Westmount Here & There
September 19, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

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

CONTEST – Subscribe to’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 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, until Saturday, September 28.

Gallery hours: 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

WHA Talk: Prominent Westmount Women Series

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On Thursday, September 19 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Fall 2019 Lecture Series, guest speaker Claire Holden Rothman, author.

Claire Holden Rothman will talk to us about her mother Joan Rothman’s life and accomplishments. Joan Rothman pushed for the first French immersion programme in Quebec and went on to serve as a school commissioner for decades in the Protestant school board, as well as sitting as a member of Westmount City Council.

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


Park(ing) Day 2019 - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, September 20 from 10 am to 3 pm on Sherbrooke Street W near Prince Albert Square, visit parking spaces transformed by local community groups into fun mini-parks during the global Park(ing) Day event. This event aims to prompt a reflection on the usage of public space.

The local community groups participating this year are:
• Westmount Healthy City Project
• Association of Pedestrians and Cyclists of Westmount (APCW)
• Westmount Scouts

Consult the parking space map at

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

Image: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church


logo WMA WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, September 22 at 7 pm in Victoria hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) invites the public to the Meet the Candidates – Federal Election 2019 evening. Candidates for the NDG-Westmount riding will be present to explain their platforms and answer your questions.

A free event, open to all.
Visit for further details.


Westmount Park Church summer - WestmountMag.caThe monthly Climate Café meetings resume Wednesday, September 25 at 6 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W, with a workshop on growing and propagating orchids. It will include training on how to let a plant be our therapist.

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!

Westmount Park United Church recently launched a new expression of its Climate Café programme, The House Plant Project, which 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.

For more information contact Rev. Neil Whitehouse at

Image: Patricia Dumais

Pub Quiz Night

Pub Quiz Night - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, bring a team and join others for a fun night testing your trivia skills! Don’t be shy – solo players will be matched with new friends!

Register online at or at Victoria Hall.
Prizes offered, cash bar.

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

Opéra de Montréal Costume Mega-Sale

Opera de Montréal - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, September 28 from 10 am to 4 pm (or while supplies last) at the Agora Hydro-Québec (entrance at the corner of Président-Kennedy and Jeanne-Mance), the Opéra de Montréal, for the first time ever, will be selling several hundred hidden treasures from its costume workshop: redingotes, kimonos, magnificent dresses, astonishing outfits, armour, capes, helmets, props, and vintage posters… Unique pieces being sold at modest prices, just in time for Halloween!

First come, first served.
Items are sold as-is, all sales are final.
Hundreds of items available at low prices (starting at $5).
A few collectible pieces available at slightly higher prices.

Image: courtesy of Opéra de Montréal

Concert: Autumn Reflections

autumn reflections - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, September 28 at 7 pm in ellist Leah Plave and pianist Tong Wang will serenade you with select pieces by Louise Farrenc, Arvo Pärt, and Dvorak.

Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online at

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

Family, Medicine and Madness: the 2019 Low-Beer Lecture

Fitzgerald Family - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, October 3 at  7 pm at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Sherbrooke W, Ami Québec presents the 2019 Low-Beer Memorial Lecture with guest speaker James FitzGerald, author of What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past.

What was it like growing up surrounded by depression and psychosis in a time when no one talked about mental illness? Don’t miss James FitzGerald’s talk about the legacy of his grandfather and father, both prominent figures in Canadian health care, who, despite their remarkable achievements, were tormented by depression and psychosis in times when such experiences were largely hidden.

Free admission. The lecture will be presented in English.
More information at 514 486-1448 or visit

Image: courtesy of James Fitzgerald 

I Am Eleven Film Screening Fundraiser

When I Was Eleven - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, October 4 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Selwyn House School, 95 Côte St. Antoine, Geordie Theatre ( will be hosting a fundraiser screening of the documentary film I Am Eleven (

Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood.

Admission: $10/children (under 18) and $20/adults.
Tickets on sale at
For more information contact Carol-Ann Hoyte at 514 931-9481 #2241.

