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Public Libraries Week 2016 in Côte Saint-Luc

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library presents a series of special events, including a used book sale, free cultural events, and drop-in information sessions to celebrate this year’s edition of Quebec Public Libraries Week during the week of October 15 to October 22. 

“The library is one of the jewels of Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We encourage everyone to take part in Public Libraries Week.”

“We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and the library has never been better,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for the library. “The events in October are always a highlight for the year.”

“If you haven’t been to see us in a little while, this is the ideal time to come in and discover all we have to offer,” Library Director Janine West said.

Used book sale
Public Libraries Week kicks off with the library’s semi-annual used book sale, which runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. A huge selection of fiction, kids’ books, paperbacks, biographies, travel books, and many more will be for sale with prices starting at $1. All proceeds from the sale go towards special projects at the library.

Free events
Throughout the week, library members and non-members are invited to attend free events including a travel lecture on Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope on Wednesday, October 19 at 2pm and a frightening storytelling performance for adults by the Montreal Storytellers’ Guild on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm. For our regulars, Hershey Dwoskin’s ever-popular In the Headlines lecture series continues on Friday, October 21 at 2pm.

Activities for kids
Kids of all ages can come for a family storytime on Sunday, October 16 at 11am. Families with kids ages 8 to 12 might be interested WOW! Bricks 4 Kids: Minecraft on Sunday, October 16 at 3pm.Tickets are availble at the main desk, and are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Food for Fines
The library will be running a Food for Fines campaign from October 15 to the 21. This giving and forgiving program allows patrons to exchange a non-perishable food item for a $2 reduction in late fines on their account, for a maximum of $20. At the end of the week, the collected food will be donated to the NDG Food Depot, whose serving territory includes Côte Saint-Luc.

Coffee with staff
Library staff will also be hosting some informal drop-in sessions in the afternoon during the week. Members of the public are invited to drop by and meet staff members, enjoy a cup of coffee, and discover the resources and programs available to library members. 

Become a member
Are you a Côte Saint-Luc resident but not yet a library member? Become a member for free and take advantage of all the library has to offer. Do your children go to school in Côte Saint-Luc? Come visit us to learn more about our education memberships for school-aged children.

 

Côte Saint-Luc to name new park after Elie Wiesel 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will name its new park at the corner of Cavendish Blvd. and Kildare Rd. after the late Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and author who fought for peace, human rights and simple human decency. 

The new park, to officially be called Elie Wiesel Remembrance Park, includes 11 trees, pedestrian paths, lamp standards, illuminated bollards, 10 park benches and decorative fences 

“Côte Saint-Luc has one of the largest populations, per capita, of Holocaust survivors in the world,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “It is highly appropriate to honour Elie Wiesel this way posthumously. After he died, it was our own Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation that held a Montreal-wide memorial.”

A formal dedication ceremony for the new park will take place in Spring 2017. Over the next few months, meetings will be held with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and community leaders to ensure that the park tells a story for what Wiesel and other human rights activists stood for. 

Councillor Mike Cohen, who is also responsible for naming rights, said he was approached by a number of people after Wiesel died with the suggestion that the city honour him. 

“I believe that by doing so at the intersection of two of our most important streets makes a lot of sense, Councillor Mike Cohen said. “Elie Wiesel was a champion for people of all religions. We are proud of the fact his legacy will live on in our community forever.”

Born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Romania, Wiesel pursued Jewish religious studies before his family was forced into Nazi death camps during the Second World War. Wiesel survived, and later wrote the internationally acclaimed memoir Night. He also penned many books and became an activist, orator and teacher, speaking out against persecution and injustice across the globe. Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He died on July 2 at the age of 87.

 

Irwin Cotler Award for 2016 announced by City of Côte Saint-Luc

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has awarded the first ever Irwin Cotler Awards to students in grade 6 and grade 11 who devoted themselves to the cause of social justice.

“The award was given to the students who best exemplify the act of improving the world and fighting for social justice,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This has been the hallmark of Professor Cotler’s life and we think this award is a fitting tribute.”

For the last five decades, Irwin Cotler has devoted his intellect and advocacy skills to the promotion and protection of human rights around the world, first as an international human rights lawyer and later as a Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, where he made the pursuit of international justice a government priority.

