Westmount Here & There
June 6, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount


It’s OK to be different - WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents It’s Okay to be Different until Friday, June 14.

This youth exhibition showcases artworks created by Westmount students about being different. In collaboration with the McEntyre Writing Competition. Presented by the Visual Arts Center in partnership with the City of Westmount.

Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday: closed.
More information at 514 989-5226.


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.

There will be a sidewalk sale, music, kid’s activities including face painting, food trucks, an artisan walk and some great deals!

Image: courtesy of the Westmount Victoria Village Merchants Association


seedlings westmountmag.caOn Thursday, June 6 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the Perennial Plant Exchange and Sale will take place, rain or shine in Westmount Park on the lawn in front of the Library.

Each year the Horticultural Advisory Committee offers gardeners of all ages and expertise the chance to expand their plant repertoire, and exchange information on horticultural best practices and environmental issues with fellow enthusiasts.

• All plants must be freshly dug up with the roots preserved in well moistened soil.
• A maximum of six plants per species may be exchanged.
• Plants must be in pots and clearly labelled.
No annuals, shrubs, houseplants or goutweed!

6 pm to 6:30 pm – EXCHANGE
Only individuals who contributed plants, holding a voucher will be able to participate in the exchange. Such persons may also purchase plants at this time for $2 each.

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – SALE
Open to all – plants may be purchased for $2 each.

More information at 514 481-7634.

Image: peganum via

Westmount Park School Farewell Picnic

Westmount Park School - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, June 7 from 5 pm to 9 pm at Westmount Park’s East Junior Field (WPS playground), 15 Park Place, the community is invited to a fun and friendly picnic gathering, providing everyone a chance to say goodbye before the major renovations of Westmount Park School’s centennial building, part of Westmount’s history. Pizza will also be offered as a fundraiser for the school.

Please register at (free admission)

Image: courtesy of Westmount Park School


Dramatis Personae - WestmountMag.caDramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre, presents its Spring production for 2019, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, a set of 25 ultra short, funny, thoughtful, bizarre and provocative plays meant to be performed as a game show with audience participation. To tell you more would spoil the fun! Directed by Christopher Moore. In Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Saturday, June 8 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm; and Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm.

Admission: suggested donation of $15 to $20.
Limited seating. Reserve at
More information at 514 484-2016.

Image: courtesy of Dramatis Personae


Westmount Youth Orchestra logo - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm at Mountainside United Church, 687 Roslyn, the Westmount Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Jean MacRae will perform the Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland, the magnificent 7th Symphony by Beethoven and will finish with Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem, Les Préludes.

Tickets: $15; $10 seniors/students; $5 children 12 and under. Available at the door.
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


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

Michael Ondaatje at the Jewish Public Library

Michael Ondaatje - WestmountMag.caTuesday, June 18 at 7:30 pm, the Jewish Public Library, 5151 ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal (bus 129, metro Snowdon or Côte-Ste-Catherine), is thrilled to present Canadian literary icon Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Joseph Rosen about his latest novel, Warlight.

Set in the decade after World War II, Ondaatje’s novel Warlight (Knopf, 2018) tells a dramatic story through a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. A book sale and signing and refreshments will follow the presentation.

Tickets: 514 345-6416
$15 general admission ; $10 JPL members (advance purchase) and students
Presented by the Jonathan and Susan Wener Canadian Writers Lecture fund of the JPL.

Image: Daniel Mordzinski

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!

Centre Greene Summer Day Camp
For children 5 to 11 years old. Runs from June 25 to August 16.
Summer Day Camp Info Brochure

For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit 

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 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.

Monday, June 10 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, June 12 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Remarkable Canadian Women Artists of the 19th and 20th Centuries. With Janice Anderson, Affiliate Professor, Art History, Concordia University. Why have the names of so many of Canada’s well-known women artists of the past been lost? Using three 19th- and 20th-Century painters, Mary Hiester Reid, Helen McNicoll, and Sydney Strickland Tully as examples, this lecture will discuss their lives and their work in the context of current feminist reexaminations of the way art history has been told. 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.

