October 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Thu 02 Oct, 2014

Read the October 2014 issue of ELANews here.

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.

Quebec writers celebrating a stellar awards season

Posted on: Fri 17 Oct, 2014

Awards season has barely begun, but Quebec writers are already knocking it out of the park.

First, we found four Quebec-based scribes on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist: Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), Sean Michaels (Us Conductors), Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), and Claire Holden Rothman (My October). Of those four, Michaels and O'Neill are still in contention on the shortlist. The prize will be awarded on November 10.

Recently the Quebec Writers' Federation revealed the shortlist for its 2014 Awards. The list underscores the talent at work in our province, with Michaels, Anna Leventhal (Sweet Affliction), Guillaume Morissette (New Tab), and Monique Polak (Hate MailStraight Punch) among the nominees. The winners will be crowned at a ceremony on November 18.


NFB HQ to move to Quartier des Spectacles

Posted on: Thu 09 Oct, 2014

Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles is set to add another cultural jewel to its crown. The National Film Board of Canada, currently located in Ville St. Laurent near the Autoroute Métropolitaine, will move into a new building near the Place des Festivals in fall 2017.

NFB head Claude Joli-Coeur told the Montreal Gazette that the move will increase accessibility and visibility of the organization. There's a bonus for the public, too: an outdoor screening wall. Read more in the Gazette.

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.

8th Annual ACCENTI "Capture an Italian Moment" Photo Competition - Artistic Events

Start Date: Thu 01 May, 2014
End Date: Wed 31 Dec, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Tue 21 Oct, 2014

This competition is open to photographers worldwide – professionals, amateurs, and students. (Non-Italians welcome – isn't there some Italian in all of us!). Multiple entries welcome.

Submissions must "capture an Italian moment" anywhere in the world, but can otherwise be about anyone and anything.

See submission criteria and deadline at: http://www.accenti.ca/photo-contest

Accenti Magazine's 10th Annual Writing Contest - Artistic Events

Start Date: Thu 01 May, 2014
End Date: Wed 31 Dec, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 20 Oct, 2014

Open to prose works on any topic. Send your short stories, travel writing or personal essays to Accenti Magazine. Multiple entries welcome. Top Prize is $1,000 and publication. Winners will be celebrated during the Blue Metropolis Festival in April 2015.

To know more: accenti.ca/writing-contest

Connecting Through Culture: Song Series with Pascale Picard - Artistic Events

Start Date: Sun 16 Nov, 2014
End Date: Sun 16 Nov, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 20 Oct, 2014

A series of bilingual concerts presented by the Morrin Centre.

Randall Spear has performed throughout Canada, from Acadian folk festivals in Havre-Saint-Pierre to downtown bars in Toronto, and has shared the stage with some of the best musicians in the country.

Quest for Freedom: Images from the Book of Exodus - Artistic Events

Start Date: Thu 06 Nov, 2014
End Date: Sun 07 Dec, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 20 Oct, 2014

Annette Wolfstein-Joseph will be presenting a new series of etchings at the Community Art Space of the Eleanor London Cote St. Luc Public Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd., Cote St. Luc, QC. 10 AM to 10 PM daily.

Creativity Workshops - Workshops

Sat 18 Oct, 2014 - Workshops
Posted on: Sat 18 Oct, 2014

Come and try a class for free. Every week we try something new, with a little music, cup of tea, coffee or juice. Art feels good. (514) 999-8581 for more information. Studio ArtWill Studio, 2779 Honore Mercier, Vaudreuil-Dorion, J7V 8P5.

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 csldramaticsociety@gmail.com

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: http://elan10.quebec-elan.org/


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 admin@quebec-elan.org 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.)