Grade 11 recipient
Madison Gold was selected as the grade 11 recipient of the Irwin Cotler Award. Throughout her five years at Bialik, Madison volunteered many hours at various organizations including The Friendship Circle, the National Conference of Synagogue Youth and the Diller Teen Fellows Program. In addition, Madison has acted as a Bialik Ambassador for the past two years and has been heavily implicated in the mentorship program at Bialik.

At The Friendship Circle, she participated in innovative programs and activities where children with special needs experienced the joy of friendship. At the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Madison has spent countless hours visiting sick people in the hospital, preparing Shabbat meals for the needy and making blankets for the Chai Lifeline. At the Diller Teen Fellows Program, her work enabled her to grow as an active and effective person within the community and strengthened her leadership skills towards social action and community involvement.

Madison Gold presented with award

 

Grade 6 recipient
The Irwin Cotler Award for 2016 for a student in grade 6 was awarded to Gabrielle Murray, who recently graduated from École des Amis-du-Monde.

Gabrielle raised more than $3,000 for Heshima, an organization in Kenya that protects unaccompanied minors and separated children and youth between the ages of 13 to 23 from Somalia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi. It provides safety and shelter for their most vulnerable participants, delivering a multi-disciplinary education program for students, supporting economic empowerment through a scarf-making social enterprise, providing childcare, accompanying participants to legal and medical appointments, and working within refugee community in Kenya to identify, protect and fight for their rights.

Gabrielle’s aunt works for the organization in Kenya and Gabrielle decided she wanted to help make a difference in the lives of these young girls. She brought together five classmates to launch a fundraising effort over two years. She also visited Kenya to meet the girls they helped. More information about the trip and a video is at http://www.greenangelsfoundation.org/chopping-for-charity/heshima-kenya/ and https://heshimakenya.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/montreal-6th-grader-sets-the-bar-for-supporting-human-rights/

All the schools in Côte Saint-Luc were encouraged to nominate one of their students to receive the Irwin Cotler Award. Nomination forms for the 2017 award will be sent to schools in January 2017.

Gabrielle Murray in Kenya

 

 

Learn more

>> View photos from the September 12, 2016, presentation

>> Watch Global News report on Madison Gold

>> Watch a video of Gabrielle Murray's visit to Kenya
 

Côte Saint-Luc Public Library 50th anniversary event

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of its public library all day on Sunday, September 18, 2016 culminating with an outdoor concert and laser show behind the library.

“There is a slew of free events for the whole family,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “There will be a special birthday-themed story time for kids, face-painting, library bingo with prizes, cake and much more. Don’t miss the concert by Vintage Wine highlighting hits from the 1960s and the laser show.”

The concert starts at 5:30pm. The laser show – originally scheduled for Canada Day – takes place at 7:30pm. For the full schedule of events, visit csllibrary.org.

“Library Director Janine West and her staff have planned a wonderful day for all,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for library and culture. “We will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the year, so visit the library website and subscribe to its e-newsletter and Facebook page to stay informed.”

The city council established a citizens committee in December 1964 to look into establishing a public library. The city hired Eleanor London and the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library opened its doors on September 7, 1966. Its 4,322 square feet was originally located on the second floor of the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. It moved to its current 23,000 square feet of space in 1986.

“Having been part of this great library, this jewel of Côte Saint-Luc, for almost 35 of these 50 years, it is fair to say I have seen some substantive changes,” West said. “However, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to Eleanor London’s vision of the ‘people’s library’, a welcoming and personable community space where its staff go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service.” 

For more information about these events and programs, visit csllibrary.org or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

 

 

Ceremony to formally inaugurate Sidney Shoham Place set for Sunday morning, September 25

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will formally rename a section of Hudson Avenue to Place Sidney Shoham Place at a ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 10am.

Beth Zion Congregation will host a small reception afterwards, which the entire community is invited to attend. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors, followed by the unveiling of the street sign.

Rabbi Sidney Shoham passed away on September 21, 2015, at the age of 86. He retired 10 years earlier as the founding rabbi of Beth Zion after having served in that role for 50-plus years. Rabbi Shoham continued to remain very active in synagogue life and in fact, passed away only hours after attending the synagogue’s annual Cantorial Concert, of which he was most involved.

