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Singer-songwriters to speak with teens and perform at the library in Côte Saint-Luc

Words and MusicCôte Saint-Luc, February 4, 2011 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will get noisy in February as three promising Montreal-area singer-songwriters perform their music and talk to teens about how they write their songs and where they find creative inspiration.

Words and Music is a three-part series for teens and will take place Thursdays at 7:30pm. The singer-songwriters will be Brittany Kwasnik on February 10, Daniel Schachter on February 17, and Matt Stern on February 24.  

“This year we are really focusing on teens,” said Assistant Library Director Janine West. “We are doing this program, which is directed specifically at them, we have implemented a teen advisory council, we are planning a movie night, and this is just the beginning. We want them to feel that they are an integral part of the library.”

On each Thursday evening, one of the musicians will be in the library to talk about their art and play music. They will discuss their method for writing songs and discuss their creative inspirations. Free passes for teens are available at the main circulation desk of the library on a first-come, first-served basis. There is limit of five free passes per person.

Brittany Kwasnik is a 16-year old singer songwriter who found fame when she posted a YouTube video of herself singing and playing her guitar. Her music is part folk, part indie, part pop. Kwasnik recently signed a record deal with Justin Time Records and her first album I Don’t Know Me will be released later this year.  

Daniel Schachter is known for his signature folk rock music. Schachter has performed at The Yellow Door, the 2010 Osheaga outdoor music festival, and elsewhere. Schachter is also a filmmaker and a devoted fan of film director Federico Fellini.

Matt Stern gravitated to music at an early age and learned guitar, piano and trombone in his teenage years. Stern’s newest extended play (EP) album was launched in September 2010. I’m not the Only One (2010) is an acoustic-guitar driven pop-folk-soul-rhythm-infused collection of songs.

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 514-485-6900 ext. 4202 or jwest@cotesaintluc.org.

Deep Oil – Forage: thought-provoking art at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2011 – Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are the unusal subject of Harlan Johnson’s moody landscape paintings on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from January 27, 2011 to March 6, 2011.

Two years before the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Harlan Johnson had started work on Deep Oil – Forage. The series depicts offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, often during blowouts. A blowout occurs when a sudden release of oil and gas from a well after pressure control systems have failed.

The artist uses a stark, sometimes muddled color palette to reinforce a sense of neglect and imminent danger. The drilling platforms are depicted as hulking silhouettes spewing flames, smoke and steam. The spatters and washy brush strokes are symbolic of the debris left behind by one of these devastating blowouts.

These large acrylic-on-canvas paintings illustrate the natural environment disrupted. The sea is shown in its strength and fragility.

Born in Halifax, Johnson has had a lifelong passion for all things Cajun. The south is not only the subject of this art exhibition, it also feeds his appetite for Zydeco music. (He plays the squeezebox in the Montreal-Cajun band Grouyan Gombo). He lives and works in Montreal where he received a BFA and MFA from Concordia University. His work has been shown in several Canadian cities including Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Moncton. He currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department at Dawson College and in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University. His current art projects can be viewed at www.harlanjohnson.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, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Library card provides a passport to language learning

Côte Saint-Luc, January 14, 2011 - Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now access a popular online language-learning system for free.

Mango (www.mangolanguages.com) is a language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world's most popular languages. The company website describes the program as "a fun, easy and incredibly effective way for travelers of all kinds to learn to speak a foreign language."

"We are thrilled to add Mango to our library's growing list of resources, "Assistant Library Director Janine West said. "This service is an excellent resource for those wishing to learn a foreign language. 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."

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is only the second library in Quebec to offer this service to members.

To access Mango, library members can visit the library website at www.elcslpl.org and then click Audiovisual link on the left-hand side. Then they must click the Mango button. To access the service, library members must sign in by entering their name and library card number. They can also create a profile at Mango to keep track of their progress. After that it is easy to get started by following the step by step instructions.

Mango includes a 100-lesson course and a shorter two to five hour course. There are 22 languages available and 15 ESL courses.

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: Darryl Levine, 514-485-6800 ext. 1802, or dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

Urban Diary: inspired alleyways of NDG at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Côte Saint-Luc, December 15, 2010 – Large-scale collages of NDG alleyways by artist Andrea Kastner will be on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from December 16, 2010 to January 23, 2011.

