A look at events happening in and around Westmount
THE GALLERY AT VICTORIA HALL – Pinchevsky and Thomson
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present a duo exhibition featuring artists Marcel Pinchevsky and Colin Thomson, from Thursday, October 24 to Tuesday, November 26.
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Tuesday, October 29 from 2 pm to 3 pm – Art Gallery Club: Drop in for a casual discussion about the current exhibition over a cup of tea.
More information at 514 989-5265.
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
Catherine Benny Solo Exhibition
From Thursday, October 24 to Monday, October 28 at the Centre d’art E. K. Voland, 4710 St-Ambroise, Montreal, Westmount artist Catherine Benny will present her latest works.
Thursday, October 24 from 11 am to 8 pm
Friday, October 25 from 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday, October 26 – Vernissage – from 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, October 27 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Monday, October 28 from 11 am to 6 pm
On Friday, October 25 at 7:30 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve O, Théâtre Ouest End welcomes Halloween with Something Scary? an evening of readings from a great gathering of Montreal playwrights and performers including: Jake Archer, Marie Barlizo, Anna Burkholder, Pepita Capriolo, Miriam Cummings, Kate Hammer, Debra Kirshenbaum, Gabe Maharjan, Greta Hofman Nemiroff and Merlin Simard.
Admission is pay-what-you-think, and there will be Halloween treats too!
For more information contact Laura Mitchell at 514-346-4695 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Convergence at Westmount Park United Church
On Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, experience Convergence, a harmonious flow of music to move you.
Feel the magic of an Andean Walkabout, the vibrational delight of Valencia, experience a transformation through Korngold’s String Quartet No. 2 in Eb Maj, Op 26 performed by Montreal Music Collective’s Emmy Tisdel (violinist), Kiarra Beckman (violinist), Emily Rekrut-Prussey (viola) and Rebecca Hecht (cellist).
Pre-concert reception at 6:45 pm.
Tickets at the door, cash only: 25 $ adults; 15 $ seniors; 10 $ students
and on Eventbrite
Proceeds go to Westmount Park United Church.
Image: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church
LET’S TALK OPERA!
On Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.
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
An Evening with Margaret Trudeau
On Wednesday, October 30 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, Margaret Trudeau will share her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.
From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate.
One-hour talk. Books available for purchase. Book signing.
Available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online at Eventbrite.ca
More information at 514 989-5226.
On Thursday, October 31 at the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, 401 Avenue Kensington, visit the Dark Chapel on Halloween night! The whole family is invited to this terrifying and fun evening hosted by Westmount Public Security Department from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
On Friday, November 1 at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, the Theresa Foundation’s 10th Annual Benefit Concert will take place in support of the grandmothers of Mnjale village in Malawi, and its surrounding communities, in their struggle to raise children orphaned by AIDS.
This year’s exciting line-up features Theresa Foundation benefit favourites: The Stephen Barry Band; Linda Morrison and Friends; The Good Buddies; The Burton Street Singers; Peter Kalichman, Daniel Kalichman & Richard Weiss; Senior Staff; Inspire Ladies by Ricardo Bureos; … and more!
Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $30 (includes a glass of bubbly in celebration of the 10th anniversary!)
There will be a cash bar serving wine, beer and goodies, and a raffle and silent auction.
On Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm in Victoria Hall, La musique des Fusiliers Mont-Royal presents a ciné-concert to celebrate the regiment’s 150th anniversary. The program will feature forty musicians performing live, with images from the Great War to the present day.
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
Rescue Me! Fundraiser
On Wednesday, November 6 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Atwater Club, 3505 Atwater, Humane Society International/Canada invites the public to attend its Rescue Me! social event. Come join in for a night of great wine, live music, delicious plant-based canapés and a silent auction featuring some very special items up for bid.
Every year the HSI’s dedicated Animal Rescue Team saves hundreds of the most neglected and abused animals. The team is on the ground, bringing hope to animals who need it most, from horrific dog meat farms in South Korea to appalling Canadian puppy mills and roadside zoos. Members of the team will be on hand to talk about their work and learn more about what inspires donors to help animals.
