Press releases

 

Connecting Côte Saint-Luc to the hospital district

Montreal, September 19, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Jewish General Hospital, in collaboration with Mobiligo and the Centre de gestion des déplacements de developpement économique Saint-Laurent (CGD DESTL) will announce on September 20 at a news conference a project to improve commuting to medical facilities in the Côte-des-Neiges district for the residents, workers and users. The goal of the project is to encourage single occupancy vehicle users to shift to environmentally-friendly transport practices, such as public transit, carpooling, walking and biking. 

 

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012

When: 11 am

Location:   Cavendish Mall (IGA/Pharmaprix entry), 5800 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 2T5, Quebec 

 

A survey of hospital employees is currently underway concerning their transportation needs to identify convenient options that could be offered to them, other than traveling alone in their car. Access to healthcare is more than having a family doctor; it is also being able to get to the doctor’s office without causing an impact on our health and our community environment. 

In a context where the Jewish General Hospital is building new facilities, which will require more staff at a time when less parking spots are available due to construction, and since the hospital will be in a position to offer more healthcare services to the population, looking into the means of transportation used by the employees as well as the users seemed the right thing to do for the two partners involved in the project. 

Mobiligo and CGD DESTL, will conduct a survey in order to identify the transportation needs of the employees and users commuting between Côte Saint-Luc and the medical facilities located in the Côte-des-Neiges district, such as the Jewish General Hospital, CHU Sainte-Justine and St. Mary’s Hospital Centre.

The Montreal Steering Committee on Seniors welcomes this initiative which will help support the needs of the ageing population in terms of transportation to and from the various healthcare services provided in the area.

"This project is an important initiative which will benefit the whole community, by providing much relief in a very congested area", says Anthony Housefather, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.  "It is an important step towards developing and offering sustainable options of transport to our residents." 

"The Jewish General Hospital is pleased to support this initiative, which will provide sustainable transport into the Côte-des-Neiges community," says Glenn J. Nashen, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the Jewish General Hospital. "By promoting this shift from private to public transport, we hope to relieve some of the stress caused by congestion in the area, as well as aim to improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and limit greenhouse gas emissions for the betterment of the neighborhood." 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the third most populous municipality on the island of Montreal. Its sports and recreation programs, aquatic centre, 29 parks, and one of the leading municipal public libraries in Quebec make it an attractive residential community in the west end. Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in health and safety issues, becoming one of the first municipalities in Quebec to ban pesticides and require bicycle helmets. Côte Saint-Luc is a bilingual municipality with a diverse, predominantly English-speaking population and has been a leader on human rights issues. 

The Jewish General Hospital is an acute-care McGill University teaching hospital with 637 beds, serving patients from Montreal, across the province of Quebec and beyond. Committed to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and research, the JGH has earned a reputation for excellence in many clinical specialties.

Funded by the MTQ, the CGDs provide consulting for sustainable transportation, a set of tools and services to encourage the use of alternatives to single occupant vehicle use. With proven solutions and adapted to local circumstances, CGDs allow employers, developers and municipalities to be agents of change, increasing their attractiveness and retention of their employees while improving their environmental performance.

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For more information contact: Dida Berku, Counsellor, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-531-6896, dberku@cotesaintluc.org, or Régine Banon, Coordinator, Public Affairs and Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-6800,  ext. 1801, rbanon@cotesaintluc.org.
 

City of Montreal pulls the plug on Cavendish again

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2012 – Only six months after announcing the Blue Bonnets agreement, which included the funding for Cavendish Blvd. road extension project, the City of Montreal has reneged on its undertaking and put the project on the back burner.  

In March 2012, the City of Montreal and the Quebec government signed a agreement to transfer the Blue Bonnets race track land to the City of Montreal. One of the conditions of the transfer was an undertaking by the City of Montreal to set aside $44 million for phase 1 of the Cavendish Blvd. road extension project in its three year Capital Works Budget. This agreement was ratified by the unanimous vote of the Montreal City Council on March 26, 2012. 

Notwithstanding this undertaking in the agreement to set aside $44 million for this project and notwithstanding the unanimous resolution of Montreal City Council ratifying the agreement, the Tremblay administration has withdrawn the Cavendish Blvd. road extension project from the proposed three year Capital Works Budget for 2013-2015, even though it was included in the last year’s three year budget (2012-2014). The proposed budget—without the funds for the Cavendish Blvd. road extension project—will be presented to Montreal City Council for adoption on September 20, 2012.  

