“There is no power for change like a community discovering what it cares about.”

Margaret Wheatley & Deborah Frieze

A Paradiddle, a Party and a Promise to Close Our First Series of Pop-Up Cafes

On Monday, March 13th, we will be celebrating the end of a successful 8-week experiment during which we welcomed the neighbourhood at our Pop-Up Cafe on the premises of Cafe Zephyr.

Members of the community attend a Transition NDG potluck-presentation at Cafe Zephyr during a Pop-Up Café.

The Day’s Events
During our stay, we have held activities that foster Inner Transition. Among these, a few nonviolent communication workshops were led by Incredible Edibles team leader and human geographer Jane Barr. On March 13, an introductory workshop in the Work That Reconnects (WTR) has been scheduled. WTR is an open-source body of work that has grown out of the teachings and experiential methods of eco-philosopher and scholar Joanna Macy. For more information, click here .

We are dedicated to using challenging times to create a more resilient, closer-knit community that enjoys a better quality of life. To motivate change and help us better respond to the neighbourhood’s needs, artist and visionary Sonya Girard will lead a hands-on workshop to produce a collage that reflects participants’ vision of the ideal community. For more information, click here.

The Paradiddle
As of 7 p.m., get ready for an hour of interactive fun and music making. Aldo Mazza, percussionist and owner of NDG’s KoSA Music, will lead a pre-party celebration. Come experience the uplifting power of drums played in a group setting. The cost is $20 and you need to register by March 11th by emailing kathrynaitken2017@gmail.com. For more information, click here.

The Party
The drumming session will be followed by a party with music and dancing. The event is open to all TNDG members, NDG residents and anyone who is curious about Transition or wants to celebrate the mission and values of the organization. Please bring finger foods, party snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks to share!

The Promise
“As weeks progressed, people dropped in and chatted, took part in activities and told us about the skills and knowledge they want to share with the community,” says Kathryn Aitken, our fabulous main coordinator. “In fact, we have had so many good propositions that we will be extending our stay, though only during the evenings. We already have activities scheduled into May!”

Transition NDG’s Pop-Up Evenings will continue at Cafe Zephyr every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A complete schedule of activities will be made available in the next few weeks.

Nature in the City Conference Series:
Choosing Between Endangered Species and Urban Development

oiseautechnoparcOn March 1st, our Nature in the City Series features a presentation by ornithologist and consultant Joël Coutu on the birds of the Montreal Technoparc wetlands.

Located in the Saint-Laurent borough, just 10 minutes away from Trudeau International Airport, this large industrial area is home to a great number of wetland bird species. Its diverse habitats provide appropriate nesting grounds and food for more than 100 native bird species and 80 species of nesting birds, which makes it the best spot on the Island to see the largest number of species.

Environmentalists often contest the development of transport infrastructure and residential neighbourhoods in order to protect delicate habitats and the species that depend on them. Mr. Coutu will be speaking on the current efforts to preserve this unique site, which is being threatened by the Caisse de Dépôt’s electric train project and the development of the Hubert Reeves Eco-Campus.

Come join us on March 1st at 7:30 p.m. at Coopérative La Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke West, Montreal. A visit to the Technoparc follows on March 5th at 9 a.m.

For more information, click here.

We’re drumming up a party for our final Pop-Up Café!

On March 13th, we will be closing our first Pop-Up Cafe series with an event that highlights collaborating, sharing, learning together and supporting local business, all values inherent to the Transition movement.

From 7 to 8 p.m., Aldo Mazza, percussionist and owner of NDG’s KoSA Music, brings his drumming party to Cafe Zephyr for an hour of interactive fun and music making. Participants will learn a little about the instruments and pick up a few simple rhythms before experiencing the uplifting power of drums played in a group setting.

Come celebrate with us and discover this wonderful local business during this one of a kind event.

Cost is $20 (2 spaces available at reduced rates). Spaces are limited, so make sure you register early by sending an email to kathrynaitken2017@gmail.com.

The drumming event will be followed by an open house party with music and dancing.
Transition NDG’s Pop-Up Cafés are held at Café Zephyr, 5791 Sherbrooke West every Monday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. up to (and including) March 13th.

For the full schedule of activities, please click here.

Transition NDG Hightlights Radical Resthomes at 5th Pop-Up Cafe

February 15, 2017Janet Torge, founder of Radical Resthomes, will be speaking on trends in senior living at Transition NDG’s fifth Pop-Up Café next Monday, February 20th at 3 p.m.

radicalTorge’s focus on the issue began some 30 years ago, when older friends put her in charge of their housing. “Most of us know what we don’t want … but what we do want is pretty fuzzy,” she says. “Radical Resthomes offers people a means to explore these issues through discussion and debate. This helps them clarify what type of self-directed housing model fits their lifestyle.”

Ms Torge advocates self-directed projects in which people decide together where and how they will live. Claims of being “alternative” and “innovative” don’t cut it for her. She says truly self-directed Radical Resthomes are run by residents who undertake to look after each other, have outside resources called in if extra help is required (rather than sending people out to institutions) and ensure that whenever possible people die in their own beds.

