A look at events happening in and around Westmount
RMR EXHIBITION: REMEMBERING AFGHANISTAN
Until Sunday, November 10, the Royal Montreal Regiment Museum, 4625 Saint-Catherine W, presents the exhibition Remembering Afghanistan: Reflections of Canadian Soldiers. The project is the result of 12 personal testimonies given by RMR members who volunteered to go to Afghanistan and their reflections on the time they spent there and how it has affected them. The exhibition provides a unique look at the multiple ways Canadians participated in the conflict that took place between 2001 and 2014.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Image: courtesy of the Royal Montreal Regiment Museum
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, until Tuesday, November 26.
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
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
Daniel Libeskind: Edge of Order
On Wednesday November 6 at 8 pm at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal (metro Côte-Ste-Catherine, bus 129), Daniel Libeskind, the “starchitect” behind the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Royal Ontario Museum Crystal expansion, will give the keynote speech for the Library’s 2019 Jewish Book Month festivities.
Libeskind will take the audience through his influential career and offer a retrospective of his oeuvre, revealing the process and inspiration that has guided his acclaimed work and inspiring audiences to find new dimensions to their own creativity.
Sweet table with book sale and signing will follow the lecture.
Admission: $30; $25 for library members (advance purchase) and students.
Tickets and more information at 514 345-6416.
On Thursday, November 7 at 11 am at the Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, participate in a guided meditation session and engage with art in a different way using mindfulness. With Nicole Rolland, yoga and meditation teacher and author of Stepping into Consciousness – A Guide to Living a life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance. Session on chairs.
Places are limited. Registration required at Eventbrite.ca More information at 514 989-5226.
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.
On Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place from 10 am to 5 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library, all proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale.
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.
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.
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.
Wednesday, November 13 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, November 13 from 7 pm to 9 pm Film Club – Documentary – Becoming Labrador (2019). In the stark Labrador interior, a growing number of Filipino workers have recently landed in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay, travelling halfway around the world for jobs and a better life. 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.
Saturday, November 16 from 10 am to noon Guess the Giller. Join in for a special breakfast and meet Shelley Pomerance and Library staff who will discuss the books that have been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s largest literary prize. 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.
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)
Friday, November 15 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, 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.
Thursday, November 14 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Peter Blaikie, media commentator, retired lawyer and former politician, reflects on current issues.
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.
Tuesday, November 12 from 1 pm to 3 pm Hands-on workshop. Instructor Liz Perrin shows you applications, settings and websites helpful for travel planning, scheduling and many other practical uses. Participants may use their own device or reserve one of the Library’s. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
Wednesday, November 13 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Jaimie Yue, registered dietitian-nutritionist and founder of NutriVie Santé, shares tips and recipes for affordable and nutritious meals and holiday gifts.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, November 13 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
A discussion on Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.