October 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Thu 02 Oct, 2014

Read the October 2014 issue of ELANews here.

Culture Montréal elects Manon Barbeau as president

Posted on: Fri 17 Oct, 2014

Culture Montréal, an organization dedicated to the promotion and valorization of culture in Quebec's metropolis, held its Annual General Meeting on October 15.  

With longtime President Simon Brault having left the organization to helm the Canada Council for the Arts, the Board of Directors (including ELAN Executive Director Guy Rodgers, reelected in 2013 as an organizational representative) elected Manon Barbeau to the top spot. Barbeau is the founder and director of Wapikoni mobile, and has worked with a great number of other cultural organizations, such as Télé-Québec and the NFB.

Read Culture Montréal's full press release for the complete Board of Directors list for 2014-15, plus comments from Barbeau and Culture Montréal Executive Director Anne-Marie Jean.

Quebec writers celebrating a stellar awards season

Posted on: Fri 17 Oct, 2014

Awards season has barely begun, but Quebec writers are already knocking it out of the park.

First, we found four Quebec-based scribes on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist: Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), Sean Michaels (Us Conductors), Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), and Claire Holden Rothman (My October). Of those four, Michaels and O'Neill are still in contention on the shortlist. The prize will be awarded on November 10.

Recently the Quebec Writers' Federation revealed the shortlist for its 2014 Awards. The list underscores the talent at work in our province, with Michaels, Anna Leventhal (Sweet Affliction), Guillaume Morissette (New Tab), and Monique Polak (Hate MailStraight Punch) among the nominees. The winners will be crowned at a ceremony on November 18.


NFB HQ to move to Quartier des Spectacles

Posted on: Thu 09 Oct, 2014

Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles is set to add another cultural jewel to its crown. The National Film Board of Canada, currently located in Ville St. Laurent near the Autoroute Métropolitaine, will move into a new building near the Place des Festivals in fall 2017.

NFB head Claude Joli-Coeur told the Montreal Gazette that the move will increase accessibility and visibility of the organization. There's a bonus for the public, too: an outdoor screening wall. Read more in the Gazette.

Qubebec show attendance starkly divided along linguistic lines

Posted on: Wed 01 Oct, 2014

Slow business in English-language show business? A recent study suggests this might be the case. As the Gazette reports, box office revenues were up last year for French-language music productions, while English-language music productions saw a decline in profits.

So, does this mean that Quebec audiences put their money where their mouth - or, possibly, their mother tongue - is? Interviews with staff at Evenko and L'Agence Spectra suggest the picture might not be so simple. Cyclical touring variations, a big growth in festivals, and the presence of megastars on the touring circuit all play a role. Read the full article for an in-depth explanation.

Four Quebec writers nominated for Giller Prize

Posted on: Fri 19 Sep, 2014

Four writers from Quebec - all based in Montreal - have been nominated for the prestigious and lucrative Giller Prize. Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), Claire Holden Rothman (My October), Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), and Sean Michaels (Us Conductors) are the lucky longlisters, and could win the $100 000 prize. The shortlist will be revealed in October, with the winner announced on November 10.

Watch the CBC report here.

Final Legacy Panel at EXPOZINE - Artistic Events

Start Date: Thu 30 Oct, 2014
End Date: Thu 30 Oct, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Thu 30 Oct, 2014

In celebration of ELAN's 10th Anniversary, and thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Legacy Panels have taken a look at the development of the English-speaking arts community over the last ten years, with one eye on its past and another on its very exciting future.

Our last legacy panel will take place in conjunction with EXPOZINE 2014!


Montreal Blooming: From Backwater to Music Hotbed or: How Montreal's Independent Musicians Unfolded Their Love

Saturday, November 15, 3 PM

5035 rue St-Dominique (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, Laurier Métro)

Free admission


Bradyworks Public Auditions for Electric Guitarists - Calls for Submissions

Tue 28 Oct, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Tue 28 Oct, 2014

Bradyworks, in collaboration with the SMCQ’s Montreal/New Music festival (MNM), will present a new composition for 100 electric guitars in March 2015. The work, entitled “100 Very Good Reasons Why___”, celebrates the 100th birthday of legendary guitarist and innovator Les Paul. To perform this new work, Bradyworks is looking for 80 amateur guitarists to complete its 100-strong electric guitar ensemble called Instruments of Happiness EXTREME. Guitarists should have an interest in exploring new musical ideas. The music, composed by artistic director Tim Brady, is well suited for guitarists with a few years experience, but does not require the ability to read music (though this would help), or to be a virtuoso player. All you need is a good sense of tempo and a steady beat, and the ability to play softly as well as to play loud!