The Urban Diary exhibit explores humour, nostalgia and grittiness all brought center stage in the representation of the city’s neighbourhood alleyways. Cities tend to present the best possible façade to the public. Kastner, on the other hand, finds beauty in the spontaneous and unedited cityscapes of our daily lives.

3433 Oxford, collage on plywood, 15" x 15", 2008 Kastner is interested in the intimate, unvarnished truth of the anti-façade. Like a survey documenting her neighbourhood, her works bring to light the absurd and subtle ways that people let down their guard and allow their individuality to shine through. The medium she uses is appropriately unglamorous. Working on plywood, she builds up a collaged surface of everyday materials including metro transfers, shopping bags, electrical tape and price tags.

“As we empty out our pockets at the end of the day, we unearth a small cascade of tickets, transfers, wrappers and receipts,” Kastner said, discussing the process involved in creating these works. “These remnants of our daily trajectories, which usually end up in the garbage can, are the raw materials that I use to build my cityscapes.”

Urban Diary examines the colorful neighbourhood of NDG, where Andrea Kastner grew up, in the heart of the west end of the city of Montreal. The artist currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta where she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. She has also taught art to children at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount. Her current art projects can be viewed at www.andreakastner.ca.

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: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

All About Richler at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, December 10, 2010 – Two special events surrounding the life of author Mordecai Richler will take place at The Eleanor London Côte Saint–Luc Public Library next week.

The library will present a screening of the biographical documentary The Last of the Wild Jews on Thursday, December 16 at 2pm. Then on Friday, December 17 at 2pm author Charles Foran will speak at the library about his new biography Mordecai: The Life and Times.

Director Francine Pelletier’s documentary The Last of the Wild Jews is a fascinating and original look at the persona and work of Mordecai Richler. The documentary features interviews with Richler’s wife, Florence, Margaret Atwood, Rex Murphy, Adam Gopnik and others. There will be a discussion after the presentation of the film. This event is free of charge.

Canadian novelist and journalist Charles Foran will discuss his new biography Mordecai: The Life and Times with attendees. Foran has authored eight books. His novel The Last House of Ulster was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award and won the QSPELL for best work of non-fiction by a Quebec writer. Foran’s biography of Mordecai Richler chronicles Richler’s early days in his birth place of Montreal, to his time spent in Europe when was in the company of fellow writers such as E.M. Forster, to his later years when he returned to Montreal. Mark Medley from The National Post offers this concise description of Foran’s book: “Coupled with a vast array of interviews with some of the most prominent literary figures of the latter half of the 20th century, Foran depicts Richler as a complex man, at odds with his family, his province, his country and, often, himself”. Tickets for this event are $3, if purchased in advance and $5, if purchased the day of the event.

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: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Ta-da! A sprinkling of magic at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, November 30, 2010 – Magician Mike Deslauriers will present his show Magic & Laughter on Sunday, December 12 at 2pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Magician Mike Deslauriers has been wowing audiences for years with his spellbinding tricks whether at carnivals, birthday parties or other special events. His show Magic and Laughter will have all the kids laughing, screaming and shouting out for more. There is lots of audience participation as candies appear, silk scarves disappear and giant dice move from place to place. A balloon animal is given to every child at the end of the show.

Manager of Children’s Services Kathy Conroy encourages families to make it out to this event: “This magic show is the perfect performance for audiences of all ages. There is definitely something in it for both the children and the parents.” 

Tickets cost $5. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance at the main desk as space is limited. Recommended age is 2 and up.

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: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Ballet, Jazz and African Dance Fused Into a Prayer for Hope

Côte Saint-Luc, November 24, 2010 –  Sisi, a contemporary dance performance, will be presented on Thursday, December 2 at 6:30p.m. at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

Dancer and choreographer Gibson Miruva, from the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, fuses the rich physicality of the African Dance tradition with ballet, jazz and con¬temporary dance in his choreography of Sisi. Sweeping upper body movements and graceful footwork are key elements to the performance. The overall effect is a performance that is as grounded as it is uplifting.  

