ELANews - August 2014

Posted on: Fri 01 Aug, 2014

To read the August issue of ELANews, click 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 http://metas.ca/about-the-metas/support/!

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.

Just a few of Montreal's many independent bookstores...

Posted on: Mon 11 Aug, 2014

With Chapters downtown about to close its doors, much of the conversation turned to what this closure would mean for Montreal's independent bookstores. It remains to be seen whether this is a sign of change to come.

One thing's for sure, though: Montreal is full of bookshops run by passionate and knowledgeable people who make a point of supporting the local arts community by selling writings and wares from Quebec authors and artisans, hosting readings and launches, and so much more.

This list from The Main is a great start to exploring Montreal's independent bookstores and stock up for your summer reading needs! Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn't add ELAN member Librairie Drawn + Quarterly to this bookstore itinerary.

The positive potential of graffiti

Posted on: Wed 06 Aug, 2014

Graffiti has always been art in the eye of some beholders, while for others it's an unwanted intrusion onto urban surfaces. This Montreal Gazette article explains how the City of Montreal is attempting to find a balance in its approach to dealing with graffiti, allowing youth to express themselves artistically through murals while still cleaning up tags that are the source of citizen complaints.

Even though some find it vexing, there's no question that graffiti can help youth to make meaningful connections with their communities and with each other. The Gazette piece mentions several inspiring examples of people helping youth to tap into graffiti's positive potential, including Melissa Proietti, coordinator of teen programs at Montreal's Point St-Charles YMCA who is also in charge of the Under Pressure graffiti festival.

Chapters in downtown Montreal closing: good news or bad news for bookstores?

Posted on: Sat 02 Aug, 2014

The shift from print to digital media may have claimed another big victim. The Chapters at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Stanley in downtown Montreal is poised to close its doors this October, making way for a Victoria's Secret.

Some folks greeted this news with an optimistic interpretation. Simon Dardick of Véhicule Press, for one, feels that this could signal "an opportunity for independents to come back."

Read more on CBC here, and listen to Dardick's interview with CBC Daybreak here - the latter also includes an interview with Drew McGowen, VP of real estate and development with Indigo Books & Music.

Meeting / discussion with the directors of the documentary Déception Durable, Michelle Moore and William Ray - Artistic Collaborations

Tue 26 Aug, 2014 - Artistic Collaborations
Posted on: Tue 26 Aug, 2014


Mon 25 Aug, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 25 Aug, 2014


What does it mean to bend, to yield? Surrender manifests in different ways: joy, despair, a willingness to give up one’s “totality” for someone or something other than him or her self. We surrender to vices, to glory, to the divine, or to the void. How do you “surrender?” Send us your best poems!

DEADLINE: November 1, 2014


URBAN GALLERY An Artist and Merchant Project -Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce - Artistic Events

Start Date: Wed 17 Sep, 2014
End Date: Mon 17 Nov, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 25 Aug, 2014

Montreal visual artist Leiba Rustin will be exhibiting as part of the URBAN GALLERY, an artist-merchant initiative of the Corporation de développement économique communautaire - CDEC - Côte-des-Neiges/Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

Two of her pastels from the series DRIVING HOME were selected and will be shown at Cafe Chimera - 5768 Rue Sherbrooke W. - and Piano Prestige - 6078 Rue Sherbrooke W.

Initially an attempt to capture the motion of the daily passage of driving home from her studio, she did not realise how much this daily drive was about to change.

Rue Saint Rémi, Rue Saint-Jacques, Boulevard Décarie, Boulevard De Maisonneuve – were about to be forever altered with the construction of the McGill University Health Centre. As its massive shape began to rise on the edge of the Falaise Saint-Jacques, her familiar expansive views were transformed as underpasses were removed and streets were blocked off and diverted.

DRIVING HOME has become an unexpected meditation on the tensions between road and sky, location and horizon, and the subtleties of change, memory and place.

What better subject for an URBAN GALLERY in the storefronts and local businesses of Sherbrooke Street West?

Begin your next museum visit in NDG, and discover sixteen local artists and the diverse businesses that support the artistic richness of the borough of Côte des Neiges/Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.


NOW AVAILABLE! Vallum Chapbook Series No. 16: A REMARKABLE GREY HORSE - Artistic Collaborations

Mon 25 Aug, 2014 - Artistic Collaborations
Posted on: Mon 25 Aug, 2014

Vallum Society for Arts & Letters Education announces the publication of a new poetry chapbook in the Vallum Chapbook Series:

A Remarkable Grey Horse, a collaboration of Thurston Moore, writer, musician, and founder of experimental rock group Sonic Youth, and John Kinsella, the award-winning author of over 30 books of fiction, criticism, and poetry, including most recently In the Shade of the Shady Tree: Stories of Wheatbelt Australia.

