Westmount Here & There
May 16, 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.

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

movin’ the charter

movin the charter - WestmountMag.caTuesday, May 21 at 11 am, The Charter Poets (Ken McLaughlin, Blossom Thom, and J.J. Lokshtanov) will carry artist karen elaine spencer’s depiction of section 3 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms through the streets of Montreal. The event will start at the artist’s studio, 1001 Lenoir, Montreal, at approximately 10:45 am and move to Léché Desserts, located at 640 Courcelle, Montreal.

The work of art is part of karen elaine spencer’s project, movin’ the charter. Seven teams of Montrealers will be carrying 4′ x 8′ wooden panels through various streets and locations in the city. Each panel will include wording from the Charter.

Additional information and pictures of spencer’s work can be seen at

Image: Will Mackenzie


On Saturday, May 25 starting at 10 am in Westmount Park, it’s Westmount Family Day!

For 44 years, there’s been no better way to start off your summer in Westmount. Bring your children and grandchildren and enjoy activities and games throughout the day. Come meet your neighbours and community groups. Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram with #westmount

A variety of foods and refreshments may be purchased throughout the day – organized by Café Mouton Noir, Girl Guides and Venturer Scouts.

10 am to 2 pm – Make-up booth (Gazebo)
10 am to 3 pm – Public Security child car seat inspection. Bring your vehicle for a general security inspection. (Junior East field)
10 am to 4 pm – Inflatable games (Junior West field)
10 am to 4 pm – Eurobungee, sponsored by Hydro Westmount (Junior East field)
10 am to 4 pm – Westmount Park train (Melville/de Maisonneuve)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm – Pony rides, children 10 years of age and under (near Gazebo)
10:30 am to 4 pm – Petting zoo (near Gazebo)
10:30 am to 4 pm – Booths and displays. Come and see what your community has to offer (Walking path)
11 am to 4 pm – Handicraft and bake sale. Contactivity Seniors’ Centre (Walking path)
11 am to noon – Traditional and novelty racesfor all (Junior West field)
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Games: Balloon and egg toss,tug of war (Junior West field)
2 pm to 4 pm – Carnival booths. Tickets available at the info booth at 1:30 pm (Junior West field)

Make this year’s Family Day greener than ever. Please use the compost and recycling bins on site. Natural spring water will also be available throughout the day on site, so don’t forget your water bottle!

IN THE EVENT OF HEAVY RAIN, the activities will be cancelled.
More information at 514 989-5353.

Image: Patricia Dumais


Montreal Young Author Festival - WestmountMag.caSunday, May 26 from 10 am to 5 pm at 5151 ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, the Jewish Public Library presents its second annual MTL YA Fest. Building upon the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s MTL YA Fest welcomes over two dozen favourite Young Adult authors, including Governor General Award winner Tim Wynne-Jones, Métis author Cherie Dimaline, Montreal-born NYC-based author Sarah Mlynowski and many others.

See the full line-up with author bios at
Tickets: $20 advance purchase; $25 at the door
VIP entry (exclusive early entry to author book signing at the end of the day): $15
Lunch and refreshments will be provided
Call 514 345-2627 ext. 3012 or visit for more information and to purchase your ticket.
For educator and librarian discounts, contact

Sponsored by Mountain Lake PBS, Penguin Random House Canada, Babar Books, CBC Montreal and P & B Transport, and others.


Victoria Village Street Festival - WestmountMag.caThe Merchants of Westmount’s Victoria Village invite you to celebrate their 39th Annual Street Festival from Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8 with a sidewalk sale, music, kid’s activities and some great deals!

More details to come…

Image: courtesy of the Westmount Victoria Village Merchants Association


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


Lyric Theatre Singers Hello Broadway WestmountMag.caThe Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia University’s DB Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve (corner of Bishop) June 13, 14 and 15 with four presentations of Too Darn Hot! A Sizzling Broadway Revue.

Created by directors Bob Bachelor and Cathy Burns, this original musical theatre revue features forty-three performers and five musicians in an exciting mix of Broadway’s hottest hits!

Too Darn Hot! features a sizzling selection of musical theatre favourites from composer/lyricist Cole Porter, as well as shows such as The Band’s Visit, Singin’ in the Rain, Company, Next to Normal, Cinderella, Nine and Something’s Rotten. The Singers will also tell the story of three families in pursuit of the American dream at the turn of the 20th Century in a medley from Ragtime and recount the incredible true story of how residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed 7,000 stranded air passengers from around the world in the wake of 9/11 in the opening number of Come From Away.

Show dates and times: Thursday, June 13 at 8 pm; Friday, June 14 at 8 pm; Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Reserved seating – wheelchair accessible.

514 743-3382

Image: Tam Lan Truong

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, 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.

Tuesday, May 28 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Maria by Callas (2017). 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, May 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The Club meets once a month. Join in for coffee and a lively discussion. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, May 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Kathleen Winter. Author Kathleen Winter will discuss her creative process while presenting her 2017 novel Lost in September. The book tells the story of a mysterious homeless man in Montreal who believes himself to be the reincarnation of 18th Century British general James Wolfe. Winter’s novels, including Annabel and Lost in September, have been nominated for some of Canada’s most prestigious prizes, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. 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.


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 16 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – Title 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)

Thursday, May 23 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – Title 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 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.

Monday, May 27 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Title TBA. Come discuss some wonderful books with other kids. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (9 years +)

Monday, May 27 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 30 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book ClubTitle TBA. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 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, 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.

Friday, May 31 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Cynthia Boyle Russell tells the astounding story of her father, Willard Boyle, who spent his childhood in a remote Quebec logging camp and went on to win a Nobel Prize for Physics. She will show family photos and offer for sale copies of her book about her father’s childhood. Please note that this event was earlier scheduled for the day before.


Thursdays, May 16, May 23 and May 30 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.

Tuesday, May 28 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Hands-On Workshop on Digital Basics. Liz Perrin and Richard Cassidy give a FREE overview of the computer skills you may want to learn or improve on. Q&A. Advance registration is required. Contact Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or
With funding from the Government of Canada.


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.


Friday, May 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Dr. Karen Drake gives a public lecture on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Asserted Crown Sovereignty. With Q&A. Facebook event. More information at


Saturday, June 1 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Poets Mary di Michele and Susan Gillis engage participants in a variety of approaches to writing poems collaboratively. Come and discover how the process of collaborative poetry creation is surprisingly dynamic, inventive, and fun. FREE and open to all. Advance registration NOT required. With funding from the Community Cultural Action Fund of Canadian Heritage.


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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