Westmount Here & There
September 5, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Choeur Ambiance is recruiting

Choeur Ambiance - Westmountmag.caAre you looking for an exciting activity? Do you like to sing? Do you have a good ear? Live the choral experience and join Chœur Ambiance! With forty choristers, the choir is always looking for beautiful adult voices, especially in men.

Under the direction of Yves Garand, the choir has been part of Lachine’s cultural life for more than 38 years old and offers a varied repertoire, from classical to popular, from jazz to musicals and many other styles.

For more information visit myscena.org/fr/newswire/le-choeur-ambiance-de-lachine-recrute/

Image: courtesy of Chœur Ambiance

CONTEST – Win one of 5 pairs of tickets for the Perfection polyphonique concert at Saint-Léon Church in Westmount

The Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, an ensemble well-known to Westmounters, is launching its 45th year anniversary season at Saint-Léon Church in Westmount, 4311 de Maisonneuve W., with a concert featuring an assortment of sparkling jewels of a cappella vocal polyphony.

On Sunday, September 29, at 3 pm, the Studio’s choir, conducted by Andrew McAnerney, renowned for their excellent performances, will feature works by the great masters of polyphonic style: Josquin des Prés, Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria and Lotti.

To close this exceptional concert, a moving work by Scotland’s greatest living composer, James MacMillan. It is sure to be a perfect polyphony concert.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit smamontreal.ca

CONTEST – Subscribe to WestmountMag.ca’s newsletter before midnight, September 27 and you could win one of 5 pairs of tickets to Perfection polyphonique. If you are already a subscriber and would like to participate in the contest, send us your contact information (name, address, telephone) at info@westmountmag.ca. Good luck to all!


gallery at victoria hall westmountThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring artist Maxine Cuttler, from Thursday, September 5 to Saturday, September 28.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

On Tuesday, September 10 from 2 pm to 3 pm, drop in to the Gallery for a casual discussion about Maxine Cuttler’s solo exhibition over a cup of tea. Free. No ticket required.

More information at 514 989-5265.

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount


Westmount Park Church summer - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, September 5 at 3 pm, Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W, will launch a new expression of its Climate Café programme: The House Plant Project.

The Climate Café is a non-religious event open to everyone, organized by Westmount Park United Church as part of its Faith in Nature Centre, a community committed to building lasting relationship and partnerships for the well-being of the environment. Come to meet the growing number of neighbours who are concerned and want to make a difference!

The House Plant Project will give away house plants to passers by, inviting them to propagate their plant and pass it on, with the overall aim of increasing house plant populations in Westmount. House plants fix carbon, improve air quality and can bring a sense of well-being. Each Thursday between 3 pm and 5 pm, house plants will be given away, until the weather changes or the church runs out of plants! Sponsored by Westmount Florist.

The monthly Climate Café meetings resume Wednesday, September 25 at 6 pm with a workshop on growing and propagating orchids. It will include training on how to let a plant be our therapist.

For more information contact Rev. Neil Whitehouse at westmountparkuc@videotron.ca

Image: Patricia Dumais

Lively pop-up sale at the Montreal SPCA

SPCA logo - WestmountMag.caThe SPCA pop-up sale is happening this Saturday, September 7* from 11 am to 6 pm at the Montreal SPCA, 5215 Jean-Talon W.

Come grab some vegan BBQ and take advantage of an exclusive 15% discount on ALL items from the Montreal SPCA’s boutique. It’s the perfect day to get toys, accessories and food for your animal companions at low prices. All profits will go to supporting the Montreal SPCA.

*Rain date: September 8


Cancelled due to rain and poor viewing conditions

stargazingOn Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 pm at the Summit Lookout, join members of the Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to observe the night skies through their telescopes. Learn about the planets and stars from knowledgeable astronomers.

This free event is organized by Westmount’s Healthy City Project and Community Events Division. In the event of rain or poor viewing conditions, the event will be cancelled.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: a4gpa via StockPholio.com

WHS TALK: Plant Science and Spirituality

WHS plant science spirituality - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, September 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Clement Kent, entomologist, master gardener and the founder of the Parkdale, Toronto Horticultural Society.

This presentation introduces the idea of making gardeners more effective at caring for the planet. Clement will discuss how spirit, morals, ethics, ecology and science guide us to ensure best gardening practices, and will apply it via the metaphor of earth, air, fire and water.

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $7.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: courtesy of the Westmount Horticultural Society

M.S.O.P.A. Open House

M.S.O.P.A. class - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, September 14 at 2 pm, M.S.O.P.A. (Josa Maule’s School of Performing Arts) will be holding an open house, where children, teens and adults can participate in free trial acting workshops, ask questions, and meet with the staff.

Free and open to all.
For more information, contact Josa Maule at 514 483-5526 or at info@msopa.com

Image: courtesy of M.S.O.P.A.


Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caSunday, September 15 at 2 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Eugene Onegin by Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovsky. Opéra de Montreal offers a stimulating exploration of each opera of the season, featuring singers and guests. Plot, music, voices, cultural context, composer – everything you ever wanted to know! Hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon, PhD.