Celebrating in the unnatural, reveling in the rebellious, A Remarkable Grey Horse is a collision of skateboards, Doris Day, punk rock, lighthouses, spume, skuzz, and Rimbaud. Here, bleak cityscapes, squalid apartments, and polluted waters urge the reader to “explore disgust” and seek freedom.

Oh dear that light is burning so very false
Can we shut the pseudo-aluminum sickness (please)
– Thurston Moore & John Kinsella

About the Authors:

Thurston Moore, born 1958, is a writer/musician currently residing in London. Founder of experimental rock group Sonic Youth and publisher/editor of imprints Flowers & Cream and Ecstatic Peace Library. Teaches summer writing workshops at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Solo recordings under his own name include Psychic Hearts, Trees Outside the Academy, Demolished Thoughts, Chelsea Light Moving and The Best Day.

John Kinsella's many books of poetry include Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems, Armour, and Jam Tree Gully. He has written numerous books of fiction and criticism, edited others, and taught poetry and literature in the USA, UK, Australia and France. He has also written for the theatre and has frequently worked in collaboration with other writers, musicians and visual artists over the last thirty years.



Fall Poetry Quartet - Artistic Events

Start Date: Sat 27 Sep, 2014
End Date: Sat 27 Sep, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Sun 24 Aug, 2014

Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard ouest)

Join Signal Editions, Biblioasis, and Goose Lane for our Fall Poetry Quartet, featuring the Montreal launch of highly anticipated new volumes from award-winning poets Michael Lista, Shoshanna Wingate, Stevie Howell, and Kerry-Lee Powell.

ELAN is hiring a Membership Development Assistant - News

Posted on: Fri 29 Aug, 2014

Job Posting: Membership Development Assistant

Duration: 12 weeks  

Wage: 12.00 per hour, 35 hours per week 

Start and End Dates: Candidate must be available to work for 12 consecutive weeks between September 22 and December 12, 2014.  

Language(s) of work: Intermediate to excellent oral and written English and basic (working knowledge of) oral and written French  

Location: Montreal, Quebec 

Eligible Candidates

This position is funded by the Government of Canada through Young Canada Works (YCW). You are eligible if you:

  • Meet the General Student Eligibility Criteria, viewable at (http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1359484003285/1359484079115#a1)
  • Have a working knowledge of both English and French.
  • Are willing to work in another region of Canada.
  • Priority will be given to students who must travel at least 125 km from their permanent residence to their job site.
  • Priority is also given to candidates who have not previously participated in a summer work experience program.

Job Description 

The English-Language Arts Network is a non-profit organization devoted to helping Quebec's English-language artists make connections with one another, with their francophone colleagues and with their audiences in Quebec, Canada and internationally.

ELAN is searching for a Membership Development Assistant for a twelve-week period. This position will provide valuable experience for candidates considering a career in arts and cultural administration, marketing, and communications, especially in the not-for-profit sector.

CIRCUIT Project (Canadian Heritage) - News

Posted on: Fri 01 Aug, 2014

Project Manager Elsa Bolam has been meeting with community leaders in several regions of Quebec:  West Québec (Gatineau-Chelsea), Montérégie (Hudson, Huntingdon, Chateauguay), the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, Montreal's West Island, and Quebec City. Over the winter ELAN will be organizing regional meetings and skills development workshops. If you are involved in professional or community arts in any of these regions, and would like to know more about the CIRCUIT project and how you can get involved, send at email to admin@quebec-elan.org with CIRCUIT in the subject line.

Digital Shift Project (Canada Council Leadership for Change) - News

Posted on: Fri 01 Aug, 2014

Thanks to the 250 artists, administrators and publicists who filled out ELAN's media survey.  Project manager Richard Burnett is now meeting with some of the most active members of Quebec's media and arts communities to pick their brains for ideas about connecting artists with audiences in the rapidly changing media environment. By October Richard will report on what he has found and how we can use that information to increase our media impact and, maybe, simplify our workload.   

New decade, new benefits, new fees. - News

Posted on: Fri 01 Aug, 2014

New decade, new benefits, new fees.

Renew at the old rate until Sept 12!

ELAN is entering a new decade full of new projects, new accomplishments, and new ways to support Quebec’s English-speaking artists. To celebrate, we’re excited to share some great new benefits with our members! Thanks to the generosity of our partners and community, we are very pleased to offer active ELAN members the following perks:

10th Anniversary Celebration - News

Posted on: Fri 01 Aug, 2014

10th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday 11 September, 7:30 pm

Eastern Bloc 7240 Clark Ave, 2nd floor (Montreal)

(one block west of Castleneau Metro)


Click here to RSVP