Beth Zion president Earl Rosen said that it would be most fitting to rename the portion of Hudson Avenue, and the synagogue address 5740 Hudson Avenue, to 1 Place Sidney Shoham Place. He extended his appreciation to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillors Mike Cohen and Allan J. Levine for their assistance. Councillor Cohen is responsible for naming rights; Councillor Levine represents the district. At the ceremony, the new street sign will be unveiled and there will be words of welcome from Mr. Rosen, Mayor Brownstein, Rabbi Boruch Perton and a member of the Shoham family. 

On Tuesday, September 27, Beth Zion will host Scholar in Residence Rabbi Benjamin Blech at the Rabbi Sidney Shoham Memorial Lecture and then, on Thursday, October 6, the newly renamed Rabbi Sidney Shoham Tribute Concert called “The Gift of Music” will take place.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland the son of the late Rabbi Yechiel and Rebbetzen Ethel Shoham, Rabbi Shoham attended the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and then went to Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, New York. While studying at the yeshiva, Rabbi Shoham attended Brooklyn College at night and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology. Later, he attended graduate school at New York University, School of Psychology and continued his studies in Montreal at the Allen Memorial Hospital – McGill University where he furthered his degree in Pastoral Psychiatry. 

Rabbi Shoham arrived in Montreal in 1955 to visit his brother Gilbert, who was Rabbi of the Beit Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue on McKenzie. While here, he met with an enthusiastic group of individuals anxiously waiting to build a new community in the western suburb of Montreal. After discussions with the committee, he was quickly hired as the Rabbi of Beth Zion. Over the years, he had been active with nearly every Jewish organization in the city, notably Combined Jewish Appeal, B’nai Brith and State of Israel Bonds and the founder of the much needed Miriam Home. 

The Côte Saint-Luc smoke detector brigade visiting homes this summer

For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade are ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors and replacing dead batteries where needed.
 
The smoke detector brigade recently completed the south-east corner of the city including Borden, Randall, Alpine and Pinedale Avenues and surrounding east-west streets. It is now moving on to David Lewis and surrounding streets near the Décarie Square area.
 
“Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Too many deaths occur in Canada that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector.”

This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. Smoke detector brigade volunteers will be wearing vCOP uniforms and carry a photo ID. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.

“Once again, our vCOP teams are providing another level of preventative safety to residents,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is the council member responsible for vCOP. “Whether they are checking smoke detectors, spotting garage doors left open, or watching out for homes of vacationers, our vCOP volunteers are helping Côte Saint-Luc remain one of the safest cities on the island.”

Côte Saint-Luc has a long history of fire prevention, including By-law 1556 requires smoke detectors in all new homes and buildings, which was adopted in 1977.
 
 

Technology Fair & Hoopla Digital Coming Soon at the Library

Technology Fair & Hoopla Digital Coming Soon at the Library

 

Côte Saint-Luc, July13, 2016 – The Côte Saint-Luc Library hosts its first Technology Fair on Thursday, August 4, from 12 to 8 pm.  

Residents can experience all of the library’s electronic services and devices including Hoopla Digital, which is being launched on that day. Hoopla is a digital media service that allows library members to stream videos, music, audiobooks and comics to their computer, or download titles to the smartphone app.

The Technology Fair will introduce library users to other devices and library services such as 3D printers, iPads, Naxos (streaming music), Zinio (online magazines), Mango (language learning resource) and more.

“The Côte Saint-Luc Library has long prided itself on being innovative,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “As the world shifts from physical media to streaming and download services, we want to be there to offer our residents content the way they want to receive it.”

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to add this easy-to-use, interactive and crowd-pleasing service to the long list of services we currently offer to our members.”

To begin enjoying Hoopla, library members can borrow material via our website (csllibrary.org) or they can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device. Using their library barcode, thousands  of  titles from major  Hollywood studios,  record  companies  and  publishers are available  to  borrow  24/7,  for instant streaming to computers or streaming/temporary downloading to smartphones and tablets . 

