November 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Tue 04 Nov, 2014

Read the November 2014 issue of ELANews here.

Nadia Myre wins $50k Sobey Art Award

Posted on: Thu 20 Nov, 2014

Nadia Myre, a Quebec-based Algonquin multidisciplinary artist, has won first place in the 2014 Sobey Art Award competition - a prestigious honour worth $50,000.

According to the prize jury, composed of curators from across Canada, "Myre has built a distinctive visual vocabulary by translating her experience and that of others into works that employ traditional crafts within a contemporary, multidisciplinary practice." Her work communicates "a symbolic image of wounding and resilience that conveys something deeply human while addressing urgent social concerns."

Some examples include For those who cannot speak: the land, the water, the animals and the future generations, a giant photographic interpretation of a beaded belt displayed at the National Gallery of Canada; and a collaborative project that involved covering Canada's Indian Act with red and white beads. For more details on Myre's work and the other finalists, read the full article in Canadian Art.

Myre's victory is another feather in Quebec arts' collective fall awards season cap, along with author Sean Michaels's high-profile Scotiabank Giller Prize win on November 10.

With Giller and QWF, Sean Michaels counts two wins in two weeks

Posted on: Wed 19 Nov, 2014

With so much talent in Quebec's literary world, it's been a very exciting awards season. The excitement boiled over last week, when Montreal-based writer, blogger, and music journalist Sean Michaels was declared the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Us Conductors. The win was a surprise to some, since Us Conductors is Michaels's debut novel and he was up against some stiff competition.

However, at least one other jury must not have been surprised about Michaels' Giller win. At last night's Quebec Writers' Federation awards gala, Us Conductors took home a second honour, winning the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Other winners included Anna Leventhal for her short story collection Sweet Affliction (Concordia University First Book Prize) and ELAN member Monique Polak for Hate Mail (QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature). 

Check out the full list of QWF award winners, and visit a local bookstore to pick up all the titles! 

Power of the Arts recognizes the importance of art for health

Posted on: Mon 10 Nov, 2014

This past weekend, the Power of the Arts National Forum organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation brought together artists, arts professionals (including ELAN Executive Director Guy Rodgers), and representatives of the health care sector in Ottawa.

The weekend was full of inspiring conversations that recognized the importance of validating the many ways art strengthens health, across a variety of cultural backgrounds, traditions and communities.

Simon Brault, head of the Canada Council for the Arts, delivered the keynote address. He noted: "The mere act of coming together today under the banner of 'the power of the arts' is an act of ambition and courage. It’s an act that affirms our conviction that the arts can change our society and reiterates our commitment to shape our future through the arts." 

Outremont Theatre to be taken under the City of Montreal's wing

Posted on: Tue 04 Nov, 2014

Outremont Theatre is host to a number of exciting artistic and cultural goings-on, from music to comedy, circus arts to cinema, theatre to festivals. As the Montreal Gazette reports, the venerable venue, operated by a non-profit, will now be taken under the stewardship of the City of Montreal, having formerly been overseen by the borough of Outremont. This transfer will involve an annual commitment of $540,000 from the City to fund the continued use of the space.

Head to the Montreal Gazette article for the full scoop.

Culture Montréal elects Manon Barbeau as president

Posted on: Fri 17 Oct, 2014

Culture Montréal, an organization dedicated to the promotion and valorization of culture in Quebec's metropolis, held its Annual General Meeting on October 15.  

With longtime President Simon Brault having left the organization to helm the Canada Council for the Arts, the Board of Directors (including ELAN Executive Director Guy Rodgers, reelected in 2013 as an organizational representative) elected Manon Barbeau to the top spot. Barbeau is the founder and director of Wapikoni mobile, and has worked with a great number of other cultural organizations, such as Télé-Québec and the NFB.

Read Culture Montréal's full press release for the complete Board of Directors list for 2014-15, plus comments from Barbeau and Culture Montréal Executive Director Anne-Marie Jean.

vernissage - wynne parkin - Artistic Events

Start Date: Fri 28 Nov, 2014
End Date: Fri 02 Jan, 2015

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 24 Nov, 2014



Wynne Parkin, Wild Wynne

Artiste peintre Canadien

Damascus Walls Exhibition - Artistic Events

Start Date: Wed 10 Dec, 2014
End Date: Tue 16 Dec, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 24 Nov, 2014


Damascus Walls Exhibition by Dima Karout
Memories of a place we once called home

This exhibition is a journey in the life of two fictional characters She, a Syrian traveller and He, a Syrian refugee who are looking for answers and struggling with their walls; and an installation that combines true stories and images coming from Syrians facing the conflict in their country.
In images, words and installation artwork, Damascus Walls exhibition assembles fragmented moments from a place that used to be a home and became a battlefield.

