the construction of the new Highway 136 – and on traffic flow planning, as well as noise and traffic mitigation measures. Concerned residents are urged to attend as this is an opportunity to obtain information on the latest developments of the project and to address questions to senior managers involved.
Image: Chicoutimi – Own work, CC0, commons.wikimedia.org
The 2nd Annual Good Friday Migration for the Birds of the Technoparc wetlands
On Good Friday, March 30 from 10 am to noon, visit the birds of the Technoparc wetlands. A human migration to meet the birds of the Technoparc Wetlands threatened by development, this event is free and open to all.
Skilled birders, both English and French speaking, will be on site to guide groups of visitors around the trails and help identify the birds, their songs and their various and often remarkable behaviours. Birds of prey, bird feeder species, new spring arrivals and maybe even an owl or two could be seen on this day. At the end of the morning all the groups will come together to share their discoveries in a big bird count.
For instructions on how to get there, read the article Discover the wonders of the Technoparc Wetlands
Images: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library, all proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale.
More information at 514 989-5299.
Trio Iberia in Concert
On Sunday, April 8 at 2 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke, Trio Iberia’s Impressions d’Espagne will offer an afternoon of classical Spanish music with all the eastern nuances of flamenco. Presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée. With musicians Johanne Morin on violin, Julie Trudeau on cello and Michel Beauchamp on 7-string guitar.
Free tickets are available at Victoria Hall.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: courtesy Trio Iberia
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
Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre
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.
Monday, March 26 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Alice Ferney. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, March 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Eve and the Fire Horse. Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In Victoria Hall.
Tuesday, March 27 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – To the End of the Land by David B. Grossman. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, March 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Napoleon: Art and court life in the Imperial Palace. Grace Powell of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will give a sneak peek of the museum’s current exhibit which recreates the sumptuous ambience of Napoleon’s court from his coronation in 1804 to his exile in 1815. The exhibition brings together over 400 art works and objects, most of which have never been shown in North America. 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, April 4 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, April 4 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – Faces Places (2017). Agnes Varda and JR have things in common: their passion for images in general and more particularly questioning the places they are shown, how they are shared, exposed. Agnès chose cinema while JR chose to create open-air photo galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together and shoot a film in France. This film is about their friendship that grows during the shooting. 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.
Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 10 am to 5 pm
Friends of the Library Book Sale. All proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale. In Victoria Hall.
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.
Spring Registration — in progress.
Thursday, March 22 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. 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, March 23 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Join in on Friday afternoons for Rock Band, Wii, DDR and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 years)
Monday, March 26 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.
Saturday, April 7
4 to 6 year olds: 2 pm to 3 pm
7 to 12 year olds: 3 pm to 4 pm
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…
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 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Joe Schwarcz, PhD, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, gives a talk on Nutritional Advice: Is There a Solution to the Confusion?
Thursday, April 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The McGill University Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies co-hosts renowned editor, publisher and author Douglas Gibson for his show GREAT SCOTS: Canada’s Greatest Storytellers with Scottish Links.
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.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)