May 2015 ELANews

Posted on: Fri 08 May, 2015

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)

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.

Centre Sagamie Artist Residencies - Calls for Submissions

Wed 20 May, 2015 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Wed 20 May, 2015

Deadline: June 15, 2015


The Centre SAGAMIE offers comtemporary visual artists research/creation residencies centred on digital image processing and large-scale digital printing.

Anna Biro - Haptic Voices - Community Events

Start Date: Sat 09 May, 2015
End Date: Sat 06 Jun, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Wed 20 May, 2015

Please touch the artworks!

Visual Voice Gallery invites its visitors to take off their shoes and experience Anna Biro‘s exhibition Haptic Voices with their hands and feet.

Invitation : Canadian artists to apply to Time_Place_Space Nomad - Calls for Submissions

Wed 20 May, 2015 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Wed 20 May, 2015

Applications are invited from emerging and established Canadian artists working across disciplines, cultures, and media to apply to participate in Time_Place_Space: Nomad, a travelling laboratory program for interdisciplinary and experimental art which will take place from Melbourne to The Otways to Natimuk (Victoria, Australia), 16 to 29 November 2015.

The Segal Centre premieres a star-studded musical adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s landmark novel June 7 – 28 - Community Events

Start Date: Sun 07 Jun, 2015
End Date: Sun 28 Jun, 2015

Community Events
Posted on: Wed 20 May, 2015

The Segal Centre is proud to close its blockbuster 2014-2015 Theatre Season with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical, a world premiere musical adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel and the feature film by the same name, from June 7-28, 2015. This new production boasts an original musical score by Alan Menken, the legendary Oscar and Tony winning composer of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, with book and lyrics by acclaimed lyricist-librettist David Spencer and direction by American theatre veteran Austin Pendleton. Presented with the generous support of RBC and Muse Entertainment. Watch the trailer.

The poignant Montreal coming of age story of ambitious scoundrel Duddy Kravitz, Canadian author Mordecai Richler’s beloved anti-hero, will premiere as a brand new musical in the city where the story takes place.
At the invitation of the Segal Centre, multi-award winning American lyricist and librettist David Spencer (Weird Romance, New York’s Public Theater’s La Bohème) has adapted the book and song lyrics from Richler’s 1959 novel and 1974 film version by the same name, paired with a sweeping musical score by American musical icon Alan Menken, best-known for his scores for such classic Disney films as Aladdin, Tangled and The Little Mermaid.
Menken has eleven Grammys, eight Oscars, seven Golden Globes and a Tony Award to his name. His current projects range from Newsies and Aladdin on Broadway (both adapted for the stage from his Disney films) and the live action feature adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle.
“To see the show premiere where the story takes place is a dream come true. This project has been a long time in the making, and it means a great deal to be bringing it to you,” said Alan Menken.
“DUDDY may be the “realest” traditional musical anyone’s ever seen. Even though it follows a larger-than-life main character on a grand quest, its urban universe and sensibility exist in what I’d call musical theatre vérité. There isn't anything in the musical repertoire quite like it,” adds David Spencer.
Directing Duddy Kravitz is acclaimed Tony nominated American film, television, stage actor and director Austin Pendleton.
As an actor, Pendleton has appeared in more than 120 films and television shows including A Beautiful Mind, The Muppet Movie, My Cousin Vinny and “Oz”. In his equally remarkable half-century theatre career, he has directed or performed alongside such big names as Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Saarsgard. His production of The Atlantic Theater’s Between Riverside and Crazy recently earned the playwright Stephen Adly Giurgis the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Director.
Pendleton directs a 14-member cast featuring Ken James Stewart in the title role, George Masswohl as Max Kravitz and Montreal’s Marie-Pierre de Brienne as Duddy’s love interest, Yvette Durelle. Howard Jerome, seen in 2010’s Barney’s Version, also adapted from the Richler novel, makes his Segal Centre debut as Duddy’s grandfather, Simcha Kravitz.
Adrian Marchuk, Victor Young, David Coomber, Sam Rosenthal, Michael Rudder, Kristian Truelsen, Albane Chateau,  Gab Desmond, Julia Halfyard and Michael Daniel Murphy round off the stellar all-Canadian cast.
The creative team includes Jonathan Monro (Musical Direction), Dayna Tekatch (Choreography), Michael Eagan (Set & Costumes), Luc Prairie (Lighting), Peter Balov (Sound) and Nick Burgess (Assistant Musical Direction)
On the streets of 1950s Montreal, scrappy scoundrel Duddy Kravitz is on the cusp of adulthood and hustling to climb the social ladder. Obsessed with his grandfather’s maxim “A man without land is nobody” and desperate to prove himself, he risks making his name at the expense of those he loves; it all comes down to choosing what kind of man he’s going to be.
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, widely considered an autobiographical memoire of Mordecai Richler’s teenage years in Montreal’s old Jewish neighborhood, established Richler as one of the country’s greatest writers.
“Combining Richler’s singularly vivid and human story with the unprecedented star power of its creators and an incredible all-Canadian musical cast is a momentous occasion in the Segal Centre’s history, one whose roots are as rich and steeped in the community as the iconic novel,” said Segal Centre Artistic Director Lisa Rubin.
A Yiddish musical adaptation of Duddy Kravitz (Music by Gary William Friedman, Lyrics by Edward Gallardo) was produced to great box office success by the Segal’s esteemed Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre in 1997.
Based on the novel by MORDECAI RICHLER
Musical Direction JONATHAN MONRO
Choreography DAYNA TEKATCH
Assistant Musical Direction NICK BURGESS
Set & Costume Design MICHAEL EAGAN
Lighting Design LUC PRAIRIE

