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WASM newsletter for November 28, 2022

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

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Le Salon des métiers d'art du Québec – SMAQ - 8 au 18 décembre, au Stade Olympique.

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Gifts for everyone, in support of the Nutcracker Fund. In response to the collective desire to have a tangible impact on the world we live in, Les Grands Ballets is seizing the opportunity of the Giving Tuesday celebration, Global Day of Generosity, to launch their virtual auction in aid of the Nutcracker Fund. Nearly 90 items will be brought together to allow you to spoil your loved ones, while contributing to our educational program helping children with illness or coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. A wide variety of items will tempt art-lovers and enthusiasts of refined products and extraordinary experiences. There will be something for all tastes, all ages, and all budgets since the starting bets for the prizes range from $15 to $1000.

Place your bids until December 6! Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (


It’s that time of the year! Snow and ice on sidewalks and roads. Here is a site with helpful tips and exercises brought to you by Dr. José A. Morais, Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine of the MUHC.


History and Culture:

Montreal losing 'little bit more than history' with demolition of Expo 67 minirail. Minirail was a surprise hit at 1967 world's fair in Montreal.

The minirail passes in front of the geodesic dome that was home to the American pavilion at Expo 67. (Ron Case/Getty Images)


The Craig Pumping Station was built in 1887 by architects Maurice Perrault and Albert Mesnard. Along with the Riverside Pumping Station, it was one of the few constructions with a public vocation, as most of their projects had an institutional vocation. After record floods in 1886, the Commission de Montréal decided to build these two stations at opposite ends of the sewer system in order to drain excess water into the St. Lawrence River.


(Fête de la Transhumance - Occitanie in the South of France)


Transhumance is the ancient agricultural practice of moving herds from one grazing land to another — sometimes crossing swaths of countryside. CBC correspondent Megan Williams joined some journeys in Italy to learn why the practice is sometimes dismissed as outdated but could hold promise for a sustainable future.


Charting the story of humanity through footwear. Shoes were originally worn to protect our feet. But now, there are shoes for every occasion, from sandals and sneakers to dress shoes and high heels. A new exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto looks at the shifting place of shoes in our lives. Elizabeth Semmelhack, the museum’s director and senior curator gave us a tour.

On now at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto:



Join us for holiday cheer and a classic wine tasting led by Master of Wine Jacky Blisson, BA 02. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones over a selection of wines that will pair well with your holiday feast or party.

December 5, 2022

6 – 8 p.m. Atwater Club 3505 Atwater Ave., Montreal

$10 | Includes wine tasting and canapés

RSVP by November 30, 2022. Concordia University


The Pastel Society of Eastern Canada (PSEC) is preparing the 27th edition of its annual exhibition selected by jury. In this time of pandemic, the society had to face the difficult question of whether it could afford to book a gallery well in advance. Therefore, the Committee took the decision, for a third consecutive year, to present it in a virtual version. Against all odds, the online exhibition was so successful internationally that we decided to keep it, but as a separate exhibition from “Les Pastellistes”. The Committee therefore considered a new name to represent the online exhibition and decided on Pixel Pastel.

Pixel Pastel will be online from December 15, 2022, on the PSEC website, at We invite you to note this date to view the jury's selection, the award winners, and the masters’ section!


Two events from McGill’s libraries:

Hybrid Event | Warp and Weft - Weaving by the Numbers. December 6, 2022, at 12 noon. McLennan Library Building Online event or Colgate Room, Rare Books and Special Collections for In-Person attendance, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal. Weaving is both an art and a science! Explore the math and craft of weaving through the library collections and beyond with McGill librarians April Colosimo and Jacquelyn Sundberg.


Hybrid Event | Fabricating Reams with Papeterie Saint Armand, 13 December 2022, 12:00 to 13:00.

McLennan Library Building Online event or Colgate Room, Rare Books and Special Collections for In-Person attendance, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal. Paper surrounds us everyday - not only as bound books but also in the manifold examples of ephemera of our daily lives: advertisements packaging, magazines, postcards, posters, colouring books, labels, stationery, and birthday streamers. Meet Denise Lapointe and David Carruthers, award-winning artisans of paper. They will share the historical origins of Papeterie Saint-Armand, their paper-making business in Montreal, and describe the materials and the intricate process of paper production. We will come to know their vital role as suppliers and makers of books.


Something to check out - ecofriendly art practices:



Photographer Cody Evans of Ingersoll, Ont., captured wave action that resembled a famous Greek god. (Cody Evans)


In his photography book Our America, A Photographic History, American filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of the United States — both the good and the bad — through a collection of photos.

-------------------------------------------------------------------Michel Huneault: "Peninsule" (peninsula): We speak with photographer and artist Michel Huneault about his new exhibition at the Musée de la Gaspésie. His photographs show what could happen to the Gaspesian coastline if the Earth’s temperature rises by 2 to 4 degrees.



Artist and educator Diane Borsato talks about her illustrated guide to some of the most fascinating and strange mushrooms. She also describes how she fell in love with mushrooming and some of the remarkable mushrooms she's seen. We spoke with her before her book launch in Montreal.

The book: Foraging for wild mushrooms is an increasingly popular pursuit and this beautifully produced volume—filled with insights, anecdotes and details about more than 120 common and charismatic fungi from across the northern hemisphere—will appeal to everyone from beginner mushroomers to advanced mycophiles.


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