September 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Wed 03 Sep, 2014

Read the September 2014 issue of ELANews here.

Qubebec show attendance starkly divided along linguistic lines

Posted on: Wed 01 Oct, 2014

Slow business in English-language show business? A recent study suggests this might be the case. As the Gazette reports, box office revenues were up last year for French-language music productions, while English-language music productions saw a decline in profits.

So, does this mean that Quebec audiences put their money where their mouth - or, possibly, their mother tongue - is? Interviews with staff at Evenko and L'Agence Spectra suggest the picture might not be so simple. Cyclical touring variations, a big growth in festivals, and the presence of megastars on the touring circuit all play a role. Read the full article for an in-depth explanation.

Four Quebec writers nominated for Giller Prize

Posted on: Fri 19 Sep, 2014

Four writers from Quebec - all based in Montreal - have been nominated for the prestigious and lucrative Giller Prize. Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), Claire Holden Rothman (My October), Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), and Sean Michaels (Us Conductors) are the lucky longlisters, and could win the $100 000 prize. The shortlist will be revealed in October, with the winner announced on November 10.

Watch the CBC report here.

Mohawk radio stations on the Gazette's wavelength

Posted on: Mon 08 Sep, 2014

The Gazette speaks with the committed folks behind Mohawk radio stations in Quebec:

K103 (CKRK-FM) was launched on March 30, 1981, by the late Conway Jocks, whose picture hangs in the hallway of the new building, and whose voice can be heard every day on the air in recorded vignettes about Iroquois history.

The station’s mission is to promote the community and its culture and keep it informed. “We have to be here for every single emergency that comes up in the community,” Deer said. “We hope to never go away because of that. We need to be here for the community.”

Talisman Theatre awarded the Bourse Arrimages 2013-2014

Posted on: Wed 03 Sep, 2014

ELAN member organization Talisman Theatre has been honoured with the Bourse Arrimages 2013-2014, jointly awarded by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and La Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM). The prize is chosen by the participants in the Arrimages program, which seeks to connect young businesspeople with the arts and culture milieu in Montreal and to encourage philanthropy.

The participants were particularly impressed with the daring choice of translating the winning piece, The Aenid, into English, and by Talisman Theatre artistic director Lyne Paquette's explanations of the production.

Read all about the prize 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!

Beautiful City Theatre – Circle Mirror Transformation Auditions - Job Opportunities

Tue 30 Sep, 2014 - Job Opportunities
Posted on: Tue 30 Sep, 2014

Beautiful City Theatre – Circle Mirror Transformation Auditions

Individual auditions will be scheduled on Tuesday, October 21st. Group callbacks will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd.

Seeking actors for the following roles:

MARTY (Female) – 55 years old. Drama teacher.

JAMES (Male) – 60 years old. Married to Marty, a student in the drama class.

SCHULTZ (Male) – 48 years old. Divorced, a student in the drama class.

To book an audition, please send your headshot and resumé to:


Start Date: Mon 29 Sep, 2014
End Date: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

STEVEN ORNER                                                                                                                                            
From October 2nd to November 8th, 2014
Opening – October 1st from 5 to 8 p.m.
Galerie Bernard’s Team is pleased to invite Artist Steven Orner who will present Banlieue narrative, from October 2nd to November 8th, 2014 – an exhibition of his most recent pictorial artworks.
The art of Steven Orner is a kind of a tale, portraying different aspects of an imaginary American Suburb. For several years, the Artist explores utopia and its opposed concept: dystopia. Figurative, his artworks are structured as interrupted stories/legends, or suspended where forms and fragments are often presented as settings.

M.A.I. presents Unrelated by Daina Ashbee (Montréal) - Community Events

Start Date: Fri 03 Oct, 2014
End Date: Fri 03 Oct, 2014

Community Events
Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

Daina Ashbee began working on Unrelated in 2012, a creation that expresses the struggle of Aboriginal women through a reconstruction of their identities. It is a dark and intense work about the disappearance of Aboriginal women in Canada, but that also explores the absence of self, and addiction. With a disconcerting lucidity, Unrelated unveils the feeling of emptiness; the loss of Aboriginal language and rituals. OCT 3 & 4. For more information click here.

Abe Limonchik Intercultural Award Montreal 2014 - Calls for Submissions

Mon 29 Sep, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual, a non-profit organization and a private company.

It demonstrates their commitment to the advancement of intercultural relations and the promotion of diversity.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals, organizations and businesses whose applications are submitted must be involved in the Montreal community for at least five years and established in the City of Montreal.

carte blanche/CNFC creative nonfiction contest - Calls for Submissions

Mon 29 Sep, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014


We’re doing it again! carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have teamed up to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest sponsored by the University of King’s College.

The winner will receive $750 and her/his text will be published in carte blanche. The winner will be announced in April 2015 at the CNFC 11th Annual Conference in Victoria, B.C.

ELAN Membership Benefit Spotlight – Eastern Bloc - News

Posted on: Tue 30 Sep, 2014

ELAN is proud to announce that Eastern Bloc, which was an excellent venue for our AGM and 10th Anniversary Celebration, is one of our new membership benefit partners! A Montreal gallery space for new media and interdisciplinary arts, Eastern Bloc will be offering ELAN members 15% off regular space rental rates. Eastern Bloc’s gallery spaces are available to rent for one-night events and exhibits (like ELAN’s big 10th anniversary party!), long-term projects, and occasional production rentals such as rehearsals, photo shoots, and film or video shoots.

Canada Council for the Arts – Market Access Funding Reminder - News

Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

As part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018, the Canada Council for the Arts has an envelope of $2.75 million to distribute to artists and arts organizations in all disciplines that identify as part of an official language minority community. The funds are earmarked for projects that expand market access.

This money is being distributed through pre-existing Canada Council granting programs. To become eligible, when you apply for funding from the Canada Council, make sure to indicate that you are an Anglophone in Quebec who has chosen English as your language of communication by filling out the voluntary self-identification form at the end of the application form.

For more information and details on the Roadmap and the goals of this market access funding, consult the Canada Council’s press release by clicking here. For further details on how to apply, please consult the FAQ on the Canada Council’s site, here.

10th Anniversary Recap & Wonderwall Archive - News

Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

ELAN’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at Eastern Bloc was quite the night. We were thrilled to see familiar faces as well as new folks in the room to help us mark our first decade of helping English-language artists thrive in Quebec.

Whether or not you were able to attend our fête, we encourage you to head over to the brand-new online archive of our Wonderwall photo mosaic:


ELAN + Montreal Film Group Schmoozer – OCT 28 - News

Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

Join fellow members of the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) and the Montreal Film Group (MFG) at La Drinkerie, down by the Atwater Market, for a fall evening of lively networking in a relaxed environment, and maybe even win books, tickets, or works of art at the Minute Market. Let’s raise a glass to the tenth anniversaries of both ELAN and the MFG!

Want to promote your work? The first ten ELAN or MFG members to contact will be given a one-minute spot to market your latest work. (You will also be asked to provide a book, CD, art object, or pair of tickets to be offered as a door prize at the Schmoozer.)

October ELANews Director’s Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

It has been a beautiful summer to travel around Quebec to meet with our CIRCUIT project partners in Wakefield/Chelsea, Huntingdon, Hudson, the Eastern Townships, Saint-Anne de Bellevue, and Quebec City. The CIRCUIT project will culminate in six very different artistic weekends and arts fairs next summer.