A smattering of Montreal International Women’s Day 2013 celebrations

This International Women’s Day feels a bit odd. March 8th falls on a Friday so I suppose groups don’t necessarily want to hold events on that day. I missed an event yesterday (March 6) and one of groups you’d think would mark the day on March 8th, the Women’s Y, has decided to hold celebrations today. I find this frustrating because it sounds like an amazing event that I sadly will have to miss.

Here are just a few of the events happening around Montreal. If you know of an event happening in your Montreal hood, let me know and I’ll add it to this list.

Today, March 7th

The Y des femmes (Montreal Women’s Y) is holding an interesting and important 5 à 7 dedicated to the women of the YWCA.  Organizers say “participants, volunteers and employees, the Women of the Montreal Women’s Y,” will be the focus of this lively celebration, which will center on creativity and solidarity.” According to their press release, this evening’s event will include the screening of La cinquantaine dondaine, a documentary film by  Sophie Bissonnette. The film features the music, poetry, dance and writings of a group of women aged 50 to 75 who participated in a workshop at the Women’s Y.

The Y des femmes is marking 138 years in the community and along with the film screening, they’re holding a creative workshop where women can express their feelings and pay tribute to important women in their lives and/or brighten up the Y des femme’s walls with “poems, drawings, thoughts and symbols on coloured paper.”

The event’s closing includes a poetry slam, music, door prizes, refreshments “and other surprises.”

Claudia B., a woman I’ve written about who makes all sorts of jewellery out of e-waste, will be at the Y des femmes selling her jewellery at a discount

The Montreal YWCA’s Web site features an International Women Day e-card you can send around to women friends and loved ones who inspire you.

Card-InternationalWomensDay2013

Friday, March 8th

Open House at the YMCAs of Quebec

It’s become an International Women’s Day tradition and once again the YMCAs of Québec are holding an open house all day for women of all ages. According to their press release, it’s a chance for women to try out a class or check out a local Y’s facilities free of charge. To take advantage of this offer, bring along a locker padlock and a photo ID.

International Women’s Day March

The theme chosen this year by Status of Women Canada for International Women’s Day is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women.

Women of Diverse Origins is holding an annual International Women’s Day March. This year’s theme is Women Rise Up Against the Violence.

The purpose of the march? “To draw attention to the ongoing plague of violence against women and its related aspects, as well as to celebrate the courage and tenacity of women who stand up to confront and challenge it in Montreal. Women in all pats of the world demand an end to violence against women, the poor, marginalized, indigenous people, minorities (religious, ethnic and gender) and the most vulnerable; violence against the environment, economic violence of privatization and corporatization, militarized violence and occupation. Until  the violence ends there can be no justice and peace. ”

A solidarity celebration will follow this evening’s march.

Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin (Berri-UQAM metro, gather at 6 p.m.). To be followed by solidarity celebration at the Comitê Social Centre-Sud, 1710 Beaudry (Beaudry metro)

When: 6-9 p.m.

Info: Available here

International Women’s Day Vernissage

NDP MP Isablle Morin, who represents NDG-Lachine, is holding a vernissage to feature women artists from the communities within her riding. The wide range of artists includes writers, painters, sculptors whose art focuses on “the celebration of respect, appreciation and love toward women, as well as the celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements.”

When: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: 735 Notre-Dame Street, Suite 104 (in Lachine)

NFB Film: Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

This feature documentary film by Karen Cho is currently available free for download. The National Film Board of Canada also encourages people to post comments online and discuss the film.

The NFB is also honouring women by promoting all sorts of film in its collection that were made by or about women.

Oxfam International Behind the Brands, The Truth About Women and Chocolate campaign

An online campaign that Montreal-based Oxfam-Québec is promoting for International Women’s Day (in their Twitter feed, at least).

Coinciding with International Women’s Day…

Local Montreal band Motel Raphaël is playing a show tomorrow at Le Divan Orange. I don’t know if they planned to perform on International Women’s Day but they are a very cool band headed up by three women.

They also just happen to be participating in a CBC Searchlight: Homerun contest for best local Montreal band. The deadline to vote is today, March 7th, at midnight.

 Motel Raphaël Le Divan Orange Show:

Also slated: Lakes of Canada, Inlet Sound, Dj JP

Where: 4234 St. Laurent Blvd

When: from 9:15 p.m. on

Tickets: $10 online; $12 at the door (if the show is not sold out)

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A smattering of Montreal International Women’s Day 2013 celebrations

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