If you or a loved one have reached the stage of planning housing for your later years and want to take into account personal needs, values and quality of life, consider attending Janet Torge’s talk on Radical Resthomes at Transition NDG’s fifth Pop-Up Café. We will be happy to see you there!

Transition NDG’s Sonya Girard on Global News Morning talking about our Pop-Up Cafes


Thank you to the Global News Morning team for this wonderful opportunity!


“Business as usual” policies had begun creating a backlash long before President Trump’s approach to governance had millions of people taking to the streets. Among the movements born to counteract inequality and stop unsustainable practices, one stands out for its longevity, popularity and effectiveness.

Since its inception in 2006, the Transition Network has grown to encompass thousands of groups in over 50 countries across the globe. Its influence is moving communities out of economic inequality into social economies; out of climate denial into preparedness and resilience; and out of fossil fuel dependency into reliance on renewable, clean energy.

Find out more about the fascinating Transition culture at our Pop-Up Potluck-discussion dinners which will be taking place over the next few weeks as part of our ongoing Monday Coop Pop-Up Cafés.

Joseph (Joey) El-Khoury

Joseph (Joey) El-Khoury

February 13th—Urban Sustainability Transitions
Joseph El-Khoury, a PhD Candidate in Applied Human Sciences at the Université de Montréal, discusses the role of cities and civil society in the fight against climate change. Mr. El-Khoury also teaches a course on Social Innovation at HEC Montréal and is a consultant in organizational development for clients learning about management and sustainable development. He is on the Executive Committee of the Montreal Climate Coalition and is the co-founder of Gardens Without Borders.


blake_4February 20th— The Transition Movement in Canada
Blake Poland presents his research on the emergence of the Transition Town movement in Canada. A native of Montreal, he teaches in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also the director of a university-wide collaborative program in community development, co-lead of the Healthier Cities & Communities Hub, co-founder and lead organizer of Transition Oakville, Go Local Oakville and Halton Green Screens, and lead researcher of the Transition Emerging Study.




Graham Calder

Graham Calder

February 27th—Permaculture and the Emergence of a New Paradigm
Graham Calder explains how the ethics and principles of permaculture can be used to help us transition to a new, more sustainable paradigm. Mr. Calder is a graduate of Concordia University, with a specialization in Human Environment and a minor in Ecology. After receiving his Permaculture Design Certificate at Pacific Permaculture, he travelled to Australia and apprenticed with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI). He is the founder of P3 Permaculture, a social enterprise dedicated to making permaculture accessible.

Supporting the Principles and Practices of Transition
The potluck dinners are meant to inform people on the issues and on the people care, earth care and fair share approach adopted by Transitioners. We hope that this will bolster our membership, the cost of which is set at an affordable $20. (To find out more about joining, click here.)

Pop-Ups are held at Café Zephyr, 5791 Sherbrooke West. They take place every Monday through March 13 from 1 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m.  For Pop-Up Café schedule, click here.

Potlucks begin with a meal at 6:00 p.m. followed by a discussion at 7:00 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share, perhaps enough for 10 people, so as to help create a buffet dinner.

Cheer up at Transition NDG’s new community Pop-Up Café

Montreal, January 23, 2017—Every Monday beginning today and up to March 13th, NDG residents can warm up, cheer up and pick up new skills by popping into our new Pop-Up Cafe.  Café Zephyr, 5791 Sherbrooke West, which serves mainly local organic food, is opening its doors to us on Chef Anne’s day off.  Although she won’t on the premises, she has prepared a tasty soup for us.


A terrarium making workshop at Café Zephyr.

Building Community and Resilience
We have been active in the neighbourhood since 2012 and are mostly known for Incredible Edibles, a working group that grows free food to share on a few of the area’s main thoroughfares. The initiative increases food resilience and strengthens community ties among gardeners and the people of the neighbourhoods that benefit from the herbs and vegetables available on their streets.

The Pop-Ups will allow us to step up our activities to promote more resilience and positive change. Among the many planned events:


  • evening potluck discussions with Transition researchers and practitioners;
  • learning about food systems, the urban-rural connection, permaculture;
  • workshops for making sourdough bread, kimchi, and sauerkraut; and
  • learning about and practising disaster preparedness to foster community resilience.

Membership Drive
The Pop-Ups are also spearheading our membership drive, as we are eager to expand our activities and welcome newcomers into the fold. Because we are a not-for-profit cooperative, all monies collected go towards maintaining ongoing projects and funding new initiatives. A percentage is also earmarked for the eventual purchase of space we hope to share with the community that has been very welcoming to our Coop Without Walls.

For the schedule of today’s Pop-Up Café, click here or on the link to our Facebook page on the right.

Suggested reading and website links

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Thanks to everyone who came out the The Climate Café at Westmount Park United Church to hear us speak. As promised here is a list of suggested readings and websites.


Gibson-Graham, Take Back the Economy. (Free download – téléchargement gratuit)

Hopkins, Rob, The Power of Just Doing Stuff.

Eisenstein, Charles, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.

Eisenstein, Charles, Sacred Economics.

The Transition Network Website.

Post-Carbon Institute Website.