May 2016 ELANews

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 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

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 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)

Black Theatre Workshop hiring Outreach & Marketing Coordinator

Mon 30 May, 2016 - Job Opportunities
Posted on: Mon 30 May, 2016



Black Theatre Workshop is currently seeking an Outreach & Marketing Coordinator as part of its team.

The successful, dynamic, bilingual candidate works well in a fast-paced environment, has excellent time management, interpersonal and communication skills. She/he will also have experience in marketing and arts organization development, and is willing to work flexible hours. Experience with social media marketing would be an asset. Above average computer skills with word processing and desktop publishing experience in a Windows environment would also be required.

The Coordinator is responsible for the effective outreach and marketing of the theatre.


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Community Events
Posted on: Fri 27 May, 2016



Thursday June 9th, 2016 | 6 PM
@ STUDIO XX - 4001, Berri (corner Duluth) space 201
Suggested donation: 2$, *FREE* for members

Studio XX will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the XX Files Radio Show by setting up a radio show in our studio, hosted by the current XX Files team: Valérie d. Walker, Nnedimma Nnebe and Vicki Lee.

The Violet Hour

Start Date: Thu 09 Jun, 2016
End Date: Thu 09 Jun, 2016

Community Events
Posted on: Tue 24 May, 2016

June 9, 2016  - BAR STOCK IN THE GAY VILLAGE -  7 pm

As night descends upon Montreal’s gay village, queer Canadian writers and performers will gather for the latest in a series of public readings and performances of original work at Stock Bar – a strip club on Ste. Catherine Street East.

On the roster: readings by Will Aitken, Shelagh Plunkett, Karen Molson, Melanie Mitzner, Bill Zaget and Carolyn Boll, with a special performance by Woodpigeon, a.k.a. Mark Andrew Hamilton. The event is hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.

Free (18+)

Job Opportunity - Infinithéâtre

Tue 24 May, 2016 - Job Opportunities
Posted on: Tue 24 May, 2016

Infinithéâtre is looking for the right person to join our team!!!

Box Office & Sales Manager – 2016 - 2017 Season

Infinithéâtre is accepting applications for the position of Box Office & Sales Manager for their 2016-2017 Season. This position is a 30 week contract beginning in September.
His/ her tasks may include:

*Managing bookings, selling tickets and 6pack subscriptions
*Selling advertising space in programs
*Carrying out daily office tasks
*Communications between artists, staff, our partners and the audience.
*Managing the box office and create promotional campaigns, market research, audience mediation programs, and maintain Action Infini.
*Assist Artistic Director when necessary.
*Assisting with funding applications

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

*Knowledge and experience in the theatrical milieu
*Previous experience and/or an interest in marketing/advertising is an asset
*Comfortable multi-tasking
*Organizational skills
*Strong knowledge of computer environment (Mac OS, Excel, Word)

While Infinithéâtre is primarily an English-language theatre company, candidates must be comfortable speaking French to interact with audience members and answer phone calls.

Contract begins in September, 2016 – Ending March 2017.

***Applicant must be eligible for an Emploi QC employment program.****

Full-time, 40hrs/wk.

Please submit applications ASAP to: 
Simon A. Abou-Fadel

Montreal Creator Exchange

Start Date: Mon 06 Jun, 2016
End Date: Mon 06 Jun, 2016

Community Events
Posted on: Fri 20 May, 2016


The Playwrights Guild of Canada is offering a "Montreal Creator Exchange".

The Creator Exchange is a free artist networking event that brings 10 playwrights and 10 directors together to find new working relationships and shared opportunities.

In partnership with the Festival TransAmériques.

June 6, 1-3pm

To register:

Visual Arts Panel Summary - News

Posted on: Mon 30 May, 2016

Visual Arts Panel Summary


On April 13, 2016 ELAN hosted a visual arts panel discussion with four curators from NYC at the PHI Centre. The panel consisted of Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem; Lital Dotan & Eyal Perry of Glasshouse Project in Brooklyn; and Matthew Schum, a writer and curator based between Los Angeles and New York.

Topics discussed during the panel included curation, networking and promotion. A summary of the panel is now available on  here.

Last year’s version of this visual arts panel may also be of interest, and is available here.

