A look at events happening in and around Westmount
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
Orpheus Singers Concert: A Gentle Season
Come 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 orpheusmontreal.org
Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers
WMA Meeting – Your Pool, Your Voice
On Monday, April 16 at 7 pm in the Westmount Room of the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) invites residents to a meeting where they may express their opinion about a projected city swimming pool. Come and join the discussion and add your voice to the debate.
This Spring, the Westmount Healthy City Project will present a two-part series, Animal Smarts, on the many forms of intelligence that we are only just beginning to understand and appreciate in other species.
The first, on Tuesday, April 17 will feature two short films to be screened in the Westmount Room at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, at 7 pm. What Are Animals Thinking? is a PBS documentary that examines cognition in dogs, rats, pigeons, fish and bees. A short Q&A will follow before the second presentation of a TED Talk given by New York Times best-selling author Carl Safina entitled What Are Animals Thinking and Feeling?
The second part of this series will be presented on Tuesday, May 15 in the same venue. Admission is free.
On Wednesday, April 18 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a screening of Meditation Park (2017), directed by Mina Shum and starring Sandra Oh, Cheng Pei Pei, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar.
National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) is all about encouraging Canadians to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers. Last year, NCFD 150 was an event of unprecedented size and scope, which reached an astonishing number of people across the country and around the world. This year, you have the opportunity to join other Canadians in helping it take root as an annual tradition.
Free admission – tickets required (available at Victoria Hall and the Library). More information at 514 989-5226. canadianfilmday.ca
On Wednesday, April 18 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, take a cinematic trip back 50 years with Ciné-EXPO 67. Guest speaker Bruno Paul Stenson is a world authority on all things Expo 67. He will share amazing behind-the-scenes stories on Expo 67 as well as displaying part of his impressive collection of items from Man & His World. Digital formats, 16mm films and 35mm slides will light up the screen with fantastic Expo images, many of which you have never seen. Presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
Free admission – tickets required (available at Victoria Hall and the Library). More information at 514 989-5226.
In the Dark Shadow of Montreal : Westmount and the Metropolitan Challenge (1890-1939)
On Thursday, April 19 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 Harold Bérubé, Professor of History, University of Sherbrooke.
Early in the 20th Century, Montreal’s suburbs were confronted by the central city’s territorial ambitions. This lecture will explore the complex role played by Westmount and its municipal elites in Montreal’s “metropolitan revolution”. The city played a key role in building a balanced metropolitan government. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free for members and $5 for non members. Additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Gabriel Safdie
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents Dia de los muertos featuring the works of Gabriel Safdie from Thursday, April 19 to Thursday, May 17.
Meet the artist and Gallery Curator Victoria LeBlanc on Tuesday, April 24 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.
Image: Gabriel Safdie
Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church
On Friday, April 20 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, the public is invited to attend a Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W. The Climate Café is a non-religious event open to everyone, organized by Westmount Park United Church as part of its Faith in Nature Centre, a community committed to building lasting relationship and partnerships for the well-being of the environment. Come to meet the growing number of neighbours who are concerned and want to make a difference!
This month the topic is the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Climate Change Map. The interactives that accompany this giant floor map were prepared by the Canadian Museum of Nature and focus on learning about climate change, sea ice, habitat displacement and migration of northern Canadian species. Fun for the whole family!
On Sunday, April 22 from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm there will be an Earth Day Service at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W. The theme will be The Community of Nature.
This will be an outside service with guests, hymns and music, presentations and drumming. The service arises from the Faith in Nature Centre work of the church. It will present the several community groups who are based in the building and benefit many Westmounters and Montrealers.
All are invited to refreshments after the service, inside in Webster Hall. Visit the new Nature Niche, a unique space of education and action for the environment, actually in the worship space (sanctuary) of the church. More information at 514 937-1146 or email@example.com
Image: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church
Ballroom Blitz Dance Evening
On Saturday, April 28, from 8 pm to midnight, at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, it’s the Ballroom Blitz. Enjoy an evening of dance – ballroom, swing, rumba, and more – accompanied by a big band with 17 musicians. Cash bar.
Tickets: $25 at the door / $20 in advance (1 drink included). Available at Victoria Hall and the Library, and online at Eventbrite.ca More information at 514 989-5226.
