Westmount Here & There
April 18, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Art Westmount 2019 – Call for artists and authors

Art Westmount 2019 - WestmountMag.caArtists and authors are invited to participate in the seventh edition of Art Westmount, created to showcase the visual arts, artists and authors of our community, un-juried and commission free, in a beautiful venue. This year Art Westmount will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6.

Art Westmount is open to all artists and authors who live or have a studio in Westmount.
To register, fill out the online participation form available on the Art Westmount page.
Deadline to register: Friday, May 24.
More information at 514 989-526.

Ginette Gasse and Jennifer Goddard

gallery at victoria hall westmount

The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present an exhibition featuring artists Ginette Gasse and Jennifer Goddard until Friday, May 10.

Meet the artists and gallery curator Victoria LeBlanc on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm.

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


Westmount Historical Association logo

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


swing dancers westmountmag.caOn Saturday, May 4 from 8 pm to midnight at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be an evening of swing and ballroom dance music with the 17-piece Ballroom Blitz Orchestra.

Dance the night away with classics and less commonly heard gems of the Big Band era as well as great ballroom tango, mambo, foxtrot, samba and waltz rhythms. Cash bar. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tickets: $25 at the door / $20 in advance (1 drink included). Available at Victoria Hall and the Library, and online at
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Pedro Ribeiro Simões via

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 30 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – Whole Person Care: Healing Healthcare with Tom A. Hutchinson, MB, FRCP(C), Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Oncology, Director, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care. 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, May 1 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018). Discussions are 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.

Friday, May 3 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
An Evening with Ruth Reichl. Ruth Reichl, prominent food critic and bestselling culinary writer, will talk about her new book, Save Me the Plums, which chronicles the personal and professional risks she took as the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine. Marie-Claude Lortie, journalist at LaPresse and established restaurant critic, will lead the discussion. The talk will be followed by a book signing. Tickets: 10$ (includes rebate towards book) available online on Eventbrite. Also available at: Appetite for Books, Victoria Hall and Westmount Public Library. Presented by Appetite for Books in collaboration with the Westmount Library and Community Events. In Victoria Hall.

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 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 years)

Monday, April 29 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Title TBA. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom.

Thursday, May 2 from 10 am to 11 am
TD Blue Metropolis Children’s Literary Festival. Writing Workshop with Montreal Author Lydia Lukidis. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 11 years)

Thursday, May 2 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 years)

Friday, May 3 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm
TD Blue Metropolis Children’s Literary Festival. Meet best-selling author of the Inkheart trilogy Cornelia Funke. In the Westmount Room. (10 years +)

Saturday, May 4 from 11 am to 11:30 am
Stories around the Globe – Turkish Storytime. Come celebrate Turkish culture and language in this storytime. (Stories are in Turkish and English.) Everyone is welcome. In the Storytime Room.

Saturday, May 4
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.

Sunday, May 5 from 2 pm to 3 pm
Teen Tour Theatre Group presents Storyville. With the Junior Tour Group. By Lorraine Thompson. Directed by Aviva Wolman-Wener. The Lion king with bad breath, the Gingerbread man, and the hungry fox – everyone in Storyville has a tale to tell with a moral to be learned. This quick-paced play will keep audiences entranced. In Victoria Hall. (4 to 8 years)


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, 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, May 2 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Woodstock 1969: Music, Legends, and Legacy. To celebrate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, musician, author, and Concordia professor Craig Morrison presents engaging stories of the festival’s historical and cultural context, illustrated by images and music (recorded and live).


Thursdays, April 25 and May 2 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Help Hub. A computer instructor will be in the main lobby to provide 20-30 minutes of FREE help with your cell phone, tablet or computer. Please register in advance with Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or


Calling Gardeners! The Seed Library has resources to get you started this season with packets of seeds for planting indoors – beans, peas, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables – as well as a growing collection of books on gardening and seed saving. One example is Starting Seeds: How To Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers From Seed by Barbara W. Ellis.

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

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