Westmount Here & There
February 21, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Gallery at Victoria Hall – Invitation to Artists

gallery at victoria hall westmountThe Gallery at Victoria Hall welcomes proposals from Westmount artists for its next exhibition season, which will take place from September 2019 to August 2020. This competition is open to emerging and professional artists residing in Westmount. Applications are considered for solo and group exhibitions.

February 15 to April 15
Visit the Gallery page to see how to apply and what to include in your proposal.

More information at galerieart@westmount.org or 514 989-5265

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

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 until 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.

Silent auction: until Wednesday, February 27.
Closing event: Wednesday, February 27 at 5:30 pm. Tickets for this event on sale for $25 on the event website: parlemoidamour.impatients.ca
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 parlemoidamour.impatients.ca

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 unia.mtl.334@gmail.com 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 Eventbrite.ca
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Bowser & Blue


vegetarian foods carrots walnuts kale strawberries - 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!

On Wednesday, February 27 at 6 pm, learn about edible insects with cricket farmer Benoit Daoust. Bilingual talk with delicious samples!

RSVP by Sunday, February 24 at faithinnature.wpuc@gmail.com
Location: Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W.
For more information contact Rev. Neil Whitehouse at westmountparkuc@videotron.ca

Image: Pixabay.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!

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 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


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, February 26 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – The Wife (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.

Tuesday, February 26 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. With Carly Vandergriendt. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, February 27
Seed Lending Library Launch. Free seeds for members from more than 50 varieties of plants – including herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruits, beans and heirloom varieties.

Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm
Saturday Cinema – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Free, no ticket required. In Victoria Hall.

Wednesday, March 6 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, March 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – Grassroots in Dry Lands (2015). The story of three unconventional social workers united by a common vision that transcends the antagonisms between their countries. 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.


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

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)

Monday, February 25 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Le diadème de béryls by Arthur Conan Doyle. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom.

Thursday, February 28 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club – Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)

Saturday, March 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.

Monday, March 4 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
March Break Film Afternoon – Ralph Breaks the Internet (7 years +)

Tuesday, March 5 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
March Break Film Afternoon – Emperor’s New Groove (6 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 - 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, February 21 from 12:30 pm 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.

Thursday, February 28 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Photographer and author Sandra Semchuk gives a talk about her book The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps.

Thursday, March 7 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Dr. Linda Morra presents Literary Legacies: Margaret Laurence and Her Archives.


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 admin@aelaq.org


Tuesday, March 5 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Hands-On Workshop on Using Quebec Government Services Online. Liz Perrin, the Library’s most experienced instructor, shows how to access information online about government services — health, housing, retirement income and rights. This is especially useful to seniors and their caregivers, and newcomers to Canada.


Wednesday, March 6 from 10 am to noon
Author Monique Polak and actress Fanny Lacroix conduct a storytelling/writing workshop for seniors. Presented by the Blue Metropolis Foundation in collaboration with the Atwater Library. For more information and to register: 514 932-1112 ext. 33 or frederick.gaudin-laurin@metropolisbleu.org


Wednesday, March 6 from 1:45 pm to 3 pm
McGill University law students with Pro Bono Students Canada conduct a free public presentation on Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives and Protective Mandates. Everyone is welcome. No advance registration.

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

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

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