Sisi (‘sister’ in the Shona language of Zimbabwe and Zambia) is a prayer for hope and solidarity. Told through the eyes of one man, we follow his journey, as he shares with us the story of his four sisters, confined by their gender, culture, and the HIV epidemic that afflicts Zimbabwe. Dancer Heather Mah will be giv¬ing an introductory talk before the performance for the audience.

Sisi promises to be a compelling evening of storytelling through the art of dance. Assistant Library Director, Janine West welcomes this presentation of Sisi to the library: “This is a rare opportunity to witness a truly beautiful and unique dance performance. It is not often that the library hosts performing arts events in dance so I strongly encourage everyone to attend.”

Presented in partnership with Le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée and The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, Sisi is a production of MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).

Tickets bought ahead of time are $4 and are available at the main circulation desk of the library. The cost is $6 on the day of the event.

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: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Library collects food for the Sun Youth Organization

Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public LibraryCôte Saint-Luc, November 9, 2010 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will host a food drive from November 15 to December 14, 2010 in support of the Sun Youth Organization.

The public can drop off non-perishable items at the drop-off box inside the library entrance at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. Examples of accepted food items are soups, canned fish, and canned vegetables. The library will also accept baby products such as diapers, hygiene products, pet food, and new toys.

This is the fourth year the library has supported charities that help children—having previously raised approximately $5,500 for the Comfy Cozy Fund, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Friendship Circle’s Friendship Walk.

The Sun Youth Organization operates an emergency food bank during normal business hours for the general public. It also distributes holiday baskets in December. The public can donate online at www.sunyouthorg.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day.

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For more information, contact: Gloria Caplan, 514-485-6900 ext. 4207 or gcaplan@cotesaintluc.org.

Replay: images that reinvent our notions of perception is on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, November 9, 2010 – The works of artist Sarah Bertrand-Hamel will be on display at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from November 11 to December 12, 2010.

The exhibit, entitled Replay, includes a series of images that encourages one to re-examine the concepts of perception, reality and deconstruction.
 
The artist’s work demonstrates how image manipulation and the process of repetition can modify the original meaning and context in which an image is presented. She questions the notions of observation, cognitive recognition and designation. Her work involves both discerning reality and deconstructing evidence.

Her recent paintings and drawings deal with portraiture and attempt to undo the evidence of things. She has developed a sewing technique that requires assembling several different views into larger images. This produces a vibrating surface full of tonal and formal shifts that scramble and shatter perceptions.

Sarah Bertrand-Hamel lives and works in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor in Studio Arts from Laval University (2006) and is currently completing a Master in Fine Arts at Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited in Quebec, France and Mexico, notably at the Châtel-Censoir Town Hall (France, 2006), at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal, 2008, 2009 and 2010), as well as at Occurrence and the Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal, 2010). Sarah Bertrand-Hamel's works are featured in public and private collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, and the Museo national de la cerámica (Mexico).

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: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.
 

Côte Saint-Luc offers residents free compostable bags for leaf and yard waste

Côte Saint-Luc, October 26, 2010 – Côte Saint-Luc residents can put leaves and other garden waste directly in their brown bin or in compostable bags, but not in regular plastic bags.

“Again this year, Côte Saint-Luc is offering every household four free compostable bags that can be filled and placed next to the brown bin on collection day,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for environmental issues. “We cannot accept leaves in regular plastic bags because those kinds of bags do not decompose and contaminate the organic waste we send to the composting facility.”

Bags are available at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm and at the Public Works Department (7001 Mackle Rd.) weekdays between 8am and 4pm. Proof of residency is required.

Residents can also purchase additional compostable bags from Côte Saint-Luc or from retailers. The bags must be 100 percent compostable made from natural materials such as cornstarch or paper. For more information about compostable bags, visit www.cotesaintluc.org/brownbin.

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

Côte Saint-Luc director achieves hockey milestone

David TaveroffCôte Saint-Luc, October 19, 2010 – The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, David Taveroff, officiated his 1,000th game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) on Sunday, October 17 in Verdun, Quebec.

“We are proud of David’s accomplishment at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “David’s love of sports and his ability to inspire respect from players and coaches help explain why he is so effective in his day job with the city.”

Taveroff is joining only two other officials at the 1,000-game level. He has been officiating QMJHL games for 28 seasons. His first game was on September 25, 1983. His association with the league led to a career highlight when Taveroff officiated at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden in 1993. He is also the video replay judge for the National Hockey League for half the Canadiens games played in Montreal.