DUDDY KRAVITZ Ken James Stewart
MAX KRAVITZ George Masswohl
YVETTE DURELL Marie-Pierre de Brienne
LENNY KRAVITZ Adrian Marchuk
MR. COHEN Sam Rosenthal
PETER JOHN FRIAR Kristian Truelsen
ENSEMBLE Albane Chateau, Gab Desmond, Julia Halfyard, Michael Daniel Murphy
Tickets: $32 - $64
514.739.7944 /
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Audience Engagement is a vital part of the Segal Centre’s mandate. Its Segal + programmes and activities are designed to enhance the audience’s theatre experience:
Sunday, June 7 – 11:00 a.m.
Guests : David Spencer, Austin Pendleton & Michael Levine, Lawyer and Literary Agent
Join the creators of this world premiere musical adaptation in an intimate talk with Segal Centre Artistic Director, Lisa Rubin. Free Admission. Also available by livestream via the Segal Centre website.
An exhibit in partnership with the Mordecai Richler Reading Room, Concordia University
Featuring photographs of Mordecai Richler’s private papers, books and mementos.
Dr. Jason Camlot, Hilary Bergen , Abigail Slinger / Photographs by Leslie Schachter.
On display in the Segal Centre ArtLounge. Free.
Monday June 15 & 22
The audience’s chance to interact with the creators of the play after the curtain goes down. Discussions are complimentary for all ticket holders on regular Monday evening performances.
Monday, June 8th at 8:00 p.m. in the Segal Studio
An open-mic night for musical theatre lovers to perform or simply enjoy their favourite showtunes accompanied by a professional pianist. $5.
About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre, and to showcasing the best professional artists from Montreal and beyond. Founded in 1967, the Segal Centre has expanded to become a nationally recognized venue for the performing arts with a focus on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations. Driven by a belief in the power of the arts to strengthen and connect communities, the Segal’s programming emphasizes original interpretations of popular classic and contemporary works, new Canadian musicals and engaging productions with universal appeal.


FESTIVAL ART SOUTERRAIN 2016 Call For Projects - Calls for Submissions

Wed 20 May, 2015 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Wed 20 May, 2015


The shift toward a marked aestheticism has become inescapable in some parts of contemporary artmaking.

Has this inclination insinuated itself in the minds of artists to respond to the expectations of the public or of the art world?  Does this mannerist tendency seek to reassure, or does it criticize our confusion in the face of crucial questions?

At a moment when the art world is questioning its alignment, its institutions and its economy, it is timely to challenge the work itself as well.  New issues are influencing the nature of exhibited work, the priorities of the art-going public and the choices of art collectors and disseminators.

Does the contemporary artwork lie in the object itself, or in the experience evoked in the context of the work?

Exhibition celebrating Quebec English-language writers to be launched May 28 at the Atwater Library. - Director's Message

Posted on: Tue 19 May, 2015

The Atwater Writers Exhibition, featuring never-displayed objects on loan from the Mordecai Richler Reading Room collection at Concordia University, will be launched on Thursday, May 28, 5-7 p.m., at a literary-star-studded vernissage hosted by Gazette cartoonist Aislin.

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: 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!