Westmount Here & There
November 29, 2018

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Anthony Hobbs

painting Anthony Hobbs - WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents paintings by Anthony Hobbs until Friday, December 14.

Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm / Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5265.

Image: painting by Anthony Hobbs

Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church

Westmount Park Church summer - WestmountMag.caThe 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!

Climate Café relaunches this month with two vegetarian cooking classes. One on Thursday, November 29 at 6 pm, animated by Marva Johnson, and another one on Thursday, December 13 at 6 pm, animated by Rekha from Contactivity luncheons. Both event will be held in the WPUC kitchen.

5$ entry fee per event to cover for ingredients.
Places are limited so please RSVP at
For more information contact Rev. Neil Whitehouse at

Image: Patricia Dumais

Sacred Music for the Christmas Season

Ascension of our Lord church WestmountMag.caSunday, December 2 at 3 pm at the Ascension of Our Lord Church, 375 Kitchener, the members of the Parish invite the public to join them for an afternoon choral concert featuring Sacred Music for the Christmas Season, under the direction of Music Director and organist Dr. David Szanto. A reception will follow the concert.

There is no admission fee however a freewill donation would be appreciated.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards helping cover the cost of refurbishing the church’s beautiful heritage Casavant organ.

For more information call 514 932-3131 or email

Image: WikiMedia – Creative Commons

In Dulci Jubilo, a Christmas Concert

st-mathias church, westmount quebecSunday, December 2 at 4 pm,  St. Matthias’ Anglican Church, 131 Côte St-Antoine (corner Metcalfe), invites the public to its Christmas Concert In Dulci Jubilo with the St. Matthias’ Choir and a Brass Ensemble. Music by Praetorius, Pachelbel, Pinkham, Schafer, Gabrielli and Scheidt. Featuring Musical Director Scott Bradford and Alexis Basque at the trumpet.

Free will offering, reception follows.
More information at

Image: St. Matthias’ Anglican Church / Westmount Historical Association

Film Screening – The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science

Mayo Clinic PBS - WestmountMag.caTuesday, December 4 at Jeanne Sauvé House, 1514 Dr Penfield, Montreal, join Mountain Lake PBS for a screening of the latest Ken Burns documentary, The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science.

This event will explore the founding of the Mayo Clinic and discuss healthcare in the US and Canada in a discussion featuring guest Dr. Claude Deschamps, President & CEO, UVMHN Medical Group and former Mayo Clinic Chief of Surgery. Moderated by Mountain Lake PBS’ Thom Hallock.

Refreshments 6:30 pm / Film 7 pm
Info and RSVP:

Image: PBS

Barbara Lewis: An Old Fashioned Christmas

Barbara Lewis - WestmountMag.caWednesday, December 5 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Barbara Lewis celebrates the holiday season with a beautiful selection of Christmas music guaranteed to warm your heart.

With special guest, Cherylyn Toca.

Free tickets available at Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library.
More information at 514 989-5226

Image: courtesy Barbara Lewis

Chanukah Celebration

chanukah menorahOn Thursday, December 6 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, the City of Westmount, in collaboration with Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and Temple Emmanu-El-Beth Sholom, invite the community to celebrate the festival of lights.

Candle lighting and reception at the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, 401 Kensington, followed by ceremonial lighting outside City Hall.

Friends from all backgrounds, faiths, and religions are welcome!
Information at 514 989-5226.

Image: via

Candlelight Christmas 2018

Lyric Theatre Singers - WestmountMag.caThe Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia’s beautiful Loyola Chapel, 7121 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, to present their highly anticipated Candlelight Christmas concerts from December 6 to 9.

Musical director Bob Bachelor and the Singers present fresh and unique arrangements of carols, holiday standards and rare gems, ranging in styles from Celtic and Gospel to Pop and Swing, including Traditional, Jazz and seasonal Broadway tunes. Lyric’s rich sound is further enhanced by a small but impressive team of musicians: Chad Linsley (piano), Sheila Hannigan (cello), Tim Malloch (flute), Robin Best (harp), Carolyn Peters (violin), and Chris Barillaro, returns to Lyric to take up his position on keyboard and percussion for the festive musical feast.

Show dates and times: Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7 at 8 pm ; Saturday, December 8 at 4 pm ; and Sunday, December 9 at 1:30 pm.

General admission seating – wheelchair accessible
Tickets: adults $30 / students and seniors $28 / children 12 and under $14
Parking $6 on Campus, adjacent to the Chapel
Box Office: 514 743-3382, or

Image: courtesy of The Lyric Theatre Singers

The People’s Gospel Choir Concert

peoples gospel choirThe Rotary Club of Westmount presents its annual concert featuring the People’s Gospel Choir on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 pm, in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

In addition to Holiday favourites, the Choir and special guest Sylvie DesGroseilliers will perform an exceptional tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Tickets: $25 adults / $10 children under 12. Cash only.
Tickets available at Victoria Hall or purchase online at Eventbrite.
More information at 514 935-3344

Image: courtesy of the People’s Gospel Choir

Neighbourhood Carolling

caroler dollsOn Sunday, December 9 from 1 pm, there will be an afternoon of carolling at the Westmount Lawnbowling Club House, 401 Kensington. Bring your family and join your neighbours for an afternoon singing all your favourite holiday songs!

Hot beverages and soft drinks will be served. Please bring a sweet or savoury treat to share. Donations will be accepted for Chez Doris, The Open Door and the Old Brewery Mission.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Janet Beasley via

International Human Rights Day / Sing-Along Messiah

Christ Church Cathedral Martin New Montreal in Pictures WestmountMag.caMonday, December 10 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 635 Sainte-Catherine W (McGill Metro), there will be an interfaith event honouring the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Doors will be open at 4 pm for conversation, tea and an opportunity to sign letters of support for victims of injustice as suggested by Amnesty International. The formal programme of music, readings and prayers starts at 5:30.

More information at

And on Saturday, December 15 at 4:30 pm, singers are invited to join a great Christmas tradition in Montreal, the ever so popular Sing-Along Messiah.

The concert starts with a dress rehearsal of the chorus parts, followed by a shortened execution of the Messiah, including professional soloists as well as an orchestra of “la crème de la crème” of the Schulich Music School of McGill University, all under the direction of the marvellous raising conductor, Walter Mahabir.

Donate to the Messiah fund at 

Image: Martin New – Montreal in Pictures

27th Annual Toy Tea

Toy Tea - WestmountMag.caWednesday, December 12 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, it’s the 27th Annual Toy Tea with more than one dozen Montreal school choirs performing throughout the day.

Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no entrance fee, but guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy for children aged 13 and under.

For teenagers, there is a collection to purchase gift cards at various Montreal stores.

For more information visit 

Image: courtesy Toy Tea Montreal

Dramatis Personae’s Imagine This…

Dramatis Personae - WestmountMag.caDramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre, presents its Fall production for 2018, Imagine This… , a selection of six short and quirky plays directed by Christopher Moore. Enjoy a show that promises to take you out of the ordinary and into other imaginary places.

In the Lodge Room of Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm
Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm
Monday, December 17 at 7:30 pm

Admission: suggested donation of $10.
Limited seating. Reserve at
More information at 514 484-2016.

Image: courtesy of Dramatis Personae

Handel’s Messiah

Ensemble Caprice - WestmountMag.caFriday, December 14 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Award-winning Montreal group Ensemble Caprice will perform Handel’s Messiah.

Tickets: $10
Available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online at
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy Ensemble Caprice

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

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.

Fridays until December 14 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Tales and Travels. A weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Registration is required and spaces are limited. More information at 514 989-5530 or at In the Westmount Room.

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

Wednesday, December 5 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Documentary Film Club – As The Crow Flies (2016). As the Crow Flies follows a group of the top young Royal Canadian Air Cadets as they undergo seven weeks at an elite flight-training camp to get their pilot’s license, which normally takes six to eight months. 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.

Wednesday, December 12 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 Westmount Room.

Wednesday, December 12 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor. With Grace Powell, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. 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.

photo: Westmount Library mascot

Until November 29

Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds)
Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 11 am

Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 year olds – in French)
Tuesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Books for Babies (14 to 24 months)
Wednesdays, Group A: 10:10 am to 10:30 am; Group B: 11:10 am to 11:30 am

Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months)
Wednesdays, 10:35 am – 10:55 am

Storytime & Craft (4 to 6 year olds)
Wednesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Caring Paws (7 to 13 year olds)
Wednesdays, 5 pm to 6:30 pm

4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds)
Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

Saturday, December 1 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Writing Workshop for Tweens. With Andrew Katz, MA in Creative Writing. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 13 years)

Thursday, December 6 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)

Thursday, December 6 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. (9 years +)

Saturday, December 8 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Writing Workshop for Tweens. With Andrew Katz, MA in Creative Writing. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 13 years)

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, December 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author and collector Peter Blair presents Scotland in 3D. Prepare to be astounded by Victorian ingenuity and the beauty of Scotland. 3D glasses will be provided.

Thursday, December 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
A trio of singers from Opéra Café Concert collective sing Christmas carols and seasonal favourites: Christine Jay, soprano; Jaime Sandoval, tenor; and Léo McKenna, bass-baritone. Facebook event.


Friday, November 30 from 2 pm to 4 pm
What’s in a Description? Poems About Art — A Fun Writing Activity For All. Come have some fun at a short writing activity with poet Domenica Martinello. From Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn to Morgan Parker’s poems about Beyoncé songs, explore poems about art and write a few of your own. FREE and open to all. For more information email


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

Wednesday, December 12 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
A discussion on The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien.

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Bouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.caConsult our community calendar for more events.

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