Hoopla  digital  partners  with  public  libraries  across  North America  to  provide  online  and  mobile  access  to  thousands  of movies,  TV  shows,  music, ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape –a trusted partner of public libraries for over 25 years. 

For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 and speak with a Reference Librarian or visit (csllibrary.org). 

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

Annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic to honour community leader Pierre Brunet

The  37th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic will take place at Meadowbrook  Golf Course, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Rd. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. 

Some 100 golfers will tee off beginning at 7 am, with a special awards banquet honouring long-time community leader and McDonald’s Restaurant franchisee Pierre Brunet set for the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) at 5794 Parkhaven Avenue at 1 pm p.m.

Co-chairs, city councillors Mike Cohen and Sam Goldbloom, note that this year’s event will repeat the popular new  format launched in 2016, as well as the two  specific age classifications whereby players can compete (on a friendly basis) amongst their own age groups: MASTERS (age 65 and older) and EAGLE (age 64 and younger). The title sponsor this year will be La Capitale General Insurance. McDonald’s Restaurants of Quebec and Freemark Apparel Brands Inc. and its Bench brand are also among the sponsors. Veteran Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Ron Yarin is back as the honourary chair of the event along with Mark Routtenberg, president of Freemark Apparel Brands and former minority owner of the Montreal Expos. We are also pleased to once again thank Paul Steinberg and Silver Star Montreal for sponsoring our Hole-in-One contest. A hole in one will bring you a Mercedes-Benz on a free loan for one month. 

The event will honour Brunet as the Personality of Distinction. He will be recognized for more than 30 years of dedicated service, not only as franchisee of two local McDonald’s Restaurants in Côte Saint-Luc, but for his undying support for community events. In addition, the event will pay special tribute and raise funds for the Manoir Ronald McDonald. This is a temporary home away from home for out-of-town (more than 70 km) families of children with critical illness who must travel here for medical treatments. Traditionally, Côte Saint-Luc directs proceeds from its annual Winter Carnival events to this facility located next door to Ste. Justine Hospital via a pancake breakfast. This has resulted in donations of close to $50,000 for the Manoir. 

Côte Saint-Luc resident Matthew Ross, the host of TSN 690 Radio’s Game Points and the founder of Expos Nation (www.exposnation.com), will be the special guest speaker. Expos Nation has been working towards bringing professional baseball back to Montreal. Legendary broadcaster Dick Irvin will be among the golfers.

In case of thunderstorms on Thursday, July 7, the luncheon  will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Centre and golf will be postponed until the following Thursday, July 14. History will note that this event has never been rained out before.

The registration fee will remain at $27 (tax included),  which includes nine holes of golf, a catered sit down buffet luncheon, award-winning trophies for contests such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the opportunity to win one of many door prizes. A minimum donation of $10 is also being requested for the Manoir. Businesses can also sponsor a hole for $100, with proceeds going to the Manoir.

For more information, contact Harold Cammy or Alvin Fishman at hcammy@cotesaintluc.org or afishman@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-6806.

>> View photos from the 2015 Golf Classic
 

CSL Library gets jazzed up for its 50-year landmark anniversary

On Wednesday, June 22 at 7 pm rising-star pianist Emie R. Roussell and her jazz trio will perform the concert Quantum, featuring music from their critically acclaimed CD of the same title.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library’s circulation desk. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

Winners of the Felix Award for Best Jazz Album 2015, critics and jazz lovers alike are unanimously referring to the Emie R. Roussell trio as “one-to-watch”.

“I am so proud of the library and its outstanding programming,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “I hope residents can join us for a delightful evening of jazz music and get a sneak preview of what the trio will be offering at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. Don’t miss your chance to hear them first right here in Côte Saint-Luc.”

We will also be inaugurating the library’s own baby grand piano. We were able to acquire this gem of an instrument through various fundraising initiatives including our heartfelt 88 Keys to Music Campaign, allowing us to honour donors’ names on a plaque to be unveiled outside the Harold Greenspon auditorium the evening of the concert. We are thrilled to be able share this piano with our community, and our hope is that it will be enjoyed for years to come.

"I want to thank all those who contributed to our 88 Keys campaign and our dedicated staff and volunteers for the efforts they put into the library’s books sales, proceeds of which helped pay for the piano and achieve our goal,”  said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for library and culture.