“People who know me, know how much I love sports in general and hockey in particular,” said Taveroff, who joined the City of Côte Saint-Luc in 2002. “Officiating games across Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and Maine has put a lot of kilomteres on my car, but rewarded me ten-fold with lifelong friends and wonderful memories.”

Taveroff says officiating has given him invaluable experience in managing people and building consensus.

“When you’re on the ice with young, strong players, you learn how to defuse situations quickly,” Taveroff said. “Hockey—like life—can be a tough, emotional experience and the job of the official is to make sure everyone feels they were treated fairly.”

QMJHL teams are based in Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Maine. Many hockey greats have passed through the league en route to National Hockey League, including Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille, Patrick Roy, and Sydney Crosby. The Montreal Juniors and the Quebec Ramparts are two of the league’s 18 teams.

“It’s been a blast watching the development of young players and of hockey in general over the past 28 years,” Taveroff said. “Officiating has allowed me to retain a passion for the sport of hockey and to participate at a high level.”

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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 Tuesday, October 26

Côte Saint-Luc, October 15, 2010The city councillor for Côte Saint-Luc District 4 will be hosting a meeting at Le Waldorf Residence (7400 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.) on Tuesday, October 26 at 7pm 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, the new Intergenerational and Aquatic Centre, and potential renovations at Richard Schwartz Park. Residents will be able to share their ideas during the general discussion.

“This is the fourth 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

Open House for all at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, October 8, 2010 – On Sunday, October 17 from 10am to 5pm, the public can tour the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library as part of an open house event.

Non-members and members are welcome to attend the open house, which also includes children’s crafts, face-painting, and balloon animals. Morning refreshments will be served and guided tours around the library are taking place every 15 minutes. Used books will also be for sale.  

“The goal of the open house is to attract people who are not currently members and who don’t realize what a wonderful library we have,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for library and culture.

Also on October 17, the Panadream Theatre is presenting a marionette show “Yorgo and the World” for children age 2 and older at 2pm. Tickets for this event are $5.  

Les Bibliothèques publiques du Québec (B.P.Q.) is offering prizes in promotion of Quebec Public Libraries Week. People ages 12 to 26 who join the library or bring a friend to join have a chance to win an iPod Touch portable media player. Adults who join have a chance to win a $500 gift certificate from the Renaud-Bray bookstore.  

Please call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit the web site at www.elcslpl.org for the schedule of activities.

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For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Inspired baroque: Arion Ensemble performs a classical concert in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, October 7, 2010 – The Arion Ensemble will perform a live concert in Côte Saint-Luc on Wednesday, October 13 at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

This 10-person baroque ensemble will perform works from Fasch and Telemann on period instruments that include winds, strings and a harpsichord. Hailed by critics for their clarity and gusto as well as for their expressive performances, Arion promises to entertain and delight.

Arion has toured Europe, Asia and North America, and has produced more than 25 CDs.

Baroque music describes a style of European classical music approximately extending from 1600 to 1750. The term was originally used to describe the highly decorated style of 18th century religious and public architecture in Italy. Later, the name came to be applied also the music of this era.

Tickets bought ahead of time are $5 and are available at the main circulation desk of the library. The cost is $7 on the day of the concert.

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: Mona Turner, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or mturner@cotesaintluc.org.

Library pulls strings to entertain kids

Côte Saint-Luc, October 7, 2010 – The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be hosting the Panadream Marionette Theatre on Sunday, October 17 at 2pm.

Six string marionettes with be acting out the story of a fearful young boy named Yorgo. He has never left his house, but instead spends his time with Buttons, his adorable dog. When Buttons goes missing, Yorgo braves his fears, and fueled by love and courage, he goes out to find his missing pet.

This drama unfolds on an elaborate set that includes three moving stages on wheels and no fewer than 15 backdrops. Two expert puppeteers from Panadream bring this touching story to life.

Tickets are $5 each. As space is limited for this program, it is recommended to buy tickets in advance at the main desk of the library. The play is suitable for children age 2 and older.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day.

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For more information, call Kathy Conroy at 514-485-6900, ext. 4204, or visit www.elcslpl.org.