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Please Note: The 127th Lecture season has now ended. If you missed a lecture, please scroll down below to see the recorded zoom lectures. They are by date, from most recent to oldest.

 Lecture 12 - Francesca Trop - Member Speaker, Artist and Author - "Legal Spirits"-

May 4th 2021.

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For the Zoom recording of our event, click the play button above. To see the full screen version, click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

Francesca recently revisited the legal profession she once embraced through a series of paintings.
She published the book “Legal Spirits, Myths and Symbols of the Legal Profession”, available in
French and in English at the store of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. She currently
works on new artistic projects and gives public lectures.

Her paintings are regularly exhibited and can be found in private collections.


Native de Montréal, Francesca Trop a dès son âge posé un regard attentif sur le monde et s'est rapidement tournée vers le dessin pour chercher à le rendre cohérent. Après avoir mené une carrière d'avocate qui l'a conduite de Montréal à Paris en passant par Ottawa, elle choisit de poser ses valises à Montréal pour se consacrer exclusivement à la peinture.

Francesca Trop est une peintre symboliste dont le travail interroge notre relation avec le monde et explore le désir de reconnecter avec notre humanité.

Ses peintures replacent l’humain au coeur de son histoire.

 Lecture 11 - Lorna Mulligan - Artist and Calligrapher - " Images and Text" - April 20, 2021

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For the Zoom recording of our event, click the play button above. To see the full screen version, click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

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"Entre Deux Tons"

Lorna Mulligan is an artist, calligrapher and teacher living in Montreal.


She studied at the University of British Columbia and also at the Banff Centre. She teaches at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount and at Rubika Montréal, a digital arts college. For many years she taught at Dawson College in the Continuing Education Department and conducted Culture in the Schools workshops through the Quebec Ministry of Education.


Lorna Mulligan has exhibited her mixed media artworks across Canada and in Europe. A number of her paintings are represented by the gallery, Beaux-arts des Amériques. Lorna was a member of the contemporary calligraphy collective, Les Calmars, throughout the twelve years of its existence. She continues to paint, inspired by the chaos in nature and the beauty of letterforms.

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Tango brought Andrea and Wolf together in 2003, and after a few years of teaching together, they followed their dream and opened their own studio in 2008. Mon Tango in NDG celebrates its 13th anniversary this April.

 Lecture 10 - Mon Tango - Argentine Tango Dancers - April 6th, 2021


In their 18 years of teaching, training and performing together, Andrea and Wolf have developed a style that blends the best elements of traditional and modern techniques.


The couple are known for the passion they convey when they dance, and their school for its warm, welcoming and unintimidating atmosphere.


They also organize the Tanguerafest festival every year in March, which marks International Women's Day by celebrating the women of tango, and they produce live stage shows every two years, featuring their professional team and some of their students.


Andrea, a certified yoga instructor, also teaches yoga classes. Andrea and Wolf are currently teaching classes and organizing events online while tango studios are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.




Andrea’s blog:

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If you want more tango, Andrea recommends these films (which contain authentic Argentine tango):









For the Zoom recording of our event, click the play button above. To see the full screen version, click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

 Lecture 9 - Glen Rotchin - Halbman Steals Home - March 22, 2021

For the Zoom recording of Lecture # 6 click the play button above. To see the full screen version, click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

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Halbman Steals Home is his second novel, and is a travel through the life of the character, using baseball as a link and an anaology to his life.

Copies of his works are available where all books are sold, and in many of the local libraries.

For more on this author or to purchase directly, please visit:

B. Glen Rotchin has published fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews.


He has won two Canadian Jewish Book Awards for co-editing poetry anthologies, Jerusalem: An Anthology of Jewish Canadian Poetry (1997) and A Rich Garland: Poems for A.M. Klein (2000).


His debut novel, The Rent Collector, was a finalist in 2005 for the in Canada First Novel Award. Rotchin lives in Montreal.

Additional reference from the lecture on Carlo Rovelli and the nature of time can be found here:

 Lecture 8 - Veena Gokhale - Foodie Stories of Feisty Femmes -March 8th, 2021

For the Zoom recording of Lecture # 8 click the play button above. If the writing is too small, try the full screen version by clicking the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

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As a writer-editor Veena has worked in mainstream, alternative and on-line journalism, with non-profit organizations, and published fiction.

