Westmount Here & There
May 9, 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.

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 Importance of Being Verity

The Importance of Being Verity - WestmountMag.caFrom May 8 to 11 at Dawson Theatre (Dawson College Campus), 2000 Atwater, the Dawson Theatre Collective presents The Importance of Being Verity, a hilarious romp about mistaken identities, questionable role models, and the limitations of teamwork. An original comedy loosely inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

All proceeds go to two charities:
The Theresa Foundation, a Montreal-based charity devoted to improving the lives of grandmothers and orphaned children of AIDS victims in Malawi.
Gender Creative Kids, a Montreal-based charity that offers support, training, and workshops to help create safe spaces for transgender, non-binary, and gender creative kids everywhere.

Performances: Wednesday, May 8; Thursday, May 9; and Saturday, May 11. All performances are at 8 pm.
Tickets: $15, $10 Students and Seniors
Can be purchased online at
or at the Dawson Theatre Box Office on the night of each performance.

Image: Angela Harvey

G. Scott MacLeod, Joe Donohue and Susan Ross Donohue

A Dream Joe Donohue - WestmountMag.caFriday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 from noon until 6 pm at the Dharma Den, 2195 Regent, Unit 1, Montreal, there will be an exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and photography by G. Scott MacLeod, Joe Donohue and Susan Ross Donohue.

Vernissage: Thursday, May 9 from 5 pm until 8 pm.
For more information contact Joe Donohue at 514 487-8766 or G. Scott MacLeod at 514 236-5387.

Image: “A Dream” by Joe Donohue

WHS TALK: The Healing Power of Cannabis

healing cannabis - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, May 14 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Mark Reynolds.

Mark Reynolds lectures regularly on the healing power of plants, including the vedette of the year: Cannabis! Come learn the history, medicine and magic of this amazing plant, as well as the growing and harvesting practices.

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: courtesy of the Westmount Horticultural Society

Understanding and Preparing for the Reality of Dementia

dementia - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a public lecture aiming to raise awareness and provide basic information about Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Leading experts come together to share their knowledge and expertise with the community and to provide essential information that will help families to understand and access the resources needed to navigate the disease. Presentation in English.

In collaboration with McGill University’s Division of Geriatric Medicine.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online.
More information at 514 989-5226

UPDATE: The event is now full but will be streamed live on YouTube at, on and

Image: courtesy of McGill University’s Division of Geriatric Medicine

Westmount Park School: Moving on

Westmount Historical Association logo

On Thursday, May 16 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 Paul Saunders, former principal of Westmount Park School.

In 1914 a new high school opened just south of Westmount Park. It is today’s Westmount Park Elementary School. Paul Saunders will describe the fascinating evolution of this beloved building, with many personal anecdotes.

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

WYO and OJQM Joint Concert

Westmount Youth Orchestra logo - WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Jean MacRae, and the Orchestre des jeunes du Québec maritime, under the direction of James Darling, will present a concert bringing together music from yesterday to today. On the program: Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 (1st and 2nd movements), Leonard Bernstein’s Mambo from West Side Story, and Gabriel Fauré’s famous piece Pelléas and Mélisande.

Tickets on sale via the members of the orchestra or at

More information at 514 395-9425 or


bloomsday festival mtl westmountmag.caThe following Festival Bloomsday Montréal events are happening in Westmount:

Wednesday, June 12 from 12:30 pm to 2 pm
The Music of Mrs. Joyce: Exploring Nora Barnacle’s Traditional Soundscape will take place at the Atwater Public Library, 1200 Atwater, followed by light refreshments. Featuring Gearoid O hAllmjhurain on concertina and pipes, Kate Bevan-Baker on violin and vocals and Martine Billette on keyboard. Free event.

Sunday, June 16 from 11:00 am to 3 pm
It’s the Blooming Day! at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Hear selected readings from James Joyce’s seminal work, Ulysses. Tea will be served afterwards. Free event.

Sunday, June 16 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy. Listen to Molly’s words (and music) from Ulysses at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W. Performances by Kathleen Fee and Geraldina Mendez. Free event.

For the complete events calendar and to register for events visit

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.

Monday, May 13 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Marie-Hélène Lafon. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, May 15 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.

Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm
Understanding and Preparing for the Reality of Dementia. In Victoria Hall. (see above in general events)

Tuesday, May 21 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – A Life in Stories. With Alix Ohlin, author, Chair of Creative Writing, University of British Columbia. 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.

Fridays from May 24 to June 21 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.

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.


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)
, 11:15 am to noon

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

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)

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)

Thursday, May 16 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 +)

Friday, May 17 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)

Saturday, May 18 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Writing Workshop with Andrew Katz, MA in Creative Writing. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 13 years)

Saturday, May 25 from 10 am to 4 pm
TD Summer Reading Club Launch. At Family Day in Westmount Park. Registration for the Reading Club starts Monday, June 10.


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, 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.

Thursday, May 16 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Archie Fineberg
shares his passion for Montreal street art and shows photos from his online gallery as well as his popular book Montreal’s Street Art Gallery: The Best of the City’s Graffiti and Wall-Art.

Thursday, May 23 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Artist, writer and gardener Pat Webster gives an illustrated tour of Glen Villa Gardens, her 750-acre property in North Hatley.


Thursdays, May 9, May 16 and May 23 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

Tuesday, May 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Hands-On Workshop on Buying a Computer, Tablet or Smartphone. Liz Perrin gives a FREE overview of all the issues you need to consider to make sure you get the device that is right for you. Q&A. Advance registration is required. Contact Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or . With funding from the Government of Canada.


Wednesday, May 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Michèle Payette, Citizen Service Specialist, Service Canada, conducts an information session on Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement, OAS Allowance for spouses and common-law partners, issues for immigrant seniors, issues for caregivers, and more. Discussion with Q&A.


The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, May 15 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall.


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, May 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Francine Cytrynbaum, MSW, special care counselling teacher at Vanier College, gives a presentation on Caregiving As a Team: Family Dynamics and the Caregiver Experience. Discussion with refreshments.


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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