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Public Libraries Week takes centre stage at the CSL Library

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. 

“More and more, public libraries are becoming community centres offering fun and learning for people of all ages,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’ve prepared a week full of activities to showcase all we have to offer here in Côte Saint-Luc. If you haven’t been to see us yet, this is the perfect time to come and explore!”

Public Libraries Week kicks off with the library’s semi-annual Used Book Sale, which runs from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 19. 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.

Throughout the week, library members and non-members are invited to attend free special events including a storytelling performance for adults as part of the Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival and a travel lecture on architecture and culture in Prague. On Thursday, October 22, the library presents an author talk with award-winning author and poet Alison Pick, author of the best-selling and intriguing memoir Between Gods, for the the sixth annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads event. A reception with live classical music and light refreshments will begin at 6:30 pm with the author talk to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Library staff will also be hosting daily drop-in sessions from 1 pm to 3 pm from October 19 to 24. 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. 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.

Kids of all ages can come for a family story time on Sunday, October 18 and families with kids ages 7 and over are invited to watch the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz on the big screen on Saturday, October 24 (registration required).

For the full list of Public Libraries Week events at the CSL Library, visit or email





CSL Library launches Jewish heritage program series

This October, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library is kicking off a series of programs focusing on Jewish heritage and culture, including workshops, lectures, music, theatre, and literature. Library members and non-members alike are invited to participate in the series and explore their family and cultural history.

The series begins with a concert of traditional Sephardic music by the Opus Prize-winning Ensemble séfarade et mediterranéen on Thursday, October 8. The following week on Wednesday, October 14, the library will present Portrait of a People, the latest production by Aviva Ravel’s Performance Playreading Ensemble. The show melds dramatic and comedic stories, legends, and poems portraying the culture of the Jewish people from Biblical times to the present. Tickets for both the concert and playreading are available for sale now at the library.

In partnership with Stanley Diamond of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, the library is offering a genealogy lecture and workshop designed to help you begin discovering your family’s unique stories. The lecture will take place Thursday, October 15 at 2 pm, and is free and open to the public. The workshop is on Thursday, October 29 at 2 pm and requires registration and payment in advance ($5 for library members; $7 for non-members).

The program series culminates with the library’s annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads literary event on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm. Each year, library staff choose one book to engage CSL residents and foster a reading culture in the city. This year’s selection is Between Gods, Alison Pick’s remarkable memoir about discovering her family’s hidden Jewish history and reclaiming an identity and religion that she had not known before. Alison Pick will speak about her book and engage with readers at this free event.

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


Intriguing new art exhibit and vernissage at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc

A new exhibit of paintings by Brigitte Radecki will run at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library’s Art Gallery from September 10 to November 1, 2015.

The Double Chance exhibit opens with a vernissage on September 10 at 7pm.

Radecki will present her latest works in a series called Double Chance, alongside a handful of other pieces from previous bodies of work. Double Chance addresses the happy accidents created when relying upon elements of chance and randomness. Radecki initially creates a form by throwing paint and employing dripping techniques. She then goes a step further by adding to the equation a more rigorous methodology of photography, enlargement, printing, tracing, and reproducing in order to arrive at the final artwork. In this manner, her work differs from what is traditionally referred to as “action painting” as well as “geometrical abstraction” in the sense that deliberate and exacting methods are used in order to subvert the spontaneous and gestural aspect of the very process art critic Harold Rosenberg uses to describe the work of Jackson Pollock.

Brigitte Radecki received both her BFA and MFA from Concordia University.  She has exhibited throughout Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Her work is in several public and private collections such as the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal, the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, Air Canada and the National Bank. Her career initially began working in sculpture and installation and since the 1990s she has concentrated entirely on abstract painting installations. She lives and works in Montreal and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Her current artworks can be viewed at

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm except on statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit


Let Me Grow by Brigitte Radecki





Ten Côte Saint-Luc artists convene for a one-night-only group show

Ten local artists will convene for a one-night-only group art show on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. 

The show is dubbed the Community Art Celebration and will feature all past exhibitors in the Community Art Space of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the organizer of this event.

“This is a very talented group of photographers, painters, printmakers, and artists in mixed media,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the council member responsible for library and culture.

This is the first event of its kind to be presented by the library, with the goal of highlighting the multi-talented residents of Côte Saint-Luc.