As the library’s 50-year landmark anniversary approaches, please stop by on June 22 and pick-up your free list of anniversary-related activities and events leading up to our mega birthday party on Sunday, September 18. If you’re a Côte Saint-Luc resident and haven’t joined the library yet, bring some ID and we’ll sign you up for free. Tell your friends and family, and help us continue to make the Côte Saint-Luc Library the perfect place to discover, share, create and connect.

For more information about these events and programs, visit csllibrary.com or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

 

Extended hours on Sundays at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be staying open until 10pm on Sundays starting May 29.

“Council is very responsive and attentive to the community and this modification is a testament to our commitment to address resident concerns in a timely manner in order to provide the highest quality of service,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We listened to residents who asked that we restore late hours at the library, particularly on Sunday evening, which was a popular study time for students.”

Starting May 29, the updated Côte Saint-Luc Library hours are from 10am to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday.

“We worked hard to find a way to restore the Sunday hours,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for the library. “Careful re-organization of our staffing plan by Director Janine West made this modification possible.”

The virtual library remains open 24/7 with online access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and reference material. Library membership is free for Côte Saint-Luc residents.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

Côte Saint-Luc reaches tentative agreements with two labour unions

The City of Côte Saint-Luc announced today tentative agreements with two labour unions representing its workers.

Côte Saint-Luc negotiators and those from the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SCFP, local 429) who represent white collar employees, agreed to a tentative agreement on May 17, 2016. Once officially signed, the collective agreement with cover the period from 2013 to 2018. The city currently has approximately 150 white collar employees.

Côte Saint-Luc also reached a tentative agreement with Syndicat des Professionnelles et Professionnels Municipaux de Montréal, the union representing professionals, such as librarians. This agreement will cover the period of 2013 to 2018.

The general terms of the agreement will be released once the agreement is official signed in the next few weeks.

“We thank both unions for working with us to find terms acceptable to both sides, and which are in the interest of our workers and our taxpayers,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We have long enjoyed very good relations with our unions and these agreements demonstrate the value of mutual respect and reasonable compromises.”

Côte Saint-Luc also has four days of negotiations scheduled in the next two weeks to try to finalize the collective agreement with its blue collar workers.

71th anniversary V-E Day commemoration ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 pm 

The annual Victory in Europe (V-E) Day commemoration takes place on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm at Veterans Park, in the City of Côte Saint-Luc. 

The ceremony will highlight the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Europe from the armed forces of Nazi Germany, on May 8, 1945. 

In attendance will be members of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, the Côte Saint-Luc city council, dignitaries, veterans and residents. 
 
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the City Hall.

The cenotaph at Veterans Park honours the memory of those who gave their lives in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. 

Veterans Park is located next to the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

 

Côte Saint-Luc disappointed by union’s decision to hold one-day strike

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is disappointed in the blue collar union’s decision to hold a one-day strike on Monday, May 2, 2016.

The union’s purported reason for the strike is that the city has stalled negotiations. Despite the union’s allegations, the city has made every effort to advance negotiations. Since the negotiation process began in February 2014, an internal union election delayed negotiations and led to a change in union negotiators. In fact, the union has changed negotiators four times in two years. In addition to the union’s internal changes, it also stalled negotiations several times in order to protest the Quebec government’s pension plan law, also known as Bill 3 or Law 15.

“We respect our employees and have been negotiating in good faith for two years with the blue collar’s negotiating team,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We want a collective agreement that is fair to our workers and taxpayers. We have historically had good relations with our unions, and we see no reason why that should not continue.  We have certainly given the union no reason to act in this way.”

“We have always negotiated in good faith and respected our undertakings,” said Interim City Manager Nadia Di Furia.  
However, it appears that union negotiators have chosen confrontation over conciliation.  

Last Wednesday, the City of Côte Saint-Luc and the union reached a deal with respect to a grievance. The next day, the union reneged on the parties’ agreement. Then, later that same day, the union called for a strike, much to the city’s disappointment. Their salary increase demands are double what other blue collars have received in other cities on the island of Montreal.

