April 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

Read the April 2014 issue of ELANews here.

ELAN publishes MYtv op-ed in the Gazette

Posted on: Wed 16 Apr, 2014

ELAN's Executive Director Guy Rodgers and President Peter MacGibbon have penned an op-ed in today's Montreal Gazette explaining why we conditionally support Vidéotron's MYtv proposal, as well as outlining the four main reasons why we do not support the alternative proposal submitted by ICTV (Independent Community Television Montreal).

Read it on the Gazette site here, and click here for a rundown of ELAN's work on the Community TV dossier over the last few years. 

At this stage, interventions from the community are critical to ensure we obtain an English community channel with as much local control as the CRTC will allow. Remember to submit your comments via the CRTC website before the April 22 deadline.

Simon Brault appointed Director and CEO of Canada Council

Posted on: Mon 14 Apr, 2014

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced its new Director and CEO: Simon Brault.

Brault is well-known for his work in the arts and cultural sector, where he wears a number of hats - including current Vice-Chair of the Canada Council, as well as author (of Facteur C - published in English as No Culture, No Future), Chair of Culture Montréal, and General Director and CEO of the National Theatre School. 

ELAN offers sincere congratulations to the Canada Council on its new director, and to Simon Brault on this exciting new opportunity.

Read more here.

The 2014-15 English theatre season takes shape

Posted on: Mon 07 Apr, 2014

Spring has barely started to sneak in, but Montreal's English theatre companies are already looking ahead to the fall. Last week, Centaur Theatre announced its 46th lineup of shows, which includes the celebrated Venus in Fur and two premieres of works by local playwrights (The Envelope by Vittorio Rossi and Triplex Nervosa by Marianne Ackerman).

Meanwhile, the Segal Centre has a very musical year lined up, with new productions of Belles Soeurs and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz set to hit the stage.

Read Gazette critic Pat Donnelly's articles on these theatres' announcements:

Centaur Theatre to stage Venus in Fur, Terminus in 2014-2015 season

Segal Centre launches dream season of musical theatre

Quebec musicians have much to celebrate at the Junos

Posted on: Wed 02 Apr, 2014

Several Quebec musicians struck Juno gold this past weekend. In addition to the impressive 25 nominees with hometowns in the province, the winner's list included McGill Jazz alumni Mike Rud, Mike Downes and Christine Jensen, as well as Montreal heroes Arcade Fire and the experimental group Esmerine. 

Read the CBC's story about the winners here.

Wakefield full of artistic treasures

Posted on: Fri 21 Mar, 2014

Wakefield, QC is a gem full of artistic and cultural attractions. As the Gazette reports in a recent writeup, the town has a bigger arts scene, on a per-capita basis, than New York or Paris. The Black Sheep Inn, a favourite stop for touring musicians, offers great live music year-round, and the Wakefield Arts Festival and Wakefield International Film Festival are among the town's special event attractions.

Read the full story here for more recommendations on where to stay and what to do in the Wakefield area.

Need some inspiration? - Member News

Wed 23 Apr, 2014 - Member News
Posted on: Wed 23 Apr, 2014

With support from Canadian Heritage, YES has launched a series of short inspirational videos that reveal the personal experiences and insights of six personalities who have staked out successful careers and businesses in Quebec. Each has its own unique message about perseverance, overcoming fear, the pursuit of goals and finding fulfillment. Whether you’re working towards your dream or still working up the courage to take that first step in kick-starting your new business, developing your career strategy or making the most of your artistic passion, the YES team is here to help. For a 3-minute dose of inspiration, go to YES’ youtube page : https://www.youtube.com/user/YESMontreal

Innovation & Creativity – Unleashing Entrepreneurial Spirit at YES’ 17th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference - Community Events

Start Date: Wed 21 May, 2014
End Date: Wed 21 May, 2014

Community Events
Posted on: Wed 23 Apr, 2014

Each year, YES invites business experts, thought leaders and successful entrepreneurs to share their stories and insights. Taking place on Wednesday, May 21st, at the SAT (Société des Arts Technologiques, 1201 Saint- Laurent), this year’s conference features powerful ideas and strategies to ignite your most innovative thinking, stimulate creativity and unleash your entrepreneurial success. Confirmed speakers include ALDO, Davids TEA, Frank & Oak, Targray, Crudessence, FixMeStick and Radio & TV personality, Ric Peterson. $49.99 includes a light boxed dinner. Register now at www.yesmontreal.ca or call 514-878-9788.

