What’s happening in Montreal in March 2020


Teesri Duniya presents Counter Offence

Written by Rahul Varma and directed by Arianna Bardesono, this murder mystery explores what happens when the struggle to end racism comes in conflict with the struggle to end violence against women. Post-show talkbacks. The play runs at the Segal Centre, 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Wed., March 12 to Sun., March 29, Mon. – Sun. at 8pm and Sundays & Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 2pm. No show Friday. $25-$29; Monday night 50% off the second ticket (by phone/door only) 514-739-7944 or online at Segal Centre. Mature content 13+ teesriduniyatheatre.com

A Grand Murder at Dorval-Strathmore

Wealthy matriarch Julia Winthrop-Cabot is hosting a family reunion at The Grand Hotel. Once an elegant and majestic hotel, The Grand has seen better days but with Julia’s help, the hotel is ready (almost) to welcome you and all the other members of a family that puts the “fun” in dysfunctional.

Five Performances: March 28, April 4, 18, 25, and May 2. Doors open at 6pm. Show starts promptly at 6:30pm. $40 per person ($35 seniors & students) includes a four course dinner and show. Reserved seating only. Dorval-Strathmore United Church, 310 Brookhaven, Dorval.

Info & reservations: 514-793-9879 or 514-631-6171 or dsuc13churchevents@gmail.com. When ordering tickets, indicate food allergies. Food issues will not be handled on the night of the show.

Infinitheatre presents Fight On!

Fight On! – Relevant, a historical recounting of the occupation/colonization of the Canadian West will be performed March 16 – 29 at Infinitheatre at Centre St. Jax, 1439 Ste. Catherine W.

The show runs Monday to Sunday and starts at 7:30pm. No show on Saturdays. Opening night is March 17.

$20 – $30. Box office: 514-987-1774 #104, Box-Office@Infinitheatre.com.

What’s it all about? Following the death of his famous novelist father, Francis Jeffery Dickens arrives in Canada in 1874 with all the prejudices of a white colonist. While serving 11 years in the North-West Mounted Police, Frank is horrified by how the Indigenous Peoples were robbed of their lands. This cross-cultural, action-packed, true(ish) recounting incorporates puppets, masks, multimedia, dance and buffoonery. The performance is mainly in English with French, Cree, and Kanien’kéh (Mohawk).

Atwater Library Events

Thurs., March 12, 12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch time series presents a program of music and words to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Dragún Bánperform traditional Irish music as well as their own compositions. Kate Bligh, dramaturge and part-time faculty member of Concordia’s School of Irish Studies, talks about her favourite Irish dramatists.

Tues., March 17, 1 – 3pm – Alzheimer Café features A Conversation about Accompanying Caregivers of People Living with Dementia in Long-Term Care with Dr. Thérèse Perreault, caregiver. Refreshments and discussion.

Wed., March 18, 7:30 to 9pm – The Book Club, led by Mary Soderstrom, discusses Women Talking by Miriam Toews.

Thurs., March 26, 12:30 – Lunch time series presents 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.

Sat., April 4, 2 to 5pm & Sun., April 5, 2 – 5pm – Writer and artist Kathleen Winter leads a two- afternoon workshop to make a communal tapestry for display at the Atwater Library. Free but space is limited and registration for both afternoon sessions is required: elise.m@videotron.ca.

Wed., April 8, 7:30 – 9pm – The Book Club, led by writer Mary Soderstrom, discusses The Break by Katherena Vermette.

Thurs., April 9, 12:30 – 1:30 pm – For Lunchtime Series, Mark Bourrie tells amazing tales from his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.

All events are free and at Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (Atwater Metro). 514-935-7344

Events at Lasalle Legion 212

Annual St. Patrick’s Day dance

Dance the night away with The Clahane’s March 21 at 8pm. $15. for table reservation 10+.

St. Patrick’s Day Supper

Corned beef with trimmings on March 14 at 6pm. $15. Dance to the music of Mr. Juke Box. Info: Bruce Allan at 514-772-2646. RCL212.ca.

7771 Bouvier, Lasalle

Legion veteran welcome program

Serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members are eligible for a free one-year membership to welcome them to the Legion. Membership registration is completed through Dominion Command and members can transfer to a local branch afterwards.

Join at legion.ca/welcome

Overeaters Anonymous

This is a 12-step recovery group for compulsive overeaters, anorexics and bulimics. They hold meetings in the Montreal area. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. 514-488-1812

Digital Discussions at Atwater Library

March 10, 1 to 3pm: A free hands-on workshop: So you think you’ve been hacked? Liz Perrin will lead you through steps to keep yourself safe if you think your personal information (on your computer or at your bank) has been stolen. Register in advance with Richard at 514-934-7344.

March 19, 12:30 to 1:30pm: Dr. Taylor Owen, Associate Professor, Max Bell School of Public Policy and holder of the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, McGill University, speaks on digital technology.

Tour the MUHC Glen site

Public tours of the MUHC Glen site will begin in March and continue through June. The free, one-hour guided tours explore the art, architecture, history and innovative design that help create a healing environment in a modern healthcare and research facility.

The tours will be given March 19, April 2 and 16, May 7 and 21, June 4 and 18 at 1:30pm from the main security desk, RC level.

Comfortable shoes are essential.

Reservations: glentours@friendsmuhc.org

Book, Bake and Craft Sale

Saturday, March 28, 9am to noon at Church of St.-John the Baptist, 233 Ste. Claire Ave. in Pointe-Claire. Books, DVDs, home baking, spring crafts, tea room.

