Westmount Here & There
April 26, 2018
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
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, until Thursday, May 17.
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
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Wagner, Prokofiev And Holst Concert
On Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 pm at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform great works of the symphonic repertoire under the direction of Jean MacRae. The Orchestra will also have the honour of performing the world premiere of Leo Purich‘s Variations for Viola and Orchestra.
Tickets on sale via the members of the orchestra or at ojw.ca/shop/
More information at 514 395-9425 or ojw.ca
Fundraiser for NDG Food Depot
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
Sing We Merrily Concert
On Sunday, April 29 at 4 pm at St. Matthias’ Anglican Church, 131 Chemin de la Côte St-Antoine, corner Metcalfe, there will be a concert of Brittish sacred music by the St. Matthias’ Choir.
Directed by Scott Bradford, with special guest Mark McDonald, organist. Music by Purcell, Travers, Gibbons, Dove, and 2 cantates by Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the lamb and Abraham & Isaac.
Programmes are $20 at the door, all proceeds go to organ restauration.
Wine & Cheese reception after the concert.
Image: courtesy of St. Matthias’ Choir
7th edition of Parle-moi d’amour auction/exhibit
Les Impatients is pleased to present the 7th edition of Parle-moi d’amour auction/exhibit at Centre Wellington, 4932 Wellington, Verdun. Over a hundred pieces created by Les Impatients and professional artists and donated by collectors will be up for auction from Tuesday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 9. The guest artist will be Mathieu Cardin. The exhibit will be held on Tuesday, May 1 and the closing event on Wednesday, May 9, with a live auction of some 30 pieces, hosted by Chantal Lamarre.
Exhibit: Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 pm
Silent auction: Tuesday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 9
Closing event: Wednesday, May 9 at 6 pm, free admission
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm
More information at 514-842-1043 or visit parlemoidamour.impatients.ca
Centre Greene Book Sale
On Friday, May 4 from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, May 5 from 9 am to 2 pm, stop by Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, to explore a wonderful collection of books for sale!
All proceeds go to Centre Greene’s Summer Camp Fund to help families in need.
Information at 514 931-6202 or consult centregreene.org
Z4: Mozart in May
On Wednesday, May 9 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, enjoy an evening of Mozart, Mahler, and more with quartet Z4, winners of McGill University’s 2017 Chamber Music Competition. With Tong Wang on piano, Teresa Wang on violin, Julien Altmann on viola and Leah Plave on cello.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: Tong Wang
Let’s Talk Opera!
On Sunday, May 13 from 10:30 am to noon at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. 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.
Guest speaker: Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies
Artists: Frédérique Drolet (soprano), Sylvain Paré (tenor), Jennifer Szeto (piano)
Presented (in English) by L’Opéra de Montréal.
The event is free, but to reserve your place, please call 514 989-5226.
For more information, please visit their operademontreal.com
Tulips for breast cancer
From the third week of May until mid-June, Montreal Florist John Rodosousakis opens his tulip fields in Laval to support Breast Cancer Research. Choose from over 500,000 tulips of different varieties at this first of its kind U-Pick Tulip Field.
Entry fee: $5 for adults, $3 for children under 5 years
Cost per tulip: $1 with 15 cents going to the Pink in the City charity
The field is located at 4154 boulevard Dagenais O, Laval
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, April 30 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Thomas Mann. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, May 1 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – ScreenSmart and Mediawise: Strategies for Raising Children in a Digital Age with Alissa Sklar, Ph.D., Educational consultant. 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, May 2 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – The Fruit Hunters (2012). The film The Fruit Hunters travels across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are all devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. 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.
Thursday, May 3 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Eva Neisser Echenberg and Judy Klar Rasminsky. Authors of Walter’s Welcome: The Intimate Story of a German-Jewish Family’s Flight from the Nazis to Peru. 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 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.
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 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)
Monday, April 30 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – TBA. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.
Saturday, May 5
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)
Monday, May 7 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Be Creative Series: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop with Molly Bower (MA in Media Studies, University of Amsterdam). Get snapping! Learn to plan and create short videos using the stop-motion technique. You will use tools and supplies to snap and assemble photos into a unique animated video, by combining photography, your own creativity, and some movie magic. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 14 years)
Thursday, May 10 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Westmount Room.
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)
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 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.
Thursday, May 3 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Plum Johnson discusses her award-winning memoir They Left Us Everything, written as she grieved the loss of her parents during the long process of emptying the family home following her mother’s death.
Thursday, May 10 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Judy Rebick, one of Canada’s best-known feminists, discusses her new memoir, Heroes in My Head.
ATWATER LIBRARY TREATY READING GROUP
Thursdays, until May 10 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. Registration closed.
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, May 10 at 7 pm
Readings by Faizal Deen and Pamela Mordecai. 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.
Feature image: Tong Wang