December 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Tue 02 Dec, 2014

Read the December 2014 issue of ELANews here.

Montreal Budget 2015: Culture Montréal breaks it down

Posted on: Thu 11 Dec, 2014

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre's administration tabled its 2015 budget in the last week of November, and there was some good news for arts and culture among the announcements.

As Culture Montréal highlights in a press release, the Conseil des arts de Montréal will see its budget increased by $500,000 over its 2014 allotment, and the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal will receive $10 million from the municipal government.

However, in a deeper analysis of the budget, Culture Montréal notes that cultural expenses are lumped in with "recreational activities" such as sports and park maintenance. 


Quebec arts attendance stats: Museums and galleries up, performance arts down

Posted on: Thu 04 Dec, 2014

As Canadian Art reports, Quebecers visited museums and galleries in record numbers last year. The 2013 attendance figures for the province's museums, interpretive centres, and exhibition spaces reached 14.2 million.

This data emerges from a report by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications, Dix ans de statistiques sur la fréquentation des arts de la scène - available here (in French). Though the view was rosy for museums and galleries, some other sectors - and specific regions - were not as lucky. Attendance at shows in the performing arts was down 8% from 2012, while box office revenues were down 14%. Another notable statistic: attendance was down a significant 26% for anglo music shows.

Montreal music scene doc now available for viewing

Posted on: Tue 02 Dec, 2014

The film Montreal Underground documents Montreal's thriving underground music scene, featuring interviews with bands like Parlovr (RIP) and Duchess Says. First released in 2013, it's recently been posted on YouTube by its creators. Read Cult MTL's review of the film here, and click "Read more" to watch the whole thing.

Nadia Myre wins $50k Sobey Art Award

Posted on: Thu 20 Nov, 2014

Nadia Myre, a Quebec-based Algonquin multidisciplinary artist, has won first place in the 2014 Sobey Art Award competition - a prestigious honour worth $50,000.

According to the prize jury, composed of curators from across Canada, "Myre has built a distinctive visual vocabulary by translating her experience and that of others into works that employ traditional crafts within a contemporary, multidisciplinary practice." Her work communicates "a symbolic image of wounding and resilience that conveys something deeply human while addressing urgent social concerns."

Some examples include For those who cannot speak: the land, the water, the animals and the future generations, a giant photographic interpretation of a beaded belt displayed at the National Gallery of Canada; and a collaborative project that involved covering Canada's Indian Act with red and white beads. For more details on Myre's work and the other finalists, read the full article in Canadian Art.

Myre's victory is another feather in Quebec arts' collective fall awards season cap, along with author Sean Michaels's high-profile Scotiabank Giller Prize win on November 10.


Read more here.

With Giller and QWF, Sean Michaels counts two wins in two weeks

Posted on: Wed 19 Nov, 2014

With so much talent in Quebec's literary world, it's been a very exciting awards season. The excitement boiled over last week, when Montreal-based writer, blogger, and music journalist Sean Michaels was declared the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Us Conductors. The win was a surprise to some, since Us Conductors is Michaels's debut novel and he was up against some stiff competition.

However, at least one other jury must not have been surprised about Michaels' Giller win. At last night's Quebec Writers' Federation awards gala, Us Conductors took home a second honour, winning the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Other winners included Anna Leventhal for her short story collection Sweet Affliction (Concordia University First Book Prize) and ELAN member Monique Polak for Hate Mail (QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature). 

Check out the full list of QWF award winners, and visit a local bookstore to pick up all the titles! 

Centur Theatre seeking Development Assistant - Job Opportunities

Fri 19 Dec, 2014 - Job Opportunities
Posted on: Fri 19 Dec, 2014

Development Assistant

Centaur Theatre, Quebec’s leading English-language theatre company, is looking for a Development Assistant to join our fast-paced team and add to our fun and dynamic work environment. This is an entry-level, full-time position in the Development Department and reports to the Director of Development.