Courses, culture & community

Hamlet and Richard III on Thomas More curriculum

For a third year, Thomas More Institute will feature two Shakespearean plays for study that will will be performed at the Stratford Festival. Senior Times readers will not be gobsmacked to discover that the Word Nerd columnist is a practitioner of bardolatry (yes, it actually is a word!) and I participated in both these sessions.

This year I’m particularly excited because Stratford is staging Hamlet and Richard III so two of my all-time faves will be on the curriculum this spring. And if you love the English language the way I do, no play features as many gems as Hamlet. Examples: antic disposition, brevity is the soul of wit, cruel to be kind, frailty thy name is woman, get thee to a nunnery — to name but a few.

Register on line at courses.thomasmore.qc.ca/spring-2020-shakespeare-spring/ or call 514-935-9585. The course starts Monday, March 30 and runs for six weeks with a break on April 13.

Simple Eats and Tales & Travel at Centre Greene

The Simple Eats Seniors’ Cooking Program will run monthly workshops March 18 and April 15. The focus is on cooking healthy meals in small batches. Participants are invited into a welcoming atmosphere to cook together and learn new tricks and techniques. It’s like being invited into somebody’s home kitchen but the somebody happens to be a professional chef.

Workshops run from 10am to 1:30pm and participants take a portion of the ingredients home after enjoying the meal together. Cost $5. Info and/or RSVP: 514-931-6202 and ask for Heather.

Tales & Travels, offered in partnership with the Westmount Public Library and the Alzheimer Society is a workshop for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Conversation and media bring participants on a journey to different countries, allowing them to reminisce in good company. Pre-Registration is required and caregivers are encouraged to attend with participants. Free. March 10, April 14, May 12.

Info & registration: 514-931-6202.

Centre Greene offers Senior Tai Chi Mondays 1:30 to 2:30pm. $5. Info: 514-931-6202.

St. Columba concert

Music by Bartok, Beethoven, Debussy, and Liszt performed by pianist Olivia Musat on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm at the Church of St. Columba by-the-Lake, 11 Rodney Ave. Pointe-Claire. Suggested donation $15. (free for children)

Info: 514-364-3027 or 514-697-8015

B’nai Brith for seniors

Sunday, March 22, 10:30am

Music Brunch for Seniors at B’nai Brith/Adath Synagogue with 50’s Rock’n Roll band

To reserve: 514-482-4252

Thursday, April 23, 7pm

Let’s Play Bingo at B’nai Brith/Adath Synagogue. And yes there are prizes! Events are at 223 Harrow Crescent in Hampstead.

Women’s Art Society March events

Tuesdays, 1:30—2:30pm at the Unitarian Church, 5035 de Maisonneuve W. Non-members $10 / New members welcome!

March 17: Mon Tango, Tango Dancers

March 31: Joyce Borenstein, Animator, director, & writer womensartsociety.com

Toxic Beauty in French

To celebrate International Women’s Week, Breast Cancer Action Quebec will screen Toxic Beauty followed by an discussion Tues. March 10 at 6pm at the Sherbrooke Pavillon of UQAM (SH-2800), 200 Sherbrooke W. Metro Place-des-Arts. The screening will be in French.

Reservations required: Payment in cash on site. Doors open at 5:30pm. $10. Seniors (65+) $5.

All faith bereavement group meet in Hampstead

A group for those in mourning will commence once again at Congregation Dorshei Emet, 18 Cleve Rd, Hampstead in early March. This group is open to all faith communities and will consist of six sessions of approximately 90 minutes. Howard Richler, who is spearheading the group, said that dealing with the loss of a loved one in a group setting was helpful to him after the loss of his wife Ruth 18 years ago. Info: hrichler@gmail.com

Ladies Morning Musical Club

March 15 at 3:30pm: Pavel Haas Quartet, strings with Boris Giltburg, piano, performing Cekovska, Beethoven, and Dvořák.

Students (26 yrs.) $80 students (26 yrs.) $20 Tax included. $50 tax included. Info: 514-932-6796 lmmc.ca e-mail: lmmc@qc.aibn.com

Musical director wanted

The Montreal West-End Operatic Society is seeking a musical director. This is an ideal position for a retired music teacher or student looking to gain experience. We sing a wide gamut of music, both classical and popular. We rehearse Thursday evenings in NDG. This is a volunteer position, but as we are a registered charity, a donation receipt for services rendered is possible. 514-575-6400


Technology: Helping Mental Health

March 19, 7 – 8:15pm, online. Learn about all the ways that technology is helping medical professionals diagnose, treat, and help people suffering from mental illness in their recovery process. Visit amiquebec.org/workshops or call 514-486-1448 for details.

The wonderful world of philately

The Lakeshore Stamp Club is presenting its Annual Stamp Exhibition March 20 and 21, Friday, 10am to 6pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm at the Sarto Desnoyers Community Center, 1335 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval. Free admission and parking. Info: 514-239-4267

Bon Appetit Friday dinner Club

If you like going to different restaurants, and don’t like going alone or if you just want to meet new people, join us every Friday Night at 7pm. Call 514-264-8951

Sports Celebrity Breakfast at Cummings

Personalities from sports and business will be on hand for the 16th annual Cummings Centre for Seniors Sports Celebrity Breakfast, Sunday March 29 at 9am at the Gelber Conference Centre, 5151 Côte Sainte-Catherine

McGill University medical school graduate, NFL Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard and Super Bowl LIV champion Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been named the Sports Personality of the Year. Former major league pitcher Bill Lee will be presented with the Expos Legend Award and Pat Hickey of The Montreal Gazette will receive the Larry Fredericks Media Award.

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