• Music
    Krista Muir

    Krista Muir is a composer and musician who performed under her alter ego Lederhosen Lucil for six years until she fell in love with the ukulele in 2006. As Lucil, she played vintage keyboard electro pop and released several independent singles and two full-length albums, H...

  • Music
    Susie Arioli

    These days she’s considered one of Montreal’s most successful jazz-and-blues vocalists, but back in the nineties, Susie Arioli was singing in the backrooms of the city’s many jazz clubs, trying to catch a break. That break came when Arioli met guitar player J...

  • Theatre
    Tableau d'Hôte Theatre

    The seventies and eighties were a golden era for new Canadian drama. Tableau D’Hôte Theatre’s Mike Payette and Mathieu Perron have brought Montreal audiences some of that gold, and more. Not only do they prod...

  • Music
    Think About Life

    Following in the footsteps of dance-punk bands like The Rapture and local loft-party legends The Unicorns, indie-rock band Think About Life formed in 2005, emerging out of a vibrant scene of ever-growing parties in empty factory spaces along the fringes of Mile-End, Griffintow...

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.