January 2015 ELANews

Posted on: Tue 06 Jan, 2015


Read the January 2015 issue of ELANews here!

Canada Council announces big changes for 2017

Posted on: Thu 22 Jan, 2015

During its Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday January 20, the Canada Council for the Arts announced some pretty big changes set to be implemented in 2017.

For one: No more disciplinary divisions in its funding programs. The new programs - whittled down from 142 to 10 - will be national in scope and multidisciplinary. The Council also intends to make the overall application process easier, at least in part through increased digitization.


Montreal Budget 2015: Culture Montréal breaks it down

Posted on: Thu 11 Dec, 2014

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre's administration tabled its 2015 budget in the last week of November, and there was some good news for arts and culture among the announcements.

As Culture Montréal highlights in a press release, the Conseil des arts de Montréal will see its budget increased by $500,000 over its 2014 allotment, and the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal will receive $10 million from the municipal government.

However, in a deeper analysis of the budget, Culture Montréal notes that cultural expenses are lumped in with "recreational activities" such as sports and park maintenance. 


Quebec arts attendance stats: Museums and galleries up, performance arts down

Posted on: Thu 04 Dec, 2014

As Canadian Art reports, Quebecers visited museums and galleries in record numbers last year. The 2013 attendance figures for the province's museums, interpretive centres, and exhibition spaces reached 14.2 million.

This data emerges from a report by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications, Dix ans de statistiques sur la fréquentation des arts de la scène - available here (in French). Though the view was rosy for museums and galleries, some other sectors - and specific regions - were not as lucky. Attendance at shows in the performing arts was down 8% from 2012, while box office revenues were down 14%. Another notable statistic: attendance was down a significant 26% for anglo music shows.

Montreal music scene doc now available for viewing

Posted on: Tue 02 Dec, 2014

The film Montreal Underground documents Montreal's thriving underground music scene, featuring interviews with bands like Parlovr (RIP) and Duchess Says. First released in 2013, it's recently been posted on YouTube by its creators. Read Cult MTL's review of the film here, and click "Read more" to watch the whole thing.

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.


Read more here.

Phénomena - Community Events

Start Date: Sun 01 Mar, 2015
End Date: Sun 01 Mar, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Tue 27 Jan, 2015
Festival Phénomena 2015
Call for Projects Deadline:
March 1, 2015
Phénomena is a bilingual interdisciplinary festival that seeks to highlight innovative and unclassifiable artists. The festival presents whimsical acts, shadow theatre, performances with projections,
object theatre, cabarets, happenings, performance dance, performance art, experimental music, and installations using both digital and analog technologies.
To check out a few of our exceptional artists and their work, view the Festival Phénomena 2014 (extracts) video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pVHrFt6Fo4

Writing For Performance - Workshops

Tue 27 Jan, 2015 - Workshops
Posted on: Tue 27 Jan, 2015

Writing For Performance
Vanier College, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Feb 2 - March 9

FlowerPublishing Seeking Submissions - Calls for Submissions

Tue 27 Jan, 2015 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Tue 27 Jan, 2015

We are FlowerPublishing from Montréal canada, a family based company
We are looking for manuscripts from writers

Black Theatre Workshop performs Harriet Tubman inspired play to celebrate Black History Month - Community Events

Start Date: Wed 28 Jan, 2015
End Date: Wed 28 Jan, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Tue 27 Jan, 2015

On February 21st, Canada’s oldest Black theatre company will celebrate Black History Month in Montreal with The Power of Harriet T; a riveting and educational play inspired by the life of Harriet Tubman.

QWF Seeks Part-Time Membership & Communications Assistant - Job Opportunities

Tue 27 Jan, 2015 - Job Opportunities
Posted on: Tue 27 Jan, 2015

The Quebec Writers’ Federation seeks an organized, positive and detail-oriented person to work in the QWF office for 10 ½ hours per week. There will be a three-month probation period on a freelance basis, after which time, if all goes well, the successful candidate will be put on the payroll.

Schmoozer Helpers Needed - News

Posted on: Wed 28 Jan, 2015

Schmoozers are ELAN's most popular event, and we always need friendly people to help us greet our members and sign them in. This is a great chance to meet artists and arts lovers of all stripes! If you have a few hours to spare and want to lend a hand at any of our future events, just send an email to admin@quebec-elan.org or let us know in person at our next Schmoozer on February 16!

February Schmoozer & Minute Market– February 16th at Hurley’s Irish Pub - News

Posted on: Wed 28 Jan, 2015

Monday, February 16

6-8 PM

Hurley’s Irish Pub (second floor)

1225 Crescent Street, Montreal

RSVP: communications@quebec-elan.org or on Facebook.

Schmoozer Helpers Needed - News

Posted on: Sun 04 Jan, 2015

Schmoozers are ELAN's most popular event, and we always need friendly people to help us greet our members and sign them in.


2014 Schmoozers - News

Posted on: Sun 04 Jan, 2015

ELAN wrapped its 10th anniversary year with a student networking event at the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore and a music Schmoozer at McGill. It was a pleasure during our 10th anniversary year to co-host a series of events with long-time partners and new friends. See the photo galleries of 2014 social events:

Workshop at Bishop’s University: Building a Career In the Arts - News

Posted on: Sun 04 Jan, 2015

Monday, January 19

11 AM - 1 PM

Room MOL106

Bishop’s University

2600 Rue College, Sherbrooke

Free and open to students of all disciplines!

RSVP: admin@quebec-elan.org