May 2016 ELANews

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

ELAN talks two solitudes on MAtv's CityLife

Posted on: Fri 20 Nov, 2015

Does Montreal still have "two solitudes"? Do French and English artists and audiences collaborate, interact, see each other's work as much as they could?

ELAN's Program Coordinator Amy Macdonald contributed to CityLife's recent roundtable discussion on the topic along with Beryl Wajsman of The Suburban and François Parenteau, co-host of Mise à jour on MAtv Montréal.

Watch the full episode here, and get a recap of all of MAtv's new English-language programs in this article from the Montreal Gazette.

Two exciting arts initiatives at Concordia

Posted on: Tue 10 Nov, 2015

Concordia University's arts programs are active elements of Montreal's visual arts world, training emerging artists and employing established ones. Two new initiatives at the university will provide new chances for artists to build bridges with the broader community.

Art therapy is gaining recognition as an effective and meaningful way to promote wellbeing among individuals and communities alike. Concordia already trains many art therapists, and is now breaking ground by entering into a partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).

Federal election 2015: #ArtsVote resources

Posted on: Fri 16 Oct, 2015

As you’re getting ready to vote in the federal election on Monday, October 19, we encourage you to consider what’s at stake for arts and culture.

Here are some useful resources to help you make your decision:

The Canadian Arts Coalition’s #ArtsVote Election Toolkit includes a summary of the federal parties’ positions on arts and culture, a social media primer, and facts about the importance of the arts in Canada.

Another breakdown of the parties’ arts and culture platforms from the Arts Advocate (via the Cultural Human Resources Council).

Culture Montréal has assembled its own platform of recommendations for arts and culture that you can use to help evaluate your options.

On Twitter, check the CAC’s hashtag #artsvote for the very latest news, articles, and resources.

Canada Council’s New Six Program Funding Model

Posted on: Thu 18 Jun, 2015

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 On June 3rd the Canada Council for the Arts released the first glimpse of its new funding model. The Council has condensed the current 147-program system into six non-disciplinary programs. The six new programs are as follows: Explore and Create; Engage and Sustain; Renewing Artistic Practices; Creating, Knowing and Sharing Aboriginal Arts; Arts Across and Arts Abroad. The Council’s ambition is to move away from fragmentation that currently exists within the funding agency, and towards a moresimple and flexible system.


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)

Art Show : Women's Art Studio

Start Date: Thu 19 May, 2016
End Date: Mon 23 May, 2016

Community Events
Posted on: Tue 03 May, 2016

The Women's Art Studio is holding its Annual Visual Arts Exhibit at Galerie EK Voland, Canal Lachine Complex. Vernissage Saturday, May 21st from 2-5 pm.
Everyone is welcome

Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Gondoliers'

Start Date: Sat 07 May, 2016
End Date: Sun 22 May, 2016

Community Events
Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

Two brothers are informed that the Kingdom of Barataria is theirs - but which brother is the king and which, the gondolier? No one knows for sure...
The Montreal West-End Operatic Society is proud to announce this year's Gilbert and Sullivan operetta (our 77th production!) - 'The Gondoliers' - playing at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke St. West, Westmount on May 7 & 14 (19:30) May 8 (14:00); and at the Harold Greenspon, 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc on May 20, 21 (19:30) & May 22 (14:00). Tickets: $25/20$/$15/10$; inquiries: 514-990-8813 ext. 2 or or via Paypal at

Women's Art Society of Montreal Presents Gregory B. Gallagher

Start Date: Mon 02 May, 2016
End Date: Mon 02 May, 2016

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016: The Women's Art Society of Montreal presents Filmmaker/Writer/& Musician, GREGORY B. GALLAGHER, with The Making of "Legends of Magdalen" Documentary Film, from 12:15pm to 1:15pm at the McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke W. Guests: FREE


First Annual GRANDE Printed Art Festival

Start Date: Mon 02 May, 2016
End Date: Mon 02 May, 2016

Artistic Events
Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

GRANDE Printed Art Festival 2016
part of the first annual Montreal Printed Art Festival
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11h - 18h, free admission
5445 de Gaspé local 102

Osler Library Artist-in-Residence Programme

Mon 02 May, 2016 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

The Michele Larose – Osler Library Artist-in-Residence Programme

Value: $6,000

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016.


Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Michele Larose, artist and paediatric neuropsychiatrist who trained in psychiatry and child psychiatry at McGill and in visual arts at Curtin University in Australia, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine has established an artist-in-residence programme.

The award supports visual artists visiting the university to create visual works that address contemporary and/or historical subjects in medicine and the health sciences that are inspired by the rich and diverse collections held by the Osler Library and/or other sources at McGill. Possible projects can include, but are not limited to: painting; photography; performance; sculpture; and digital, video or installation art.

Arts Alive Québec 2016 - News

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

Last summer ELAN worked with community partners in Hudson, Québec City, Saint-Anne de Bellevue, Knowlton, Huntingdon and Wakefield to produce local arts festivals between June and October.
ELAN has received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Community Cultural Action Fund for Arts Alive Québec 2016.

This year our partners are accepting submissions from ELAN members to propose performances or workshops.  The Community Cultural Action Fund requires each community to promote the work of local artists so they can only hire artists who live in their region. 

The contact people are:

Knowlton/Eastern Townships: Kate Holbrook ( and Laura Teasdale (
Hudson/Montérégie:  Kalina Skulska (
Huntingdon/Chateauguay Valley:  Tina Bye (
Morrin Centre/Quebec City:  Hoffman Wolff (
Wakefield/West Quebec:  Kerstin Petersson (

The Ta Da festival in Wakefield is also accepting submissions from performing artists living in all regions of Quebec. Contact Kerstin Petersson (

ACE (Arts, Communities, Education) Initiative - News

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

For many years, ELAN has sought opportunities to increase connections between artists and the education system. Benefits for artists – such as paid employment through workshops and programs, and opportunities to use creative skills in new environments and expand networks -- are clear, and the positive effects for students are well documented. It would appear to be a win-win proposition and yet, despite goodwill and persistent efforts, it has been surprisingly difficult to build significant bridges between the arts and education sectors. 

ELAN’s newest project hopes to change that. Funded by  the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage’s Strategic Fund, the ACE (Arts, Communities, Education) Initiative is a two-year project that will mobilize arts and education partners in all regions of Quebec.

Cultural Policy Consultation May 31 - News

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

Join us and help make a difference in Québec City!
Tuesday, May 31, 6 PM
Café Resonance – 5175A Avenue du Parc, Montreal
Consultation: 6-7:30
Mixer: 7:30-9
FREE and open to all
RSVP: or on Facebook 
Quebec's Ministère de la Culture et des Communications is updating its cultural policy for the first time since 1992!

The digital age has introduced major challenges and opportunities for artists and consumers alike. Quebec's provincial cultural policy is under review to bring it in line with the present context and ELAN wants to make sure the voices of the English-language arts community are heard. At this meeting, we’ll brief you on the issues at stake and invite you to share your thoughts.
Even if you can’t attend, we encourage you to fill out the online survey and send us your feedback:

Facebook event:

Director's Message May 2016 - Director's Message

Posted on: Mon 02 May, 2016

Quebec’s Ministry of Culture recently announced a review of its Cultural Policy, the first since the policy was created back in the early 90s. That was before the digital revolution changed most of the rules for how art is produced, presented, promoted and purchased. Quebec’s review was launched with a call for briefs from organizations wishing to participate in public hearings in May, which are postponed due to Minister Luc Fortin’s leave of absence. ELAN submitted a preliminary brief on April 8, which you can see here.

ELAN launches ACE Initiative - News

Posted on: Fri 01 Apr, 2016

Announcing the ACE Initiative!

A two-year project that will significantly and sustainably increase connections between Quebec’s English Arts & Culture sector - organizations & artists and Community & Education partners in all regions.

A two-year project that will significantly and sustainably increase connections between Quebec’s English Arts & Culture sector - organizations & artists and Community & Education partners in all regions.