“The quality of art made by Côte Saint-Luc residents is astounding,” said Justin Burnham, the library coordinator responsible for the Community Art Space. “Currently there is no venue to fully appreciate the variety of our local talent, so we’re trying to change this by bringing a number of artists together in one place.” 

The library is eager to display this wide selection of artwork and sees this as a great opportunity for artists to meet, share their passion, and celebrate their love of the arts.

“The artists are looking forward to exhibiting their works and meeting many friends, neighbours, fellow artists, and art lovers who will join them for this event,” said Ron Novolker, a nature photographer who will be exhibiting his work.

For more information about the Community Art Celebration, visit or contact Justin Burnham at514-485-6900, ext. 4701.


A record number of golfers to play at Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic, while city to honour veteran volunteer Ron Yarin

A record 104 people will tee off at the 36th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic on Tuesday, July 14 at the Meadowbrook Golf Course, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

The event begins at 7 am and is followed by an awards banquet at 1 pm honouring long-time volunteer Ron Yarin at the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) at 5794 Parkhaven Ave.

“This year’s event is attracted so many new and returning players in part because we presented a new format of play, as well as two new age-specific classifications whereby players can compete on a friendly basis amongst their own age group,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the event co-chair. “The groups include Masters for people age 65 and older, and Eagle, for those age 64 and younger.”

The title sponsor is Freemark Apparel Brands Inc. and its Bench brand. Mark Routtenberg, president of Freemark Apparel Brands and former minority owner of the Montreal Expos, has been named honourary chairperson for this year's event. Routtenberg, who raised his family in Côte Saint-Luc, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon and talk about the Expos and the possibilities surrounding the return of baseball to Montreal.   

“We will be honouring Ron Yarin for more than 35 years of dedicated service to the community,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the event co-chair. “Many friends will be on hand to help celebrate the occasion including the Routtenberg family, whom Ron worked with for many years.”

Sam Eltes, president of Silver Star Mercedes-Benz, has sponsored a hole-in-one contest. If someone achieves this feat they will drive way in a brand new Mercedes-Benz.

The new format of play is called “Scramble” and is quite popular in today’s golf outings. This format helps speed up the game for all players and is being introduced as a result of many requests from previous participants. The players decide which golfer hits the best shot off the tee and then all players from that foursome play their next shot from that point. Play continues from hole to hole in the same fashion for the rest of the outing.

In case of thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 14, the luncheon  will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Centre at 1 pm. Golf will be postponed until the following Tuesday, July 21. The same starting times will be honoured at Meadowbrook Golf Club. History will note that this event has never been rained out before.



Ballroom dancing championship coming to Côte Saint-Luc

For the fifth consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11 am to 11:30 pm.

The Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships is presented by Danse Sport Québec. It allows ballroom dancers to compete for the title of Canadian Open Amateur Champion.

Tickets to this event are $35 for people age 16 and older or $25 for people 15 and younger and can be purchased online at or offline by filling in the ticket order form and sending it with your payment information :


Fax: 450 222-2305

Mail: Danse Sport Québec, 380 rue Lafond, St-Calixte (Québec) J0K 1Z0.

Dancers of all ages and from all regions of Canada, the United States, and possibly Europe will perform their best efforts in both Latin and standard styles of dance for judges and spectators. Dancers will be dressed in ball gowns and tailcoats and as they perform the Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep. They will also dance to Latin music including the Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Danse Sport Québec has a number of dancers from Côte-St-Luc who will be introduced at the competition. Danse Sport Québec extends an invitation to its spectacular event to all dance lovers.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-474-5746.




Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park will be the Quebec host site for the 2015 Blue Jays Honda Super Camps

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in the City of Côte Saint-Luc is one of 15 places across Canada -- and the only one in Quebec -- to host the annual Blue Jays Honda Super Camp for amateur baseball players ages 9 to 16.

The camp runs in Côte Saint-Luc on Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19, 2015. To register, visit the Blue Jays Baseball Academy at 

“We have earned a reputation for some of the best baseball fields in Quebec,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “People in the baseball world know that if they need high-caliber baseball fields, in the heart of a community that loves its baseball, Côte Saint-Luc is the place.”

Every year, Côte Saint-Luc hosts two Major League Baseball scouting events, as well as all home games for the university baseball teams of McGill and Concordia, many baseball tournaments, and baseball camps. More than a dozen baseball and softball leagues play games in Côte Saint-Luc. Every few years, the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association host their national college tournament in Côte Saint-Luc. The main baseball field at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park was renamed Gary Carter Field on July 1, 2012, to honour the late Montreal Expos catcher.