Student Schmoozer at Concordia Co-op Bookstore - Community Events

Start Date: Wed 03 Dec, 2014
End Date: Wed 03 Dec, 2014

Community Events
Posted on: Sat 22 Nov, 2014

Join fellow students and members of the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) at the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore. Come meet other student artists and see what creative projects they’re working on! This Arts Mixer is open to ALL disciplines.

Want to promote your work? The first ten students or student groups to contact will be given a two-minute spot to market their latest work. This is a great chance to make connections and spread the word about your work! (You'll also be asked to provide a small door prize related to the project for an audience giveaway).

Gleams Theatre 10th Anniversary Celebration - Hotel Theatre Launch - Artistic Events

Start Date: Wed 03 Dec, 2014
End Date: Wed 03 Dec, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Fri 21 Nov, 2014

Where Were You When I Was Coming by C.S.Hanson - Canadian Premiere
Produced by Gleams Theatre & Hotel Auberge
Directed by Ira S

Unique and intimate experience! A new, hot, sexy and funny short play performed simultaneously by 2 casts in 2 hotel rooms!

A cocktail-intermission will give the spectators a chance to meet the actors, the director Ira S, the owner & manager of Hotel Auberge Shahrzad Ghaffari and also the participants in the variety show that will follow. The program includes musicians, writers, comedians, dancers and singers who have been involved in one way or another in Gleams Theatre's activities during the last 10 years.

This is ONE night event and seats are limited - 38 in total!

Call for Submissions: YES ART EXPO - Calls for Submissions

Thu 20 Nov, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Thu 20 Nov, 2014

Are you a creative soul? Wishing to display and sell your work to a large audience for FREE, then the 2015 YES ART EXPO is the right place for you!

Celebrating the business of art and the art of business, this exciting event will take place on March 19, 20, 21, 2015 at the Théâtre St-James in Old Montréal.

Expozine Panel – November 15 - News

Posted on: Sun 02 Nov, 2014

Expozine & ELAN Present:


Montreal Blooming: From Backwater to Music Hotbed or: How Montreal's Independent Musicians Unfolded Their Love

Saturday, November 15, 3 PM

November Director's Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Sun 02 Nov, 2014

ELAN's October Schmoozer, co-produced with the Montreal Film Group, was one of the liveliest events we have ever hosted. Both organizations are celebrating their 10th anniversaries and our collective memberships turned out in large numbers to celebrate. Minute Marketeers ranged from musicians and visual artists to publishers and filmmakers, who presented their most recent work and offered an exceptional range of door prizes.

EXPOZINE 2014 - News

Posted on: Tue 28 Oct, 2014


Montreal's annual small press, comic and zine fair

Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 5035 St-Dominique (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, Laurier Métro). Free admission.
The massive Expozine small press fair is a unique showcase of the best publications today’s small presses and self-publishers have to offer! Literally thousands of different publications can be found at Expozine, with dozens of brand-new publications being launched there as well, in both English and in French. What's more, many of the authors and creators will be on hand among the more than 250 vendors selling new literary, graphic novel and artistic publications. Not to be missed!

Montreal Blooming: From Backwater to Music Hotbed
or: How Montreal's Independent Musicians Unfolded Their Love
Saturday, November 15, 3 PM
5035 rue St-Dominique (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, Laurier Métro)
Free admission
Facebook event: [[ LINK ]]
Over the past decade, the legacy of Montreal’s independent music community has been reported in the pages of Spin and the New York Times and woven into the mythos behind the worldwide success of bands like Arcade Fire, Grimes, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Driving this legacy, however, are real, hard-working people whose love of music fuels their commitment to the city’s vibrant scenes. Howard Bilerman (Hotel 2 Tango Studios, former member of Arcade Fire), an essential component of what has become the Montreal indie music machine, hosts a discussion panel to trace how Montreal went from an isolated backwater to one of North America's most active launch pads for indie music. He is joined by three other staunch builders of Montreal's musical reputation: Kevin Komoda (Rational Youth) and Ryhna Thompson (Envision Management), along with relative newcomer artist/producer Molly Sweeney. Together they will unpack how the Montreal indie music phenomenon came to be and explore where it may be headed.

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society Auditions Anouncement - News

Posted on: Mon 13 Oct, 2014


The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society will be holding open auditions for our winter production, the murder mystery, Haven’t Got A Clue on Tuesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 16th from 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  These auditions are open for anyone 17 and older.  Please write us to reserve your audition appointment at

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.