Westmount Here & There
March 29, 2018

A look at events happening in and around Westmount


Alexis’ Terrace
Discovery Series

To get everyone ready for spring, Alexis Nihon is launching a brand-new event, Alexis’ Terrace – Discovery Series.

For five days, you can take part in free workshops held by experts in a variety of different fields.

The indoor terrace, which has been set up in front of Canadian Tire on the Metro level, will be open during lunch time. Come to learn new things, have fun and be inspired.

Here’s the program schedule:
April 3, 12 pm to 1 pm: Spring/Summer 2018 Make-up Trends with David Vincent, Lise Watier make-up artist
April 4, 12 pm to 1 pm: Urban Gardening with Mélanie Grégoire, horticulturist on Casa and Salut Bonjour
April 5, 12 pm to 1 pm: How to Shop Like a Stylist, with Isabelle Gauvin, stylist
April 6, 12 pm to 1 pm: Adventures in Virtual Reality, with Sébastien Coulombe, Co-Founder and President of MontVR
April 7, 1 pm to 2 pm: Creating Terrariums, with Mélanie Grégoire, horticulturist on Casa and Salut Bonjour

Click here or more info on Alexis’ Terrace

Call to artisans – Artisans Westmount 2018

Artisans Westmount logo - WestmountMag.caWestmount 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.

More information at 514 989-5226, or Facebook

Summer Concert Series: call for submissions

Summer Concert Series - WestmountMag.caThe 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

gallery at victoria hall westmountThe 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

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

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On April 19, put a price on your head

It’s now time to sign up for Leucan’s Shaved Head Challenge. For its fourth-time participation, Alexis Nihon has decided to be the first-ever shaving centre for the Montréal-Laval area. We definitely like firsts! The activity will take place on April 19, from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Leasers and retailers of the complex are invited to take up the challenge – either alone, in a team, or by simply making an donation online. Help to fund support and respite services for approximately 300 families in Québec that have a cancer-stricken child.

Since Leucan’s first Shaved Head Challenge in 2001, over 85 000 people have put a price on their heads! Be a part of the Leucan shaved-head family this year!

Sign up or donate here: AlexisNihon-Leuca2018


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 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.


The 2nd Annual Good Friday Migration for the Birds of the Technoparc wetlands

Least Bittern 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

book sale westmountmag.caOn Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place from 10 am to 5 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

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.

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Trio Iberia in Concert

Trio Iberia - WestmountMag.caOn 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

Orpheus Singers Concert: A Gentle Season

orpheus singersCome join the Orpheus Singers on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 pm for their A Gentle Season concert at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 137 Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Métro Place-des-Arts, bus 80).

Hear them sing repertoire by such masters as Thomas Morely, William Byrd, Orlando di Lasso and Robert Schuman as they usher in the concept of Spring, if not the real thing! Also on the program is La Bomba, an ‘ensalada’ by 16th-century Catalan composer Mateo Flecha.

Tickets are $20 at the door / students and seniors $15 at the door
More information at 514 693-1634 or go to

Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers

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.

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.

Wednesday, April 11 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – The Songs and Culture of the Psychedelic Era. With Craig Morrison, ethnomusicologist, author, teacher and musician. 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 11 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Carolyn Marie Souaid. Author of Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik. 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.

Spring Registration — in progress.

Saturday, April 7
4 to 6 year olds: 2 pm to 3 pm
7 to 12 year olds: 3 pm to 4 pm

Thursday, April 12 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – The Canning Season by Holly Horvath. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)

Saturday, April 14 from 2 pm to 3 pm
Children’s Memoir Writing – Images and Words. With Dr. Lara Bober, PhD in Educational Studies from McGill University. These workshops (April 14, 21,28) will explore the art of storytelling through words and drawing. Bookmaking and calligraphy techniques will also be explored. Children will leave the course with their stories beautifully presented and preserved in words and pictures. In the Westmount Room.

Sunday, April 15 from 10 am to 5 pm
Good Deeds Day – Volunteer opportunity. Let’s Do Good Together! Join millions of people from over 75 countries worldwide in doing good on Good Deeds Day. The first 25 people to sign up will get a free t-shirt! What can you do? Help: prepare for the TD Summer Reading Club (people who are creative and love to paint are needed); prepare crafts for the weekly programs; tidy up the Storytime Room; and more…

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…

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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, 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.

Thursday, April 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Hon. Donald J. Johnston gives a talk on his book, Missing the Tide: Global Governments in Retreat.


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

Wednesday, April 11 from 7:30 to 9 pm
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel.
“(A) book for both the new and experienced reader by the superstar Japanese writer”. – NYT.


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

Thursday, April 12 at 7 pm
Readings by Hoa Nguyen and Erin Robinsong. 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.

Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)

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Consult our community calendar for more events.

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