JULY 2016 ELANews

Posted on: Mon 04 Jul, 2016

ELAN talks two solitudes on MAtv's CityLife

Posted on: Fri 20 Nov, 2015

Does Montreal still have "two solitudes"? Do French and English artists and audiences collaborate, interact, see each other's work as much as they could?

ELAN's Program Coordinator Amy Macdonald contributed to CityLife's recent roundtable discussion on the topic along with Beryl Wajsman of The Suburban and François Parenteau, co-host of Mise à jour on MAtv Montréal.

Watch the full episode here, and get a recap of all of MAtv's new English-language programs in this article from the Montreal Gazette.

Two exciting arts initiatives at Concordia

Posted on: Tue 10 Nov, 2015

Concordia University's arts programs are active elements of Montreal's visual arts world, training emerging artists and employing established ones. Two new initiatives at the university will provide new chances for artists to build bridges with the broader community.

Art therapy is gaining recognition as an effective and meaningful way to promote wellbeing among individuals and communities alike. Concordia already trains many art therapists, and is now breaking ground by entering into a partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).

Federal election 2015: #ArtsVote resources

Posted on: Fri 16 Oct, 2015

As you’re getting ready to vote in the federal election on Monday, October 19, we encourage you to consider what’s at stake for arts and culture.

Here are some useful resources to help you make your decision:

The Canadian Arts Coalition’s #ArtsVote Election Toolkit includes a summary of the federal parties’ positions on arts and culture, a social media primer, and facts about the importance of the arts in Canada.

Another breakdown of the parties’ arts and culture platforms from the Arts Advocate (via the Cultural Human Resources Council).

Culture Montréal has assembled its own platform of recommendations for arts and culture that you can use to help evaluate your options.

On Twitter, check the CAC’s hashtag #artsvote for the very latest news, articles, and resources.

Canada Council’s New Six Program Funding Model

Posted on: Thu 18 Jun, 2015

source - http://visualartsalberta.com/

 On June 3rd the Canada Council for the Arts released the first glimpse of its new funding model. The Council has condensed the current 147-program system into six non-disciplinary programs. The six new programs are as follows: Explore and Create; Engage and Sustain; Renewing Artistic Practices; Creating, Knowing and Sharing Aboriginal Arts; Arts Across and Arts Abroad. The Council’s ambition is to move away from fragmentation that currently exists within the funding agency, and towards a moresimple and flexible system.


Announcing Arts Alive! Québec!

Posted on: Fri 08 May, 2015

This summer, from June through October, ELAN presents Arts Alive! Québec – a province-wide celebration of the arts in six different Québec communities. This is the first time that artists and art lovers from major English-speaking communities in Québec are joining forces to promote their own creative and cultural vitality.

Hudson(June 4 to 7)
Québec (June 12 & 13)
West Island (June 26 & 27)
Knowlton (July 3 & 4)
Huntingdon (August 8 & 9; 14 & 15)
Wakefield (October 1 to 4)

Extended Deadline: Vallum Award for Poetry 2016

Wed 27 Jul, 2016 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Wed 27 Jul, 2016

******* EXTENDED DEADLINE: JULY 31st!!! ********

Because the last two weeks have been the hottest yet this year (here in Montreal and elsewhere), which means a lot of you have likely been spending your time outside soaking up the sun, we thought we'd give you a bit more time to send us your winning poems!


Acting Classes for Kids and Teens

Thu 21 Jul, 2016 - Workshops
Posted on: Thu 21 Jul, 2016

Julia Ainsworth (B.F.A, B.ED) theatre artist and certified teacher, offers performing arts training for kids and teens. Registration is now open for the 2016 Fall Acting Classes running September 14th to December 21st. Classes take place at studio l’equilibre en movement at 1208 Van Horne. For registration and information http://www.juliainsworth.com/classes.html or email julia_ainsworth@hotmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/buildcharactermtl




Wed 20 Jul, 2016 - Member News
Posted on: Wed 20 Jul, 2016


Reflecting The English-Language Communities And Diversity Of Québec On Stages Across The Province

Infinithéâtre’s The Unit is comprised of a group of seven wildly talented playwrights six of whom were each sponsored by a different English-language Québec theatre and one of whom was sponsored by a theatre in St. John’s Newfoundland. Playwrights from across Québec were invited to submit an early draft of a play they were currently writing and an independent selection committee handpicked the final members of The Unit from an overwhelming amount of submissions.

The Unit reflects The English-Language Communities And Diversity Of Québec On Stages Across The Province.  Members take part in bi-monthly group dramaturgical sessions and in addition their projects also benefit from the one-on-one attention of a play dramaturge. The Unit culminates in a week-long festival of staged readings aims to garner interest from artistic directors across Québec and Canada in future programming of the plays.

The Unit is run by Infinithéâtre and provides a window of input from the theatres that have a play in development.

J.P. Mortier live @ Casa del Popolo August 9

Start Date: Tue 09 Aug, 2016
End Date: Tue 09 Aug, 2016

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 18 Jul, 2016

J.P. Mortier live @ Casa del Popolo.
Invited guest : Bella Cat

August 9


Tickets : 15$ in advance / 20$ at the door.

Brenda Parsons Paintings Exhibition

Mon 18 Jul, 2016 - Member News
Posted on: Mon 18 Jul, 2016

Brenda Parsons Paintings Exhibition: June, July, August, 2016

Le Cartier Restaurant

255, boul. Jacques-Cartier Sud, Sherbrooke




brenda.parsons@mcgill.ca   /  819-843-4212


Job Posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant (CLOSED) - News

Posted on: Mon 04 Jul, 2016

Applications are now closed


Job Posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant

Duration: 30 weeks  

Start and End Dates: August 2016 – March 2017 (flexible) 

Wage: 13.50 per hour, 35 hours per week 

Language(s) of work: Excellent oral and written English, good oral and written French  

Location: Montreal, Quebec 


Job Description

ELAN is searching for a Communications and Outreach Assistant for a temporary 30-week contract. The Assistant will help our team implement and evaluate planned upgrades to ELAN’s communications channels (website, email newsletter, social media) and visual identity. The Assistant will also help us strengthen existing ties to our members, community, and partners, and develop new ones. This position will provide valuable experience for candidates beginning a career in arts and cultural administration, marketing, and communications, especially in the not-for-profit sector.

The Communications and Outreach Assistant will have the following duties:

  • Write and organize content for ELAN’s website, our monthly email newsletter, and our social media networks (Facebook and Twitter);
  • Assist ELAN staff in implementing and evaluating planned upgrades to ELAN’s digital communications channels (website, email newsletter, and social media networks) and visual identity;
  • Collaborate with ELAN staff on ongoing marketing and membership outreach campaigns, through digital communications and other channels;
  • Maintain partner visibility, member benefits, online member resources, and other services;
  • Assist the ELAN team in developing membership renewal campaigns and outreach strategies;
  • Ensure timely and relevant correspondence with members and partners by phone and email;
  • Other clerical and administrative tasks as required.


ELAN AGM & Call for Board Nominations - News

Posted on: Thu 30 Jun, 2016



Tuesday, August 30 – 6:30 PM

MAI Café, 3680 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal

Further details TBA


ELAN's board consists of two members per discipline (music, dance, visual arts, film and television, theatre, writing and publishing) plus two members to represent the regions of Quebec (outside Greater Montreal). Half the board stands for election each year, for two-year terms.


All ELAN members in good standing (those who have paid membership fees) can nominate a fellow artist or cultural worker for ELAN's board of directors. If you think one of your colleagues would make a good representative of the English-speaking artistic community, let us know at admin@quebec-elan.org by Tuesday, July 19.

ELAN ACE Jam - News

Posted on: Thu 30 Jun, 2016

On June 2nd, ELAN hosted ACE JAM, opening the first phase in our two-year project to establish sustainable connections between Quebec’s English-language arts & culture sectors and community & education partners in all regions. ELAN's ACE Initiative will ensure that more schools and communities can have access to arts and culture in order to benefit from the creative stimulus that these activities provide.

The ACE Initiative will evolve in three phases: Design, Test & Scale! In June, 55 experts including artists, educators, and community leaders gathered to brainstorm designs for fivearts-based projectsIn August we will invite schools and communities around Quebec to test the designs by developing pilot projects over the fall and winter.   

ELAN presents: ARTS ALIVE! - News

Posted on: Thu 30 Jun, 2016


For the second year, ELAN is helping to empower 6 English-speaking regions to build their own mini-festivals celebrating vibrant arts communities in Québec. Between July and September 2016, Hudson, Québec City, Montreal's West Island, Knowlton, Huntingdon, andWakefield will host 1-3 day celebrations of Québec arts and culture.



Executive Director’s Message July 2016 - Director's Message

Posted on: Thu 30 Jun, 2016

Summer officially begins with back-to-back long weekends for the Saint-Jean and Canada Day. Now it is officially open season to seize every opportunity for terraces, picnics, barbecues, festivals, and getting out of town to enjoy the splendour of nature.

Arts Alive! Québec combines all the pleasures of summer with day-trips to some of the prettiest communities in Quebec. The opening weekend in Hudson was a joy, as was the pre-festival press conference in Huntingdon. I would have loved to get to Quebec City this past weekend, but my son was getting married in Montreal. All was well at the wedding, and reports from the Morrin Centre were equally positive. The four remaining Arts Alive! weekends are booked in my calendar and I look forward to seeing ELAN members and friends at these festival showcases for artists. See below for dates, locations, and programming.