The camps will be run by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy in partnership with both Baseball Canada and Little League Baseball Canada.  

A large group of Blue Jays alumni once again return as instructors including Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, Devon White, George Bell, Lloyd Moseby, Jesse Barfield, and Homer Bush. The Blue Jays alumni will be joined by both coaches from both Baseball Canada and Little League Canada to help provide top level instruction to each participant.

Blue Jays Honda Super Camps will run for four hours each day. Each participant will receive a Blue Jays hat, t-shirt, Blue Jays Baseball Academy Instructional Manual, along with a 12” Alomar Baseball glove.

For more information, contact or 416-341-2500.




Montreal Gazette political cartoonist Aislin to speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Terry Mosher, the Montreal Gazette political cartoonist better known by his pseudonym Aislin, will be speaking at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Library in collaboration with the Canadian Writers’ Society.

“I always look forward to opening the morning Gazette to see Aislin’s take on current events, and I know many of our patrons do, too,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’re proud to host fascinating and legendary figures like Terry Mosher at the library.”

The author of 46 books, Mosher has been the Gazette’s political cartoonist for more than 40 years. His most recent collection, The Wrecking Ball, published in 2014, features acerbic and irreverent cartoons about the Parti Québécois's proposed Charter of Values, Montreal corruption scandals, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the Sochi Olympics, among other topics.

Mosher has received numerous accolades for his contributions to public discourse over the course of his career. In 1985, he was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University in 2007. He is president emeritus of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.

At the Côte Saint-Luc Library event, Mosher will speak about his work, answer audience questions, and sign copies of The Wrecking Ball, another recent collection Was It Good For You?, and Caricature Cartoon Canada, a compendium of cartoons that he edited.

For more information about the event featuring Terry “Aislin” Mosher on June 10, visit or email



Côte Saint-Luc residents encouraged to organize their own activities for Neighbours Day on June 6, 2015

For the second consecutive year the City of Côte Saint-Luc is encouraging its residents to take part in the province-wide Neighbours Day on June 6, 2015

“Our hope is that residents will organize events,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “It could be as simple as gathering on a front lawn or as grand as party in a neighbourhood park. The goal is to get to know your neighbours and to create a sense of community and belonging.”

Residents who wish to initiate a neighbourhood activity can pick up from municipal buildings an invitation card to fill out and distribute in their neighbourhoods. They can also register their event at

“Neighbours Day is the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbourhood and the people who live in it,” said Councillor Allan J. Levine, who is responsible for bringing Neighbours Day to Côte Saint-Luc. “Residents who participate will ultimately benefit from the success of their own neighbourhood event.”

The first Neghbours Day took place in France in 1999 and it quickly spread across Europe. In Quebec since 2006, Neighbours Day is an initiative of the Réseau québécois de villes et villages en santé, an organization which promotes and encourages the sustainable development of healthy living in Quebec. It focuses on the exchange between municipalities and the commitment of municipal decision-makers to quality of life through their ability to mobilize partners and residents to take action.




Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels to speak at Côte Saint-Luc library

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels will speak at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

Michaels is based in Montreal. He won Canada’s top literary prize in 2014 for his debut novel Us Conductors. He will discuss his book, which tells a fictionalized account of the life and love of Lev Termen and his invention of the theremin, a unique musical instrument that is played without being touched. The story is set in Jazz Age New York City and the Soviet Union and explores themes of invention, memory, and unrequited love. Michaels is only the third writer to win the prestigious Giller Prize for a debut novel.

“Since we first acquired Us Conductors, it has been extremely popular with our readers,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’re honoured to be welcoming such a promising and intriguing writer to the library.”

The event will begin with a talk and reading by Michaels about his book. A questions-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Michaels first made his name as the founder of the music blog Said the Gramophone. He has contributed to many publications including the Guardian, McSweeneys, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. He is at work on a second novel.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information about this event, call the library at 514-485-6900 or email



Residents invited to a public participation session for the Trudeau Park playground renovation

Residents of all ages of the City of Côte Saint-Luc are invited to a public participation session on Sunday May 3 at 11 am, at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Boulevard, to give feedback on the upcoming renovation of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park playground. 

