July 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Wed 02 Jul, 2014

Read the July 2014 issue of ELANews here.

Mike Ward laughs in both languages

Posted on: Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Mike Ward grew up in Quebec City, the offspring of an anglophone father and a francophone mother. Bicultural through and through, his comedy career has taken place largely in French, but he recently got a chance to show his dual roots at Just for Laughs' Les Anglos gala. According to La Presse, he ended up stealing the show.

His lighthearted approach to the question of language and culture in his home province is on full display in this interview with La Presse, conducted ahead of the gala. Ward jokes, «J'étais plus anglo à Québec et, à Montréal, je suis plus franco. Aujourd'hui, plus personne ne me juge, mais c'est peut-être parce que je passe à la télé!» ("I was more anglo in Quebec City and in Montreal I'm more franco. Now, nobody judges me anymore, but maybe that's because I'm on TV!"). He also takes the opportunity to dispel three common stereotypes of anglos, squeezing in a jab at Toronto mayor Rob Ford and defending Albertans while he's at it.

Click here to be entertained by the full interview.

Louise Penny gives Bishop's University convocation address

Posted on: Wed 09 Jul, 2014

Louise Penny, author of several bestselling mystery novels, recently received an honorary doctorate of civil law from Bishop's University. The village in which her Inspector Armand Gamache books take place, Three Pines, is patterned after the sense of place found in the Eastern Townships, where Penny is based and where Bishop's University is also located.

In her convocation address, Penny offers her thoughts on success, aspiration, and hard work, but she also offers some striking observations on her personal journey with alcoholism. See below for the full speech.

Between the Pages: Montreal's literary scene under the microscope

Posted on: Fri 04 Jul, 2014

Between the Pages is a new show featuring Montreal-based writer Dimitri Nasrallah in the host's chair. In an episode filmed recently at the Atwater Library, Nasrallah sits down with local scribes Heather O'Neill and Christopher DiRaddo, along with Programming Director of the Blue Metropolis Festival, Gregory McCormick.

As Nasrallah says in his introduction, "we look to writers to update the urban landscapes of our imaginations, and Montreal is no exception." This half-hour episode dives into literary representations of the city's linguistic and cultural mix, and how writers' stories have been marked and shaped by Montreal's own stories.

See the full video below the jump.

Jazz Fest in full swing with international and local talent

Posted on: Mon 30 Jun, 2014

Here at ELAN HQ, we have the pleasure of hearing whatever goes on at the Place des Festivals just two blocks away. Until July 5, the music floating through our windows arrives courtesy of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

In this article, the Gazette provides a rundown of the festival's offerings through the eyes of its directors, including an explanation of how the festival has attempted to improve its representation of local artists. Montreal names to watch out for this year include perennial performer Nikki Yanofsky (pictured), Emma Frank, Dear Criminals, and more.

Read more here.

Quebec musicians vote to split from AFM

Posted on: Tue 17 Jun, 2014

Quebec musicians have voted to split from the American Federation of Musicians union (AFM), citing such concerns as English-only contracts and a lack of services compared to dues paid.

The vote was passed with 53.3 per cent in favour. For its part, the AFM is consulting its bylaws to determine its official response to the vote.

Read more in the Toronto Star.

Theatre Readings - Community Events

Start Date: Wed 17 Sep, 2014
End Date: Wed 19 Nov, 2014

Community Events
Posted on: Tue 22 Jul, 2014

Theatre Morin Heights - 2014

Play Readings at La Grange
Theatre Morin Heights presents play readings at Restaurant La Grange, 2 Meadowbrook, Morin Heights, at 7 pm on Wednesday September 17 and October 15 and November 19. Try your hand at play reading or just relax and listen in. For more information or to be added to the Theatre Morin Heights email list please call 450-226-2746.

Vist the Morin Heights’ Website or consult your copy of Main Street for information for all our productions!

Monique Polak: Tips to keep kids reading during summer break - Member News

Mon 21 Jul, 2014 - Member News
Posted on: Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Monique Polak stopped by BT Montreal recently and shared some tips for parents to keep their kids reading and writing over summer break. Click here to see what she has to say!

Telefilm Canada: MIPCOM 2014 - Calls for Submissions

Mon 21 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Cannes, France, October 13 to 16, 2014

Call for entries

Telefilm Canada is currently soliciting applications from Canadian production and distribution companies for MIPCOM 2014. MIPCOM is an international market for funding, co-producing, buying and selling entertainment products intended for all platforms. MIPCOM offers greater opportunities for meeting people, enjoying visibility, and experiencing a wide range of distribution platforms than any other industry event in the world.

CAM & TOHU: Call for Applications from Emerging Circus Artists - Calls for Submissions

Mon 21 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Call for Applications from Emerging Circus Artists

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Montreal, July 10, 2014 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal and TOHU are calling for applications for the second edition of the Support Program for the Promotion and Dissemination of Works by Emerging Circus Artists. The pilot project launched last year has become a recurring program as of this year, following the success of the first call for projects and the enthusiastic response from municipal presenters.

MAI Mentorship Program - Calls for Submissions

Mon 21 Jul, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 21 Jul, 2014

Creation and career development 
Eligible entries until September 2nd, 2014

The MAI’s mentorship program offers services for artists and non-profit organisations in the fields of performing, multidisciplinary or visual arts from Montreal’s culturally diverse communities. With the intent to foster professional development, the mentorship program facilitates exchange and participation between artists and their collaborators from within the artistic community. It also helps to promote and make the artists’ work accessible to the public in Montréal. 

AGM and 10th Anniversary Celebration: Sept 11, 2014 - News

Posted on: Wed 02 Jul, 2014

Save the date for ELAN’s AGM and 10th Anniversary Celebration: Sept 11 at Eastern Bloc! More info to come in August's ELANews - subscribe here!

In case you missed it: Crowdfunding and the Arts panel summary - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Jul, 2014

Did you miss our panel discussion on Crowdfunding and the Arts back in March? Good news – our summary of the discussion is now up on the ELANarts blog! Click here to dig in.

Should we rename the Schmoozer? - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Jul, 2014

As you might have heard, ELAN hosts free bimonthly networking events called Schmoozers, where artists and arts lovers from all disciplines and backgrounds can meet, converse, and connect. We know a lot of you like the name “Schmoozer” just fine, but we've also heard some feedback recently that the name "Schmoozer" could use an upgrade.

July 2014 Director's Message - Director's Message

Posted on: Tue 01 Jul, 2014

ELAN is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, which is a significant and happy occasion. Personally, I am coming up to a birthday this month that should be six times as joyful, but 60 is probably the least celebrated of the decennial birthdays. Ten is cute. Twenty is the threshold of adulthood. Thirty is the prime of physical vitality. At 40, years of effort are bearing fruit. Fifty is like a fancy dress ball that would be quite amusing if the somewhat worn and wrinkled costume could be returned after the party. I’m not sure what happens at 70, although I recently heard a rock ’n roll drummer proclaim that now he could say he had lived through the sixties twice. Longevity appears to become a cause for muted celebration at 80, 90 and beyond.

Director's Message - June 2014 - Director's Message

Posted on: Mon 02 Jun, 2014

A year ago, ELAN was going through one of those existential crises which periodically strikes all arts organizations. It involved funding.

In our society, money is the universal measure of what things are worth, although there is no direct correlation between value (social, artistic, intrinsic) and revenue generated. Nonetheless, a lack of financial support can have a negative effect on morale and a devastating impact on an organization's capacity to operate.