As a fiction writer she has received writing grants, published in literary journals and anthologies and read extensively from her work.


Her novel, Land for Fatimah was published by Guernica Editions in 2018, while  Bombay Wali and other stories came out in 2013. She is working on a manuscript that recasts food-related legends for the 21st century.

She also teaches online classes with her program: Slurrrrp! Indian Veggie Cooking Classes online.


Email her, or click the buttons to the left to learn more:

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Out of stories comes the food of legends, and Parvati Bai served an Incredible meal....

The Menu

There were crispy Sabudana Wada, savoury, tapioca fritters with flecks of green chilli, 

Masale Bhaat, a delicious combo of rice, vegetables and a special spice mix called Goda Masala, all cooked in ghee, clarified butter.


There was of course Amti, a pleasingly spiced dal (lentil dish) which had among other seasonings coconut flakes and Kokam, a sour berry. 

There was also Mixed Vegetable Rassa, a gravy dish spiced yet again with the delightful Goda Masala. 

The cooks had made Zunka-Bhakar, typical farmer's fare. The Zunka was made with chickpea-flour and spices, including lots of fiery, red chillies.


It perfectly complemented the Bhakar, flat bread made with pearl millet flour. The bread was accompanied by a dollop of freshly made white butter.  

And there were chutneys and salads.  

The chutneys were: flax seed, coconut-garlic and peanut.


There were two salads -- one raw, one cooked. The former was made with cucumber, so cooling, and the later with pumpkin and home-made yogurt. There were glasses of frothy buttermilk as well, flavoured with asafoetida and cumin.

Parvati bai had not stinted on dessert either. There was sweet and tart Shrikhand, flecked with strands of Saffron, King of Spices;


Karanji, a deep-fried pastry stuffed with sweetened coconut, flavoured with nutmeg,


and the dessert considered the greatest of them all -- Puran Poli. This soft, thinly layered flat bread has a lentil and jaggery filling, and it is aromatized with Cardamom, Queen of spices. 

The meal was entirely vegetarian, this being a Brahmin household. This is Maharashtrian cuisine. Maharashtra is a state in Western India, capital: Mumbai. Veena hails from there.

 Lecture 7 - Julia Pomeroy - Painter - "Mothers and Daughters – Tracing family history through art" - February 23, 2021


For the Zoom recording of Lecture # 7, click the play button above. To see the full screen version, click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

"My artwork focuses on family relationships and identity and both the transient and lasting nature of our presence on earth”

For more on this artist, please visit her website:

Julia Pomeroy is a Montreal based artist who discovered painting as a teenager. Despite an affinity for this rich and versatile medium, she literally balked at the art school doorstep, choosing like so many other creative people to put her art aside and do something more “practical” with her life. 


After obtaining university degrees in chemistry and then in law and working in a large law firm for a few years, she realized something was missing. Taking some time away from work, she rediscovered painting and drawing under the guidance of artists and mentors: Carolina Echeverria, Eric Carlos Bertrand and Andre Pijet.


Julia’s artwork, which portrays simpler moments from the past, is, in many ways, both a refuge and a response to the frenetic pace of corporate life—something many of her collectors can relate to.

Julia participated in numerous group shows over the past five years and her paintings can be found in private collections in Canada and the United States.

Baking with Bonnie - Dec. 12th, 2020 - "Cathedral Window"  No- Bake Cookies

Hospitality Chairperson and former Executive Chef Bonnie Hill gave an interactive cooking lesson on holiday Baking. It was filled with discussion and personal reminiscences of holidays past from  many different origins. Please see the video to join in on the fun

For the Zoom recording of our Holiday 2020 event, click the play button above. To see the full screen version, click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

Recipe Ingredients for quick reference:

  • 1 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 4tbs of butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp of vanilla

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows – multi coloured (250 g)

  • Chopped nuts to taste, aprox 1 ½ cups (optional)

  • 2 cups of shredded swetened coconut or Confectionner’s sugar

  • Wax paper or plastic wrap

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Many links and references were brought up during the discussion you can find them here:

 Lecture 6 - NOV. 17th, 2020 - Jacinthe Thibault (Soprano) and Volte Voix - From Monteverdi to Coldplay

For the Zoom recording of Lecture # 6 click the play button above. To see the full screen version, click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

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Canadian soprano Jacinthe Thibault stands out for her resolutely sensitive approach to musical creation. She made her professional opera debut with the Chants Libres company when Alternate Visions was founded in 2007.


