Westmount Here & There
March 19, 2020

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are now cancelled or postponed. We have indicated those that are when we receive official notification, but still await news from some organizers. Please contact them for further information.


Galerie du Victoria Hall - Victoria Hall Gallery – WestmountMag.caThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring artists Anna Gedalof and Bruce Roberts until Saturday, March 28.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5265.

Image: Andrew Burlone


logo Artisans Westmount - WestmountMag.caThe Westmount Community Events Division is inviting artisans to submit their work for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Artisans Westmount. This event aims to showcase high quality, handmade and functional goods for sale in Victoria Hall the weekend of November 14 and 15.

Selected artisans will then be asked to submit samples of their work at Victoria Hall:

Drop-off of selected Artisan’s samples: Friday, April 24  from 10 am to 7 pm
All items will be reviewed and juried on Saturday, April 25 in the morning
Pick-up of samples: Saturday, April 25 from noon to 5 pm
Artisans will be notified of the Jury’s decision in early May.
Participation fee: $125

All interested artisans are invited to register online by Tuesday, March 31.

2020 McEntyre Writing Competition

Peter McEntyre was the Mayor of the City of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. He set up a trust fund to support an annual writing competition to encourage young people to think about the idea of community and to learn more about their own communities.

You may compete if you go to school in Westmount (elementary or secondary, grades 1–11), live in Westmount or are a member of a library in Westmount.
This year you are invited to write about what freedom means to you.
Submit your entry to the Children’s Desk, Westmount Public Library, no later than 9 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020.

To find out how to participate, please visit the Library’s website.
More information at 514 989-5229.


Summer Concert Series - WestmountMag.ca

The Westmount Community Events Division is inviting musicians to submit their candidacy for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Concert Series.

This series brings live music to the public in a relaxed outdoor setting and aims to showcase a variety of live music from emerging or professional small jazz ensembles, classical, folk, and pop groups.

Please note that all performers are required to provide their own technical equipment and technician (if required).

All interested groups are invited to register by Thursday, April 9, 2020.


Galerie du Victoria Hall - Victoria Hall Gallery – WestmountMag.caThe 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.

Please send your complete proposal by email, mail, drop it off in person at the Community Events Office or fill in the online form.

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


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On Thursday, March 19 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 speakers Nancy Dunton and Helen Malkin.

In A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal, Nancy Dunton and Helen Malkin looked at the architecture of the last thirty-five years in Montreal – the buildings and places which they would like people to discover. The book includes a whole gamut of building types from university buildings to houses to public places, all presented in the context of their neighbourhoods.

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

CANCELLED – Jazz at the Gallery

Jazz at The Gallery - WestmountMag.caOn Friday, March 20 from 6 pm in The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, enjoy a jazz trio in an intimate setting, surrounded by the current art exhibition.

Tickets: $5 (includes a drink)
Doors open at 6 pm. Concert at 7 pm. Cash bar.
Tickets available at Victoria Hall, Westmount Public Library and online at Eventbrite.ca
More information at 514 989-5226.

Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount 


Bowser and Blue - WestmountMag.caOn Saturday, March 21 at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, Bowser & Blue take the stage for an energetic and irreverent performance of their comedy and music. Attend this hit show in an iconic venue and raise a glass to the first days of Spring!

6:30 pm – cash bar opens
7:30 pm – show starts
Intermission: 15 minutes
Tickets: $30 – available at eventbrite.ca
Presented by The Rotary Club of Westmount.

Image: courtesy of Bowser & Blue

POSTPONED – Building Sustainable Cities

Larry Beasley - Westmountmag.caOn Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the City of Westmount is hosting Larry Beasley, former Vancouver Director of Urban Planning and one of the world’s most renowned urban planners, as part of the revision of its Urban Master Plan.

How can we design our cities to meet the social, economic and environmental challenges of our century? The answer is not simple, but we can certainly say that the challenges of 2020, such as the climate crisis, soaring housing prices or the threat to our commercial streets, are forcing us to rethink our current models.

Free event. Reserve your place on Eventbrite

Image: Marina Dodis

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – 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

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – 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

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – 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 westlib.org to view the events calendar.


And over at the Atwater Library…

Atwater Library - WestmountMag.ca

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

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response – Starting March 15, the Atwater Library is closed for two weeks in response to the public health authorities’ advice. The plan now is to reopen on Monday, March 30. 

Services by phone, email and Internet
Atwater Library staff are busy providing help and information by phone and email. They’d be pleased to hear from you. Phone: 514 935-7344 daytime weekdays and Saturdays. Email: info@atwaterlibrary.ca


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, March 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
CANCELLED – WILL BE RESCHEDULED. Taylor Owen of McGill University gives a talk on how digital technologies threaten democracy and what we can do about it. In collaboration with the Connect Project.

Thursday, March 26 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
CANCELLED – A Brief History of 1970s Pop Rock. Musician, author, ethnomusicologist and Concordia professor Craig Morrison tells stories about the era’s top singer-songwriters and demonstrates how rock mixed with pop, blues, country, jazz, and classical music.

Thursday, April 2 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Author Sherry Simon discusses her latest book Translation Sites: A Field Guide.


Thursday, March 19 from 5 pm to 7 pm
CANCELLED – Budgeting 101, a presentation of the Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program in partnership with Literacy in Action in Lennoxville. Liz Perrin conducts an information session on creating and maintaining a budget, and protecting your finances from online fraud. Please note that this is NOT at the Atwater Library but instead in Lennoxville.

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Questions about your computer or device? Email richard@atwaterlibrary.ca or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week.

eBooks and digital audiobooks: Thanks to generous donors, the Library recently increased its selection of digital books for your reading and listening pleasure. For information and help: 514 935-7344 or ebooks@atwaterlibrary.ca

Mondays from noon to 3 pm
CANCELLED – 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.

Monday, March 23 from 11 am to 1 pm
CANCELLED – Buying a Device, a free help session, part of the weekly Connect Project Internet Peer Café: Come get some helpful advice before buying a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Stay to experiment with tablets and laptops before making your final decision. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy at 514 935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca

Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
CANCELLED – 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.

Tuesday, March 24 from 4 pm to 6 pm
CANCELLED – Your 2019 Tax Return, presented in partnership with the Regional Association of West Quebecers at the Shawville-Clarendon Library. Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an overview of 2019 provisions of federal and provincial income tax, particularly pertaining to seniors. Please note that this is NOT at the Atwater Library but instead in Shawville.


Saturday, March 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm
CANCELLED – The Atwater Poetry Project, curated by Rachel McCrum, presents readings by poets Canisia Lubrin, Klara du Plessis and Monika Rinck. Facebook event.


Saturday, April 4 from 2 pm to 5 pm
The Power of Place: Making a Communal Memory Map. Writer and artist Kathleen Winter leads the first session of a two-afternoon workshop to make a communal tapestry for display at the Atwater Library. This workshop is free but space is limited and registration for both afternoon sessions is required: elise.m@videotron.ca 

Sunday, April 5 from 2 pm to 5 pm
The Power of Place: Making a Communal Memory Map. Writer and artist Kathleen Winter leads the second and concluding session of a workshop to make a communal tapestry for display at the Atwater Library. This workshop is free but space is limited and registration for both afternoon sessions is required: elise.m@videotron.ca 

Feature image: Andrew BurloneBouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.ca

Consult our community calendar for more events.

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