Sunday, June 16
June 16 is Bloomsday — Westmount joins hundreds of cities around the world that mark this special anniversary for the much-loved Irish author, James Joyce.

11 am to 3 pm
Dramatic Readings. Dramatization of selections from Ulysses. Local actors and readers perform in scenes both sublime and ridiculous. In the Westmount Room. Register at Eventbrite

4 pm to 5:30 pm
Molly Bloom: Her words and her songs. Readings and songs from Molly Bloom’s soliloquy performed by Kathleen Fee and Geraldina Mendez. In the Westmount Room. Register at Eventbrite

Tuesday, June 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club –
Following the Ninth: in the footsteps of Beethoven’s final symphony (2013). Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In Victoria Hall.

Wednesday, June 19 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.

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.


Until June 6.

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

Monday, June 10 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)

Friday, June 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Father’s Day Craft. In the Storytime Room. (4 years +)

Friday, June 21 to Sunday, September 8
StoryWalk® with How to Catch a Bear Who Loves to Read. With authors Andrew Katz and Juliana Léveillé-Trudel. A StoryWalk® is a fun activity that places a children’s book along a path in the park. Share your photos with us using the hashtag #WPLStorywalk. In Westmount Park.

Friday, June 21 from 6 pm to 7 pm
Launch – StoryWalk® with How to Catch a Bear Who Loves to Read. Special launch with authors Andrew Katz and Juliana Léveillé-Trudel. A StoryWalk® is a fun activity that places a children’s book along a path in the park. Share your photos with us using the hashtag #WPLStorywalk. In Westmount Park.


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, June 6 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Karen Molson gives an illustrated presentation on Sir John A. Macdonald’s summer residence near Rivière-du-Loup, and discusses the process of creating an exhibition about it for the Virtual Museum of Canada.

Wednesday, June 12 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Festival Bloomsday Montréal presents The Music of Mrs Joyce: An Exploration of Nora Barnacle’s Traditional Soundscape. With Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina and pipes), Kate Bevan-Baker (violin and vocals) and Martine Billette (keyboard).


Thursday, June 6 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Immediately following Karen Molson’s presentation (see LUNCHTIME SERIES), Liz Perrin leads a hands-on tour of some of the most renowned museum collections, the most famous landmarks and neighbourhoods, and furthest reaches of outer space. Learn where the internet can take you without even leaving home. Tablets are available but participants are encouraged to bring their own devices. Advance registration is requested but not required. To register or get more information, please contact Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or 


Wednesdays, June 12 and June 19 from noon to 4 pm
Part of the Atwater Library Connect Project. A weekly Wednesday afternoon gathering of seniors and young people eager to work on digital media projects. Come and enjoy collaboratively creating digital stories, blogspots and podcasts. Advance registration is required. To register or get more info, contact Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or


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

Wednesday, June 12 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.


Thursdays, June 13 and June 20 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Digital 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

Wednesday, June 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lecture: Victoria Slonosky, McGill University researcher and author of Climate in the Age of Empire: Weather Observers in Colonial Canada, paints a picture of 18th and 19th century people whose handwritten weather observations are helping us better understand the nature and extent of climate change today. Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the workshop immediately following.

Wednesday, June 19  from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Hands-on Workshop. In collaboration with McGill University’s DRAW (Data Rescue: Archives & Weather) project, Rachel Black shows how you can contribute to Citizen Science by entering handwritten weather records taken in Montreal between 1874-1953 into an online database. Participants may use their own laptops and stay for as little as 20 minutes and as long as two hours. For more information and to register, contact Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or


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, June 18 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Amrita Choudhury, instructor and dance therapist at E.N.C.O.R.E for Seniors, gives a presentation on The Joy of Breathwork and Movement for Health and Well-Being. Discussion with refreshments.


Saturday, June 22 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Actress Fanny Lacroix and author Monique Polak host a seniors storytelling event. Attendees have a chance to win a $500 prize! Presented by the Blue Metropolis Foundation in collaboration with the Atwater Library. For more info and to register, phone 514 932-1112 ext. 33 or email


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.

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