Westmount Here & There
May 17, 2018

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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


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.

Image: peganum via StockPholio.net

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 launches The Westmount Green Self-Service Library, an open library where everyone is free to exchange, donate and borrow books that have as common subjects, green concerns, biophilia and nature. You are invited to come with a Green book to donate and then take one home; your pick from over fifty books. You have no book to donate? Don’t worry, you are more than welcome to participate in the green book exchange as borrowers.

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

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 wma-amw.org

Choeur Maha: Femna Tundra

Choeur Maha - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 at 7:30 pm at the Écomusée du fiers monde, 2050 Amherst, Montreal, Choeur Maha presents their Femna Tundra concert in a transformed pool artspace. From traditional Bulgarian folksongs to Argentinian feminist pop, Maha’s repertoire includes pieces from a diversity of genres and backgrounds. Maha is motivated to celebrate the amazing talent of artists who are underrepresented in the Quebec choral landscape, with a special space reserved for songs written by and for women.

Bar/door opens at 7 pm.
Tickets: $ 20, $15 students and seniors, at femnatundra.brownpapertickets.com
Visit choeurmaha.org for more information.

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 theatrewestmount.com
Suggested donation $10.

Image: courtesy Dramatis Personae

Westmount Family Day

On Saturday, May 26 starting at 10 am in Westmount Park, it’s Westmount Family Day!

For 43 years, there’s been no better way to start off your summer in Westmount. Bring your children and grandchildren and enjoy activities and games throughout the day. Come meet your neighbours and community groups. Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram with #westmountfamily.

A variety of foods and refreshments may be purchased throughout the day – organized by Café Mouton Noir, Girl Guides and Venturer Scouts.

10 am to 2 pm – Make-up booth (Gazebo)
10 am to 3 pm – Public Security child car seat inspection (Melville field)
10 am to 3:45 pm – Inflatable games (Melville field)
10 am to 4 pm – Eurobungee, sponsored by Hydro Westmount (Melville field)
10 am to 4 pm – Westmount Park train (Melville/de Maisonneuve)
10 am to 4 pm – Climbing wall (Melville field)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm – Pony rides, children 10 years of age and under (near Gazebo)
10:30 am to 4 pm – Petting zoo (near Gazebo)
10:30 am to 4 pm – Booths and displays. Come and see what your community has to offer (Walking path)
11 am to 4 pm – Handicraft and bake sale. Contactivity Seniors’ Centre (Walking path)
11 am to noon – Traditional and novelty races for all (Melville field)
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Games: Balloon and egg toss, tug of war (Melville field)
2 pm to 4 pm – Carnival booths. Tickets available at the info booth at 1:30 pm (Melville field)

Join Westmount’s Healthy City Project in making this year’s Family Day greener than ever. Please use the compost and recycling bins on site. Natural spring water will also be available throughout the day on site, so don’t forget your water bottle!

More information at 514 989-5353.

Image: Patricia Dumais

The Montreal Welsh Male Choir Concert

Welsh Male ChoirOn Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Montreal Welsh Male Choir is back, this time performing the Dylan Thomas story The Outing. The concert is filled with an eclectic mix of Welsh and English songs, along with a dramatic reading of this hilarious story.

Tickets: $20
Tickets at the door or in advance at Victoria Hall.
More information at 450 465-2092 or 514 989-5226

Image: Montreal Welsh Male Choir

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, info@tulipes.ca or visit tulipes.ca

Image: StockPholio.com

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 centregreene.org

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 contactivitycentre.org

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.

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.

Monday, May 28 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – François Mauriac. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, May 29 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – The Post (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.

Wednesday, May 30 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Interactive Books: An illustrated history of movable books before the pop-up
. This illustrated presentation by Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (PhD English Literature, McGill University) traces the historical trajectory of movable books and when they became connected with children. Jaqueline will share some facsimiles of early books, especially the “turn-up” book as well as other reproductions of playful books. She will also show some of the moveable books from the Westmount Public Library collection. 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.

Fridays, June 1 to 29 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Tales and Travels. The Tales and Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Spots are limited. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Daniel Míguez de Luca at 514 989-5530 or at dmiguez@westmount.org

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

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.

Monday, May 28 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Comment j’ai changé ma vie by Agnès Desarthe. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom.

Thursday, May 31 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Make Your Own Lift-the-Flap Book
. With Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (PhD English Literature, McGill University). After examining some examples of movable books ranging from spectacular pop-ups to simple lift-the-flap books, we will make a few of our own to take home. In the Westmount Room. (7 to 12 years)

And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library - WestmountMag.ca

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 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.

Wednesday, May 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm (not May 31 as earlier scheduled)
A Romeo and Juliet program features Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at McGill University and principal investigator of Early Modern Conversions, and Amanda Kellock, Artistic Director of Repercussion Theatre. During the summer of 2018 Repercussion’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park production is Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love.


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 24 at 7 pm
Readings by Arleen Paré and Marianne Apostolides. Curated by Deanna Radford. 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.

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Consult our community calendar for more events.