April 2015 ELANews

Posted on: Fri 03 Apr, 2015

Guy Rodgers interviewed in Les Versants

Posted on: Tue 14 Apr, 2015

Guy Rodgers, ELAN's Executive Director and longtime Saint-Bruno resident, was recently profiled in his hometown newspaper, Les Versants du Mont Saint-Bruno, upon receiving the title of compagnon of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Rodgers spoke with journalist Frédéric Khalkhal about his path to Quebec and his drive to spread the word about the province's vibrant English-speaking arts community among his Francophone colleagues. "There's still work to do to make sure English-speaking artists are the pride of all Quebecois," Rodgers says.

Check out the interview (in French) here.

Photo: © Anis Hammoud. Guy Rodgers stands between Marie Côté, President of the Board of Directors of CALQ, and Stéphan La Roche, President-Director General of CALQ.

Les Inrocks puts « le rap franglais » in the spotlight

Posted on: Mon 13 Apr, 2015

Franglais is nothing new to most Montrealers, and is a recurring subject of debate in Quebec press. Now, well-known French music publication Les Inrockuptibles has taken an interest in the recent crop of Quebecois artists rapping and singing in a homegrown mix of Canada's two official languages.

As Le Journal de Montréal reports, Les Inrocks interviews members of Alacair Ensemble and Montreal rap expert Laurent K. Blais, and leads off with an excerpt from Dead Obies' "Montréal $ud". Another of the genre's standard-bearers, Loud Lary Ajust, told the Journal in an earlier interview: "I don't think people in our generation really speak in Franglais. It's more of a Quebecois rap thing. I don't think French is in danger for young people today. We only sing in Franglais for aesthetic reasons."

ELAN to be represented on MAtv Advisory Committee

Posted on: Wed 08 Apr, 2015

In response to Videotron's application to create an English-language community TV channel, and to ICTV's complaint about Videotron's track record with respect to representing the community, the CRTC has mandated the creation of a Citizen Advisory Committee for MAtv.

This Committee will represent eight facets of Montreal's community that have been underserved by Videotron's past efforts, including social economy, gender equality, and ethnic communities. In its press release, Videotron says its intention "is to give voice to the city’s cultural, economic and social life and to reflect its multicultural character."

ELAN board member Fortner Anderson is among the nine citizens serving on the committee, representing the English-speaking community.

ELAN's Guy Rodgers named to the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec

Posted on: Fri 20 Mar, 2015

Very exciting news: ELAN's Executive Director, Guy Rodgers, has been named a compagnon (companion) of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec. He shares the honour with the other members of CALQ's founding Board of Directors, as well as some of our province's most beloved creators and passionate champions of the arts.

Congrats, Guy, and here's to your many accomplishments - and many more to follow!

Read the full list of honorees in La Presse, here.

Identity and belonging in Quebec: An important message

Posted on: Fri 20 Mar, 2015

Laywer Marie-Hélène Dubé has written a poignant and honest essay on identity and belonging in Quebec, which appeared last week in VOIR.

Dubé was born in Quebec and has lived here all her life, yet she writes that her belonging is constantly called into question on the basis of her race and accent. Furthermore, Dubé finds it frustrating that the recent controversy surrounding the use of blackface at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert was discussed in terms of the differences between francophone and anglophone cultures in Quebec rather than the concerns of the black minority, whose ancestors were forced to speak the French and English of their oppressors as slaves.


Thu 30 Apr, 2015 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Thu 30 Apr, 2015

Studio XX’s residencies offer an opportunity for artists to experiment and produce work which explores interdisciplinary ideas and approaches. We respond to the technical, creative and theoretical requirements of the artists by offering references to our network of community experts, whose involvement must be arranged by the artist herself/himself. For a period of six weeks, resident artists have access to a dedicated work space with a computer suited to a range of media projects. Residents receive an artist fee, technical support and free access to all Studio XX workshops and equipment. The completed production or the work-in-progress, will be publicly presented at an XX event dedicated to our artists-in-residence. There are three open residencies offered per year (which includes the possibility of virtual residencies).

