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Westmount Here & There
November 28, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

Winter Carnival Talent Show Auditions

Talent Show auditions - WestmountMag.caAre you a musician, singer, dancer, rapper, actor, comedian, or magician? Come show off your skills at the City of Westmount’s all-ages community talent show! Auditions will take place on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30.

Sign up by filling the online form.
More information at 514 989-5226.

 

Ascension of our Lord Choir Christmas Concert

Ascension of our Lord choirOn Sunday, December 1 at 3 pm at Ascension of our Lord Church, 375 Kitchener (corner Sherbrooke), the Ascension of our Lord Choir will present its Christmas concert, Adeste, under the direction of Music Director David Szanto. Works include organ pieces and seasonal music including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

Freewill offering. The proceeds will be directed to the church’s Capital Campaign fund.
For more information, please contact Donat Taddeo at donat.taddeo@gmail.com or 514 927-9964.

Image: courtesy of Ascension of Our Lord Church

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

xmas treeOn Monday, December 2 at 6 pm, join City Council members for this holiday celebration in the Lawnbowling Clubhouse, 401 Kensington.

The tree lighting will take place in front of City Hall followed by Christmas carols with Olaf, Elsa, and Anna, and hot chocolate at the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse. Bring the family!

More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: Pierre Tourigny via StockPholio.net

 

 

héma québec logoHÉMA-QUÉBEC BLOOD DRIVE

The Héma-Québec Blood Drive will take place on Wednesday, December 4 from 2:30 pm to 8 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.

Give blood. Give life.

More information at 514 989-5226 (Victoria Hall) or Héma-Québec

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS 2019

Candlelight Xmas - WestmountMag.caThe Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia’s beautiful Loyola Chapel, 7121 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, to present their highly anticipated Candlelight Christmas concerts from December 5 to 8.

Musical Director, Bob Bachelor, has selected an array of songs to represent numerous aspects of what the festive season means to one and all. Audiences can expect an eclectic repertoire that includes Jazz, Classical, Pop, and Broadway-style interpretations of holiday music from various parts of the world… in four different languages!

Lyric’s Christmas concerts always include some of Montreal’s most gifted instrumentalists and this year is no different with Sheila Hannigan on cello, Tim Malloch on flute, Robin Best playing the harp, and Peter Colantonio on both percussion and keyboards. Pianist Chad Linsley completes the quintet for an enchanting Candlelight Christmas experience.

Show dates and times: Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 at 8 pm ; Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm ; and Sunday, December 8 at 1:30 pm.

General admission seating – wheelchair accessible.
Tickets: adults $33 / students and seniors $30 / children 12 and under $16
Parking $6 on Campus, adjacent to the Chapel
Box Office: 514 743-3382, lyrictheatreboxoffice@gmail.com or lyrictheatrecompany.com

Donations of non-perishable goods and/or money for THE/LE DÉPÔT will be gratefully accepted at all four performances.

Image: courtesy of The Lyric Theatre Singers

Scouts Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Xmas tree WestmountMag.ca2nd Westmount Scouts will once again be selling Christmas trees and wreaths on Friday, December 6 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 7 from 10 am to noon at Mountainside United Church (Lansdowne at the Boulevard). There will be a selection of about 110 trees ranging in size from 4 ft to 11 ft. Wreaths are 12 in. diameter.

Trees: $45; wreaths: $30; delivery $10
Proceeds provide financial assistance to youth members to participate in scouting activities as well as offsetting costs of transportation to camps.

Image: Pierre Tourigny via StockPholio.net


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28TH ANNUAL TOY TEA

Toy Tea - WestmountMag.caWednesday, December 11 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, it’s the 28th Annual Toy Tea with more than one dozen Montreal school choirs performing throughout the day.

Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no entrance fee, but guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy for children aged 13 and under. For teenagers, there is a collection to purchase gift cards at various Montreal stores.

For more information visit toyteamontreal.org 

Image: courtesy of Toy Tea Montreal

WHA December Social: Prominent Westmounters

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On Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association’s traditional December celebration will take place with drinks and sweets. Photographs of prominent Westmounters, both men and women, from the Aline Gubbay Photo Archives will be shown during the course of the evening.

Additional information at westmounthistorical.org

DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Fowl Plays

Dramatis Personae - WestmountMag.caDramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre, presents its Fall production for 2019, Fowl Plays, in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Directed by Christopher Moore.

Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 14 at 2 pm; Monday, December 16 and December 17 at 7:30 pm.

Admission: suggested donation of $15 to $20.
Limited seating. Reserve at theatrewestmount.com
More information at 514 484-2016.

