Westmount Here & There
October 3, 2019

A look at events happening in and around 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 

NDG-Westmount Climate Debate

débats environnement - WestmountMag.caOn Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm, the NDG-Westmount riding climate 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. This is your chance to sound out federal candidates on their climate and environmental platforms. Co-hosts: Coalition Climat Montréal, Leap Montreal, Loyola sustainability, and Transition NDG.

Candidates invited:
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

Confirm your presence.

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


logo CEAC - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 from noon to 6 pm at Espace SAT, 1201 Saint Laurent, the CÉAC invites the public to VOLUME 2 MTL, the second edition of the art books and artists’ books fair.

The CÉAC is a collective of art publishers, grouped to collectively reflect on all aspects and all possible forms of publishing contemporary art publications, from design to distribution.

Entrance is free.
For more information visit

Art Westmount 2019

Art Westmount 2019 - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 from 11 am to 5 pm, in Victoria Hall, 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

Montreal Welsh Male Choir Concert

welsh male choirOn 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.

Tickets: $20, available at Victoria Hall.
More information at 514 989-5226 or visit 

Image: courtesy of the Montreal Welsh Male Choir

Projection Week Events

Projection Week - WestmountMag.caDeath, loss and end-of-life issues affect us all – let’s talk about them! Projection Week is an opportunity to spotlight the power of our creativity and explore major questions about life – and death– from different points of view and disciplines: philosophical, medical, social, artistic, and educational. In collaboration with McGill University’s Council on Palliative Care.

On Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, Sandy Lipkis will present Talking to Children About Cancer, part of a new and remarkable three-part book series about the impact cancer has on children after the diagnosis of a family member.

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

On Wednesday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, Victoria Leblanc will present A Creative Journey: Moving Through Grief with Words and Images with poems from her recent collection, Hold, as well as drawings and paintings that document the loss of her mother.

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

More information on both events at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount


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On Thursday, October 17 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 speakers Adam Cutler and Peter Trent.

Adam Cutler will speak about important life-shaping events that made his mother May the force that Westmounters came to know. He will touch on her publishing legacy with Tundra Press.

Former Westmount mayor Peter Trent will discuss the post-1987 political career of this renegade woman, whom he came to know well during this period.

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

Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival 2019

Montreal intercultural storytelling festival - WestmountMag.caOn 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.

Tickets: $15
Available online at
More information at 514 989-5226 or visit

On Sunday, October 20 from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, storyteller Marta Singh will present The Key to the Kingdom, an event for families and children 6 and up, in the Westmount Room.

A full hour of power-packed storytelling, from action rhymes for the young and not so young, to ghost tales for the bold and not so bold. Grandparents and parents who come unaccompanied by their kids and grandkids will leave not just with The Key to the Kingdom, but with a treasure trove of stories to share when they get home.

Registration is required at 514 989-5229.

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 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 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 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 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.

Tuesday, October 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture Series – Inside Stories About Canadian Authors and Publishers – By Two of Them: Anna Porter, OC, Canadian publisher and Sylvia Fraser, Canadian novelist, journalist, and travel writer. 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, October 16 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 16 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 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
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)

Thursday, October 17 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club – Title 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, 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!

Thursday, October 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Oscar-winning filmmaker Beverly Shaffer screens her documentary short Mr. Mergler’s Gift, about the final chapter in the life of an exceptional Montreal piano teacher.


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, 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


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.


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.


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, October 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Howard P. Riback, caregiver and therapist, gives a presentation on addiction and caregiving: Understanding Addiction and Finding Help. With refreshments and discussion.


Wednesday, October 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Ann Soden
, Ad. E., Elder Law lawyer and mediator, and Anna Kamateros, notary, will conduct an information session on Wills and Other End-Of-Life Legal Issues. Moderated Q&A. Co-sponsored by PROJECTION: A Week of Dialogue.

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Consult our community calendar for more events.

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