Westmount Here & There
January 17, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Group Exhibition

gallery at victoria hall westmountThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring artists Caroline Benchetrit, Hubert Cachat, and John Reimann from Thursday, January 17 to Friday, February 15, 2019.

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

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

Let’s Talk Opera!

Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caSunday, January 20 from 10:30 am to noon at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Champion by Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer. 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) by L’Opéra de Montréal.
The event is free. To reserve your place, call 514 989-5226.
For more information, please 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

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, January 18 to February 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Tales & Travels Series. A weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Full details at 514 989-5530 or In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, January 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – The Philistine by Leila Marshy. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, January 23 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, January 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Toucher le ciel : comment je suis devenue la première femme à monter au sommet du Mont Logan en solo. With Monique Richard, Mountaineer. In French followed by a bilingual question period. 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.

Saturday, January 26 at 2 pm
Saturday Cinema – The Caregiver’s Club (2018). Directed by Cynthia Banks. Free, no ticket required. In Victoria Hall.

Tuesday, January 29 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Colette (2018). Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In Victoria Hall.

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.


Storytimes resume January 22.

photo: Westmount Library mascot

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, Group A: 10:35 am – 10:55 am; Group B: 2:10 pm to 2:30 pm

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

Friday, January 25 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Join in on Friday afternoons for Rock Band, Wii, DDR and more! Snacks will be served. In the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 years)

Monday, January 28 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Le mystère du gang masqué by Ken Follet. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom.

Thursday, January 31 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club –The Sisters Grimm, book one: fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. (9 years +) In the Westmount Room.

Saturday, February 2
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)
In the Storytime Room.

2019 McEntyre Writing Competition

This year’s theme: It’s Okay to be Different

Peter McEntyre was the Mayor of the City of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. He set up a trust fund to support an annual writing competition to encourage young people to think about the idea of community, and to learn more about their own communities.

You may compete if you go to school in Westmount (elementary or secondary, grades 1–11), live in Westmount, or are a member of a library in Westmount.

Submit your entry to the Children’s Desk, Westmount Public Library, no later than 9 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.

To find out how to participate, please visit the Library’s website.

More information at 514 989-5229

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, January 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
World traveller and photographer Muslim Harji gives a presentation on Burma: The Lost Paradise. He will discuss “the gentle people, stunning landscape, beautiful monuments, spiritual practices, religious beliefs, culture and foods.”

Thursday, January 24 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
In honour of Robbie Burns Day, poet and musician Ilay Ian Charles Ferrier (aka Ian Ferrier) performs his poetry with accompaniment by clarinetist and composer Louise Campbell.

Friday, February 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate Black History Month, the Imani Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.

Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Lindsay Memorial Foundation.

Wednesday, January 23 from 1:45 pm to 3 pm
McGill University law students with Pro Bono Students Canada conduct a free public presentation on How to Settle an Estate. Everyone is welcome. No advance registration.


Thursday, January 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Poet and musician Ian Ferrier leads an Atwater Writers Exhibition memoir writing activity, Moments in the Story of Your Life. Participants will be encouraged to write and craft the story of their moments, and if interested, to pick up a microphone and read what they write to the group. Free and all are welcome. No registration necessary. More information at Generously supported by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Saturday, February 2 from 10 am to 4 pm
Day one of a two-day Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) project workshop led by Drawn & Quarterly’s Tom Devlin for grownups and kids, aged 12 and up. Tom Devlin will provide a short history of and practical rules for comics story construction from his own point of view. Participants will gain the tools for creating a graphic novel, and will leave with their own four-page comic. Free, with all materials provided. For more information and to register, contact Elise Moser at (Day two is Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 4 pm.)

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

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