The Playwright's Workshop Montreal present The Non-Spectacular Spectacular - Workshops

Tue 28 Oct, 2014 - Workshops
Posted on: Tue 28 Oct, 2014

Join us, as we discover:

The Non-Spectacular Spectacular

with one of the most authentic voices of Canada: Nadis Ross - STO Union.

TicArtToc 4 Call For Submissions - Calls for Submissions

Tue 28 Oct, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Tue 28 Oct, 2014

For someone who moved to Quebec, it is almost amusing to see how Montreal seems divided between a reality in Quebec and French on one side, a Canadian and English on the other. And because the boulevard Saint-Laurent historically contributes to the presence of "two solitudes" so poetically named, one might think that they are still play an important sociological role.


SOUCCS U R PwR - Artistic Events

Start Date: Sat 08 Nov, 2014
End Date: Sat 15 Nov, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Tue 28 Oct, 2014

ELAN Board Member Valérie d. Walker is presenting a Solar Powered installation & Performance Art-Science work entitled:


The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society Auditions Anouncement - News

Posted on: Mon 13 Oct, 2014


The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society will be holding open auditions for our winter production, the murder mystery, Haven’t Got A Clue on Tuesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 16th from 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  These auditions are open for anyone 17 and older.  Please write us to reserve your audition appointment at csldramaticsociety@gmail.com

ELAN Membership Benefit Spotlight – Eastern Bloc - News

Posted on: Tue 30 Sep, 2014

ELAN is proud to announce that Eastern Bloc, which was an excellent venue for our AGM and 10th Anniversary Celebration, is one of our new membership benefit partners! A Montreal gallery space for new media and interdisciplinary arts, Eastern Bloc will be offering ELAN members 15% off regular space rental rates. Eastern Bloc’s gallery spaces are available to rent for one-night events and exhibits (like ELAN’s big 10th anniversary party!), long-term projects, and occasional production rentals such as rehearsals, photo shoots, and film or video shoots.

Canada Council for the Arts – Market Access Funding Reminder - News

Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

As part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018, the Canada Council for the Arts has an envelope of $2.75 million to distribute to artists and arts organizations in all disciplines that identify as part of an official language minority community. The funds are earmarked for projects that expand market access.

This money is being distributed through pre-existing Canada Council granting programs. To become eligible, when you apply for funding from the Canada Council, make sure to indicate that you are an Anglophone in Quebec who has chosen English as your language of communication by filling out the voluntary self-identification form at the end of the application form.

For more information and details on the Roadmap and the goals of this market access funding, consult the Canada Council’s press release by clicking here. For further details on how to apply, please consult the FAQ on the Canada Council’s site, here.

10th Anniversary Recap & Wonderwall Archive - News

Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

ELAN’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at Eastern Bloc was quite the night. We were thrilled to see familiar faces as well as new folks in the room to help us mark our first decade of helping English-language artists thrive in Quebec.

Whether or not you were able to attend our fête, we encourage you to head over to the brand-new online archive of our Wonderwall photo mosaic: http://elan10.quebec-elan.org/


ELAN + Montreal Film Group Schmoozer – OCT 28 - News

Posted on: Mon 29 Sep, 2014

Join fellow members of the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) and the Montreal Film Group (MFG) at La Drinkerie, down by the Atwater Market, for a fall evening of lively networking in a relaxed environment, and maybe even win books, tickets, or works of art at the Minute Market. Let’s raise a glass to the tenth anniversaries of both ELAN and the MFG!

Want to promote your work? The first ten ELAN or MFG members to contact admin@quebec-elan.org will be given a one-minute spot to market your latest work. (You will also be asked to provide a book, CD, art object, or pair of tickets to be offered as a door prize at the Schmoozer.)