Presented (in English) by L’Opéra de Montréal.
Free event. For more information and to register go to operademontreal.com

Film: Ce silence qui tue (Quiet Killing)

Quiet Killing - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, September 18 at 7 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a screening of the movie Ce silence qui tue (Quiet Killing) by Kim O’Bomsawin followed by a bilingual discussion with producer Michèle Rouleau. This searing documentary explores the systemic failures that contribute to the staggering statistics relating to missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Bilingual with English subtitles.
Presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online on Eventbrite.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Heritage of Peace Concert

Westmount Park Church stained glass - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, there will be a concert honouring International Peace Day. Celebrate peace and fellowship by enjoying magnificently crafted stained glass windows by Charles William Kelsey while listening to works by Saint-Saëns, Janáček, Bosmans, and Schoenfield, performed by the Montreal Music Collective trio, featuring pianist Tony Wong, violinist Adam Jeffreys, and cellist Leah Plave. During intermission refreshments will be served.

Tickets: $25 for adults; $15 for seniors and students; $35 at the door, cash only!
All proceeds go to Westmount Park United Church.
Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.ca

Image: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church

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!

For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit centregreene.org 

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 contactivitycentre.org

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, September 9 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Knitting Club. This new club is for those who love knitting and crocheting. All levels and ages are welcome. An animator will guide members through different projects. Open to library members. Registration required. To register, contact Daniel Miguez de Luca at dmiguez@westmount.org or 514-989-5530. In the Boardroom.

Monday, September 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Lectures coups de coeur. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, September 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture Series – The Evolution of Medical Cannabis in Canada with Nancy Neil, Director of Medical Sales, Hexo Corporation. Free for members of the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal (Annual membership $50, individual lecture $10). A sandwich lunch is available from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm for $8. In Victoria Hall.

Wednesday, September 18 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd
. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together working with themes proposed by members. The group explores different poetic forms throughout the year. In the Boardroom.

Wednesday, September 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – The Eloquence of Things: Indigenous Artists and Activists in Vatican City. With with Gloria Bell, PhD, Assistant Professor, 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.

Wednesday, September 18 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.

Thursdays, September 19 to October 17 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Tales & Travels Series – Session 1. 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 dmiguez@westmount.org. In the Westmount Room.

Fridays, September 20 to October 18 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Tales & Travels Series – Session 2. 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 dmiguez@westmount.org. In the Westmount Room.

Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm
Saturday Cinema –  Love, Gilda (2018). This monthly film series presents an eclectic collection of recent films, classics, family-friendly movies, and documentaries. Free, no ticket required. 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.

Saturday, September 7 at 2 pm
TD Summer Reading Club Closing Party. With Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre‘s Owl at Home. Be there – prizes, entertainment, food! TD Summer Reading Club members may pick up their free tickets at the desk. In Victoria Hall.

From Monday, September 9 to Sunday, October 6
Quebec Roots Project. This exhibition highlights photos and prose created by teens from Quebec and Nunavut which touch on important issues such as bullying and homophobia. In partnership with the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival.


And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library - WestmountMag.ca

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, September 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Susan Doherty discusses her acclaimed new book The Ghost Garden: Inside the lives of schizophrenia’s feared and forgotten.

Thursday, September 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Sheila Barshay Goldbloom reflects on her life in conversation with journalist Royal Orr. Copies of her recently published memoir, Opening Doors, will be on sale.

Thursday, September 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Keir Cutler
performs Magnificence, his work based on his relationship with his late mother, May Ebbitt Cutler (1923-2011), former mayor of Westmount, founder of Tundra Books publishing house, and the author of the award-winning memoir set during her childhood summers at Mont-Tremblant.


Mondays from noon to 3 pm
Internet Peer Café, a series of gatherings of seniors and young people working on digital media projects. Come and enjoy collaboratively creating digital stories, blogspots and podcasts for part or all of the afternoon. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca
With funding from the Government of Canada.

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Digital Help Hub. A computer instructor will be in the main lobby to provide 20 to 30 minutes of FREE help with your cell phone, tablet or computer. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca
With funding from the Government of Canada.

Tuesday, September 10 from 1 pm to 3 pm
A Hands-on Workshop on Protecting Yourself Online. Liz Perrin shows how to be more aware of where you are and what you are doing online in order to better protect yourself and your information. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required. Contact Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca


Wednesday, September 11 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Richard Goldman, lawyer and legal plain language specialist with Éducaloi, conducts an information session on Powers of Attorney and Protection Mandates. Discussion with Q&A.


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

Wednesday, September 11 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
A discussion of Warlight by Michael Ondaatje.

Saturday, September 14 from 10 am to 4 pm
Filmpoem Workshop. Poet Rachel McCrum facilitates the first in a series of three Saturday sessions creating original filmpoems with participants. Space is limited and ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required. For more information and to register contact elise.m@videotron.ca


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 tmayhew@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344.

Tuesday, September 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Lucile Agarrat, psychologist, Clinique de cognition, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, gives a presentation on caregiving: Coping Strategies that Help Prevent Burnout. With refreshments and discussion.

Thursday, September 19 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Workshop on How to Write an Autobiographical Monologue
. Playwright and actor Keir Cutler, who has written ten original monologues, many of them autobiographical, shares his insights and vast knowledge. No registration necessary. Open to all and free.

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

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