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.
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 email@example.com. Good luck to all!
The GALLERY AT VICTORIA HALL – Maxine Cuttler
The 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
Opéra de Montréal Costume Mega-Sale
On 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
RMR Open House
On Saturday, September 28 from 10 am to 4 pm, the Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR), 4625 Ste-Catherine W, will be opening their doors to the public for an Open House. RMR soldiers will be on hand to provide vehicle, equipment, rations, and weapon displays as well as answer questions and socialize with the public. Tactical demonstrations will also be given throughout the day and a TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle) will be on display – the TAPV is the newest armoured vehicle in Canadian Army’s fleet.
Recruiting information will be available for those interested in joining the Army Reserve, and the RMR Museum will be open showcasing its display of artefacts, uniforms, weapons, and equipment.
On 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 Eventbrite.ca
More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
Family, Medicine and Madness: the 2019 Low-Beer Lecture
On 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 jamesfitzgerald.ca
Image: courtesy of James Fitzgerald
Westmount Climate Debate
On Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm, a non-partisan environmental debate will take place at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, 5035 de Maisonneuve. Across Canada, 100 non-partisan environmental debates will be held with local candidates from each political party.
Robert Green, Green Party / Confirmed attendance
Franklin Gertler, NDP / Confirmed attendance
Jennifer Jetté, Bloc Québécois / Confirmed attendance
Marc Garneau, Liberal Party of Canada / Awaiting confirmation
Neil Drabkin, Conservative Party / Awaiting confirmation
On Friday, October 4 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Selwyn House School, 95 Côte St. Antoine, Geordie Theatre (geordie.ca) will be hosting a fundraiser screening of the documentary film I Am Eleven (iameleven.com).
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 $20/adults.
Tickets on sale at eventbrite.ca For more information contact Carol-Ann Hoyte at 514 931-9481 #2241.
Image: courtesy of Proud Mother Pictures
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9 am to 5 pm in the Westmount Public Library parking lot, 4574 Sherbrooke W.
The City of Westmount hosts a special collection day each spring and fall when residents may bring products for safe disposal. Bring your paint cans, solvents, batteries, old electronics, used clothing, and more. Consult the complete list of accepted items under the tab Household Hazardous Waste.
More information at 514 989-5390.
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
Art Westmount 2019
On Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6, the City of Westmount will stage the eighth edition of Art Westmount, a major group exhibition showcasing the community’s artists.
Since 2006, its mission has been to recognize and celebrate Westmount artists – be they amateur, emerging or established – offering them a rare opportunity to exhibit, un-juried and commission-free, in a beautiful venue. Come meet and encourage nearly 50 local artists and authors!
On Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 at 7:30 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, The Film Society will present a screening of the Hollywood silent classic, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, with live musicians. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1923) starring silent horror legend Lon Chaney is considered one of the more powerful and spectacular silent films of the 1920s, fully deserving of the big screen accompanied by church organ, piano, cello and violin.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Tickets at the door, cash only: 13.50$ + taxes; students & seniors, 9.50$ + taxes.
Purchase online at lavitrine.com
Popcorn, sweets and drinks will be available.
Visit the The Film Society’s Facebook page.
More information at 514 738-FILM.
On Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm at Victoria Hall, he Montreal Welsh Male Choir will perform the Dylan Thomas story The Outing. The concert is filled with an eclectic mix of Welsh and English songs, along with a dramatic reading of this hilarious story.
On Saturday, October 19 at 8 pm in Victoria Hall, the 15th Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival presents the English Inauguration of Connections.
Five artists – Bruce Sinclair, Marta Singh, Dimitrios Prousalis, Lynn Kozack, and Matt Goldber – will explore the question of making connections through storytelling. From the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan to Argentina via Ottawa, from Greece to the Mile End and back again, the storytellers will examine the human soul and its yearning to connect. Hosted by Stéphanie Bénéteau.
Centre 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!
Contactivity 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
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.
Thursdays until 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Westmount Room.
Fridays until 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 email@example.com. 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.
Monday, October 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, October 9 from 7 pm to 9 pm Film Club – Documentary – Free Solo (2018). A stunning, intimate, and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Discussions are led by Katherine Kasirer, NFB librarian. 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
Registration 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® withHow 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.
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
LEGO®CLUB 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.
Friday, October 11 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm Gaming at the Library. Come play video games! Snacks will be served. In the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 years)
And over at the 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 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.
Thursday, October 10 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm The Comedic Fiction of Colleen Curran. The playwright and author entertains from the three novels that make up her Lenore trilogy and introduces her new novel Out for Stars. With songs about the heavens from The Salinas Sisters ukulele players!
ATWATER LIBRARY CONNECT PROJECT
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
With funding from the Government of Canada.
Tuesday, October 8 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm A Hands-On Workshop on Spotting Fake News. With the federal election approaching, join in for activities and discussions that will allow you to see the difference between what is really fake and simply surprising information. With instructor Liz Perrin. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or email@example.com
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT
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.
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
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.
FILMPOEM VIDEO SCREENING
Tuesday, October 8 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Participants in the workshop led by poet Rachel McCrum show the videos they completed. All are welcome.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, October 9 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
A discussion of Small Country by Gaël Faye, translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone.