July 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Wed 02 Jul, 2014

Read the July 2014 issue of ELANews here.




Mike Ward laughs in both languages

Posted on: Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Mike Ward grew up in Quebec City, the offspring of an anglophone father and a francophone mother. Bicultural through and through, his comedy career has taken place largely in French, but he recently got a chance to show his dual roots at Just for Laughs' Les Anglos gala. According to La Presse, he ended up stealing the show.

His lighthearted approach to the question of language and culture in his home province is on full display in this interview with La Presse, conducted ahead of the gala. Ward jokes, «J'étais plus anglo à Québec et, à Montréal, je suis plus franco. Aujourd'hui, plus personne ne me juge, mais c'est peut-être parce que je passe à la télé!» ("I was more anglo in Quebec City and in Montreal I'm more franco. Now, nobody judges me anymore, but maybe that's because I'm on TV!"). He also takes the opportunity to dispel three common stereotypes of anglos, squeezing in a jab at Toronto mayor Rob Ford and defending Albertans while he's at it.

Click here to be entertained by the full interview.



Louise Penny gives Bishop's University convocation address

Posted on: Wed 09 Jul, 2014

Louise Penny, author of several bestselling mystery novels, recently received an honorary doctorate of civil law from Bishop's University. The village in which her Inspector Armand Gamache books take place, Three Pines, is patterned after the sense of place found in the Eastern Townships, where Penny is based and where Bishop's University is also located.

In her convocation address, Penny offers her thoughts on success, aspiration, and hard work, but she also offers some striking observations on her personal journey with alcoholism. See below for the full speech.



Between the Pages: Montreal's literary scene under the microscope

Posted on: Fri 04 Jul, 2014

Between the Pages is a new show featuring Montreal-based writer Dimitri Nasrallah in the host's chair. In an episode filmed recently at the Atwater Library, Nasrallah sits down with local scribes Heather O'Neill and Christopher DiRaddo, along with Programming Director of the Blue Metropolis Festival, Gregory McCormick.

As Nasrallah says in his introduction, "we look to writers to update the urban landscapes of our imaginations, and Montreal is no exception." This half-hour episode dives into literary representations of the city's linguistic and cultural mix, and how writers' stories have been marked and shaped by Montreal's own stories.

See the full video below the jump.



Jazz Fest in full swing with international and local talent

Posted on: Mon 30 Jun, 2014

Here at ELAN HQ, we have the pleasure of hearing whatever goes on at the Place des Festivals just two blocks away. Until July 5, the music floating through our windows arrives courtesy of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

In this article, the Gazette provides a rundown of the festival's offerings through the eyes of its directors, including an explanation of how the festival has attempted to improve its representation of local artists. Montreal names to watch out for this year include perennial performer Nikki Yanofsky (pictured), Emma Frank, Dear Criminals, and more.

Read more here.



Quebec musicians vote to split from AFM

Posted on: Tue 17 Jun, 2014

Quebec musicians have voted to split from the American Federation of Musicians union (AFM), citing such concerns as English-only contracts and a lack of services compared to dues paid.

The vote was passed with 53.3 per cent in favour. For its part, the AFM is consulting its bylaws to determine its official response to the vote.

Read more in the Toronto Star.






Festvial HTMlles: Technical Assistant Internship - Volunteer Opportunities

Mon 28 Jul, 2014 - Volunteer Opportunities
Posted on: Mon 28 Jul, 2014

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP 

Description of the position:

Under the responsibility of the Technical Director, the Technical Assistant provides support for technical production and services for the 11th edition of the festival HTMlles, under the theme “Zero Future”, taking place this November 7-15, 2014. The internship may comprise a variety of the following tasks and responsibilities, with the main objective of providing support to the Technical Director. While a candidate with a broad technical knowledge base and some experience is desired, the position also allows for learning and growth, expanding on the candidate’s major of study and/or areas of interest and skill. Working in a collaborative team environment, the festival workplace is dynamic, feminist, and grounded in artist-run culture, offering an excellent opportunity to work with international and local artists and gain in-depth experience in many aspects of technical production.




Festival HTMlles: Production Assistant Internship - Volunteer Opportunities

Mon 28 Jul, 2014 - Volunteer Opportunities
Posted on: Mon 28 Jul, 2014

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP:

Under the responsibility of the Technical Director, the Production Assistant provides support for all aspects of production for the 11th edition of the festival HTMlles, under the theme “Zero Future”, taking place this November 7-15, 2014. The internship may comprise a variety of the following tasks and responsibilities, with the main objective of providing production support to the Technical Director, mainly assistance with the coordination of festival logistics relating to events and volunteers. While a candidate with some experience and knowledge of production is desired, the position also allows for learning and growth, expanding on the candidate’s major of study and/or areas of interest and skill. Working in a collaborative team environment, the festival workplace is dynamic, feminist, and grounded in artist-run culture, offering an excellent opportunity to work with international and local artists and gain in-depth experience in many aspects of arts festival production. 




