As usual, there are a lot of activities taking place in our neighborhood in this second half of November! Here are a few that you might like:
Want to know more about the free trade agreements between European Union and North America? Dorval Brunelle, professor in the sociology department at UQAM and director of the Observatory of the Americas, and Stuart Trew, trade campaigner at the Council of Canadians, will give a lecture on this topic at Concordia University’s Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W. at CSU Lounge located on the 7th floor) on Friday, from 1pm to 3pm.
Want to see Santa? This Saturday, November 19th that’s the traditional Christmas Parade organized by Destination Centre-Ville! Starting from 11 am, over 1000 participants and artists will invade Sainte-Catherine Street between Du Fort and Saint-Urbain!
You prefer to stay inside? Free activities are available for families every Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts! In November, the theme is Native American and Inuit art and it is in this light that you can create masks and enjoy a quick visit to the museum between 1pm and 4pm in the passage (Level S1, Pavillon Jean -Noel Desmarais). Drawing Workshops are also available for free at the Studio Museum.
In the evening, still on Saturday the 19th, Culture Ville-Marie organizes a concert of the folk trio Cordâme with percussionist Pierre Tanguay, at Shatford Hall (1439 Ste-Catherine O). It is at 8pm and free!
Monday, November 21st at 5:30pm, at the Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ), there will be a presentation by Ken Greenberg, Toronto architect and urban planner, about a different way of designing cities, with an emphasis on diversity and cooperation, a perspective similar to the one developed by Jane Jacobs (who also inspired our city walks this summer!). The lecture is free but space is limited! Book yours by writing email@example.com as soon as possible!
Did you know? November 30th is Scotland’s National Day, St. Andrew’s Day! To mark the occasion, the Atwater Library organizes (a week in advance) a lecture by Lieutenant-Colonel Bolton on the presence of Scottish regiments in Montreal (November 23, from 12:30 to 1:30pm).
The same day (November 23rd) at 6pm, the Museum of Fine Arts receives director Jennifer Alleyn who will present her documentary “L’atelier de mon père” (Canada, Jennifer Alleyn, 2008, 70 min). This documentary about her father Edmund Alleyn and the links between art and life won several awards in 2008 and 2009. It will be shown for free at the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (in French).
Thursday, November 24th, during the evening (from 7pm to 9pm), the Atwater Library will receive Nicole Brossard, Gabe Foreman, Kate Hall and Sina Queyras, four great Montreal poets!
Friday, November 25th, at 9pm, Concordia Greenhouse organizes a fundraiser during which the vocal trio The Fruiting Bodies will play their songs. Tea and baked goods will be served in this pleasant space that are Concordia greenhouses (on the 13th floor of the Hall Building). You can RSVP on the page of the facebook event:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=222152897851785
On November 26th, as part of its series “Legendary Saturdays”, The Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal will receive a storyteller who will tell the families of local legends in connection with the Museum’s collection of Quebec and Canadian art. The French tour will be at 1:30pm and the English one at 2:30pm. The meeting place is the entrance of Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion.
Also at the museum, Wednesday, November 30th, there will be a lecture by Ruth Phillips, Professor of Art History in Carleton University, entitled “A Primitive Effect on the Pictures: Norval Morrisseau and the Global Emergence of Indigenous Modernism.” This free lecture will be held at 6pm in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium of Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion.
December will have a lovely beginning at the Atwater Library with the interpretation of the play Afternoon Tea With Jane Austen by Tali Brady (December 1st from 12:30 to 1:30pm)
Finally, we look forward to December 6th, since it is the day when Shaughnessy Village Association, along with the Borough of Ville-Marie, will held its traditional Christmas party for all families of the sector, in presence of Santa Claus himself and where hot chocolate and mulled wine will be served! It will be from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Shaughnessy Park (corner of Du Fort and Tupper).
More good news:
In association with the Blue Metropolis Festival, Heritage Canada and Quebec Writer’s Federation, we will soon organize a two-day writing workshop during which a professional storyteller will help 5 to 10 adults from Montreal English-speaking community to write a story. Their texts will then be published in an anthology to be launched during Blue Metropolis Festival! Interested in participating in this great experience? Contact us! Feel free to share this opportunity with others!
We have told you in the past about the petition for a public consultation on urban agriculture in Montreal. Well, that’s it, 90 days have passed and the count of signatures has been done: good news, while they needed 15 000 signatures, the GTAU managed to pick up 25 082! Congratulations!
Eco-quartier Peter-McGill would like to make two new green alleys in our neighborhood next summer! To collect enough money for that, they entered the competition for Aviva Community Funds. The contest works with people’s votes. To support them, we encourage you to vote for them by November 30th (you can vote every day) by visiting the following website:http://www.fondscommunautaireaviva.org/ideas/acf11567 We wish them good luck!
A new daycare center will open soon in the neighbourhood! The Garderie LaSalle des Petits will be located at 2120 Ste-Catherine West and offer 58 places. Their educational program was developed in collaboration with the programs on Early childhood education and Special Education from LaSalle College and it is in the kitchens of LaSalle College that the meals will be cooked! More information here:http://www.collegelasalle.com/email/preinscription-garderie.aspx
You’ve probably heard of the public consultation which took place on the PMAD earlier this month. The report of the Montreal Metropolitan Community will be released tomorrow.
Christmas is coming, and the organization Chez Doris, which helps poor women in many ways, is fundraising to provide again this year a Christmas dinner to 200 women in need. Be generous!
We conclude by thanking you for your comments and reminding you not to hesitate to contact us if you want us to help you promote an event taking place in the neighborhood!
Peter-McGill Community Council Team