ELANews - August 2014

Posted on: Fri 01 Aug, 2014

To read the August issue of ELANews, click here.

The METAs matter - here's why!

Posted on: Wed 27 Aug, 2014

Montreal's English theatre community has a lot to be proud of - it's full of talented and hardworking actors, directors, technicians, designers, and so many more. The Montreal English Theatre Awards - or METAs, for short - exist to help highlight and celebrate noteworthy performances and achievements from the season past. 

The METAs are currently in the fundraising stage for the second annual gala in October, with the goal of raising $7000 before October 1. If you have the means and the inclination, find out how you can support the initiative by watching the video below and visiting http://metas.ca/about-the-metas/support/!

Tax cuts affecting small-scale video game producers

Posted on: Fri 22 Aug, 2014

The CBC reports that cuts to industry tax credits, which were announced by the Quebec government in June, are already taking a toll on small-scale video game producers. In a high-risk industry, producers say, the tax credits can make all the difference in terms of an incentive to stay in the province. Read more here.

Just a few of Montreal's many independent bookstores...

Posted on: Mon 11 Aug, 2014

With Chapters downtown about to close its doors, much of the conversation turned to what this closure would mean for Montreal's independent bookstores. It remains to be seen whether this is a sign of change to come.

One thing's for sure, though: Montreal is full of bookshops run by passionate and knowledgeable people who make a point of supporting the local arts community by selling writings and wares from Quebec authors and artisans, hosting readings and launches, and so much more.

This list from The Main is a great start to exploring Montreal's independent bookstores and stock up for your summer reading needs! Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn't add ELAN member Librairie Drawn + Quarterly to this bookstore itinerary.

The positive potential of graffiti

Posted on: Wed 06 Aug, 2014

Graffiti has always been art in the eye of some beholders, while for others it's an unwanted intrusion onto urban surfaces. This Montreal Gazette article explains how the City of Montreal is attempting to find a balance in its approach to dealing with graffiti, allowing youth to express themselves artistically through murals while still cleaning up tags that are the source of citizen complaints.

Even though some find it vexing, there's no question that graffiti can help youth to make meaningful connections with their communities and with each other. The Gazette piece mentions several inspiring examples of people helping youth to tap into graffiti's positive potential, including Melissa Proietti, coordinator of teen programs at Montreal's Point St-Charles YMCA who is also in charge of the Under Pressure graffiti festival.

Chapters in downtown Montreal closing: good news or bad news for bookstores?

Posted on: Sat 02 Aug, 2014

The shift from print to digital media may have claimed another big victim. The Chapters at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Stanley in downtown Montreal is poised to close its doors this October, making way for a Victoria's Secret.

Some folks greeted this news with an optimistic interpretation. Simon Dardick of Véhicule Press, for one, feels that this could signal "an opportunity for independents to come back."

Read more on CBC here, and listen to Dardick's interview with CBC Daybreak here - the latter also includes an interview with Drew McGowen, VP of real estate and development with Indigo Books & Music.

URBAN GALLERY An Artist and Merchant Project -Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce - Artistic Events

Start Date: Mon 01 Sep, 2014
End Date: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014


Montreal visual artist Leiba Rustin will be exhibiting as part of the URBAN GALLERY, an artist-merchant initiative of the Corporation de développement économique communautaire - CDEC - Côte-des-Neiges/Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

“Thoughts” Calligraphy by Kathy Feig - Community Events

Start Date: Sat 01 Nov, 2014
End Date: Sun 30 Nov, 2014

Community Events
Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014


Thoughts written in calligraphy on hand painted canvases will
enhance the walls at the
Griphon d'Or Tea House ...

Dorothy Grostern ~ my house has many rooms ~ paintings and drawings - Artistic Events

Start Date: Thu 11 Sep, 2014
End Date: Sun 21 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Wed 27 Aug, 2014

Vernissage - Thursday, Sept 11th 5 - 8pm
E.K. Voland Art Gallery

Submissions for exhibiting at E.K. Voland Art Gallery - Calls for Submissions

Wed 27 Aug, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Wed 27 Aug, 2014

Located in a charming converted industrial building in St Henri.
A 700 sq foot charming gallery space / potential access to bar/cafe, reasonable rental fees.

Open call to Montreal artists for group exhibition: WARMTH - Calls for Submissions

Wed 27 Aug, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Wed 27 Aug, 2014

Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture must refer to the theme of WARMTH
at the E.K. Voland Art Gallery, 4710 rue St Ambroise, St Henri

ELAN Membership Benefit Spotlight – MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) is a pluridisciplinary presenter of professional contemporary art (dance, theatre (French and English), music, interdisciplinary, visual and media arts) mandated to promote intercultural artists (emerging, and established), and their intercultural artistic practices. The only cultural organization within Montréal and Canada invested with such a mandate, the MAI presents original works with cultural bonds throughout the globe and supports the creation, production, dissemination and outreach of intercultural arts for a diversified audience.

New decade, new benefits, new fees. Renew at the old rate until Sept 12! - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

The good news is that ELAN has added many services and members' benefits since membership fees were introduced. Starting September 12, 2014, we’ll be implementing a new membership fee structure and a slate of new, improved and very exciting perks. The even better news is that, until September 12, you can join ELAN or renew your membership at the old rates - and with all the new benefits.

ELAN Legacy Panels at POP Montreal Symposium - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

ELAN is excited to team up with POP Montreal to co-host two FREE discussion panels at the POP Symposium! Their themes are pretty different, but they have in common the goal of celebrating the contributions of English-speaking arts to Quebec’s cultural life.

Literary Legacies: A Montreal Story
September 21, 12 PM
POP Quarters (3450 Saint-Urbain)

ELAN's 10th Anniversary Celebration - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

Thursday, September 11

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Eastern Bloc • 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor • Montreal

One block west of Metro de Castelnau. Parking available along Clark.

RSVP via Eventbrite: http://elan10thanniversary.eventbrite.ca


ELAN’s Annual General Meeting - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

Thursday, September 11

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Eastern Bloc • 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor • Montreal

One block west of Metro de Castelnau.

Parking available along Clark.

RSVP: admin@quebec-elan.org