Westmount Here & There
May 24, 2018
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Choeur Maha: Femna Tundra
On 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.
Vintage Hitchcock a Live Radio Play
Dramatis 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
Roundhouse Café’s 4th season launch
On Tuesday, May 29 at 2 pm, the Roundhouse Café’s 4th season launch will be held in the presence of Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, ambassador for The Roundhouse Café. This is your opportunity to enjoy native music and savour native cuisine! The event will be punctuated by musical performances featuring Moe Clark, Eadsé and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine. A meal will be served: Totem Pole Sandwich (salmon or vegeterian on bannock), an Indigenous flavored salad and sweet bannock.
Image: courtesy of the City of Montreal
The Montreal Welsh Male Choir Concert
On 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 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
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!
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.
Saturday, May 26 from 10 am to 4 pm
Launch: Lights, Camera, BINGO! Play BINGO this summer with the Westmount Public Library. Every time you watch a movie or TV show from the Westmount Public Library collection, you will receive an entry into a weekly draw, and fill up a spot on your BINGO card. Your completed card will be entered in a grand prize draw at the end of the summer. Launching on Family Day in Westmount Park. Visit the audiovisual department for your card and more information.
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 email@example.com
Wednesday, June 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – Birth of a Family (2017). With special guest Nakuset, Executive Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. Now all in middle age, Birth of a Family follows them through the challenges, trepidations and joys of their first steps towards forming their family. 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.
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)
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, 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.
Saturday, May 26 from 10 am to 4 pm
Launch of the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club. At Family Day in Westmount Park. Registration for the Reading Club starts Monday, June 11.
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)
Saturday, June 2 from 2 pm to 3 pm
Be Creative Series: Felting. Let’s get needle felting! with Susan Mitchell (BA in Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art). Would you like to make a 3D portrait of your pet? Or perhaps a character from a favourite story? With a bit of wool roving and a needle, you will make your own adorable little animals. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 14 years)
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, 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.
Thursday, June 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Helen Antoniou gives a talk on her new book, Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson, in conversation with Atwater Library President John Aylen.
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 24 at 7 pm
Readings by Arleen Paré and Marianne Apostolides. Curated by Deanna Radford. Facebook event.