Westmount Here & There
February 28, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount



antique book fair - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, March 9 from 10 am to 5 pm at Centre Greene, 1090 Greene Avenue, booksellers from Quebec and Ontario will offer for sale a wide variety of secondhand and rare books, dating from the 15th to 21st centuries, on subjects ranging from art to zoology and everything in between. Also antique maps, prints, ephemera and historical documents.

Admission: $3; children 10 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

More information at 514 935- 9581 or

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 or 514 989-5265

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount


The Héma-Québec Blood Clinic will take place on Wednesday, March 6 from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Give the gift of life.

More information at 514 989-5226 (Victoria Hall) or Héma-Québec.


Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caSunday, March 17 from 10:30 am to noon at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Twenty-Seven by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek. 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.
Free event. For more information and to register go to

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.

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

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 +)

Monday, March 11 from 4 pm to 5 pm
St. Patrick’s Day Craft. In the Storytime room.(4 years +)

Starting Wednesday, March 13 at 10 am
Spring Registration. Register in person at the Children’s Desk with your child’s Library card.

Thursday, March 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. 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. In the Westmount Room. (7 years +)

Thursday, March 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – Monster by Walter Dean Myers. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)

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 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, March 14 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
For St. Patrick’s Day, a program of music and words. Dragún Bán perform traditional Irish music as well as their own compositions. Fergus Keyes gives a talk on Irish immigration to Quebec, probing the reasons for large-scale immigration in the early 1800s and during the Irish famine around 1847. He will also mention distinguished Quebecers of Irish heritage.


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.

Tuesday, March 12 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Kim Sawchuk, Concordia Communications Studies Professor and Principal Investigator of the ACT team, shares results of her work with seniors and digital technology. She will tell stories of seniors making practical and creative uses of computers and cell phones. Q&A and refreshments.


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


Wednesday, March 6 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Ann Soden, Ad. E., Elder Law lawyer and mediator, conducts a free public presentation on Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives and Protective Mandates. Moderated Q&A. Funded by the Lindsay Memorial Foundation. FREE. Everyone is welcome. No advance registration.


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

Wednesday, March 13 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

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

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