Westmount Here & There
April 11, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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 or 514 989-5265

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount


Canadian Film Day Journée du cinéma canadien -

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.


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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


craft saleOn Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve, there will be a Fashion bazaar in support of The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Do good, look good – help us to help others! Great bargains on new and gently used women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags and more!

Cash only. All proceeds go to support African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren.

Image: Beth Olson via

Mwana et le secret de la tortue

Théâtre à l’envers - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Théatre à l’envers presents Mwana et le secret de la tortue, a story spun from an African tale, of a courageous young girl named Mwana who lives in a village deep in a forest. Every day, a giant monster comes to steal the villagers’ food. Performed in French.

Théâtre à l’envers uses actors, shadows, and puppets to bring this African folk tale to life. For 3 to 8 year olds.
In collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, at the Westmount Public Library or online.
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Théâtre à l’envers


Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caSunday, April 28 at 3 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Carmen by Georges Bizet. 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

Montreal SPCA’s 150th anniversary

SPCA gala - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, June 12 from 6 pm to 11 pm at Marché Bonsecours, 350 Saint-Paul E, Montreal, come celebrate the Montreal SPCA’s 150th anniversary at its fundraising gala.

The Montreal SPCA has come a long way since its beginnings in 1869: today, it is the largest animal-protection organization in Quebec. Without the contributions of all its donors and supporters, it would not be here celebrating its 150th anniversary with such pride. It is with great enthusiasm that the Montreal SPCA invites all its supporters to a celebratory evening supporting animals in need.

Take advantage of the early bird special, which ends May 1. Hurry, tickets are limited!
VIP table packages starting at $1,200 are also available. For more information, contact Sarah Williams at
Tickets at Eventbrite

Image: courtesy of Montreal SPCA

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 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 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.

Tuesday, April 23 from 10:15 am to noon
World Book Day. Join in for this special event, featuring literary fun, book recommendations by Library staff, coffee, and pastries. 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.

Tuesday, April 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – The Green Book (2018). 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, April 23 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, April 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Eating: Is There a Solution to the Confusion. With Dr Joe Schwarcz, Professor, Director of the McGill Office for Science and Society, McGill University. 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

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.


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)
, 11:15 am to noon

4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds)
Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm

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 +)

Thursday, April 25 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book ClubHorizon by Scott Westerfeld. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)

Friday, April 26 from 10 am to 11 am
TD Blue Metropolis Children’s Literary Festival. Join us for a special reading by Montreal author Matthew Forsythe. In the Westmount Room. (6 to 8 years)

Friday, April 26 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. In the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 years)

Saturday, April 27 from 11 am to 11:30 am
Stories around the Globe – Italian Storytime. Come celebrate Italian culture and language in this storytime. (Stories are in Italian and English.) Everyone is welcome. In the Storytime Room.

Sunday, April 28 from 2 pm to 3 pm
Teen Tour Theatre Group presents Shakespeare Unbound. With the Junior Tour Group. Written by Claudia Haas. Directed by Aviva Wolman-Wener. Aliesha, a disgruntled student, is trying to carry a huge book of Shakespeare’s plays, but it’s too heavy for her. So she tears out some pages and throws them in a trash can. The characters on those pages materialize, crawl out of the trash can, and raise havoc on the campus. It’s funny for the audience but frightening for Aliesha. In Victoria Hall. (8 to 12 yr olds)


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, 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.

Thursday, April 25 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Historian and author Gail Cuthbert Brandt discusses her book Through the Mill: Girls and Women in the Quebec Cotton Textile Industry, 1881-1951.


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.


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 


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


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, 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.


Tuesday, April 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Filing Your Income Tax Return OnlineLynn 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 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
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