Montrealer Colleen Curran writes funny plays and novels that are peopled with loveable and quirky characters in often-harried situations. One of the most popular of her almost two-dozen plays, Cake-Walk, about a cake-baking contest gone awry, has been produce...
Visual ArtsCarlos and Jason Sanchez
Brothers Carlos and Jason Sanchez, whose work together is often signed simply as The Sanchez Brothers, are young photographers who blow up the dimensions and conduct of an image to the size of the silver screen. Staging meticulously orchestrated scenarios in which every detail...
Courtney Wing is a perfect example of what happens when a rich mixture of musical heritages all live and perform within a few square kilometers of each other. An orchestral folk-pop bandleader who fronts a 15-piece orchestra replete with two violins, double bass, drum kit, syn...
WritingElaine Kalman Naves
Inspired in large part by her family’s immigration from Hungary when she was still a child, Elaine Kalman Naves’ broad body of work plumbs the multicultural complexities of Montreal, the city that she has embraced as home. A writer, journalist, and broadcaster whos...
The vision behind ELAN’s Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles ! project was simple: Artists need to be part of a community, and communities need artists. Quebec is not simple. It is a complex mix of linguistic, geographic and cultural communities. Most of Quebec’s “English-speaking” artists are bilingual, trilingual or multilingual. Many were born in Quebec where their families have lived for generations, while others immigrated here as children or were drawn as adults for a wide variety of reasons. RAEV reveals a surprising diversity of stories.
Peers and fans proposed more than 1,700 artists for ELAN's RAEV project. The 154 artists selected for this “group portrait” represent multiple artistic disciplines, regions and career stages: from internationally renowned icons to emerging artists creating a buzz in the local scene. These short bios are a snapshot of a much larger artistic community.*
The videoclips show 24 artists at work and ask questions about what it means to be part of a minority community that is also connected to an international linguistic majority. Being a minority/majority within a majority/minority creates unpredictable identities.
These essays place the current artistic renaissance in a historical context, outlining major characters, events and previously undocumented stories. The interactive format invites readers to enrich the content by adding their own anecdotes and personal memories.
*Note: The RAEV project features living artists but in the future we will be adding a section to honour the memory of artists from past generations.