Westmount Here & There
February 20, 2020
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
THE GALLERY AT VICTORIA HALL – Call for submissions
The Westmount Community Events Office invites Westmount artists to send in their proposals for the 2020-2021 exhibitions of the Gallery at Victoria Hall. Emerging or professional artists who are residents or work in an artist studio in Westmount are invited to apply.
Located next to the Westmount Public Library, the Gallery at Victoria Hall presents seven art exhibitions annually, including a community youth art show and a summer group exhibition.
Proposals are evaluated by the Gallery Selection Committee which is made up of local artists. Selected artists will be offered a solo, duo, trio or group exhibition in the Gallery at the discretion of the Committee.
Deadline to apply: April 15, 2020
For more information about the requirements at 514 989-5265 or visit the Gallery at Victoria Hall’s web page.
Image: Andrew Burlone
WHA TALK: DOCUMENTING LOCAL HERITAGE
BASED ON FAMILIAR TERRITORY
On Thursday, February 20 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 MacKay Smith, author.
MacKay L. Smith, a native Westmounter, has self-published a series of four illustrated monographs about Montreal, each concentrating on a specific theme and containing a wealth of images. The books are Montreal’s Sherbrooke Street, Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, Memories and Profiles of McGill University, and Montreal’s Three Mountains. Next – Westmount’s Own Golden Square Mile in 2020-21.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non-members.
Additional information at westmounthistorical.org
HÉMA-QUÉBEC BLOOD CLINIC
The Héma-Québec Blood Clinic will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 2:30 pm to 8 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Give the gift of life.
More information at 514 989-5226 (Victoria Hall) or Héma-Québec.
LET’S TALK OPERA!
Sunday, March 8 at 2 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on La voix humaine by Poulenc and L’Hiver attend beaucoup de moi by Jobidon & St-Onge.
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
The Garden as History: What’s past is prologue
On Tuesday, March 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents The Garden as History: What’s past is prologue with Nicholas Hoare.
Nicholas Hoare trained as a professional gardener in England and Holland, specializing in cross-pollination, particularly of bulbs. Faced with Canada’s short season, he switched to bookselling and now gardens as a hobby. Enjoy an evening of stories from his life in the garden.
Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $7.
More information at 514 233-2788.
Image: courtesy of the Westmount Horticultural Society
Centre Greene Activities
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!
For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit centregreene.org
Image: courtesy of Centre Greene
Activities at Contactivity
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
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!
Westmount 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 westlib.org to view the events calendar.
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, February 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Mary Soderstrom discusses her latest book, Frenemy Nations: Love and Hate between Neighbo(u)ring States.
Thursday, February 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Artist, teacher and blogger Shari Blaukopf traces her life story, shows slides of her watercolours and displays some of her sketchbooks.
Thursday, March 5 from 12:30 to 2:15 pm
A screening of the new documentary film Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power (full-length 92-minute version) with an introduction by Peter Pearson, longtime Atwood friend, retired filmmaker and Cinémagique leader.
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, February 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Karyn Moffatt of McGill University, explains how digital technology is shaped by the people who use it and why it is often maladapted to the needs of seniors. She will describe successful efforts to make improvements for older adults and invite audience participation. Discussion with Q&A.
ATWATER LIBRARY AWE PROJECT
Tuesday, February 25 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Copy Yourself: An Intro to Zine Making. Billy Mavreas leads a creative workshop through which participants will make their own ready-to-copy 8-page zine. This workshop is FREE but REGISTRATION is required at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
Wednesday, March 4 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Deborah Leahy, Investment Advisor with Edward Jones, conducts an information session on Women and Finances: An Essential Guide to the Basics of Saving, Investing and Planning. Discussion with Q&A.