first thursdays


Créateurs de NDG, unissons-nous! Notre-Dame-des-Arts fait appel à la communauté pour se rapprocher, pour créer et pour collaborer par l’entremise de notre soirée-rencontre Les premiers jeudis, une série mensuelle de présentations d’artistes et de créateurs locaux de toutes les disciplines. Ces soirées ont lieu à tous les premiers jeudis du mois et ont pour but de présenter et réunir les membres de la communauté créative de NDG, pour qu’ils puissent partager leur œuvre, créer des liens et participer à des discussions animées.

Creatives of NDG unite! Notre-Dame-des-Arts is calling upon the community to connect, create, and collaborate with one-another through its First Thursdays arts mixer, a monthly series of presentations by local artists and creatives from all disciplines. Held on the first Thursday of each month, these evenings aim to introduce members of NDG’s vibrant creative community to one-another for the purpose of sharing work, strengthening ties and participating in lively discussion.


featured presenters:

September 2016:

Ezra Soiferman                                                                                                                 Join NDG documentary filmmaker and street photographer Ezra Soiferman () for an evening exploring his films, photos, artistic vision and his brand new Artist in Residence position with Tweed, Canada’s largest medical cannabis producer. Ezra, who directed “Man of Grease” about Cosmos Snack Bar in NDG (, is also the co-founder of the Montreal Film Group (, a film and TV industry networking group with over 2500 members that fosters interaction between like-minded creators in town. Come chat with Ezra about the MFG and his other projects. He’d be happy to meet you and raise a glass to NDG and the vibrant arts scene in the area. Watch Ezra’s latest short film, “The Walls of Montreal” (featured at the NDG Off The Wall Festival) here:


May 2016:

Marcia Seebaran
Marcia Seebaran’s soothing, warm voice and unique style touches jazz, folk, pop and soul.Her career spans close to two decades of performances in her native Canada and in Asia. She has performed several times at the Montreal Jazz Festival and also opened for Michael Bublé.

Theresa Pasarello


April 2016:

Kim De Jong
Kimberley is a Dancer-Choreographer-Teacher-Rehearsal Director having completed her training at the Arts Umbrella School of dance in Vancouver, B.C., landing her first dance contract in Gronigen, Netherlands with choreographer Itzik Galili. She has been working with La Compagnie Marie Chouinard contributing in the creation of Orphee et Eurydice and Mouvemnt/Henri Michaux and presented her first full length creation CYCLe through TANGENT Montreal in 2014.

Kimberley has worked and performed in Frederic Gravel’s Usually Beauty Fails and Sylvain Emard’s Fragments- Emoi Emoi. She’s also toured and performed at both Brighton Festival of the Arts and The Dublin Dance Festival.

Ethan Rilly
Ethan is a cartoonist and illustrator, and NDG resident. His comic book series Pope Hats has received a 2013 Ignatz Award, 2012 Doug Wright Award, 2010 Joe Shuster Award, and 2008 Xeric Foundation Grant. He has illustrated for Slate, COMPLEX, Wired UK, Chronicle Books, The Walrus, and The Believer.


March 2016:

Nandu Vadakkath
Nandu studied fine arts at the New York Studio School from 1989 to 1993 and is currently working on an animated film for which he has created several puppets. He will be sharing his work on this project as well as his extensive work as a painter.

Mike Spittachine, aka, DJ Yaman
Mike is a long-time resident of NDG and a DJ who has worked hard to champion local musicians. He will be discussing the potential behind starting up an NDG focused radio show.


February 2016:

John David Hickey
Local storyteller extraordinaire, JD presents us with not only a fabulous and engrossing tale but also engages us in a discussion on the difficulties of the trade. A unique craft, to be sure!