Westmount Here & There
December 5, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount


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, or

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


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 

Image: courtesy of Toy Tea Montreal

WHA December Social: Prominent Westmounters

Westmount Historical Association logo

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



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
More information at 514 484-2016.

Image: courtesy of Dramatis Personae



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
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy Barbara Lewis

Orpheus Singers – Swing with the Bachs!

orpheus singersOn Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 pm, the Orpheus Singers, perform music that has inspired J.S. Bach at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 137 Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Métro Place-des-Arts, bus 80).

Johann Sebastian Bach was surrounded by musicians in his family, composers who were models for him. In this program, you’ll hear pieces by his cousins Johann Michael, Johann Ludwig, and Johann Christoph, fine composers in their own right who laid the groundwork on which he built his towering oeuvre.

Tickets: Adults, $18 in advance / $20 at the door; Seniors and Students, $12 in advance / $15 at the door.
More information at 514 693-1634 or visit

Image: courtesy of the Orpheus Singers

Lessons and Carols –  A traditional service with a twist

choir of the Church of St. Mathias - WestmountMag.caOn Sunday December 15 at 5 pm at the Church of St. Matthias, 131 Chemin de la Cote St-Antoine, join the church choir for Lessons and Carols – A traditional service with a twist featuring holiday carols and music by Berlin, Tavener, Part, Wedd and Lauridsen. With Organist/Choir Director Scott Bradford. Free admission.

For more information contact Scott Bradford at 514 951-2947.

Image: courtesy of the Church of St. Matthias


houseplants - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, December 18 at 6 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W, the monthly Climate Café meeting will host a Holiday Plant Exchange and Vegetarian Potluck. Give a plant as healthy as you would like to receive! RSVP by Monday, December 16.

The Climate Café is a non-religious event open to everyone, organized by Westmount Park United Church as part of its Faith in Nature Centre, a community committed to building lasting relationship and partnerships for the well-being of the environment. Come to meet the growing number of neighbours who are concerned and want to make a difference!

For more information contact Rev. Neil Whitehouse at

Image: Min An from Pexels

Ensemble Caprice – Christmas Oratorio

Ensemble Caprice - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, December 18 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Award-winning Montreal group Ensemble Caprice will perform J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Tickets: $10
Available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online at
Visit Ensemble Caprice’s web site at
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Ensemble Caprice


chanukah menorahOn Monday, December 23 at 5 pm, the City of Westmount, in collaboration with Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and Temple Emmanu-El-Beth Sholom, invite the community to celebrate the festival of lights with music, games, and traditional refreshments.

Candle lighting and reception at the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, 401 Kensington, followed by ceremonial lighting outside City Hall. Friends from all backgrounds, faiths, and religions are welcome!

Information at 514 989-5226.

Image: via

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 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 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 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.

Monday, December 16 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 or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.

Tuesday, December 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – The Farewell (2019). Come share your passion for the cinema! Watch a great film on a large screen in a relaxed atmosphere, then chat about it afterwards. Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In Victoria Hall.

Wednesday, December 18 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.

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 +)

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, 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.

Thursday, December 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Veteran actor Barrie Baldaro gives a dramatic reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.


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.


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.


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, December 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Caregivers Got Talent. Talent sharing and creative expression by caregivers. With refreshments and discussion.

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Consult our community calendar for more events.

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