Image: courtesy of Dramatis Personae

THE PEOPLE’S GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT

peoples gospel choirOn Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 pm, in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the People’s Gospel Choir raises the roof in a holiday concert for all. In collaboration with the Rotary Club of Westmount.

Tickets: $20 adults / $10 children under 12. Cash only.
Tickets available at Victoria Hall or purchase online at Eventbrite
More information at 514 771-2250 (People’s Gospel Choir) or at 514 989-5226 (Westmount Community Events).

Image: courtesy of the People’s Gospel Choir

Holiday Concert: BARBARA LEWIS

Barbara Lewis - WestmountMag.caOn Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Barbara Lewis celebrates the holiday season with a beautiful selection of Christmas music and Chanukah songs guaranteed to warm your heart!

With special guests, Cherylyn Toca and Colleen Bartley.

Free tickets available at Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library.
For more about Barbara Lewis, visit barbaralewis.com
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy Barbara Lewis

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 centregreene.org 

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 contactivitycentre.org

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre


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Events at Westmount Public Library

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Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.

Thursdays until 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 dmiguez@westmount.org. In the Westmount Room.

Fridays until 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 dmiguez@westmount.org. In the Westmount Room.

Monday, December 2 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 dmiguez@westmount.org or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, December 4 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – Louise Lecavalier: Body Speech (2014) and Sur son cheval de feu (2018). With special guest Jane Mappin. These two films tell the inspiring story of an irrepressible artist who, working with choreographer Édouard Lock, revolutionized contemporary dance in the 1980s. A dance graduate of York University (B.F.A.) and UQAM (masters – creation), Jane Mappin has thirty-five years of experience as an interpreter, choreographer and teacher of contemporary dance. 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.

Monday, December 9 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Kathy Reichs, American writer, professor, and forensic anthropologist, born in Chicago on July 7, 1948. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, December 11 from 10:15 am to 12:15
Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd
. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Members propose themes at the beginning of each session and every two weeks after that. Everyone is welcome! In the Boardroom.

Wednesday, December 11 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – First Contact film viewing. Multimedia artist and director Scott MacLeod will show and discuss his short animated film, First Contact. At the turn of the first millennium in what is now Newfoundland, an Indigenous Proto-Beothuk hunting party and Norse Greenlanders chance upon each other for the first time. 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.



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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.

Thursday, November 28 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)

Saturday, November 30 from 10:15 am to 11:15 am
Saturday Morning PJs and Cartoons. Wear your PJs, enjoy a light breakfast, and have fun watching some retro cartoons.

Monday, December 2 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 dmiguez@westmount.org or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.

Monday, December 2 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – La plus grosse poutine du monde by Andrée Poulin. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 12 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom.

Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
English Book Club for Teens – Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 years)

Saturday, December 7 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Writing Workshop for Tweens. Writing workshop with Andrew Katz, MA in Creative Writing. In the Westmount Room.  (9 years +)

Saturday, December 14 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Writing Workshop for Tweens. Writing workshop with Andrew Katz, MA in Creative Writing. In the Westmount Room.  (9 years +)



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And over at the Atwater Library…

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1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl

LUNCHTIME SERIES

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, November 28 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Writer and explorer Adam Shoalts shares stories of his amazing adventures in the far north and discusses his new book Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic. Copies of the new book as well as his earlier ones will be on sale.

Thursday, December 5 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Nathalie M. Cooke, McGill University Professor and Associate Dean and founding editor of CuiZine, conducts a tour of Christmas fare in Canada and discusses food traditions of other celebrations of light during the winter solstice.

Thursday, December 12 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
The Orpheus Singers, conducted by Peter Schubert, perform a program of seasonal music, including a couple of Christmas sing-alongs.


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 richard@atwaterlibrary.ca
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 richard@atwaterlibrary.ca
With funding from the Government of Canada.


SPECIAL FILM SCREENING

Friday, November 29 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
At Concordia University’s 4th Space. A special public screening of a 22-minute film about the creative journey of a group of seniors whom Atwater Library Community Development Librarian Eric Craven linked to Concordia University academics. The film shows how the seniors went about telling the stories of members of their generation who shaped Montreal. For more information visit storytelling.concordia.ca


AWE WORKSHOP

Sunday, December 1 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
AWE Workshop Public Performance. Participants in the A Soundtrack for Your Words workshop led by Ian Ferrier and Moe Clark present their work.


ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM

Wednesday, December 4 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Budgeting for the Holidays
. Liz Perrin conducts an information session on how to maintain a budget, comparison shop, and protect your finances from online fraud around the holidays. With Q&A. No advance registration.


ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, December 11 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
A discussion on Milkman by Anna Burns.


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Consult our community calendar for more events.

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