Westmount Here & There
February 7, 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 until 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

City of Westmount Winter Carnival

Westmount Winter Carnival 2019 - WestmountMag.caWestmount Winter Carnival 2019 takes place from Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 9. Consult the full schedule of activities.

Thursday, February 7 from 12:30 pm to 3 pm.
Contactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W.
Tickets: $10. Reserve tickets by contacting the Contactivity Centre at 514 932-2326.

Friday, February 8 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.
Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Dinner served between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Cash bar. Please bring your indoor shoes!
Tickets: adult $12 ; 12 years and under $6. Available at Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library. Cash only.
More information at 514 989-5226 (Community Events Division).

Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 4 pm.
King George Park, Côte St. Antoine and Murray.
Skating, old-fashioned sleigh rides, fun games on ice and a sugar shack await!
More information at 514 989-5353 (Sports and Recreation).

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, some activities will take place in the Westmount Recreation Centre.

McGill Classics Theatre

McGill Players Euripides Cyclops - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, February 9 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, McGill Classics presents Euripides’ Cyclops.

No ticket required. Freewill offerings accepted.
More information at 514 989-5226.


WHS Talk: Flowers and Herbs for Heart Health

heart healthy herbs - Westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, February 12 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker clinical herbalist Annie Bazinet.

Owner of Dryade Herbalism, and presently working as a certified Herbalist at l’Alchimiste en herbe, Annie will share interesting facts and practical applications of flowers and herbs for your physical and emotional heart… very timely with Valentine’s day a blink away!

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $7.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: courtesy Westmount Horticultural Society

Parle-moi d’amour Auction/Exhibit

Parle-moi d’amour 2019 - WestmountMag.caLes Impatients are pleased to present their Parle-moi d’amour auction/exhibit at the Espace Danse in the Wilder Building Atrium, 1435 de Bleury, Montreal. Over 300 pieces created by Les Impatients, professional artists and donated by collectors will be up for silent auction from Wednesday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 27. This edition’s guest artists are Sophie Jodoin and Yann Pocreau. The closing event on Wednesday, February 27 will feature a live auction of some 30 pieces, moderated by auctioneer Laurent Berniard and hosted by James Hyndman. Admission is free except for the closing event.

Exhibit: Wednesday, February 13  at 5:30 pm.
Silent auction: Wednesday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 27.
Closing event: Wednesday, February 27 at 5:30 pm. Tickets for this event on sale for $25 starting February 1 on the event website:
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm ; Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 8 pm.

More information at 514 842-1043 or visit

The Local News: The Role of Westmount’s Newspapers in Shaping the Community

Westmount Historical Association logo WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, February 21 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents guest speakers Don Sancton, former editor and publisher of The Westmount Examiner, and David Price, founder and editor of the Westmount Independent.

Continuously for the past 84 years – since February 1935 – Westmount has been served by weekly newspapers, dedicated exclusively to it. They have not only told Westmount’s story, they have helped build and shape the community. Two people intimately tied to that history will discuss the role of these newspapers in the past and why a dedicated local voice remains crucial to the community today.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non members.
Additional information at 514 989-5510.

When Africa Ruled Empires

Mansa Munsa - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, February 22 at 8 pm and Saturday, February 23 at 3 pm and 8 pm, there will be a presentation of When Africa Ruled Empires at U.N.I.A., 2741 Notre Dame W (Metro Lionel Groulx).

U.N.I.A. hosts an educational awareness program each year in honour of Black History Month to raise funds for their scholarship programs. When Africa Ruled Empires focuses on positive aspects in Black History, through various monologues and scenes based on historical facts, exploring how Black people were the first parents of mankind with over 200,000 thousand years of culture. A collaboration with director Josa Maule and her school, MSOPA.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at or 514 846-0049.

Bowser & Blue: Local, Organic and Sustainable

bowser & blue westmountmag.caOn Saturday, February 23 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, local Montreal legends Bowser & Blue perform their show Local, Organic & Sustainable.

Cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Tickets: $30. Available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online at
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Bowser & Blue

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!

The Seniors’ Fitness Program is back!
Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm for $5 per class (financial assistance is available for seniors on a fixed income).
Classes will alternate bi-weekly between Afro-Caribbean Dance for a fun cardio workout and Seniors’ Yoga

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 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.

Wednesday, February 13 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series –  Financial Manias and Bubbles. With Jean Marier, Investment advisor. 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, February 18 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Emmanuel Carrère. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, February 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – A Family Journey with a Transgender Child with Kimberly Manning, Ph.D., Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia. 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.

Wednesday, February 20 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, February 20 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.

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.


Until March 7.

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

Thursday, February 7 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)

Thursday, February 7 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Launch – Winter StoryWalk® – Missuk’s Snow Geese with Anne Renaud. Join author Anne Renaud for the launch of the Winter StoryWalk® featuring her book Missuk’s Snow Geese. A StoryWalk® is a fun activity that places a children’s book along a path in Westmount park. Following the reading, there will be hot chocolate, snacks and crafts in the Westmount Room. Don’t forget to bundle up! Share your photos using the hashtag #WPLStorywalk.

Monday, February 11 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Valentine’s Day Craft. In the Storytime Room. (4 years +)

Thursday, February 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Come discuss some wonderful shorter books with other kids and practice your language skills. This book club is geared towards children who are learning English as a second language and love books. The group meets once a month. (7 years +)

Friday, February 22 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. (9 to 13 years)

2019 McEntyre Writing Competition

McEntyre Writing Competition logo - WestmountMag.caThis 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, February 7 from 1 pm to 2 pm
Brian Manker, Principal Cello of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, presents a program on cellists as political activists, centering around Casals, Rostropovich, and the “cellist of Sarajevo.”

Thursday, February 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Peter Pearson screens his 1980 film for CBC’s The Canadian Establishment profiling Paul Desmarais, Sr., then chairman of Power Corporation of Canada.

Thursday, February 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Mark Abley discusses his new book The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind, a memoir of his father and his younger self.


Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 4 pm
Day two 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. Registration closed.


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

Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.


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, February 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm
How to Make it Through: inspiring and helpful testimonials from caregivers followed by a panel discussion led by Christiane Proulx, counsellor at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal. With refreshments.


Thursday, February 21 from 4 pm to 6 pm
The Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) and the Association for English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) present a lively panel discussion with three publishers/editors who are part of a new wave – Antoine Tanguay (Éditions Alto), Linda Leith (Linda Leith Publishing | Linda Leith Éditions) and Peter McCambridge (QC Fiction). Please RSVP to

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

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