Westmount Here & There
April 4, 2019
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Call for Submissions – Summer Concert Series 2019
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
The 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.
ANNUAL REGISTRATION PERIOD
February 15 to April 15
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
Call to artisans – Artisans Westmount 2019
The 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.
De Profundis: Music to Lift Your Spirits
On Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 pm, take an emotional journey with the acclaimed Orpheus Singers, as they perform tragic laments and joyful resurrection music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 137 Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Métro Place-des-Arts, bus 80).
Anchored by settings of the famous psalm De profundis (“Out of the deep”) by Josquin, Mendelssohn, and Schoenberg, the program reflects the contrasting emotions that the Easter story inspires, juxtaposing passionate lamentations by Gesualdo and Zelenka with celebratory motets by Monteverdi, Scheidt, Lassus and Schaller.
Tickets: Adults, $18 in advance / $20 at the door; Seniors and Students, $12 in advance / $15 at the door.
More information at 514 693-1634 or visit orpheusmontreal.org
Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library, all proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale.
More information at 514 989-5299.
NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY
On Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a screening of La Bolduc (2018) directed by François Bouvier.
When Edward Bolduc loses his job at the mill, his wife Mary agrees to replace a violinist in a folk band for an evening. The young woman rapidly becomes successful in a changing Quebec, which is experiencing its first push in the fight for women’s rights. Known as La Bolduc by her fans, and celebrated as the Queen of Canadian Folk Singers, Mary struggles to balance caring for her family with her musical career. In French with English sub-titles.
National Canadian Film Day is the world’s largest film festival, with more than 800 Canadian film screenings and events expected across the country and around the world.
Free admission – tickets required (available at Victoria Hall and the Library).
More information at 514 989-5226.
CHANGING WESTMOUNT INSTITUTIONS – THE MONTREAL BICYCLE CLUB
On Thursday, April 18 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 Malcolm McRae, co-founder of the new Montreal Bicycle Club.
The Montreal Bicycle Club, established in 1878, was one of the first bicycle clubs in North America and one of three founding clubs of the M.A.A.A. Born in the penny farthing era, the club blossomed during the worldwide bicycle craze of the 1890s, only to suddenly disappear in the early 20th century. Now almost forgotten in a new age of bicycle popularity, its history and relevance today is explored.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non-members.
Additional information at westmounthistorical.org
Centre Greene Activities
Centre 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 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
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.
Fridays until April 12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Westmount Room.
Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 10 am to 5 pm
Friends of the Library Book Sale. All proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale. In Victoria Hall.
Wednesday, April 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Christopher Huang. Author of A Gentleman’s Murder. 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, April 13 at 2 pm
Saturday Cinema – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). Free, no ticket required. In Victoria Hall.
Sunday, April 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Poetry and Pastry. Enjoy coffee and pastries while local poets entertain and intrigue with their newest work. 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, April 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – William Boyd. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, April 17 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, April 17 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.
Resume April 16.
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
Caring Paws (7 to 13 year olds)
Tuesdays, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Books for Babies (14 to 24 months)
Wednesdays, Group A: 10:10 am to 10:40 am; Group B: 11:20 am to 11:50 am
Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months)
Wednesdays, Group A: 10:45 am – 11:15 am; Group B: 2:10 pm to 2:40 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
Babies and Books (0 to 18 months)
Thursdays, 11:15 am to noon
4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds)
Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Thursday, April 4 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 years)
Saturday, April 6
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.
Thursday, April 11 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. 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 +)
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…
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, April 4 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Marie-Claude Giguère, founder of Helping Seniors, gives a presentation on housing issues for seniors. She will share practical information and answer questions about such issues as safety adaptations, downsizing, and assessing options to stay or move.
Thursday, April 11 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Writer and journalist Elaine Kalman Naves takes you into her confidence, sharing the intimate story of how she became the author of two award-winning family memoirs, Journey to Vaja: Reconstructing the World of a Hungarian-Jewish Family and Shoshanna’s Story: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Shadows of History.
ATWATER LIBRARY CONNECTING PEOPLE TO A DIGITAL LIFESTYLE PROJECT
Tuesday, April 9 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, and Liz Perrin, computer instructor, show how to file an income tax return online. The workshop includes an overview of the new provisions of 2018 federal and provincial income tax laws for seniors — changes from last year. Space is limited and ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required. To register: Richard Cassidy at email@example.com or 514 935-7344 ext. 206. With funding from the Government of Canada.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, April 10 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Free World by David Bezmozgis.
Thursday, April 11 from 2 pm to 4 pm
You, Me, and Memoir: the Art and Craft of Memoir Writing. By means of simple prompts and exercises, journalist, novelist, and memoirist Elaine Kalman Naves will guide you in taking the first steps in writing your own personal story. No registration is necessary. FREE and open to all. Generously supported by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
READING TO DECOLONIZE SERIES
Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The Reading to Decolonize series on Conflict in Wet’suwet’en Territory, co-facilitated by Richard Cassidy and Kay Rollans, begins in the Library’s reading room on the main floor. This is the first of five Thursday evening sessions. Registration is required and will be capped at 25 participants. Sign up at Reading.firstname.lastname@example.org
ATWATER LIBRARY LIVING HISTORY GROUP
Saturday, April 13 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Atwater Library Living History Group seniors take part in an intergenerational artwork/art walk in Shaughnessy Village, starting and ending at the Atwater Library. It’s called Promenade parlante: Episodes in a Changing Neighbourhood. For more information, please contact Eric Craven at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 514 935-7344.
Tuesday, April 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Jessica Seidman, Coordinator of Clinical Services with the Alzheimer Society of Montreal, gives a presentation on Grief: The Obscure Companion of Dementia. Discussion with refreshments.
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
Tuesday, April 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Filing Your Income Tax Return Online – Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, and a computer instructor show how to file an income tax return online. The workshop includes an overview of the new provisions of 2018 federal and provincial income tax laws for seniors — changes from last year. Participants are welcome to bring their own device. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register contact Richard Cassidy at email@example.com or 514 935-7344 ext. 206. With funding from the Lindsay Memorial Foundation.
Wednesday, April 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Jaimie Yue, registered dietitian, shares recipes and tips for seniors to make healthy meals that are affordable.
Feature image: Andrew Burlone