MAI & Conseil des arts de Montréal: Call for proposals from culturally diverse artists in dance - Calls for Submissions

Mon 28 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 28 Jul, 2014

Call for proposals from culturally diverse artists in dance

The Conseil des arts de Montréal is joining forces with MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) for a pilot project in support of its mentorship program

Montreal, July 24, 2014 – With a view to reinforcing its efforts to help culturally diverse artists integrate into Montreal’s cultural community, the Conseil des arts de Montréal is joining forces with MAI to supplement its Mentorship Program – Creation and Career Development for Culturally Diverse Artists. Through this pilot project, the two organizations are enriching the program with the aim of fostering their professional development.

The Conseil’s contribution includes the loan of its rehearsal studios for 100 hours, payment of an honorarium to the artistic mentor, and a creation grant of $5,000. For its part, MAI will provide various services through its long-term mentorship program, including a production residency in August 2015 and billing in its 2015-2016 program for at least one performance.




MAI: Assistant coordinator and box office manager - Job Opportunities

Mon 28 Jul, 2014 - Job Opportunities
Posted on: Mon 28 Jul, 2014

Assistant coordinator and box office manager


DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS
FRIDAYAUGUST 15, 2014 AT 6PM

Tasks and responsibilities:

The role of the assistant coordinator and box office manager role is to assist the activities coordinator throughout her mandate and to ensure the Box Office operation. The assistant coordinator is responsible for tickets sales, pre-sales and memberships and is in charge of the Box Office during performance nights. He or She is also responsible for compiling production reports and satisfaction surveys, update events related information on online cultural agendas, social media networks, LaVitrine and Atuvu. Also, the candidate will, under supervision of the activities coordinator, studio rentals offered by the MAI and assist the coordinator with other tasks such as management of volunteers and preparation of communication tools. The candidate also performs general office duties for the MAI (field incoming phone calls; greet visitors and clients, and general administrative work). Finally, the candidate will also be responsible for tasks related to communications and public outreach.




Segal Centre: Front of House Manager - Job Opportunities

Mon 28 Jul, 2014 - Job Opportunities
Posted on: Mon 28 Jul, 2014

JOB DESCRIPTION: FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER (Full Time)

REPORTS TO: Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications

HOURS: 40 Hours per week based on the scheduling of the season programming. FOH Manager is
expected to be present for the Theatre Season shows. This responsibility may be shared with one (1)
assistant FOH manager.

The FOH manager is required to work 4 – 6 hours per week during office hours to complete
administrative duties and to attend designated staff meetings.






AGM and 10th Anniversary Celebration: Sept 11, 2014 - News

Posted on: Wed 02 Jul, 2014

Save the date for ELAN’s AGM and 10th Anniversary Celebration: Sept 11 at Eastern Bloc! More info to come in August's ELANews - subscribe here!




In case you missed it: Crowdfunding and the Arts panel summary - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Jul, 2014

Did you miss our panel discussion on Crowdfunding and the Arts back in March? Good news – our summary of the discussion is now up on the ELANarts blog! Click here to dig in.




Should we rename the Schmoozer? - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Jul, 2014

As you might have heard, ELAN hosts free bimonthly networking events called Schmoozers, where artists and arts lovers from all disciplines and backgrounds can meet, converse, and connect. We know a lot of you like the name “Schmoozer” just fine, but we've also heard some feedback recently that the name "Schmoozer" could use an upgrade.




July 2014 Director's Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Tue 01 Jul, 2014

ELAN is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, which is a significant and happy occasion. Personally, I am coming up to a birthday this month that should be six times as joyful, but 60 is probably the least celebrated of the decennial birthdays. Ten is cute. Twenty is the threshold of adulthood. Thirty is the prime of physical vitality. At 40, years of effort are bearing fruit. Fifty is like a fancy dress ball that would be quite amusing if the somewhat worn and wrinkled costume could be returned after the party. I’m not sure what happens at 70, although I recently heard a rock ’n roll drummer proclaim that now he could say he had lived through the sixties twice. Longevity appears to become a cause for muted celebration at 80, 90 and beyond.




Director's Message - June 2014 - Director's Message

Posted on: Mon 02 Jun, 2014

A year ago, ELAN was going through one of those existential crises which periodically strikes all arts organizations. It involved funding.

In our society, money is the universal measure of what things are worth, although there is no direct correlation between value (social, artistic, intrinsic) and revenue generated. Nonetheless, a lack of financial support can have a negative effect on morale and a devastating impact on an organization's capacity to operate.