September 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Wed 03 Sep, 2014

Read the September 2014 issue of ELANews here.

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.

Mohawk radio stations on the Gazette's wavelength

Posted on: Mon 08 Sep, 2014

The Gazette speaks with the committed folks behind Mohawk radio stations in Quebec:

K103 (CKRK-FM) was launched on March 30, 1981, by the late Conway Jocks, whose picture hangs in the hallway of the new building, and whose voice can be heard every day on the air in recorded vignettes about Iroquois history.

The station’s mission is to promote the community and its culture and keep it informed. “We have to be here for every single emergency that comes up in the community,” Deer said. “We hope to never go away because of that. We need to be here for the community.”

Talisman Theatre awarded the Bourse Arrimages 2013-2014

Posted on: Wed 03 Sep, 2014

ELAN member organization Talisman Theatre has been honoured with the Bourse Arrimages 2013-2014, jointly awarded by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and La Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM). The prize is chosen by the participants in the Arrimages program, which seeks to connect young businesspeople with the arts and culture milieu in Montreal and to encourage philanthropy.

The participants were particularly impressed with the daring choice of translating the winning piece, The Aenid, into English, and by Talisman Theatre artistic director Lyne Paquette's explanations of the production.

Read all about the prize here.

The METAs matter - here's why!

Posted on: Wed 27 Aug, 2014

Montreal's English theatre community has a lot to be proud of - it's full of talented and hardworking actors, directors, technicians, designers, and so many more. The Montreal English Theatre Awards - or METAs, for short - exist to help highlight and celebrate noteworthy performances and achievements from the season past. 

The METAs are currently in the fundraising stage for the second annual gala in October, with the goal of raising $7000 before October 1. If you have the means and the inclination, find out how you can support the initiative by watching the video below and visiting!

Tax cuts affecting small-scale video game producers

Posted on: Fri 22 Aug, 2014

The CBC reports that cuts to industry tax credits, which were announced by the Quebec government in June, are already taking a toll on small-scale video game producers. In a high-risk industry, producers say, the tax credits can make all the difference in terms of an incentive to stay in the province. Read more here.

Robyn Sarah's poetry collection, A Day's Grace, back in print - Member News

Thu 18 Sep, 2014 - Member News
Posted on: Thu 18 Sep, 2014

Robyn Sarah’s 2003 poetry collection A Day’s Grace (short listed for the A. M. Klein prize when it appeared) is newly available in a second printing. Poems from A Day’s Grace have been broadcast on APM’s The Writer’s Almanac and included in Garrison Keillor’s anthology, Good Poems for Hard Times, as well as in anthologies in Canada and the UK. A Day’s Grace can be ordered directly from the publisher, The Porcupine’s Quill, at its original prize of $12.95. (Publisher ships within 24 hours and pays shipping and HST if cheque is sent in advance.)

On Camera Fight Choreography with Julien Irwin Dupuy - November 29 & 30, 2014 - Workshops

Thu 18 Sep, 2014 - Workshops
Posted on: Thu 18 Sep, 2014



November 29 & 30, 2014

Gain knowledge and experience of what it takes to stay in the action for a fight scene on a shooting set. How do I take a hit? How do I fall down? How do I punch and/or kick? How do I make this fight look realistic? Don’t let a double take over your part, learn today!

Finding your voice with Daniel Loyer - November 3 to December 22, 2014 - Workshops

Thu 18 Sep, 2014 - Workshops
Posted on: Thu 18 Sep, 2014

FINDING YOUR VOICE with Daniel Loyer

November 3 to December 22, 2014

You will explore the breathing technique and the voice. Everyone possesses a voice and can sing. The participant will learn to better express himself organically in harmony with his creative essence. Each participant will choose a song to work on and after an initial runthrough we will discuss what approach to use based on each individual’s development needs. We will also be doing exercises to learn and develop your capacity to better hear and listen to your own voice and harmonize it with a musical melody.

8 weeks - Once a week – Mondays – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. – 1.5 hours a day – $140.00 plus taxes

Contact: or

Youth Theater Class with Valérie Gagnon Laniel - Workshops

Thu 18 Sep, 2014 - Workshops
Posted on: Thu 18 Sep, 2014


October 21 to December 23, 2014

This class is open to youth between the ages of 8 and 13.
This 10-week class is designed to arouse and make children aware of the various workings of acting with the help of exploratory games, individual and collective exercises and interpretation of selected scenes. No prerequisite is required and we accept a maximum of 12 participants per class. The spring session will culminate with a short public presentation.

Meet the Artist: André Boucher unveils new exhibit at CSL Library Art Gallery - Artistic Events

Start Date: Tue 30 Sep, 2014
End Date: Fri 21 Nov, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Thu 18 Sep, 2014

Meet the Artist event and vernissage: September 30 at 7 pm at the Côte Saint-Luc Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.)

Join journalist-turned-artist André Boucher at the CSL Library Art Gallery as he unveils his latest photograph exhibit. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit runs until November 21.

For more info, please see the press release:

ELAN Membership Benefit Spotlight – MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) is a pluridisciplinary presenter of professional contemporary art (dance, theatre (French and English), music, interdisciplinary, visual and media arts) mandated to promote intercultural artists (emerging, and established), and their intercultural artistic practices. The only cultural organization within Montréal and Canada invested with such a mandate, the MAI presents original works with cultural bonds throughout the globe and supports the creation, production, dissemination and outreach of intercultural arts for a diversified audience.

New decade, new benefits, new fees. Renew at the old rate until Sept 12! - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

The good news is that ELAN has added many services and members' benefits since membership fees were introduced. Starting September 12, 2014, we’ll be implementing a new membership fee structure and a slate of new, improved and very exciting perks. The even better news is that, until September 12, you can join ELAN or renew your membership at the old rates - and with all the new benefits.

ELAN Legacy Panels at POP Montreal Symposium - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

ELAN is excited to team up with POP Montreal to co-host two FREE discussion panels at the POP Symposium! Their themes are pretty different, but they have in common the goal of celebrating the contributions of English-speaking arts to Quebec’s cultural life.

Literary Legacies: A Montreal Story
September 21, 12 PM
POP Quarters (3450 Saint-Urbain)

ELAN's 10th Anniversary Celebration - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

Thursday, September 11

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Eastern Bloc • 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor • Montreal

One block west of Metro de Castelnau. Parking available along Clark.

RSVP via Eventbrite:


ELAN’s Annual General Meeting - News

Posted on: Mon 01 Sep, 2014

Thursday, September 11

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Eastern Bloc • 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor • Montreal

One block west of Metro de Castelnau.

Parking available along Clark.