A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Parks and Open Spaces in Westmount: 1890-1990
On Thursday, September 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 2018 Lecture Series, guest speaker Dr. Ron Williams, Professor (retired), School of Urbanism and Landscape Architecture, Université de Montréal.
Favoured by an ideal southern exposure, Westmount’s location on the slopes of Mount Royal provides a magnificent natural setting. Over the years, its unique resources were exploited by enlightened citizens and municipal officers to create a variety of parks and open green spaces. This talk will explore some of these fascinating spaces and their development in relation to the city’s evolution.
On Friday, September 21 from 10 am to 3 pm at Prince Albert Square on Sherbrooke Street W, visit parking spaces transformed by local community groups into fun mini-parks during the global Park(ing) Day event.
Westmount Scouts: A sailboat made of straw on a blue ground symbolizing the sea will be displayed under the Scouts banner with an information booth about the Scouts organization to promote a green environment and a healthy lifestyle among young people.
Association of Pedestrians and Cyclists of Westmount: Historic photographs of Montreal’s first cyclists and the “Penny Farthing” exhibited to promote a bike path on Sherbrooke Street.
On Sunday, September 23 at 3 pm at the Church of Saint-Léon-de-Westmount, 4311 de Maisonneuve W, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) presents its a capella choir performing Tears of Exile. The program features three magnificent and moving polyphonic Lamentations from the 16th century by the Briton Thomas Tallis, Spaniard Cristóbal de Morales, and Flemish-German Roland de Lassus.
Image: courtesy Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Guy and Pilot
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Mary Martha Guy and Gabrielle Pilot from Thursday, September 27 to Friday, October 26.
Come meet the artists and Gallery Curator Victoria LeBlanc on Tuesday, October 2 at 7 pm.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm. More information at 514 989-5265.
Film: Hergé, à l’ombre de Tintin
Hergé, à l’ombre de Tintin (2017).
Georges Remi, otherwise known as Hergé, will always be remembered as the creator of Tintin. It was thanks to this series that he became one of the great authors and artists of the Twentieth Century, who made an impression not only on millions of young readers but also on the contemporary art scene. But he was a complex and complicated artist, consumed by his work, preoccupied with spirituality and obsessed with achieving perfection. And, like many great artists, fame did nothing to lessen his burden.
Presented in French in collaboration with the Festival International du film sur l’art as part of Les journées de la culture. Free tickets available at Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library.
Off the Wall Art Sale
On Saturday, September 29 from 10 am to 4 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, there will be an Off the Wall Art Sale in support of The Stephen Lewis Foundation.
From dorms to drawing rooms – posters, prints, watercolours, oils, etc. at great prices! Cash and credit. All proceeds go to support African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren.
Guided tour: Houses of Worship
On Sunday, September 30 at 2 pm, departing from the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, 401 Kensington, there will be guided tours in both English and French that will allow you to explore the rich variety and beauty of local houses of worship.
Houses of Worship visited: Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church Paroisse Saint-Léon de Westmount Westmount Park United Church Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church (exterior only) St. Matthias’s Anglican Church Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue (exterior only)
In collaboration with the Westmount Local Heritage Council and the Westmount Historical Association. More information at 514 989-5226
Image: courtesy Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church
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!
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
Events are free but registration is required. Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.
Fridays, September 21 to October 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm Tales and Travels. The Tales and Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Spots are limited. Registration is required. More information at 514 989-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Westmount Room.
Starting Friday, September 21 Launch: Evenings to Go. Looking for some binge-worthy films? Borrow one of the new thematic Evenings to Go kits at the Westmount Public Library. Each box contains 4 films, a package of popcorn and some fun facts about the films.
Tuesday, September 25 from 2 pm to 4 pm Film Club – The Rider (2018). Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In Victoria Hall.
Tuesday, September 25 from 7 pm to 9 pm English Book Club – Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, October 3 from 10:15 am to noon 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 Victoria Hall.
Wednesday, October 3 from 2 pm to 4 pm 2 O’Clock Series – Manger pour garder un cerveau jeune. With Louise Thibault, Ph.D, Nutrition. 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.
Wednesday, October 3 from 7 pm to 9 pm Film Club – Documentary – Ex Libris(2017). Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes his cameras within the walls of the New York Public Library. Over several weeks in 2015, we observe multiple facets of the library, not only in midtown Manhattan but also in less frequented neighbourhoods. 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.
Westmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids
Registration 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.
Storytimes begin September 25.
Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds) Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 11 am
Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 year olds – in French) Tuesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Books for Babies (14 to 24 months) Wednesdays, Group A: 10:10 am to 10:30 am; Group B: 11:10 am to 11:30 am
Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months) Wednesdays, 10:35 am – 10:55 am
Storytime & Craft (4 to 6 year olds) Wednesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Caring Paws (7 to 13 year oldsl) Wednesdays, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds) Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Thursday, October 4 from 4 pm to 5 pm English Book Club for Teens – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)
Thursday, October 4 from 4 pm to 5 pm Children’s ESL Book Club. Come discuss some wonderful shorter books with other kids and practice your language skills. This book club is geared towards children who are learning English as a second language and love books. The group meets once a month. (7 years +)
Saturday, October 6 LEGO®CLUB From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds) From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds) In the Storytime Room.
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, September 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm Brian Webb discusses the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, biologist and writer.
Thursday, September 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm Author Michael Haynes gives an illustrated presentation on his new book, The Best of the Great Trail, Vol. 1: Newfoundland to Southern Ontario on the Trans Canada Trail.
Thursday, October 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm Author Mélanie Grondin gives an illustrated presentation on her book The Art and Passion of Guido Nincheri.
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.
Thursday, September 20 at 7 pm Readings by Marie Annharte Baker, Joséphine Bacon and Carolyn Marie Souaid. Curated by Deanna Radford. Facebook event.
Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm Readings by A. F. Moritz, Rebecca Păpucaru and Moez Surani. A co-presentation with the University of New Brunswick’s 2018 Poetry Weekend, co-curated by Deanna Radford. Facebook event.
Wednesday, September 26 from 4 pm to 7 pm Antiquarian booksellers Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin are conducting a Books Roadshow in support of the Atwater Library. They will be in our reading room to give an expert opinion on the value of your special books. First come, first served. FEE $3 per book for Atwater Library members and $5 per book for others. All proceeds go to the Library for improvements.