Image: courtesy of Proud Mother Pictures


hazardous waste résidus domestiques dangereux westmountmag.caThe Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9 am to 5 pm in the Westmount Public Library parking lot, 4574 Sherbrooke W. The City of Westmount hosts a special collection day each spring and fall when residents may bring products for safe disposal. Bring your paint cans, solvents, batteries, old electronics, used clothing, and more.

Consult the complete list of accepted items under the tab Household Hazardous Waste.
More information at  514 989-5390.

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount

Art Westmount 2019

Art Westmount 2019 - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6, the City of Westmount will stage the eighth edition of Art Westmount, a major group exhibition showcasing the community’s artists.

Since 2006, its mission has been to recognize and celebrate Westmount artists – be they amateur, emerging or established – offering them a rare opportunity to exhibit, un-juried and commission-free, in a beautiful venue. Come meet and encourage nearly 50 local artists and authors!

Art and book sales – author readings – prizes
Free. No tickets required.
For more information, please visit or call 514 989-5265.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Screening

Hunchback of Notre-Dame - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 at 7:30 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, The Film Society will present a screening of the Hollywood silent classic, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, with live musicians. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1923) starring silent horror legend Lon Chaney is considered one of the more powerful and spectacular silent films of the 1920s, fully deserving of the big screen accompanied by church organ, piano, cello and violin.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Tickets at the door, cash only: 13.50$ + taxes; students & seniors, 9.50$ + taxes.
Purchase online at
Popcorn, sweets and drinks will be available.

Visit the The Film Society’s Facebook page.
More information at 514 738-FILM.

Image: courtesy of  MGM studio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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 

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.

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 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 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.

Monday, September 23 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 or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, September 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Capernaum (2018). Come share your passion for the cinema! Watch a great film on a large screen in a relaxed atmosphere, then chat about it afterwards. 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, September 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. With Linda Tracey. Join in for coffee and a lively discussion. Registration required. To register, contact Daniel Miguez de Luca at or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, October 2 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, October 2 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Diana Bruno. Author of Lexique français-anglais de la cuisine et de la restauration. 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.

Until Sunday, September 30
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.

Until 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.

Monday, September 23 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 or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.

Monday, September 23 at 4 pm
The Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Birthday Party. Join in for stories, songs, and snacks. In the Storytelling Garden. (3 years +)

Thursday, October 3 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 years)

Thursday, October 3 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, October 5
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)
In the Storytime Room.


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, September 19 from 12:30 pm 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.

Thursday, September 26 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
A talk on the outstanding history of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada: Montrealers being ‘twice the citizen’ for more than 150 years. With LCol Bruce Bolton and LCol Bruno Plourde, Commanding Officer, accompanied by serving soldiers.

Thursday, October 3 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Fenwick McKelvey, Internet Researcher, Associate Professor, Concordia University, discusses how social media and the Internet are affecting political discourse. With discussion and Q&A.


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
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
With funding from the Government of Canada.

Tuesday, September 24 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Stephen Monteiro, a media and culture scholar at Concordia University, discusses the monetizing of our online behaviors: How other people make money about what we say and do on the Internet. Discussion with Q&A.

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.

Wednesday, September 25 from 4 pm to 7 pm
Antiquarian booksellers Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin are conducting a Books Roadshow in support of the Atwater Library. They will be in our reading room to give an expert opinion on the value of your special books. First come, first served. Fee: $3 per book for Atwater Library members and $5 per book for others. All proceeds go to the Library for improvements.


Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Atwater Poetry Project 15th Anniversary Celebration with a panel discussion and poetry readings. Featured poets are Oana Avasilichioaei, Nicole Brossard, Faizal Deen, Ian Ferrier, Katia Grubisic, and H. Nigel Thomas. Facebook event.


Tuesday, October 1 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), conducts an information session on how to find a financial advisor and how to prevent fraud. Discussion with Q&A. Everyone welcome.

Feature image: Andrew Burlone
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