Westmount Here & There
May 10, 2018

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Alexis Nihon - Mother’s Day contest - Mother’s Day
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On Saturday, May 12, let’s celebrate our mothers with a very special day.

From noon until 5 pm, take part in a family video shoot and photo session at the Street level, near Marshalls.

A free print picture and digital clip will be given to you and your mother as a gift.

Book an appointment to participate in this activity. Limited spots!

In addition to sharing a happy moment with the family, our participant mothers will receive a gift and have a chance to win $300 in La Vie en Rose gift cards!


The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Gabriel Safdie

Dia de los muertos - WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents Dia de los muertos featuring the works of Gabriel Safdie, until Thursday, May 17.

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


Let’s Talk Opera!

Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caOn 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

Animal Smarts Series

curious dogs - WestmountMag.caThis Spring, the Westmount Healthy City Project presents 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 second presentation, on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 pm in the Westmount Room at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, will bring the topic closer to home with local experts discussing the wild and domesticated animals around us, animal welfare legislation, animal therapy and changing mindsets and attitudes about animals.

Free admission, no reservations required.

Image: Trev Grant via

Perennial Plant Exchange and Sale

seedlings westmountmag.caOn Thursday, May 17 in Westmount Park near the Westmount Public Library. Exchange your perennials for something new! NO goutweeds, annuals, houseplants or shrubs accepted. Your plants to exchange must be healthy and have: a pot with soil, roots and a clear label.

4:30 to 6 pm – Plant drop-off and voucher distribution
6 pm to 6:30 pm – Exchange

6:30 to 7:30 pm – Sale open to all. Plants may be purchased for $2 each.

Compost available – bring a container.
More information at 514 989-5226.

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Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church

Westmount Park Church summer - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, May 18 from 7 pm to 9 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 Climate Café hosts The Green Book Exchange. Bring a book, get a book, recycle, share and connect!

The event is free with a donation-based café of drinks and light refreshments.
For more information contact Rev. Neil Whitehouse at

Image: Patricia Dumais

WMA Annual General Meeting

logo WMA WestmountMag.caThe Annual General Meeting of the Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) will take place on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Reception: 6:30 pm
Meeting: 7 pm
There will be a round-table discussion: Making Westmount an Accessible Community
Awarding of the Derek Walker Volunteer of the Year Award

A reminder to WMA members that annual membership fees of $10 for individuals and $15 for families, are due by the date of the Annual General Meeting. You can join or renew via Paypal or mail your cheque to: PO Box 653, Succursale Victoria, Westmount, Qc H3Z 2Y7.

For more information go to

Vintage Hitchcock a Live Radio Play

Vintage Hitchcock - WestmountMag.caDramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre group, presents Vintage Hitchcock a Live Radio Play by Joe Landry at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Directed by Christopher Moore.

You are invited to be a member of the studio audience during the broadcast of three vintage Hitchcock radio thrillers, The Lodger, Sabotage, and The 39 Steps. You will be brought back in time to the 1940s when actors played many roles to the accompaniment of chilling music and live sound effects performed with an assortment of found objects. Please bring a friend. You might find it too scary to go home alone afterward.

Friday, May 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 26 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Monday, May 28 at 8 pm

It is advisable to reserve your place now at
Suggested donation $10.

Image: courtesy Dramatis Personae

Tulips for breast cancer

tulips - WestmountMag.caFrom 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

More information at 450 639-5145, or visit


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!

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, May 16 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.

Tuesday, May 22 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – The Dante Hardware and Mezza Luna Story with Elena Faita, Montreal’s Italian chef, teacher and entrepreneur. 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.

Tuesday, May 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, May 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Gaudi, l’architecte controversé et admiré de Barcelone. With Sylvie Coutu, Art History Educator. 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.

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)
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, 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.

Monday, May 11 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Mother’s Day Craft (4 years +)

Saturday, May 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover!
Drop off your stuffed animal Saturday at 6 pm, wear your pj’s and stay for a story or two. Leave your stuffed animal at the Library for a sleepover and pick it up on Sunday, May 13. In the Westmount Room. (4 to 8 years)

Monday, May 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Be Creative Series: Puppetry with Jesse Stong (National Theatre School). Unleash Your Inner Monster! Join in for an interactive workshop with hands-on activities to learn basic puppetry skills. Have fun imagining amazing characters through dynamic group and individual drama games using puppets. In the Storytime Room. (9 to 14 years)

Friday, May 18 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Play Rock Band, Wii, DDR and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 years)

Thursday, May 24 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – The 13-story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.

And over at the Atwater Library…

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, 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.

Thursday, May 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Ellie Clavier-Rothstein reflects on Charles Dickens’ visit to Montreal in May 1842 and Andrew Macdougall gives a dramatic reading of Bob Sawyer’s Party from The Pickwick Papers.

Thursday, May 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Peter McNally, McGill University professor and royal family enthusiast, gives a talk to mark Victoria Day.


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.


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 Pamela Mordecai and Sarah Tolmie. Curated by Deanna Radford. Facebook event.

Thursday, May 24 at 7 pm
Readings by Arleen Paré and Marianne Apostolides. Curated by Deanna Radford. Facebook event.


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 or 514 935-7344.

Tuesday, May 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Music therapy with Sandra Tickner-Broadhurst, music therapist.


Tuesday, May 15 at 6 pm
The Annual General Meeting of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre will take place in the reading room on the main floor. The meeting will feature reports by the President, Treasurer and the Executive Director, presentation of audited financial statements for 2017, and election of the board of directors for the year ahead. Everyone is welcome.


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

Wednesday, May 16 from 7:30 to 9 pm
The Door by Magda Szabo translated from Hungarian by Len Rix. A brilliant story about the relationship between two women in mid-20th century Budapest.


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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Feature image: Deena

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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