Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Celebrate Emancipation Day, August 1, 2020

Once again, there is so much to learn and do as heard by Elaine on CBC’s Radio 1.

Tying in with WASM’s 50 Artists for 50 Days featured on WASM’s Facebook page, we can celebrate Emancipation Day, August 1, 2020:

Join the Walk - International Artist and Little Burgundy resident, Nate Husser will address the crowd. Our Long Walk Home: Emancipation walk to the NCC:
R.A.W. Tuba documentary chronicles White's journey. This is a truly inspiring story!
For those of you fortunate to be in the country far away from city light pollution, some of our planets can be seen in the sky throughout the summer even with the naked eye.

Also, the Perseides show begins in August. To learn more about this spectacular shooting star show:

Let WASM know if you have seen any of the planets. Send your comments and photos to: elainebac@wasmtl.org
August is archeology month. Learn more:

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Interesting events and activities from CBC Radio 1

So much to learn and do as heard by Elaine on CBC’s Radio 1.

Tying in with WASM’s 50 Artists for 50 Days featured on WASM’s Facebook page, Elaine is recommending the Black Stories Collection - Being Black in Canada on CBC Gem:
CBC’s afternoon programme Let’s Go with host Sabrina Marandola offers more than just news, weather, and traffic updates. Interviews and activities galore can be found right here - listed are current and past episodes: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-383-lets-go

Ones that Elaine found relevant to arts and culture (we will throw in a little wine know-how, spices, and cats too!):

The Phi Foundation web site for more info: https://fondation-phi.org/en/exhibitions/
Cats are helping out in support of Black Lives Matter - it’s a project that West Island Cats is organizing right now:

The event on WIC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2801520966637421/
Books for babies written and designed by two Mohawk women: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-383-lets-go/clip/15788038-mohawk-baby-books
The spicy web site with virtual exhibits: https://spiceislandculturalday.com/
It won’t happen this summer, but Festival Mural’s web site has loads of images and info on street art and the artists who create these magnificent murals:
Many of the outstanding events at Festival des arts de St-Sauveur had to be cancelled, but there is something very special this season called A Shared Solitude. Read all about it right here: https://festivaldesarts.ca/en/a-shared-solitude/the-project/description/
UQAM Le Coeur des Sciences City Tours:
The tours are given in French and take place in the downtown core of Montreal, but are so popular that the tours in August are filled. More will be scheduled in September:

Sunday, July 19, 2020

For your listening pleasure - more fascinating programmes which aired recently on CBC Radio 1

Inside the strange and world-changing kingdom of fungi. Listen to this interview of Merlin Sheldrake, biologist and author of a new book called Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures.
It’s sure to blow your mind!
Sit there and do nothing. “Mindfulness doesn’t have to be serious! Join host Meg Lewis as she turns you into a relaxed blob through part-useful, part-comedic guided meditations, stories, affirmations, and other weirdly soothing experiences. Perfect for easing your anxiety and putting you into a better mood”.
Elaine enjoyed listening to “Affirmation: I am a likeable person”. Scroll down the page and click away! We all need affirmation right now, so relax and enjoy!
A new kind of produce can be found right here. Hamidou Horticulture brings vegetables and herbs from Niger and other parts of Africa and Amerindian countries.
“Connecting farmers and city-dwellers - Eat local, healthy, and seasonal foods! The Farmer’s Market, a project led by the non-profit organization House of Friendship, offers seasonal, local food products sold directly by producers. Fill your basket with cheese, meat, vegetables, bread, pastries, flowers, honey, and maple syrup around the Laurier metro station. This is also an excellent opportunity to find out more about sustainable production as well as the environmental and social impact of these initiatives”.
When: Thursdays (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). 
Where: Laurier metro station, at Place du Côteau-Saint-Louis, between Berri and Rivard Streets.