“The City of Côte Saint-Luc has worked very hard with our neighbouring cities and boroughs to convince the Tremblay administration that the Cavendish extension be made a priority,” said Anthony Housefather, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc. “We worked with the local Liberal MNAs to find means of funding the project and over the last six months the announcements related to the Blue Bonnets site had pushed the project forward. The proposal by the City of Montreal to remove these amounts from the PTI is a complete reversal of commitments made only months ago and is completely unacceptable to those living and working in the west end and West Island of Montreal.  We will use all means at our disposal to oppose this reversal." 

As well, the new Capital Works Budget does not provide for the completion of the feasibility studies that the City of Montreal also undertook to do. Since 2005, it has spent $2.5 million on these studies but so far has refused to make them public and now is refusing to complete them.  

“This omission is in total violation of the Blue Bonnets agreement and the unanimous vote of Montreal City Council,” said Côte Saint-Luc Councillor Dida Berku. “This flies in the face of the will of all the councils of the boroughs of St. Laurent, CDN-NDG and cities of Côte Saint-Luc, Town of Mount Royal, Hampstead, and Dollard des Ormeaux, which have systematically called for the extension of Cavendish to be included in the Agglomeration of Montreal Transport Plan and in the Capital Works Budget of the City of Montreal. As well it flies in the face of the conditions in the Blue Bonnets agreement with the Quebec government and is a reversal of the public commitments and pronouncements of the Tremblay administration, made 6 months ago.”

When the Blue Bonnets agreement was announced, Minister Raymond Bachand said that one of the conditions of the transfer was that the proceeds would be used to finance the Cavendish Blvd. road extension project and that the City of Montreal would commit to proceeding with the feasibility studies in order to advance this project. 

“We encourage residents to attend the meeting at Montreal City Hall on Thursday, September 20 and voice their concerns during question period,” said Councillor Berku.

Copies of the Blue Bonnets agreement, the 2012-2014 Capital Works Budget, and a press release from the City of Montreal announcing the commitment to build the Cavendish Blvd. road extension project are available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/CavendishExtension.

 

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Media contact: Dida Berku, 514-531-6896, dberku@cotesaintluc.org. Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org .

 

 

Ballroom dancing championship coming to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, September 14, 2012 –  For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Amateur Open Dancesport Championships will be at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.) on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 1 pm to 11 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.

“This is a fantastic event to watch and there are several Côte Saint-Luc residents to help cheer on,” Councillor Mitchell Brownstein said.

Tickets to this event are $45 for people age 16 and older or $30 for people 15 and younger and can be purchased at www.dansesportquebec.com or at the door.

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 Saint-Luc. Among those scheduled to dance in the Juvenile and Junior age groups will be Diana Hazipov and Reymend Scheiller, Emily Rivkin and Robert Scheiller, Teona Treskounov and Richard Morozova, and Mathieu Malakhov and Paula Golban. The youth representatives will be Olga Vaksman and Adam Baboutin, while the adult couple Yevgeniya Taftay and Stephan Larose will to provide a high level of competition for their challengers to defend their title of reigning Quebec champions.

For more information, please visit www.dansesportquebec.com or call 514-418-TANGo (8264).

 

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

A taste of Russian opulence at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, August 31, 2012– As part of the fifth annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads program, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is encouraging residents to read the same book and then discuss it with friends, family and neighbours.

The selected novel is The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. Copies are available at the library and major bookstores. The novel sweeps readers into the passionate, intimate and treacherous world of Catherine the Great. A novel of historical fiction, it captures in
glorious detail the opulence of royalty and the perilous loyalties of the Imperial Russian court.

Author Eva Stachniak will be at the library on November 1, 2012 at 7 pm to discuss her novel. This event is free of charge. Light
refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 pm.

First launched in the Fall of 2008, Côte Saint-Luc Reads was created to engage residents, foster a sense of community and promote a culture of reading in the city.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

 

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

Qualia: a new art exhibit at the Côte Saint-Luc library’s Art Gallery

Côte Saint-Luc, August 30, 2012 –The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting a series of large-scale acrylic and oil paintings by Stanzie Tooth entitled Qualia from August 16 to October 7, 2012 at its Art Gallery.
 
Stanzie Tooth is a painter and curator at the Lonsdale Gallery, a contemporary art space in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues in Toronto and Kingston, including most recently Summer Session at Angell Gallery and 60 Painters at Humber Arts and Media Studios, a major exhibition of contemporary Canadian painters. Her current artworks can be viewed at www.stanzietooth.com.
 
Her interest is in landscapes and figuration. She uses landscape as an entry point to create her work. Many of her compositions feature figures in a landscape that seem to be absorbed by or made of their natural surroundings. Growing up in rural Ontario has shaped many of the narratives in her work.
 
She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) in 2007 with an award of distinction for excellence in painting.
 
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.
 
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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org

Delightful evening of harp music in Côte Saint-Luc on August 23, 2012

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2012– Harpist Gisèle Guibord will perform a concert of light classical music at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) on Thursday, August 23 at 7 pm.