She has been in numerous productions both in opera and in classical concert.


Several times a grants recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, she has distinguished herself in numerous vocal art competitions and was nominated for the Opus awards in 2014.

For more information, or If you want to purchase the work of Jacinthe Thibault or Volte voix, please contact Ms. Thibault via her website at:

Website Productions Voix Vénus:

you may also see more of her work, or follow the events of this marvelous performer by clicking the buttons below:

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 Lecture 5 - Nov 3, 2020 - Diana Bruno - The Language of Food

For the Zoom recording of Lecture # 5 click the play button above. If the writing on the slides is too small, try the full screen version by clicking the button in the bottom right hand corner of the video player once you have pressed play. 

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After a long career at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, Diana Bruno immediately plunged into transforming an idea into a book.


In between teaching ESL in Montreal and EFL in China and Vietnam, she freelanced as a translator, specializing in the culinary domain.


The “Lexique” has been shortlisted for the very competitive and prestigious “Taste of Canada Awards”.

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To purchase her book, please follow the links on her site at:

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WASM's Halloween ABM!  

 Oct.31st, 2020 - 11:00 am-1:00pm

For something a little different this year, the board presented the “state of the WASM” address. The team wore costumes, and we invited you to do the same,

Thank you everyone who joined us for getting into the spirit, and for your support!

In this meeting we:

- Introduced our team members, and their individual projects,

- Presented the survey results,

- Talked about our upcoming next steps!

For the Zoom recording of the ABM 2020, (complete with Halloween prankster!)  Please click the play button above.


 Lecture 4 - Oct.13, 2020 - Emily Jan - The Artist as Explorer

For the Zoom recording of Lecture # 4, click the play button above.

At the end of the artist's discussion, some clarification on recent wasm issues was accidentally recorded. We left it in so that anyone who missed the lecture may also listen in.

Emily Jan is a Montreal-based artist and writer. Her installations have garnered international attention, including the textile museum of Toronto and the London Gallery West, in the U.K.  Her most recent exhibit was at Art Mur Montreal.

Her biophilic sculptures and installations combine the found with the fabricated to evoke the faraway and the fantastical. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and experiences, she is guided in her work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiousity.

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Here is the link to the current exhibition at Art Mûr (up to Oct 24th) which is currently open, with all social distancing and safety precautions in place:


Here is the link to the book "still life" in its digital format, as mentioned in the Q&A period

 Lecture 3- Sept 29, 2020 - Deena Dlusy-Apel and Max Beer - "Will the Second Generation Please Rise"

​For the past 10 years Deena and Max have been collaborating making film documentaries. Their first film addressed the treatment of the post war Jewish refugees in Montreal.

​This film is a direct offshoot of the first film. It looks at the offspring of the diminishing survivor community-the effect of being second generation and the legacy of what they have done and what they will do to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust.

For the Zoom recording of Lecture # 3, click the play button above.

If you are interested in their first film -  "Nobody was Interested Nobody Asked" , Please visit the link below:

vimeo link:

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For bonus images from the artists in the film, and other historic photos, please see the gallery to the right.


To zoom in on the image, click the top image in the centre for an enlargement.

 Lecture 2- Sept 15, 2020 - Grace Powell - Paris 1900

The recording was due to be posted Oct. 8th, but due to the Covid-related closing of the exhibit and concerns from the museum, this video will not be available on a public forum. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Please note the museum is currently closed due to COVID. Please see the MMFA website for details about reopening once this shutdown has ended.

A discussion on the current exhibit at the Montreal museum of Fine arts - Open until November 15th 2020

A docent of the MMFA for over 20 years, Grace comes to us with impeccable credentials. She will be providing us with in depth knowledge, and an insider's view on the current exhibit. Her often surprising insights are not available to the general public.

Lecture 1- Sept. 1st 2020. G. Scott Macleod - "After the War with Hannelore"

Artist and filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod pays tribute to the life history of Hannelore Scheiber, a Berliner who lived in post-war Berlin. He pays homage to Hannelore in his documentary, a selection of animations and a graphic novel.

The exhibition traces her experience of the Cold War (1945 - 1989) on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

For the Zoom recording click the play button, above. Please note that the image skips at times so you may also screen the film separately at: 

Password: Berlin1945.

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Photo Credit Sergio veranes
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