Westmount Here & There
March 7, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount


Twenty-seventh annual Westmount Antiquarian Book Fair

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 Also antique maps, prints, ephemera and historical documents.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 defreitasbooks.com

Call for Submissions – Summer Concert Series 2019

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The Westmount Community Events Division is inviting musicians to submit their candidacy for inclusion in the 2019 Summer Concert Series. This series brings live music to the public in a relaxed outdoor setting, and aims to showcase a variety of live music from emerging or professional small jazz ensembles, classical, folk, and pop groups.

Please note that all performers are required to provide their own technical equipment and technician (if required).

All interested groups are invited to register by Friday, April 12, 2019.

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

Call to artisans – Artisans Westmount 2019

logo Artisans Westmount - WestmountMag.caThe Westmount Community Events Division is inviting artisans to submit their work for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Artisans Westmount. This event aims to showcase high quality, handmade and functional goods for sale in Victoria Hall the weekend of November 9 and 10.

Selected artisans will then be asked to submit samples of their work at Victoria Hall:

Drop-off of selected Artisan’s samples: Thursday, April 25  from 10 am to 7 pm
All items will be reviewed and juried on Friday, April 26 in the morning
Pick-up of samples: Friday, April 26 from 3 pm to 7 pm
Artisans will be notified of the Jury’s decision in early May
Participation fee: $125

All interested artisans are invited to register online by Friday, April 5.

Lydia Lockett and Sharon E. Sutherland

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The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present an exhibition featuring artists Lydia Lockett and Sharon E. Sutherland until Friday, March 29.

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

Théâtre Ouest End Inauguration

Théâtre ouest end - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, March 8 at 7:30 pm, the new theatre company, Théâtre Ouest End, celebrates its launch (and International Women’s Day) with its inaugural event, an evening of readings from a great gathering of Montreal playwrights and performers, at their home space, Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve O.

Company founders Laura Mitchell, Ann Lambert, Danielle Szydlowski and Alice Abracen will present their plans for the upcoming season of open mics, cold readings, community outreach and new plays. Join them to hear works read by some of the hottest voices in Montreal including: Alice Abracen, Louise Arsenault, Keir Cutler, Christian Daoust, Michaela Di Cesare, Jeff Gandell, Jane Gilchrist, Debra Kirshenbaum, Laura Mitchell, Stephen Orlov, Laurent Pitre and Cheyenne Schaub.

Free admission, refreshments.

WHS Talk – Film Night: The Gardener

frame from The Gardener - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, March 12 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents a screening of The Gardener. This documentary, directed by Sebastien Chabot, is about Frank Cabot’s Les Quatre Vents, also known as Cabot Garden, a magnificent private garden in the rolling hills of the Charlevoix region near Quebec City.

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: frame from The Gardener documentary

Let’s Talk Opera!

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 operademontreal.com

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Quiz

St. Patrick Pub Quiz - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, brush up on your knowledge of the Emerald Isle (music, literature, pop culture, etc.) by participating in a very special Pub Quiz as Victoria Hall is transformed into an Irish pub to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Register as a team (4-6 players) or individually and play with new friends.
The cash bar will be serving Irish specialties like Guinness, Harp, and Irish coffee.
May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Reserve a spot on Eventbrite or call 514 989-5226.

A Free Happiness Talk!

smilies on park bench - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, 2100 Marlowe, Montreal, come and Celebrate Happiness Day: Learn what science shows makes people happy!

In this talk, given by Dr. Luisa Cameli, clinical psychologist and director of the Emotional Health CBT Clinic, you will learn about the factors that are linked with happiness and wellbeing, and some strategies that you can integrate into your life to increase your daily happiness.

Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Suite 210 in the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex (2nd floor)
RSVP is necessary and can be done through e-mail at info@cbtclinic.ca or phone at 514 485-7772.

Image: Pixabay

1-3 Hillside Avenue: From Riding Academy to Armoury

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On Thursday, March 21 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Winter 2019 Lecture Series, guest speaker Susan D. Bronson, MOAQ, heritage consultant. In 1910, an imposing red brick edifice was designed for the Mount Royal Riding Academy and Stable at 1-3 Hillside Avenue, adjacent to the M.A.A.A. grounds. This talk will explore the design and construction of this building, best known as the Hillside Armoury, and its history over the last century.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non-members.
Additional information at westmounthistorical.org

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.

Monday, March 18 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Arto Paasilinna. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, March 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – Celebrating the Cello and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival with Denis Brott C.M., cellist, teacher, founder/artistic director of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. 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, March 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, March 20 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – 10 Ecological Habits While Gardening: The Pleasures of Creating Ecosystems. With Michel Renaud, Eco-Landscaping Designer and Consultant. 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, March 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

photo: Westmount Library mascotRegistration 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.

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

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)

Thursday, March 21 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club – The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)

Friday, March 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…

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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, 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.

Thursday, March 21 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
D‘Arcy Jenish discusses his book The Making of the October Crisis: Canada’s Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of the FLQ.


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 13 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


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.


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 tmayhew@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344.

Tuesday, March 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm
A presentation on Caregiver Burnout: Prevention, Signs, and Finding Support by Melanie Levy, BSc, MSc, MSW student at McGill University and intern at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal. Discussion with refreshments.

Feature image: Andrew Burlone
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Consult our community calendar for more events.

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