Côte Saint-Luc management, white collar workers, and professionals remain on the job on Monday, May 2 to deliver services to residents. Waste collection is provided by an outside contractor and is unaffected by the strike. Côte Saint-Luc is in contact with the union to ensure that essential services provided by blue-collar works will continue.

As a result of the one-day blue-collar strike, the following services or installation will be closed: the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the Public Works Yard. In addition, baseball games have been cancelled at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and Kirwan Park.
The Côte Saint-Luc Library, Aquatic and Community Centre, Gymnasium, and City Hall remain open.

 

New wildlife sculpture garden part of soon-to-be renovated Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be home later this summer to 10 bronze sculptures of wildlife animals, donated by one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors, Shalom Bloom.

“We are honoured that Shalom Bloom is donating these impressive sculptures to Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Our new Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be a one-of-a-kind attraction, unlike anything else in Montreal. When people visit the island, this will become one of the must-see stops.”

An exhibit of the works of Shalom Bloom is currently on display at the Côte Saint-Luc Library Art Gallery at 5851 Cavendish Blvd.

The Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden will be part of the overall renovation project at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park approved by the City Council on Monday, April 11. 

“The park renovation also includes the reconstruction of the pathways, the replacement of the lighting, new playground equipment, new landscaped areas and furniture, a new water feature and an upgrade to the electrical supply for special events,” Mayor Brownstein said.

The overall cost to renovate Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park is $2.6 million. The work is scheduled to start in April and be completed by the end of October 2016.

Plans and specifications for the refurbishing of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park were prepared by the consulting firm Stantec Experts‐conseils. The city received 10 tenders for the work. The lowest tender received was from Les Excavations Super Inc. for $2,607,789.45, which includes taxes.

 

Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptor presenting his work at the Côte Saint-Luc library art gallery

An exhibit of wildlife sculptures from Shalom Bloom will be on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library’s Art Gallery from March 31 to May 29, 2016.

The vernissage is April 14, 2016 at 7pm.

Bloom is considered one of Canada’s pre-eminent wildlife sculptors. Many of his sculptures are on display at corporate headquarters worldwide as well as in White Tail Deer Park in Elliot Lake. His work has been commissioned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to create a sculpture for their headquarters in Montreal. 

Just as fascinating as his art is his personal story. Bloom, who is today an active resident of Côte Saint-Luc, only started working on his sculptures at age 50, while creating a successful career building his own businesses. He was CEO of Arlington Sports, the South Africa Diamond Company, as well as a chain of restaurants. Starting in 1995, he devoted much of his time to pursue his art.

He stumbled across his talent by accident when his children were working with plasticine modeling clay and asked for his help.

“The minute I got my hands on the wax, it changed my life,” Bloom said. “All my inner thoughts, philosophies, and my yearnings and doubts came out in the wax. I became the master and wax became my tool.”

Bloom credits his wife for encouraging him in his new endeavour.

Bloom says there was one incident that convinced him to get into art more seriously.

“One day my secretary was standing at the door of my office with her 5-year old son,” Bloom said. “The young boy was standing there just staring at the life-size sculpture of a sleeping cub. Then he ran to the sculpture, gave it a hug and kiss, and shyly turned back. I realized that if I am able to evoke that kind of reaction from a child, then I should enter it seriously.”
For many years, Bloom worked in his studios as well as his garage at home. Often after dinner, the children on the street would sit near the driveway and watch as he worked. He would explain what he was doing and often allowed his young audience to add small pieces of wax to his sculptures so they could feel they contributed something.

“On many occasions, someone would be driving down my street, glance in my garage and stop the car so suddenly that one could hear the screeching of the brakes,” Bloom said. “They thought they saw a real life-size bull in the garage.”

Bloom, an opera lover, created most of his sculptures with the music of Puccini in the background.

“A businessman achieves success with his head and tongue, while an artist creates with his heart and hands, providing something that outlasts material wealth,” Bloom said. “Each human being is like a mine and you must constantly dig to find the vein of talent that is hidden. Once you find it, it can lead to endless beauty and interesting directions—changing your life forever.”

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Library remains open on all statutory holidays from 12 pm to 5 pm. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.

 

Shalom Bloom scultures