A prominent literary journalist in Canadian letters, Joel Yanofsky has been documenting Montreal’s writers for over two decades. Among his most celebrated portraits is his 2004 memoir of the late Mordecai Richler, Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind, wh...
In 2007, Nairne Holtz released her debut novel, The Skin Beneath, and went on to win the Alice B. Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction, become a finalist for the QWF McAuslan First Book Prize, and have the Globe and Mail call her “a writer to watch.” Since then...
Equally at ease in front of Quebec’s theatrical audiences as well as under the bright lights of Hollywood studios, bilingual actor Alain Goulem is a born-and-bred Montrealer whose work frequently takes him all over the continent. Goulem’s long career began with chi...
Jo Leslie has been a powerhouse in theatre and dance, having contributed to over 120 productions across the country. In theatre, she has worked out of Canada’s premiere houses, such as Stratford, Shaw, and the National Arts Centre. Her collaborations with director Michel...
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.