Play Reading - Artistic Events

Start Date: Wed 14 May, 2014
End Date: Wed 14 May, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Wed 23 Apr, 2014

at Restaurant La Grange, 2 Meadowbrook, Morin Heights

Wed • MAY. 14th • at 7 pm
Try your hand at play reading or just relax and listen in...
Come early for dinner or enjoy coffee & dessert/drinks & snacks

Venez assister à nos lectures à La Grange, 2 Meadobrook, Morin-Heights @ 19 h, l3 14 mai.

Freelancing: Videography - Workshops

Wed 23 Apr, 2014 - Workshops
Posted on: Wed 23 Apr, 2014

Freelancing: Videography
Wednesday, May 7 : 6:30 PM–8:30 PM

Cost : $20

Building a freelance videography practice or production company is challenging in an ever-changing and competitive marketplace. Guest presenter, Alyssa Kuzmarov, will share her considerable professional expertise, strategies, best practices and tools needed to build a career in this field. Topics will include developing a cohesive brand, determining who to approach for work opportunities and how to “pitch” and build visibility/credibility.

Artist Coaching Sessions - Workshops

Wed 23 Apr, 2014 - Workshops
Posted on: Wed 23 Apr, 2014

Artist Coaching Drop-In Sessions
Thursday, May 8, 2014
(Session repeats May 22)

Cost : FREE

Our artist coach now holds 15 minute drop-in sessions every two weeks, on a Thursday afternoon from 1:30PM-2:30PM. For this service, you are not required to pay a fee to open a file. Appointments are on a first come, first served basis.

ELAN is hiring a Tenth Anniversary Communications Assistant - News

Posted on: Tue 15 Apr, 2014

Job Posting: Tenth Anniversary Communications Assistant

Duration: 8 weeks 

Wage: 12.00 per hour, 35 hours per week 

Start and End Dates: May 5 to June 27, 2014 (may be flexible)

Language(s) of work: Intermediate to excellent oral and written English and basic (working knowledge of) oral and written French 

Location: Montreal, Quebec 

Eligible Candidates

This position is funded by Service Canada through Canada Summer Jobs.  To qualify, candidates must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

ELAN is hiring a Membership Development Assistant - News

Posted on: Tue 08 Apr, 2014

ELAN is hiring a Membership Development Assistant 

Duration: 11 weeks 
Wage: 12.00 per hour, 35 hours per week 
Start and End Dates: Candidate must be available to work for 11 consecutive weeks between May 12 and August 29, 2014. 
Language(s) of work: Intermediate to excellent oral and written English and basic (working knowledge of) oral and written French 
Location: Montreal, Quebec 

Eligible Candidates

This position is funded by the Government of Canada through Young Canada Works (YCW). You are eligible if you:

  • Meet the General Student Eligibility Criteria.
  • Have a working knowledge of both English and French.
  • are willing to work in another region of Canada.
  • Priority will be given to students who must travel at least 125 km from their permanent residence to their job site.
  • Priority is also given to candidates who have not previously participated in a summer work experience program.

Director's Message - April 2014 - Director's Message

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

ELAN's Youth, Education, Arts and Health (YEAH!) on-line resource centre launched on March 11 to a room full of partners in Montreal, and via video conference with English-speaking communities around Quebec. The YEAH! project takes ELAN into new territory where artists collaborate with educators and health professionals. See our full post on YEAH! for all the details of what YEAH! is, and how we hope it evolves.

Youth, Education, Arts and Health (YEAH!) - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

As part of the YEAH! project, ELAN has built an online resource centre that helps communities employ artistic and creative techniques to address issues in health and education among youth. Users of the YEAH! site (yeahquebec.ca) can access content to address twelve key youth issues, ranging from self esteem and bullying to sexual health and safety, and can also see projects using each artistic discipline.

Click here to explore the diverse projects and artistic disciplines currently listed on the YEAH! site. If you are involved in work that links arts and health, or arts and education, please get in touch with us at admin@quebec-elan.org.

Spring Schmoozers - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

Some very special Schmoozers are coming your way!

First up: ELAN and the Quebec Writers' Federation team up for a joint Schmoozer and Minute Market on Tuesday, April 22 from 6 - 8 PM at La Drinkerie (2661 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal - Metro Lionel-Groulx).  

Come on out to meet fellow artists and arts lovers in a relaxed environment, and maybe even win books, tickets, or works of art at the Minute Market. As always, it's absolutely free to attend. Click here to RSVP!