The concert is organized by the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. It is the second edition of the library’s Candlelight Concerts series. This event is free of charge.

Guibord has performed extensively across Canada and Europe. An established organist as well, she is a regular soloist for Les Concerts Spirituels at St. Joseph’s Oratory and has performed with various choirs and orchestras. She specializes in playing the Paraguayan and Celtic harps. She began her studies at the École de musique Vincent d’Indy and continued on at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. 

She has seven recordings and continues to perform across Quebec and Ontario.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org. 

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

 

 

Inauguration of Imagination Park on Sunday, August 19, 2012

Imagination Park in Côte Saint-LucCôte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2012 –  The City of Côte Saint-Luc will inaugurate Imagination Park, which is adjacent to the Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.) on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 5 pm.

Côte Saint-Luc spent $350,000 to landscape Imagination Park and to install play equipment, urban furniture, picnic tables, a fire pit, LED lighting and more.

“We wanted this new park to become a destination for residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We used the principles of placemaking from the very start to create a place where people will want to come to see other people. People will be drawn to the park because of the features of the park itself—such as the fire pit—but also because it is connected to the new Café Aqua, the Parkhaven Outdoor Pool and the Aquatic and Community Centre.”

Imagination Park also includes computer-enhanced playground equipment on top of a rubber surface, an open space for gatherings, and a terrace.

Imagination Park can be accessed via Trinity Ave., Glenarden Ave., Fairside Ave., or through the atrium of the Aquatic and Community Centre.

Côte Saint-Luc is only one of three cites in Quebec with the new computer-enhanced playground equipment. Manufactured by the German company Kompan, the Icon playground equipment includes lights and other interactive features that will appeal to kids and adults.

 

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Côte Saint-Luc completes annual inspection of fences around properties with private pools

Côte Saint-Luc, July 13, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has completed its annual inspection of the fences surrounding properties with private pools. 

“Our Public Security agents visited every home with a private pool to ensure that the safety rules in our by-law are being respected,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said.

Côte Saint-Luc PS visited 135 pools to ensure the safety of local residents. Côte Saint-Luc By-law 2217 states that properties with a pool must  have a fence of between six and eight feet around the property, a gate with a self-closing and self-locking device out of the reach of children and capable of keeping the door closed. Owners of any property found to be non conforming are given 48 hours to take corrective measures.

“For the past several decades the city has emphasized prevention in issues of public safety,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “We have been proactive in the promotion and teaching of CPR, in our emergency preparedness initiatives, in bicycle helmet legislation and our first-class volunteer public safety programs.” 

For more information about the rules governing private pools, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/BylawGuide.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

Consumer Reports Online at the Côte Saint-Luc library


Consumer ReportsCôte Saint-Luc, July 10, 2012
– Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now access Consumer Reports Online for free.

"We are thrilled to add Consumer Reports Online to our library's growing list of online resources," Library Director Janine West said. "This service is an excellent resource for those looking for consumer advice and information. Our library strives to provide the best services possible to our patrons and this is just one more way we hope to achieve this goal."

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that tests, reviews and rates products. Its subscription-based online service contains the reviews from the monthly magazine. The information is updated frequently, providing reliable data, unbiased information and more than 1,000 ratings, reviews, product comparisons and video clips. Annual access costs $30, but is free for library members.

To access Consumer Reports Online, library members can visit www.elcslpl.org from home or from a library computer. To sign in, members can click the Reference & Research link on the left side, then the Databases button, and then enter their name and library card number.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

 

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For more information, contact: Janine West, 514-485-6800 ext. 4202, or jwest@cotesaintluc.org.

Spotlight on trees at the Côte Saint-Luc library

ash treeCôte Saint-Luc, June 27, 2012 –  Environmentalist David Fletcher will talk about the importance of the tree canopy and urban forests on the island and in our city on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 7 pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Fletcher will also present the challenges we face due to climate change, putting the focus on our own indigenous trees and the new invasive diseases like the emerald ash borer.

This event is part of the Doing Your Part lecture and workshop series presented by the library.

Patrick Raggo, the Director of the Public Works Department, will also be on hand to discuss the city’s plan to combat the effects of the emerald ash borer on the city’s ash trees.

For the full schedule of Doing Your Part events, visit ecoCSL.org.

 

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

 

Côte Saint-Luc District 4 meeting on Thursday, July 5, 2012

Côte Saint-Luc, June 28, 2012 – The city councillor for Côte Saint-Luc District 4 will be hosting a meeting at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Road) on Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm for residents to ask questions about local and city-wide issues.