June 2016 Director's Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Mon 30 May, 2016

Most of ELAN’s members have probably never heard of acfas (L’Association francophone pour le savoir) and might be surprised that during the 84th annual acfas conference in May, ELAN took part in two panel discussions: a bilingual event about the Creative Economy at the Rialto theatre, and a French-language event about Tourism at UQAM, where we reported on ELAN’s freshly-released Tourism study. It was funded by Industry Canada and has links to last summer’s Arts Alive! Quebec mini-festivals as well as the 2016 festivals which are currently in preparation. Tourism and the creative economy are both areas with enormous potential to create opportunities for artists. Click here to read ELAN’s Tourism and Touring study.

I’d bet none of ELAN’s members have heard of CADMOL (the Committee of Assistant Deputy Ministers on Official Languages) which meets annually with minority language organizations in key sectors such as health, education, and economic development. ELAN represents culture and this year we informed the Assistant Deputy Ministers about our ACE initiative. This new project kicks off June 2nd with ACE-JAM, a gathering of 60 artists and educators who will brainstorm potential arts-education projects. Five of them will be selected as pilot projects to be tested over the next 18 months. The benefits of integrating artistic creativity with education are well documented, but the most interesting projects often live outside the silos of arts funding or education funding. The ACE initiative intends to break down some of those barriers to make these projects available to more schools and communities.

I expect all of ELAN’s members are aware that once-in-a-generation cultural policy reviews are taking place in Quebec and Ottawa. If you could not attend ELAN’s May 31 public consultation about changes to Quebec’s Politique culturelle, it is not to late to send us your thoughts about which parts of the current system should be protected, and what needs to be changed.  The federal review of Canada Council, Telefilm, the National Film Board, the Department of Canadian Heritage, CBC, etc is just getting underway and ELAN will arrange consultations as soon as the process is publically announced. In the meantime, join us at the June 7 ELAN/Fringe Festival schmoozer. No need to prepare a position paper.  Just come out to share a drink and say hello.


Guy Rodgers

Executive Director

June Schmoozer with St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival - News

Posted on: Mon 16 May, 2016


ELAN at the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival!

Tuesday, June 7, 6-9 pm
Mainline Gallery – 3905 Boul. St. Laurent
RSVP to or Click “Going” on the Facebook event

Join us for an evening at the Mainline Gallery where artists and arts lovers of all disciplines and backgrounds will have the opportunity to converse and connect.

ELAN members and FRINGE participants are also eligible for the Minute Market - an opportunity to promote your latest creative work to a captive audience of arts-loving attendees. The first ten members to write to will receive one minute to plug a recent or upcoming publication, project, or event. You will be asked to offer a small door prize to the audience in return. Email to reserve your spot!

Arts Alive Québec 2016 - News

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

Last summer ELAN worked with community partners in Hudson, Québec City, Saint-Anne de Bellevue, Knowlton, Huntingdon and Wakefield to produce local arts festivals between June and October.
ELAN has received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Community Cultural Action Fund for Arts Alive Québec 2016.

This year our partners are accepting submissions from ELAN members to propose performances or workshops.  The Community Cultural Action Fund requires each community to promote the work of local artists so they can only hire artists who live in their region. 

The contact people are:

Knowlton/Eastern Townships: Kate Holbrook ( and Laura Teasdale (
Hudson/Montérégie:  Kalina Skulska (
Huntingdon/Chateauguay Valley:  Tina Bye (
Morrin Centre/Quebec City:  Hoffman Wolff (
Wakefield/West Quebec:  Kerstin Petersson (

The Ta Da festival in Wakefield is also accepting submissions from performing artists living in all regions of Quebec. Contact Kerstin Petersson (

ACE (Arts, Communities, Education) Initiative - News

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

For many years, ELAN has sought opportunities to increase connections between artists and the education system. Benefits for artists – such as paid employment through workshops and programs, and opportunities to use creative skills in new environments and expand networks -- are clear, and the positive effects for students are well documented. It would appear to be a win-win proposition and yet, despite goodwill and persistent efforts, it has been surprisingly difficult to build significant bridges between the arts and education sectors. 

ELAN’s newest project hopes to change that. Funded by  the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage’s Strategic Fund, the ACE (Arts, Communities, Education) Initiative is a two-year project that will mobilize arts and education partners in all regions of Quebec.