LUNDI PLURIEL: Cultural Diversity in Quebec's English-Language Arts - Community Events

Start Date: Sun 12 Jan, 2014
End Date: Sun 12 Jan, 2014

Community Events
Posted on: Thu 18 Dec, 2014

Lundi pluriel:

Cultural Diversity in Quebec’s English-Language Arts


ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) and the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF) invite you to an evening of networking and discussion focusing on the practice of culturally diverse arts and artists in Quebec’s English-language arts communities. In addition to thoughts from Deborah Forde of QDF and Lori Schubert of the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), artist Salima Punjani will share observations from her My Montreal, Our Values project, which explores Montreal's cultural and religious diversity through photos and stories submitted by Montrealers from different backgrounds.

Quelque Show - Bilingual Montreal Speakers Corner Launches Online - Member News

Wed 17 Dec, 2014 - Member News
Posted on: Wed 17 Dec, 2014

Only three out of 100 Montrealers we approached said they had ever been asked for their opinion by a politician or a journalist.

Produced and directed by Montreal social entrepreneur and filmmaker Paul Shore, Quelque Show is a speakers corner for Montrealers, created in response to the growing divide between political leaders and the everyday citizen.

Lost & Found - Artistic Events

Start Date: Wed 11 Feb, 2015
End Date: Sun 22 Feb, 2015

Artistic Events
Posted on: Wed 17 Dec, 2014

Written and Performed by David Sherman & Nancy Lee
with Stephen Barry, Andrew Cowan, and John McColgan
Directed by Guy Sprung
Produced by Infinithéâtre

Lorne Elliott at Wakefield Centre, Saturday, January 17th - Community Events

Start Date: Sat 17 Jan, 2015
End Date: Sat 17 Jan, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Tue 16 Dec, 2014

He’s back, and he’s CHASING THE BIG SILLY! Lorne Elliott’s latest comedy and musical theatre tour is playing at Wakefield Centre on Saturday, January 17th at 7:30 PM. CBC listeners will remember the Madly Off In All Directions Comedy Series that Lorne hosted for 11 seasons.

Give those you love the gift of laughs for 2015! Tickets are only $20 + tax from

Workshop: Getting Media Attention - News

Posted on: Sun 30 Nov, 2014

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2-4 PM

CBC offices, 1400 René Lévesque Blvd. East

Free for a limited number of ELAN members

Schmoozer Helpers Needed - News

Posted on: Sun 30 Nov, 2014

Schmoozers are ELAN's most popular event, and we always need friendly people to help us greet our members and sign them in. This is a great chance to meet artists and arts lovers of all stripes! If you have a few hours to spare and want to lend a hand on December 3 or 16, or at any of our future events, just send an email to or let us know in person at the next Schmoozer!

ELAN + McGill Schulich School of Music + McGill CaPS Music Schmoozer – December 16 - News

Posted on: Sun 30 Nov, 2014

Tuesday, December 16


New Music Building, Room A832/A833

527 Sherbrooke Street West

Metro McGill

ELAN Student Arts Mixer – December 3 - News

Posted on: Sun 30 Nov, 2014

ELAN Student Arts Mixer – December 3

Wednesday, December 3 

6:30-8:30 PM

Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore

2150 Bishop Street

December ELANews Director’s Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Sun 30 Nov, 2014

Selling tickets, books, recordings and artwork has always been a challenge. The steady decline of traditional print and broadcast media has increased the difficulty. Alarm bells began to ring when alternative weeklies the Montreal Mirror and Hour shut down at the same time that the Montreal Gazette and CBC were announcing new rounds of major cuts. ELAN received some funding earlier this year from the Canada Council to take a good look at the situation. Veteran journalist Richard Burnett put together three surveys and two focus groups to identify strategies to deal with the problem/opportunity of the digital shift. You can access the study and surveys via the links provided here.