Councillor Steven Erdelyi will answer questions and brief residents on what’s new in Côte Saint-Luc and District 4 and give an insider’s point of view on Public Works along with the department director Patrick Raggo.

“This is the fifth District 4 meeting I have organized,” said Councillor Erdelyi, who is also the council member responsible for Public Works and Engineering. “Based on comments and feedback at the last meeting, the city made improvements to parks, signage, and added traffic calming measures. If you have a suggestion for how to improve your neighbourhood, this is a great way to share it and make a difference.”

District 4 encompasses the south-west corner of Côte Saint-Luc bordered by Westluke Ave. (to the west), Magnolia Rd and Westover Rd. (to the south), Small Rd. and Tyme Rd. (to the east) and Baily Rd. (to the north).

 

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 For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org or visit www.stevenerdelyi.com

 

Vibrant large-scale oil paintings showcased in a new art exhibit in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, June 26, 2012 –The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is presenting a series of large-scale abstract oil paintings by Mirana Zuger entitled Bloodhorse from June 28 to August 12, 2012 in the library’s art gallery.

Material considerations play an important role in Mirana Zuger’s works, for example tennis table paint chalkboard and natural glues all serve to dictate the final look of each piece.

A prolific young artist, Zuger has developed a personal style within the field of abstract art. She continues to evolve from the most minimal to the very expressive. The artist says she titled her exhibit Bloodhorse because the tension of time, anticipation and release that inspired the paintings evoke “the energy of the racehorse as it is released from the starting-gate.”

Her works have been exhibited in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Zagreb, Croatia.

Her current artworks can be viewed at www.miranazuger.com

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org

 

 

Live-streaming of Gary Carter Field dedication in Côte Saint-Luc

Gary Carter at Kirwan Park in 1981Côte Saint-Luc, June 21, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc will live-stream the Gary Carter Field dedication ceremony on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 9 pm.

Viewers can watch live as Mayor Anthony Housefather, former Montreal Expo Warren Cromartie, and other dignitaries unveil the design for a sign marking the city’s primary baseball field. The event is part of the city’s annual Canada Day festivities.

“Gary Carter was a frequent visitor to Côte Saint-Luc during summers in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Johnny Elias Grand Slam Baseball School,” Mayor Housefather said. “Carter had fans across North America so we wanted to share our event with them, live over the Internet."

Cromartie, who is president of the Montreal Baseball Project, which seeks to return professional baseball to Montreal, will speak at the event. Fans will also watch pre-recorded video messages from teammates Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Bryn Smith, Ellis Valentine, Rodney Scott, Rowland Office and former Expos general manager and field manager Jim Fanning.

The live stream will available at 9 pm through a link at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/GaryCarter.

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the third most populous municipality on the island of Montreal, with a population of more 32,321. Gary Carter Field is located at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and is considered one of the best municipal baseball fields in Quebec. Each year, the field used by Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau Invitational to scout prospects in the region.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

 

Dance improv tournament takes centre stage in Côte Saint-Luc

Les ImprudansesCôte Saint-Luc, June 11, 2012Les Imprudanses, a Montreal dance league specializing in improvisation, will perform at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Father’s Day, June 17 at 2 pm.

Les Imprudanses is made up of Montreal contemporary dancers. Two teams at a time will compete in a dance duel by creating on-the-spot choreography according to specific criterion. Each team will attempt to outperform the other with dance moves. A referee will outline the dance sequences. A DJ will supply the music, helping create an unpredictable, dynamic show energized by interaction and the public’s vote.

The June 17 performance is the second stop of a six-city tour. People ages 9 and older are welcome to attend. This event is free of charge.

The event is presented in collaboration between the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library and the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org. 

 

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.

 

 

 

 

The Sounds of Jazz this June in Côte Saint-Luc

Min Rager concertCôte Saint-Luc, June 5, 2012 – A lecture on Cole Porter with live music and a jazz concert featuring tributes to John Coltrane and Miles Davis will be spotlighted this month at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

On Wednesday, June 20 at 2 pm music librarian Farah Mohammed will discuss the life of one of America’s greatest songbook composers, Cole Porter, which will include live performances by the library’s own Eden Pelletier. This event is free of charge.

On Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm, piano virtuoso Min Rager will perform music from her 2009 modern jazz album First Steps. She will be joined by other musicians in a quintet featuring piano, alto  saxophone, trombone, double bass and drums. Alternating blues, ballads, hard bop and bossa nova, Min Rager will pay tribute to saxophonist John Coltrane, and trumpeter Miles Davis. Tickets cost $7 in advance and $10 on the day of the concert and can be purchased at the library’s main circulation desk.

“This is a great opportunity to broaden your musical horizons and hear some fabulous live music,” said Library Director Janine West.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org. 
 

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For more information, contact: Danielle Bélanger, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org.