April 2015 ELANews

Posted on: Fri 03 Apr, 2015

Guy Rodgers interviewed in Les Versants

Posted on: Tue 14 Apr, 2015

Guy Rodgers, ELAN's Executive Director and longtime Saint-Bruno resident, was recently profiled in his hometown newspaper, Les Versants du Mont Saint-Bruno, upon receiving the title of compagnon of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Rodgers spoke with journalist Frédéric Khalkhal about his path to Quebec and his drive to spread the word about the province's vibrant English-speaking arts community among his Francophone colleagues. "There's still work to do to make sure English-speaking artists are the pride of all Quebecois," Rodgers says.

Check out the interview (in French) here.

Photo: © Anis Hammoud. Guy Rodgers stands between Marie Côté, President of the Board of Directors of CALQ, and Stéphan La Roche, President-Director General of CALQ.

Les Inrocks puts « le rap franglais » in the spotlight

Posted on: Mon 13 Apr, 2015

Franglais is nothing new to most Montrealers, and is a recurring subject of debate in Quebec press. Now, well-known French music publication Les Inrockuptibles has taken an interest in the recent crop of Quebecois artists rapping and singing in a homegrown mix of Canada's two official languages.

As Le Journal de Montréal reports, Les Inrocks interviews members of Alacair Ensemble and Montreal rap expert Laurent K. Blais, and leads off with an excerpt from Dead Obies' "Montréal $ud". Another of the genre's standard-bearers, Loud Lary Ajust, told the Journal in an earlier interview: "I don't think people in our generation really speak in Franglais. It's more of a Quebecois rap thing. I don't think French is in danger for young people today. We only sing in Franglais for aesthetic reasons."

ELAN to be represented on MAtv Advisory Committee

Posted on: Wed 08 Apr, 2015

In response to Videotron's application to create an English-language community TV channel, and to ICTV's complaint about Videotron's track record with respect to representing the community, the CRTC has mandated the creation of a Citizen Advisory Committee for MAtv.

This Committee will represent eight facets of Montreal's community that have been underserved by Videotron's past efforts, including social economy, gender equality, and ethnic communities. In its press release, Videotron says its intention "is to give voice to the city’s cultural, economic and social life and to reflect its multicultural character."

ELAN board member Fortner Anderson is among the nine citizens serving on the committee, representing the English-speaking community.

ELAN's Guy Rodgers named to the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec

Posted on: Fri 20 Mar, 2015

Very exciting news: ELAN's Executive Director, Guy Rodgers, has been named a compagnon (companion) of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec. He shares the honour with the other members of CALQ's founding Board of Directors, as well as some of our province's most beloved creators and passionate champions of the arts.

Congrats, Guy, and here's to your many accomplishments - and many more to follow!

Read the full list of honorees in La Presse, here.

Identity and belonging in Quebec: An important message

Posted on: Fri 20 Mar, 2015

Laywer Marie-Hélène Dubé has written a poignant and honest essay on identity and belonging in Quebec, which appeared last week in VOIR.

Dubé was born in Quebec and has lived here all her life, yet she writes that her belonging is constantly called into question on the basis of her race and accent. Furthermore, Dubé finds it frustrating that the recent controversy surrounding the use of blackface at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert was discussed in terms of the differences between francophone and anglophone cultures in Quebec rather than the concerns of the black minority, whose ancestors were forced to speak the French and English of their oppressors as slaves.

So Says / Ainsi dit - Artistic Events

Start Date: Sun 03 May, 2015
End Date: Fri 24 Apr, 2015

Artistic Events
Posted on: Wed 22 Apr, 2015

Galerie de la Ville in Dollard des Ormeaux presents its annual special exhibition entitled So Says / Ainsi dit. Fifteen artists were invited to respond to a different kind of creation challenge from the Curator: they were given twenty-four literary quotations in English and French from which they were to choose one. They were free to illustrate, interpret or extrapolate from the quote to render it in visual form.

