There’s always something going on in the West Island and Vaudreuil-Soulanges area . . . something fun to do. Local exhibits, events and festivals are listed here with activities that will interest everyone. Email us at: if you’re planning a public event that will interest our readers.


Know your sump pump

Beaconsfield’s urban planning department invites you to an information session on sump pumps, the first line of defense against flooding.

When: Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd. 

Good to know: Registration required via Eventbrite. The lecture will also be broadcast on YouTube after the event.

> Stay in shape for cycling

Kinesiologist Catherine LeFrançois discusses how cyclists can maintain their fitness during the off-season. She’ll present specific muscle exercises for cycling and show you how to vary your off-season training. 

When: Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m.

Where: Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd. 

Good to know: Registration required via Eventbrite. For adults. Bilingual.


Musical theatre — Les Fables de la Fontaine

A concert of classical music for the whole family: The Molinari Quartet and Catherine Perrin, harpsichordist and narrator, present the musical theatre “Les Fables de La Fontaine,” a family concert featuring music by Gougeon and Rameau.

When: Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m.

Where: Banquet Hall, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Good to know: Registration required on through the library’s website.

Board games with friends

Players of all ages are invited to discover board games with the help of the BoardgamesNMore team.

When: November 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: DDO Library, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Good to know: Bilingual activity. Registration required on through the library’s website.


> Eclectic cabaret night

* Sussex presents “The Ocean Wide” concert, a mix of blues, folk, ragtime, Americana, and jazz. Internationally renowned musicians Rob Lutes (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Michael Emenau (vibraphone, pianica) are joined by Bruno Lamarche (saxophone, clarinet) and Ivanhoe Jolicoeur (trumpet). With an assortment of instruments, original tunes, and some hand-picked blues and Tin Pan Alley gems, Sussex delivers a show of melodious songs with powerful lyrics and high-level musicianship. 

When: Friday, November 25 at 8 p.m.

Where: Cultural Centre, 1401 ch. du Bord-du-lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval.

Good to know: Tickets $20. Available at the Dorval Library, Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre and Surrey Aquatic and Community Centre.

Music and comedy

* Accompanied by a string quartet, Christopher Hall (clarinet) delights his audience with beautiful music while making them laugh. With his musicians, he fills ears and hearts with a joie de vivre and music. Between each piece, Christopher becomes a stand-up comedian and makes fun of the musicians, the music, and especially the rituals surrounding the performance of classical music. All this to remind the public that classical music is for everyone. The program features works by Mozart, Brahms, and Weber.

When: Sunday, November 27 at 11 a.m.

Where: Peter B. Yeoman’s Cultural Centre, 1401 ch. du Bord-du-lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval.

Good to know: Tickets—$10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 12, free for children younger than 5.


> Chamber Music

This concert will feature Andrew Sords on violin and Cheryl Duvall on piano, playing music of Mozart, Fauré, Ravel, Chopin, Boulanger and Saint-Saëns.

When: November 6 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 413 Main Road, Hudson

Good to know: Tickets—$20. Free for children under 14.

> Book Sale

* The November book sale will be held on Monday, November 7th, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., as well as November 10th to 12th and 17th to 19th. 

When: November 7 — 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. / November 10 – 12 / November 17 to 19.

Where: War Memorial Library, 60 Elm St., Hudson Heights.

Hudson Off The Wall Art Sale

* The War Memorial Library Shoppe will sell donated artwork as well as donated silver and gold jewelry in a cash-only sale. Local, national and international artists will be represented in a broad range of styles and media. Proceeds from this sale support the War Memorial Library and various other charities.

When: Saturday, November 12 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Rd., Hudson.

Good to know: Prices are non-negotiable. For more information: 450-458-4814 or


> Beyond Stereotypes — Men’s Perfumery

* Nadia Bédard discusses perfumery. Perfume has the power to make one feel a little more oneself. The speaker will question the idea that there is a perfumery for men and for women. This talk will be illustrated by a selection of perfumes that attendees will be able to smell during the conference.

When: November 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: Kirkland Library, 17,100 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland.

Good to know: In French.


> Christmas without waste

* Holidays are a time for large gatherings but also often a source of unwanted waste. It is possible to enjoy these good times while adopting new consumption habits. Learn how to cook meals in a zero-waste way through simples gestures, and still enjoy the spirit of giving and receiving.

When: November 2 — 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Library, 225 Pincourt Blvd., Pincourt.

Good to know: For adults. Online registration required —

> MWCN Health Fair:  ”Together For The Wellness of All”

* Organized by the Montérégie West Community Network, the Together For The Wellness Of All fair offers information on all community services regarding physical, mental and social health. 

When: November 12 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Omni Centre, 375 Cardinal-Léger Blvd., Pincourt.


