• Music
    Rob Lutes

    Folk music may be one of Canada’s oldest songwriting traditions, but in the able voice and fingers of Rob Lutes, the long-standing genre is infused with more than a touch of the blues. Known for his deft fingerstyle guitar work and impassioned live performances, Lutes no...

  • Music
    Dan Seligman

    Music promoter Dan Seligman is a driving force for Montreal’s thriving indie music scene. He is creative director of Pop Montreal, a festival he launched in 2002 with Noelle Sorbara and Peter Rowan; promoter for Plants and Animals and The Arcade Fire, whose Quebec shows ...

  • Visual Arts
    Andrea Szilasi

    Whether her subject is de-contextualized body parts floating randomly in space or nudes self-consciously set in nature, visual artist Andrea Szilasi’s creativity stems from the alienation of human anatomy.  Born in Montreal in 1964, Szilasi may use photography as th...

  • Theatre
    Elsa Bolam

    After working with her husband, Maurice Podbrey, to establish the Centaur Theatre in the late sixties and seventies, director Elsa Bolam founded her own theatre in 1981, putting on plays for young audiences in Montreal and taking theatre to Quebec’s outlying English-spea...

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.