Westmount Here & There
January 9, 2020

A look at events happening in and around Westmount


On Sunday, January 12 at 2 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Written on Skin by George Benjamin.

Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caOpéra 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

WHS TALK: Creating a Beautiful Garden

beautiful garden - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, January 14 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Ismael Hautecoeur who will give a talk on Creating a Beautiful Garden.

Ismael Hautecoeur is a trained landscape architect and philosopher devoted to the development and promotion of urban splendour through agriculture and edible landscapes. Gardener at heart, at times a guerrilla gardener, he now works to green and feed sections of Montreal North. Come and find out how to create more beauty in your garden, or a green space in your community.

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $7.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: courtesy of the Westmount Horticultural Society

THE GALLERY AT VICTORIA HALL – Dubreuil, Fretz and Hemami

gallery at victoria hall westmountThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present a a group exhibition featuring artists Heather Dubreuil, John Fretz and Mana Hemami from January 16 to February 15.

Vernissage: January 15 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Open to everyone.
Art Gallery Club: January 21 from 2 pm to 3 pm. Drop in for a casual discussion over a cup of tea about the exhibition.
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


Westmount Historical Association logo


On Thursday, January 16 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Winter 2020 Lecture Series, guest speaker Brian Merrett, photographer.

With architectural historian François Rémillard, photographer Brian Merrett has co-authored three books on Montreal’s architectural heritage. In Mansions of the Golden Square Mile (1987), Montreal Architecture: A Guide to Styles and Building (1990 and 2007), and Belles demeures historiques de l’île de Montréal (2016), Merrett’s widely respected photography warmly compliments Rémillard’s texts.

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

Free Concert: Toward the Sea

Projet iso - WestmountMag.caOn Wednesday, January 22 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Projet iso presents Toward the Sea, a program that brings together the oeuvres of Canadian, Australian and Japanese composers inspired by Indonesian music.

Projet iso is a chamber music collective that focuses on unconventional works and aims to highlight oeuvres by Canadian composers. In collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library and on
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of Projet iso 


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On Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 pm, Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, presents English Wit, classical music performed by Montreal Music Collective.

An evening of witty classical music by composers: Johann Sebastian Bach’s, Bach Chaconne; Franz Joseph Haydn, Haydn Op. 77 No 1; Paul Wiancko’s American Haiku and Elizabeth Maconchy’s String Quartet No. 3 (1938). Performed by: Adam Jeffreys, violin; Kiarra Saito-Beckman, violin; Emily Rekrut-Pressey, viola and Leah Plave, cello. Proceeds go to Westmount Park United Church.

Tickets on Eventbrite: Adults $30, Seniors: $20, Students: $10
At the Door: $35

Image: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church

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!

NEW – Seniors’ Fitness Program starting in the new year!
Please reserve at 931-6202.

NEW – Simple Eats! Seniors’ Cooking Program with MaryLynn
A series of monthly culinary workshops starting on Wednesday, January 15 from 10 am to 1 pm. Cost is $20 per workshop.
Please reserve at 931-6202.

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

The Westmount Public Library offers a variety of activities and events for all tastes and interests including Film Clubs, Poetry Workshops, Let’s Talk Opera, Knitting Club, Book Clubs and more!

photo: Meet the MascotWestmount Library’s events and programs for kids and teens

The Library also offers a host of activities for children and teens including Book Clubs, Gaming at the Library, Movies, Arts and Crafts, Storytimes and much more!

Visit to view the events calendar.

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, January 9 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Dr. Anja Borck gives a presentation on the Emile Berliner Musée des Ondes, which is housed in the RCA Building in Saint-Henri.

Thursday, January 16 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Housing Options for Seniors. Janet Torge shares Radical Resthomes’ vision and discusses housing models that meet seniors’ needs.

Thursday, January 23 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Veteran CJAD broadcaster Tommy Schnurmacher discusses his memoir Makeup Tips from Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved My Mother’s Life.


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, January 14 from 1 pm to 3 pm
A Hands-on Workshop on the A to Z of Digital Photography with Liz Perrin. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or 


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, January 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Let’s Talk about Dementia: Caregiver Testimonial for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month with Tommy Schnurmacher, broadcaster and author, and Jessica Seidman, Coordinator – Clinical Services, Alzheimer Society of Montreal. Refreshments and discussion.


Wednesday, January 22 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Programs and Services For Seniors – Service CanadaMichèle Payette, Citizen Service Specialist, Service Canada, conducts an information session on Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement, OAS Allowance for spouses and common-law partners, issues for immigrant seniors, issues for caregivers, and more. Discussion with Q&A.

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Consult our community calendar for more events.

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