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Montreal Families

May – In The News

Children’s shoe store opens in Rockland

Hush Hush Canada Rockland Centre MontrealHush Hush, a children’s shoe store offering a variety of styles and sizes, has opened in the Rockland Centre. The store will have more than 250 models every season and staff will help you select a shoe that is right for your children’s feet regardless if they are narrow, wide or with high arches. The shoes are made of 100 per cent Italian leather and range in price from $69.99 to $140.99. Hush Hush has another location in Place Montreal Trust. For more information, visit www.hushhushcanada.ca.

Film festival shines a light on mental health

On May 6 and 7, the Douglas Hospital will be hosting its annual film festival called Frames of Mind, which uses three movies as a springboard for discussing mental health issues. Open to the general public, the festival aims to sensitize people to the challenges of living with mental illness. Each film screening is followed by a 40-minute, bilingual discussion with local specialists. The festival is hosted by Psychologist Camillo Zacchia. The first screening, on May 6 at 7:30 p.m., is The Soloist, which tells the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a Julliard-trained musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless (shown in English with French subtitles). On May 7, at 2 p.m., people can view the French version of The Golden Compass (with English subtitles) and then discuss mental health in education as well as child and pre-adolescent psychology. The last movie is on May 7, at 7:30 p.m. with Dead Poets Society (with French subtitles) and a discussion on adolescent mental health. Admission is free, but parking costs $3. The festival will be held in Douglas Hall, 6875 Lasalle Blvd., Montreal. For more information call (514) 761-6131 ext. 2788 or visit www.douglas.qc.ca.

Theatre festival targets toddlers and preschoolers

Many parents don’t even consider taking their children to see live theatre until the youngsters have reached school age. But in Montreal, families have a chance to introduce even babies and toddlers to the wonder and magic of live performance thanks to a festival called Petits Bonheurs. This French-language event, now in its seventh year, takes place from May 6-15 and includes shows and workshops geared towards children ages 0-6. Shows are short—usually running 30 to 45 minutes—and may include puppets, music and dance. There are also various workshops, including one on creating shadow puppets and another on the sounds of musical instruments. The shows and workshops take place in different venues, most in the eastern part of Montreal. Tickets cost $4.50 to $7 depending on the type of activity. Spaces are filling quickly, so reserve now by phoning (514) 872-7727 or online www.petitsbonheurs.ca. Parents are asked to respect the minimum ages given for the shows and to arrive on time as latecomers will not be admitted.

Play about Beethoven hits the Centaur

Geordie Production Beethoven Lives UpstairsWhat do you do when your grumpy, annoying upstairs neighbour makes a ton of noise all day long, playing the same song over and over again on his piano? Families can find out by seeing Geordie Production’s version of the play Beethoven Lives Upstairs, which begins May 13 at the Centaur Theatre, 453 St-François-Xavier, Montreal. In the show, Christoph, a young boy in the Victorian era, writes to his uncle about the madman who lives upstairs. The song Christoph hears all day is actually the Ninth Symphony, and he grows to develop a special friendship with its composer, the gifted and deaf musician Ludwig Van Beethoven. The play offers a wonderful introduction to classical music and is appropriate for ages 5 and up. The play marks the end of Geordie Production’s 30th season of presenting English theatre to audiences of all ages.

Geordie is also having a fundraiser, called the Moonlight Sonata, on May 19 featuring a performance of Beethoven Lives Upstairs. The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction (prizes include tickets to an Alouettes’ game and a spa package). The show starts at 7 p.m. and there will be a reception following the performance. Tickets for adults are $100 and $75 for children. The money raised will support the work of Geordie Productions.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs runs from May 13 to 22. Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $14.50 for children. For a full schedule of performances or to purchase tickets and find out what Geordie has planned for its next season, call (514) 845-9810 or visit www.geordie.ca.

Film explores impact of children’s literature

Library of the Early MindEven from an early age, books influence our imagination and shape how we see the world. Now a new documentary film, Library of the Early Mind: A Grown-Up Look at the Art of Children’s Literature, explores how being read to from a young age and reading oneself impacts children. The film features interviews with 40 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lemony Snicket and Adam Gopnik and will have its Montreal premiere on May 19 at 7 p.m. at Selwyn House School. The screening will take place in Coristine Hall, 95 Cote St. Antoine Rd., Westmount. There will be a panel discussion after the film with one of the co-producers. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Babar en ville, 1235 Greene Ave., Westmount, Babar Books, 46 St. Anne Street, Pointe Claire and John Abbott College, Information and Library Technologies Dept., Room HO-146 (Hochelaga Building). For more information, contact Carol-Ann Hoyte, Assistant Librarian at Selwyn House School at (514) 931-9481 ext. 2241. For information about the film, visit www.libraryoftheearlymind.com.

Labyrinth maze “shrinking” this spring

Labyrinth of Hangar 16Starting May 14, families can visit the Labyrinth of Hangar 16 to explore a science theme as they help Professor Smart and his assistants find a solution to reverse the effects of a shrinking machine. The Labyrinth’s activities include a journey through a maze, as well as answering clues and overcoming obstacles in order to reach the end. It takes about an hour and a half to complete. Tickets cost $11.50 for 4-12 year olds, $14 for 13-17 year olds, $15 for adults and is free for children under 3. Located in the Quays of the Old Port, the Labyrinth is open weekends and on holidays and then seven days a week during the summer. For more information, call (514) 499-0099 or visit www.labyrintheduhangar16.com.

Centre welcomes homeschooling families

Centre Communidee, Montreal Homelearners Montreal Homelearners, a local support and resource group for people who homeschool, has created a new centre in St. Henri where families can meet and work on projects together. Called Centre Communidée, it is located at 137 St. Ferdinand #153, a five-minute walk from the St. Henri metro station. The centre offers a variety of programs, geared toward young people up to the age 18 and their parents, including cooking classes, babysitting lessons and community speakers. Membership costs $125 a family per month or families can pay $15 for a day drop-in pass. The centre, which is run by volunteers, is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It houses a kitchen, lounge area and library, and has board games and arts and crafts. The centre is located near a park, pool, bike path as well as basketball and tennis courts. For more information, go to www.montrealhomelearners.ca.

Hush Hush Canada Rockland Centre MontrealHush Hush, a children’s shoe store offering a variety of styles and sizes, has opened in the Rockland Centre. The store will have more than 250 models every season and staff will help you select a shoe that is right for your children’s feet regardless if they are narrow, wide or with high arches. The shoes are made of 100 per cent Italian leather and range in price from $69.99 to $140.99. Hush Hush has another location in Place Montreal Trust. For more information, visit www.hushhushcanada.ca.

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