New Media Creation Grant for Emerging Artists - Calls for Submissions

Thu 30 Apr, 2015 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Thu 30 Apr, 2015

Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5 pm

This grant is offered through a partnership between OBORO and the Caisse populaire Desjardins du Mont-Royal and with the financial support of the Caisse. It is designed for artists 40 years and under who wish to dedicate themselves to the production of an innovative artwork in the field of media arts and new technology.

Window Shopping Call for Submissions - Calls for Submissions

Thu 30 Apr, 2015 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Thu 30 Apr, 2015

Window Shopping- presented as part of Fierte 2015 is a five day LGBTQ performance art festival set in the storefronts in the Montreal village from August 10-14! Window Shopping allows an opportunity for independent local artists to create pieces ready for public viewing and have this work viewed by a large audience. Pieces must be from an LGBTQ perspective. The goal of Window Shopping is (but not limited to) promoting the voices of LGBTQ artists, artists from various ethno-cultural communities; differentially abled artists and performers.

The Hallway - Community Events

Start Date: Mon 04 May, 2015
End Date: Mon 04 May, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Thu 30 Apr, 2015

1936, New York. The music from the juke joint downstairs is as hot as the summer heat wave.

The lives of a brooding writer, a dreaming dancer, a lonely little girl, a striving Russian immigrant and a tenacious landlady converge in the hallways of a Harlem boarding house in this saucy and secretive tale of love and survival in the 1930s.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives - Community Events

Start Date: Sun 17 May, 2015
End Date: Sun 17 May, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Thu 30 Apr, 2015

The Tashme Project:  The Living Archives
Julie Tamiko Manning (Montréal) & Matt Miwa (Ottawa)
May 7 - 17, 2015

A Tashme Production, produced in association with
Playwrights Workshop Montréal

Membership Benefit Spotlight – Centaur Theatre Company - News

Posted on: Thu 30 Apr, 2015

Centaur Theatre Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating, developing, producing and presenting an array of plays. Its mission is to inspire ardour and relevance that relates directly to the modern human experience. The Centaur Theatre Company is guided by a philosophy of staying current. Its goal is to remain up to date in the class of innovative world theatre, while simultaneously presenting a dynamic mix of theatrical form and content drawn from the classical, modern and cutting edge vein.

Made au Québec is back on track! - News

Posted on: Wed 29 Apr, 2015

Made au Québec, our site highlighting the successes of Quebec English-speaking artists, ran out of funding for translation last winter. We’ve found a solution, so MAQ is alive and well again thanks to the hard work of our translators Diane Beaupré and Jessica Grenier and our Communications Coordinator Lindsay Nixon!

ELAN June Schmoozer + QDF Summer Calendar Launch – June 8 - News

Posted on: Wed 29 Apr, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

MainLine Theatre (3997 Saint-Laurent; metro Mont-Royal)

ELAN Schmoozer: 6-7:30 PM

QDF Launch: 7:30-8:30 PM

RSVP: admin@quebec-elan.org or on Facebook 

Big Announcement on May 6! - News

Posted on: Wed 29 Apr, 2015

You can feel it coming – the air is warmer, the birds are singing, the plants are budding. We’ve even spotted people eating ice cream outdoors.


Summer is around the corner. And you know what that means: festival season!

Director's Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Wed 29 Apr, 2015

ELAN's April Schmoozer was a co-production with Diversité Artistique Montréal (DAM). Our two organizations have complimentary mandates in helping artists find support and expand their networks.

When DAM launched their magazine TicArtToc in 2013, they wanted to explore issues of diversity. What does it mean to be part of a minority outside the mainstream? The magazine's initial focus was on recent immigrants, but the editorial team quickly realized that some communities have remained in a state of "diversity" for decades, generations, and centuries.