> Make Every Dish Delicious

 Food columnist Lesley Chesterman discusses her new book Make Every Dish Delicious, in which she reinterprets classic recipes to help readers cook with confidence. 

When: Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

Where: Pointe-Claire Central Library, 100 Douglas Shand Ave., Pointe-Claire.

Good to know: Free admission. In English.

> Jazz Affair: All vocals

* From Frank Sinatra and Esperanza Spalding to Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé, many of them have taken the stage with their orchestras to sing beautiful jazz melodies. Jazz Affair pays tribute to these great voices, rendering jazz standards and arrangements of popular songs to which they add a jazz flavour with their a cappella signature. They include Luce Bélanger, Marie-Pier Deschênes, Camille Legault-Coulombe, Jean-François Aubin, Louis Laprise and Christian B. Poulin.

When: Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m.

Where: Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, 176 bord du lac/Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire.

Good to know: Tickets—$18; $10 for seniors and students. Available at Stewart Hall.


> Le département des retours – Les Soeurs Kif-Kif

* A colourful show with Les Soeurs Kif-Kif that combines physical theatre, circus, visual arts and puppetry. Twin sisters play with goods returned to the store. On their conveyor belt: dysfunctional objects and manufacturing errors. Département des retours is a playful look behind the scenes of object production, a moment of freedom where we end up getting attached to a steel-capped slipper.

When: November 25 — 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Where: Gerry-Robertson Community Centre, 9665 Gouin Blvd. W., Pierrefonds.

Good to know: For young audiences aged 4 and up. To reserve and buy tickets: 438-354-1392.

> Beatles Jazz

To celebrate Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday, jazz pianist Guillaume Martineau and two musicians revisit the great hits of the mythical group, with a special focus on Paul McCartney.

When: November 26 — 7:30 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.

Where: Pierrefonds Cultural Centre, 13850 Gouin Blvd. W., Pierrefonds.

Good to know: To reserve and buy tickets: 438-354-1392.


> Blood Donor Clinic

* The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue will hold a blood drive. You can check your eligibility by contacting the Héma-Québec’s Donor Services at 1-800-847-2525 or by visiting the Héma-Québec website.

When: Thursday, November 17 — 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Harpell Centre, 60 Saint-Pierre St., Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.


> Big harvest of ornamental and edible plants

* The city will harvest ornamental and edible plants from its flowerbeds and share the harvest with its residents. Plants are: Echeveria (small oily plant native to Mexico), pumpkins, squash, Swiss chard, kale, herbs (parsley, lemongrass, sage, thyme, chives, mint, oregano, dill, basil).

When: Saturday, November 5 — 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: City hall, 1960 Sainte-Angélique St., Saint-Lazare.

Good to know: Residents only. Take your own reusable containers and bags. Saint-Lazare Access Card required. First come, first served. Free. No registration required. Information: 450-424-8000/Ext. 220.

>  Conference workshop: ecological landscaping

* Horticulturist Julie Boudreau explains how to landscape ecologically in Saint-Lazare. Having healthy, sustainable development that is well adapted to the type of soil and requires little maintenance is simpler than we think, she says. This talk includes how to shift from grass to more diversity and plants better suited to your soil and soil-preparation and planting in the autumn.

When: Thursday, November 10 — 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Saint-Lazare Community Centre, 1301 rue du Bois, Saint-Lazare.

Good to know: Free. Residents only; Saint-Lazare Access Card required for mandatory registration online by noon on Nov. 8, subject to availability. Adults (16 years and older). Bilingual. Information: 450-424-8000, ext. 341.

> Shared meals of Saint-Lazare

* The aim of this program is to enable people aged 50 and over to get together, share a good meal, and chat by playing bingo or cards. For residents and non-residents. 

When: Thursday, November 17 — noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Saint-Lazare Community Centre, 1301 rue du Bois, Saint-Lazare.

Good to know: Cost of the meal to be determined. Bilingual activity. For information and registration: 450-455-0523.


> Make your own household cleaning products

* The Association québécoise Zéro Déchet presents a free workshop on how to make three household products that will allow you to effectively clean your house.

When: Thursday, November 10 — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p .m.

Where: Vaudreuil-Dorion Library, 51 Rue Jeannotte, Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Good to know: Online registration. Phone registration (450-455-3371) for non-residents who do not have a library membership. 

> Introduction to chess for children

With chess enthusiast Herberth Casquero, discover or rediscover the pleasure of playing chess. During each session, the first hour will be devoted to theory, while the second will be reserved for playing.

When: Sunday, November 13 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Vaudreuil-Dorion Library, 51 Rue Jeannotte, Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Good to know: Free. Beginner level. For children aged 8 and up. Online registration. Phone registration (450-455-3371) for non-residents who do not have a library membership.