The Burton Street Singers will host their ninth musical cabaret night on Saturday,April 28 at Kensington Presbyterian Church Auditorium, 6225 Godfrey, corner of Kensington in NDG, to raise funds for the NDG Food Depot. Performing as an octet as well as in smaller ensembles, these talented singers will offer songs in a variety of moods and styles – Renaissance polyphony, traditional voyageur paddling tune, Gaelic love song, contemporary close harmony and more. Come to support a good cause while enjoying a relaxed and entertaining evening!
Show is at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15; $10 for students and seniors; $5 for children 12 and under. Snacks and drinks will be for sale. For more information contact Phillipa Rispin at 514 481-9861 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: courtesy of the Burton Street Singers
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.
Wednesday, April 18 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 18 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.
Monday, April 23 from 10:15 am to noon World Book Day. Do you know why a rose is given on April 23 for World Book Day? Come to the Library to get a rose and find out how it all started! Join in for a special “readers to readers” session in which library staff will share their favourite new books with you over coffee and croissants. 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.
Tuesday, April 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm English Book Club – The Parcel by Anosh Irani. With Carly Vandergriendt. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, April 25 from 2 pm to 4 pm Film Club – The Florida Project(2017). Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. 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.
Storytimes resume on Tuesday, April 17.
Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months – in English) Wednesdays, Group A: 10:35 am to 10:55 am; Group B: 2:10 to 2:30
Babies and Books (0 to 18 months – in English) – Starts May 3 Thursdays from 11:15 to noon
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 10:30 am to 11 am
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, 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 years)
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. (9 to 13 years)
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… (13 years +)
Saturday, April 21 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. (9 to 13 years)
Sunday, April 22 from 2 pm to 3 pm Teen Tour Theatre Group presents Prince Ugly. With the Junior Tour Group. Written by Matt Buchanan. Directed by Aviva Wolman-Wener. Costumes by Alizee Millot. Prince William Xavier Hopkirk the Third is under an evil curse. He is the ugliest child in the entire Kingdom – so ugly that children run from his face. There is only one way he can break the spell: he must make one true friend. How will Prince Ugly (as everyone – even his parents – call him sometimes) learn the true meaning of friendship? In Victoria Hall. (4 years +)
Monday, April 23 at 4 pm Celebrate World Book Day: Clifford. With special guest Clifford the Big Red Dog. Join in for stories, songs and crafts with Clifford. (4 years +)
Wednesday, April 25 from 10 am to 11 am TD Blue Metropolis Children’s Literary Festival. Join in for a special reading by Montreal author and playwright Bonnie Farmer. Bonnie is the author of five children’s books. Her latest picture book, Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson’s childhood, won the 2016 Quebec Writers’ Federation prize for children’s literature. It was chosen by the Toronto Public Library Association as one of the books commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary. In the Westmount Room. (6 to 8 years)
Thursday, April 26 from 4 pm to 5 pm English Book Club – 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. (9 to 13 years)
Friday, April 27 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm Gaming at the Library. Play Rock Band, Wii, DDR games and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 years)
Saturday, April 28 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. (9 to 13 years)
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, 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.
Thursday, April 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm Lawyer Diane Skiejka of Éducaloi conducts an information session with Q&A on Protect Your Money From Financial Abuse and Fraud.
Thursday, April 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm Writer and publisher Linda Leith has a conversation with Phillip Ernest, author of The Vetala, a Sanskrit vampire novel.
ATWATER LIBRARY TREATY READING GROUP
Thursdays, April 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm The Atwater Library Treaty Reading Group, co-facilitated by Jocelyn Parr and Richard Cassidy meets in the reading room. Facebook page. *Cost of participation is on a sliding scale ($25-$50).
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, April 12 at 7 pm Readings by Hoa Nguyen and Erin Robinsong. Facebook event. UPDATE: To be joined by Sina Queyras. Reading with introduction by Gail Scott (Université de Montréal).
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 email@example.com or 514 935-7344.
Tuesday, April 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm Kate Griffin of the St. John Ambulance on Making your home safe.
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 Libraryincludes packets of seeds that we’re offering to the public.