Sep 042014
 September 4, 2014  Concerts, Music

noZen chante posterThursday, September 18 at 7 pm – Free
For our first concert of the fall season, we’re excited to present noZen chante!, a special presentation by the group noZen of Malasartes Productions.

Led by Damian Nisenson, noZen performs original music inspired by South American folk traditions and Eastern European Jewish music.

Learn more about the group noZen and listen to some of their music at their website.

This concert is presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée. 

Aug 152014

The Fall & Winter library programs brochure is hot off the presses!

Pick one up starting today at the library or download a PDF copy heredownload a PDF copy here.

A few highlights from this season’s programming:

– An Evening with Claire Holden Rothman on September 3
– A talk on the Fabulous Fabergé exhibit at the MMFA
– The Eddie Cantor Story, a playreading written and directed by Aviva Ravel
– The return of favourite programs like Science Demystified with Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Tech Talks, and our varied book clubs…

and much, much more!

Aug 132014

Programs Preview PosterTuesday, September 2 at 2 pm
In the Auditorium
Admission is free!

To celebrate the start of our new season, you’re invited to a special free preview event. Library staff will give a sneak peek of our upcoming concerts, lectures, music and film programming, workshops, courses, and more.

Plus, enter to win tickets to some of our most popular events! Light refreshments will be served.


Jul 252014
 July 25, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Bagg Street Klezmer posterThursday, August 7, 2014 at 7 pm
Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.)
*Please bring your own chair*
Admission is free!

This is the third free concert presented as part of Summer in the City!

The Bagg Street Klezmer Band was formed in 1991 in the old Jewish Quarter of Montreal, taking its name and its inspiration from the historic Montreal Synagogue situated at the corner of Bagg Street and Clark Street. Since then, the band has played often at concerts, weddings, and festivals, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Bagg Street Klezmer Band’s music features clarinet, violin, keyboards, accordion, saxophone, trumpet, and percussion.

We hope to see you at the show!

In case of rain on the day of the show, please call 514-485-6900, ext. 5503 for further instructions. The concert may be moved indoors to the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. A limited number of rain passes will be available.

Jul 042014
 July 4, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Rock 'n' Roll with Vintage WineThursday July 24, 2014 at 7 pm ~ Free
Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Road)
*Please bring your own chair*

Vintage Wine specializes in authentic rock ‘n’ roll and soul from the 1950s and 1960s. Founded in 2003, the band has played to great acclaim at concerts, dances, conventions, weddings, reunions, and house parties. The members, all vocalists, are Gary Sharkey (drums), Craig Morrison (guitar), Alex Nesrallah (keyboards and guitar), and Ryan Fleury (bass). They have recorded several CDs.

Visit their website to find out more info about Vintage Wine!

In case of rain on the day of the show, please call 514-485-6900, ext. 5503 for further instructions. The concert will then be moved to the Harold Greenspon Auditorium and a limited number of rain passes will be available.

Jun 262014
 June 26, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Ranee-Lee-concert_150px Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2 pm ~ Free
Due to the weather forecast, today’s concert has been moved indoors to the Harold Greenspon Auditorium (5801 Cavendish Boulevard). A limited number of rain passes for the show will be available starting at noon in the atrium at 5801 Cavendish. One pass per person, first come, first served. 

Ranee Lee is now celebrating forty years in Montreal where she enjoys a successful, multi-faceted career as one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists, an award-winning actress, a songwriter, and a proud author of children’s books.

Jun 092014
 June 9, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7 pm NEW_Baroque-Music-Collective-English-Garden_150px

The Library, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée will present the Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal. Throughout the 18th-century, all of fashionable London loved to gather in gardens to hear singers and instrumentalists perform popular works of the day. We hope to recreate this ambiance by performing selected airs and dances conceived for the theatre – works written by the celebrated English composers Purcell, Handel, and Locke. The freedom and imagination of the English garden is captured in the cheerful, pastoral nature of these pieces. Performers include:  Ellen Wieser, soprano ;  Vincent Lauzer, recorder; Mélanie de Bonville, baroque violin;  Sari Tsuji, baroque violin; Camille Paquette-Roy, baroque cello and  Susan Toman, clavecin.

Concert is Free ~ In the Auditorium

Apr 112014
 April 11, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm

The Library, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée will present the wind quintet Pentaèdre.  A unique musical ensemble in the Canadian landscape, Pentaèdre explores and presents to the public a diversified and original chamber music repertoire, developed in the tradition of music for winds. Founded in 1985 and under the artistic direction of Louis-Philippe Marsolais since 2005, the five artists-musicians forming the quintet are recognized for the talent, technique, precision and color they bring to their performances.

This concert will consist of a bandoneon, surrounded by five wind instrumentalists.  Come and discover the unique sounds from these various combinations of instrumentalists, as they perform works by Paquito D’Rivera, Miguel del Aguila and Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets $5 
In the Auditorium

Mar 122014
 March 12, 2014  Concerts, Performance

Thursday, April 3 at 7 pm
Tickets: $5  On sale now!

This intimate concert will spotlight select musicians from the Musicians of the World
Symphony Orchestra performing light classical music.

On the program are works by Bach, Mozart, Bruch and Chopin.

Musicians: Dmitry Babich, cello and Andrey Manulik, piano



Nov 152013
 November 15, 2013  Concerts, Music, Performance

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7 pm

Fortissimo holiday concert blogJPGJoin us as we celebrate this holiday season with music performed by students of the Fortissimo Music Academy.  This  first-time event  is an initiative created by the Library to reach out and better serve the artistic community.

Students of all ages will play a variety of repertoire, including holiday favorites.  An enjoyable  evening of music for the entire family.

Free ~ In the Auditorium