Monday, July 13, 2020

WASM Newsletter for July 13, 2020

It is powwow time again, but like so many other festivals, concerts, and cultural events, the 30th Echoes of a Proud Nation Powwow 2020 is cancelled. Kahnawake Tourism has videos and lots of info about the powwow. The Kahnawake Tourism Facebook link with videos:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/kahnawaketourism/videos/?ref=page_internal .

Also, to see a short video Elaine has put together with photos she took at last summer’s powwow: https://elainebacal.zenfolio.com/p455462170 .
Click on the thumbnail entitled “Magic of the Powwow”. The video will play automatically, but make sure your speakers are on to hear the dynamic music accompanying the video. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

More News and Items to watch or listen to this Canada Day 2020

Canada Day:
Amazing and beautiful, “Prayer” composed by Vivian Fung:

Canada Day Celebrations Fireworks - after dark:
Juno Awards:

See the entire show on CBC Gem:

More art on CBC Gem:

BIPOC Issues and more with Tom Power on CBC q:

Chika Okeke-Agulu calls out Christie’s for sale of looted Nigerian sculptures:



Simons Newsletter, supporting arts and culture throughout the pandemic:


Stay safe and keep healthy:

News from WASM members July 2020

Sonia Roseval put together a short video showcasing her latest art:

Great news from fellow WASM member Carol Rabinovitch:
Carol is very proud of her daughter, Marnie, for having an article published in the July issue of Chatelaine magazine. Marnie has sound business sense and a great product for comfort and well-being. Please visit Marnie’s Linked-In page to learn more about her: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/marnieconsky 

For more info on the product, here is the web site for Marnie’s company: https://www.thighsociety.com/

Friday, June 26, 2020

WASM remembers Annette Rudy

It is with great sadness that WASM learns of the passing of Annette Rudy, long time WASM member. As Annette Wolfstein-Joseph says, “Annette Rudy was a member of WASM for a number of years. She served on the board when I was still on it and we were two of the three Annette’s on the board at that time. She was a very gracious and lovely person”.
Please visit Paperman’s to leave a message of condolence:

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Online events to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2020

On June 21, celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis.

Music and cooking - CAPSULES CUISINE

Norma Condo chef propriétaire de Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen 
Tiffany Deer chef propriétaire de Kwe Kwe Gourmet
Marlene Hale - Chef Maluh

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Summer 2020 events online or in your car!

VROOM! est une soirée multimédia en famille au Ciné-Parc Orford, inspirée des contes de jeunesse. Le studio Moment Factory vous invite à explorer avec lui et participer à ce rassemblement d’un nouveau genre autour d’une sélection de courts-métrages du catalogue de l’Office National du Film (ONF).

Costumez-vous comme votre personnage favori d'enfance (vous pouvez-même habiller votre voiture!). Une fois sur place, vous trouverez d’autres personnages fantastiques et découvrirez ensemble de nouvelles histoires.

Prenez part à ce rassemblement et laissez-vous prendre à la célébration de fables animées.

Dès le 26 juin, jusqu'au 12 juillet, 2 représentations par soir, au coucher du soleil
50$ par véhicule, 7 personnes max

Virtual Courses from McGill University:

Summer Registration Opens Online Only June 22, 2020. The lectures are given online using Zoom. The link to access the lecture will be sent the day before the lecture starts. The registration closes at 10 AM the day before the lecture starts. There is a $10 fee per lecture payable by credit card.

Deena’s and Max’s film “Will the Second Generation Please Rise”
Time:    Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m.

Nancy Barr “The Shakers: More than Furniture Makers”
Time:    Wednesday, July 8, 3:30 p.m.


The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group and the collaboration of Rio Tinto with the support of our public partners is pleased to announce some good news. This summer, there will be live music for free.

Exclusive performances recorded in a studio specially designed for the occasion at l’Astral, live and festives aperos with some artists, presentation of the Festival’s historic moment, a late-night party to close the opening night. Music lovers will be served!

From June 27th to 30th 2020, Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will bring music to life all over the city and in the festivalgoer’s hearts from here and everywhere, in another way! Jazz is in the air! Be there!