Creativity Art Workshops - Workshops

Tue 21 Apr, 2015 - Workshops
Posted on: Tue 21 Apr, 2015

ArtWill Studio
In a relaxing and creative studio environment, experiment with a variety of art materials and techniques, while learning the language of art.

Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm
2779 Honore Mercier, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
(514) 999-8581 deirdre@artwill.ca

BULLETINS FROM IMMORTALITY - Margie Gillis - Artistic Events

Start Date: Wed 06 May, 2015
End Date: Sat 09 May, 2015

Artistic Events
Posted on: Tue 21 Apr, 2015

Canadian dance icon Margie Gillis and great American actress Elizabeth Parrish unite to present their shared passion for the work of iconoclastic poet Emily Dickinson. In a staging by Paola Styron with scenography by visual artist Randal Newman, Elizabeth Parrish gives life to the inner world of the author while Margie Gillis embodies her psyche through movement.

> Tickets: 514-288-3161


Grandpa Is Not A Cash Cow and Grandma Won't Take Any Bull - Community Events

Start Date: Sat 20 Jun, 2015
End Date: Sat 20 Jun, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Sun 19 Apr, 2015

The play will be presented at the Église du Village, 1829 chemin du Village in the Old village of Mont-Tremblant on Saturday, June 20th at 2:00 pm. Tickets (5$) will be available at FADOQ Laurentides (499, rue Charbonneau #201, Mont-Tremblant), Les Mots (2053, chemin du Village, Mont-Tremblant), Arundel Provisions 1990 Reg’d (14, chemin du Village, Arundel), and by contacting Margaret Hourston at 819-717-1478. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the show.

Next to Normal - Artistic Events

Start Date: Fri 15 May, 2015
End Date: Sat 23 May, 2015

Artistic Events
Posted on: Thu 16 Apr, 2015

Beautiful City Theatre, in collaboration with contemporary dance company Virtu’O, produces the contemporary rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL opening May 15, 2015 at Centaur Theatre (453 rue St. François-Xavier).

NEXT TO NORMAL tells the heart-breaking story of a not-so-ordinary suburban family dealing with the effects of mental illness and trying to live a ‘normal’ life.

ELAN is hiring an Events and Community Outreach Assistant - News

Posted on: Tue 14 Apr, 2015

Job Posting: Events and Community Outreach Assistant

Duration: 8 weeks  Wage: 12.50 per hour, 35 hours per week  Start and End Dates: May 11 to July 10, 2014 (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;
  • have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign students are not eligible); and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada, according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Director's Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Wed 01 Apr, 2015

When Pierre Karl Péladeau interrupted a recent Groenland concert in Abitibi by repeatedly shouting «une toune en français» he stirred up a tempest that gave a good indication which direction the wind of language-politics is blowing these days. A lot of Quebec artists sing in English. For some it's their mother tongue. For others it's their second or third language. A growing number of francophone artists have side projects to chanter en anglais, just as anglo artists like Paul Cargnello put out albums in French. These are artistic choices. The public gets to express its opinion by paying to see and hear the work - or not.  

NEW Membership Benefit Spotlight – TOHU - News

Posted on: Wed 01 Apr, 2015

Located in the heart of the Cité des arts du cirque, TOHU is the North American centre for performance, creativity, experimentation, and convergence of culture, the environment and community involvement. We’re very happy to announce that ELAN members now receive a 15% discount on La TOHU’s shows. This is a great opportunity to discover contemporary circus!


For more information on upcoming productions, visit TOHU’s website at www.tohu.ca

You can get your discount by phone at 514-376-8648.

TicArtToc Launch/April Schmoozer Helpers Wanted! - News

Posted on: Wed 01 Apr, 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!

Attention Visual Artists: Tips from the Market Access Panel Discussion at OBORO - News

Posted on: Wed 01 Apr, 2015

ELAN recently assembled a group of gallerists from Boston and New York City to visit Montreal in the days preceding Nuit Blanche (February 25-28). The gallerists visited artists’ studios (as selected by a three-person jury) and galleries, met artists themselves, and shared observations on the art scene in their respective cities.