Proceeds from this event go directly to HSI’s ongoing animal rescue efforts and its emergency shelter in Montreal.
To purchase tickets visit hsi.org/rescueme or contact the HSI office at 514 395-2914.
Image: courtesy of Humane Society International/Canada
Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 10:30 am to 5 pm, the annual Artisans Westmount event will take place in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Artisans Westmount is the perfect place to discover one-of-a-kind creations. Come admire the wonderful variety of quality items for sale by this year’s fantastic artisans: jewelry, ceramics, stationary, accessories, toys, and more – perfect gifts for the holiday season.
Admission: non-perishable food items or $2 for Public Security’s annual holiday food drive.
More information at 514 989-5226 or on the Artisans Westmount Facebook page
REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY
The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Westmount invite citizens to the Remembrance Day Commemorative Service to be held Sunday, November 10 at 2 pm at the Cenotaph next to Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W, to remember and honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
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.
Saturday, October 26 at 2 pm Saturday Cinema – The Public(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.
Wednesday, October 30 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.
Monday, November 4 from 4 pm to 6 pm FULL – 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 email@example.com or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, November 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm Author Lecture Series: Richard Foltz. The author of Iran in World History presents Scythians, Silks, and Sufis: The Iranian Peoples in History from the Balkans to China. The Iranian peoples, including Scythians, Persians, Kurds, and others, have played major roles throughout human history including the introduction of equestrian culture into Europe, the establishment of the Silk Road, and the mystical expressions of Rumi. 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.
Thursdays, November 7 to December 5 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, November 8 to December 6 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.
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.
Saturday, October 26 Halloween Extravaganza.
5 to 8-year-olds: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
9 to 13-year-olds: 7 pm to 9 pm
Come celebrate Harry Potter! This year’s new location will be Victoria Hall, magically transformed into Hogwarts! Decorate a pumpkin at home (no carving please) and bring it into the Library until October 25 for the annual pumpkin decorating contest. When you bring in your decorated pumpkin, you will receive a free ticket to one of the events. Prizes will be awarded for the pumpkin contest during the events. Be sure to wear your costume or cloak! Tickets required – space is limited.
Monday, October 28 from 4 pm to 5 pm French Book Club – Une histoire à quatre voix by Anthony Browne. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom.
Thursday, October 31 from 4 pm to 5 pm Advanced Readers Book Club – Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)
Friday, November 1 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Music and Nature by the Season. With music educator Alison Notkin. A workshop filled with songs and science for the very young! In the Storytime Room. (2 to 5 year olds)
Saturday, November 2
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.
Thursday, November 7 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 +)
Thursday, November 7 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 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)
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, October 24 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
A talk by Christopher Lyons, McGill University’s Head Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections, on A Trip Through Time: 4,000 years of Accessible History at the McGill Library. Join him for an overview of the contents of McGill’s valuable and varied holdings.
Thursday, October 31 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Joe Schwarcz, PhD, Director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society, gives a presentation on Houdini for Hallowe’en.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
With funding from the Government of Canada.
AWE AFTERNOON WRITING ACTIVITY
Thursday, October 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm Deanna Smith offers exercises and writing prompts related to managing changes in life, metamorphoses, loss, and the arrival of new opportunities. She is a Montreal-based poet, performer and educator who believes deeply in the healing and transformative power of words. Free – no registration necessary. With funding from Canadian Heritage.
ATWATER LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE
Friday, October 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to 3 pm
In the reading room on the main floor. Books galore plus CDs, all for bargain prices!
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT
Saturday, November 2 from 6 pm to 8 pm
The Atwater Poetry Project, curated by Rachel McCrum, presents readings by the poets shortlisted for the 2019 Quebec Writers’ Federation A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry: Kaie Kellough, Tess Liem and Shannon Webb-Campbell.
ATWATER LIBRARY ANNUAL BENEFIT COCKTAIL PARTY
Wednesday, November 6 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Join Guest of Honour Paul K. Marchand for a gala evening at the Library in support of its educational programs for the community. Tickets priced at $150 ($125 tax receipt) are available online from CanadaHelps and at the Library from Tanya Mayhew.