Monday, June 15, 2020

Papier Montreal 2020

Cette année, Papier vous invite à faire l’expérience d’un parcours virtuel de la foire. Découvrez les sélections d’œuvres présentées par nos exposants comme si vous vous déplaciez sur le site parmi leurs kiosques.
One of the best shows in town is now online. Enjoy all the galleries right here:
Thanks, Jackie, for sending the info on this great art exhibit! You can also visit the exhibit in person at McBride contemporain 372 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Suite 414, Montreal, QC, H3B 1A2

Miranda's beautiful letter, June 15, 2020

WASM Newsletter for June 15, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Festival Bloomsday Montreal

Tour guide Donovan King tells us about the famine and epidemics that marred Irish Montreal’s history, and about the solidarity Irish refugees received from the Mohawk people. Virtual Walking Tour: Sunday, June 14, 10:00-11:30 am. A Bloomsday tradition in the days of pandemic! Donovan King will lead us on a virtual walking tour. We’ll watch his pre-recorded journey through the history of Irish Montreal, including sites that recorded the impact of past pandemics on our city. Donovan will join us live via Zoom for questions and answers. 

To register:

For upcoming events: https://bloomsdaymontreal.com/2020-events/

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Interesting online events by QFHS

Events from the Quebec Family History Society:

Thursday June 11th at 7PM on Zoom:
A group of researchers will answer genealogy questions. Sign up to receive an invitation to the Zoom session by sending an email to: qfhs@bellnet.ca .

Sessions are free but donations are requested.

There are other events on the QFHS site. For more info, visit:

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Updated news for WASM members - June 4, 2020

McBride Contemporain
372 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Suite 414, Montréal

We are delighted to announce that the gallery will resume its opening hours tomorrow.
The exhibition “Cavernes” will be extended until June 13th. Artists: Elise Lafontaine, Evangelos Michelis, Rebecca Munce, and Katerina Pansera.

Postponed Event:

As you most likely already know, many cities across the United States and Canada are experiencing mass protests for the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a conversation that is long overdue for the country and the world-at-large. In support of those collective voices protesting, we have made the decision to yield The National Arts Drive and postpone the date to Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Lisa Kimberly Glickman MEd DipEd BFA 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Important information on scam emails and fraudulent phone calls

Fraudulent emails and phone calls abound regarding taxes and Covid-19. Please beware and check this link for more info on what to look out for and protect yourselves:


Stay safe, WASM members! Elaine Bacal

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Make your own fabric masks - a great way to use up fabric remnants - a great idea for friends and family

This design is from Good Housekeeping. There is a printable pattern in pdf and a great video tutorial. Elaine made up two of these using remnant upholstery fabric:

This simple design is from the CDC:

This even simpler, no-sew design is from kd lang on her Twitter page! She uses bandanas and hair ties:

Show off your work! Feel free to send photos of your protective masks to Elaine at elainebac@wasmtl.org . I will post on this blog for all to see.

Stay safe and healthy!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra entertains music lovers around the globe!

When Elaine first heard about this group of musicians, she thought she was dreaming. For a unique musical experience, check out the orchestra right here:

Jackie Wloski suggests Toolbox Classics. Beethoven just might roll over!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Stan, WASM is thinking of you at this most difficult time

We are sad to hear the news of the sudden passing of Stan Wasilewski's wife, Eva. We are all thinking of you, Stan, at this difficult time. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

News from fellow WASM member, Deirdre Potash

Deirdre says “A very strange existence. Going for a walk everyday. Below is a picture of a field near my home. This is where I walked yesterday. Rocky loved to run around here".

Join in - Create a doodle.
Any kind of paper and drawing utensil. Only rule, fill up the page. Open to all ages. Take a photo of your creation and send to deirdre@artwil.ca . Deirdre will assemble them.
Deirdre says "Look at what we can create"! https://www.facebook.com/events/233259924468855/

Bonne journée. L'art fait du bien
Have a wonderful day. Art feels good, Deirdre Potash, ArtWill Studio