Côte Saint-Luc will renovate Trudeau Park starting in the fall of 2015. The entire playground area will be relocated and outfitted with new equipment for little kids, bigger kids, and adults too.

“We are interested in hearing what our residents would like to see in this playground,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We know that we’d like this playground to be used by the young and the young at heart, and in order to deliver a product that will be appreciated and used by all we would like to hear feedback from users of the park.”

Those in attendance at this public participation session will be working hands on with maps to create a layout and concept for the playground. There will also be a special session for young children with an animator who will survey the children to find out what features they like best in playgrounds.

“We are hoping to see residents from across the city attend this public participation session,” said Glenn Nashen, Councillor for district 6 where Trudeau Park is located. “This is a unique and rare opportunity for residents, especially kids, to get directly involved in the redevelopment of the city's flagship park and playground.”

This meeting is the first part of a three-step process. The second step will be an evening meeting in mid-summer, where residents will be invited to see the concept for the new playground and meet with the designers. This will be the opportunity to tweak the design and provide additional feedback. The third and final step is a meeting towards the end of the summer or early fall, where the final concept will be revealed to the public. 

“The renovation at Trudeau Park is slated to start in the fall of 2015 and continue through 2016. We are aiming to have the park ready for 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac, the council member responsible for urban planning issues.

Anyone wishing to attend this public participation session is asked to confirm their presence by contacting Régine Banon at 514-485-6800, ext. 1801 or 

Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol information session on April 7

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). 

Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at There is a one-time membership fee of $75 and volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. 

“Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Côte Saint-Luc's substantial safety initiatives,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for vCOP.  “The patrollers have logged more than 46,625 hours and 254,166 kilometres, which is more than six times around the Earth.”

More than 80 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, check smoke detectors in homes in partnership with the fire department and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to, or visit




The world music quartet Surkalén will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, March 19

The world music ensemble Surkalén will perform a concert of original ethno-fusion music at Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. on Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm.

Surkalén ( is a group of four musicians of Latin American and European heritage who play in a musical style that they call ethno-fusion. This poetic style mixes South American sounds and rhythms with elements of African, Asian, European, and Middle Eastern music. 

In 2012, Surkalén released their album Essence de lumière. They were nominated for World Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012, and in 2013 the group won the People’s Choice Award from the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Critics have described their music as gentle, spellbinding, wide-ranging, and always defiant towards boundaries. The four musicians use many instruments, including guitar, bass, flutes, violin, percussion, as well as vocals to create their unique sound. 

Tickets for the concert are $5 and are available at the front desk of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. For more information, please contact Robin Grantner at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.



Canada Reads, Côte Saint-Luc-style

The popular annual book debate Canada Reads returns to the CBC airwaves in mid-March and the Côte Saint-Luc Library is getting in on the action.

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm, five Côte Saint-Luc librarians will defend their choice of one of the five books in contention at a high-spirited round-table debate at the library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Canada Reads is an important annual literary event, and we want Côte Saint-Luc to be a part of it,” said Library Director Janine West. “Book-lovers can come to our debate to hear a personalized case made for each book by our librarians. When the CBC debate airs the next week, readers will have a fresh perspective on the books in the running.”

The theme of this year’s debate is “One Book to Break Barriers” and it features five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that question stereotypes and bring important issues to light. The shortlisted books are Ru by Montreal writer Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman), Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins), and When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid.

For more information about Canada Reads at the CSL Library, visit or email


CJAD 800 Passion host Dr. Laurie Betito to speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Dr. Laurie Betito, author and host of CJAD’s popular radio show Passion, will speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library on Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We are very fortunate to have such an expert in her field as Laurie provide this kind of talk for us,” said Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Mike Cohen, who oversees the library and culture portfolio. “Laurie grew up in our community. Her parents still live here. We are so very proud of the career she has carved for herself and can think of no better speaker to have on the eve of Valentine's Day than the host of Montreal's foremost radio show dealing with relationships.”

Dr. Betito will discuss her career as a clinical psychologist, radio host, and writer in the sex and relationship field. She will also share tips and insights from her new book, The Sex Bible for People over 50. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Every week, Dr. Betito discusses various sex and relationship topics and takes questions from listeners on Passion, which airs weeknights at 10 pm.

She has been a practicing psychotherapist in Montreal for over 25 years, and is currently the president of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec.

For more information about this event, visit or email