Westmount Here & There
April 25, 2019
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Art Westmount 2019 – Call for artists and authors
Artists 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
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.
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
THE BIG DEAL FASHION BAZAAR 2019
On 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.
Mwana et le secret de la tortue
On 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
FUNDRAISER FOR The Depot Community Food Centre
The Burton Street Singers will host their annual musical cabaret night on Saturday, April 27 at Kensington Presbyterian Church Auditorium, 6225 Godfrey, corner of Kensington in NDG, to raise funds for The Depot Community Food Centre (formerly NDG Food Depot).
Performing as an octet as well as in smaller ensembles, these talented singers will offer songs in a variety of moods and styles. The program ranges from witty Renaissance polyphony to an Appalachian hymn to sparkling new songs written by octet members themselves. Support a good cause while enjoying a relaxed and entertaining evening!
Show is at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $20; $15 for students with ID; $5 for children 12 and under.
Snacks and drinks will be available for a donation.
For more information contact Phillipa Rispin at 514 481-9861 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: courtesy of the Burton Street Singers
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
The City of Westmount hosts a special collection day each spring and fall when residents may bring products for safe disposal. The City does not have any permanent facility for hazardous waste. Bring your paint cans, solvents, batteries, old electronics, used clothing, and more.
Click to consult the complete list of accepted items under the tab Household Hazardous Waste.
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
LET’S TALK OPERA!
Sunday, 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 operademontreal.com
BALLROOM BLITZ DANCE EVENING
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 Eventbrite.ca
More information at 514 989-5226.
MUHC/CYCLE NERON CYCLESWAP
On Sunday, May 5 from 8 am to 3:30 pm at Lower Canada College, 4090 Royal, Montreal, there will be a CycleSwap, a fundraising event organized by the Friends of the MUHC and Cycle Neron.
Have you outgrown your old bike, want a different type of bike or have one to sell? You can buy or sell a bike! Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of all bikes will go towards improving patient welfare at the MUHC.
More information at friendsmuhc.org/fundraising/cycleswap
Schumann Tribute by Trio Canoë
On Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Trio Canoë presents an exploration of Schumann’s œuvre, as well as more recent works inspired by the composer. Trio Canoë brings together three remarkable Canadian musicians: Marina Thibeault, Jean-François Normand and Philip Chiu. Presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, and online.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: courtesy of Trio Canoë
Montreal SPCA’s 150th anniversary
On 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 email@example.com
Tickets at Eventbrite
Image: courtesy of Montreal SPCA
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 8 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Tous ces médicaments sont-ils nécessaires ? With Michel Rochon, Science Communicator and Dr Hannah Beattie, Family Doctor. 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.
Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 years)
Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 11 am
Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 years – in French)
Tuesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Caring Paws (7 to 13 years)
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 years)
Wednesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Caring Paws (7 to 13 years)
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 years)
Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Thursday, April 25 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club – Horizon 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 years)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 years)
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)
Monday, May 6 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Mother’s Day Craft. In the Storytime Room (4 years +)
Monday, May 6 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Film Workshops With Molly. Explore your creativity with filmmaking while learning techniques like lighting, special effects and editing. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 13 years)
Thursday, May 9 from 10 am to 11 am
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Celebrate Canadian books with author Helaine Becker. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 10 years)
Thursday, May 9 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – TBA. 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 +)
Saturday, May 11 from 11 am to 11:30 am
Stories around the Globe – Mandarin Storytime. Come celebrate Chinese culture and language in this storytime. (Stories are in Mandarin and English.) Everyone is welcome. In the Storytime Room.
Saturday, May 11 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Writing Workshop with Andrew Katz, MA in Creative Writing. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 13 years)
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 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).
Thursday, May 9 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Filmmaker Rowena Woods screens her celebrated short film Celia Found and discusses the process of writing and directing it.
ATWATER LIBRARY CONNECT TO A DIGITAL LIFESTYLE PROJECT
Thursdays, April 25, May 2 and May 9 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Rosalind Davis